Friday, June 29, 2012

Introducing our New Brewhouse

With things moving slowly at the brewery and my trip to the Craft Brewers Conference and London dramatically canceled at the last minute, I haven't had much to write about. Thankfully things have finally changed. The brewhouse is now fully glassed in and that made it practical to finally unwrap the tanks. They sure look stunning. What appears so much like copper is actually anodized stainless steel with a rose finish. It will be much easier to keep looking great than copper. There are really only two ways a copper brewhouse looks good - either for it to be sprayed very skillfully with a clear coat just after it is made or for it to be polished very frequently - a real headache for the brewer that has better things to do. Unlike the solid copper brew kettles from last century, modern tanks are stainless steel on the inside and copper jacketed on the outside. The stainless is a lot less reactive to brewers wort (unfermented beer) and cleaning chemicals. They last longer too.

All of our steam piping is complete and our massive boiler is just about dialed in. A more robust condensate return pump had to be added so I can run higher pressure steam. Glycol pipe insulation is happening right now and our chiller should be operational early next week. I've cleaned all the tanks with caustic (alkaline cleaner) and hot water cycles and just need to do an acid cycle on Monday before they can see beer. The brewery has it's license and our first brew - a golden ale - will hopefully happen by the end of the week.

Our kitchen crew is turning out some great food and gearing up for an August opening and the bar staff is testing cocktail recipes. I've taken particular interest in adding my input on my favorites (margarita's & mojito's). Our web page should also be up soon. Stay tuned...


  1. Congratulations on the progress of the pub! I've been periodically following your blog as I stay in Windmills Tower C1 and I'm excited to see Windmills Craftworks coming to fruition, feel pretty confident that we'll have the best beer in India right at our doorstep.
    Hope you are enjoying your stay in Bangalore, weather-wise these 3 months (June, July, August) are considered the "season" in Bangalore.

  2. Very attractive. Any beers to report yet? -pa/jc bill

  3. Can't wait for the August opening. I witnessed the beer tanks and fermanters being hoisted up over my head sometime last year. I'm excited to see and taste what's being brewed at the BangaBrew. You are one true patient brewer. Thanks for the update and keep up the good work! Michelle Villa 26

  4. I am so waiting for this to come through.

    Being an old school Bangalore resident, Windmills could as well have been in Belgium for me, considering my commute from South Bangalore.

    Good things come to those who are willing to brave the Bangalore traffic.

    Here's my beer wishlist for the brewpup.

    IPA (8%) - this one is coming, from what I have read.
    Russian Imperial (the 8% ABV limit makes this a bit of an impossibility. But I believe that Ed can work magic here)
    Dubbel (in the lines of the St. Bernardus Pater 6/8)

    I am waiting, desperately.



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