As a brewer, a connoisseur or simply a consumer of beer, you can understand how refreshing and exciting it can be to find a new beer that you love. However, with hundreds of combined years of experimentation, refinement and trial and error, one would expect there to be nothing new left to try.
One would also be mistaken, as the nitro beer system has been recently introduced to utilize nitrogen and produce a beer that is thicker, creamier, softer and, as many would agree, more enjoyable than typical beers.
Why is Nitrogen Important in Brewing?
Throughout history, beers have been crafted by forcing carbon dioxide into the liquids. This is naturally done during the fermentation process and is enhanced by lightly rocking highly pressurized barrels to and fro until the contents are saturated, or by injecting CO2 directly into the liquids to be dispersed and absorbed. However, nitrogen can greatly assist in this process, causing the beer to absorb the CO2 at a far more rapid pace.
In addition, it reduces the chances of the beer oxidizing when exposed to oxygen and offers a longer lasting lifespan. However, because nitrogen is insoluble in most liquids, it tends to change the taste, texture and overall appeal of the beverage. Because of this, many connoisseurs and casual consumers alike are taking preference over nitrogen beer, which has encouraged breweries and brewers all around the world to try their hand at brewing nitro beer.
How Does the Taste and Texture of Nitro Beer differ?
The difference between carbonated and nitro beer is surprisingly different, despite having the same basic ingredients. When compared to CO2 beer, a nitro beer is a beverage that is creamier and not as “prickly” on the tongue or throat as carbonated beer. In addition, whereas carbonated beer often feels light and watery, nitro beer is thick, smooth and feels easily digestible.
A great example of such a beer, which has actually been around for a long time now, is Guinness Milk Stout, although this beer is unique in the sense that it is a milk stout rather than a lager or ale.
If you are serious about offering your customers the ideal selection of enjoyable alcoholic beverages, then you can’t afford not to acquire a nitro beer. Additionally, a nitro carbonation system for your own craft beer brewing can help you process beer faster and provide a uniquely decadent beverage.
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