After much discusion we decided to bite the bullet and create our own micro brewery. We knew there was a strong market for real ale, so that wasn't an issue however things like cost, space and not to mention what to call it.
So the space issue we decided that the only place we could put it is in a garage that was being used as a very untidy tool shed, after much tiding and trips to the local recycling centre we managed to create enough space.
Then in goes a new wall, ceiling, electrics and water supply. After fitting the benches and a few coats of anti fungle paint the space was ready.
As for the name our two sons are called Thomas George Ferriman and James Samuel Ferriman hence the George Samuel Brewing Company. Cost, now you can spend a fortune on a brewing plant however after much searching we found wayne at brewzone systems who was very helpful in providing a cost effective stainless steel brewery.
In April 2015 we moved to new premises at our home in Spennymoor County Durham with a slightly larger brew plant we now sell our ales to over 85 pubs in the North East and Yorkshire.
We recieved delivery of our new brewery in December 2014 from Brouwland fabricated it myself with 2x6kw stainless heaters in the HLT and copper and various valves etc.
As we were planning to move, the kit was unused until we moved to our new home in spennymoor.
After plumming and elecrics were sorted and changing to a LTD company, go ahead from council and HMRC.
Our first brew was a wheat beer called star spangled for the 2015 Durham CAMRA beer festival brew day was great and we won 2nd place.
Pleased to announce our victory at the 2016 Durham CAMRA
battle of the beers
Mashing The Grain
After weighing out our grain and filling the mash tun with the required amount of water, we add our grain and stir to ensure there is no lumps. leave to mash for the required time according to beer style at 67 degrees celcius.
Sparging The Grain
After the grain has mashed we then sparge water at around 76 degrees celcius over the top of the grain to extract as much sugar as possible, at the same time as running the sweet wort into the boiler.
Boiling The Hops
Hops are added to the boiling wort at different intervals to add bitternes and flavour.
After boiling the wort and hops for 90 minutes it is cooled to 20 degrees celcius and transferred to fermenting vessels . We then pitch our yeast and control the temperature. When the ale is two degrees away from final gravity we rack into casks in order for natural carbonation to occur.