Belfast Brewpub

Belfast Brewpub – The Deer’s Head

The Deer's Head Saloon Bar Belfast

The first Brewpub in Belfast is the Deer’s Head conveniently located 1-3 Garfield Street, Belfast, this area is steeped in brewing history and it has got the potential to make more history. We are excited to see this project evolve and we’re very grateful to the Owner for allowing us to help with this project and install the beautiful Brewiks brewing equipment.

What is a Brewpub?

Simply put it’s an establishment that sells beer that’s been brewed on the premises

What about the brewing History in this area?

There where 12 pubs and 4 spirit dealers on North Street in 1819, now only one pub remains, the Deer’s Head, established in 1885 as a traditional Saloon bar and brewery its being reinvigorated and going back to its roots of brewing beer on site and becomes the first modern brewpub in Belfast.

Bells Brewpub Belfast

Bells Brewery is the name of the Brewery within the premises at the Deers Head. In 1819 Lower Garfield Street was formally known as Bell’s Lane which we like to think is in honour of the founder and brewer John Bell . Formerly a wine and spirit merchant, John Bell lived worked and brewed here since 1778, directly adjacent to the Deer’s Head.

During the 18th century, the Irish government encouraged brewing at the expense of distilling, reasoning that beer was less harmful than whiskey and from 1790, it is argued that the decline of manufacturing industries was due to the expansion of other industries including milling, brewing and distilling.

At the time when John Bell was in operation there was several breweries on neighbouring streets including North Street, Royal Avenue and Smithfield. Today the Deer’s Head are passionate about reviving what was once considered the brewery quarter of Belfast.

Why is it important to have a Brewpub in Belfast?

Brewiks Brewpub Belfast

To many they won’t initially see the potential impact of this project. At Geterbrewed we see this as being a huge step forward as this will change the landscape in the local brewing scene. Craft beer is still a very juvenile market in Northern Ireland and the launch of the first Brewpub in Belfast will help escalate the growth.

The experience of enjoying a quality beer packed with flavour onsite whilst overlooking the brewery equipment isn’t just authentic, it’s putting the consumer back in touch with the brewer. An intimacy with the process of making beer. We want consumers to regain the connection and support their local brewers. We want you to support the Deers Head!

Copper Brewiks Microbrewery

The Brewpub experience is about using your senses, you should be seeing, smelling and tasting. At the Deer’s Head your senses are in for a treat . You will see the visually striking Copper Brewiks Microbrewery behind glass allowing you to observe the full brewing process. Thoughtful design by Oscar and Oscar allows your senses to be stimulated and the owners have been researching, experimenting and designing beer recipes to excite your palate.

If your in the brewpub during a brewday you will get to smell the malt being mashed and the hops being added to the boil. Often the unsung hero of taste is that of aroma, so try this new experience and immerse yourself in a sensory experience at The Deers Head. A good brewer will layer aromas and flavours and from what we have tasted so far you are sure to impressed with the flavours and aromas in the Bells Brewery Beers.

This is pioneering by the owner of the Deer’s Head, its going to be a great tourist attraction for Belfast City Centre and its going to help develop the local craft beer scene.

When is the Brewpub Opening?

With all that is going on at the minute with government restrictions its going to be a short wait until the time is right and safe, but soon, real soon….

We look forward to joining our customers there for a beer and urge you to follow them on their journey and show them some love on their social channels which will keep you up to date with opening times

https://www.facebook.com/thedeersheadbelfast

www.twitter.com/thedeershead1

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment User Guide

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment

Want to get more beer out of every batch you brew? Want Microbrewery Equipment that delivers results? The answer is Brewiks but you also need to know how to use the Brewiks microbrewery equipment to its full potential.

Case Study of Brewiks Brewery;

Kevin McLaughlin has been our Head Brewery at Hillstown for over a year now. He has been able to consistently maximise output of each batch brewed to ensure we are utilising the maximum potential of the Brewiks Equipment we have.

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment; two Brewiks 500 systems
Brewiks 500

If your going to make your Brewery a success you need to maximise output, because that means more money from sales

Like the idea of packaging more beer per batch? Then checkout how Kevin uses 20% extra malt in the mash and then dilutes the batch at the whirlpool stage with extra water ensuring full fermenters.

