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August in review, diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend and beer; dont forget the beer

Whoa!! Another month has gone by since I last blogged!!! I just don’t know where this time is going!!!!

Probably because we’ve been so busy and I haven’t noticed it already getting to the end of August, the end of summer and the brewery becoming cold again.

On a really good note, Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend again! I got my engagement ring back from the jewellers who were replacing the stone.  It isn’t the same diamond and they’ve slightly adjusted the ring (so the stone doesn’t come free again I expect) but it’s back and sparkling on my third finger, left hand again:

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Mr M & I went darn Landan (went down to London) at the end of July so see two concerts by Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh at the 02 arena.  We had a lovely two days away and we travelled First Class – only because it was just as cheap as standard – and enjoyed some sightseeing and R&R whilst we were there!

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Since coming back we have been so busy with deliveries, more deliveries and er… more deliveries!!

I’ve been stung by a wasp (OUCH!):

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And I’ve had an allergic reaction to yeast of all things (OUCH!)!:

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Not a good allergy for a brewer to have is it!

Anyway it’s gone down now and I don’t look so ‘Lesley Ash’ anymore.

 

We’ve been getting loads of great feedback about our beer and orders are on the up.  We can’t make enough, quickly enough to get it out there! Expansion might be on the cards but I don’t know how or when.

So that’s about it for the time being my friends so I’ll sign off with a few more piccys for your perusal!

Salut! and keep drinking real ale and keep supporting local pubs! xxxx

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Efficiency in the brew process

I thought I’d blog a little today to tell you a little bit about the improvements we’ve made to our kit so that it makes the process is much more efficient.

The mash tun (the big tank that we add liquor (water) and grain to) was made by a guy who takes massive old dairy pipes, cuts them up and welds them into anything you want.  When we commissioned our mash tun we asked for a false bottom ledge to be put in so we could put our false bottom on it to separate the extracted grain from the wort (the liquid made up of liquor and grain sugars). As we were new to the brewing game we trusted that the guy would make the ledge at the right height.  However for months afterwards using the kit it was apparent that we were losing so much wort because the ledge was too high.  So over the Christmas break we had the false bottom ledge lowered and strengthened by Stan (Jedi Master brewer and stainless steel welder extraordinaire).

This has made a huge difference to the efficiency of the brew process and because the new false bottom is working so well we are now much quicker brewers!  The transfer to the boiler is uber quick now, so much so that (although we had an extra early 7am start on Sunday) we were finished brewing at 1pm and Mr M was able to get home to see the match on Sunday afternoon.

So we are getting better at this brewing thing.  But you know you only learn through doing and seeing what needs changing.  We can brew so much more for your delectation and enjoyment!

We are having some more improvements made very soon and I’ll tell you about those soon….

For now keep drinking real ale and supporting your fab real ale pubs!

Salut! xxx

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