Published January 13, 2015 2:15 am
We decided to hand make our tap handles from Ash trees felled here on the farm. Thanks to Ironclad Graphics in Kingston for the printing.
Published April 19, 2014 7:21 pm
We completed our first test brew this past Monday, April 7! Overall things went smoothly, all equipment operated as we expected. Quite a few equipment modifications are now required before we try again with a second brew.
Published February 23, 2014 8:46 pm
INSTEAD OF BUILDING A TYPICAL COLD STORAGE FACILITY, WE DECIDED TO BUILD AN UNDERGROUND COLD CELLAR USING THE CONSTANT TEMPERATURE OF THE GROUND TO NATURALLY AGE OUR BEER. WE BLASTED 12 FEET INTO THE LIMESTONE BEDROCK AND POURED A CONCRETE FLOOR TO STAY ABOVE THE GROUND WATER LEVEL. A LOCAL CONTRACTOR SPRAYED CONCRETE ON THE WALLS TO SECURE THE STONE. WE THEN ERECTED A STEEL FRAME AND INSTALLED PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS AT GROUND LEVEL. IN THE SPRING WE PLAN TO INSULATE AND SEAL THE TOP, AND FABRICATE AN INSULATED WALL FOR THE SOUTH FACE.
Published February 5, 2014 11:20 am
We transplanted these hops in the fall of 2012 from Daniel’s initial trial planting. The above photo is from the summer of 2013, after weeding and surrounding the hops with straw. These hops are planted on four foot centres, and should be producing in the fall of 2014.
Published February 5, 2014 2:50 am
The building we selected to be our brewhouse started life as a straw barn. It was likely built in the 1930s out of timber from an earlier structure. We poured a new concrete floor, installed reclaimed insulated metal panels on the walls, insulated the ceiling and gave everything a fresh coat of paint. Above are a few pictures of the process.