Bespoke Copper Cylinder Design Provides The Solution For An Island Brewery

Ceabhar Restaurant

Our ability to provide a bespoke copper cylinder design provided the perfect solution for a unique island brewery.


From the opening of Ceabhar Restaurant on the Isle of Tiree in 2006, owner Duncan Castling has always run the business with a ‘green’ focus, encouraged by their customers support. They believe strongly in locality of produce (seafood, beef and lamb) grew their own vegetables, foraged for ingredients and made chutney’s, jams and dried fruit etc.

Duncan said “The brewery started in 2016 brewing only for customers to our Restaurant. We saw it as a way to be more environmentally friendly, reducing packaging and shipping costs and it soon became a great additional attraction. Our little place was fully booked for most of the tourist season and has received many awards relating to our green business and eventually the ‘SIBA best UK craft beer restaurant in 2018′. COVID provided a break to build the expansion we had planned.


Bespoke Hot Water CylindersThe customer designed a 30m2 brewery in their house conversion and built in a solar hot water supply to the brewery. However the tank would need to be bespoke designed to cater for the variety of inputs and outputs, incorporating 2 x plate heat exchangers to recover heat and 2 x 3kW back up immersion run on Economy 7 tariff.

The bespoke copper cylinder was designed by the technical team at McDonald Water Storage, to meet the customer’s various needs and adding ‘extras’ like 100mm insulation, food safe outer, multitudes of tapping points and solar coil.

The 400 litre cylinder was manufactured to 1700mm high as there were height restrictions, however, being able to increase the overall cylinder diameter to 820mm to accommodate the required volume, this restriction was easily overcome. To future proof the product for any further requirements, in addition to the high efficiency integron solar coil and connections for the plate heat exchangers supplying the domestic and brewery requirements, spare tappings were also incorporated in the design.

The project was supported with grant funds from Zero Waste Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust.


Duncan Castling, Proprietor Of Ceabhar Restaurant and Bun Dubh Crafty Enviropunk Brewing

“We investigated a variety of suppliers and McDonald Water Storage met and exceeded all our expectations, during very difficult trading times. Your team had both the experience and patience to guide us through the design process, many thanks.”

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