Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lowell Brewery has upgraded!

So, I know all of you have been waiting with bated breath to see what new piece of equipment we acquired at the home brewery. Well here it is! I picked up a double sliding door cooler, cleaned it up, and then threw in a...wait for stainless steel conical fermenter! So, I guess there is two new pieces of equipment. It is a 15 gallon fermentor and is great because it means I don't have to haul around huge carboys full of liquid anymore. My back thanks me too. One of the most exciting features of the cooler is the large sign that Jeff and my sister-in-law, Ashley got for me as a birthday present. My other sister-in-law, Abby, helped design it! It is amazing! I think it is the centerpiece of the brewhouse! As you can see above, 10 gallons of On Golden Blonde were bubbling in the fermenter and I kegged 5 gallons of it today and I am in the process of heating up the other 5 gallons to make a non-alcoholic portion. We'll see how that goes! It's hard to see in the photo above, but I replaced the thermostat of the cooler with a digital one which allows me to have more precise control of the fermentation temperature. I have another identical fermentor on order and will put it on the other side of the cooler. I'll be able to store about 100 bottles of homebrew as well as 4 kegs in there. The cooler is a beast! The 1/2 garage just got a little smaller!

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