Evergreen Brewing

Ingredients are what determine the outcome of the beer...Equipment is what makes the beer.

The Evergreen Brewing equipment changes often as the complexity of brews becomes greater resulting in the need for better equipment. Other times, we just want better (a.k.a. "cooler") equipment and tools to make the brewing process easier or more efficient.

Pre-Brew Equipment

Prior to brewing, the brew team needs to prep some of the necessary ingredients. The primary "Pre-Brew" equipment is the Corona and roller mills. The mill crushes the particular grains for that recipe (barley, wheat, or rye). Crushing the grain is a crucial step of brewing because it allows the sugars to be extracted from the grain during the mashing process. This is what gives the color, some flavor, and as a result - the amount of alcohol in the beer. Our Corona mill has been "engineered" to allow high speed drilling tools to increase the milling speed. 

Other than the mill, the pre-brew period is when the remainder of equipment is set-up and readied for brewing.

To the right is EB's Corona Mill crushing barley prior to brewing.

Brewing Equipment and Tools

To create all-grain batches of amazing brew, Evergreen Brewing uses a number of commercial and self-constructed pieces of equipment. The photo above shows the primary equipment required to create a brew

The following equipment makes up the crucial equipment required for brewing beer.

  • Burner - EB uses a custom made burner stand with a high pressure, high output Bayou Classic burner with braided stainless steel propane lines. The burner can produce ~200,000+ BTU's if required.
  • Kettle - We have used an old Sanke style beer keg. We've cut the top off and voila! A great stainless steel vessel to create our amazing brews.
  • Mash/Lauder Tun - We use two different styles of mash/lauder tun - one is a blue Igloo cooler - you know, the type of equipment that keeps your beer cold. Yup, that's the one! We use the cooler in the opposite way - to keep our grains and water warm so the essential sugars can be extracted out of the grains. The cooler has one minor modification - a valve and grain screen were installed at the bottom, allowing the wort goodness to flow from the mash/lauder tun. The second style is an old damaged keg that we have re-purposed into a mash/lauder tun. 
  • Sparge Kettle - This is a custom built pot and burner setup to heat both sparge and mash water. We use a separate pot so we can use the others more efficiently.
  • Wort Chiller - We use a custom made ~50-foot immersion wort chiller. The wort chiller reduces the boiling wort (sugar water produced during the brewing process) to a mild ~60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. This step is critical for the yeast to properly start the fermentation process.
  • Other Stuff - We use a number of other smaller equipment pieces that are crucial such as buckets, spoons, strainers, thermometers, hoses - lots of hoses, tables, gravity, pumps, etc.
The photo below shows Evergreen Brewing's equipment as listed above. The equipment also doubles as a mobile brewing system, allowing EB to transport and create brews nearly anywhere!

Post-Brew Equipment

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After the brewing process, the beer must ferment (which actually makes it beer) then we can bottle or keg the results for consumption. Fermentation primarily takes place in our 14.5 gallon stainless steel conical fermentation chamber. The conical is made by Stout Tanks And Kettles, LLC out of Portland, Oregon. Evergreen Brewing purchased the conical fermenter in 2010 and uses it for nearly all beer fermentation. Outside of the stainless steel conical fermenter, EB uses 6-gallon glass carboys. These are the standard homebrew fermentation vessels; however are much more labor intensive to get the beer in, out, and to clean. We try to use the stainless steel conical as much as possible.

To the left is a photo of the stainless steel conical fermenter. Other Post-Brew Equipment that is used includes: a homemade conical fermentation chamber (with cooling capabilities), Cornelius (Corny) kegs, bottles, hoses, caps, bottle capper, racking canes, CO2, and all the fittings & devices to transfer beer from one location to the other.