Steam treatment of a barrel in Oud Beersel brewery in Beersel, Belgium (Photo: Cliff Lucas)
24 August 2022

Taming wild barrels: Cleaning and sanitation of wooden barrels

Barrel ageing | In recent years, maturation of beers in wooden barrels is becoming an interesting avenue for breweries to expand and refine their beer portfolios. Especially in the craft beer sector there is an increasing consumer demand for more complex flavours and aromas, many of which can be obtained through barrel ageing of beer. However, microbial spoilage of the barrel has to be effectively controlled in order to ensure consistent product quality and reduce profit losses.

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