Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charles Papazian

Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charles Papazian

Language: English

Pages: 0

ISBN: B004HA29K8

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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observes the initial fermentation closely during the first few days. After the initial activity has sub­ sided, th" beer is Siphoned into another fermenter and a fermentation lock is attached. The sediment of spent yeast cells is left behind in the first fermenter. The purpose of a two-stage fermentation should be to isolate the beer from prolonged contact with an inordinate aLllount of inactive yeast cells. For the homebrewer, this is a matter of concern only if you plan to ferment your beer

should be similar to molasses (see "r\/Iolasses") and lends a unique flavor to beer. Maple syrup-Yes, it can be used as a beermaJ

beer may appear clear, there are still millions of yeasts present in the beer--an adequate amount for final fermentation and carbonation in the bottle. Flavor changes during maturation are not predominantly yeast-related unless there is a sediment present. Over a period of time, the yeast cells will begin a process of deterioration called autolysis. The by-products of autolysis can contribute a yeasty flavor to the beer.' Almo~lt paradoxically, the small amount of yeast present in bottle­

nounced: troob). Commercial brewers go to great lengths to remove this trub by . sparging or whirlpooling the wort as it is drawn From the brewpot. (The whirlpool eFFect can be evoked by stirring a cup of tea-the tea leaves will go to the center of the cup; similarly so will beer trub-the wort is drawn oFf From the sides of the vessel rather than From the bottom.) The presence of trub in the Fermenting wort does aFFect Fermentation and flavor, but For a homebrewer its overall signincance is

mistake about it, our beer world is so much better than it was in the 1980s and early 1990s. But don't forget for a moment that the large brewing companies of the world continue to "squeeze" the market with their lighter-Aavored prod­ ucts, always trying to minimize choice. Developing your skills as a homebrewer is the best insurance you can have to assure that you will always have the beer you like. American homebrevvers are roofers, museum curators, mental health directors, truck drivers,

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