It has been a tiring week so far at Eventide, however, production is rolling along and that is smoothing out all the wrinkles in the process. We have had to make a few adjustments along the way but on the whole the system is working great. Most of the time has been spent dialing in the specific procedures for each component; like every new toy it takes a few days to get through the learning curve. Hopefully, by the end of the week the brewing process should be old hat.
In order to save on cost, a lot of our equipment did not come “turn-key”. Meaning that there are items that had to be mounted/adjusted so that the pieces play well together. Some items required corrections, some out and out builds, and others modifications for convenience. For instance, in order to make the mashing process easier an additional port in the top of the mash tun was added so that we could directly connect components to the interior and exterior of the tun for re-circulation or sparging.
Conversely we totally dismantled our old grain mill and beefed it up with an electric motor, 5 cu. ft. hopper and a shiny new mount. This allows us to grind up to two bags of grain at a time. Since we are moving this material by hand it makes it easier to do so and is much faster than our old grinding method, which is good because this is a totally necessary part of the brewing process.
On the correction side of things we had to upgrade our safety/pilot lights on the 320,000 BTU/h burners for the brew-house because the old ones were essentially too short and would stop working once the system was hot, which would shut off the burners. Thermalcouples are pretty interesting, they utilize the way electrons transfer between different metals at different temperatures to generate an electrical current. This current can be used for all types of applications from insuring that your gas heater does not go out and flood your house with explosive gas to measuring the temperature of a medium. Some thermal couples can work at temperatures exceeding 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they can also be finicky and we’ve had to spend some time dialing in each one.
All in all it’s been a lot of work but we feel the everyday we are getting closer to running like a well oiled machine. Look for the fruits of this labor to touch down in Atlanta very soon.