Friday, April 27, 2007

Cleaning, transferring, kegging, festing

A long, busy day today:

  • Cleaned, sanitized, and pressurized two bright beer tanks. One will receive Tin Lizzie Hefeweizen later today, and the other will get All American Gold tomorrow.

  • Cleaned Fermenter #9.

  • Transferred seven barrels of Tin Lizzie Hefeweizen from Fermenter #4 to bright beer tank #3.

  • Cleaned and filled some kegs for the pub and for tonight's festival.

  • Loaded up the van and drove to Lincoln for the inaugural Haymarket Cork & Ale Festival, which featured several Nebraska breweries and wineries, along with a representative from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. His job, as he explained it to us, was to make sure that we didn't drink any beer during the event, and he hovered around the room for the entire three hours, keeping an eye on the tables. In all the dozens of festivals I've worked at, I've never heard of such a thing. As you can imagine, the brewers were a mighty grumpy bunch by the end of the night. I've heard rumors that the State is planning to do this at even more festivals in the future.

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