Friday, February 27, 2009
Here's the view of the brewhouse from just behind the cold water tank, down the aisle of fermentation and bright beer tanks. Nearly all of our plumbing is completed, and much of the electrical work as well. Monday we may fire up the boiler, as well as trying to clean up a little. By the end of next week we should be running test boils, cleaning tanks, and prepping for when "the man" gives us the ok to begin production.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Today, I'm not sure I buy into the tales of mild Eastern Shore winters- it's cold and windy, and I'm thinking Boston couldn't be worse. As of today, all our equipment is more or less in place, awaiting wiring, piping and/or cleaning. Work on the taproom is well along, and steam, cooling and wiring are moving forward- check out the photo from twitter on the sidebar. This morning we had a visit from the Eastern Shore sales crew of FP Winner, who we hope will be our Maryland distributor- hopefully they'll be back soon so we can finish the tour in the proper way: with a beer. Happy birthday to Frank, our ever knowledgeable and helpful pump guy!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
As we get closer to startup the amount of "little things" becomes a mountain. Between production, packaging, setting up the tasting room, the number of small details is huge. From calculating how much glycol coolant our system will require to ordering safety glasses, never mind malt and hops, the list seems endless at times. Every day a few more get checked off, and every day we're one day closer to our first brew. Recipes for our three core beers are nearing completion. I imagine they'll be tweaked as we see how things play out on our system, but the broad strokes are definitely in place.
Friday, February 6, 2009
All the tanks are now inside except our big 40 barrel tanks, and they'll come in on Monday. The bulk of the plumbing should be completed next week, and our bottling line should be here next week as well. We can't wait to get down to some serious cleaning- and brewing should be right behind that...