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We've all done the usual brewery tours, right? This was not much different except that Ayinger is a mid size industrial operation and we were able to poke around pretty much as we liked. I was worried my kids were gonna get a finger bottled in the bottling line. There is an odd multimedia bit where the guide locks you into the attic above the lagering tanks, the lights go dim and a booming voice intones (in German) about the mystical nature of fermentation. The lighting is akin to a low budget stoner laser show. Regrettably, I was totally sober. Tours in German are free but I had to pay EUR70 to get an English guide.

Mash Kettles
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Dual kettles allow for decoction of their "Jahrhundert."

Lagering Tanks
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Hop Tanks
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They do use hop extracts in some brews

Sampling the "Jahrhundert" unfiltered
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Control Room
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Totally automated. It takes only 3 people to run the whole thing.

What they brew
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Alchohol content and original gravity. Saves me the trouble of writing it down.