Marshall's Beers

Marshall's Beers

About this blog

I'll be posting news of the Brewery and giving you some advanced information about the beers I'll be brewing. And letting you know when (and where) they're being sold.

I'll also suggest what food these beers might accompany, just as we do for wines. Yes, beers can be matched to food, not just drunk to slake a thirst.

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Tel: 01635200907
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Setting up the new brewery

Brewery newsPosted by Richard Marshall 30 Nov, 2013 19:27:37
It's been an interesting few months setting up my new brewery but the most challenging was adapting to the new, larger equipment. I've been used to brewing about 20 L each time with large buckets and various bits of kit that I've built myself. Now I've got a 100 L plant so things are quite different. Two key challenges have been heating enough water to turn it into brewing liquor. I have to do this so that the mash is at the right pH. The boiler I have is just a bit small, so I'll have to either get a larger one or treat the water some other way. The other challenge is actually cleaning everything up afterwards! It just takes longer than it used to. But I'm gradually get a system going so it should become routine.

As I've taught food science at degree level for some years, I had great fun making the HACCP plan for the brewery and putting into practice what I've been teaching. Those of you who know about food safety systems will know what I mean. It paid off because the hygiene inspector (EHO) gave it the thumbs up.

Here's a picture of the main brewing kit:

On top is the hot liquor tank that feeds into the mash tun on the right. On the left is the copper, where the wort is boiled. The yellow hosepipes feed cold water to and from the heat exchanger. I'm using rainwater for this and recycle it back to the storage tanks so it doesn't get wasted.


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Posted by Jim 23 Jun, 2014 21:26:19

Hi, I had a bottle of Hocktide at the weekend, it was a great drop. I was also hoping for some advice...I am a keen homebrewer myself and was wondering what sort of steps you need to go through you need to be able to make the move from brewing and bottling in the kitchen to being legally allow to sell your beer? Any advice or help would be much appreciated. Thanks Jim