Well hey, y’all! We’ve been working hard getting things set up at the brewhouse. Thought we’d take you on a preliminary tour.
Check out the pots on that custom-built table! The black box on the wall is the brains of the system, allowing us to control temperatures and liquid flow. We’ll use the HLT (right) to heat water, half of which will run through a hose into the mashtun (middle), where we’ll add the crushed grain. Water will continuously cycle between the HLT and mashtun to retain appropriate temperature while the grain mashes/steeps. Once that process is done, the wort will be drained off into the boil kettle (left)…to be boiled.
Once boiled, the beer-to-be is transferred into the Fermenators, which are housed in temp-controlled freezers. The yeast goes to work during this stage.
And finally it will transfer to the kegs/brite tanks to condition, clarify and carbonate. The whole process is a little bit magic, but we actually get to use a magic/carbonation wand during this last step to introduce the bubbles before bottling right out of the brite tanks. Sweet.
We’re getting there – one electrical outlet, one vent hood, one fermenator at a time!