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##### Beer Recipes / Conversion from brewery to homebrew system/math help
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:02:26 PM »
I'm trying to make a coffee brown ale similar to the one at a local brewery (Perrin Brewing Co in Grand Rapids, MI) and after an email exchange with the head brewer (who answered my email almost immediately, one more reason the craft/homebrew community kicks ass) on the coffee addition to this beer I need to figure out how to convert 25 lbs coarse ground coffee in a 30 bbl batch to oz per gallon on my system. A check with google and the conversion i get is roughly .5 oz per gallon to 1 pd per bbl. So that makes 2.5 oz per gallon at one pd per bbl, but it's not 1 to 1, so I come up with a .83 pds per bbl rate for their batch, which looks like .33 oz per gallon on mine. Sound right?

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##### Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Basic Yeast Questions
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:19:14 AM »
Sean, just to clarify, you're saying 100 billion cells in an 8p 1 liter starter is getting you within 30 percent of desired pitching rate?

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##### All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 01:58:31 PM »
Similar to oxidation?

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##### Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Basic Yeast Questions
« on: June 12, 2013, 12:30:20 PM »
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My general practice is going to be
Wyeast fresh as possible (less than a month)
2000ml starters with 1.030-40
16-24hrs on stir plate then cold crash in fridge, use within 3-4 days
For ales <1.065 one starter
For lagers or ales >1.065 I'll use two smack packs in two starters

I reserve the right to learn and adjust in the future lol.

I just use the calculator. For instance, for a 1.055 ale with a 3 week old vial you'd only need a 1L starter on a plate to produce the 211 billion cells you need in a 5.5 gallon ferment. Saves on the DME, too.

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##### All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 12:07:55 PM »
What off flavors would/does it produce?

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burner question
« on: June 07, 2013, 08:36:02 AM »
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I just ordered a Blichmann burner.

You wont regret it. I have one and love it. Built like a brick sh!thouse, like everything John makes

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:48:27 AM »
4 extract w/grains batches and then all-grain.

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##### Going Pro / Re: Air compressor
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:02:49 AM »
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Yes. Actually we should go to to where you just punch a hole in with a key.

Perrin Brewing Co in west Michigan is coming out with these soon.

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##### Going Pro / Re: Need some input
« on: April 12, 2013, 06:51:36 AM »
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I think for an experienced brewer 35k - 40k would be ok to start. Hope to make that much myself eventually.

I'd look to getting some form of partnership and a contract, too.

How would you define "experienced"? Also, is health insurance a realistic benefit to expect?

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Many small businesses fail after a short time. I'd want to see their financial info, to make sure you won't be unemployed in 6 months. I can help you make sense of it if it's all Greek to you.

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Some more basic questions . . .

Who decides what kinds of beers should be one tap?
Who decides on the recipes?
Who decides what is an appropriate amount of money to spend on a batch of beer?
Do you get a budget to spend as you see fit, or does everything have to run through someone else?
If you have to supply other places, what kind of cooperage will you have?
What are the explicit details of the system they will have, from brewing through packaging and serving?
What is the expected volume of beer to be served per week/month?  How many batches is that?
How many hours are they expecting you to work for the stated compensation?  Do you get overtime?

I could think of a lot more questions.

All great questions, anything else that comes to mind, fire away

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##### Going Pro / Re: Need some input
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:23:38 AM »
Thanks. What do you think (ballpark) the salary range should be for the job? It sounds like it's going to be a brewpub, as well as supplying beer for 2 other taprooms/restaurants they own.

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##### Going Pro / Need some input
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:37:18 AM »
I have been given an opportunity to talk with some folks who are opening a brewery about making beer for them. This was set up through a mutual friend. I'm bringing 6 different beers for them to try. The plan is to sit down and see if there is a mutual interest in me brewing for them, and moving on from there. In the meantime, I've been volunteering at a local brewery trying to learn as much as I can about operating on a professional system. The brewers there have been absolutely great, answering anything I ask and a lot I haven't. A huge learning experience.

So I'm wondering, if you were in my shoes what questions would you have for these folks? What else can I do to prepare myself for this job if it is something I/we want to pursue? What advice in general might you have for an aspiring professional?

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##### All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:56:09 AM »
I brew mine to 4.2% ABV, which is smaller than the low end of the scale for an APA. I like the "ISA" name, haven't heard that one before.

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##### General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did something go wrong?
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:45:37 AM »
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don't transfer until it's done. secondary is for settling if anything. give it another week and then trasfer to secondary.

+1

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##### Kegging and Bottling / Re: What the?
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:19:31 AM »
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I had the same no apparent leak....however, I think that my leak was when the gas was attached to the post.....it let gas in to a certain extent and then it slowly escaped.  I was able to carbonate it, so I think my issue was when I unhooked and rehooked it up at some later time.

Bingo! Swapped the c02 from the other keg and it did the trick. Seems like the one adapter is allowing gas into the keg, but like you say, it was either leaking out there or allowing only a small amout into the keg. Anyway, I rolled it on the floor for a cpl minutes, checked it this morning and its carbonated.