The main ingredient of beer is malted barley, stored in the second floor of the brewery. The malting process takes place before we purchase the grain and involves wetting and sprouting the barley, then dry roasting it. Dark “malts” have been roasted longer or at a higher temperature than light malts.
To start the brewing process, bags of various types of malts are poured into the “grain mill” which crushes the husks between two adjustable steel rollers.
The milled grain, called “grist,” is stored in the “grist
hopper” and then drops by gravity through a
hydrating collar into the “mash tun.” The hydrating
collar sprays hot water on the grist forming a porridge-like “mash.”
In the mash tun more hot water is mixed with the mash and is stirred by the brewmaster with a stainless steel paddle. As the mixture steeps, the starches in the grist are converted to sugars. More hot water is sprayed on the bed, called “sparging,” and the liquid is pumped again through the bed of mash. This liquid, called “wort,” is sweet to the taste,
In the next step, wort is pumped from the mash tun to the “brew kettle” where it is brought to a rousing boil and hops are added to impart bitterness and aromatics to the beer.
The wort is next pumped from the brew kettle through a plate heat exchanger where cold water cools it from a near boiling temperature to approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wort is pumped from the heat exchanger through hoses to one of the five large, tall stainless fermentation tanks. Yeast is introduced to the fermenter as the cooled wort enters, and the fermentation process begins. The primary
fermentation takes about four days with the temperature in the fermenter held at approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit. When the primary stage is complete, the tank temperature is lowered to approximately 32 degrees Fahrenheit and the beer “conditions” for another seven to ten days.
After proper conditioning, the beer is transferred to serving tanks and is ready to be served. The end results are Ales and Lagers that have been handcrafted by our Brewmaster, to the highest quality standards. We hope you enjoy them.
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