Friday, 24 December 2010
Anyway, it has of course been a little chilly recently, giving us an opportunity to practice our engineering skills.
We have literally reverse-engineered our cooling system to turn it into a warming system : We add hot liquor to the cold liquor tank and switch off the chiller while continuing to pump the warm coolant around the rest of the system. This has worked quite nicely to warm up our "cold" room and a reluctant fermentation.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Church Inn, Mobberley : Gold, Ale
Egerton Arms, Chelford : Best, Ale
Bulls Head, Mobberley : Gold
Rose & Crown, Knutsford : Gold
Bulls Head, Smallwood :Gold
White Lion, Disley : Best
Bridge Inn, Chester : Gold
Coming Soon (delivered) :
Rose & Crown, Knutsford : Ale
Mill Hotel, Chester : Best, Ale
Helter Skelter, Frodsham : Ale, Gold
Cross Keys, Knutsford : Best
Albion, Warrington : Ale,Gold
Church Inn, Mobberley : Best
Bridge End Inn, Ruabon : Ale, Best
Blue Bell, Halkyn : Ale
Falcon Bearer, Knutsford : Ale
Bridge Inn, Chester : ("Best went down very well", "very popular")
Commercial Hotel, Wheelock : ("lots of nice compliments")
Bhurtpore Inn, Nantwich : Ale, Best (starts Tuesday 6th July)
Bus Route 76, Denbigh : Ale, Best (Saturday 10th July)
Dog Inn, Peover (Beer Festival) : Best, Ale
Crown, Lower Peover : Ale
Cheshire Game & Angling Fair, Peover ( Sunday 15th August) : Ale, Gold
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
The Church Inn - they emptied the first cask in a couple hours - we restocked last night so they still have plenty of Best. Please vist - Stephen runs a great pub. The second picture of course is Gregg! Thanks to Terry for the Pics.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Investigations to ensue - in the meantime we will have to settle for blanking plates on the ports and manage without volume indicators for the liquor tanks.
Somehow the bracket on the outlet port of our large sump pump broke :
Fortunately Clarke's have a replacement - all it costs is time and money.
It transpired that the kettle stack was just impinging on the line of a purling, which would make it tricky to run it through the roof - so the second picture shows the entire brewhouse moved three inches further away from the camera. Half a day spent undoing connections, shoving a few tonnes of steel into millimetre-precise positions, then reconnecting. Yes, Mr Smart-Arse, you are right - we should have spotted this before the final positioning was set - Oops! # 537, I suppose.
This "After" picture provides a better perspective :
The rest of the stack will be on site at 7 a.m. tomorrow, and will be in position sometime in the next few days - assuming good weather for roof work. Of course, after three weeks of glorious dry spring weather, we have just returned to traditional Cheshire drizzle now that the stack is ready. Oh pook.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
Yes, it does seem unlikely that this is only the second mistake that has been uncovered so far - perhaps it would be better numbered as i.
Anyway, this shows the back side (fnarr fnarr) of the diverter panel, with the pumps fitted. The route to one of the 2" ports is blocked, and we need to modify the supplied kettle wort-out pipe with a couple of 45 degree elbows - a tricky alteration as the point connects at three separate points. Ho hum.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
The beast is the pump for pre-mixing grain with hot liquor and pumping the wetted grist into the mash tun - it is a combination of Steel's masher and progressive cavity pump. I placed the cardboard box to give an indication of scale; useful, huh? 1.75m long, for those who like precise figures.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Very clean and shiny - for now. Not quite hermetically sealed, but definitely rodent-proof. Particularly pleased with the custom-built sliding door, thanks to a certain Texan gentleman.
There appears to be a box on legs in this picture; not a rodent, but certainly a pest of some sort.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Fabricators in on Monday to start work on external connections : grist case, hot liquor tank, heat exchanger, etc.
Friday, 9 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
These 4000 litre tanks, hot (err... and cold) from the factory will hold brewing liquor (hot water) heated by steam, and cold water (for wort cooling) cooled by glycol. They are twin tanks, each jacketed and insulated for efficiency.
We managed to manoeuvre them into the brewery on the flat-bed truck, and unload with our fork-lift. Manoeuvering these tanks around and trundling them up the ramp onto the brewhouse floor was a little exciting, but completed without drama.
The brewhouse floor is starting to look a little crowded, but my carefully-planned drawing and repeated measurements assure that we will be able to fit everything - probably. Just hope we have none of those embarrassing metric-to-Imperial conversion hiccoughs.
Thanks to Tommy Stafford for his patience at both ends of the delivery, and his help unloading.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Anyway, last major construction work underway - the mezzanine floor is going up. The area with the smart red floor will be the grain room, and adjacent will be lab & kitchen. We needed to level the floor in the grain room to avoid 1-tonne pallets rolling downhill, and the mezzanine pillars had to be adjusted to compensate. Fortunately Alf was on site with his cutter and welding kit to save the day.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
...and the real thing starts to take shape.
Excuse the brevity of recent postings, but I am starting to experience the reality of the old cliché "not enough hours in the day" - and as the other old cliché has it, a picture paints a thousand words, so complaints on a postcard to Anyone But Me.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Used the forklift to move a couple of the fermenters onto the brewhouse floor. A little tricky but completed without incident - apart from the nasty rubber tyre marks all over the lovely new tiles. Still, should only be a few days work to cut out the marked tiles and replace with new ones - fortunately we have some in reserve. Somebody suggested just cleaning them, but I hate half-hearted bodges.
Photographic note : The flash is reflecting off dust particles in the air in some of these photo's; a good illustration of why the beer vessels should not be opened after being sanitised.
The picture shows our snow sculpture designer and resident brewery graphics artist astride her lastest creation - the snow caterpillar. It was kicked down by some little yobs shortly thereafter; we managed to catch them and bury them under the caterpillar remains, but unfortunately the snow melted and it looks like they got away before expiring. Hanging's too good for 'em.