Our lovely shiny new casks

It’s been a busy time since my last update. We have been over to New York for the cask beer festival there, which I will blog about separately – probably not the most sensible thing to do when you are setting up a new business, but it was a well needed holiday and a good experience of beer culture in the US.

Things finally seemed to be coming together this week, when we got home our certificate of registration had arrived from HMRC.  I received my certificate for an exam I passed which now means I can apply for a personal license to sell alcohol. We had received confirmation that our new casks and cask washer were ready and about to be delivered. All going a bit too smoothly it seemed.

Well reality bit yesterday. We were getting some 3-phase electrical work done, getting the vessels wired up with the heating elements. Firstly, we didn’t have instructions, then there was no way to tell how to wire up the probes, then we found we needed extra bits of equipment which we probably wouldn’t be able to get hold of before the weekend.  I guess that’s what happens when you don’t really know enough about the equipment you are buying. You know you need heating elements, so that’s what you buy. You don’t realise you need all sorts of other gumph to go with them.

It’s a learning curve. A steep one. We’re getting there though. Sometimes it seems scarily fast, others just far too slow. We were hoping to have our first commercial brew this weekend, we really need to get going if we want to get our beer into the Norwich Beer Festival at the end of the month. And we really want to be there, it would be a great opportunity to showcase our new brew, and get really valuable feedback from seasoned drinkers.

As it turns out, we hope that the elements can still be installed today, testing will be completed over the weekend, and brewing next week. It’s all so exciting at the moment, any little set back seems to be a massive blow, and gets taken all out of proportion. I seem to be letting my inner drama queen out.

So… keep it all crossed, we could be making beer Tuesday.

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