Craft Brew Solutions®

For more than 30 years, Kalsec® has been providing the brewing industry with advanced hop extracts for bitterness addition, light stability, foam enhancement and improved economics. Our HopRival® natural hop extracts deliver flavor and aroma that rival traditional hopping.

Now, Kalsec® introduces Craft Brew Solutions®, a line of hop extracts developed specifically to enhance the craft brewing process. These products provide a consistent foundation of hop characteristics while presenting other unique features, including a variety of distinct flavors and aromas.

Benefits

Easy to Use

These liquid extracts are easy to add to the whirlpool or post-fermentation.

Economical

Kalsec® Craft Brew Solutions® are competitively priced, particularly when compared to the results obtained using hop pellets or traditional spices.

Flexible

Intended to supplement traditional hopping, these ingredients give you freedom to adjust beer characteristics to your preference by adding more or less until you achieve your desired profile. This creates endless new product opportunities and the ability to quickly adapt to the dynamic changes in consumer tastes.

Less Waste

Without the traditional green matter in hop pellets, significant reduction in wort and beer loss is achieved. For example, 8 percent beer loss is typical for dry hopped beers, which is avoided using Trop Hopical®.

How to Use

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Products

Bitter Blaster®

Bitter Blaster®

Heighten your bitterness! These hop-isomerized alpha acids heighten the bitterness of your beer in an easy-to-use format.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – isomerized alpha acids to augment traditional bitter hopping.

  • Adds noticeable bitterness to your brew – up to 10 BU
  • Facilitates the addition of bitterness; intended to supplement traditional bitter hopping

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250-gram bottle of Bitter Blaster® to 50-75 bbl beer post-fermentation to add about 10 IBU. Use carefully; overdosing will result in too much bitterness.

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Head Master™

Head Master™

Complement your head retention! These hop acids provide a creamy beer foam with slight bitterness.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – hexa-hydro-iso-alpha acids.

  • Makes beer foam slightly creamier and adds bitterness of up to 4 IBU
  • Improves beer foam and mouthfeel

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250-gram bottle of Head Master™ to 50-75 bbl beer post-fermentation for noticeable beer foam improvement. Use carefully; overdosing will give the foam an undesirable appearance.

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Hopfenatic®

Hopfenatic®

Distinguish your hop character! This blend of hop oil fractions offers well-rounded hop aroma and hop flavor without bitterness.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – hop-derived sesquiterpenes, terpene alcohols and hop esters add hop aroma and hop flavor to augment traditional aroma hopping.

  • Adds significant hop aroma and flavor top notes to your brew without significant bitterness
  • Augments traditional aroma hopping

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250-gram bottle of Hopfenatic® to 20-30 bbl beer post-fermentation to increase hop aroma and hop flavor top notes. Use carefully; overdosing will give an unbalanced aroma and flavor character.

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HopCitrAles™

HopCitrAles™

Express Your Hop Passion! This blend of tropical flavors and hop oils mimics tropical citrus and passion fruit dry hop character without significant bitterness.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – monoterpene and sesquiterpene hop oil fractions with added natural flavors.

  • Adds significant tropical fruit dry hop aroma and flavor top notes to your brew
  • Gives American craft beers dry hop aroma and hop flavor character without the dry hop mess and hassle

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250-gram bottle of HopCitrAles™ to 10-20 bbl beer post-fermentation to impart tropical fruit dry hop aroma and flavor. Use carefully; overdosing will give an unbalanced aroma and flavor character.

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Trop Hopical®

Trop Hopical®

Elevate your Dry Hopping! This blend of natural grapefruit character and hop oils mimics grapefruit dry hop character without bitterness.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – monoterpene and sesquiterpene hop oil fractions with added natural flavors.

  • Adds significant dry hop aroma and flavor top notes to your brew
  • Gives American craft beer dry hop aroma and hop flavor character without the dry hop mess and hassle

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250-gram bottle of Trop Hopical® to 15-25 bbl beer post-fermentation to add dry hop aroma and flavor top notes. Use carefully; overdosing will give an unbalanced aroma and flavor character.

