Originally Posted by Gabrew
Any pics of the big boys?
I dont have any photos now, the first system is in process. Just got the OK yesterday, final custom changes for the brewery.
The 1-1.5 BBL market is full of hack jobs, poly tanks and 55 gallon systems being plumbed with March 809s.
Guys on this level are not looking to spend $30+K, they KNOW that it is a fight for their survival and they want al ow risk, low cost alternative to a 3 BBL commercial system. They know there is a possibility that they will not survive.
These small startups are searching for people to build them small systems, on a budget, that are customizable. I have seen 1BBL systems out there that are cheaper than what I am building (1/2 the price), but they are gas fired, no process controls, no automation options, POLY tanks and they are running dueling March 809's (woohoo).
The above listed system turned out to be a great way to showcase materials, control options, the appeal of electric brewing and my general design style. It is like a model so to speak.
I am very excited to partner with some of these startups. Some of their owners have never brewed more than 10 gallons, never brewed with electric, never brewed on a HERMS or a RIMS!
The problem for me is that the 1.5 BBL system will be 7' wide and almost 3' deep, my garage cannot handle multiple builds at one time. I have 10 weeks to turn out the 1.5 BBL, should take 6-8, and another on the line. I dont want to take a loss on the above system, but once I am elbow deep in a couple 1.5 BBL builds I will need to look at options perhaps.