This was a big, big week. There are a lot of pictures. With the timeline ticking on getting the fermentors, I had to finish the floor preparations.
Making your own brewery trench drain
I decided to put in a trench drain. I wasn’t going to, especially at the 3.5 bbl size, but I had the perfect place to do it. From working at home in my pilot brewery on fermentors with the same fittings and geometry as I will be getting, and doing several iterations of fermenting, cleaning in them, I know what spills I make and of how much. I don’t spill a lot. If anything, all I need is a mop to clean up my messes. If you are careful enough with your piping and hoses, messes are minimal. But a trench drain will make it a lot more convenient for washing things down and squegeeing any liquid towards the drain. Plus in case there IS ever an issue with a bigger spill, it will take care of it.
So I decided to put the trench drain in the four inch space between building foundations. For whatever reason, the two addresses I rented are two different concrete pads with some ‘junk’ concrete poured in between them that I would have had to fix anyway to make a continuous floor. With a floor drain only two feet away, I decided to ‘fix’ the existing floor drain to become a more effective trench drain.
Final floor polishing
With the trench drain done, it was time to rent some concrete smoothing/grinding equipment one more time. I had to get the adhesive off of the floor that my wife lifted the marble tiles from.
We also took a trip to install a kegerator with an additional tap. It will give assistant brewer Jesse some experience with that side of things – the fittings, pressure, troubleshooting and getting the perfect pour.
What’s on deck next?
Since the fermentors are coming in a few weeks, we need to:
- Install security system
- Clear-coat the floor
- Start moving in other equipment to make sure it ‘spatially works’ before building the bar and coldroom.
Many thanks this week too…
John for initial trench cutting and brainstorming. My dad for work on the drain and floor polishing and my kids for their hard work. My kids are learning a lot and I hope that they can take away and use what they are learning some day. In a day where it’s all bookwork and homework, there is little time for kids to get ‘hands-on’ and involved with a business or trade. I feel this is equally as important as homework as there is high demand for trades like this (masonry, welding, etc) where you can make nice money immediately without a boat-load of student loan debt. Plus just building something with your own hands is priceless.
And a special thanks to…
The guys and gals at Jordan Power Equipment Rental. They came through again getting me what I needed, when I needed it.