As a result you package more beer for less labour and maximise profits. Above all its critical that you use your equipment to its full capabilities. For example on a typical brewday see below:

Brewiks Microbrewery Preparation

  • Fill kettle with required volume of water.
  • Set desired temperature on the control panel.
  • Switch on elements (setting: PID and Normal)
  • Open mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves and switch on pump at 100% to speed up heating.

I like to preheat the strike water the night before to save time on brewday. I heat to 10-15 degrees C higher than strike temp (depending on ambient temperature) it drops naturally overnight for mash in

Brewiks Mashing In

  • Ensure strike water is at desired temperature.
  • Mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves should be open.
  • Pump is on and at max power (100%)
  • Add water treatment if required.
  • Slowly add the grain (mixing manually with the mash paddle when required)
  • Check mash temperature and record mash in start time.

I always mash for 1 hour with the mixer pump on max, this ensures maximum starch conversion and prevents “hot spots”.

Brewiks Mash transfer

  • Firstly, check all valves on lauter tun are closed and false bottom grid is in place and level.
  • Turn of heating elements.
  • Connect medium hose from outlet valve to whirlpool valve.
  • Pump should still be mixing at 100%
  • Open whirlpool valve and then outlet valve.
  • Rinse down the sides of the kettle periodically during transfer to remove any remaining grain.
  • Mix until mixing arm is exposed, then close mixing outlet.
  • As the last of the mash is transferring, rinse and remaining grain down the mixing inlet hole.
  • Once transfer is complete, close outlet valve and switch off pump.
  • Rinse down kettle until the base is covered.
  • Now open the mixing outlet valve and switch on the pump at 60% for a few seconds. This will flush out any remaining grain from the mixing arm.
  • Close mixing outlet valve and open outlet valve and transfer the remaining mash.
  • Close all valves and disconnect and rinse hose.

I like to presparge before beginning transfer, just enough to cover the false bottom, this helps build and even grain bed. 

It’s very important to ensure that you continue mixing during the transfer, this will help prevent any blockages. 

If the mash is light, it is possible to close the mixing outlet intermittently for a minute or so at a time, this can reduce transfer time slightly. 

Brewiks Microbrewery Wort transfer

  • Give the mash a mix with the mash paddle and allow it to settle for 5-10 minutes.
  • Connect the water supply to the sparge heat exchanger and the sparge pipe to the mash tun to begin sparging.
  • Attach the medium hose from the bottom valve on the mash tun to the inlet valve.
  • Fit the small hose to the outlet valve and loop it into the kettle.
  • Open the bottom valve and the inlet valve, ensuring the mixing inlet is closed first.
  • Open outlet valve and throttle the mixing inlet valve open slightly for a second or two to purge any air from the pump.
  • Place a coarse hop spider in the base of the kettle and loop the small hose from the outlet into it.
  • Now with the pump at its lowest speed (60%) switch on and begin transferring.
  • Transfer slowly by switching the pump on briefly for a few minutes and then stopping.
  • Once the base of the kettle is covered, switch on the elements with temperature set to boiling.
  • Continue transferring until desired volume is achieved.
  • Begin mixing by closing outlet and inlet valves and opening mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves, switch on pump at 100%
  • Disconnect all hoses and rinse out.
  • Shovel out spent grains and remove false bottom from mash tun.

This is a vitally important stage of the brewday and shouldn’t be rushed!! 

If the transfer stalls the grain bed can be reset and the process continued. 

To shorten the time to boiling temperature I like to mix the wort in between transfers. 

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment Boiling

  • Continue heating on boil setting with pump on 100% until the wort temperature reaches mid to high 90s.
  • At this point switch off the pump and watch for a rolling boil to start.
  • Connect water hose to the condensing flue.
  • Record boil start time and add hops as recipe dictates.
  • Monitor boil and watch for boil overs.
  • If it looks like a boil over is likely, briefly switch off the elements and turn on the pump to mix.
  • When boil time is up, switch off elements.

If you are having issues with boil overs, you can lower the boil temperature by pressing all the F buttons (F1,F2,F3,F4) simultaneously and changing the preset boil temperature (usually between 110-120°C). This is particularly useful with high gravity recipes where boil overs are more likely. 

