Photo a Day Challenge

Complexity

As we understand the process, converted mash is piped to a lauter tun and then returned to the mash brew kettle. Boiled wort is piped to a cooler, yeast bin, fermenters and aging tanks.  The complex what-goes-where process was illustrated on a posted diagram and described by our guide in a very noisy environment, and this is the best explanation we can give.  (We could find wort and tun in the dictionary, but not lauter.)

11 responses

  1. That’s a lot of work for a bottle of beer.

    April 19, 2012 at 5:37 am

  2. This is a complex process, its admirable they’ve kept the brewery as a museum.

    April 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

    • This is a working brewery. They are quite proud to be the fourth oldest brewery in continuous operation in the United States.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

  3. Tony

    It’s a very good example for the theme!

    April 19, 2012 at 7:47 am

  4. Easier to walk to the pub and just order one!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

  5. great photo with this network of pipes – and thanks for the explanation too – every process has its own weird words I suspect…
    Iris
    http://inmyworld-2012inphotographs.blogspot.com.au

    April 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

  6. Tammy

    that is quite the process and your picture definitely depicts the complexity of the process…I just need the end product! 🙂

    April 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

  7. Without the complexity where would we be!

    April 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  8. Now here I can help…..cos I’m a qualified Brewer (from a past life)….your description of the process is correct….the Lauter tun is where the green wort is filtered off the mash and returned for boiling….this develops colour in the wort and strilises the wort before it is cooled and yeast added to ferment the hooped wort into beer.

    April 20, 2012 at 3:05 am

  9. Meant to add…..lautering is effectively filtering….lauter is a German word loosely translated as ‘nothing but’ or ‘filter’

    April 20, 2012 at 3:07 am

  10. I love all of the lines and curves and that nice shine on the wet floor.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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