Brewery Buildout Status Update

by Robin on February 9, 2012

The Mill Room

The Mill Room

Robin here. Sorry I’ve been absent here on the blog, but it has been a busy whirlwind around here with the attendant construction and our attempt to make a brewery from scratch on an accelerated timetable. In our case, basically only the two-vessel brewhouse is turnkey. Everything else, including translating a process flow into a workable layout for our space, drainage, refrigeration, glycol mains, etc, etc, is on us.

Trench Drains

Trench Drains

Walls are up and the mill room is roughed in. This is the room where we will mill our grain prior to mashing them in the brewing system.

Good news: trench drains are installed. Bad news: the floors are not sloped to them. That would have required either resurfacing or demolition, neither of which we could budget for. A well-drained brewery is like the ivory-billed woodpecker.

We have purchased a used 24 HP boiler to provide steam for the brew kettle and hot liquor tank. We will be ordering a condensate return system to return condensed steam back to the boiler.

The Boiler

The Boiler

We now have a remanufactured glycol chiller to provide cooling for our vessels. This is an all-in-one unit with the refrigeration, tank, and pumps. You can see the supply and return pipes in the photo.

Glycol Chiller

Glycol Chiller

Next up is the glycol supply and return piping to the brewery. This will have 100+ separate pieces of pipe and fittings that will have to be connected and hung! And that is not even counting the final connections to the vessels! The water softener for boiler water and an activated carbon filter for brewing water has just arrived.

Stay tuned, lots more buildout to come. I’m also working on recipes, which I’ll elaborate on more in a later post.

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