The Brewers Association Quality Subcommittee has developed a resource that addresses over-pressurization in packaged beer.
Controlling refermentation in packaging is an essential part of quality and food safety programs in breweries. Unintended refermentation can cause a package to rupture at the distributor, retailer, or in a customer’s possession, which is a potential consumer safety concern. It is the brewer’s responsibility to prevent package over-pressurization—not the customer’s.
The purpose of this resource is to provide guidance to brewers on the following:
- The impact of carbonation on internal package pressure, especially when bottle or can conditioning is not intentional
- Managing refermentation in packaged beer to prevent package over-pressurization
- How CO2 created in conditioning can increase and exceed the pressure rating of a bottle or can
Download the resource to learn more about:
- Knowing the pressure limitations of your package
- Ensuring fermentation is complete
- Managing in-package conditioning and calculating priming additions
- Yeast considerations
- Package conditioning do’s and don’ts