GABF brewers' diaries
Flossmoor Station - Aug. 26-27
After what seemed like an eternity the wait is over and it is time to
bottle. Everything is tasted from the serving tank or from its aging
barrel. Some beers might get a little tweek by blending if the
character is not up to standard. Seven Hoff Steven one-quarter barrels are cleaned
and then cleaned again, finally soaked in near boiling water. The kegs
are emptied, allowed to cool a little, bunged and either purged or
allowed to create a vacuum as required. Those with a vacuum are taken
to our cooler, and barrel aged products are extracted and then carbonated.
The other kegs are filled from the serving tank.
The next morning the kegs are loaded into the 'exploder' (the company
vehicle) and Bill and I drive out to Aurora, and bottle at America's
Brewpub. Mike Rybinski and Felipe Reyes have been more than cordial
allowing us to bottle on their Meheen. We always leave them some beer
and hope that we haven't worn out our welcome.
When we used to hand
bottle it was long, tedious, cold and with results that could be better.
Using Americas Brewpub's bottler has been a blessing. All went well
during bottling, with a couple of brands giving some trouble. I'm pretty
happy with the result so now is the time to wait again.
Next, shipping day.