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Hop HySterian™

Hop HySterian™

Add Old World Noble Character! This blend of hop floral, fruity, and spicy fractions intended to give Craft pilsners and ales an old world noble character. At lower dosage levels, Hop HySterian™ provides a floral, spicy hop character to lagers and ales. When used at a higher dosage levels, earthy and garlic characteristics begin to appear.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – optimized blend of hop-derived terpenes, sesquiterpenes, and terpene alcohols.

  • Adds a significant dry hop aroma and flavor top note to your brew
  • Blend of hop floral, fruity, and spicy fractions intended to give Craft pilsners and ales an old world noble character without the dry hop mess and hassle

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250 gram bottle of Hop HySterian™ to 4-6 bbl beer post-fermentation to add a blend of hop floral, fruit, and spicy notes giving old world noble character. Use carefully; overdosing will give an unbalanced aroma and flavor character.

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Lacto Dellicious™

Lacto Dellicious™

Sharpen your flavor profile! Make your beer tart and sour without the hassle and risk of using beer spoiling bacteria.

TECHNO-BABBLE [what it is and what it does] – an optimized blend of natural fermentation derived flavors.

  • Natural flavor for beer
  • Makes your beer both tart and sour safely.
  • Generate a sour beer without the hassle and risk of using beer spoiling bacteria. The risk of “off” flavor generation is eliminated entirely.

Dosage Info /
How to Use

Add a 250 gram bottle of Lacto Dellicious™ to 1 bbl beer post-fermentation to create your perfect sour beer. Use carefully; overdosing may give an unbalanced aroma and flavor character.

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Have a question before you purchase? First, check out our FAQs below. If those don’t answer it, drop us a line!

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“When paired with a hoppy beer, this increases perceived bitterness. The aroma intensifies the bitterness in a non-offensive way. On a beer which has low hops, this only adds a Amarillo like floral aroma. Very different than a trophopicol which actually adds bitterness in my opinion.”

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FAQs

  • How do I use Bitter Blaster™ in the brewkettle to increase bitterness?

    Bitter Blaster™ is a hop-derived liquid extract and can be easily added by pouring into the brewkettle at the end of boil or into the whirlpool; it will rapidly disperse in the hot wort.  A good starting strategy is to supplement traditional bitter hops by adding Bitter Blaster™ for ¼ – ½ of the BU bitterness.   Bitterness utilization is 50% – 60% for Bitter Blaster™ compared to 30% or less from traditional brewkettle bitter hops, so only small amounts are added.  For 4 – 5 BU of increased bitterness, add 3½ grams (~ 3 ml, ~ 3/4 tsp) Bitter Blaster™ per bbl of wort.

  • Is it possible to add Bitter Blaster™ after fermentation to increase bitterness?

    Bitter Blaster™ can be added after fermentation to improve bitterness utilization as high as 80% – 90%, requiring small addition amounts.  It is a bit more challenging to precisely and evenly dose Bitter Blaster™ into beer after fermenting; please see the Dosing FAQ for more information on options.  Again, a good starting strategy is to supplement traditional bitter hops by adding Bitter Blaster™ for ¼ – ½ of the BU bitterness.   For 4 – 5 BU of increased bitterness, add 2¼ gram (~ 2 ml, ~ 1/2 tsp) Bitter Blaster™ per bbl of beer.

  • I want to improve the beer foam on my beer, can Craft Brew Solutions® help with that?

    Head Master™ is a hop-derived foam enhancer which, along with the foam positive proteins present in beer, can make foam more stable and longer lasting.  Since the foam positive proteins can vary depending upon beer style and process conditions, a bit of trial and error might be needed to get the right dosing amount.   A slight amount of bitterness also comes from Head Master™ but because of the small amounts typically needed for foam improvement, it is usually not significant.  It can be somewhat challenging to precisely and evenly dose Head Master™ into beer after fermenting; please see the Dosing FAQ for more information on options.  A starting amount might be to add ~ 1 gram (~ 1 ml, ~< 1/4 tsp) Head Master™ per bbl of beer after fermentation.  But proceed carefully because addition of too much (we suggest dosing no more than ~ 3 grams Head Master™ per bbl of beer) can make the foam look unrealistic, more like a meringue or whipped cream type of foam.

