Jane and the Bomber
20.05.19

Jane and the Bomber

As a brewery we are committed to supporting our local community and one of the charities we support is the Aviation Heritage Centre that is rebuilding the Avro Lancaster Just Jane at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire. 10p of every bottle and pint sold of our Just Jane bitter goes to the restoration fund. The Lancaster bomber is a powerful symbol of the role that Lincolnshire played in the second world war and why the county is still known today as bomber county. The only memorial to all 58,000 air crew that lost their lives flying for bomber command during the war is on a hill overlooking Lincoln.

Our Just Jane bitter is a dark English bitter at 3.8% ABV and not only do you get to enjoy a fantastic beer, but as a direct result, we have been able to donate over £3000 to the restoration in the last two year! We will be continuing to support the Just Jane restoration project in 2019 through the sales of our Just Jane bitter.

How to pull the perfect pint
16.04.19

How to pull the perfect pint

Perfect Pint

We all have our own idea of what the perfect pint looks and tastes like.  However one area that causes much debate is the one about the froth or foam that forms at the top of the beer - commonly known as the ‘head’.

Traditionally beer drinkers from the North prefer a thicker, creamier almost dense head on their beer whilst drinkers from the south generally prefer a much thinner, lighter almost frothier version.

As Masons is a Birmingham Company we do side with our friends in the North!!

Cleaning

But first things first, before you can start to pull your perfect pint you must ensure that your glass is scrupulously clean (it’s known in the trade as ‘Beer Clean’). Any traces of dirt or impurities will certainly affect the quality of your drink.  Impurities, particularly grease, can cause the head to fail or to collapse.  We recommend that you wash your beer glass with a powdered soap - your dishwasher is fine if you are using powdered tablets and not liquid soap or tabs.  Liquid soap is a form of grease which can spoil the foam or froth in seconds. We also recommend that you only use your beer glass for beer and not for anything else. 

Sparklers and Agitation

A sparkler is a nozzle that is fitted to the end of the swan neck tap.  The sparkler has a ring of small perforated holes and when fitted causes agitation to the beer in turn creating the froth or head.

The Pint365 kit contains 3 different sparklers:

Adjustable Sparkler & Locking Ring

As the name suggests this is an adjustable sparkler. The tighter you turn the sparkler onto the swan neck spout the more the beer will be agitated creating more of a head.  The locking ring is used to this sparkler in place.

0.6mm Sparkler & 1mm Sparkler

These sparklers have .6mm holes and 1mm holes respectively running around the base and are both commonly used within the trade.  When fitted they have a fixed position on the swan neck spout. The smaller holes on the 0.6mm sparkler gives the greater agitation giving a thicker, creamier head.

Please note that that some beers are naturally lively and don’t require sparklers at all.  It’s always good to check with the Brewery.

 

 

Ready to go

 

For a creamier or larger head firstly attach your chosen sparkler. Then hold your glass at an approximate 45 degree angle making sure the bottom of the glass is as close as possible to the sparkler without it touching. Using the handle make firm pulls with consistent pressure gradually returning your glass to the upright position as you pass the half way point.

For a lighter or frothier head remove the sparkler and increase the distance between the bottom of the swan neck spout and your glass.  Tilt the glass to a 45 degree angle and make firm pulls with consistent pressure gradually returning your glass to the upright position as you pass the half way point.

 

Ultimately it’s your call (or should that be pour)  -  There’s only one way to find out!

16.04.19

Stand Assembly

To assemble your stand

  1. Lie your unit on its back with the Masons badge facing down
  2. Loosen the 4 knobs on each side of the unit and carefully lift the front cover up and off
  3. Remove the 4 knobs completely
  4. Take the unit and place it on its side
  5. Take one of the legs (make sure the flat part of the stand is facing outwards – see attached picture) line the holes up and tighten the knobs ‘hand tight’
  6. Turn the Pint365 over onto the other side and repeat
  7. Return the Pint365 to an upright position
  8. Loosen all 4 knobs by approximately 3 -4 rotations
  9. Replace front cover.  Your stand should be inbetween the frame and the front cover
  10. Once in place tighten all 4 knobs ‘hand tight’

*We recommend always handling your Pint365 by the stainless steel swan neck tap*

Pint365 Assembly
14.03.19

Pint365 Assembly

Step 1

Decide where you want to use your Pint365.  The unit weight is approximately 9kg so please ensure that you choose somewhere robust enough for you to mount and somewhere that will be able to cope with the counter balance action of the handle being pulled. Attach your Pint365 to the worktop/counter by tightening both clamps until completely secure.

 

Step 2

Take the insulated pipe and attached the grey John Guest fitting to one end and the black John Guest fitting to the other

Step 3

Take the grey fitting and push it firmly onto the Inlet feed at the bottom the CaskMaster.

Step 4

Identify which of the following fittings your beer has:

 

Polypin has a white tap and a Bag in Box has black and red tap then follow the relevant step below:

  1. Bag in Box (Black and Red Tap) Push the black John Guest fitting onto the Vitop connector.

Remove the red tab (seal) and then slide the Vitop connector over the top of the red tap and twist the nut on the top of the Vitop connector downward.  This opens the tap and allows the beer to be drawn out.

B.    Polypin (White Tap) Push the black John Guest fitting on to the white tap ensuring its completely on.  Fully rotate the white tap lever to the open position. This will allow the beer to be drawn out.

Step 5

You are now in a position to pull beer. Please note that the first couple of strokes will be “charging” the pump ready to pour and no beer will actually dispense.  Once the Pint365 is charged use a controlled tempo to pull your perfect pint