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Title: Finally arriving!
Post by: majorvices on October 09, 2010, 03:35:49 PM
Don't wanna steal Sean's thunder too much but check it - you'll need to scroll down.

http://www.thenooktavern.com/TheNook/Welcome.html
Title: Re: Finally arriving!
Post by: denny on October 09, 2010, 03:39:53 PM
WOOHOO!  BIG congrats, Keith!
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Post by: capozzoli on October 09, 2010, 04:12:46 PM
When will this beer be available in the Northeast?  ;D I cant wait.
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Post by: a10t2 on October 09, 2010, 05:17:33 PM
I think I can spare some thunder. Way to go, man!
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Post by: bluesman on October 09, 2010, 06:43:15 PM
Very cool Keith.  I'm a little jealous but happy for you.

Don't forget about us here.  ;)

Congrats!  8)
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Post by: majorvices on October 09, 2010, 10:47:57 PM
When will this beer be available in the Northeast?  ;D I cant wait.

On your way to visit tubercle, stop by and pick up a few growlers and bring 'em back home with ya! ;D
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on October 09, 2010, 11:16:53 PM
That's exciting!  Congrats again and keep up the good work!
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Post by: capozzoli on October 09, 2010, 11:26:23 PM
When will this beer be available in the Northeast?  ;D I cant wait.

On your way to visit tubercle, stop by and pick up a few growlers and bring 'em back home with ya! ;D

Cant you just bring a couple of kegs with you when you come. You are commin right?
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Post by: tschmidlin on October 09, 2010, 11:49:15 PM
Congratulations, that's awesome!

Add an "about us" tab to the website so you can include some history of the place and details about what you're trying to do.  I always like reading that stuff. :)
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Post by: boulderbrewer on October 10, 2010, 02:17:24 AM
Very Nice, Good to see you are up and selling!

Remember it is easy to sell beer!
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Post by: euge on October 10, 2010, 05:22:19 AM
Awesome! If I'm ever down in Bama a stop-in will have to happen! :D
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Post by: majorvices on October 10, 2010, 12:18:33 PM
If anyone is ever in the area shoot me a PM and I'll be sure to give you a tour of the brewery where the samples are free.
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Post by: bluesman on October 10, 2010, 01:28:15 PM
I certainly will make it a point to stop in if I make it down your way.  Free beer is usually a great thing.  8)
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Post by: Hokerer on October 10, 2010, 05:50:08 PM
Free beer is usually a great thing.  8)

Usually?  Wouldn't always be a better word choice?
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Post by: MrNate on October 10, 2010, 09:37:01 PM
Free beer is usually a great thing.  8)

Usually?  Wouldn't always be a better word choice?

"Free Beer*"

"* with every positive HIV test result"
or...
"* with every purchase of Twilight"
or...
"* included with every paid ticket fare on the RMS Titanic"

No. Not always.
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Post by: MrNate on October 10, 2010, 09:38:15 PM
Oh, and congratulations, Keith!  ;D
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Post by: a10t2 on October 10, 2010, 10:44:53 PM
*Offer only applies to warm Miller Lite.
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Post by: weithman5 on October 10, 2010, 11:48:17 PM
congrats. facebooking my friend who lives there to head over.
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Post by: bluesman on October 11, 2010, 12:11:12 AM
*Offer only applies to warm Miller Lite.

This is why I say "usually".   :D
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Post by: rabid_dingo on October 11, 2010, 05:46:32 AM
Ugh. I wanted to be there for the Grand Opening!!!

Congratulations!!! Seriously looking at stopping by...
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Post by: novabrew on October 11, 2010, 08:22:20 PM
Congratulations.  Now I'll reconsider visiting family in the area. ;D
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Post by: weazletoe on October 11, 2010, 09:14:51 PM
Way to go man! I'm really happy for you, yet blind with jealousy all at the same time.  ;D
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Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2010, 11:52:19 AM
Its been a hell of a lot of work and a hell of a lot of fun. The brewing part has gone pretty smooth except for the fact that the water where I brew at now is a lot different than the water at my home and changes vastly from day to day - my pH is all over the map and requires some serious wrangling to bring it under control - we will be getting a RO system before too long. And the kegging has been a challenge and a great big learning experience. I've ended up screwing up a bunch of beer trying to get it into kegs.

