|First smoke out of the new chimney!|
Loyal Readers, you are well aware that I have been working with laser -focus on getting the brewery functional. Only a few days ago we finished the chimney. Today we passed a milestone when we fired the boiler for the first time. Our good friend Tom Coty came over and he and I fired up the boiler for the first time. With no idea how this would work, we put match to wood and prayed...
|Ready for the match!|
Firing the boiler for the first time was an intimidating task. What if something went wrong or an insurmountable flaw was found in the design? Those were questions I did not dare to ask. In my mind I knew I needed to focus and boiled down (note pun) the task to its essence: can we get water to boil or not?
Nothing else means anything. If we can boil water, we can brew beer. If not, then we wasted a butt-load of money. This was do or die. Nothing less than the viability of our whole brewery venture was at stake.
To put things simply-It worked! We managed to raise a boil and hold it for two hours. There were a few glitches, but nothing we can't fix. What a relief. At this point, everything else is secondary. We have a boiler and it works!
|First fire under way!|
It was such a relief to have the boiler work. When designing it, I could find almost no information, so I based my design on sugaring evaporators. In the end it worked and that is all that matters. A big thanks to all who helped make this possible! We are well on our way to being a real brewery.