Washington Beer Festival

Insider scoop!
All our beers for this weekend's festival will NOT be in the program because we have some very limited beers that will be on tap.

We will be serving up 6 beers this year, but two are guaranteed to run out quick as we don't have much of them.

- Bacon Brown (Very Limited, we saved 1 1/6bbl for this event)
- Experience Everett (Very Limited with the coffee on randall)
- Cone & Steiner Belgian IPA - (Limited)
- Mosaic SMaSH - Single Hop Single Malt (Limited)
- White & Nerdy
- 13 Questions - Amarillo

So come find us early if you want to try some of these. 

Too busy to post

Things are changing at a rapid pace around here. My pilot system build is nearly complete, just waiting on shields for the elements to arrive from Florida, all the electrics are installed and ready to fire up.

I am dealing with massive amounts of red tape with not only the TTB but also Nestle Professional products who is taking their sweet time getting me required information to get label approval for one of our beers. The other label being held up because it uses Hemp seeds and despite mathematically showing that it is impossible to contain more than .000000000000265% THC in our beer from hemp they are none the less requiring laboratory analysis. Thankfully, Washington's 502 law has produced a multitude of testing labs here in the state and I will have results back soon, which will show that the TTB is still a time and money waster when logic is involved.

I am still on the hunt for a new location to move the brewery to, looking at stuff almost every day and keeping my eyes peeled, it is not an easy process.

All your box are belong to us.

Thanks to Kirk at Twelve Bar Brews I have a box to build the new control panel in. It is way overkill and totally awesome. Square D stainless steel 3 phase disconnect box, it is kind of a shame to be gutting such an amazing piece of equipment but we don't have anything that uses 3 phase in our tiny brewery. 

Pilot, pilot.

After missing my personal blog that I maintained for nearly 13 years, the untimely demise of natemc.com as my mainstay of life on the internet has lead me to launching this section of our site. I really miss building things and experimenting. So both of those things are coming back via this log. 

First on the docket is building an all electric pilot system for the brewery. When we first launched I had 20 gallon kettles and 55 gallon kettles. After operating for 6 months I ditched the 20 gallon pots and figured that my time cost more than ingredients. Now I want to do a lot of small batch stuff to tweak things and be able to try exotic ingredients that would be cost prohibitive in a 1.4BBL batch of beer. 

So now I've been procuring homebrew style gear off craigslist and from club emails and dropped them off with a buddy who is more skilled than I at welding stainless. Adding 1" NPT half couplers for electrical elements to thread through. Everything will be PID controlled using SSRs and PT-100 RTDs. Currently we use LOVE controllers in the production system and small 1500 watt electric heaters to pre-heat water for brewing 12 hours in advance which has saved us environmental costs of burning more LP gas and cost savings as we have a monumental increase in energy efficiency with electric. Cost to heat up 35 gallons of strike water and 45 gallons in our Hot Liquor Tank is around $1.25 in electricity. We also recapture all the water from the heat exchanger and use it to brew the next batch with, when doing this the next day after brewing the water is already 100F to 120F so less energy is needed to raise them to 165 and 180. 

Tomorrow I pick up the modified kettles from my friend Erik and hopefully the UPS/USPS/FedEx/Lowest Bidder delivers my parts to start working on the controllers. Not something totally new to me, I've build PID systems for in use at the brewery before but never with SSRs or 220v power. Yes I am consulting with a licensed electrician to make sure I won't burn anything down or kill myself. Safety is a factor.