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After much paperwork, ground has finally been broken...    ...

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The Planning Permit   Its been a long time coming, but after a change of location and shed size, we are submitting the new Planning Permit for our new brew shed. Our deepest thanks to our family donating the land, our best mates who are always there to help us and the people at Wellington Shire Council who have been hugely helpful with supporting our application This has been a tough process and the decision to invest in the Brewery has been long thought out, but we know out recipes are tasty and we just need to provide a consistent volume for steady sales. As soon as we get planning approval, we will begin the process of creating a great space for brewing, we will keep you posted.  ...

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Lightning Strikes Twice Lightning Strikes Twice As previously mentioned in another bog entry a mate, Baljack, donated his 2001 Ford Falcon Ute to me and the brewery.   The registration lapsed earlier in the year and now, after a lot of back yard mechanical work, it is NOW officially registered, Baljack as promised, White Lightning lives...          ...

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To Warooka and Back. To Wooruka and back   The Beginning After acquiring a masher from my last road trip to Bendigo, it was time to find a Boiler.   I did the usual scouting on the internet and after thinking there might be a shortage of cheap dairy vats on the market, I came across a gumtree advertisement.   It was from a brewery in Yorke Pennisula who  had a lot of ex-dairy gear which could useful.  After much umm’ing and ahhh’ing,  I decided to buy some kegs, a Milk Pasteuriser, Heat Exchanger and anything else that would fit on our transport. The main issue I had was with the size of the pasteuriser, would it be cheaper to pay for a transport company or to do it myself.  A transport company was about $1000 to Melbourne and probably half as much again to get it to the brewery location.  Could I do it myself...

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The Vat and Bendigo... So I have been doing the Nano brewery for a few years now, and started to think, this is hard work for batches of 80 litres.  And since the all grain brew cycle is pretty much the same if your doing 80 litres or 800, I'd rather be doing the latter. Having decided that it was time to get a bigger brewery, I now had to figure out which route to take, buy a turn-key brewery (which is a super nice to have but the bank loan isn't as nice), or create one from scratch. I have been to my fair share of breweries but didnt really have the confidence to build my own yet.  So I dwelled on this dilemna until I went to the Bendigo Beer festival 2013.  I got chatting with one of the guys from 7cent brewery and they were extremely helpful and enthusiastic. They had converted...

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The Upgrade   It may seem to our customers like we haven't been doing much this year,  but we have been bunkered down planning our expansion and making it happen. Whilst Martin has been buying the re-purposed equipment and designing the brew process for a much larger scale, I (the brewer's wife) have been trying to get my head around the planning requirements that we need to meet before we build the new brewery.  Our local council planning team has been very patient as we attempt to house Savara In on a piece of land zoned farming. We are having regular meetings and are about a month away from submitting the full application. So what does this mean? More beer! We needed a larger floor plan in order to extend our license and brew a greater volume which, according to our plan,  will turn us into a viable business. We also need to...