We got a new fermenter, so maybe we're the most excited about this, but for you at home what it means to you is simple. We can make more beer! See, now you're excited as well.
It's always been our intention to grow and that's what we've been doing, day by day, one little piece at a time. Our latest expense is this fermenter.
We had a lot of options and ways of setting up a new fermenter, as a lot of you know our current units are 210L single layered on wheels. We regulate the temperature in two rooms. One is the conditioning room where they ferment, then they get shifted to the cool room to cold crash and clear.
We have wanted bigger fermenter's forever. Because the ability to blend our batches into one unit will help with consistency of product. The downside of course is our inability to just wheel them around.
That left us with a few options.
1. Buy big expensive stainless jacketed fermenters that have their own Glycol cooling system
2. Stay small and keep wheeling them around.
3. Keep duplicate units in the cool room and conditioning room and pump from one to the other when the time is right.
4. somehow use our conditioning room for both purposes which would save hafting to shift the beer at any stage.
We went with option four for now, hoping to grow into option 3 at a later date. This means we need to be careful with when we brew and what stage each beer is at as it can affect the outcome, but its the only real option we have.
We have been stewing on this situation for a long time now and a few weeks ago we were introduced to the plastic fermenters made in WA. These units are much cheaper than anything we have found in stainless. And meet all the food safety/hygiene requirements.
They're not pretty and the fittings need far more maintenance/cleaning. But they allow us the ability to grow much faster.
Simon and I made the decision to purchase one as a test case and if successful we will buy three more. Two to act as bright tanks in the cool room and two for fermenters.
Say hello to Fatty (thats what we affectionately call him)
This Saturday, May 19th, we will officially be opening our brewery!! Our kitchen will be producing some scrumptious food, all 24 taps on our shiny new draft system will be pouring a multitude of beers and ciders and the sun will be shining down on us (hopefully). We hope you can come down and join for what is to be a memorable day, and just the first of many more to come as TRBC steps on down the road we began on so long ago. With that aside lets have a small rundown of our story so far:
As many of you may know we're always hard at work putting in upgrades down at the brewery. We’ve also got another big one on the way so we thought we’d fill you in on all the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes.
Noticed anything different recently? Yea, we didn’t think we’d fool you that easily! We’ve gone and gotten ourselves a new website.
What’s the difference? Well, it’s rather swanky for one! Everything is still pretty much the same behind the makeover, however, one major difference is that we now have a new online shop available for you to use, and it’s live right now!