Shire Station's 1-BBL Electric Brewery
Shire Station Brewing Company is located in beautiful rural Kings County, California, near the town of Lemoore. We are surrounded by numerous large oaks, eucalyptus and sycamore trees, as well as several very large draft horses. The brewery is situated in a 470 square foot building off the main farmhouse.
Although we are not yet licensed to sell beer, we currently produce 1 barrel at a time so that we can perfect our recipes and refine our technique. The brewery consists of three 55 gallon vessels; the hot liquor tank (HLT), the mash tun, and the boil kettle, as well as a 240V/50A control panel, wort and liquor pumps, vent hood, and a heat exchanger. We can produce a final volume of 31 gallons of beer (which is 1 barrel). We keg most of our beer in 5 gallon kegs, which means we can produce six kegs per brew. This is an awful large amount of beer to produce if you can't sell it (soon), but in the grand scheme of things, our little system would be considered a "Pico" brewery" by the pros. The good news is that we paid for the entire system as it was built so we owe nobody nuttin'!
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.
We would be grossly negligent and woefully remiss if we did not mention Kal and the Electric Brewery. Kal is out of Canada and has spent countless hours putting together detailed build plans, parts lists, and blow-by-blow brewing instructions. Our brewery took Roscoe and I eight months to build, but it would likely have been four-times longer than that if we had to do it all from scratch. We are grateful to Kal for his passion and his willingness to share his journey with the rest of us. This is one of the many things that makes this industry so cool. If you are interested in seeing what he has to offer, click on the link below and it will magically take you to the Electric Brewery webpage. Cheers to Kal!