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Title: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on March 26, 2012, 04:15:30 PM
I thought that after brewing commercially for a while I would really miss homebrewing, but I really don't. I don't miss having to carry carboys or buckets down into my basement, don't miss cleaning up the messy deck or spending all day Saturday brewing outdoors. I do kinda miss not having several styles of beer on tap all the time. But even the thought of trying a batch at home now doesn't interest me.

Funny, too, because I can remember hearing all these pro-brewers saying that they "haven't homebrewed in years" and I always thought, "I'll never be like that." ::)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: denny on March 26, 2012, 04:26:53 PM
I can understand that, Keith.  To each his own.  Kinda like how I don't really enjoy listening to music after doing it for a job for so many years.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: jeffy on March 26, 2012, 04:59:29 PM
Yes, and I have learned that I don't like to talk about cars.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: a10t2 on March 26, 2012, 06:14:34 PM
I don't feel that way - or at least, not yet. For me, home brewing is/was a chance to spend a few hours outside, have a couple beers, and just generally relax on my days off (such as they were). It barely even seems like the same process to me. Then again, I have better equipment at home than at the brewery... ;)

Of course, now that I'm cranking out test batches as fast as I can, some of the fun has gone out of home brewing too. It's still nowhere near as stressful as a commercial brew day.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on March 26, 2012, 06:29:47 PM
It happens in every field to most people.  I used to spend all my free time reading up on new technology so I was prepared for my job as a computer nerd.  I couldn't get enough of it.  I'd do evening consulting jobs and sell hardware.  Somewhere along the line I reached the point that I can't bring myself to pickup a book or magazine on technology outside of work and I refuse to discuss the latest problems on my friends and siblings computers. 

I hope brewing never goes that direction but I can see it happening if I went pro.  I tend to get bored easily and am always picking up new "hobbies".  Brewing has lasted longer than any of the others, so far.  If I could find a legal way to experiment with distilling, brewing would probably start to fade too.  Hobbies are things we do to clear our heads.  If we do our hobby as a job, that doesn't work anymore.

You get to do your dream for a job.  Most people never get that opportunity.  Find a new hobby and enjoy both domains of life.  8^)

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on March 26, 2012, 06:52:21 PM
Hmmm ... never thought of trying to find another hobby. Not sure I have time for it now though, between fathering 2 boys and running a business.

Hope I don't sound like I am complainng though, I still love brewing. I love what I do and right now can't see myself doing anything else. But maybe my problem is my homebrewery, as sean alluded too. It's bare minimum, always has been. The march pump was about the most high tech piece of equipment I had. Perhaps if I haad a Sabco touch screen brewery and a couple heated/cooled conicals homebrewing might not seem so unappealing. ;D
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on March 26, 2012, 07:42:00 PM
New toys are always fun!  ;)

Right now I'm torn between a "real" charcoal smoker (just have a Weber Kettle right now) or a dovetail jig.  Choices, choices.

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: narvin on March 26, 2012, 07:42:46 PM
You're still brewing.  If I had a beast of a system at my own brewery, I wouldn't be wasting my time trying to find room at home for storage, fermentation fridges, and other stuff that ends up making a mess of my house.

If you get to the point where you stop experimenting, that might be a problem.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bo on March 26, 2012, 08:28:02 PM
You're still homebrewing. You just have a new home.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on March 26, 2012, 08:40:51 PM
I'm with you there Keith.  I don't chime in on this forum about water treatment and water chemistry much because after doing it all day, writing about it on this forum has no appeal to me.  Kai and Martin can answer those questions.  They seem to enjoy it.

I enjoy doing it for a living, but not for entertainment.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 26, 2012, 09:09:47 PM
I have a similar experience.
I do not have a desire to brew at home.
I do miss not having 3 to 4 kegs of different beer in the fridge.
I also find it difficult to brew small batches.
Smallest batch for me would be 170 gallons.
So from time to time I just wing it.
Make the recipe go for it.

