June 27, 2013

Once an Empty Warehouse, Now a Brewery

Wow.  We never imaged how small 5,500 sq ft would feel like once it's filled with brewing equipment!  Over the last 4 days, we received four tractor trailers full of brewing equipment.  Because the tanks are so tall, they arrived laying on their side.  The trick now, is how do we brew horizontally?  Ha!

From empty warehouse to full brewery in 4 days

In fear of damaging the tanks and taking weeks to complete on our own, we hired a rigging company to turn everything upright.  On Monday we should have a standing brewery.


June 25, 2013

Equipment Delivery, Day 3

Day 3 started on an interesting note.  The fourth container arrived around 10:00 and looked like this:

Upon opening the fourth container, we were greeted with this visual

Holy pipes!  With four sets of hands ready to work, we carried all of the piping, brewhouse platform, pieces of the platform, the grain auger and many miscellaneous items into the warehouse.

Once the loose pieces were moved, we found the grain hopper & hot liquor tank in the back of the container

Here's Chip guiding the hot liquor tank out of the container

After all the pipes were laid out and organized, we couldn't help but sing the Mario Bros tune when they go underground

Wrapped in foam so they wouldn't scratch, we attempted to organize all the piping

June 24, 2013

Equipment Delivery, Day 2

Bright and early at 7:30 am, we continued to unload the second container.  After removing the kettle last night, we were left with two shiny 50 bbl fermenters.  With 1.5 containers emptied and 3 of the largest tanks in place, the crew found a rhythm that made the rest of the day look easy.

The first two fermenters inside the container

The third container arrived at 9:30 with the mash tun and final two fermenters.  One of the widest tanks, the mash tun took a while to maneuver out of the truck, but looks beautiful sitting next to the kettle.

Slow and steady comes the mash tun

With three containers now empty, the majority of the brewing equipment is safe and sound inside the brewery.  All four fermenters are snuggled together, just waiting to be turned upright.  We were like proud parents admiring our new babies!

Like 4 peas in a pod, stainless steel never looked so good

June 21, 2013

Its Christmas Morning at Rinn Duin

After 6.5 months of waiting, the first of four deliveries arrived in Toms River at 9:30 this morning.  It's contents: the brite tank (where the beer carbonates), glycol tank, glycol condenser unit, clean-in-place tanks and a few mystery boxes.

The first truck arriving at the loading dock

The second truck was scheduled to arrive at 12:30 pm.  Fast forward to 5:30...the second truck pulled in.  Thanks to our contractors who stuck around to help, we couldn't have done it without you!  We weren't able to unload the entire container, but got the kettle (aka rice cooker) safely inside before dark.  There's two fermenters waiting patiently for Monday.

The first piece of the brewhouse is unloaded, hey there kettle!

June 19, 2013

The Brewhouse is on Its Way

For 10 days, our brewhouse and fermenters were held hostage by U.S. Customs.  This morning, we received a phone call that they've been released and free to go.  Woo hoooooo

The containers will be delivered to Toms River on Friday!!

The fermenter being loaded into the container

June 13, 2013

Pints & Growlers, check!

We've ordered pint glasses and growlers, should have them in about 2 weeks.  Now, all we need beer to fill them!  The Pub will be stocked with 72 growlers, prove us wrong that we should have ordered more.  Cheers!

June 10, 2013

The Brewhouse has Docked in NJ

Its been almost 6 months since we placed the order for our brewing equipment, and today we received confirmation that its waiting in Port Authority!  We're keeping our fingers crossed that Customs releases it quickly, Toms River is anxiously awaiting its arrival.

The equipment is being delivered in four (4) 40 ft. containers, imagine seeing that coming down Rt 37??  To make life a little easier on us, they're being delivered one at a time, over the course of two days.  Look for updates later in the week!

They're out there somewhere!

June 6, 2013

Session Beer: How Low Will You Go?

Session Beer: Its a beautiful summer day and you're sitting by the pool/BBQ/picnic and you crack open your favorite six'er of Rinn Duin.  What ABV % would you prefer?

  • 2 - 3%
  • 3 - 4%
  • 4 - 5%
  • 5% + (no long a session)

Vote by leaving a comment on the post or linking to our Facebook page.  Slainte!