A busy day today, we started by firing up the kettle with some warm water left in it from yesterday. Thankfully, the machine spirits of the burner flame were appeased to ignition by the application of sacred unguents and the sacred rubber mallet of correction, as the appropriate holy words were chanted over the box of indicator lights.
As soon as the ritual had concluded successfully, I set about getting the hoses down and hooking them up to brew kettle through the pump and to the Grundy Room access pipe (that goes through the walls and over the hallway). I also ran the second pump into the Grundy Room and set up hoses for both transferring water from the kettle to fill the tank and to recirculate the cleaning solutions. We ran through the cycles of caustic, acid, and iodine (with all of the appropriate rinses) as quickly as we could.
As soon as some CO2 pressure had blown out the last of the iodine, we moved the hoses in the Brewhouse to move the half batch of Russian Imperial Stout into the newly cleaned Grundy tank. A few switches and levers and off she went. It was a beautifully quick and complication-free transfer (although the fact that we don’t filter our stouts helps a lot).
The moment the FV was empty, we immediately swung things around again to use the tap water feed and the kettle water to alternately rinse and clean the FV through all of the caustic, acid, and iodine cycles.
After packing everything up and handling a couple of brewery tours, we sat down for a few pints….and swapped out an empty keg or two while we were there, talking with the customers.
Sorry I’m so behind on posts…I’m trying to catch up with some content – I’ll come back and add some photos soon.