If you’ve walked into the Schlafly Bottleworks in the past few months, you may have noticed a tarp covering the brewhouse area. If you’re like me, you asked yourself, “Oh! These Schlafly guys, so high and mighty, we can’t even watch them brew anymore!” Ok, I didn’t actually think that, but I did wonder what the heck was going on. Turns out they Schlafly was upgrading its brewhouse.
Well, after what I’m sure seemed like years to Dan Kopman, the brewhouse has come back to life. Yesterday brought about the first test of the system and so far, so good. According to the Schlafly Brewers’ Blog some of the upgrades include:
We have added a new, larger kettle that will utilize an internal calandria to provide a more efficient and effective boil.
We are also automating much of the process utilizing Siemens technology and their Braumat Compact software. It will allow our brewers to focus on producing the best beer possible with the new tools, rather than juggling valves and connections.
More Schlafly, always a good thing.