It started with a text message “Have you guys seen that brewing kit on eBay? There’s no bids, what do you think?”
Could we start a brewery in Tavistock?
The four of us had been talking about the possibility of starting a brewery on and off for about 18months. We had been homebrewing for a while (well one of us for over 30 years) and occasionally talked about what would it take to start up our own little brewery. After a while the topic of conversion would usually move on, but the thought was always in the back of our minds.
Then, one of us stumbled over an eBay listing “Microbrewery 2.5 BBL Brewery” and a text message went out “Have you guys seen that brewing kit on eBay? There’s no bids, what do you think?”.
What did we think? None of us knew what to think! Or actually what to look for, we were only four homebrewers!
So we studied the photos and tried to work out what was what. “OK, that’s the fermentation vessels, there’s the copper…what the hell is that?”.
In the end we said bugger it, lets put a bid in and see how we go. So that’s what we did, our bid went in and we waited.
We won it.
We bought a microbrewery – lets go get it!
One of the reasons we put a bid on that eBay listing, was due to the location. It wasn’t too far from our home town of Tavistock, Devon. Actually it was was less than 20 miles away, just outside of Looe in Cornwall.
Between us we had a small truck and a van and the idea was to take them both down to Looe, load up all our new brewing equipment and bring it back to Tavistock.
So, on a Sunday morning off we went to pick up our new Micro brewing Kit.
We travelled down to the outskirts of Looe and met the current owner. It turns out that our newly acquired brewing kit had quite a history. It had been used in at least two different breweries around Devon and Cornwall (but we’ll cover this later in another blog post).
We loaded up all the kit and with both the van and truck nudging their legal maximum payload weight, we slowly made our way back to Tavistock.
OK we have a microbrewery, now what?
So negotiated our way back over the border from Cornwall and arrived safely back to our base in Devon. We couldn’t wait to to unload our new pride and joy, a 2.5 BBL Brewing system. Time to start to putting it all together and get brewing with it straight away. Simple right?
Just put it all together. How hard could it be?