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Day 17: Tank Cleaning


Today was a short day in the brewhouse, as some of the chemicals needed to run the keg washer were out. Fortunately, I got quite a few kegs cleaned earlier in the week, so no big deal to miss out on a half day of keg washing. Since I mentioned chemicals, I thought it would be interesting to show the…

Days 15-17: Brewing/Keg Washing/Canning


When you’re the intern, and just getting started helping out a brewery, there is a lot to see and take in before you can really help out. However, even after only seeing the canning line in operation for a few days, I was feeling comfortable to jump in and help out… The image below is a closer up view of…

Day 12: Short Transfer Day


Today was a short day at the brewery, with things a bit slow after attending the Craft Brewer’s Summit the previous day. It was a transfer day, so lots of cleaning and hose moving. It feels good to have the hang of processes at the brewery, where I feel like I can step in and really help the brewers, without…

Day 11: Colorado Craft Brewers Summit


Last Monday Joyride was kind enough to bring me along to the Colorado Craft Brewer’s Summit in Fort Collins. This is the annual technical conference for Colorado craft brewers. This was put on by the Colorado Brewer’s Guild and sponsored by the Brewers Association and a variety of other companies which support craft beer in Colorado. This was a great…

Brewery Day 9: Utility Man


Helping out around the brewery has been great, and as I’ve gotten a hang of things I am able too help out in more ways around the brewery. I’ve got the hang of keg washing, filling kegs, taking all sorts of measurements, and the general flow of things on a brew day. This is great, as I can help out…

Brewing Day 8: Short Day


Today, I went into the brewery in the morning to help out with a few transfers and kegging that needed to get done. I’m gaining confidence in washing, prepping, filling kegs, as well as testing brite beer. I’m getting a feel for taking Zahn measurements and tracking things like gravity and carbonation as they apply to commercial scale brewing. A…

Brewery Day 5: “No Simple Highway”


Today was a brew day for the upcoming “No Simple Highway” release; a saison co-fermented with brettanomyces. Most of my day was spent in moving around beer in the cellar, cleaning draft lines, kegging, and washing kegs. Here are a few sample pictures from the day. Photo descriptions: 1. Double keg washer, built by Dave’s father-in-law to automatically run through…