Do you home brew your beer, or know anyone who does?
Have you/they heard about using EVOO in beer fermentation instead of oxygen?
By adding a minute mount of EVOO to the starter or wort prior to fermentation, can increase the ester production and flavour stability of your beer.
What if you could do away with the headache of deciding how much oxygen to add, when to add it, and what is the best way to add it. Wouldn’t that simplify your lives as homebrewers? Not to mention the added benefit of improved aging and flavour stability.
One method which has gotten a lot of press lately and been circulating throughout the various forums is the addition of a miniscule amount of olive oil in beer yeast instead of oxygen. The idea goes like this. Yeast needs oxygen to produce sterols and unsaturated fatty acids (UFA) for their cell walls. If we supply the UFAs to the yeast, then they won’t need oxygen.
It was found that the beers fermented with olive oil had increased ester content, although the increase was not out of specs for the beers produced (in the New Belgium brewery where the tests were conducted). Other results were that fermentations were a little slower but they did finish at the same gravities as those that were oxygenated instead. Perhaps the best result for big breweries and us as homebrewers, was that normal fermentations can be achieved with improved flavour stability.
So how much olive oil in beer yeast should you be using? During the trials, New Belgium brewery would pitch 4500 litres of yeast into 168000 litres of beer. Into the 4500 litres of yeast, they would add 300 ml of oil. To scale this down for 5 gallons, we need to use about 0.0000833 ml of oil. For almost everyone, this is impossible to measure. There are 60 drops of olive oil in a teaspoon, and a teaspoon is 5 ml, so a drop is about 0.0833 ml. You would need about 0.001 or 1/1000 of a drop. As you can see, the amounts are minuscule. It was suggested on Northern Brewer’s forum that one way to get this small amount would be to dip a toothpick into the olive oil and then transfer this amount over to the wort. Sounds good to me, and I believe many homebrewers are using this method to get the right amount in their wort.
So, for the adventurous homebrewers out there, try it. I believe it has been documented and experimented enough by everyone to be safe and reliable means of increasing both the flavour stability and ester production in your beers.
So – grab a bottle of Isobel Olives Extra Virgin Olive oil for your next home brew production and try it out. As you need so little, use the rest in your kitchen for your baking, roasting, salads, and enjoy the taste of good health made with passion..
Many of us are set in our ways after a lifetime of reaching for the shampoo bottle or conditioner. The question then becomes.... Are we clinging to bottles because it's a better product, or is it simply because that's what we've always done?
Here are some compelling reasons for making the change from using bottles, to bars.
1). Isobel Olives Soap Shampoo Bars are Package/Plastic Free.
This is by far, the most important reason for making the change. Here are some sobering statistics of drinking bottles alone. Just think that shampoo and conditioner bottles are in addition to these...
While switching to shampoo bars may seem like it can barely make a dent in these numbers, as more people convert, more and more bottles will be diverted from landfills and our water ways.
2. Isobel Olives Soap / Shampoo Bars are more Concentrated.
The bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos so you can use less per application and they will last longer. This is especially true with proper care (don’t be letting your bars soak in water)!
Why do they last longer? Take a look at a bottle of shampoo in your shower or on the shelves in stores and the first ingredient you will see is water. This explains why you typically need a healthy dollop of product to get the performance you want. With our bars, it’s a lot more difficult to use too much, as all you need to do is place some lather in your hands then apply it to your hair. You will find it suds up right away, and leaves your hair lovely soft and clean.
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Shampoo bars are great to travel with as you don't have to worry about spillage or liquid restrictions. The bars are perfect for carry on baggage as they small and light-weight. They are TSA approved, which means you don’t have to plan your packing around your hair care products. Best of all, they help prevent using the individual-sized shampoos and conditioners at your hotel, which goes back to point #1 about reducing packaging waste.
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Shampoo bars are great for saving space. Being much smaller and more light-weight than their bottled counterparts relative to the number of washings you can get from the same amount of product, they help you save space. This comes in handy in a variety of situations, from keeping your bathroom cabinets decluttered, to packing for an upcoming trip.
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The bars help create a minimalist aesthetic in your shower/bathroom by reducing the cluttered look of bottles. This significantly reduces the amount of clutter in the shower, and with less stuff, not only does it look better, it’s easier to clean; a win-win!
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The overall carbon footprint is less with shampoo bars as these solid bars are more light-weight and compact than their bottled counterparts, so they require less space during transport relative to the same amount of washes with liquid shampoo. Roughly ten to fifteen transport trucks of liquid shampoo would be needed for one transport truck of solid shampoo bars to get the same number of washes. We don't recommend you buying a truckload at once though - one or two for you, and some more for this years Christmas gifts. There - your Christmas shopping is complete already!
7. Isobel Olives Shampoo Bars are Multi-Purpose,
Shampoo bars can also be used for other purposes like washing your body, your pets in a pinch or your clothes while or camping or travelling. This means there's no need for bodywash either, so there's another plastic bottle saved from the landfill or ocean!
8. Isobel Olives Shampoo Bars leave hair feeling clean.
Our bars are a natural option, using 100% natural ingredients. They do not contain artificial fragrances that may cause skin irritation or allergies. They are also free of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and propylene glycol. These all natural ingredients are gentle of hair while still being effective. They naturally remove oil and grime to unveil shiny healthy hair .
Extra Virgin Olive Oil keeps it mild and gentle, Coconut Oil produces a creamy lather, and the Sweet Almond Oil conditions your hair. If you still need a conditioner, try 1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar with 2/3 water and spray your hair after your shower.
9. Isobel Olives Soap Shampoo Bars are Cost Effective.
Our bars are cost effective in that they typically last longer than shampoo in bottles. Standard sized shampoo bars can be used for approximately 80 washes which is more than standard shampoo bottle. Since our bars contain nourishing ingredients you may also be able to skip the conditioner saving yourself even more money!
They are natural, plastic free, sustainable,