Beer Carbonation: The Right Equipment Can Make All the Difference
Posted by Phineas Gray , on Dec, 2014
The hobby of home brewing has increased dramatically in the past few decades. Both amateur and more skilled brewers experiment with new blends and flavorings which enhance the flavors of specialty brews in their endeavors to create new taste pleasing combinations. Many hobbyists take their craft to a higher level and begin marketing their products. One of the most challenging parts of crafting a perfect brew is achieving the best level of beer carbonation. There are several elements which go into this process, including the use of the right equipment. Here are some tips and recommendations which may help to provide effective solutions:
How Beer Carbonation Processes Work
Carbonation is the process which gives beer its characteristic fizz and allows for the formation of the perfect head when pouring from a tap. There are two ways in which beer becomes carbonated, through either natural or forced carbonation.
Natural Beer Carbonation
The natural fermentation process produces carbon dioxide and alcohol because of the digestion of sugar by the yeast. The beer absorbs the CO2 and as a result, becomes carbonated. It is important to seal the beer in its storage container just prior to the end of the fermentation process, before too much of the carbonation escapes. Beer can also be carbonated naturally in the bottle by allowing the fermentation process to complete before bottling. The yeast is allowed to remain in the beer and small amounts of sugar are added during bottling. After the bottles are sealed, the yeast interacts with the sugar by forming more CO2 which is absorbed into the beer as carbonation.
Forced beer carbonation involves allowing the beer to completely ferment and then CO2 is force pumped into the beer which has been transferred into a sealed container, the beer absorbs the CO2 over time and as a result, becomes carbonated.
Better Success by Using the Right Equipment
To achieve the best results it is important to use the right equipment. Sanitized spring loaded bottle fillers, a bottling bucket, a siphon hose and bottle capper makes the process go much more quickly and easily. The specifications and sizes of these accessories depend upon the size of your operation and your batch production capacity. Gaining the knowledge of how each of these additions can streamline your processes and can also help you to avoid common pitfalls
relating to beer carbonation, such as over-carbonation and exploding bottles, or under-carbonation resulting in flat beer.
Crafting the perfect brew is a process which is finely honed over time with experience. Learning how the right ingredients, equipment and processes combine together is a journey. For more information about beer carbonation processes and equipment, you can consult the experts at TechniBlend.