Just thought I'd give the pros and aspiring pros a heads-up:
Here's a great online auction of Molson-Coors "Surplus Assets" (i.e. they upgraded and put this stuff in the warehouse):http://www.schneiderind.com/upcoming-events/auctions/auction-detail/?id=193515
Most interesting find is a whole brewhouse (looks to be 15-20 bbl). Current bid is $2015
. (With surcharges and loading, its about $4000).
There are also lots of JVNW jacketed fermenters (bids at $800-$1000), control cabinets, filtration and packaging equipment, etc.
Equipment is located in Toronto, so there are some hurdles with transport. My company is located there and we ship back and forth to the US all the time, so if you win let me know and I can help with the paperwork.
The control cabinets could be a nice find if they have the PLCs in them still (looks like they do, but I would check). If you're looking for some automation, for $500 it might be worth a shot. I do a fair amount PLC/controls programming and cabinet design/upkeep in my job, so again - let me know if I can be of help! Working with brewers would be a great break from the food & beverage world!