Once the floor boards were removed we had to make an assessment of which beams could support the weight of heavy distilling equipment plus the substantial weight of vats full of liquid. Fortunately we are both engineers and big fans of post and beam construction. We decided that the entire south end of the hay mow would have to be replaced. Many of the existing beams were logs with bark still attached.
Cause for Concern
At some point in time, one of the main support beams had been cut through to make a hay chute. It was hanging suspended in the air so it had to be replaced.
The new beam is ready to be put into place.