There is an age-old cliché that “brewers make wort but it’s the yeast that makes beer." Owen Lingley, co-founder of Imperial Organic Yeast, jokingly mentioned to me that his outfit "makes one beer...and it is terrible." However, the yeast they make is phenomenal and that terrible beer is just a byproduct.
|Gallons upon gallons of G-02 "Kaiser" (A German Alt Strain) bubble away in this conical fermenter|
|Imperial is meticulous about sanitation and quality control. |
Here, a steam jacketed kettle is flushed with caustic solution.
Each kettle and fermenter is cleaned and tested for contamination beyond any reasonable degree.
|Special Sneak Preview: Spoiler alert, we used this yeast to make beer.|
|This will look familiar to our homebrewing readership. |
Freshly harvested yeast is stored in polysulfone carboys for future use.
*Editor's Note: A previous version stated that Hopworks Urban Brewery has an ownership stake. Imperial Organic Yeast has reached out to clarify that one investor in the company is a former employee of Hopworks Urban Brewery.