Yesterday we received our fermentation and brite tanks. It was a long day full of excitement and chest crunching fear (mainly when we tilted up each and EVERY tank). We’ve been so excited for this day to come but truth be told, we were completely unprepared for the mammoth undertaking of removing and placing the tanks by ourselves. Lucky for us, our karma is strong and we were saved by Ryan and his father, Harvey- two master riggers. YAY!

To save room for photos, I’ll spare you a more wordy description of the day. These photos do a pretty good job of telling our story.

Happy Brewer

Happy Brewer

The truck driver forgot to break the seal...luckily we're industrious here at Smog City

The truck driver forgot to break the seal…luckily we’re industrious here at Smog City

WOW!!

WOW!!

Removal of the first tank, a 30bbl fermentor

Removal of the first tank, a 30bbl fermentor

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Tipping up the 60bbl,  eek...

Tipping up the 60bbl, eek…

Placing our largest tank, the 60bbl fermentor...it only weighed in at 3500lbs.

Placing our largest tank, the 60bbl fermentor…it only weighed in at a modest 3500lbs.

Tanks are coming in and lining up.

Tanks are coming in and lining up.

Porter takes a moment to think.

Porter takes a moment.

We loaded in from 2pm until 7pm. A beautiful night to be receiving our tanks.

We loaded in from 2pm until 7pm. A beautiful night to be receiving our tanks.

Up goes a brite tank, 30bbl

Up goes the 30bbl brite tank

Placing the first brite

Placing the brite

Last tank, the 15bbl brite.

Last tank, the 15bbl brite.

15bbl brite

15bbl brite

We barely cleared the door!

We barely cleared the door!

Wrangling our last tank!

Wrangling our last tank!

Porter places a foot pad

Porter places a foot pad

Almost done!

Almost done!

All our ducks in a row. Beautiful!

All our ducks in a row. Beautiful!

Porter inspects his fermentors

Porter inspects his fermentors

Indispensable help from Dan Bolton of Bolton Engineering.

Help from the indispensable Dan Bolton of Bolton Engineering.

He couldn't help himself.

Porter couldn’t help himself.

With the tanks now in place, and our ABC and TTB applications APPROVED, we move on to running the glycol lines and cleaning the brewhouse before reassembly. Unfortunately, we recently got word that our kettle needs a little TLC. So off it will go on Monday or Tuesday for a little work. We’re hoping it comes back quickly!

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