One trick I learned - if your pH is high and you brewed yesterday you can use a small amount of spent grain to lower the pH. Works like a charm!  :)
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Post by: bluesman on October 12, 2010, 11:58:45 AM
Can you post some pics when you get a chance?

Becuase I'm sure you have plenty of time on your hands.  ;)
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Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2010, 12:20:59 PM
After the rest of the equipment comes in I will post some pics. I am limping along right now.
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Post by: bluesman on October 12, 2010, 12:22:24 PM
After the rest of the equipment comes in I will post some pics. I am limping along right now.

What's the brewery consist of....

what size BK, MT, etc...?
Title: Re: Finally arriving!
Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2010, 01:22:08 PM
Damn your nosy!  ;) I mentioned it before but its been a while. essentially a 1.5 bbl brewery back to back batching into 3 bbl fermenters. We also have 4 blickmann 42 gal. conicals for specialty brews. Going to ride it out like this for a while to test the market. Not planning on making any money right now, just float the ship.

Its a lot like having a big homebrew system. I got tired of brewing the same thing over and over again for the last 2 weeks so last week I went in and brewed a Tripel. Right now its a lot of fun being small. I'll be doing a lot of one off batches.
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Post by: dak0415 on October 12, 2010, 01:45:02 PM
Keith,
Did you get your soot problem resolved?  What fixed it?

Dave
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Post by: thirsty on October 12, 2010, 07:11:57 PM
That is so f-ing cool. congrats and good luck.
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Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2010, 09:11:26 PM
Keith,
Did you get your soot problem resolved?  What fixed it?

Dave

Yeah - the problem was 2 fold. First, we had a wind screen on that was inhibiting the air intake (since initially we were brewing outside). Second, I had to play around with the jet height. After I fixed those there was almost no soot to speak of. But, we are all electric now - which is working way, way better than I ever anticipated. No gas at all right now.
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Post by: Kit B on October 12, 2010, 09:39:58 PM
That's excellent!
How did you hook up with The Nook, for your debut?
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Post by: dak0415 on October 12, 2010, 10:19:41 PM
Ok now! You've GOT to post some pics of THAT! :o
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Post by: majorvices on October 12, 2010, 11:25:05 PM
That's excellent!
How did you hook up with The Nook, for your debut?


the Nook is the "premiere" beer bar in town, at least for now. And if we want to sell beer there we have to launch through them. Its a pretty good place though.

As far as the electric kettle goes, I will post pics next week when I have the chance. I promise. The electric ketttle is awesome. It heats up about 3Xs faster than gas. I have two elements in my BK and if I run just one I get a very steady boil with no boil over. No wort scorching either. I was really worried about wort scorching and boil overs but it just hasn't been a problem. I am going to do the same thing on my home system as soon as I get a chance. I love it.
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Post by: beersk on October 13, 2010, 12:33:54 AM
Fantastic, Keith.  Congrats a millions times.  Sounds like you're having a blast and making great beer.  You'll be right up there with the big dogs of craft beer in no time.
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Post by: boulderbrewer on October 13, 2010, 02:41:15 AM
I bet Thirsty Monk is happy to hear the electric setup is going good!
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Post by: majorvices on October 13, 2010, 12:10:55 PM
I bet Thirsty Monk is happy to hear the electric setup is going good!

I haven't had the time to check the rest of the forum much. But tell him that the elements we are using kick gas in the nuts!  ;D My partner is the one who set up the electric kettle so I honestly don't know much about what went into it. But I can ask him.
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Post by: bluesman on October 13, 2010, 12:14:14 PM
I haven't had the time to check the rest of the forum much.

Well you better get busy!  ;D  :-*
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Post by: akr71 on October 13, 2010, 01:42:14 PM
Congrats!

