Wow it’s August already! Time flies when you’re starting a brewery, but unfortunately this doesn’t seem to apply to construction work. Despite a few delays we are still on track to have beer ready to drink by the end of October (hopefully a little earlier). A couple key things have happened in the past few weeks:
- The urethane floor coating was applied to the brewing/fermentation area. This protects the concrete underneath from eroding due to all the liquids that will be dumped on it (beer is somewhat acidic). Over time, an unprotected concrete floor can be compromised to the point where it can no longer support the very heavy fermenters sitting on it, which is really not a good thing, to say the least.
- The concrete deck for the mezzanine/office level and the roof of the boiler/grain rooms were poured.
- Our steam boiler and the first fermenter (a smaller 30 bbl tank for small batches and experimental beers) were delivered.
The rest of our brewing equipment (minus the brewhouse, which will be about a week behind) is scheduled to arrive in Charleston on Monday 8/9, and will probably show up at the brewery on Tuesday. Assuming that happens, we should have the tanks set in place by Wednesday. The floor coating crew will then return to apply the coating for the packaging and cold storage areas, and the plumbers will get to work piping everything together. By the end of next week, 510 Ridge should finally start looking like a brewery!
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