Brewery Planning & Installation From Crawford Brewing Equipment

Opening a new business is complicated and time consuming. Let us take the brewery installation off your plate so you can focus on all the other things demanding your attention. Call us and ask to be connected to our in-house brewing consultant to discuss your project and how we can help make building your dream brewery a little less stressful.

How To Open A Brewery From Start To Finish

Crawford Brewing Equipment wants to be the central point of contact in your brewery building project. Think of us as a general contractor with years of specialized experience in all of the trades necessary to install or move a brewery. We created this video series to give you some insight into how we do what we do. Each video will cover the steps of brewery installation with a real-world video shot on location during construction of Hot Plate Brewing Company in Pittsfield, MA. We'll take you through site evaluation, equipment setting, mechanical installation, and commissioning. Make sure to watch all the videos in this playlist for a complete picture.

Initial Brewery Planning and Site Visit

Well before your equipment is ever started, we have to establish a plan and determine if your space is right for a brewery. This requires the drawing of detailed floor plans with exact dimensions. We also need to come on site and evaluate your building. Is it structurally sound? How can we get tanks in? What's road access like? Where can we stage tanks during install week?

When installation day comes, we need to have a plan for how to get our trucks to your location without causing trouble for local traffic and police.

Proper preparation and discussions with local officials on delivery day goes a long way to make streamline delivery.

Make sure that you have the help of officials and to be well prepared once trucks are on site.

Account for tight spaces when installing breweries in downtown and heavy traffic areas.

One of our greatest joys is to see the look on the faces of our clients after all of the hard work and planning have brought their tanks home.

If you have extra equipment, a second or third truck may be required for delivery.

If your building has a basement, you have to do extra planning and work to account for the massive weight of fully loaded tanks. This will add extra cost and time to any installation, as well as require outside contractors.

This is where the inside is made ready for equipment to be moved in. This includes laying covering to protect floors, testing water lines, and other precautions.

Installation requires a staging area for tanks to be protected from elements and damage until they can be moved into the brewery. This requires finding a place to stage and also providing precautions to protect your tanks.

Using a Telehandler helps to move equipment into the space as far as possible. From there, hand jacks other equipment are used for final placement.

Moving in more equipment for the installation.

At this point, the equipment is all in it's final place. It has been lined up with the support structure in the basement to ensure structural integrity. This is the last step before plumbing and Glycol installation.

All of the mechanical piping required for the equipment. Once Glycol is set up, the project is officially installed.

A look at the finished Hot Plat Brewing Company installation.

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