To get the maximum volume from each individual brew I back dilute by increasing my grain bill and by 20% and adding 20% extra water at the end of the boil. 

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment Whirlpooling

  • After boil connect medium hose from outlet to whirlpool inlet (again ensuring all valves on lauter tun are closed)
  • Ensure mixing inlet is open and mixing outlet is closed.
  • Open outlet valve and whirlpool valve and begin transferring with pump on at 100%
  • If you have a whirlpool hop addition, add it to the lauter tun now.
  • Once all wort is transferred, rinse any remaining wort and hop residue out of the kettle.
  • Fill base of kettle with water and clean the mixing arm the same way as at the end of the mash transfer.
  • Switch off pump, close all valves, disconnect and rinse hose.
  • Remove condenser and lid, and clean them and the kettle. Replace after.

I try to allow the wort to settle for as long as possible before moving onto the next step (20+ mins)

If you are doing a hop stand addition, simply wait until wort cools to the appropriate temp and add hops directly to the lauter tun.

Brewiks Cooling and transfer to fermentation tanks

  • Connect the short hose from the outlet valve to the hot wort inlet.
  • Attach the medium hose from the inlet valve to a bucket of clean water.
  • Fit the long hose from the cold wort outlet to a drain.
  • Open inlet and outlet valves, ensuring mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves are closed.
  • Turn on the pump at 100% and flush out pipework with the water in the bucket (topping the bucket up as it empties)
  • Add non rinse sanitiser to the bucket and loop the end of the long hose from the cold wort outlet back into the bucket.
  • Cycle the sanitising mixture for a few minutes and then switch off pump.
  • Connect the medium hose from the inlet valve to the side bottom valve.
  • Turn on the pump at 60% and run until you see wort coming from the end of the long hose.
  • Spray sanitiser on the bottom valve of the fermenter and connect long hose from cold wort outlet to it.
  • Connect a 3/8″ pipe from the vent pipe of the fermenter into a bucket of water, this will act as an airlock.
  • Connect the mains water supply into the cold water inlet connection. Using a short length of hose, loop back from the hot water outlet connection back into the kettle.
  • Now take a wort sample for testing from the lauter tun side valve.
  • Begin transfer, monitoring cold wort temperature and adjusting pump speed to get the desired temperature (higher pump speed equates to a higher transfer temperature and reversely a lower speed will lower the temperature)
  • Continue transferring, regularly checking the transfer temp and the volume of wort left in the lauter tun.
  • Monitor the sight glass until you see trub flowing then close valves
  • Disconnect all pipes and clean down.
  • Check temperature of wort in the fermentation tank is correct and pitch yeast.

I like to transfer a degree higher than the required fermentation temperature, remember it’s always easier to lower the temperature a degree or two than it is to raise it.

The brewiks comes as standard with an analogue temperature gauge on the cold wort outlet, personally I have replaced this with a digital temperature prob and I get a more precise reading and can react quicker to variations in transfer temperature.

Pressurised Brewiks Fermentation Tanks

  • Set controller to “Col” and set fermentation temperature
  • Monitor the fermentation process over the next few days and take regular samples of the gravity.
  • When gravity reaches 6 points from the target final gravity, close the airlock, natural carbonation then takes place and as a result produces a softer mouthfeel
  • Keep a close eye as the pressure increases over the next 12 hours.
  • Monitor fermentation until complete then lower the temperature to half and maintain for 24hrs.
  • Now crash cool by setting the temp to -1°C.
  • After 48hrs of crash cooling you can drop the yeast out of the bottom valve.
  • Continue conditioning, monitoring taste and test carbonation throughout. We use a taprite carbonation tester

If your interested in learning more we have brewdays once per month at our production facility and the Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment can be found here: https://www.geterbrewed.com/brewiks-equipment/

Brewiks Microbrewery Start Ups

We have been having a flurry of new Brewiks systems being ordered and installed in the last few weeks.

Last week we delivered a new Brewiks 200 to Halewoods in Liverpool, this week we had a Brewiks 300 dispatched and on it’s way to Holywood in County Down for a new start up called Modest Brewery and we have just installed a new Brewiks 200 system in Derry County Londonderry for a new brewery called Rough Brothers.

