Tetley's underground lake?

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Postby paulo73 » Tue 11 Nov, 2008 9:34 am

All the recent hoo-ha about Tetley's brewery closing in Leeds has set me thinking - is there any truth to the rumour I've heard occasionally over the years about there being some kind of lake (or maybe a stream/ culvert) under the brewery, water from which is used to make the beer? And if there is, is it officially documented anywhere (as opposed to being the stuff of 'pub chat' legend)?
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Postby Cardiarms » Tue 11 Nov, 2008 11:02 am

IIRC there are boreholes into an aquifer in the rock, not a lake as such just saturated rock.
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Postby Steve Jones » Tue 11 Nov, 2008 12:28 pm

There are natural springs under the brewery which is why it was built there (one is roughly under the salem chapel). I spoke to Tetleys in the 1990's when researching wells in leeds. they no longer used the water from the wells on site.
There is no lake.
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Postby cnosni » Tue 11 Nov, 2008 5:33 pm

Steve Jones wrote:
There are natural springs under the brewery which is why it was built there (one is roughly under the salem chapel). I spoke to Tetleys in the 1990's when researching wells in leeds. they no longer used the water from the wells on site.
There is no lake.

Probably why it ended tasting like a slightly better Boddingtons in the end then.
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Postby The Parksider » Tue 11 Nov, 2008 11:06 pm

There are boreholes on the site in various place and when I was there we had two still fitted with pumps. They produce methane so that had to be vented. They were a back up to the normal towns water. All brewing water had to have the PH changed an that was done with Sulphuric Acid.

There was no lake but a stream did run under the brewery towards the crown point end. It could be the natural final course of belle isle beck unless anyone knows different?

No lake though.

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