First Brewday at the Brewery!

Another milestone today.  I have finally transitioned to brewing at the brewery.  Now realize, I am still on the smaller pilot homebrew system that I have been using for the last four years as the big 3.5 barrel system still needs some work to get fully up and running.  I decided to do a Weizenbock and the Amarillo IPA as I don’t need to filter those, thus saving a little time.

Today was also important, even if still on the small pilot system since I plan to use it for our new, experimental beers.  So today’s brewday will test if we have what we need in the right place (hot and cold water, filtered water) and what changes will be needed to optimize work-flow and productivity.

The half barrel pilot system.
The half barrel pilot system.

This did end up being spur-of-the-moment.  I blew the last of my kegs at home and I just ordered the draft beer system that I will be installing soon…so I needed beer to test!  I will admit, things are a little raw here so if you didn’t get an invite, it wasn’t personal, there will be more later.  I only wanted a few people as I knew I would be running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off…plus I had no beer and no food.  Soon as we get the inside a little more finished (bathrooms, floors, bar), the usual suspects will definitely be notified!

*Due to still waiting on the licensing, this beer will not be for sale, but we need to prove the system here and need it to hook up and test the draft system.

Since assistant brewer Jesse couldn’t make it (finishing his honeymoon), my wife got demoted from ‘wife of brewer’ to ‘brewers assistant’!  😉

Daniel and my wife milling the grains.  We did run into milling mechanical issues today that added an extra hour to  the day.
Daniel and my wife milling the grains. We did run into milling mechanical issues today that added an extra hour to the day.
Ross helping with the mash-in.
Ross helping with the mash-in.
Getting the water the old fashioned-way...a gallon at a time.
Getting the water the old fashioned-way…a gallon at a time from the main brew system.  Note to self;  add a fitting so I can just attach a hose and send fresh, hot brewing water to the pilot system.
Brewing with Jai Alai directly from Cigar City Brewing in Florida- a great IPA.  https://untappd.com/b/cigar-city-brewing-jai-alai-ipa/5724
Brewing with Jai Alai directly from Cigar City Brewing in Florida- a great IPA. https://untappd.com/b/cigar-city-brewing-jai-alai-ipa/5724
The Weizanbock was particularly finicky today.  I had to watch it carefully to make sure the flow didn't stop.
The Weizanbock was particularly finicky today. I had to watch it carefully to make sure the flow didn’t stop.
John dropped in near the end of the 2nd batch - just in time, his help was welcome.
John dropped in near the end of the 2nd batch – just in time, his help in finishing and cleanup was very welcome.
My son's first brewery job!  Emptying the grains out of the mashtun.
My son’s first brewery job! Emptying the grains out of the mashtun.
Devin giving me some brewery help.
Devin giving me some brewery cleanup help.
Trevor learning how to mop.
Trevor learning how to mop.

Thanks to my wife and kids, Ross, Daniel and John for helping out today.

Jesse, we hope you and Rebecca had a great honeymoon and we will definitely see you next time…brewing on the big system!  You were definitely missed today.

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