Geterbrewed are passionate about building long-term relationships with their customers. We own our own brewery so we fully understand what it takes to set up and run a commercial brewery.

Equally we also understand the scale of the investment and we really do appreciate it when brewers choose to work with us and the Brewiks team.

What I love about Brewiks is that it is a true “plug & brew” system and it can be pushed to produce some serious volumes of beer.

The build quality is first class, hand built in Slovenia with an experienced team.

When you start a craft brewery you need to be able to consistently produce a quality beer, you have to be able to rely on your equipment to produce the best  beer you  can make.

Brewiks microbrewery set ups are the perfect option for small scale start up breweries and brewpubs. We can then build adapt and grow with you as you use your revenue to expand.

Geterbrewed have designed add ons for budget friendly packaging of kegs and bottles under pressure. We have learnt how to make these systems work efficiently and effectively to allow our brewers to be profitable and grow

If you are a Brewiks customer, we talk about you becoming part of the Brewiks family,  that’s a great asset to have, need a spare part quickly to continue production, we have it. Need technical support we provide it free of charge, need access to the most after hops in the brewing industry we have them. We give all our Brewiks customers the highest discounts on ingredients as we want you to succeed. We will spend time training you on how to use your system so you can brew with confidence.

The Brewiks team are genuinely passionate about the brewing industry,  now with hundreds of units throughout the globe Brewiks are recognised as a world leader in this size of system

If your interested in starting a small microbrewery or brewpub then come and spend sometime brewing on one of our machines, you will see first hand why Brewiks are the best option .

 

 

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment

Geterbrewed have built a solid relationship with the Brewiks Team and we are very proud to distribute the range of Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment throughout Ireland and the UK

Brewiks Mix Mashing Vessel

We genuinely regard our Brewiks customers as being part of the Brewiks Family, I don’t say that as a sales pitch, we are in the business of building relationships with the brewers that trust us with their money for a Brewiks Microbrewery, our friends that run the Brewiks factory are creating a global brand recognised as leading the way with innovative technology and strong and robust equipment, they want you to be treated like family.

It’s in our interest to make sure that your dream of owning your own brewery becomes a reality and that it is also a success. We have the in house experience and talent to help at every step of the way, we have our own brewery so we know what it takes to make a brewery a success, we also only use Brewiks equipment in our own brewery and we have been pushing that equipment hard for years now.

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment

Running your own brewery isn’t easy but it can be very rewarding. Geterbrewed feel we now have the abaility to offer complete packages, these packages look at all aspects of the brewery, from recipe development and water profiles right through to being able to offer bottling and kegging solutions. We also offer special pricing structures on your ingredients, that means access to the best pricing on malt, hops and yeast.

So why Brewiks?

To me that is simple, its impressive brewing equipment and that is backed up with the volume of packaged product being higher than competitive brands, why is this so important, in my opinion this is the key to success as you need volume packaged product to ensure your revenue and margins are high enough to allow you to grow your business. So if you wrote a business plan on having 500 litres of packed beer per batch at a high abv then we deliver that!

The Brewiks equipment is plug and brew, very minimal set up costs in terms of preparing the location for the equipment

The ability to produce high abv beers, the Brewiks systems have been specifically designed to allow you to brew high volume beers

Easy to Clean – this saves on time and labour costs

Speed of use, ability to double brew and save energy costs by recouping the warm water from cooling the first batch to allow you to mash in the second batch. Its possible to double brew in 10 hours

Reliable Equipment – we have been double brewing on the Brewiks 500 system for years now and the only issue we have encountered is that we need to change the pump seal kit.

Brewiks Add Ons – We can now provide cooling systems at discounted rates to regulate the fermenters temperature, we have designed small 5 head bottle fillers that can attach direct to the Brewiks fermenters, we have designed in house kegging and pumping kit to attach straight to the Brewiks FV’s so you can fill kegs under pressure

Brewiks Pressurised Fermenters

Geterbrewed make the set up process easy, we help with site visits prior to ordering equipment and ensure we are on hand to commission the equipment and provide on site training to get you started. We are available for ongoing help and support and we have a team of talented staff, from technical brewing help to industry experience on distribution channels and route to market.

