We’ve had a few comments come our way about “floaties” in our hoppy beers, and we figured it was time to explain.
For people who don’t care for a bunch technical mumbo jumbo:
They are safe and only ascetic. They do not effect the flavor or aroma of the beer.
Check the born on date on the bottom of the can. IPAs should be consumed fresh, so the 5 month old IPA that’s been sitting in, beside, or on top of your beer fridge in the carport is not going to be as good as a 2 day old or 2 month old IPA.
So, these white specs drifting harmlessly around in your freshly poured Crowd Control Imperial IPA, kicking you in the face with sweet mango and sex and magic… What are they?
It begins with the fact that we are pushing the limits of our ingredients and processes to put more and more non-kettle hops in our beers, which lends to more hop oils in our IPAs. These heavy dry-hopping sessions are great for flavor and aroma, but they are not great for clear beer. All beer here at Southern Prohibition use only time and temperature for filtrations rather than external filtration equipment or additives. For many of our beers, this process of natural filtration is enough to get very clear beer in the can. For the heavily dry-hopped, the hop oils are left in suspension, sometimes with yeast and lingering proteins. Some breweries filter this out, which is totally respectable, but it’s just not our way of doing things. We like the flavor and complexity that accompanies the live, unfiltered beer.
As our live beer sits in its package for a few weeks, all of that hop oil begins to clump together with the yeast sediment and lingering protein in your can of Crowd Control, occasionally causing floaties that freak you out. And you know what guys, it’s ok to be freaked out by stuff. (I stare at the sky sometimes at night, and think about aliens… and I’m freaked out because I don’t know the answer.) Proudly we boast that Southern Prohibition is doing some stuff in the beer industry that most of us here in the Southeast are not accustomed to, so never hesitate to reach out or visit our taproom and ask us questions about beers and beer styles.
We can’t promise that we will always please your specific taste for beer, but we can tell you this—we have extensive QC and QA going on at our brewery and will not ship out or pour a beer that is infected or wrong in any way. Your hard earned money spent on our hard work is always appreciated and respected. Every batch of our beer goes through a barrage of lab tests, and every question or concern that has ever come back to our brewery about a beer has been taken seriously.
Drink fresh IPAs. The floaties are alright. We love you very much.