After walking around a stack of boxes filled with bottles in the middle of the garage for nearly a year, we decided to finally do something about it. If you have ever been to one of our brew nights, you know just the ones I’m talking about, they sat outside for a while and many of you asked, “why are these bottles sitting here?” So we moved them to the middle of the garage and they sat there, and then you asked “are you ever going to do anything with these bottles?” Well here ya go, we did something about it….They are now clean but sitting in the middle of the garage again. We’ll see if they move before tomorrow night.
Chris has done a good job of letting you guys know how we are brewing and what equipment we are using. Although our current setup is working well for us, I think I can speak for all three of us when I say that this is a system we would like to own. This is the first commercial grade system that I’ve seen that can serve not only as an awesome homebrew setup but can also serve as a test brewery…or, in Dogfish Head’s case, a first production system:
After weeks of brewing frustration…OK, not really brewing frustration, but getting frustrated at how we have been measuring water in our batches, I decided to take matters into my own hands. We’ve had constant questions of how much water was in the hot liquor tank, how much were we adding to the mashtun, how many gallons have we used in the sparge, etc. We currently determine how much water we’re using with a little red bucket with quart and gallon marks on the inside; we also etched gallon marks inside of our brew kettle to indicate its internal volume. Seems simple enough, but the problem that arises is that when the water is hot and steamy, all those little marks practically disappear, making it extremely difficult to gauge the water level. I’ve had my eye on some sight gauges for a while now but they have been a little too costly…until today!
While surfing the WWW I came across Bob, a home brewer up north somewhere. Anyway, he also wanted a sight gauge for his brew set up, so he ordered the supplies from McMaster-Carr to make his own. In order to keep the price down he apparently ordered enough material to make many of these nifty little devices and is now selling them for a really cheap price ($21). I went to McMaster’s site, built out the gauges on my own, and found it was going to cost a lot more than that just to order the parts. What did I do? I ordered two already-assembled gauges from Bob. Thanks Bob. Now with a quick glance at our new sight gauges we will easily and clearly be able to determine how much water we using. One will go on the hot liquor tank and the second will go on the brew kettle so we can see how much wort we have.
I will post some pictures after we have them installed. Unfortunately, this means more welding for Chris…