Rogue Brewing’s newest addition to the Chatoe Rogue series is a floor malted pilsner. All the ingredients were grown on Rogue’s hop & malt yards. Floor malting isn’t an easy process for a brewery to under take. Saving the time to type out the process, here’s a bit from wikipedia that gives you an idea:
The malting process starts with drying the grains to a moisture content below 14%, and then storing for around six weeks to overcome seed dormancy. When ready, the grain is immersed or “steeped” in water two or three times over two or three days to allow the grain to absorb moisture and to start to sprout. When the grain has a moisture content of around 46%, it is transferred to the malting or germination floor, where it is constantly turned over for around five days while it is air dried. The grain at this point is called “green malt”. The green malt is then kiln dried to the desired colour and specification. Malts range in colour from very pale through crystal and amber to chocolate or black mal
Rough huh? “Chit” is a reference to the rootlet that pops up during germination.
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft.
Chatoe Rogue Releases “Good Chit Pilsner”
NEWPORT OREGON, August 12, 2011 – Micro batch testing of the Rogue Floor Malting system at a SECRET LOCATION at 1001 SE 9th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214 has concluded and the Floor Malted barley is being used to brew Chatoe Rogue’s Good Chit Pilsner.
Good Chit Pilsner is made with Rogue Farm barley that we Floor-Malted in small batches. Floor Malting is an, old fashioned, 8 day process that includes steeping, germination, raking, roasting, bagging and hands on love 24 hours a day. “Chit” refers to the start of the rootlets that emerge from the embryo of the kernel once steeping is complete and germination begins.
Floor-Malting is an extension of Rogue’s commitment to knowing and letting others know the Terroir, Province and Origin of its ingredients by Growing Your Own (GYO). Floor Malting in micro batches allows the Maltsters and Brewers to control variety, roast and complexion of their ingredients. The end creation is unlike anything available on store shelves.
Rogue is dedicated to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing its own. The Rogue Grow Your Own (GYO) Micro Barley Farm is located in Oregon’s Tygh Valley Appellation and Rogue’s 42 acre Micro Hopyard is located in Oregon’s Wigrich Appellation.
Good Chit Pilsner will be on shelves on October 1st, 2011.