Upgrading to 20-Barrels | Great Newsome Brewery
Upgrading the Brewery
I can see the future… some of it, anyway. Lottery numbers, who’ll win this election and by what score England’ll win the world cup all remain a mystery to me. I do, however, know that we’re about to literally double how much beer we make. Let me repeat that: double. After years of talking about it, hinting and dreaming, we’re finally upgrading our 10-barrel brewery to a 20-barrel one. These aren’t just pipe dreams either. Shiny new fermenters, a computerised copper and a great big whopping mash tun are all a mere 50 metres from me as I write this. This is the biggest upgrade we’ve ever undergone, and to say we’re excited would be a complete understatement!
Why are we upgrading?
With the upgraded equipment, we can provide:
- Higher Quality Beer – More accurate equipment means we can be more precise with every brew.
- Better Working Conditions – Additional space and less heavy lifting will make our staff’s lives easier.
- Improved Energy Efficiency – Less electricity will be wasted with every pint.
- More beer – Relatively speaking, a 20-barrel brewery is still a pretty small-scale operation. But for craft brewers like us, it’s all about ensuring no Yorkshireman* goes without great ale!
How much beer can we make?
Short answer: around 1.5 million pints a year.
Longer, angrier answer: When brewers say “20-barrel brewery”, we mean how much beer a system will brew in a given day. One of the problems with British brewing is that the units are archaic at best and misleading at worst. Case in point: a barrel. You will never see an actual barrel of beer, because it’s far too big. A barrel equates to four casks, and each cask equates to 41 gallons. Each gallon then equates to 8 pints, and you can quickly start to see why the French were so keen to invent the metric system.
What about the old brewery?
We’ve had a lot of memories with our old brewery. It’s been there on every open day and brewery tour; it’s brewed dozens of different beers over its career, ever reliably. To paraphrase the journalist Brady Haran: while you can and will outgrow things, those very things were exactly right for the time. But a business cannot run on nostalgia alone (unless you’re licencing the Carry On films), and we simply must upgrade our capabilities.
However, whilst we will have no further use for our old equipment in a few weeks, that’s not to say other brewers won’t. On the contrary: it works as well as it did the day it was commissioned, which is exactly why we’ve put it up for sale.
* Or Yorkshirewoman!