John Barley President
John Barley

Photo Friday Vol. 5

On the occasional Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

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PHOTO: This has been one of the busiest weeks of our one thousand three-hundred and thirty-one day existence. We’re in the final phase of our expansion and the new brewhouse and tanks have been set in place. Seen here is our new MCF Craft Brewing Systems cold liquor tank, it was the first tank set this week.

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PHOTO: Our installation team has been incredible this week. Long days for these dudes and they work their asses off nonstop. Here is out hot liquor tank coming in.

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PHOTO: This is our new 30BBL mash tun getting its last bit of fresh air for a while. It is now the heaviest piece of equipment in the building.

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PHOTO: The mash tun’s new home across the back wall of our brewery. It was completely customized to fit the preferences of our head brewer Tim Marshall and the beer ops team.

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PHOTO: MCF systems feature a unique star bottomed mash tun which allows us to pull wort equally and more efficiently from across the entire mash. With many systems you pull from just one side which may cause you to lose out on perfectly acceptable wort hanging on the other side of the mash that may have a tougher path to get across. More wort, more beer we can make. You got it.

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PHOTO: No hoses in this system, everything is hard piped to the specifications of our building. The key piece here is the quality of the design and the manufacturing. We can order a specifically sized brewhouse, with specific custom specs, and they design the entire system through a CAD-like system before fabricating the first piece and it all fits together perfectly on a computer. But, in the real world can we rely on a massive stainless tank being perfectly circular and not oval in any way? Even the finest craftsmanship in the world might be an eighth of an inch off. Do that twice and pipes don’t match up. That’s why you need awesome stainless welder.

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PHOTO: Brent from MCF has been welding stainless for a long time. He’s helped build countless breweries and before that it was dairy tanks. He knows whats up. Custom stainless welding on site is one of the most important pieces to this new 30BBL brewhouse functioning the way we need it to.

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PHOTO: All this awesome construction? The beer does not care. Production must continue so Thursday we filled twelve or so future barrels of Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World. Always remember to take a little piece of what you’re doing right now and invest in your future and make your pop pop proud.

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PHOTO: This is a new beginning for us. This three-vessel steam-fired brewhouse will be the largest we ever will put into this building. After this we get to focus on just making more and more beer for a while. Thank you all for the support and for giving us the chance to continue to grow. Without you we’re nothing. You’re a part of this. This is ours.

The vision of Solemn Oath has always been built around the ideal that every idea should be challenged with a fresh voice. And if that idea continues to fight through, our end result is always stronger. Always better. We’re changing the world, probably.

 

Introducing The Old Order

Since our first batch at Solemn Oath, we’ve been putting beer into wood. It’s something we are dedicated to and we’ve been working hard to develop a program to better share this passion with you SOBs. Each year we’ve brought more variety to the lineup and each year we’ve expanded the capacity of our barrel program. Now we’re ready for the next step.

In the past, SOBs have only been able to drink our wood-aged offerings on draft at either the taproom or craft-focused #oathspots around Chicagoland. We’ll be changing this and bottling our wood-aged beer in very small quantities for the first time.

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The Old Order FAQ

The scoop, the skinny, and the 411 our newest and only member program for wood-aged beers.

The Old Order exists to guarantee members access to our limited release wood-aged beers. Membership is limited and, unfortunately as a small brewery, will be capped each year.

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Viking Takeovers 2015

On September 25, 1066, a battle raged in East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The English army had effectively pushed back the invading Norwegian viking forces, but one lone viking held position on the narrow Stamford Bridge.

History’s lore tells us that he held ground for an hour while killing hundreds, and buying his countrymen time before dying by spear from below. He became known as the Viking of Stamford Bridge.

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Bomber Mix Pack

Holiday time is near and we’re doing our part to make sure you have the chance to share great beer to either enjoy with or block out the people around you. What better way to achieve this than with a discounted mixed case of some of the best SOB has to offer.

SOB has decided to offer 100 bomber variety packs for $50 each. That’s twelve twenty-twos just in time for Thanksgiving. Make your family proud.

