From the HBD Archive
From: jay marshall 283-5903 <>
Subject: Re: Beechwood Aging
Date: 1992-05-19 16:19:25 GMT (Michael Biondo) writes:

>I know AB makes a big deal of their "Beechwood Aged" process and in fact
>have actually seen the large collander-like trollies full of chips that are
>inserted into the lagering tanks, and also the special washing machines the
>chips are washed in prior to reuse. (I think the chips are reused 5 times)
>But until reading the above caption from Jackson (Woo! nice rhyme...), I
>never realized that the beechwood was actually used as a fining agent.

The A-B Asst. Brewmeister that came to our brewclub meeting told us
that the beechwood chips are used to provide more surface area for
the yeast. He didn't mention anything about fining. We are going on
a personalized tour of the Houston facility sometime soon, so I'll have to
ask about that.


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