30 December 2007

posted by benjy edwards

This weekend we were supposed to go to Vermont, but thanks to the evil airlines never made it.  Instead of brewing I did a lot of brewery cleaning, including a complete soak and flush of the six new faucets and shanks (hot water, PBW, BLC, and sanitizing steps), plus a thorough cleaning of the three handpumps (hot water, acid cleaner, and PBW).  Finally, the floor got a good mopping and the rubber mats got hosed off and cleaned with bleach.

I also vented the pin of the Boathouse Bitter, probably about three weeks past when it should have been done.  Needless to say, it was highly carbonated.  After venting for about 5 hours, in which several pints were lost through the shive, I hard spiled it and put it in the serving tank.  The first half of the batch was finished on Friday, so now there’s space to serve the pin.  The first keg of the Christmas Ale bit the dust as well, so the second keg is hooked up now.  I meant to keg another five gallons of Simcoe IPA, but didn’t get to it, so that will be a task for New Year’s Day.

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