Ippyfil is a project to create a craft beer Lab where we will develop the most original recipes never ever seen in Portugal before by linking the creativity with science.
Ippyfil is a craft beer brand created in 2017 by Filipe Matos when he decided to named his homebrews. Later Inês Eugénio a biological engineering student joined Filipe. Together we have produced several different beer styles, always trying to improve our recipes using different ingredients. Nowadays, we have an effective production of 20 L with a complete hand work except during the fermentation where the temperature is controlled electronically using a hand made prototype.
After more than two years of brewing beer, we have decided that is time to improve our concept so as engineers and scientists we are, we have decided to create a craft beer lab which this campaign targets. We pretend to do small batches of 75 L where we are able to fully monitor and control each step during the production.
We will use a HERMS (Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System) which allows us to fully control the temperatures in each step. This system has 3 kettles, one to heat and store water, other for the mashing, lautering and sparing and a third one for boiling. This way we will be able to reproduce any recipe which allows us to improve them always introducing our creativity in order to design the "perfect" recipe. In the long run this will result in new recipes and styles never brewed in Portugal.
All of this process will be controlled electronically using the BrewPi software, a PID controller developed in The Netherlands which was initially designed to control the fermentation temperature now expanded to control and monitor every step. We will use this system for both the brew day and fermentation stage using modified common fridges as we now do.
As one of our values is environmental sustainability we will use environmental friendly materials such as cork alongside with organic ingredients, beginning with growing organic hops in our garden.
The beer brewed here will be for our current followers and the ones that still have to discover us. We also pretend to increase the curiosity about the brewing process by organizing workshops for beginners or introductions to the HERMS and associated electronics for the curious. Last but not least we will develop customized batches for the ones that love to have special beer at home :)