Brewing beer only with fire, movable and of high quality. These were our key points when we started to find a concept for our brewery.
It quickly became evident that our goal could only be achieved by outfitting a trailer customized to our needs. So we embarked on the journey to find a suitable vehicle.
It should be spacious, big enough to house the entire brewing infrastructure and some guests, but still be relatively easy to move around. On top of that we wanted to have a large side hatch so spectators can easily see what is happening inside.
We ended up with a 5 by 2.5 meter former car transporter which was originally made for desert expeditions. The trailer was equipped very well by the previous owner which gave us the perfect starting point for our project.
We picked the Trailer up just after the MFK (that’s the Swiss MOT) was renewed and we immediately entered the planning phase for the outfitting. Due to weight, the brewery and the lift holding the lautering pot, should be as closed to the center of the trailer as possible. Additionally, a washing area on one side and a seating area on the opposite side should of course not be missing.
So we ordered all the required materials and started.
The first step was to install the supporting frame for the sink and the lift for the lautering pot.
The crucial point for us was our wish to raise and lower the lautering pot electrically. This saves us a lot of intermediate steps when brewing because we don’t have to refill with buckets by hand.
STAINLESS STEEL SUMPS
STAINLESS STEEL SUMPS
The next step was to assemble the stainless steel sumps on the floor. This allows us to collect all wastewater at the lowest point and channel it outside trough two drains on the bottom of the trailer. A grating was installed on top of this tub, which serves as the foundation for the entire brewing system.
ANCIENT WASHING PORTS
The brewery itself consists of two ancient washing ports. One of them serves as the primary heat source, the other one is the actual 50 liter brewing pot.
Both washing ports are heated with fire and the hot water from the water jacket is pumped to the required location trough a sophisticated valve system, depending on the temperature requirement. Sounds complicated? It certainly is.
12 valves have to be put in the correct position for everything to work.
In order to bring all the smoke outside, we installed a stainless steel exhaust system.
A Y-piece specifically made for us connects the two outlets of the washing port and the smoke is directed outside through a hole in the trailer wall.
Céline designed the logo and appearance herself.
For visibility and identification, the trailer was labeled on the outside and inside.
This is how a large, empty car transporter became the only movable, fire-powered brewery in Switzerland.