Steel down. Sunny people out on the Town!
We finally got the last brewing vessels down and in place and we went out and hit the town on Friday night.
The manufacturer’s MD, Malcolm said the vessels would be with us late morning so when we discovered they had left Burton-upon-Trent at 08:30 we were rather looking forward to seeing Malcolm’s DeLorean. More alarmingly was the fact that the low loader didn’t have a crane on to help lift the huge whopper that is our Cold Liquor Tank (CLT). No need to worry, as Big Al turned up in one of his Tonka toys.
With the CLT gingerly lifted off the truck bed and erected, it just left the minor task of getting it to the back door – whereupon we found it wouldn’t fit! (I went to the pub at this point – it was all too much! Ed!).
Like a rat up a pipe, Bob the Brewer (relation to the Builder? Ed!) scaled the ladders and dismantled the top hatch. Followed by some careful forklift driving by The Chief, a few shunts, some wiped out emergency lighting and we were in.
Three hours later and all the main vessels were levelled, polished and in place. Roll on the stainless steel welders to install all the transfer piping.
We are only 2-3 weeks away from brewing now and will call the winners as soon as the boiler is commissioned and supplying steam. SO there’s still chance to be in the free draw to be first at the brewery – just follow on Facebook/Twitter and Lady Luck will do the rest.