I find that yeast management is the most difficult when compare to homebrewing.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: deepsouth on March 26, 2012, 11:20:54 PM
I thought that after brewing commercially for a while I would really miss homebrewing, but I really don't. I don't miss having to carry carboys or buckets down into my basement, don't miss cleaning up the messy deck or spending all day Saturday brewing outdoors. I do kinda miss not having several styles of beer on tap all the time. But even the thought of trying a batch at home now doesn't interest me.

Funny, too, because I can remember hearing all these pro-brewers saying that they "haven't homebrewed in years" and I always thought, "I'll never be like that." ::)

what is the name of your brewery?  aren't you in al?
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: a10t2 on March 26, 2012, 11:30:18 PM
what is the name of your brewery?  aren't you in al?

http://yellowhammerbrewery.com/
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: deepsouth on March 26, 2012, 11:41:10 PM
what is the name of your brewery?  aren't you in al?

http://yellowhammerbrewery.com/

that's a beautiful thing.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on March 27, 2012, 12:04:02 PM
Thanks.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: speed on March 29, 2012, 02:24:41 AM
Yes, and I have learned that I don't like to talk about cars.
that goes for me too. i've been a mechanic for about 40 years and the last thing i want to talk about at a bar is cars. somebody is always coming up to me and asking advice. do doctors give advice at a bar, i don't think so.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bluesman on March 29, 2012, 02:44:26 AM
"Enough is enough" is the expression that comes to mind in this regard. I don't know if I'd feel the same way that Keith does, as I don't have a pro-brewery, but I can only imagine that I wouldn't miss homebrewing either.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bo on March 29, 2012, 03:14:54 AM
That's what I hate about being a gynecologist. People are always wanting me to talk about work and NO, I don't carry pictures around with me.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: a10t2 on March 29, 2012, 12:18:33 PM
do doctors give advice at a bar, i don't think so.
Although to be fair, they do get asked. A lot.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: richardt on March 29, 2012, 01:49:58 PM
Yes, they do.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on March 29, 2012, 03:36:22 PM
The "computer guy" gets hit up for free advice a lot too.  I think it's rude and decided a long time ago if I need to discuss a medical, legal or mechanical problem with a friend, I make an appointment.

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: thetooth on March 29, 2012, 05:37:29 PM
The "computer guy" gets hit up for free advice a lot too.  I think it's rude and decided a long time ago if I need to discuss a medical, legal or mechanical problem with a friend, I make an appointment.

Paul

This!  I'm happy to give computer advice, but what kills me is when people want me to work on their computers.  I don't want to spend 4 hours fixing the mess you made for free.  I actually got a few people to stop by asking them to do work in trade.  LOL
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on March 29, 2012, 06:42:35 PM
People seem to think graphic designers enjoy working for free too. ::)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on March 29, 2012, 06:46:38 PM
speaking of which, it's amazing how many people show up at my brewery expecting a free sample> I've even had some bring growlers. Do you go to a bakery and expect a free loaf of bread?  ??? why beer? And speaking of that, every Tom, dick and Harry organization expects you want to donate a keg to them for their event. does the band play for free? Does the caterer give her food away for free? I don't get it.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: richardt on March 29, 2012, 07:15:49 PM
Most people are of the "it never hurts to ask" persuasion, perhaps?
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on March 29, 2012, 07:52:57 PM
Groups asking for beer isn't just the bane of the Pro either.  I've been asked many times "Hey how about donating a couple of kegs to this great cause?" and then have them get upset when I politely say that I'd love to it's illegal.  One guy is a pharmacist and didn't seem to understand until I suggested he donate a couple hundred tabs of OXY or morphine. :-\ 

People's hearts are in the right place but sometimes they get caught up in the moment. 

And having been on the asking side, you won't get any donation if you don't ask people/businesses for stuff.  I find most businesses are much more open when you ask if they can give you a discount on the things you need and then they offer to help for free.

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: tonyp on March 30, 2012, 12:41:02 AM
People seem to think graphic designers enjoy working for free too. ::)

++

Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bluesman on March 30, 2012, 12:51:21 AM
Most people are of the "it never hurts to ask" persuasion, perhaps?

