In case you were wondering, yes, we are still working on those floors!
A first coat of finish was applied this weekend, with more to follow in order to withstand the inevitable craft beer spills! Refinishing these original hardwood floors has certainly not been quick or easy, but we hope you'll agree that it's worth the effort to give them a Second Chapter.
On a related note, several long-time Ogallala community members have told us stories about getting to roller skate here some time before it became a library in 1954. We hope that 70 years from now, these floors will still be telling stories!
Several of the bookshelves that had been in the old library are getting a "Second Chapter" as our custom-built card catalog flight boards. Wonderful local craftsmanship by Justin Miller. Thank you!
Sunday evening was a beautiful night here in Ogallala to fire up the kettle for the first time. It won't be long until we can break in our new deck and enjoy the sunset with a cold craft beer...
We received our first shipment of grain Wednesday morning. That also meant we got to try out our slide here at Second Chapter Brewing! That's right, our grain moves down into the basement for storage courtesy of the former Sutherland City Park slide and gravity. It beats taking the stairs!
Huge thanks to Lisa's cousin Tim Kraus for helping out for the day. If only we could have convinced him to try the slide himself...
One of the many challenges of establishing a brewery in a split-level building is getting the grain (which is heavy!) in and out of the building. Part of our solution is to store and mill the grain downstairs and then use this flex auger to bring the raw ingredients up to the brew kettle.
P.S. If you are interested in using the spent grain after we have brewed, we would love to hear from you!