It’s time to answer all of your most pressing Victory questions! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your Victory questions, and we will answer them on the blog. Here are the latest questions:
Q: Have you ever brewed a beer recipe that didn’t turn out the way you expected? What went wrong and what did you do with the resulting liquid?
A: One time we brewed our Moonglow Weizenbock and pitched the wrong yeast. The resulting beer came out quite different from the Moonglow we were expecting. But we got lucky and it was still a very tasty brew — one of the maltiest beers we have ever made. We called it X-Bock and have been tempted to brew it again.
Q: I’ve recently discovered that some beers use Lactose as an ingredient. I’m lactose-intolerant and I was wondering if there are any of your beers that I should avoid.
A: You’ll be happy to know that we do not brew any of our beers with lactose. There are some beer styles out there however, predominantly milk stouts, that are brewed with lactose that you should avoid. The lactose added during the brewing process is not fermented by the yeast and remains intact within the beer to impart a sweeter finish and a thicker body. This could potentially cause problems with lactose intolerance. As long as you stay away from them, you should be fine! Fortunately though, you won’t run into any problems at Victory.
Q: I just realized that the beer I bought is past its best-used-by date. What do I do now?
A: Out of date beer is a very tough issue for our brewery. Basically, we are unable to keep retailers from selling old beer but our wholesalers are instructed to remove old beer from retailer shelves. In some circumstances, the retailer will allow you an opportunity to swap out old product in exchange for a fresher product. We advise our consumers to keep an eye on beer date codes because no one can protect fresh beer like you, the consumer. If the code is missing or out of date, please don’t buy it and do point it out to your retailer.
Q: I’m not sure if I lucked out, but I never heard a word about Otto in Oak. I am currently enjoying the hell out of it due to its incredible complexity. This is Otto squared and better in every way. Well done!
A: You are one of the lucky people who spotted it on shelves and snagged a bottle. It was so limited that we didn’t make a splash about it. As you can tell from the flavor complexity, it is our Victory Otto Ale aged in once used bourbon barrels. There are still a few bottles floating around out there so snatch them up if you see them!
Q: I just purchased my first kegerator and I’m proud to say that Victory Whirlwind Wit will be the first keg served. I’m looking for your recommendations for CO2 PSIs to use on your brews.
A: What an honor! The CO2 pressure you use on the beer is entirely dependent upon the temperature of your kegerator. Zahm & Nagel created a chart to help you find that answer. You can download a PDF of that chart here. Using the chart is very simple, just find the temperature at which you keep your kegerator. From there, follow the row over to a volume of CO2 in between our recommended range of 2.43 and 2.52 volumes. Finally, move up the column to find the pressure, in psi, at which to set your regulator.
If you have any more questions about kegerators and/or draft systems, the Brewer’s Association published an incredibly helpful manual. You can download it here.