+1

especially beer advocates.

When I go to the local beer/liquor stores around the Mid-Atlantic region there is often times a winery or brewery of sorts offering up free samples of wine and/or beer. It's almost expected around here but it may be different down south.  :-\
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: skyler on April 02, 2012, 03:45:25 PM
It's funny, because most lawyers I know do end up giving free legal advice constantly to their friends and families and sometimes fellow bar patrons. It can be a little annoying, but usually only when the question seems particularly stupid (i.e., "if there is no evidence that a person committed a crime, but in your heart you believe they are guilty, can you still defend them?")
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on April 02, 2012, 07:54:12 PM
I have friends who are lawyers and love to the scrubbed stories of their dumbest clients over the years.  Most of these are drop dead funny.  We also have hypothetical discussions too about case that are being tried in public media and it's eye opening to hear the "behind the current" stuff but I would never ask for advice that would require them to stand behind their answer.  If they might have to backup their advice, we have discussion sitting on opposite sides of their desk where I'm a paying customer.

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on April 02, 2012, 08:02:05 PM
I have a friend who is a prosecutor.  You wouldn't believe the stories he has of bonehead stuff people get busted for.  Better than reality TV for sure!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: boulderbrewer on April 03, 2012, 02:02:03 AM
I'm not sure on how to answer right now, but I can see how I could feel, I brew all the time and I just want to sit on my butt and watch a football game! I can still waste a couple hours talking beer though. I wonder if I will loose that?
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: ccfoo242 on April 03, 2012, 12:03:07 PM
This thread reminds me of the joke about the gynecologist who gets home from work and starts complaining to his wife "Honey, if I see one more vagina today..."  :o ;D
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: nateo on April 03, 2012, 05:34:47 PM
I worked my way through college as a bicycle mechanic. I don't think I ever got tired of talking about bikes, though I did get sick of fixing them after a while.

When I lived in Denver, I went to the Great Divide taphouse a lot. One day I was chatting with one of the brewers, and I asked him some question about brewing, not specifically related to their operations, just some general question. He basically said it was a trade secret. Then we got talking about bicycles, and he had some problem with his that he wanted to know how to fix. I told him it was a trade secret, and that if he wanted to come to my shop and pay me I'd tell him.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bo on April 03, 2012, 05:40:16 PM
I worked my way through college as a bicycle mechanic. I don't think I ever got tired of talking about bikes, though I did get sick of fixing them after a while.

When I lived in Denver, I went to the Great Divide taphouse a lot. One day I was chatting with one of the brewers, and I asked him some question about brewing, not specifically related to their operations, just some general question. He basically said it was a trade secret. Then we got talking about bicycles, and he had some problem with his that he wanted to know how to fix. I told him it was a trade secret, and that if he wanted to come to my shop and pay me I'd tell him.


Touche'
Title: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on April 03, 2012, 05:51:53 PM
I'm definitely not tired of brewing or even talking about brewing. I love it and think about it all the time. Problem is I'm spoiled now. I'd need a 10,000 brew rig to brew at the house again.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: nateo on April 03, 2012, 07:04:34 PM
Touche'

Giving free advice is probably my favorite thing to do. If he hadn't gotten an attitude about it, I would've told him how to fix it for free, or I would've fixed it for him for a 6-pack (my usual bro-deal). It's the whole George Carlin "Your stuff is s*** but my s*** is stuff" mentality.
Title: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on April 03, 2012, 07:05:51 PM
I'm fine giving free advice as well. Free work otoh....
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on April 03, 2012, 07:48:30 PM
I'm fine giving free advice as well. Free work otoh....

Amen brother!  I'm with you there.  A have a couple of clients who think it's OK not to pay their bills for 90+ days.  Sometimes it feels like I work for free.  Funny thing, often times it is the wealthiest clients who are the hardest to collect from.

But, I get the last laugh.  There isn't anybody on the island that knows how to do what I do for them, so they will have to hire someone to fly in from the mainland to do it if I don't.  Their cost for two days downtime is eqivalent to my monthly fee.  It would take at least a week to schedule someone to come over... plus travel.

