We are now almost 3 years into this beery adventure and a year into brewing commercially. We do this in our spare time and sometimes we just get caught up in real life and the months slip by.
Today was meant to be a a brew day but my son was ill. A change of plan and we made it into a strategic day instead. It is good to stop for a moment and do the things that will move us forward properly rather than just spinning plates.
2 big pots of coffee, one or two specially selected educational beers and 7 hours later, we have moved things on. We should do it more often.
- Finally got round to speaking to a supplier, getting a few questions answered and ordered a 300 litre temperature controlled fermenter. It will be here the day after tomorrow. We went into this venture with a golden rule. No cash injections. We are going to grow steadily and reinvest what we make. It makes us lean and we watch the pennies. The fermenter will be our most significant investment and comes from cash earned over the Christmas period. We had been dithering and worried about then using the rest of our kit but you have to think about what you can do rather than what you can’t. It is possible to fill that fermenter with the kit we have so away we go.
- Updated our brewing and HMRC records. We just needed to sit down and do it. We pay our taxes each month but it is good to get hold of it properly.
- Designed a new series of labels. Good fun and took ages. 2 heads are better than one. It helps stop us going off on one.
- Spoke to a couple of new breweries about getting a few cases in for our Lancashire Beer Stall. This is one of our favourite things to do. We started by championing Lancashire beer and we will continue to do so.
- Sorted out our work and storage spaces ready for the fermenter to arrive.
The pressure to brew, brew, brew is always there but sometimes you need to let go for a moment and find a better way.
The Lancashire Beer Circle is a Facebook group aimed at connecting Lancashire Brewers with Lancashire people. The chat is warm and friendly. Come and join in, you will be made very welcome.