The wild yeast Brettanomyces has made a comeback in the global beer industry in recent years. In response to its newfound popularity, Fermentis is launching the first Brett in a dry, microgranular format.
SafBrew™ BR-8 offers brewers all the flavorful benefits of Brettanomyces but with more control and reliability. Selected specifically for secondary fermentation in bottles and/or casks, SafBrew™ BR-8 is characterized by production of the phenolic compounds, such as 4-Ethylguaiacol and 4-Ethylphenol, responsible for many of the funkier aroma descriptors such as horse blanket, leather, and barnyard at the end of fermentation.
SafBrew™ BR-8 assimilates mono-, di- and tri-saccharides (glucose, maltose, maltotriose) but not all sugars, as some wild Brett strains do. It offers more control compared to a wild Brett and a greater reliability for the user, as there is no risk of oversaturation or gushing after bottling. Its significant consumption of sugars will allow fewer residual sugars and thus better drinkability.
Brettanomyces is a slow-fermenting microorganism, so the beer requires a period of maturation. The development of the desired flavors evolves, and the optimum profile is normally reached after three months of fermentation. It is also possible that the profile will evolve slightly through six months of maturation and beyond.
SafBrew™ BR-8 gives brewers a reliable tool for attaining a slightly funky, specific phenolic character to their beers—as well as beers that are drier, more highly attenuated, fruitier, lighter in body, and slightly funkier as they age. It’s one more way that Fermentis supports the creativity and production of people who are passionate about the beers they brew and want to leave a mark. Discover more about SafBrew™ BR-8 here.
Fermentis, a company that creates fermentation solutions for brewers, winemakers, and all producers of fermented beverages, is a business unit of Lesaffre Group, a global key player in yeast and all its applications for over 160 years. All fermentation products from Fermentis are developed with unsurpassed expertise under meticulous production procedures, which guarantees the highest microbiological purity and maximum fermentation activity.