Promotes rapid dissolving, enhanced performance and long shelf-life
Cryoﬁne contains puriﬁed isinglass in convenient powder form. It is added to beer at the end of fermentation to speed maturation and improve ﬁltration by removing yeasts and protein particles. For the purposes of rapid dissolving, enhanced performance and long shelﬂife, the production of Cryoﬁne involves improved disruption technology to enhance dissolving.
The active component of Cryoﬁne is isinglass (collagen). It is derived from the swim bladder of ﬁsh. Processing into ﬁnished form involves a regime of rigorous washing and sterilisation, followed by drying and milling. The precise nature of the action of collagen on yeast and proteins is not fully understood, and many suggestions have been promoted.
Collagen exists in solution as tightly bound triple helix strands which possess both positive and negative charged sites along their length. It is clear that the amino acid make-up of collagen, and speciﬁcally the high proportion of proline and hydroxyproline, contributes to its remarkable ability to remove both yeasts and proteins so eﬀectively.
In a typical application greater than 95% of yeast and 90% of protein particles are removed.
Cryoﬁne is typically added at between 1 and 3 g/hl.
For both performance and commercial considerations it is advisable to identify the correct addition rate. This will vary from beer to beer (a simple optimisation test is detailed later).