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Brewery Expansion – Part II

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Part two of our brewery expansion blog post series. If you missed out on Part I, you can catch up here.

Phase VI
Expand glycol lines and install new fermentor

The first part of this phase involved Captain Chris driving the BT1 (Brewery Truck 1) down to San Marcos to pick up the new fermentor. This, of course, also involved staying down there for an extra night hobnobbing it with other breweries and having a few beers. Market research.

After we unloaded it at the brewery, it was time to use our good friend the rotohammer again and anchor the fermentor to the ground.

Then, we began Operation Frosty Pipes II and extended our glycol line down the wall with ports for several fermentors to come.

After we hooked our new fermentor up to the glycol lines, it was time to christen the new ferementor “Resi” right before we pumped our first batch over to her.


(pretty sure we’re still cleaning up glass after that)

Phase VII
Expand Brewery Barrel Program

With the increased storage over at the other location, we have the ability to store more barrels and expand our barrel aged beer program.

ebc-barrel-program-start

To start off we got 6 Jim Beam bourbon barrels, thanks to The Bruery ordering extra for us. We have four of these filled with Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout, and one filled with Black Valkyrie.

What will we fill in the remaining barrel? At this point, only time will tell – but rumor has it, it could be an IPA.

Phase VIII
Acquire New Brite Tank from Ladyface

tax-determination-tank-2

This was a surprise expansion phase for us. While some phrases are banned from the brewery like “accidental validation” or “unmarked chemicals” (safety first!), “surprise expansion” is not – and is in fact welcomed. Ladyface Brewery is currently upgrading the size of their tanks, and we were fortunate enough to be offered one of the 7bbl tanks they are replacing. So we stopped by one afternoon, picked it up and delivered it to the brewery.

picking up tank from ladyface

It is currently named “Tax Determination Tank #2” – however we do have a planned renaming and christening ceremony like all new tanks at Enegren Brewing. Stay tuned…

It should also be noted that Fireman Dave purchased a new and improved roto hammer which cut our cement drilling time down from 5 hours to 10 minutes. May we never speak of the old roto hammer again.

Phase IX
Embiggen Tasting Room Area

In an effort to provide even more seating than previously imagined in Phase IV of our expansion plan – the brewery crew got creative and smashed down the wall separating the office and the tasting room.

We had several options of how to tear down the wall. The first was the classic move from The Shining – only problem is it didn’t tear down the wall completely and was just a little creepy.

the-shining-heres-johnny.

Our second option was to tear down the wall X-Men Juggernaut style – but we were afraid that we wouldn’t be able to stop before crashing into our brewery.

the_juggernaut

Our third and final option was to relive our childhood and attempt the classic Kool-Aid “OOOOHHH YEAAAAAHHH” wall breakdown.

Kool-Aid-Man-through-wall

After some debating, we decided to go for the Kool Aid wall breakdown – but it didn’t go quite according to plan. You can see for yourself in the video, but it turned out to be more of a cross between The Shining and Kool Aid.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment of our Brewery Expansion!

Tank Mounting and Welding

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

In case of earthquake, and to prevent general tank falling and moving, we had to bolt our tanks to the ground.

After we made triple sure our tanks were in the right locations, we marked each mounting pad and removed the tanks.

forklift brewing tanks for mounting

The first tanks we mounted were the fermentors. We had Patrick, a friend of a friend, come in and drill the holes for the two tanks using a roto hammer. Never had we seen concrete drilled with such ease.

patrick using roto hammer

We then anchored the mounting plates to the ground and lowered the fermentors back onto the plates.

brewery mounting plate with anchor

That night Captain Chris had sweet dreams about the awesomeness of the roto hammer. He bought one the next day and went to work mounting the rest of the brewery.

chris using roto hammer

Turns out it wasn’t as easy as Patrick made it look. We managed to smoke two drill bits and drive to the hardware store 3 or 4 times while mounting the tanks, but in the end we were successful.

Next up was to weld the tanks to the now secured mounting plates. Local homebrewer and craft beer fan Brian Oliver, is an underwater welder for the Navy. We were going to flood the brewery so he could weld the tanks for us, but we were unable to do so thanks to a well placed floor drain.

Instead, he asked around the Point Mugu Naval Base, the task was passed through command, and Tait Sorlie Sw1 volunteered to help – he’s a Navy welding instructor and inspector for the Seabees, they’re trained to fight and build. They also have an awesome logo:

seabees insignia

He was able to easily weld all of our tanks securely to the mounting pads.

tait welding

SeaBees Sorlie beer growler

And now our brewery won’t fall over during earthquakes.

Brewery Welding Day

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Captain Chris headed down to San Diego over the weekend to begin welding our brewery. If all goes according to plan, the brewery will be ready for pick up this coming weekend.

Chris had little to no welding experience. Upon arriving at Premier Stainless, Dale, one of their welders, gave him a quick tutorial and a few practice pipes. He assured Chris that anything Chris messed up could be fixed.

Rob, President of Premier Stainless, came in soon after Chris completed his welding training (I believe he earned his white belt). They broke out the SolidWorks brewery models, leveled the brewery, mounted the pumps and took to welding.

3D Brewery Models

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Can never have too many 3D brewery models. Here are a couple more where you can check out our updated brewery layout and see how it all fits together.

Brewery Layout and Floor Plans – Initial Setup Design

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The Brew Captain created a 3D model of our brewery in Solid Works. We use this brewery layout and floor plan to:

a) Develop the most efficient brewery layout.
b) Show our brewery to government officials to help pass regulation before starting construction.
c) Helps get accurate cost estimates for plumbing and other installations.
d) Help spec out accurate costs for all equipment needed.
e) Looks cool.

The Captain also created a labeled 2D floor plan areal view to put everything in perspective. (In PDF format here: Brewery Equipment Layout/Floor Plan )

3D Brewery Layout and Floor Plans: