June 11, 2012 – Framingham, MA - Jack’s Abby Brewing, an American craft brewer specializing in lagers, today announced the purchase of additional tanks that will allow for increased production to meet the growing demand for its lagers.
“In our first year of production we’ve seen an unexpectedly high level of demand for our lagers as well as our seasonal beers,” said Jack Hendler, brewmaster at Jack’s Abby. “These tanks will allow us to expand bottling and grow our line-up of seasonals and specialty beers”
The new tanks include one 40 brite beer tank and two 40 barrel fermenters. This will allow Jack’s Abby to introduce new lagers and increase production.
According to Hendler, the first beer out of the new brite beer tank will be Red Tape Lager to be released one year from the original brew date.
“With the new tanks, we’ll be bottling our barrel aged Biere de Garde Rye Lager aged with brettanomyces, a Summer IPL with ginger, grapefruit peel and buckwheat, Octoberfest, Wet Hop Lager, Kiwi Rising DIPL, and Saxonator through the end of the year,” said Hendler. “We’ll also have various barrel-aged offerings including a sour version of our Leisure Time Lager.”
More photos of the new tank can be viewed in this album on facebook.
About Jack’s Abby Brewing
Founded in January 2011 by three brothers who grew up in a family business, Jack’s Abby Brewing is a craft brewery specializing truly distinctive lagers featuring locally grown hops, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
The name, Jack’s Abby Brewing, pays homage to co-founder Jack Hendler’s wife, Abby, while evoking the tradition of monastic groups in Europe who create handcrafted beers in their abbeys. The brothers are inspired by the tradition of craft brewing using quality local ingredients, mindful labor and great recipes to create delicious, authentic beer.
Originally Posted at The Beer Nut.
We have a lot going on this week at Jack’s Abby Brewing as we are getting closer and closer to the first brew day. We recently received our fermentation vessels along with our hot and cold liquor tanks.
The tank delivery was an exciting day. Three trucks arrived early in the morning with the tanks strapped in to the trailers. The tanks were lying down on their sides in a cradle with wheels on the bottom. With a strong push, they rolled right off the trucks and into the brewery. We attached a large sling from our fork lift to the top of the tanks. We then used the forklift to slowly stand them upright. We documented the whole process in our photo album.
At this point, the tanks were ready to install. We carefully moved them across the brewery with a pallet jack. Getting them in place was only half the job though; there is a lot of plumbing and electrical work that needs to be done to finish the install.
We will be opening with five 40 barrel fermentation vessels. In the case of beer, a barrel is equal to 31 gallons. This means that at our peak capacity we can have 6,200 gallons of beer in the fermentation vessels. Anyone starting to get thirsty? The five fermenters give us the flexibility we need to make all of our different beers while also leaving us with enough room to make multiple batches of certain brews.
Fueling the process is a beast of a boiler. Clocking in at 850,000 BTU’s, it will provide the low pressure steam necessary to create a nice rolling boil in the kettle, and to keep the hot liquor tank hot. Liquor, in brewing terms, simply refers to brewer’s water, not alcohol. The cold and hot liquor tanks are holding vessels for our brewery’s water needs. During fermentation it will be important to keep the fermenters cold. We will have a 14 horsepower chiller keeping our fermenters cold to maintain optimal temperatures for our lagers.
After the brewing process, we will be kegging into our recently acquired, refurbished kegs (who said Budweiser is good for nothing?). The kegs will be stored in our new 418 square foot refrigerator to keep the beer fresh right up until it hits the taps.
We got our first shipment of tee shirts and are psyched for the rest of the merchandise to start showing up. We’ll be opening our doors on June 2nd so be sure to come stop by and see how the place looks and buy a shirt and a glass! Until then, send us an email reserving your shirt, or test your luck and stop by…we are usually here all day, every day.
We’ll start selling kegs, filling growlers and offering free tastings once the beer is ready in late July. We’ve been keeping our Facebook fans up to date with all the brewery progress. Be sure to join us!
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