liamt07 wrote:Maybe someone can answer this for me.
For brewery features (even seasonal features): why doesn't the LCBO demand a small order of bottles for testing months/weeks in advance of the projected launch date in order to ensure that there's sufficient time for testing, while also helping to have the product hit stores when scheduled to?
Too many times are things scheduled to hit stores for a certain date, but aren't seen by the consumer until 2-3 months later.
Perhaps it is because they want to make sure that the ABV of the release is known? I think they have a limit of +-0.2% ABV for <5% and +-0.5% ABV for >5% beers. They do lab testing of ABV and compare it to the stated ABV.
If they do one batch for testing and one batch for release they could attenuate differently or miss gravity by enough to fall outside that?
That is only my guess.