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Under the Microscope: Six Tips to Improve Your Fermentations

Happy yeast make better beer and a stronger brewing business. Here are some tips from the yeast whisperers to maximize your fermentations and lock in greater consistency.

Don Tse Oct 10, 2022 - 12 min read

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You know the cliché: Brewers make wort, but yeast make beer.

While there is some truth in it, the trope overlooks the work and training of brewers and the control they have over their fermentations.

“Poor fermentations and off-flavors become extremely rare—if the yeast is happy,” says Richard Preiss, cofounder and lab director at Escarpment Labs in Guelph, Ontario.

Here are six tips to ensure maximum contentment for productive yeast and spotless beer.

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Don Tse is an internationally recognized beer writer and beer judge, working from his home base in the middle of North America’s barley belt.