top fermentation

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a violent kind of alcoholic fermentation at a temperature high enough to carry the yeast cells to the top of the fermenting liquid

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That includes precision control, within a degree or two of tolerance, of the hot water that first hits the malted grain--a process called "striking"--and further along, propylene glycol jackets to keep temperatures for top fermentations (ales) and bottom fermentations (lagers) at their respective targets.