Unfined Beer or fined Beer
𝗧𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲 or 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲 that is the question? We are asked a lot what unfined Beer means.
To be ‘clear‘ 😊 There is no right or wrong... this is just our choice.
___________________________ Our Story
If you are of a certain age then you were brought up with the sure knowledge that 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗱𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗿 ☁ = bad beer. This bad beer was from a poorly kept cellar or not selling the beers fast enough and NOT from poorly made beer. These days there is more awareness of how beer is made and how to clear or fine the beer. The most common fining agent is Isinglass, a collagen derived from fish swim bladders.
___________________________ Our Decision
After much deliberation and consideration we decided to not add Isinglass finings in 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗕𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 for two reasons:
𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗹𝘆 we wanted to be able to sell vegetarian/vegan beer, as we were asked from customers if the beer contained Fish gut. We put them straight in that swim bladders are not part of the fish gut, but we had to admit that it was used to clear the beer.
𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗹𝘆 just a ‘Oh, let’s try and see what happens though‘ 😊
___________________________ Our Facts
Stopping using Isinglass will take the beer longer to clear, an extra day or two and some will even remain cloudy which depends on the recipe, but will not have an effect on the taste - if yes - the formulation of the beer is poor or just not to your taste.
___________________________ Our Conclusion
𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝘆! N𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿..
𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝘁 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗕𝗲𝗲𝗿.