With the market for cask beer gone, albeit for an unknown length of time, bottled beer had the opportunity to raise its profile. However, with no tourists in the village, the number of potential customers for my beers did not warrant keeping the “big” brewery going. I was not going to sell 800 bottles of beer from each brew and brewing a short length from a biggish plant is not cost effective. I needed the capacity to brew shorter. And the adrenalin-rush of buying some more shiny, brewing, stainless steel.
Voila, the Grainfather G70 Brewing System shown above.
If you wish to read about the G70, then just Google it. There is plenty on the internet.
The Conterflow Chiller shown above allows the temperature of the wort to be reduced to around 23 deg C before it enters the fermenter. This allows the yeast to be added immediately and hence reduces the time required to get the product to the customer.
From my perspective, the system is ideal for doing small batches (I am currently working on 40 litres per brew), though it does require some mechanical/electrical lifting system to get the grain out. I have a winch in my loft space, courtesy of Dave Hardy, which fulfills that purpose, so I am very happy with it.
I have started brewing a number of beers on this kit which I hope to release to the wild once the Lockdown is over and we can all congregate outside the brewery and enjoy some local beer again. Even if it takes to the end of the year before socialising as we knew it is permitted again, the weather is likely to be better than that with which we saw on the 10th Anniversary celebrations in June 2017!