We're conscious of our surroundings. When we started the brewery on the family farm, we did so not so much strategically but more opportunistically. Space, opportunity and a brilliant work setting were the initial advantages. As we've matured and grown, our initial decision to set down roots on the farm are beginning to influence who we are and what we do.
We've begun integrating beer production into larger, self-sufficient ecosystems on the working farm, and by doing so, are taking greater control of the brewing process from start to finish. we're creating a farm-to-bottle process that isn’t just great for the environment — it’s great for beer connoisseurs, too.
2017 will see us grow and harvest our second crop of barley, destined for use in the brewery. We currently grow the Westminster variety of barley in paddocks nearby the brewery. We've begun plans on developing & incorporsting a traditional floor malting facility in order to process the farm-grown grains. our eventual goal is to grow and process our entire grain requirements for brewing purposes, aswell as venture into a variety of cereal crops.
our hop field is roughly half an acre in size, consisting of approximately 250 Super pride plants that each generate upwards of 5kgs of fresh, aromatic hop cones in early march. the hops are hand-picked and we brew with them immediately (wet) in an annual harvest ale. We plan to dry and packaged a portion of the upcoming crop to them use throughout the year.
A combination of a spring feed source and rain captured from the sheds on the property. We run the water through a reverse osmosis filter to create a pruified water suitable for brewing operations. All waste water treated and utilised to irrigate on-farm tree plantations.
Yeast Capture & Isolation
Currently developing a capture and propagating program, isolating a varieties of indiginous yeast specifically for brewing with. We've commissioned a coolship vessel which allows us to inoculate fresh wort with natural yeast, inspired by traditional belgian methods, and we are gradually increasing our barrel ageing program.
Solar Energy Efficiency
A 48kW array of solar panels sits adjacent to the brewery and we utilise as much of this solar component as we can for production. This was a big step in committing to the system, but a step in the right direction for sustainability and harnessing green energy.
Spent Grain & Hop Utilisation
Our spent grains remain on farm to feed a growing band of wessex saddleback pigs, whom we thoroughly enjoy consuming once they reach adequate weight. Along with the spent grains, they are also given copious amounts of expired dairy products, surplus apples & other fruit from our orchard and well as feeding on the falling acorns as they graze under the oak trees.
Hop waste, either pellets or full flowers, is generally used as a mulch around growing trees on the farm. We've tried to see if the pigs will eat the used whole hop cones, however it appears they're more of malt driven beer fan than hop bombs. We always seem to gain a brewery lamb each season also, with "Worker" the lamb benefiting from bottle feeds and grain snacks.