|Brewing in Santa Cruz|
I normally use a three tiered, gravity fed system for my personal brewing and also when I teach the all-grain method so I decided that a duplicate of that system would work equally as well here in San Miguel. I contracted a local herrero (iron worker/welder) Alfredo Moreno to fabricate the brew sculpture. It's identical to the one that Scott A. made for me while I was living in Washington. Alfredo quoted me a price of 1,850 pesos which is the equivalent of $130 usd. That seemed like a pretty good deal, in fact a great deal compared to what I'd pay in S.C. so I told him to start building. Oh yeah, that cost includes delivery!
|Brew sculpture diagram|
During the process of building the sculpture, Alfredo had a few questions and I had my concerns but between his limited English and my bad Spanish we managed to get our thoughts expressed and after a couple weeks the end results were perfect.
This system is made to support keggles (kettles made out of beer kegs) for the brewing process but when I have a future one made I will have the platform size changed to accommodate kettles that I'll also have fabricated here. Or, have the kettles made to fit the platform. I'll spend some of the time I have left here to locate someone that can make the kettles and get some pricing on those.
Another thought I'm having while writing this is the fact that a larger system for brewing could be manufactured for relatively little more cost than this one. Fabricating a system that I could use to brew, let's say a full barrel (bbl) or larger, may be ideal for a possible future nano-brewery. I'm excited by the possibilities here because of how in-expensive it is compared to California.
|Alfredo the welder|
In the mean time, I'll leave this one here in the good hands of friend and fellow homebrewer Francisco to use and I'll probably have another made when I return.
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