I guess we are now officially a brewery with tanks and everything! Thanks to the great people up at Portland Kettle Works we were able to purchase and have custom fabricated a badass brew-kettle, fermenters, brite tank, and everything in between! With everything shiny new now sitting in the brewery, I had to devote the latest blog post to highlighting the stainless steel awesomeness, which we gaze out longingly, counting the minutes until they can be bringing deliciousness to the world!
But first, background on the epic, 150 mile journey from Portland down to Eugene. To cut on the freight cost, Addison and I rented the big boy (26 foot!) Uhaul truck and set off at the crack of dawn up to the City of Roses. Addison, being the driving ninja that he is, got us there unscathed and excited! The easy part had been done. As we rounded the corner and came to the manufacturing facility of Portland Kettle Works, we first spotted our beauties!
As we got the run down on how to operate and lovingly care for our new tanks, the crew at PKW loaded up (ever so gently) and put everything into the back of the Uhaul. With lots of furniture pads and excessively checking and tightening the cargo straps, we were off on the road down to Eugene, with our “babies on board”!
Once we arrived safely back in Eugene, we enlisted the help of some friends and a neighbor with a forklift to get everything off the truck and into position! (Sorry no photos for the that, I had to help lift and guide to make sure there weren’t any thousand dollar “oops!” going on!). Once we got them into to position it was great to step back and take a look at the new brewery system and all the fun we were going to have!
From here we got to work prepping all the hosing and clamps to see exactly what it was going to be like brewing on this bad boy! From the semi-automated temperature controls on the hot liquor and mash kettles, to the carbonation stone and variable-speed pumps, we couldn’t wait to get this up and running!
So as I sit here writing this post, I can promise you that we are doing everything in our power to get this system up and running and providing the best possible product we can! Until that time, we will keep everyone updated on the progress!