Big Grove Brewing Company opens in Iowa City

Big Grove Brewing Company opens in Iowa City

Iowa City has a “Big” new brewery in town. Big Grove Brewing Company is in full swing with their new 30 barrel complete brewery from Alpha Brewing Operations. We didn’t do the kitchen sink, but every other component of this full scale project is made of Alpha DNA and that of our first class vendor partners. In collaboration with Malt Handling, LLC, we implemented a grain management system including 60,000 lb silo, chain disk augers, grist mill, grist case and fully automated flow scale for precise grain measuring. The 30 barrel automated brew house is a custom 4 vessel beauty with mash/lauter tun, kettle, wort receiver and whirlpool. The boil kettle contains an internal steam calandria for optimal boil control and evaporation. The wort receiver is steam jacketed to heat, or maintain wort temperature and save significant brew time on multiple batches.  The 90 barrel hot and cold liquor tanks bring forth the H2O.

The Big Grove crew began production with six 60 barrel fermenters, two 60 barrel brite tanks and eight custom, tall and narrow 30 barrel single wall serving tanks. The jacketed tanks are cooled by a the 30 horsepower workhorse glycol chiller from G&D Chillers (www.gdchillers.com) and the steam heated vessels are warmed efficiently by the 1.6m btu/hr complete boiler system by RITE Boilers. Some other professional tools from Alpha include the cellar temperature control panel, automatic keg washer, transfer pump cart, CIP trolley, plate & frame filter press, steam and glycol valves, brewers hose and everything down to the tri-clover clamps and gaskets.

Stop in to see the great folks and our good friends at Big Grove. Learn more at www.biggrovebrewery.com, or on Facebook.