This month instead of our usual club meeting, we had a very special tour from Richard Preiss of Guelph’s own Escarpment Labs.
Many brewers will at some point dream of making a perfect pilsner or other lager style, and many more will be apprehensive about straying from their reliable favourite ale yeasts. It doesn’t have to be daunting or even that different from fermenting ales. In this post Chris writes about how easy it is to start brewing your own lagers at home.
Making a yeast starter was a daunting task to me as a new brewer, and it took me over a year to really start tackling that aspect of brewing. Hopefully this post helps anyone starting to get into liquid yeast, or hasn’t made the leap yet because they think propagating yeast is an advanced skill. If you can make a beer, you can make a yeast starter. Trust me, it’s super easy!
Yesterday (June 7th, 2017), the folks at Escarpment Labs were kind enough to invite True Grist to their production facility for a tour and a Q&A period. Around 20 True Grist members arrived to Escarpment Labs and were welcomed with a sample of a very interesting tart pale ale, fermented with Lactobacillus and Kveik in about 24 hours at 40C – a little taste of some of the R&D at Escarpment Labs. Richard Preiss (co-founder of Escarpment Labs) then showed us around, describing their yeast propagation and packaging process, as well as their quality assurance program.