Monday, March 23, 2015

New Brewery Location


 We've moved! Finally after two years of brewing in what was essentially a garage, we've rented and moved into a large space to continue the growth of Cerveceria Dos Aves. No more claustrophobic, super heated brew sessions.
The front of the new Cerveceria Dos Aves
For those of you reading who participated in my Indiegogo crowd funding program a couple years ago, I want to thank you again for your belief in me and this project and show you that your money has definitely helped me get this business off the ground. Considering how little money we had to begin with, and the small amount through contributions, we've been able to double the expansion (sales) each year and expect to continue with that kind of growth. We are still cobbling together larger equipment as we can afford it including two larger plastic fermenters. Since we don't have a glycol chilling system in place yet we had to construct a cold room for fermentation. In the picture below you can see the cold room in the back. I'll be hanging a door soon along with insulation in the ceiling. We'll use the top of the cold room for storage for now.
  I was in the middle of bottling some pale ale when I took this picture but you can see our puny brew system on the right hand side which looks exceptionally small in this space but we hope to have the money soon to install a 3 bbl frankenbrew system, probably one kettle at a time. We've received quotes from several welders in nearby Queretero that seem affordable.
In the mean time, we also installed PVC water pipes going up the wall to a gravity fed water supply and reverse osmosis filtered water supply that leads to our pump system. In addition, a 600 liter water holding tank (not shown in this pic.) that we will be using for chilling. It basically will be pumped through a pre-chiller (copper coil in ice bath) then through a plate chiller and back up to holding tank. Theoretically we will be able to continue to chill the wort no matter what size batch as long as we chill the water before it enters the plate chiller. We're testing this idea tomorrow using boiling water instead of wort. This was affordable and will help us reduce our water use. We put in additional electrical outlets all around, originally we only had one.


This initial phase of work is mostly complete and I'm anxious to get back to brewing. It's been a couple of weeks and we are running desperately low on beer.

If there are any kind souls out there that previously pitched in money during my Indiegogo campaign, or not, and you are compelled to help a little more with this small but growing brewery it would be greatly appreciated. You can go to my Pay-Pal link by clicking on the Donate button on the side bar to the left. Any amount would help a lot. Thank you all.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

El Cervecero


Thought I'd share an image that Susan made for me when we first got here in San Miguel and I started building a brewery. I especially like the dog skeleton lying on the floor.


You can see more images by Susan at www.susandorf.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anniversary Beers

After two years of efforts we're making good progress in growing the Cerveceria Dos Aves. We just received two 150 gallon fermentors to increase our output as the demand for the beers is growing. The second year anniversary just past and we released a special Russian Imperial Stout with blackberries to offer as gifts to our growing list of clients. Last years beer was the same stout but with raspberries. Next year cherries?

I'm not finding much time in my life for anything but working towards the growth of the brewery and that includes writing here. Speaking of which, I need to go clean kegs now. Cheers!

Raspberries on the left and blackberries on the right. Cerveceria Dos Aves 2013, 2014 anniversary beers.
Notice the logo change.
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