Brewery Day 2 – 10/09/18 – Brew Day, Brewer’s Choice Pale Ale

Day 2 at the brewery was my first brewery with Joyride brewer Kyle and it was a lot of fun!

Getting things going by milling the grain. The base grain for this brew was Golden Promise. Like most things in the brewery, the process is just like home brewing, just on a larger scale. Such as milling an entire bag of grain at once. It sure is nice to have built-in ventilation and an auger to send the milled grain over to the mash tun.

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The mash process at Joyride feels very similar to home brewing. Although, manually stirring the mash with a few hundred pounds of grain is a bit more difficult than on my keggle system. Plus, anytime you’re dealing with that much grain dust and hot temperatures, the appropriate PPE is required!

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Following a 90-minute mash, the grain-out is a lot more work than the homebrew scale. I think we filled about 6 55-gallon garbage cans with spent grain. The pigs from the farmer the picks up the grain should be in “hog heaven” tomorrow!

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After the wort was all transferred to the brew kettle, I got weigh out and add the hops. Talk about some amazing aroma!!! For a brewer, this is one of the most pleasant parts of the brew day…. almost like a hop-focused spa treatment?

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All-in-all, the start to finish brew day was between 8 and 9 hours. Though the process was very similar to home brewing, the scale is just much larger. Adding a 5 gallon bucket of hop pellets is a bit different than adding a few 1 oz. bags.

Take-Aways for the Day:
1. Double-check your flow/pressure path any time you’re releasing a fitting or valve. Always make sure pressure is out of the system before you release a connection. It can make the difference between walking out of the brewery dry vs. soaked in beer at the end of the day.

2. Slow, thoughtful, and deliberate is much more important than speed. Nothing in the brewhouse is so time-critical that there is a need to rush.

3. Commercial brewing is similar in principal to home brewing; however, it is important to be mindful of each thing you do as the consequences of a lost/ruined batch of beer has bigger implications; lost time, money, and product.

 

 

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