BAA Badly Damaged in Sandy but Lives to Brew Again!

As you all know by now, Hurricane Sandy devastated Staten Island and Brewing As Art was no exception. Scott’s shop sustained more damage than ever imagined and for obvious reasons BAA was not a top priority. A few weeks have gone by and I was in town for a visit, so we decided it was a good time to assess the damage to BAA.

First thing you noticed is the water line on the body just under the headlight! (About 3 ft) It is hard to imagine this much water actually swept thru the shop. This was no ordinary wave though, it was a combination of salt water, grease, dirt, silt, and every chemical Scott ever used in the shop.When I stripped the ball valves and all the stainless parts on the kegs there was a greasy film on it all that is pretty hard to remove. They are still currently soaking in my brew space here on Tamarack Farm.

After assessing the condition of the sculpture, we decided to fire it up to see if the gas lines we compromised. It barley lit up and we soon realized the there was still salt water in the burners! We pulled and cleaned all the gas lines and sure enough it burned like it’s old self.

We haven’t decided at this point how much we want to restore and how much we want to keep, it is something Scott and I are working out over the next few months and will keep you all posted on our progress…

In the meantime, I uploaded the pics from the day for you all to see…

Cheer till’ next time

~M

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