Brewer's Blog

Celebrating a few firsts...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A couple of weeks back, the creativity bug bit us and a new Half Pints beer was born.  Isolator is a malty, German inspired Dopplebock, with low bitterness, thick toasty munich malt flavours, and a way to drinkable stance for its own strength.  It's also the first beer where we've performed a decoction mash.

For those of you who don't know, a decoction mash involves mixing your main batch of mash, then pulling out a portion, holding that portion at a slightly higher temperature as your main mash for a while, then bringing that portion to a full boil.  Once boiled for whatever length the brewer chooses, that portion is added back to the main mash, which raises the main mash's temperature and the process starts again, if needed for multiple decoctions.  We performed multiple decoctions for the Isolator, which resulted in the full, thick malty base you can taste in the beer.

The Isolator is also the first beer we've produced that will be bottled on our fancy schmancy new automatic bottling line for 650ml. bottles.  Matt especially is excited about this because it means the Smoktoberfest was the last beer ever to be hand bottled from the brewery!

So by my calculations:
6 years, 3 months, 25 days, 280 000 bottles later, we're done with hand bottling.

Stop by the brewery on November 17th for the Isolator release - we'll also have everybody's favourite beer - Sweet Nikki Brown that day, too!

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