Date & Time: Friday 23rd November 2007. 1 pm start.
Location of Start : The Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth, Cumbria, Uk.
Places visited : We were entertained to a complete tour of the premises !
Highest point : Geographically the Malt Mill floor, by smell - the Brew Vats, by taste - the Bar.
Walked with : Peter and Barbara Penrose, their friends John and Kate, Jenny Riley, Celia Kelly, Ann and Roy Whithear, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : The continuation of a beautifully clear, cold, crisp, sunny winter's day.
The arrival at the Jennings Arch
Following our successful walk round Sale fell, we adjourned to Cockermouth for lunch and the second half of our day.
This is a busy working environment with wagons taking beer over much of the north of England.
The second is the malted barley ~ they use a combination of four flavours of grain to make over twenty five different beers.
They used to malt their own but now buy it in commercially in order to maintain a consistency of flavour and to keep the cost down.
The Barley and hot water go into the Mash Tun for the first process.
This is manually added through the opening - don't fall in - it's ten feet deep !
The Brewing vessels, where the yeast is added and turns the sugars to alcohol.
After about six days the yeast has multiplied and done its work. The beer is now ready to draw off.
Take care looking into the vat, the carbon dioxide and beer smell can knock you for six.
From here the beer is casked and a measure of Finings added into the barrel to clear the beer ready for drinking.
We returned to the bar, leaving the beer to flow out to the barrelling area.
Forward Planning - Next year's labels - including another brew of Mountain Man beer in April 08.
Our party at the end of the visit.
With thanks to the staff and management of Jennings for lunch and an excellent Brewery Tour.
Cheers everyone !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a morning walk to work up a thirst.
Previous walk - 23rd Nov 2007 Sale Fell before today's tour