Cold Weather Brewing Fermentation Tips
The time is gone when people used to look for Low-ABVs and non- alcoholic beers to stay healthy without giving-up on their drinking habit. And now, it appears to be that people are more fascinated about the craft beer industry to satisfy their cravings. Devon Broglie, the senior principal innovation and product development for Whole Foods Market, says, “The major increase and success in beer is currently inspired by a series of substitutes to the craft beer standards. Hard seltzers like White Claw and Truly are enjoying triple-digit expansion with 2-gram carbs, 100 calories, gluten-free with an addition of 5% alcohol per serving. Similarly, Corona Premier seems to be the leader of the industry because its beer includes 2.6 grams of carbohydrates and 90 calories in every 12-ounce servings”.
Buyers are more concerned than ever about the food and beverages they are consuming. This is why the industry is paying more attention to their customers’ demands. The intake of organic matter is now a need for many people. So, it is not unusual to see people relying on plant, vegetable-based, and non-alcoholic diets because they know that these natural nourishments are healthy for them. The trends of fab diet such as, Paleo, Keto or Whole30 is growing at an ever rapid pace with no signs of slowing down.
Use Heating Equipment
If you know that you’re going to be brewing in the cold, invest in some heating blankets, heating belts, or heating pads that are designed to work with brewing components. You can use these tools to make sure that your brew continues the way it should even when the temperature dips low.
Always Brew In Plastic
Fluctuations in temperature can cause glass to break, so you should only use plastic brewing implements when you’re brewing in cold weather. You don’t want to have broken glass all over your brew space or have to clean up a shattered glass. Leave the glass implements for brewing in warmer weather and invest in some high quality plastic ones for the cold weather brewing that you want to do.
Insulate Your Brew Space
One way that you can help keep the temperature in your brew space consistent is to insulate it. If you are brewing in a basement you can put down sturdy carpet or hang area rugs on the walls to insulate the space. If you’re brewing in an unheated garage you can make sure the windows and doors are sealed tight so that the cold air from outdoors isn’t sneaking in. Even small steps to insulate the space can make a big difference.
Keep An Eye On The Temperature
Get a thermometer for your brew space and mount it in an easy to see area. That way you can see how low the temperature goes and whether or not that temperature is consistent. If the temperature is consistently low you might want to put a space heater in your brew space when you’re going to be in that space.