It’s officially week four. A lot has happened in week four:
Temporary window treatments
My wife got some white dropcloths to hang in the windows. But what’s more boring than all white in the windows for months? I had to spruce it up with some logo’s to let you know that this is real. Up until now, it probably hasn’t been too tangible to both you and me…more like a dream.
I involved my two son’s as much as I could. There is nothing better for learning than involving them in as much of the process as I can…though patience it takes! They did a lot of work on creating the stencils to then paint these signs.
I couldn’t be happier with these temporary signs. My wife was actually surprised that they look as good as they do.
I have been itching to get inside and remove some flooring and the old bar area of the previous tenant, etc. My Dad, John (thanks a lot John!) and I got this done in two days. I really needed to see this space opened up so I could start mapping out a 3D floorplan.
This is when I had my ‘oh s$7t’ moment…it’s really for real. No going back…not that I want to (I have been sampling the most recent Amarillo IPA I just made…10 days old…it’s too good to keep to myself)
Along with laying out the bar, I have to figure out the exact dimensions. Essentially it’s a big grey area. I honestly don’t think the ‘internet standard bar dimensions’ are that good. We tried those dimensions and your feet and legs are too pinned into the bar back wall. We have a bar height table at home that is much more generous – and comfortable. My wife and I even experimented with several footrest dimensions. We think we have a good bar…but we are going to do some research at other local bars in the coming weeks to make sure. We need to answer question like:
- Is this dimension of bar comfortable?
- Is it deep enough? (easy to get your legs in around front when getting in the seat)
- Is the dimensions of the footrest appropriate?
- Is the bar area wide enough for drinks and a plate of food?
- Does the bar stick out enough so that you aren’t ‘stretching’ when eating food?
Along with all of this work, more decisions were presented. Should I order custom 30″ diameter fermentors instead of 36″? I have also changed the fermentor layout several times since mocking-up the bar. I need to have the brew equipment laid-out efficiently but I also need to leave 3 feet for a pathway behind the bar.
This upcoming week
I hope to finalize the bond (yes…still the bond…though it has been confirmed it’s been sent to the final company). I will be doing a lot of ‘contemplation’ on the layout so far. I will be measuring, moving circles and walking around again…for days. I need to figure out the floor behind the bar which will share the brewing area…tile or linoleum squares.
This was brewed about 10 days ago. I have been sampling it from the fermentor for the last 3 days since I cold crashed it and it is GOOD! It’s about 6.5% ABV. It needs to settle out a little more but it’s definitely fresh and yummy. It doesn’t have a lingering bitterness…very smooth.