I've only had one client test me on this.  I receive payment from them now within a week of submitting an invoice.

I'm not unfair, but I do expect timely payment for services rendered.

We have a saying here, "Small world, Big Island."
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: narvin on April 03, 2012, 09:21:06 PM
I don't think I could ever get tired of doing something I like.

Unfortunately, dealing with the BS of a large corporation ranks below a groin punch on my list of interests.
Title: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: denny on April 03, 2012, 09:27:53 PM
I don't think I could ever get tired of doing something I like.


Unfortunately, you might be surprised.


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Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on April 03, 2012, 10:14:08 PM
Unfortunately, dealing with the BS of a large corporation ranks below a groin punch on my list of interests.

As much as I say I don't miss homebrewing I have to say it pales in comparison to my not missing corporate life.

saturday I spent all day smoning two large pork shoulder's and relaxing outside and I relised that was the part of brewing I did actually misss. Having something to do around the house all day that wasn't "work". It was a lot of fun, and way, way easier than brewing.  :)
Title: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: ynotbrusum on May 02, 2012, 06:03:35 PM
I can't imagine not brewing new things, so as long as I could brew some pilot beers, I think the pro thing would work; but getting the time and having the energy to do so as a pro is the real limiter on that, it seems.

Oddly, I am involved in giving advice for a living, so the only way that stops for me is to isolate myself - so I homebrew solo usually and I fish as my other hobby.  These fora give me the opportunity to filter what I respond to, which is a pleasant diversion.


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Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: tonyp on May 02, 2012, 06:15:31 PM
I'm fine giving free advice as well. Free work otoh....

As a graphic designer everyone seems to think i should do work "just for them" for free or for pennies because "you're not really making anything, you're just using your brain". I always ask if they get their legal work or accounting work for free/cheap because those people are just "reading and using math".

I'm constantly reminded of this picaso story:

Quote
Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: euge on May 02, 2012, 06:33:58 PM
I'm not too keen on turning my hobby into something that becomes a drudge to perform. ???

I also work for a fairly large corp. While there are definite advantages to this the main suck about the job is my fellow employees. I studied and trained for many years to do what I love to do. It's the shocking behavior demonstrated by my "colleagues" that'll drive me from the industry and not the repetitive nature of my work.

I might end up sweeping floors in a brewery before long   ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on May 02, 2012, 09:50:12 PM
Try doing IT in a "mega-bank" for awhile and you'll understand why I sometime wax nostalgic for my days cleaning the hog barns with a pitch fork when it was 110F out.   :-\

I felt cleaner when I got back to the house most days on the farm than I do i this place.

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 03, 2012, 02:43:23 PM
I'm not too keen on turning my hobby into something that becomes a drudge to perform. ???

I also work for a fairly large corp. While there are definite advantages to this the main suck about the job is my fellow employees. I studied and trained for many years to do what I love to do. It's the shocking behavior demonstrated by my "colleagues" that'll drive me from the industry and not the repetitive nature of my work.

I might end up sweeping floors in a brewery before long   ;)

If you really love brewing it would not be drudgery. Part of the fun of this venture (for me anyway) is the challenge of growing a business and marketing it. Also, getting to meet people is awesome. But the main joy for me is definitely still brewing and getting to experiment with different ideas.

Also, whomever said I needed together a new hobby I think really hit it on the head. I need something to do at home that isn't brewing. Still trying to figure out just exactly what that is going to be.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on May 03, 2012, 06:23:22 PM
The next step in the process...

(hold the hops please)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: euge on May 03, 2012, 06:48:56 PM
The next step in the process...

(hold the hops please)

Amen to that! ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 03, 2012, 07:01:45 PM
Huh ???
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 04, 2012, 04:38:01 AM
I'm not too keen on turning my hobby into something that becomes a drudge to perform. ???

I also work for a fairly large corp. While there are definite advantages to this the main suck about the job is my fellow employees. I studied and trained for many years to do what I love to do. It's the shocking behavior demonstrated by my "colleagues" that'll drive me from the industry and not the repetitive nature of my work.

