Saturday, January 24, 2009
Will we ever make beer again? Yes. And we will have wonderful trench drains to help keep the brewery clean. Cutting over 300 feet of 6 inch concrete and digging into the hard, winter dirt of Seattle proves to be a very big job. And, what does every big job need? Bigger tools. We enjoyed the excavators and took 4 days to dig out the trenches. Now, we're ready to set the drains and prepare for the concrete to be poured back in.....closer to beer now.
After they arrived, the job of unloading the tanks consumes our full attention. Since the tanks were already damaged in transit, we were focused on making sure no more came to our new babies. Luckily, the unloading and standing up of the tanks went relatively smoothly. Note the newly painted walls....We look forward to putting our first batch of beer in the tanks soon.
The two 3o BBL fermentation tanks are finally in the brewery. We got the tanks from the fine folks at Georgetown Brewing (darn tasty beer) and these pics show the loading and unloading process. Unfortunately, the tanks were damaged in transit. We are in the process of determining exactly how bad the damage is.
At this point in time, starting a brewery is beginning to seem more like a very large construction project than the art of making quality beer and the skill of running a business. Still, fun is had and in these photos we are painting the enormous wall we built and the ugly cement walls. Notice the first shipment of kegs arrived; now it begins to feel like the brewery!