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923 West 7th
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501-375-8466
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The Process ~ Mash

  • Mash
  • Kettle
  • Fermentation
  • Kegging
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It all starts with malted barley. Malting is the process that produces enzymes in the grain which, at the right temperatures, will convert the starches contained in the grain into fermentable sugar. Barley can be malted to many different degrees; from highly roasted chocolate malts (extremely dark) to a much lighter pale malt. Each type adds a different flavor and color to the beer.

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A special combination of malts is then mixed with hot water in the mash tun. This "mash" is then held at specific temperatures for varying lengths of time to help determine the individual characteristics of the beer.

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During this time the starches in the grain are converted into fermentable sugars.

The "lautering" process then washes the sugars from the grain with hot water. This produces the sweet "wort" (pronounced wert) which is pumped into the kettle. The spent grain makes great feed for local livestock.

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Once in the kettle, the Wort is brought to a boil.

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Hops are added at different stages of the boil to produce flavor, bitterness and aroma.The boil time may vary for each recipe.

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The Wort is then pumped into the hot liquor tank/whirlpool, creating a swirling effect to extract the solid particles.

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Wort is then cooled by means of a heat exchanger and pumped into a fermentation tank where special brewer's yeast is added. The yeast consumes the sugars creating alcohol and carbon dioxide, transforming the wort into naturally carbonated beer.

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The fermentation process will take between five days and ten weeks. At this point the beer will be cooled to approximately 36 degrees which will cause the yeast and other particles to settle out.

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Here Mike draws a beer-in-progress from the fermenter to check its status.

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During fermentation, the Specific Gravity and P.H. is checked daily, and temperature adjusted to style requirements.

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The beer is then filtered and pumped into kegs and served straight from our taps. All of our beers are served fresh for you. No additives ... No preservatives.

 

 

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