The most common problem with draft beer systems is incorrect temperature. Draft beer that is too hot or too cold not only tastes different, but affects your bottom line as well. West Coast Beverage, Inc., your full service beverage company, can help you achieve the perfect pour every time.
The characteristics of draft beer change immensely depending on its temperature. When beer undergoes repeated temperature changes, the flavor suffers even more. This is especially true for darker beers such as stouts and porters.
When draft beer is too cold, it is extremely difficult to pick out its unique characteristics. This has a lot to do with our sense of smell. The aroma of a good beer travels on the carbonation to our nose. However, the colder the beer the less carbonation gets released. Also, a beer that is too cold numbs the palate, making it virtually impossible to distinguish its flavor.
When draft beer is too cold the carbonation stays inside the beer until it is consumed. This creates a bloated feeling causing the drinker to become full much faster. Therefore, serving draft beer that is too cold can result in significant profit loss for the retailer.
Alternatively, when beer increases in temperature the CO2 is expelled, causing extra foam. This foaming can result in a loss of 25% of beer in a keg. Once the carbonation in the beer has been released, the beer will not taste or look as it should. Heat often creates oxidized flavors and other flaws.
38 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for storing and serving most draft beers. This temperature helps retain the correct level of carbonation created during the brewing process.
You should never attempt to chill a beer that has been allowed to warm up. The heat speeds up oxidation, causing the flavor to change. In order to properly preserve the flavor of your beer it needs to be stored in a cool, dark place.
A common misconception is that variations in temperature will cause a beer to go “skunky”. However, a skunk-like flavor in beer is caused by exposure to light, not heat. This is because the bitter compounds in hops are extremely sensitive to natural light.
Your best defense against temperature problems is to make sure that your draft equipment is in good working order and properly maintained. From small draft beer systems to large multi-product systems, West Coast Beverage, Inc. can help with all of your beverage needs. We work directly with you from concept to completion. Please contact us for more information.