Talk to us if your interested in starting a microbrewery or brewpub we have lots of solutions

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Brewiks 1000 Review

So I landed in a snow dusted airport in Slovenia to a cool minus 13, I’m brewing on the new Brewiks 1000 in Maiester Brewery and I’m getting a lift from the airport by Damir the owner of the Brewiks brand.

I have got to know Damir and his family well since we meet them a few years ago, I love that the extended family all work together in harmony. They have a wealth of experience amongst them and we have built a strong and solid relationship, I know the Brewiks brand is world class as we have a Brewiks 200 and 500 litre system in our showroom but I was eager to test the Brewiks 1000

The short journey to the brewery allows Damir and I to have a good chat about his exciting new plans, I’m greeted at the brewery with the dull sound of the sub woofer belting out tunes , the aroma of freshly milled malt and a few friendly smiles from the brewers. The new Brewiks 1000 is an impreasive sight i thought ‘What a day to be alive’….read on as we brewed a double batch

We mashed in via an auger which came through the wall from the malt room, it was good to see a hose lock water connection port to moisten the grain as it enters the mash tun and to ensure the auger remains hygienic

So after we mashed in it gave me the opportunity to discuss with the brewers what it was like to upscale from the Brewiks 500 litre system to the new Brewiks 1000, right off the mark he said it’s easier and the best bit is the mashing and lautering works better. He talked about a better clarity of wort, I explained that we had added an underback to the Brewiks 500 system that we had and it made the clarity much better. The head brewer explained generally all the brewers felt it made alot of improvements and was easier to use, the only negative they said was the hop revolver it allowed direct steam to release when opened but they had already found a work around and added via the glass lid.

I noted the guys had added a hop filter between the pump and the heat exchanger and they said it was an added extra that the Brewiks team made to prevent the heat exchanger getting blocked with hop debris . They also explained that initially the heat exchanger was a little too effective and they had to slow the pump speed but now they have found a workaround, they changed the cold water flow hose diameter to 25mm from the hose lock tubing and add a ball lock valve to allow them to control the flow, so the pump speed is set to 80% and the flow restricted using the ball valve and it chills a 1400 litre batch with ease.

The turnaround time from the first batch to the second batch was 30 minutes and the hot water generated from cooling the first batch was used to mash in with the second batch, an impressive 5 hour brew time for the first batch also, so I started to try and find problems as so far it seemed to good to be true, so wanting to give an impartial review I found an issue , it needs a light in the inside of the boil tank and lauter tun. I was slumming it with a torch and although I’m scraping the barrel to find an issue it was one.

The touchscreen brewing technology with live time diagnostics including all temperatures and live power usage rates may seem intimidated but it was very simple to operate , i have to admit it did seem too simple to me and I kept thinking I had missed something but it genuinely makes it simple to operate.

The pump speed can be changed at the touch of the button as with the smaller models and the stepped platforms make over seeing the brew insanely simple.

As the first brew of the day completed I enjoyed some pizza delivered to the brewery and a pint of IPA straight from the fermenter, Slovenian hospitality is always awesome .

During the second mash in for the 2nd brew of the day I noticed the mash temperature drop as the malt was augered in , I got the boiling button and the temperatire shot back up rapidly, I flicked it to reservoir heating one degree out and it stopped bang on target mash temperature. A simple moving of hoses and I’m connected up for transfer to the lauter tun.

The brewiks boost heating system is a beast of a machine it heats 1 degree in one minute. So when we transferred to the lauter tun, lautering took half an hour, yep I couldn’t believe it either, so visually it has been manufactured robustly to allow for vacumm layering but that was designed for an hour and half of lautering yet it didn’t need it.

The system brought the wort to a vigorous rolling boil and the steam was maintained with the condenser and adding the hops was simple, we whirlpooled and the brewers explained that after whirlpool they let it settle for 10 minutes before they commence the transfer from the kettle to the heat exchanger, the key here is to avoid excess bitterness in your brew is to simply have all your pipes connected prior to commencing the transfer.

Effiency was 95% and when I challenged that with the brewing team they said a bad efficiency rating would be 90%. This system is built to last it oozes simplicity and works effectively and efficiently I was impressed!!

So if a light gets added to the next model and wheels to the steps for ease of cleaning this has to be the best system on the market for anyone considering a 10hl or 20 hl brewhouse.