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Title: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 10, 2012, 05:07:33 PM
This afternoon we are making our first retail keg delivery.  Just a corny, but the fiance' and I are quite nervous/excited/worried, whatever.  It's an American Amber.  Started with the BCS recipe, but tweaked it over the last couple years. 

I sure hope someone buys one.  And then decides on another.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: Jimmy K on August 10, 2012, 05:11:06 PM
May your keg find some new thirsty friends.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: denny on August 10, 2012, 05:23:30 PM
Best of luck to you guys, Mic!  I know how much this means to you two.
Title: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: majorvices on August 10, 2012, 06:00:18 PM
Very cool! I had a lot of day on our first launch. What are you doing for tap handles? Have any swag? Make it into an even and you will drain that corny in an hour or so. We went through 6 halves on our launch.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: alaingomez on August 11, 2012, 07:27:41 AM
This afternoon we are making our first retail keg delivery.  Just a corny, but the fiance' and I are quite nervous/excited/worried, whatever.  It's an American Amber.  Started with the BCS recipe, but tweaked it over the last couple years. 

I sure hope someone buys one.  And then decides on another.

How did you go about finding a buyer?  If you don't mind me asking...
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 11, 2012, 03:52:13 PM
This afternoon we are making our first retail keg delivery.  Just a corny, but the fiance' and I are quite nervous/excited/worried, whatever.  It's an American Amber.  Started with the BCS recipe, but tweaked it over the last couple years. 

I sure hope someone buys one.  And then decides on another.

How did you go about finding a buyer?  If you don't mind me asking...

He found us really.  We won a local pro-am and brewed with him, on his system.  He encouraged and helped us through the TTB and LCB process, and bought our first keg.  And before the night was over, I brought him a second.  It was so wild.  We brought the keg down about 4pm yesterday.  Some out of town folks were there, and one had a pint right away.  They were homebrewers from Seattle.  (I'm 100 miles West of Seattle)  They shared that pint, got up, and bought three growlers. 

Of course my head grew about three sizes with that......   LOL

Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 12, 2012, 03:10:30 AM
They shared that pint, got up, and bought three growlers. 

Of course my head grew about three sizes with that......   LOL
There you go. Congratulations.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: boulderbrewer on August 12, 2012, 06:13:30 AM
Awsome day! I'm ubber Happy for ya. To the first and many more for you!
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 13, 2012, 03:35:57 PM
Awsome day! I'm ubber Happy for ya. To the first and many more for you!

And yesterday he ordered 2 more kegs. Pretty exciting for an opening weekend.  I'm sure things will slow down a bit.  After our wedding this Saturday, we're gonna work on getting our own taproom approved.  It's pretty easy in this state.



Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 13, 2012, 04:35:38 PM
A photo of Kelly and I:

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p486/micsager/1d6a4fa2.jpg (http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p486/micsager/1d6a4fa2.jpg)
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: brewmonk on August 13, 2012, 04:59:25 PM
Congrats, I hope it goes well with you and you're able to get more business.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: denny on August 13, 2012, 05:51:09 PM
Awsome day! I'm ubber Happy for ya. To the first and many more for you!
And yesterday he ordered 2 more kegs. Pretty exciting for an opening weekend.  I'm sure things will slow down a bit.  After our wedding this Saturday, we're gonna work on getting our own taproom approved.  It's pretty easy in this state.

Way to go, man.  I'm really happy for you guys.  Enjoy your big day on Sat.!
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: boulderbrewer on August 14, 2012, 04:05:45 AM
A photo of Kelly and I:

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p486/micsager/1d6a4fa2.jpg (http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p486/micsager/1d6a4fa2.jpg)

You look like one of my brothers! (not sure that is a good thing)


Have a great time! Beer can wait in times like this. Best of Luck to you both!
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: theoman on August 14, 2012, 10:06:22 AM
Congrats! Great story to hear!
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: tonyp on August 14, 2012, 03:09:52 PM
Awesome! Congratulations!
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: alaingomez on August 15, 2012, 12:04:36 AM

He found us really.  We won a local pro-am and brewed with him, on his system.  He encouraged and helped us through the TTB and LCB process, and bought our first keg.  And before the night was over, I brought him a second.  It was so wild.  We brought the keg down about 4pm yesterday.  Some out of town folks were there, and one had a pint right away.  They were homebrewers from Seattle.  (I'm 100 miles West of Seattle)  They shared that pint, got up, and bought three growlers. 

Of course my head grew about three sizes with that......   LOL

That's so cool!  Best of luck.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 15, 2012, 01:59:23 AM
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 16, 2012, 03:18:43 PM
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now. 

Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 16, 2012, 03:44:17 PM
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now.
Fantastic!  Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 16, 2012, 03:47:16 PM
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now.
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space. 
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 16, 2012, 03:55:10 PM
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space.
Very interesting! 

I live in a development with plenty of room in my back yard to build.  But, I'm not sure if there are any zoning laws prohibiting that or not.  I'll have to look into it.  It would be awesome to do the exact same thing as you, some day.

Do you have a "day job", as well?
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 16, 2012, 04:11:12 PM
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space.
Very interesting! 

I live in a development with plenty of room in my back yard to build.  But, I'm not sure if there are any zoning laws prohibiting that or not.  I'll have to look into it.  It would be awesome to do the exact same thing as you, some day.

Do you have a "day job", as well?

Oh yea, there's no money in brewing at this scale.  Although, now that I can buy grain direct from Country Malt Group, it does make it better.  And I team up with the brewery that helped us to save on shipping.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: bluesman on August 16, 2012, 04:27:13 PM
This is very cool.  I'm real happy for you. Congrats! :)

Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 16, 2012, 04:48:09 PM
How many batches do you brew in a week?
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 16, 2012, 04:49:54 PM
This is very cool.  I'm real happy for you. Congrats! :)
Very inspiring, isn't it?
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 16, 2012, 04:58:35 PM
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.   
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 16, 2012, 05:11:58 PM
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.
What brewery(s) will you be touring on your honeymoon?   ;)
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 16, 2012, 05:20:31 PM
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.
What brewery(s) will you be touring on your honeymoon?   ;)

Good call dude.  We are headed down to Oregon, so there are many.  Dechuttes, Rogue, Ninkasi, mcminimens, etc...... 

(and Denny if you are reading this, we may get close to Noti........)
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: FirstStateBrewer on August 16, 2012, 05:28:13 PM
Good call dude.  We are headed down to Oregon, so there are many.  Dechuttes, Rogue, Ninkasi, mcminimens, etc...... 

(and Denny if you are reading this, we may get close to Noti........)
Great minds think alike!  Cheers!
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: beersk on August 24, 2012, 03:37:35 PM
Congratulations, Mic! This is an inspiring story.  Does your wife help you brew? I assume that's why you're saying "we" with everything.
Title: Re: And now comes the REAL test
Post by: micsager on August 24, 2012, 03:51:04 PM
Congratulations, Mic! This is an inspiring story.  Does your wife help you brew? I assume that's why you're saying "we" with everything.

I wouldn't say "she helps."  I consider her an equal caliber brewer.  Some brew days I help her.  In fact today, while I am in the office "workin' for the man," she will be grinding grain, and doughing in the first batch by the time I get off work.  We should have another 20 gallons in the fermenters before bedtime.

And last night we kegged up 20 gallons of our Amber.  I hope the two we already have last until those four kegs are carbed and aged a bit.