Let me tell you, there is not many things better in life than watching a man in a kilt finagle a 7000lb stainless steel fermenter on the roof of a building. It’s even better when he’s wearing long johns. Yesterday, the Schlafly Bottleworks received two 200bbl unitanks. What is a unitank? It’s a stainless steel, jacketed, insulated fermenter used by breweries around the world. It’s where wort becomes beer.
So what does two more unitanks mean to Schlafly? It means they can increase the total number of barrels (bbls) brewed per year from about 25,000 to 31,000. But it doesn’t stop there, with the additional six unitanks they’re installing later they would boost final capacity to between 45,000 and 50,000 bbls. While that sounds like a lot of beer, just down the road at Anheuser-Busch they have some 6000bbl unitanks installed. But it’s still a big day at Schlafly and I was glad to be a part of it. Check out Lager Heads for more info and what will probably be a better video.