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Photo Friday Vol. 4

Each Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

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Photo Friday Vol. 3

Each Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

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Photo Friday Vol. 2

Each Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

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Brewhouse & More For Sale

Since 2012 this brewhouse has been the stainless steel soul of our brewery. Purchased brand new in 2012, it has been meticulously maintained and continues to get the job done after 330+ batches and counting.

We’re in the process of sizing up to a thirty-barrel system. Serious and interested parties can request more information including cut sheets, power requirements, and pricing information by emailing john at solemnoathbrewery.com.

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What we’re selling:

Premier Stainless 15 BBL Steam-Fired 2-Vessel Brewhouse

  • Mash/lauter tun
  • Brew kettle/whirlpool w/ dual steam jackets
  • Stainless brewhouse platform & stairs
  • SS NEMA 4X control panel
  • Brewhouse tank lights
  • Mash hydrator
  • Cold water blend with thermometer
  • Digital flow meter
  • Mash rakes & grain out plow
  • Wedge wire lauter floor
  • Wort grant
  • Complete hard-piped brewhouse manifold
  • Sanitary centrifugal wort pump
  • Sanitary centrifugal grant pump
  • Variable frequency drive for BH pumps
  • Multi-pass plate heat exchanger
  • Sight glass for wort runoff & heat exchange outlet
  • 2 kettle steam solenoids, steam traps

Also for sale:

30 BBL Hot Liquor Tank

  • Top manway
  • CIP arm
  • Sprayball
  • Pump and variable frequency drive
  • 1.5”butterfly valves Clamps and gaskets
  • Stainless adjustable feet
  • Fully welded cladding steam jackets
  • Steam solenoid, steam traps

Malt Mill

  • Two-Roller Malt Mill w/ stand & motor
  • 5000 lb/hr
  • Adjustable grooved rollers
  • 24 HP motor, 1 Motor starter w/ thermal overload
  • Malt mill stand
  • Inlet hopper, 55 lb capacity
  • Stainless grist case, floor mounted
  • 1 HP direct drive auger motor, 50 ft flex auger w/ PVC tube

Premier Stainless 15 BBL Fermenter

  • Inoxpa butterfly valves, Perlick sample valve, Tassilini PVRV
  • Clamps and gaskets, pressure gauge
  • 4 stainless steel legs with stainless leveling footpads
  • Interior shell: 304 stainless steel, thickness 11 gauge
  • Exterior shell: 304 stainless steel, thickness 14 gauge
  • Interior and exterior finish polished to a sanitary finish
  • Interior finish pickled and passivated
  • Exterior brushed, #4 finish
  • Fully welded exterior shell
  • 60 degree cone bottom, with an average of 25% head space
  • Rotating racking port
  • Side manway door, shadowless
  • Dual zone dimple cooling jackets
  • 2” Polyurethane insulation
  • 2” CO2 blowoff arm for maximum tank space utilization
  • CIP arm and spray ball
  • Sanitary tri-clamp connections

Ajax Boiler

  • Model Size: HRNG–17
  • Firing Type: Atmospheric
  • Control Package: UL/CSD1 SYS “S” ON-OFF SOC (ETL Certified)
  • Net Weight: 2,700 lbs
  • Not Derated: At Sea Level, use number 43 Orifice
  • Draft Hood/Barometric Dampers: Draft Hood: 12 I-Beam Skid: No Jacket: Galvanized National Board Registration
  • Drain Connection: Rear Hand Hole: 3×4 Front Only Airwall: Galvanized Tubing: Steel
  • Control Voltages: 115v/1ph/60hz
  • Gas Pressure: Available Upon Request
  • Annunciation Light Options: Standard (Power On & Main Flame)
  • Feed and Blowdown Included: One (1) Simplex feed system and One (1) blow down tank

Again, those interested can request more information including cut sheets, power requirements, and pricing information by emailing john at solemnoathbrewery.com.

Images by Michael Kiser of www.GoodBeerHunting.com.