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Tag Archives: Fermentation

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Stewards of Steam: Pioneering Our Craft

If you’ve been following our Stewards of Steam weekly blog series, you’ve noticed by now that Anchor Brewing is dedicated to continuing to make handcrafted beer in San Francisco and to remain a pioneer in American Craft Beer. The Stewards of Steam are the people who work at Anchor and make this possible. We are… read entire article

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A Day at the Brewery: Anchor Steam Beer from Brewhouse to Bottle

Bob Brewer takes you through the brewing process for Anchor Steam Beer, from brewhouse to bottle. Around 5:30 a.m. on any given day, the first-shift brewers arrive at Anchor, change into their signature white coveralls, and begin the first brew of the day. Today they are brewing Anchor Steam Beer – five separate brews to be… read entire article

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Fermenter Installation – March 19, 2014

If you were in our neighborhood on Potrero Hill in San Francisco Wednesday morning, you might have noticed some activity and lots of heavy equipment outside as two new fermenters were delivered for installation. The fermenters were guided into place with the help of two industrial cranes. With the new fermenters in place, our fermenting capacity… read entire article

Ask Bob Brewer: Yeast for Stouts and Porters

Thanks Again (via Facebook): What’s your favorite yeast strain for stouts and porters? Bob: We make a Porter on a regular basis and have brewed a stout recently. Both were fermented with our ale yeast that is also used for every other ale we make.

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Ask Bob Brewer: Open Fermentation

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. A lively brew of Anchor Summer Beer in an open fermenter. From John in Cincinnati: Are all of Anchor’s beers fermented in open fermenters? Are your ales fermented any differently than your lagers? Bob: Most of our products, whether ale or lager, are… read entire article

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Craft Brewing Insights: Open Fermentation

Fermentation is an integral part of the brewing process. Fresh wort from the brewhouse is placed into vats or tanks and yeast is added. The yeast consumes the sugars in the wort and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide, and along the way, generates heat and multiplies exponentially.   In today’s modern brewing, fermenters… read entire article

Ask Bob Brewer: Lager Yeast vs. Ale Yeast in Homebrewing

Bob Brewer (yes, that’s his real name) answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. Today’s topic is yeast! Greg asked about employing a lager yeast or an ale yeast when home brewing a “California Common” and would the results be the same. He also asked about the specific differences between the malt bills… read entire article

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Anchor Terminology: Kräusening

Bob Brewer, Anchor’s resident expert on beer & brewing, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewing process and the terminology used in the Anchor brewhouse. “Kräusening” is the process of adding a proportion of active wort to cellar tanks containing fully-fermented beer.  The term “kräusen” refers to wort when it is at its most… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: What’s the Difference Between Ale and Lager?

A question that regularly pops up during our tours or at tastings and special events is “What’s the difference between ale and lager?” Or sometimes, “What’s the difference between ale and beer?” First, the beer question. It’s all beer no matter what you call it. Beer is the all-inclusive description for an alcoholic beverage made… read entire article

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Anchor Terminology: Coolship

Bob Brewer, Anchor’s resident expert on beer & brewing, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewing process and the terminology used in the Anchor brewhouse. What is a “coolship”? This brewing term refers to a very large, shallow vat that was originally used to facilitate the cooling of hot wort in the days before… read entire article

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