BOOM! New Brewhouse On The Way!
Brewing amazing beer is our number one focus in this brewery. You know what that requires? Good equipment. Maybe this is no surprise. How does one expect Vincent van Gogh to construct the swirling clouds or rolling hills of Starry Night with second-rate paints, brushes, and canvases? Aspiring to be the best brewery possible, last week, we made the initial downpayment for our future American Beer Equipment stainless steel brewhouse. Below, we break down the most extravagant purchase of our lives.
[Unfamiliar with brewhouse-speak? Subtle translations listed below :)]
What did we buy?
- Brewhouse—10 bbl, two vessel, semi-auto (steam) on a four vessel platform.
- Fermentation vessels—(4) 10 bbl and (1) 20 bbl
- 20 bbl hot liquor tank
- 20 bbl cold liquor tank
- 10 bbl brite tank
- Plus the additional brewhouse accessories required
Translation: a very elaborate & expensive set of toys for us to craft the stuff we love.
Why did we choose American Beer Equipment?
Nick did his research. High recommendations from other American breweries currently using the system urged us (almost forced us) to order from ABE. When our business is riding on this equipment, why purchase anything without 100% certainty?
Translation: They're the best.
Early summer. Keep your eyes peeled for large, shiny, stainless steel components (disguised as potential farm equipment), rolling into the Santa Cruz's Westside on a Mack Truck.
Translation: June or July (hopefully, not August).
Why a 10 bbl brewhouse?
- It fits conveniently inside the Swift Street warehouse.
- A two vessel, 10 bbl brewhouse, on a four vessel platform, provides flexibility for future expansion while meeting initial demand. By adding two additional vessels, we will have the ability to brew 40 bbls (or more) of beer a day each day. The limiting factor will be the number of fermenters, not the efficiency of the brewhouse.
Translation: With the ability to produce 2,240 six packs of beer each day, brewing will not be a daily requirement, granting flexibility to scale the business or even to spend quality time with the families we've been neglecting :).
How much did it cost?
Translation: Seriously, don't ask.
Purchasing this large scale commercial brewing equipment is a dream come true for Nick and a critical accomplishment for the entire team. Nothing worth having comes easy. However, with hard work, grit, and shitloads of luck, one day we'll be lounging in the Humble Sea Taproom, sipping on a freshly brewed pint and reminiscing on the journey.