Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Wednesday everyone. And I have an announcement to make.

Happy Wednesday everyone. And I have an announcement to make. My beer boxes are finally finished. And don't expect anyone ordering any from me for a while, because they were a pain to make. They turned out great, but a lot of labor was involved. It still holds true that I prefer to do the rough woodworking as opposed to the finishing. I may be doing something wrong, but it just doesn't seem right that fabricating the thing doesn't seem to take as much time as making it look or feel nice. Regardless I'm proud of the finished product and I'm happy to say goodbye to the rag-tag cardboard boxes I used to use. I made four of them, and I plan to use the other two to house my competition beers (that I brew towards the end of the year.) If anyone would like to see the project schematics, please feel free to send me a message on twitter via @splobucket. I'd be happy to share them with you.

On to more exciting news: with the boxes out of the way and the wifey's island nearing completion, the HERMS project is going to be starting very very soon. As a matter of fact, I just put in an order for a 18 volt DeWalt cutting tool from Amazon.com that's been long overdo. Once that arrives the first thing I'm going to do is rip open the top of my keg... I mean "Hot Liquor Tank." My plan from there on out is to mount the valves, coil, and drain on the HLT and move on to the Mash Tun, and then the control box.

Also saw an interesting article over at the Brewer's Association. They released the 
top 50 Craft & Overall Breweries by sale volume for 2009. It's interesting to see who's on top, but probably not all that surprising. Nice to see that Sam Adams is doing well being at/near the top of both lists.

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