The time has come. We’re starting to run into the limitations of our current brewing setup, namely temperature control and exposure of the beer to air (which is usually bad). MNB has had a preliminary planning session for what will become our pilot brewery ? and most likely the same brewery that we will use to try out recipes once we open our REAL brewery. One of the things we’re looking into is more control over the temperatures of our fermenting beers.
Since we want to keep the beers in Jeff’s garage (I don’t think Hannah wants them in the bedroom), we need a way to both cool and heat them. We have looked into using hot and cold plates to heat/cool water in copper tubing which we would wrap around stainless steel fermenters, but we’re starting to think that this might be more trouble than it’s worth.
Now we’re looking into building insulated boxes with both cooling and heating elements inside. A few of our favorite setups are 1) this glycol-powered fermentation chamber, 2) this chamber complete with a heat lamp and 3) (because we can dream) this $1700 heated/cooled stainless steel conical fermenter. At this point we’ll probably go with something more like (1), but with the heating capabilities of (2).
If you have any ideas or suggestions, let us know. We’ll keep you updated as our thinking progresses. Not that you care.