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Melwood Back to Brewing, new business and an interesting event

Hello my friends!

Well we have been a hive of activity down at the brewery this last week.  The plumbing work has finished and we brewed on Sunday!!!  It was Stan’s first brew on the Melwood Beer Company’s system and he’s called this new beer ‘Derby Pale’.  It was a educational experience for Mr Melwood and I too because we had to learn how to use the newly plumbed in system.  Everything worked like a dream and we learned loads from Stan.

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The Head brewers





Lets get the party started!

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Stan mashing in

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Stan pitching the yeast


Two new snippets of new business also happened this week.

We delivered four beers to Liverpool One Bridewell on Saturday afternoon! They (and we) are hoping to become regular suppliers of our beer and we are really pleased to have hooked up with them.  The bar is great and they have a quirky restaurant which is housed in the former Police cells (if you’ve never been).  They hope to allocate a permanent hand pull to Melwood Beers so watch this space for developments!

We are also delivering to is The Belvedere in Sugnall Street this week!  We have wanted to get our beer in this fine establishment for a while now and it is finally happening on Thursday.  They are taking two of our beers, the malty Lionheart & the hoppy Sunshine Daydream, so check out The Belvedere next week to see our pump clips gracing their bar and enjoy the beer!

Finally hold the date 14th June 2014 because we will be hosting an event that day!  It will involve BEER & MUSIC – a match made in heaven!  Keep an eye on the website for more details in the coming weeks.

You will also find our beer at the usual fine establishments: The Blackburne, The Caledonia, The Grapes in Liverpool.  The Phoenix Inn, St Helens.

Also at Stamps and Stamps Too in Waterloo.

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Citradelic on the bar at Stamps Too in Waterloo

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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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