  • Which Craft Brew Solutions® product would you use to get a good overall aroma hop character, similar to noble hop varieties?

    Hopfenatic™, which is 100% hop-derived hop oil blend will provide an overall noble-like hop characterHopfenatic™ can be added late into the whirlpool for some impact, or after fermenting for a more intense dry-hop top note.  Good results have been achieved when Hopfenatic™ is used to augment traditional aroma hopping late in the brewkettle or in the whirlpool.  It is a bit more challenging to precisely and evenly dose Hopfenatic™ into beer after fermenting; please see the Dosing FAQ for more information on options.  For a noticeable impact, dose 15 – 25 grams Hopfenatic™ per bbl beer, using more or less depending upon the intensity of the aroma and flavor desired.

  • Which Craft Brew Solutions® product gives a citrus, tropical hop character, similar to Cascade or Centennial hop varieties?

    Trop Hopical™, which is a hop oil blended with other natural flavors, will provide a characteristic American Dry Hop character, having a citrus, grapefruit tropical hop characterTrop Hopical™ can be added late into the whirlpool for some impact, or after fermenting for a more intense dry-hop top note.  Good results have been achieved when Trop Hopical™ is used to supplement traditional aroma hopping late in the brewkettle or in the whirlpool.  The benefits of Trop Hopical™ include not having to climb onto a fermenter to dry hop, not compromising the beer by opening the tank to dry hop, and not having so much beer loss (typically 8% – 10%!).  It is a bit more challenging to precisely and evenly dose Trop Hopical™ into beer after fermenting; please see the Dosing FAQ for more information on options.  For a noticeable impact, dose 20 – 30 grams Trop Hopical™ per bbl beer, using more or less depending upon the intensity of the aroma and flavor desired.

  • Which Craft Brew Solutions® product do you recommend to give a tropical, passion fruit hop character, similar to Citra hop variety?

    HopCitrAles™, which is hop oil blended with other natural flavors, will provide a characteristic American Dry Hop character having a tropical, passion fruit and mango hop characterHopCitrAles™ can be added late into the whirlpool for some impact, or after fermenting for a more intense dry-hop top note.  Good results have been achieved when HopCitrAles™ is used to supplement traditional aroma hopping late in the brewkettle or in the whirlpool.  The benefits of HopCitrAles™ include not having to climb onto a fermenter to dry hop, not compromising the beer by opening the tank to dry hop, and not having so much beer loss (typically 8% – 10%!).  It is a bit more challenging to precisely and evenly dose HopCitrAles™ into beer after fermenting; please see the Dosing FAQ for more information on options.  For a noticeable impact, dose 30 – 45 grams HopCitrAles™ per bbl beer, using more or less depending upon the intensity of the aroma and flavor desired.

  • How do I dose Craft Brew Solutions® into beer after fermentation?

    This is likely the most challenging aspect of using these types of products.  Fundamentally, the objective is to add the product uniformly into beer without compromising the quality of the beer.   It is important to ensure the product is well mixed in the beer so that there is no stratification or separation – since the key component includes hop oil, it is not as readily miscible in cold beer.  There are a number of methods that have been used.  Click here for some options.  We are always interested in receiving information on the ingenious methods brewers have devised for addition.

  • What if I can’t use all 250 grams at one time?

    Use the quantity desired, then immediately recap to minimize air exposure and refrigerate.  The product will retain its character after 1-2 months if kept refrigerated in a tightly closed bottle.  The intensity of the character might decrease after prolonged refrigerated storage once it has been opened and exposed to air.

  • Where can I buy Craft Brew Solutions®?

    Craft Brew Solutions® products are immediately available and sold in 250 gram bottles on-line through Amazon. Typical Amazon payment and shipping options are available.

  • I need Craft Brew Solutions® in larger package sizes than 250 grams. Are those available?

    Larger package sizes are available at a discount from Kalsec® located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Contact Kalsec® Customer Service at 1-800-323-9320 to determine availability and determine ordering procedure.   Typically there is a 3 week lead time for the larger package sizes and credit card payments are not an option.

    Package Size: 1 kg 3 kg 10 kg 15 kg

    Amazon Price Discount: 10% 12% 15% 17%

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