Day 256

A partial skid of popped boxes

A partial skid of popped boxes

Yesterday, I talked about “popping boxes”. Here’s what a partial skid of popped boxes looks like, with five of seven layers complete.

Another brewery task I was quickly introduced to was washing kegs, identical to washing kegs at the college, except that this keg washer only washes one keg at a time instead of two.

With a 6-minute cleaning cycle, that leaves a lot of time on one’s hands, so I was also introduced to filling 58.6L (15 gal) kegs with fresh yummy beer at the same time.

As we learned in Doug Pengelly’s class this past semester, packaging is all about the relationship of CO2 and beer temperature. Flood cold beer into a room temperature keg at a high flow rate, and you’ll get about 3 litres of beer and 55.6 litres of foam–hardly the way to win the hearts and minds of your clients, who have paid for 58.6 L of beer, not foam.

Keg being filled (Double skid of full kegs in background.)

Keg being filled (Double skid of full kegs in background.)

No, filling a keg requires patience, so take your time. Open the valve just enough so that the keg takes 6-7 minutes to fill.

As the keg is filling, head back to the keg washer and exchange the now-cleaned keg for a dirty keg and hit the Start button. Rinse off the outside of the cleaned keg and stack it up. Head back to the keg being filled and wait for it to finish. Move the beer hose to the next empty keg on the skid and crack open the valve, rinse off the just-filled keg, sanitize its sankey valve and cap it, and add an identifying label.

Whoops, time to get back to the keg washer. Then back to the filling keg. Keg washer. Keg filler. Keg washer. Keg filler. Every once in a while, haul a double skid of 16 full kegs to the cooler. Keg washer. Keg filler. Keg washer. Keg filler.

Repeat this process until the brewmaster says whoa.

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: Brewmaster

Tags: , , , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: