Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
San Francisco, CA
Open 12pm Mon-Fri
Open 10am Sat-Sun
All of our beers are brewed on premises, utilizing the finest ingredients available. Beers brewed at the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant come directly from our chilled storage vessels located in our brewery right behind the bar and are poured directly into your glass. There is simply no better way to enjoy fresher beer.
THE BEER MAKING PROCESS
The four main ingredients in beer are water, malted barley, yeast and hops. Malted barley is cracked in a roller mill (located in the mill room) to seperate its starchy contents from the out husk. The cracked malt or grist is stored in the hopper.
The combination of grist and water is called "mashing in". At correct temperatures, naturally existing enzymes in the barley convert starch to simple sugars. The temperature in the mash tun determines the types of sugars created, ultimately determining the sweetness or dryness of the finished beer. Most of the sugars created in the mash tun will provide the yeast with food and nutrients.
The sugary liquid called wort (pronounced "wert") is separated from the barley husks by allowing it to pass through a screen in the mash tun called a false bottom as it travels through the kettle. Additional hot water known as sparge water is sprayed over the husks to extract the remaining sugars. In the kettle the entire volume of wort is heated to a rolling boil. Hops are added to the kettle to provide bitterness, flavor and aroma.
Hopped wort is passed through the wort chiller or heat exchanger that cools it to a temperature suitable for fermentation by the yeast. As the wort leaves the heat exchanger, oxygen is introduced to enhance yeast performance. Hopped wort and yeast meet in the fermenter where fermentation occurs. The yeasts consume the sugars in the wort. Different types of yeast produce a wide variety of flavors and aromas. After fermentation, the liquid formerly referred to as wort, is now called beer.
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