It's been quite a month what with one thing or another. Putting a new shower in at home, getting the new conditioning tanks into operation with cooling pipework in copper, but soon to be insulated, running the glycol coolant around them and topping up the big glycol tank, commissioning the upgraded and shiny white refrigeration compressor, fitting sight-tubes to all the conditioning tanks (not just the new ones), brewing plenty of Tighthead to keep the thirsty folk in pubs happy during the Six Nations Rugby. Even managed to watch the Irish game at Murrayfield, the day after hosting at the brewery some great Irish brewers (and rugby fans). Planning for our new keg cleaner/racker which Fergus and I saw in Bergamo, Italy, for a hasty but essential pre-delivery inspection. Welcoming a new member of the brewery team, young Andrew who will be improving his brewhouse skills at the mashtun and copper. Not to mention enjoying the brief sunny week in early March before the snow came back with a vengeance...and getting out and about to some pubs for some professional sampling.
CT1 with it's rather simple but effective pushfit sight tubes. The bit that sticks out to the right is a pressure relief valve, to stop the tank imploding should beer be pumped out quickly without the CIP (the black and red handled one below) valve being open.
Our new refrigeration compressor with its copper pipework still to be lagged at the back.
What it looks like on the inside. It's just a fancy fridge except without the food or drink. The compressor is the black bit on the lower left and the white cylinder is the gas expansion tank. Fridges work by compressing a gas into liquid and then allowing the liquid to evaporate back to gas which brings a drop in temperature, just like droplets of sweat on one's brow evaporating in the breeze, bringing a drop in temperature.
The pressure gauge of the glycol coolant within the system
The old shower cubicle at home after I'd gone mad with a sledgehammer. I kept the copper pipework for the new fittings.
All shiny and new. Note to self - must get shower door
The February sun shining bright on St. Matthew's Church Spire - the view from the back of my flat
Oh such beauty! Sunburst in all its glory.
A happy and contented man...in the Ericht Alehouse. Top pub.Go there. Enjoy.
I hope you will forgive (or enjoy) my indulgence as I share my thoughts with you. I will try to stick to brewing and beer, but my mind often wanders to other, sometimes esoteric, subjects. I may even drop in to Gaelic if the mood takes me.
Ken Duncan, Head Brewer at The Inveralmond Brewery