How to look after Cask Ales (Real Ales)


The condition of Cask Conditioned beer (Cask Ale, Real Ale),when dispensed will depend on the way it has been looked after in your cellar. When the beer is delivered it still has to go through its’ final fermentation and clarification by means of finnings, which have already been added in the brewery . While every brewery has it own procedures, if the beer is to be presented to your customer in consistently good condition, the following must be adhered to at all times, unless in special circumstances your Brewery advises otherwise.

While this is in no way a complete exercise as far as cask ale is concerned it should be enough for most licensees. If you feel we have missed something out or you would like something added please post on the forum it should also be made clear that we will not be able to offer advice on a personal level. Any questions must addressed via the forum.

As with all cellar procedures the cask equipment must be kept spotlessly clean at all times, to minimize the risk of infection it is recommended lines should be cleaned every seven days. Follow the manufacturers instructions depending on which cleaning fluid you use. Please click on the link below to take you on to the next page.

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With cask ales, once ale has started to be dispensed from the container, air will enter and slowly start to depreciate the quality of the product. Because of this, it is best to use the contents of the container within three days to keep wastage to a minimum. To ensure that you always sell good quality ale, you can always downsize, for example pins (pictured) 4.5 gallon or even bag in box(which will last a week or more).

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