What is a Steam Beer?
To ferment a lager beer requires cooler temperatures than for an ale. In the days before refrigeration, ice was used to cool the fermenting wort. In the Southern US, however, the large quantities of ice required were not available. Instead, the beer was fermented in very shallow open vats to allow the heat of fermentation to escape. (It is essentially a lager fermented like an ale.) One explanation for the source of the name is that the vapour rising from the vats looked like steam. The second is that the carbon dioxide hissing from the closed secondary fermenters sounded like steam. In either case, the term stuck and the name for this style of beer was born. The Anchor Brewery in San Francisco is an historic producer of this style, and Sleeman’s this year introduced a new beer produced this way.
How do I know which style to make?
We talk to you about your taste and preferences, and select a style as close as possible to the commercial brand you prefer. Many customers start with one of our most popular styles.
What if I mess up?
The process is simple, proven and reliable. We give the customer as much assistance as they want, the first time and every time. And it is unconditionally guaranteed.
How much work do I have to do?
The customer’s responsibility is to initiate fermentation of the beverage, then return for bottling several weeks later. In between, we monitor the fermentation, transfer the batch as required, filter it, and do all the cleaning up and dirty work. In just two easy visits, your batch is ready for drinking or cellaring.
Can I alter the alcohol content and taste?
The beer recipes can be customized for strength, colour, and taste. We will be pleased to consult with you in creating a personal brew.
What does the beer taste like?
That depends on the specific beer you choose, but our recipes are formulated to produce beer similar in taste to popular commercial beer styles. In fact, many customers tell us they prefer the taste of their all-natural Brew Kettle beer! Start with a familiar taste, and then expand your beer horizons by tapping into the huge range of tastes available.
Are your prices comparable to other stores?
We believe that our price list offers the best value available, but making comparisons can sometimes be difficult for the consumer.
We will be pleased to help you make the comparison, confident that you will find the best deal at the Brew Kettle. AND IF A LEGITIMATE COMPETITOR IS OFFERING A BETTER DEAL, WE WILL MATCH IT!