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Make Your Best Ice Beer

Knowing how to build a recipe for fractional distillation (and, of course, how to use the process) and making a style an "Ice Whatever" is a great club to have in your bag.

Josh Weikert Aug 19, 2018 - 7 min read

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I have friends who almost never make a style-based beer - or, at least, that's what they think. The simple reality is that every beer has a style category in the Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines, but sometimes that style is this one: Category 34C, "Experimental Beers."

It's into this category that we venture today, because three times in the last week I've run across people asking about whether you can use fractional distillation (freezing off water out of a fermented beer to concentrate it) on styles other than Eisbock. The simple answer is that, yes, you can do anything, which doesn't mean that you should. In this case, though, I'll make the case that we should be using this process with abandon to play with the limits of what beer can do.

I wouldn't recommend this for every beer, but knowing how to build a recipe for fractional distillation (and, of course, how to use the process) and making a style an "Ice Whatever" is a great club to have in your bag.

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