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Old 07-07-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Bottle Fermented Beer?

I picked up a sixer of various New Glarus beers, one called "Organic Revolution." On the label it states that it is "100% bottle fermented."

What is bottle fermentation and how does this work?

Do they literally put a small precise combination of ingredients in every bottle and cap it?

Can an expert shed some light on this for me, because I'm very curious.


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Old 07-07-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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It's just naturally carbonated in the bottle:

http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/Beers.cfm?BeerID=16


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Old 07-07-2010, 08:44 PM   #3
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thats all that term means?

here i thought it was some crazy brew technique haha

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Old 07-08-2010, 01:22 AM   #4
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Naturally carbed means it was carbonated with sugar in the bottle as opposed to the beer being force carbonated by putting it under pressure of CO2.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:30 AM   #5
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Lots of breweries do this, it's called Kräusening.

Edit: Kräusening is not the same as adding sugar at bottling.
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What is bottle fermentation and how does this work?
You make the beer, then add a little more sugar (or extract or other fermentable) then put it in the bottle. The yeast restart for a short time, make enough CO2 to carbonate the bottle, then run out of food and stop. The yeast then settle to the bottom and form a thin layer on the bottom of the bottle. When pouring this can become agitated, and the last ounce or so can be cloudy as a result.

Bottle conditioning produces beer that is slightly more resistant to aging effects; the yeast tend to scrounge oxygen (which is bad for bottled beer.)
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:48 PM   #7
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Lots of breweries do this, it's called Kräusening.

Edit: Kräusening is not the same as adding sugar at bottling.
agreed. bottle conditioned beer, especially imports, isn't that uncommon.

I suspect this specific beer is carbed by krausening to seem more 'pure' than using corn sugar or force carbing like the big breweries do it.
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My glass carboy is a giant bottle.
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agreed. bottle conditioned beer, especially imports, isn't that uncommon.
It's darned common in the US, too; to take one humongous example, Sierra Nevada bottle conditions their beer. Bell's, Allagash, Lost Abbey, Russian River--pretty much all the major craft breweries once you get below the Sam Adams size.
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yeah this beer is supposed to pay homage to the old ways of doing things so I'm sure thats what they were shooting for.

when i poured it, it was an amber color and had a TON of small particles in it.

Was pretty good though. Kind of bland... but pretty good!


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