Filtration can play a big role in brewing beer. From the taste and color, to foam and uniformity from one batch of beer to the next, filtration can affect many stages in the brewing process. At Strainrite, our filters can be used for incoming water, mashing, hopping, clarifying and packaging to create the best results for beer drinkers everywhere. Whether you are a home brewer, commercial brewery, or simply someone who loves beer, here’s what you should know about filtered versus unfiltered beer.
Unfiltered Versus Filtered Beer
Filtration plays a big role in the coloring and viscosity seen in many beers. The bright, clear, and crisp coloring seen in many IPAs, pale ales, pilsners, and lagers is a result of filtering, but the filtration process goes beyond playing a role in a beer’s color. Many brewers opt to filter their beer for the following reasons:
Benefits of Beer Filtration
- Clarity and flavor: Filtration systems can prevent haze, or materials that take away from the clarity of a beer. Haze can include both biological materials such as yeast or bacteria, and non-living things including any other particles that take away a beer’s clarity. When you filter these particles out of beer, the drinker is left with a clear, crisp beer without excess particles and compounds.
- Filtration stabilizes foam: Filtering your brew can also impact your beer’s foam. This process can create a more stable, consistent foam across each batch brewed. This means filtering can help you have a soft, smooth foam every time, rather than risk too much foam when a keg is tapped.
- Uniformity: Filtration systems can also create more uniformity from one batch of beer to the next. Excess particles that may change the flavor of a beer from batch to batch, so removing them can ensure that each batch of a certain label is the same and customers will enjoy a flavor they know and love each time they buy your product.
While there are many benefits to filtering, not all beers on the market are filtered. Unfiltered beers maintain yeast and contributes to a hazier beer. This leads to a different look and taste to the final product, which often includes a bit more head in the beer and its “mouthfeel” or how a beer feels inside of your mouth and throat. This may be a creamy or soft feel when you take a sip. Filtering versus not filtering is a matter of preference for the brewer, and will have the biggest impact on taste and appearance of each brew.
Whether you are a pilsner lover, amber drinker, or dark beers are your cup of tea, filtration is one of many factors that can impact the end taste of a beer. To learn more about industrial filtration systems from Strainrite, visit our website today!
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