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Brewing Process

The Mill

The Mill

Malted barley and wheat runs through the mill to be slightly crushed - like your heart after junior prom when you never got to show her your inner, starchy endosperm, which in our case is converted fermentable sugar during the mash. After milling, the grain is carried through an auger up into the mash tun.
Mash Tun and Brew Kettle

Mash Tun and Brew Kettle

Mash Tun: Milled grains like it hot. In fact, after a half hour in hot water they're ready to spill out their inner, most sugars, resulting in sugar water we call wort. The leftover (spent) grains are sent to a local dairy farm for cattle feed. Brew Kettle: The wort just can't get enough heat, so we transfer it into the brew kettle and boil it for 90 minutes. Hops are added at different times during the boil to add some acid attitude to the brew. Hops make beer bitter (in a good way) while adding a floral aroma.
Hop Back

Hop Back

When we need a beer to travel at hyper hop speed we switch on the afterburner know as the Hop Back. Here the wort is strained through a bed of whole flower hops. This adds the fresh, lively hop you've come to enjoy in 5 Barrel Pale Ale, IPA, and our Red Ale.
Fermentors

Fermentors

Cool, relaxed wort heads to the fermentor two 50 barrel batches at a time (our fermentors are 100 barrels or 3100 gallons). Yeast is added that consumes the sugars to produce alcohol and CO2. After a week at 67 degrees Fahrenheit we give the brew another two weeks at 34 degrees to think long and hard about how it can become your new favorite beer.
Dry Hopping

Dry Hopping

Some Beer are just a little more high-maintenance than others. 5 Barrel Pale Ale and IPA are always whining about wanting more hops, so during dry hopping we give it to them. While in the fermentor we add "tea bags" of whole flower hops to give them (and ultimately you) their hop fix.
Fuged not Filtered

Fuged not Filtered

Our beers are not filtered but centrifuged. A centrifuge works by spinning the beer at very high speeds thereby creating high G forces which remove the heaviest particles (i.e. yeast and hops) from the beer. Since the beer is never passed through a filter media, the essential hop oils and fine proteins are not stripped from it. It’s much gentler on the beer and results in lower dissolved oxygen, increased hop flavor and aroma, and improved mouth feel and body.
Bright Beer Tanks

Bright Beer Tanks

This is where we make sure the beer is feeling bright and bubbly before we send it out to you. Here the beer gets a dose of CO2 to keep it smiling. As the carbonation occurs we listen in through specialized microphones. When the beer gets all bubbly and starts singing old english drinking songs we know it's ready to be bottled or kegged.
Kegging Machine

Kegging Machine

Our kegging machine sterilizes and fills stainless steel kegs happily (and often hoppily) carbonated beer at the rate of one per minute. That means you're one step closer to enjoying over 6,200 gallons of your favorite Odell beer on tap every day.
Bottling Line

Bottling Line

We clean, sanitize, and fill 120 bottles per minute. That equals 33,000 more new vessels of pure craft brew enjoyment are available to you every day....You're welcome.
Pilot System

Pilot System

Odell Brewing, like most work places, has its fair share of mad scientists. Unlike most work places, however, we give ours a place to play - the Pilot System. We take our Dr. Frankenbrewer's creations and unleash them in our tap room for visitors to enjoy. It's the best place to try something new and unique straight from our bubbly playground. Come see what's currently on tap for yourself.

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