Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tanks are in place.....

Let the brewing begin....

The two new tanks are in place and plumbed with glycol. The inaugural batch, a 200bbl batch of Schlafly Pale Ale, is fermenting away.

Up till now, the largest fermenters in the cellar were a quartet of 125 bbl tanks, two of which are visible from the parking lot through the windows.

This will give Schlafly the potential fermentation capacity to brew more than 30,000 bbl a year.

We might not tap into the full potential yet, but given the support we have received from the growing numbers of thirsty Schlafly fans, having the extra head-space gives us room to plan for the future.

These photos were taken just prior to the first batch being cast into the tank.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Tanks!

Schlafly was the welcoming recipient of two 200 bbl fermenters yesterday. Provided to us by JV Northwest in Oregon, the two tanks are about as large as we can accommodate in the building. The addition of 400 barrels of capacity will allow us to continue to grow and make sure that there is a pint ready for every thirsty beer fan.

The Post-Dispatch's Jeremiah McWilliams and a photographer were in attendance for the fly in. Williams wrote up a short piece about it on his P-D blog Lager Heads.
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