NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE
Over the last month Graydon and crew have made some major strides towards turning this old granary into a brewery.
The brewery floor slopes a quarter-inch per foot into the drain. That slope is key because the ADA still considers it flat, but it allows liquids to flow into the central drain. When the new concrete was poured to meet this requirement, we knew we would have to find a sturdy, resistant, food-grade coating to protect it. We ended up using Brew Floors Floor Systems II. It is resistant to chemicals, acid, moisture, and extreme temperatures. It comes with a non-skid additive. We learned quickly that you should definitely apply the additive; otherwise this stuff is way too slippery. We also applied a coat to the base boards in the brewing area. It was an extremely time and labor intensive job putting this floor on. One crew member is still having flashbacks…. but it looks amazing now and we think it will withstand all of our abuse for the foreseeable future.
The floor was complete just in time for a surprise delivery. The walk-in cooler arrived with about 10 minutes notice from the freight company. Luckily, Graydon lives less than a mile from the brewery and had Jack with him. Unloading this cooler was really a 10-person job, but these two got it done with the help of Gail Allard/Salado Glasswork’s forklift. The cooler is in place, sealed, bolted, and ready to go.
A brewery cat was adopted, neutered, flea/tick bathed, chipped, and summarily lost. Lil Bear came to the brewery from friends in Florence, Texas. A gentle cat, he “hissed” hello and immediately rolled over for a tummy rub. We had hoped to have him “homed” at the brewery before the grain and supplies he would protect came into play, but he escaped after one week. We believe he’s still nearby and continue to leave food out for him.
The Boiler arrived this month as well. Weighing over 1,800 lbs, she is mighty. Graydon named her Brunhilda and she is living up to her namesake. Navigating her into the boiler room took some creative thinking. Our good friend Lonnie Edwards was able to weld a rolling cart that we lifted her onto. She has a lift-eye, so once she was in place, we just had to figure out how to get her off the rolling cart. This was accomplished by Graydon and Eric and one of them will have to tell you how they did it. State secrets aren’t for blogs. Finding people able and willing to work on a boiler in Texas has proven to be one of our most challenging tasks so far. If we were up north we are fairly certain she’d already be hooked up, but boilers are kind of a foreign concept here in Texas.
Next week we will receive four 15-bbl fermentation tanks from American Beer Equipment. We’ll definitely post an update when they arrive and we’ve installed them. The rest of the equipment is slated for a January delivery.
We’d like to thank a few people who have been vital over the last several months of work. Jack Shuff just got out of the Army and his newly dyed green hair has been a welcome addition in the Village of Salado. He and Sean Sarver were instrumental in the application of the new epoxy coated floor and building the walk-in cooler. Eric Stone has been a dedicated supporter, his professional experience and knowledge a welcome addition at Barrow. Thanks also to his wife, Ami Stone, for encouraging and maybe indulging his passion for craft beer. Gail Allard loaned us his fork lift and pallet jack and has proven to be the best neighbor you could hope for in Salado. Lonnie Edwards, the legend himself, has helped us from the start and we are honored to call him friend.