FERMO BREW Acid
FERMO BREW Acid is an indigenous wild yeast belonging to Lachancea thermotolerans sp. that produces a high concentration of lactic acid while initiating alcoholic fermentation. It has been selected for its fermentation performance, intrinsic acidification of the media through lactic acid production and its desired aroma and organoleptic characteristics typical of great sour beers. The yeast is pitched on its own at the start of fermentation with the co-fermenting conventional yeast added to deactivate the FERMO BREW Acid after the desired drop in pH . The pH will drop to 3.8 – 3.2 in 48hr – 72hr, depending on wort characteristics and fermentation temperature. FERMO BREW Acid exhibits clean but differing aroma profiles depending on the fermentation temperature; citrus fruits at cooler temperatures, tropical fruits at higher temperatures, and can be paired with Ale, Lager, Saison and even Brett yeasts.
Souring of beer is traditionally achieved by a bacterial inoculation/fermentation followed by long term aging, often in barrels. This protocol has several limitations, primarily long production times, risk of cross-contamination to other beers in the cellar and lack of brewer control over the terminal pH and organoleptic qualities. As a result, Kettle souring has become a common alternative to traditional souring protocols and involves acidification by LAB inoculation in the kettle, resting at room temperatures for 24-48 hours and followed by another boil to kill off the bacteria. This method has been criticized to yield “one-dimensional” beers that lack the depth and complexity of traditional sours due to the loss of volatile aroma compounds caused by the secondary boil. Also, it can hold up the brewing schedule, as the kettle can’t be used for production of new wort while the beer is souring. The use of FERMO BREW Acid to naturally acidify and initiate the fermentation on the cold side without the addition of bacteria represents an interesting and very reproducible alternative for your sour beer program.
25-50 g/hL at 11-25°C.