BioHaze™ in the Brewhouse
BioHaze™ is a new haze stabilizer from Kerry Bioscience. Produced from all-natural materials, BioHaze™ acts by binding with protein molecules in beer to form polyphenol-protein complexes. These complexes create a stable haze that maximizes the visual appeal of juicy and hazy IPA, as well as other naturally cloudy styles.
The research team at the Rahr Technical Center conducted a trial on the effect of dry hopping in conjunction with the use of BioHaze™. In the trial, a base beer (a honey wheat ale which had undergone filtration) was split. Half was racked to a 5 gallon keg and dry-hopped with 90 grams of Wai-iti™hops (~1.2 lb/bbl).
The dry-hopped portion was then halved again into two 2.5 gallon kegs, with one dosed at 500 ppm BioHaze™ (low dose), and the other dosed at 1000 ppm BioHaze™ (high dose).
The control half of the beer was not dry-hopped, and was also split into two 2.5 gallon kegs and dosed with BioHaze™ at the same low-dose and high-dose rates.
The haze resulting from each dose was measured over time using a turbidimeter:
No Dry-Hop, Low Dose
No Dry-Hop, High Dose
Dry-Hop, Low Dose
Dry Hop, High Dose
* The turbidimeter is calibrated up to 99.9 NTU – some of the initial readings were far beyond this value. (see photo at the top for visual examples of >99 NTU)
The RTC’s Juan Medina concluded:
The key takeaway from this experiment is that the BioHaze™ performed best in conjunction with a dry hop addition. Based on this beer, it would seem that the higher dosing rate for BioHaze™ is most effective, but it is important to note that this may not be true with all beers and hopping rates. Brewers would be well-advised to experiment with different dosing rates based on their beers.