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High Gravity Brewing

The advantages or reasons for switching to high gravity brewing are many, varied and well documented:

  • Insufficient brewhouse/fermentation or storage capacity to cope with rising production demands

  • Brewhouse design and capacity

  • Raw material type and availability

  • Energy, labour and cleaning savings due to handling of less volume (wort/beer) in process

  • Increasing gravity by use of adjuncts

  • Process flexibility, i.e. a number of products being produced from a 'standard' high gravity wort or beer.

In principle the process involves the production of a high gravity extract (12-20°P) by mashing in at a high grist to liquor ratio or addition of suitable solid or liquid adjuncts to the initial extract. This high gravity extract can be diluted with (properly treated/calibrated) process water either at the beginning or end of fermentation to an original gravity of 7-11°P.

The production of beer by high gravity brewing can be sometimes perceived as a compromise between efficiency and quality when viewed in the light of the advantages and disadvantages as outlined above.

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours has specific solutions to these issues which can help the brewer restore the balance in favour of quality while still benefiting from the efficiencies of the high gravity brewing process.

Typical Problems

Our Solutions

Thick / set mashes and poor extract yields

Hitempase, Bioamylase D, Promalt, Bioferm®

Poor lautering /mash filtration

Bioglucanase

Reduced FAN

Bioprotease, Yeastex®

Poor trub compaction and wort clarity

Whirlfloc®

Poor/incomplete fermentation

Bioferm®, Yeastex®

Excess foaming in copper or fermenter

FermCap®

High yeast cell counts and poor filtration performance

Biofine®

Poor foam stability

Biofoam® K, Biofoam® AT, Biofoam® CL