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Posted by on in The Upgrade
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...