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Old 01-21-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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I keep seeing notices about people brewing ice beer like maximum ice and labatte ice and things like that.

How does one ice brew if anyone knows?

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Old 01-21-2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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I think what you're talking about is a beer that is frozen, some of the water is cut off and then thawed to get more ABV in the beer. I believe this is the way it works, someone will correct me if I'm wrong

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Old 01-22-2009, 12:55 PM   #3
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I think what you're talking about is a beer that is frozen, some of the water is cut off and then thawed to get more ABV in the beer. I believe this is the way it works, someone will correct me if I'm wrong
That's about right but on-top of it being illegal along the lines of distillation it is actually more dangerous because all the negatives (like that small bit of methanol) will get concentrated aswell... You have less control over the final product.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:14 PM   #4
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I think you are seeing notices about people brewing something like Eisbock, not something like ice stabilized beer (eg Labatte Ice).

If you want to do the later, IIRC you are trying to freeze about 2% of the water in the beer into tiny crystals which requires agitation during the freezing. Compounds that cause beer staling are selectively removed in the ice crystals. This is a method of producing stable beer and nothing else. You will not be able to do this at home successfully and you would be much better off using filtration and fining instead.

You can read more about this in Principles of Brewing Science by George Fix and, I am quite sure, in the trade journals.

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Old 01-22-2009, 04:53 PM   #5
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There's one other problem with ice brewed beer...



Dooby dooby doo.

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Old 01-22-2009, 05:06 PM   #6
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Dooby dooby doo.
hahahahahaha!! I drank WAY too many of those one night, and swear I woke up and saw that damn penguin on my chest saying "dooby dooby doo"

What happened to Bud Ice?
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:30 PM   #7
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wow lol. Okay scratch that thought then :P

thx for the replies all

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Old 01-22-2009, 07:20 PM   #8
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No one mentioned they all taste like **** too.Correct me if I'm wrong.What ice beers are out there?Labbat,Bud,Molson.Just fermented rice and hop tea.

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