I might end up sweeping floors in a brewery before long   ;)

If you really love brewing it would not be drudgery. Part of the fun of this venture (for me anyway) is the challenge of growing a business and marketing it. Also, getting to meet people is awesome. But the main joy for me is definitely still brewing and getting to experiment with different ideas.

Also, whomever said I needed together a new hobby I think really hit it on the head. I need something to do at home that isn't brewing. Still trying to figure out just exactly what that is going to be.

How about a hobby farm Major?
Euge I did not say I would give you that job!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: euge on May 04, 2012, 05:21:20 AM
Hey I might be available for consulting. :) And I will travel.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 04, 2012, 05:50:44 AM
Hey I might be available for consulting. :) And I will travel.

For free? (that entices breweries) just saying.....
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: tschmidlin on May 04, 2012, 06:42:36 AM
Also, whomever said I needed together a new hobby I think really hit it on the head. I need something to do at home that isn't brewing. Still trying to figure out just exactly what that is going to be.
Denny is always recommending people take up knitting.  Something to consider ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 04, 2012, 11:35:19 AM
My wife already knits, it looks really boring. Screw it, I'll just drink more.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: a10t2 on May 04, 2012, 02:53:14 PM
Screw it, I'll just drink more.

That's on my family crest.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: Slowbrew on May 04, 2012, 04:05:59 PM
I have buddy who reloads ammo for himself and his shooting friends.  He always says we should live well after the revolution, ammo and alcohol will make us a good living.  You could do both.   ;D

On a more serious note you can always become a BBQ/Smoker expert or a lawn fanatic like my neighbor.  Maybe wood carving?

Paul
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 04, 2012, 05:13:38 PM
I'm pretty good at manning the smoker. Not a master, but aspiring to become one. I live on 7 acres of mountain land, so no lawn.

Wood carving - that's a nice thought. I have an abundance of Chittam wood on my property.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: newrocset on May 05, 2012, 08:38:44 AM
As much as I love homebrewing, I find it way too labor intensive...I'd love to go pro just for the simple fact that I would have all my stuff in one place with an efficient set-up...I usually have only one or two kegs on tap at a time, and constantly run out before a new batch is done....so for me the obvious choice is to move towards going pro, just because I need an efficient way to produce a constant supply of beer for my own consumption  ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on May 06, 2012, 01:48:29 AM
I live on 7 acres of mountain land...

Damn man, you're a natural!  (see my last post)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 06, 2012, 02:08:40 PM
Growing barley? Malting? Huh???
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on May 06, 2012, 09:40:52 PM
The first rule of fight club is...   8)
Title: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 06, 2012, 11:41:02 PM
Lol! I'm so dumb. I get it now, too many helicopters in my area. ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: tschmidlin on May 07, 2012, 03:50:05 AM
He's not talking about growing anything Keith, keep going . . . :)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bo on May 07, 2012, 03:53:56 AM
He's not talking about growing anything Keith, keep going . . . :)

Ya think? :D
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 11:49:38 AM
Ok, ok, I actually got it now. Really. "the next step" ... Sort of evolutionary kind of thing. ;D :-X
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 04:07:14 PM
BTW: If you guys want to see how purdy i is check this out

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/yellowhammer_brewery_brings_eu.html

and this

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/beer_bucket_list_shrinks_with.html
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bluesman on May 07, 2012, 04:22:15 PM
BTW: If you guys want to see how purdy i is check this out

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/yellowhammer_brewery_brings_eu.html

and this

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/beer_bucket_list_shrinks_with.html

Very cool Keith!  8)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: tonyp on May 07, 2012, 04:28:59 PM
ooooooooh so much shiny shiny! nice article keith!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: tschmidlin on May 07, 2012, 04:34:34 PM
Awesome Keith 8)

I especially like this:

