If you’ve already been down to our brewery, you know we’re pretty small! But how small? Well, very small… we’re nano sized at the moment and one of the smallest commercial breweries in Wales and the UK!
Our brew house has a tiny half-barrel working capacity… that’s only 18 gallons, 82 litres or 144 pints per batch, so not much bigger than most home breweries! Despite our size, we’re making as much top quality craft beer as we can – Dave is doing double brew days, twice a week, to fill one of four 1-barrel uni-tanks. The uni-tanks are insulated, cooled and heated (with temperature control) and are used for both fermenting and conditioning the beer. The brew day takes about 10-11 hours and fermentation and conditioning takes about two weeks to complete with our current range of ales. After production losses, our weekly output is about 60 gallons, 273 litres, or 480 pints… a lot to drink yourself, but not a lot for a commercial brewery!
Our beer is nowhere near as readily available as we want it to be and we want to increase our range too… so we’re excited to be expanding in early 2016…
Our brand new 10-barrel brew house is being manufactured on Prince Edward Island in Canada and is due to arrive in Llandudno in late January. Our fermentation uni-tanks are coming from Belgium – we have 2 x 10-barrel tanks 2 x 20-barrel tanks on order. We also have milling equipment being manufactured in the UK so we can continue to mill our malts freshly onsite at the brewery. The new brewery is a state of the art brewing system and will be a stainless steel master piece. It will increase our brewery capacity more than 15-fold – that’s over 900 gallons, 4091 litres or 7200 pints of beer a week! As well as increasing capacity, we’ll also be able to brew more styles of beer – we’re not able to brew full batches of lager or kettle soured beers are the moment and have been limited to 1-keg batches of these beers on our even tinier 20-litre system. 2016 should see the release of Halflinger lager, a Tudno Weisse (Llandudno’s very own Berliner Weisse!) and more Experimental Series beers too!
We can’t wait… 2016 is going to be a big year for Wild Horse!