New Kettle, Tweets, and New Products
December 20, 2011
If you follow Starr Hill on Facebook or Twitter, then you know we have been in different phases of expansion for nearly a year now. The latest and greatest improvement is the addition of a new dedicated boil kettle. JV Northwest custom built a new 25-barrel boil kettle for us to expand our existing brew house. To go along with our last fermentation capacity expansion, this allows us to keep all the fermentation vessels full without working 6-day work weeks…Woohoo! Unlike others its size, this kettle has a collandria inside to utilize convection during a boil to increase the evaporation of unwanted volatiles and produce even higher quality wort. Simply put, the Gift of Great Beer just got a little better, a little faster!
John Bryce with the collandria.
Allie asked me to start tweeting around the time she asked me to begin writing posts for our blog. I have been happy to do both, but I do wonder what people want to know about our brewery. I realize that I am too close to the situation to see it clearly, so I will ask you people here and on Twitter to give any suggestions you may have regarding blog or Tweet subjects for the future. I am happy to keep reporting what I am putting in the kettle and who I am listening to on the radio, but I want to address different topics that you folks are interested in. Twitter has been a lot of fun for me, however, neither Twitter nor the blog are all that interactive on my end…so please leave a comment here and tell me what topics you’d like me to discuss—help me out!
On the most interesting front, we are putting together a very aggressive new products schedule for 2012. Starting this month, we released our first All-Access brew, a Belgian Tripel. It will be followed by Wee Heavy, which will be released January 1st and followed bi-monthly by a new, High Gravity selection from the brain trust here at Starr Hill. Around March 1st look for another All Access brew and our new seasonal, Starr Pils!
Most importantly, I would like you all to enjoy as much Starr Hill as you like over the holidays…safely that is. Enjoy your families, and we will fire this blog back up in January!
Love to all and Happy Holidays!