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Local TAP NY Winners, Working on the New Brewery (Cont.)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Congratulations to
John Harvard's Brewhouse and Great South Bay Brewery on the medals this weekend at TAP NY! John Harvard's took the Gold for their Maibock, and Great South Bay Brewery (their first year at TAP NY) took the Bronze for their Massive IPA. Excellent work!

I spent the weekend opening up a wall and moving the new boil kettle, mash tun, and fermenters to a new section of the brewery. Pictures to follow, this will be a much more workable space than what I originally had planned.

Am still waiting on a few more key components (including a mill, really need that mill) before I can start brewing again. Getting closer, though!

Working on the New Brewery

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Continuing to work on the brewery this weekend, got a lot done yesterday. And, that's working "on" the brewery, not working "in" the brewery -- in that I'm not brewing but putting the new equipment together in the brew house and fermentation room.

Delivery of the new 3-bbl system was delayed a few months. Originally thought to be here in January, four big crates were finally delivered on Tuesday, March 30th. Since I still have that regular job during the week, and we were hosting Easter at our house, nothing happened with those crates that first week.

Nothing happened with those crates the following week, either, as I flew out to Chicago early the Monday morning after Easter for the 2010 Craft Brewers Conference (flew back home the following Sunday).

SO, the crated finally got unpacked and the fermenters, mash tun, and boil kettle got moved into the brewery yesterday, thanks to the great help of my brother Pete, brother-in-law Sal, and old friend Bob.

A few extra key components to the brewery are still pending delivery, so I still can't start brewing just yet. In the mean time, I'm working on opening things up a bit in the little brew house to make for a more efficient work space. It's pretty tight in there now, workable, but not ideal. (I was going to fire up the old ten-gallon batch Sabco unit today, but it now needs a repair -- one more thing to add to the to-do list.)

I can say this, even though I haven't yet fired things up, this new system looks real solid.

- The new 3 BBL Brew Kettle and the old 10 gallon Brew Kettle. -

Blue Point Cask Festival

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unfortunately, due to delays with getting my new three barrel brewery going, I won't be pouring tomorrow at the Blue Point Cask Ale Festival. (My logo is on some promotional material, but I told them a while ago I wasn't going to be able to make it. Sorry for any confusion.)

It looks like it's going to be a great event, so go if you can if you want to try some terrific real ales from
Blue Point, Long Ireland, Greenport Harbor Brewing, and the fantastic homebrewers of the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts, among others (go here for more info). I won't even get to attend, as I'll be working in the brewhouse-in-transition getting the new fermenters, etc. properly positioned, etc. I plan on being there (pouring and enjoying) next year! To those going this year, cheers!
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