Friday, December 23, 2011

Construction (and Equipment) Update 12-23-11

I know, I know, I know.  Everyone is getting tired of reading boring construction updates.  Sorry, but it's all I have right now.  The second batch of the Rivertown Brett Stout is aging and I have no time to brew at home anymore so there's no actual beer news to share.  Construction is progressing nicely and still on "schedule".  I say that in quotes because the schedule is more of a personal time frame rather than anything I have meticulously coordinated.  The latest milestone was the hanging of the drywall.  We've been hanging off of a scissor lift 15 feet in the air attaching 12' pieces of drywall for what seems like forever.  There's no way I could have done it all by myself so I owe a huge debt to all the friends and family that have helped me get the 75+ sheets hung.  If I never hang another piece of drywall again in my life, I'll die a happy man...
It's nice to have walls...
 The finisher started mudding it yesterday.  I farmed out that job because if I did it myself it would take me a year.  With any luck we'll be painting in a week or so.  The concrete to finish the trench drain will get poured next week.  Plumbing and electrical are at a stop right now until the walls are done so I need to get moving on finishing and paint.  It sucks that they aren't still working, but as I mentioned in a previous post, everything has to go in a certain order and that seems to be where the most time is lost.

I did receive three conditioning tanks to replace the ones from the deal that I got screwed on.  This time the deal went much better because I was dealing directly with a brewery (Thanks Coal Harbour) instead of a used equipment dealer.  Let's just say that litigation is pending against him and leave it at that.

Also, I just found out that the kettle is being delivered Tuesday!  In my previous discussion about sourcing used equipment I neglected to mention the one new piece of equipment I was purchasing.  A direct fired boil kettle is a tricky thing to buy used.  They get a lot of abuse and are typically the last thing to get replaced in a growing brewery so a GOOD used one is VERY hard to come by.  So I ordered a new one from Pacific Brewery Systems.  It is manufactured in China which I'm not thrilled about, but unfortunately about 85% of all new brewing equipment is manufactured there now so you don't have much choice these days.  Due to the current equipment demand worldwide I had to order this thing back in August!  Nearly all manufacturers have 16-20 week lead times for equipment these days so if you are starting a brewery, better be prepared to order your equipment well in advance (and pay half up front).

Yes, that's a dirt floor and the windows are just holes in the walls.  Gotta love China....
So all in all everything is still full speed ahead.  In the meantime, have a great Holiday everyone!

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