We have completed our move from Florida to Rhode Island as of last week and am now spending our spare time unpacking and organizing our stuff. The brewery is almost unpacked but some more organization is still needed.
I have hooked up with a local RI club called the Rhode Island Fermentation Technicians ( RIFT), and on last Saturday, I attended one of their group brew sessions and met quite a few of the members. They are a knowledgeable and very friendly group as we hit it off right away! The style for the session was an American Amber Ale, and 55 gallons was brewed. We had 11 carboys filled and it is also part of a yeast experiment, where each one will be fermented with a different yeast so that a comparison will be made later at a future meeting. The grain bill used a total of 106 lbs of grain!
Everyone had a fantastic time and I look forward to their next meeting.
Here are some pics of the event:
Here's John's malt mill with 4" rollers. It gave a fantastac crush!
And here's John's 55 gallon brew rig:
Malt mill again:
|Here's John feeding the mill|
|Here's where John stores his grains. The big 55 lb tubs are all full!|
|Here's Andy selecting the specialty grain for the day's session|
|Close up of the mill in action|
|Mashing in the grains.|
|Here's the lunch and beer sampling table.|
|Close up of the mash in process|
|Here's John hooking up and adjusting the transfer pump|
|Steam from the boil kettle!|
|11 Carboys in line to be filled with wort! All were filled!|
I sure did have a fantastic time meeting these guy's and taking part in the Big Brew event. I look forward to their next meeting too!
I am in the design process of constructing an electric brewery and will write more on this in future posts.
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