Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nano Brewery Equipment

It's been a busy year of brewery growth and I wanted to post some pictures of the progress we're making on our very limited budget. As the sales of Dos Aves continue and with a small influx of additional capital we have been able to move up to a 3bbl brew system. We were brewing eight back-to-back 10 gallon batches in a 12 hour day which was literally killing me. Now, with a single batch in 5 hours we have the same amount of wort going in the fermentor. Sweet.
But the intense labor continues with our glamorized homebrew systems and still we are able to produce enough beer to be selling 80 cases per month and the sales are growing month by month. Below is some of the equipment we are using to get the job done.

Water pump station where we move R.O. water to the brew system and tap water to the wort chiller along with pumping reclaimed chilling water and water for cleaning.

The 3bbl brew system. Each kettle is heated with 42 nozzle jet burners and the transfers are made with a couple of undersized March pumps. The wort transfer to fermentor pump will be replaced soon with a legitimate s.s. comercial pump

The chilling module includes a Duda-diesel plate chiller in tandem with an immersion coil. The wort is chilled with tap water through the plate chiller and then the wort continues on through a copper coil that is submerged in an ice bath getting wort temperature down to 65f. as it enters the fermentor.

I like to refer to these as the poor man's version of the brite tank. We rack the fermented beer into 5gal. corny kegs, carbonate and then place into modified freezers where the temperature is dropped to 38f. for a week of clearing before being bottled.

Here are some filled kegs waiting their turn in the coolers.

The bottling line. We are able to bottle 4 per minute with this system and note that the bottle sanitizer has been upgraded since this picture with a 24 bottle spray sanitizer. (pictures coming soon)

Please visit us at Cerveceria Dos Aves we welcome your comments and hope to see you in San Miguel to share a Dos Aves beer soon! Cheers and thanks again to all those that have supported this effort!

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