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New foeders in the brewery

11/03/2015

As a result of the increasing demand for the beers produced by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste, two new foeders have been installed. Foeders are vertical oak barrels in which the spontaneously fermented beer continues to ferment and mature for 18 months before being used as the mother beer and basis for various beers in our range.

These foeders were entirely made to measure in the Cognac Region before being dismantled, transported and re-assembled in Bellegem completely by hand. First of all the bottom plate is laid down, then the staves are installed one by one to complete a round oak barrel. To ensure the staves stay together, large metal hoops are placed around the barrel.

Technical data:

  • Diameter bottom: 260 cm
  • Diameter top: 218 cm
  • Height: 395 cm
  • Thickness of the wood: 65 mm for the staves, 80 mm for the bottom
  • Capacity: 150 hectolitres

See on the video below how these foeders are constructed:

 

As mentioned before, these foeders are used for beer of spontaneous fermentation, also better known as Lambic. At the end of the brewing process the wort spends one night cooling down in the copper cooling basin in our brewery tower before being pumped into the foeders (oak barrels) using gravity. This is where the wort will ferment and mature for 18 months.

This mother beer is used for the following beers:

  • VanderGhinste Oud Bruin (65% top-fermented beer, 35% foeder beer)
  • Gueuze Jacobins: (45% foeder beer, 55% young beer)
  • Kriek Jacobins (50% foeder beer, 50% young beer / natural juices of cherries)
  • Kriek Max (25% natural cherry juices)
  • Rosé Max (10% natural raspberry juices)

The range also includes one uncut beer that consists of 100% foeder beer: the Cuvée des Jacobins. This beer is very popular in the USA and has won many awards, both national and international. In other words, it is a beer for connoisseurs.

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