Originally Posted by ChefyTim
Anyone know where I can learn more about the equipment needed in a Microbrewery? I am just now starting to think about opening a brewery or a brewpub but have never worked in a brewery so am a bit skittish to do anything with my current knowledge of the business.
I know there are schools I can attend but with a full time job I'm not sure I can do that too unless its really necessary.
Depends on what exactly you intend to accomplish and how far you're willing to go in terms of expense and mechanicals.
You can brew world-class beer on what amounts to a homebrew system writ large - direct-fire kettle, insulated (but unfired) mash/lauter tun, fermenters and conditioning tanks in separate cold rooms - to a very intricate system with steam-fired brewhouse, jacketed tanks with glycol cooling, automated grain feeding, the works.
It's not cheap, it's not easy. There's a pretty high bar to entry in this business, both in terms of knowledge and capital. People like me (see the first link in my sig) can provide the former; the latter is up to you.
NOTE: This is not a sales pitch! I'm willing to dispense general information because I'm generally a nice fella and want to help people.
Have you done any market research yet? That's your first step.