We're getting ready to brew our next batch of Ramsbottom for bottling; 2'000 litres will be lovingly bottled and packed in the next week.
We were asked the other day why do we brew in brewers barrels (1 barrel = 36 gallons), but bottle in litres? Well put simply, bottles come in 500ml and 350ml bottles. Not pint and half pint. Our duty is also paid in litres. Below I've done a breakdown of how quantities are worked out in traditional brewing.
Brew length - The total capacity a brewery can produce in one brew (measured in Brewers Barrels = 36 gallons in the UK). Dent Brewery has a working brew length of 10 Barrels, although we have capacity for 11. This means in one brew we can produce 360 gallons of beer or 40 firkins.
Pin - 36 pints, 4.5 gallons - Private parties and events mostly.
Firkin - 72 pints, 9 gallons - Your average pub customer.
Kliderkin - 144 pints, 18 gallons - larger, busier pubs with a quicker turnaround.
Barrel - 288 pints, 36 gallons - Inner city working / social clubs, very big inner city chain pubs.
Hogshead - 432 pints, 54 gallons - wine / spirit manufacture.
Puncheon - 576 pints, 72 gallons - wine / spirit manufacture.
Butt - 864 pints, 108 gallons - wine / spirit manufacture.
Tun - 1728 pints, 216 gallons - Only really of historical interest. - Check out the Heidelberg Tun (bigger than a traditional Tun, and the worlds biggest!)
At Dent we dont go bigger than a Kilderkin, just because the delivery driver gets a bit moody if we do.
What else is happening at the brewery I hear you ask.... Today it's the exciting task of cleaning casks, washing the vans, and checking some gravities.