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Brisket Mac and Cheese

Brisket Mac and Cheese

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food - Brisket Mac and Cheese! 🧀🥩 This mouthwatering dish combines tender smoked brisket with creamy, cheesy macaroni, creating a flavor-packed combination that will leave you craving for more.

The savory, melt-in-your-mouth brisket pairs perfectly with the rich and gooey mac and cheese, creating a heavenly harmony of textures and tastes. It's the ideal dish for family gatherings, potlucks, or any occasion when you want to impress your guests with a delectable treat.

Whether you're a mac and cheese enthusiast, a barbecue lover, or simply a foodie seeking the ultimate comfort meal, Brisket Mac and Cheese is a must-try dish that promises to satisfy your taste buds and warm your heart. Don't wait any longer - gather the ingredients and get ready for a culinary delight like no other!


Adam Casto
February 21, 2024 | Adam Casto

Key Criteria for Selecting Yeast in Wine Fermentation

Winemakers meticulously select the yeast for their wine fermentation based on several carefully considered criteria, tailored to ensure that each bottle delivers the perfect symphony of taste and aroma.

So, what are some of the essential criteria that winemakers look for when selecting yeasts? Let's take a deeper dive:

1. Cell Wall Strength: Because red wines are generally fermented with the whole fruit, or “on-skins”, it involves a higher solids environment, making them more challenging for our microscopic yeast friends. This scenario calls for a yeast strain with stronger cell walls, while still allowing effective nutrient transport, to withstand these difficult conditions, a major factor in red wine yeast selection.

2. Thiol and Esther Production: Yeasts for white wines are often selected for their tendency to produce an abundance of aromatic compounds called thiols and esters. For instance, Riesling, known as a thiol type, is often fermented with yeasts from the Alsace, Mosel and Rhone regions, celebrated for their high thiol production. 

3. Temperature, Alcohol, and pH Tolerance: Red wine fermentation usually involves higher temperature and alcohol levels than do most whites. How a particular yeast will respond to temperature manipulations and extremes can have significant implications for potential wine style, so careful consideration is required. A yeast may produce ideal aromatic or textural qualities, but might get ruled out if it cannot thrive in the appropriate alcohol or temperature parameters.

4. Nutrient requirements and byproduct: For winemaking, saccharomyces cerevisiae have been isolated and selectively bred mostly for their ability to consistently convert sugars into alcohol in a fairly wide range of chemical and environmental conditions. In addition to ethanol, these yeasts can produce over 250 volatile metabolites, most of which contribute to the overall organoleptic profile of a wine and effectively form the fingerprint of the selected yeast strain, but not always for the better. Hydrogen Sulfide and Acetic Acid are two of the more common problematic byproducts that can form as a response to adverse circumstances such as insufficient or excessive oxygen and other nutrient resources, as well as stressors like severe heat or cold, and competition from other microorganisms. Each yeast has particular genetic traits that modulate their behavioral attributes for these and many more compounds, and critically inform the selection process. 

Here’s a fun fact: All the yeasts we use have their origins traced back to Old World regions. These yeast strains have been isolated in a lab and undergone a rigorous selection process to produce desirable iterations of a selected variety.

The selection of yeast is crucial, as it influences the wine's fermentation and final profile. The right yeast helps to orchestrate the balance of flavors and aromas, allowing winemakers to produce complex and memorable wines. The mastery over this minute yet vital ingredient is what helps transform grapes into vintage masterpieces.

For more enlightening insights in the world of wines, keep following our blog!

Adam Casto
February 13, 2024 | Adam Casto

Unveiling the Impact of Site and Yeast Diversity on Wine Fermentation

As wine connoisseurs, enthusiasts, or even occasional drinkers, we appreciate the distinct and unique flavors of different wines. There is an exciting complexity behind every bottle's journey from the grapes on the vine to the finished product in your glass. Let us venture into the world of fermentation, one of the key components that shape the character of your beloved bottle of wine.

Research has unveiled the unique nature of fermentation conducted by fruits from different sites. Even when fruits from various locations arrive on the same day, their fermentation process from a kinetic standpoint can differ quite remarkably. This includes factors like the temperature of fermentation, the time it takes to start, the demands for oxygen and nutrients it requires, and the time it takes to finish.

The microbial population diversity also affects the unique and distinctive qualities of a wine. It's not solely the well-known saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast commonly used in alcoholic fermentation, that holds the reins. The variety and quantity of different yeasts, their presence or absence at certain times, and the degree of their activity, all contribute to the final taste, aroma, and texture of the wine.

Traditionally, it was believed that incorporating a specific cultured yeast in fermentation would lead to a particular outcome. However, recent studies have shown that even under ideal conditions, there is only a roughly 70% chance that the chosen yeast will even survive until the end of the fermentation process. Many other yeast microbes could potentially play a role and influence the fermentation, making the results somewhat unpredictable and potentially enhance the complexity of the wine.

Addressing these uncertainties, winemakers are exploring different microbe combinations, sequential or late inoculations and spontaneous fermentations. The focus has shifted from sticking to the conventional of methods of single, high-dose isolated yeasts to instead focusing on the success of the fermentation process, regardless of how it is achieved.

You might perceive fermentation as a linear process, but it’s far from it. After the initial lag phase, there is an abrupt drop where most of the action occurs, followed by a long tail phase. During this phase, yeast colonies begin dying out, and the competition between the remaining colonies intensifies. This stage is where the magic happens and where winemakers' decisions can significantly impact the style and character of the wine. Factors like how often the wine is moved, the temperatures it is exposed to, and ways of dealing with suspended solids, can make a substantial difference. It could last from days to weeks and requires expert handling to ensure optimum results.

In the intricate world of winemaking, every phase holds its charm and relevance. The beauty of it lies not just in the end product but in appreciating the complexities of the process that brings the wine to life. So the next time you pour yourself a glass, remember the wonders of fermentation that have contributed to the delightful experience that is your favorite wine.

Follow along as we dive deeper into these topics, and so many more in the world of wine.


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