So we have just ordered 3 brand new 300L double jacketed conical fermenters for the brewery… from China! This is the first time we have purchased machinery from China and the idea of it scared us. But when you’re tight on budget and tight on space, you have to go with what is best, regardless of where it comes from. Not only did we have to negotiate the technical specification details with English as their second language (the delightful salesman told us he was happy to speak in ‘Chinglish’), having to arrange the delivery from port to our site was a new experience, too. Port fees, document handling fees, terminal handling charges, oh and there’s the actual delivery charge, too! But we know they are going to look nice and shiny in the tap room. So worth it. Happy New Year, China.