Battle Continues With The City of Lake Mills. Yes, this looks like it is going to be a long one. We attended the latest Plan Commission meeting, which dealt with the proposed zoning code. As always, it is a frustrating situation. Stacey was a on the verge of losing it. Unfortunately the format of the meetings is such that we may only speak in the public comment section of the meeting for three minutes. Making it impossible to respond to incorrect information or biased opinions that are thrown out by others during the course of the meeting. Looks like the members of the Plan Commission are going to get to know me pretty well over the next year…
Third Time Is A Charm? Sure hope so! Attempting to repair the hot liquor tank for the third time. This time we are having an external heat exchanger installed. They are working on that right now. Later on we hope to have the pipe fitters show up and attach the steam… will see if it can all be done in one day or if we are going to have to be down on Monday as well.
New Fermenter Arriving Today. Our latest fermenter (#7) was scheduled to be delivered today between 10 and 11 a.m. Apparently there was some issue at the manufacturing plant in Elroy and its arrival was re-slated for 1:00 p.m. Exciting day… but just imagine how happy I am to be paying riggers (who arrived at 10:00 a.m. to promptly move and erect the tank in the brewery) to lay out in the grass and work on their tans. (Check our Facebook page soon for video!)
Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest Goes On Tap Today. Our autumn seasonal (yes, I know it is still 90 degrees outside) is being kegged today and will be on tap in the Tasting Room this evening. Should be bottling it on Monday… I hope.
Bottle Filler Takes A Dump. Everything is hitting us at once. The bottle filler stopped running a week or two ago in the middle of a Three Beaches Honey Blonde bottling run. The wiring in the main drive motor developed a short and we had to have it rewound (only a $750 operation… but we were up and running again in three business days). Since that time… a horrific grinding sound has developed. One of the bearings in the same motor has gone bad. It is going to be a joyous Sunday morning having to get to the brewery nice and early for that repair. I am told that it could take anywhere between 20 minutes and 10 hours. I am hoping for the former… and I am hoping that we are actually bottling on Monday morning!
Brewing: two double batches of HopWh0re Imperial IPA.