After working on this project for about a year and a half, scouting out equipment that could be bought cheaply, getting the permits and inspections satisfied…everything has come down to this day…the first batch of beer.
What goes into a bottle of beer? According to Wikipedia, “the basic ingredients of beer are water; a starch source, such as malted barley, able to be saccharified (converted to sugars) then fermented (converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide); a brewer’s yeast to produce the fermentation; and a flavouring such as hops.”
Jim, my son-in-law was hired to consult on a small brewery in a nearby town. I was never the chemistry type, but I was curious what kind of equipment was needed to brew beer. He gave us a tour of the plant.
Since funding was an issue, some of the equipment was used. The grain mill was one of those. It didn’t have a drive motor. Jim was wondering how to get a motor. Puzzling over the problem he happened to notice the old crane that was still there from the time when the building housed a foundry. He thought he saw an electric motor that might work. He called Brian, his brother-in-law who helped him remove the motor and get it cleaned up for mounting on the mill.
How did the first batch of beer turn out? A resounding success. It was kegged and delivered to enthusiastic customers.
Jim shows us the brewery.