The Brewing Process at Rebellion Brewery

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Ingredients: 

Malted Barley

British brewers have traditionally used barley as their main raw ingredient for beer. It provides the sugar that yeast ferments to alcohol. Malt can be roasted to create beers of varying colour and flavour.

Brewing Water - 'Liquor'

The salt and mineral composition of the water used for brewing, known as 'liquor', contributes to the character and body of the beer.

Hops

Brewers as far back as the middle ages have used hops in brewing to add flavour, aroma and to help prevent the beer turning sour.

Yeast

The Rebellion Brewery's own beer yeast gives a unique 'signature' to our cask conditioned beers. Each week fresh, healthy yeast is 'cropped' from the previous week's brews.

Milling

Malted barley is milled to break open the grain to allow access to the sugar-rich, starchy inside.

Mashing

The malt is mixed with hot brewing liquor and held for 1 hour at 66°C in the mash tun. Natural barley enzymes convert the starch to fermentable sugars. Colour and flavour are also drawn from the malt during this hour. Once the brewer is happy that the starch has been converted to sugar, the sweet liquid or 'wort' is separated from the spent malt, which is then sent to the farmer as animal feed.

Boiling

Wort is boiled for 1 hour in the Copper to kill off any wild yeast and bacteria. Hops are added early during the boil to give the beer its bitterness and towards the end, to add flavour. The aromas and flavours can be chosen by using particular hop varieties.

Late Hopping

The beer is transferred from the Copper to the Hop Back, where it is sprayed over the hops, soaking through them and giving the beer its aroma. Each hop variety is chosen for its aroma characteristics, which can range from fresh citrus or tropical fruit, to spicy, floral or piney.

Cooling & Aeration

To capture and hold the hop aroma, the beer is cooled quickly to 21°C in a heat exchanger on the way to the conditioning and fermentation tanks. Air is mixed with the beer to help the yeast during fermentation.

Fermentation

Yeast is added to the beer which converts the sugars to alcohol, producing a complex mix of flavours and aromas. The temperature is controlled between 21°C and 23°C. Primary fermentation last 3 to 5 days.

Conditioning

Towards the end of the primary fermentation, as most of the sugar is converted to alcohol the beer is cooled to 6°C, slowing fermentation down. The tank is sealed for 3 to 4 days to add condition to the beer, as fermentation continues slowly and sediment settles.

Racking

Clean and sterilised casks are filled, or "racked", with fresh beer. The beer still contains small amounts of sugar and yeast allowing secondary fermentation to occur in the cask, known as cask conditioning. Finings are added to help the sediment settle once in a cellar. The racked casks are moved to the temperature controlled beer store held at 10 to 12°C. Cask conditioning continues for up to 7 days before the beer is ready for delivery.

Bottling

After 2 additional weeks of maturation in tank, the beer is passed through a series of fine filters to clear and stabilise the beer. The beer is bottled under very sterile conditions through our filling machine, which is capable of handling 1500 bottles per hour.

Bright Beer

Beer destined for sale through our shop is transferred to bright beer tanks, which allow clear beer to be drawn off and filled into the various sized containers on offer, to be taken home and enjoyed.

 

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IPA

Strength: 3.7%
COPPER, WELL BALANCED & EASY DRINKING

 
Sizes Currently Available
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The Bard

Strength: 4.2%
AMBER & CITRUS

 
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  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
  • Limited Stock
 
 

Angel

Strength: 4.2%
RED & FLORAL

 
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Roasted Nuts

Strength: 4.6%
RUBY RED, COMPLEX & MALTY

 
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Zebedee

Strength: 4.7
EXTRA PALE & CRISP

 
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24 Carat

Strength:5%
GOLDEN, HOPPY & BITTERSWEET

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single 500ml Bottle
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  • Mixed case 3 Beers
  • 2 Bottle + Glass Pack
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Blonde

Strength:4.3%
GOLDEN & REFRESHING

 
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Red

Strength: 4.5%
DEEP RED & MALTY

 
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  • Single 500ml Bottle
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