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Like many of the state’s brewers, Yager, a Pennsylvania native, learned to brew illegally at home because “there just wasn’t any good beer down here.”
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 04:54:26 PM
Thanks guys! Here's hoping home brewing becomes legal in Alabama this year. The bill has passed the senate and is heading for the house. Then maybe I'll get a full blown Sabco system and some heated-cooled more beer conicals and start home brewing again. ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: euge on May 07, 2012, 06:26:41 PM
Oh so you do miss it... 8)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: bluesman on May 07, 2012, 06:30:27 PM
Oh so you do miss it... 8)

busted.... 8)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 06:34:36 PM
I think i cam to the conclusion that I would brew at home again as long as I had a fancy, automated system.  ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: thirsty on May 07, 2012, 07:52:08 PM
Wow. cool video. Place looks good.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 08, 2012, 04:31:29 AM
Pretty equipment and nice paunch growing there, you have a way to go to match my paunch!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: theoman on May 08, 2012, 07:42:37 AM
How 'bout making soap?
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: punatic on May 08, 2012, 09:30:28 AM
How 'bout making soap?

It is good clean fun, for sure!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 08, 2012, 11:33:00 AM
Pretty equipment and nice paunch growing there, you have a way to go to match my paunch!

Thanks man, but it's something I'd love to get rid of. I drink a lot more beer now than I used to. It's hard not to want to knock back three or ofur after a long day brewing.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 08, 2012, 11:36:46 AM
How 'bout making soap?

Why make something I'm not going to use?  ;)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: morticaixavier on May 08, 2012, 03:00:05 PM
good articles, great press!

I like the barrel's name.

The only tatoo I have is a heart on my left shoulder that reads 'Dr Seuss'.

I went to a really tough pre-school.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 03:09:29 PM
BTW: If you guys want to see how purdy i is check this out

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/yellowhammer_brewery_brings_eu.html

and this

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/beer_bucket_list_shrinks_with.html

DUDE!  You've got hair!!!!!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: pinnah on May 13, 2012, 12:31:01 PM


DUDE!  You've got hair!!!!!


 ;D, and all this time I thought you still looked like when you were hiking the Appalachian.

Cheers to hard work and taking chances. 8)
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: newrocset on May 13, 2012, 02:38:25 PM
Hey Keith,
That video clip says you're a PA transplant...just curious on your thoughts on how your beer would fare in the PA market as there is a pretty strong craft brew in that state....I live in OK now, but am originally from NEPA myself and I'm wondering if a start-up brewery would fare better in a state w/a small core of craft brewers, like OK, or a large core of craft brewers like PA or NY.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 13, 2012, 03:48:43 PM
Well, that's a good question. Craft beer is just now catching on down here. we are riding on the crest of a wave - pretty exciting, actually. The competition is slim and the excitement about craft beer is growing. This would be much more difficult to pull off in PA simply because of the competition and extremely narrow room for error. I'm pretty happy with the beer we are producing now but when we first started out there were problems that were probably more forgiving in a place that has ever had access to great craft beer as opposed to a place who is accustomed to it. Our major problem opening was dialing in carbonation and that was a somewhat forgivable offense here but might now have been elsewhere.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: newrocset on May 13, 2012, 05:49:20 PM
Might even depend on the location w/in a state....in my hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA, which is not a craft brew destination as opposed to other places in the state, there is a nanobrewery that has been going strong for a couple years now by delivering to local bars http://www.breakerbrewingcompany.com/ (http://www.breakerbrewingcompany.com/).  Here in Oklahoma, craft brew has been gaining momentum over the last 3 years....makes me wonder if it's best to start a brewery "on the crest of the wave", or start up once others are established so you can learn from their mistakes...I guess it depends on your approach.
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 15, 2012, 02:46:05 AM
BTW: If you guys want to see how purdy i is check this out

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/yellowhammer_brewery_brings_eu.html

and this

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/05/beer_bucket_list_shrinks_with.html

DUDE!  You've got hair!!!!!
Not even close to the Denny maine!
Title: Re: I don't miss homebrewing
Post by: majorvices on May 15, 2012, 10:57:12 AM
I'm just a young lion.  ;)