Add another request to see some pics, when you get the chance to do so.
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Post by: a10t2 on October 13, 2010, 02:01:46 PM
My partner is the one who set up the electric kettle so I honestly don't know much about what went into it. But I can ask him.

If you could post some details it would be awesome. We're all-electric but with only one element in a 5 bbl kettle bringing it up to a boil is painful. Unfortunately, I don't think there's anything we can do about it - the circuit is maxed out as is.
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 13, 2010, 05:46:15 PM
I bet Thirsty Monk is happy to hear the electric setup is going good!

I haven't had the time to check the rest of the forum much. But tell him that the elements we are using kick gas in the nuts!  ;D My partner is the one who set up the electric kettle so I honestly don't know much about what went into it. But I can ask him.

Yes I am very happy to hear that 2 elements can do just fine with 55 Gal.
I am planning to have 6 elements in about 180 gal BK.
I have dedicated 300 Amps 240 V transformer for the brewhouse.

I would be more then interested to know your electric set up.

By the way Congrats majorvices.
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Post by: majorvices on October 18, 2010, 07:27:56 PM
So the event was quite a success. We ended up having to have the distributor pick up more beer about 2 hours after the event started. I knew they hadn't ordered enough beer.  ;) Already have a few local restaurants requesting kegs.
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Post by: tygo on October 18, 2010, 07:38:33 PM
That's awesome.  Congrats!  Glad the opening event went well.
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Post by: Hokerer on October 18, 2010, 07:45:13 PM
So the event was quite a success. We ended up having to have the distributor pick up more beer about 2 hours after the event started. I knew they hadn't ordered enough beer.  ;) Already have a few local restaurants requesting kegs.

Congrats! Excellent news.
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Post by: tumarkin on October 18, 2010, 07:52:50 PM
So the event was quite a success. We ended up having to have the distributor pick up more beer about 2 hours after the event started. I knew they hadn't ordered enough beer.  ;) Already have a few local restaurants requesting kegs.

And so it Begins.....
Congrats!!
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Post by: brewmichigan on October 18, 2010, 08:09:28 PM
Oh man, I'm soooo jealous. I'm stuck behind a desk while you're brewing beer and selling it! Maybe I'll be there someday.
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Post by: a10t2 on October 18, 2010, 08:20:13 PM
Sounds like it's time to start planning for the full-scale brewhouse.
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Post by: tschmidlin on October 18, 2010, 08:52:47 PM
That's great news, thanks for the update :)
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Post by: blatz on October 18, 2010, 09:09:58 PM
So the event was quite a success. We ended up having to have the distributor pick up more beer about 2 hours after the event started. I knew they hadn't ordered enough beer.  ;) Already have a few local restaurants requesting kegs.

awesome!
Title: Re: Finally arriving!
Post by: majorvices on October 18, 2010, 09:24:31 PM
Oh man, I'm soooo jealous. I'm stuck behind a desk while you're brewing beer and selling it! Maybe I'll be there someday.

On the bright side you are making money where as I am working my ass off basically for free.  ;)

Full scale brew house is already in the plan. But it may be a year or two. We need equipment immediately. Just got the cold room up and running so I can instal my bright tanks. But this first few batches had to be force carbbed in the keg and I admit it wasn't completely dialed in, specifically on the White, which was a bit under carbonated. Still disappeared rather quickly though.
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Post by: denny on October 18, 2010, 09:28:56 PM
Big time congratulations, Keith!  After all the hard work, you deserve the rewards.
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Post by: bluesman on October 18, 2010, 10:53:54 PM
Congrats!

I'm envious in a way...hoping all goes your way Keith.  8)
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 20, 2010, 03:08:07 AM
Great news Keth.
It is great to hear that it is going well.
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Post by: brewmichigan on October 21, 2010, 05:45:07 PM
Oh man, I'm soooo jealous. I'm stuck behind a desk while you're brewing beer and selling it! Maybe I'll be there someday.

On the bright side you are making money where as I am working my ass off basically for free.  ;)

Full scale brew house is already in the plan. But it may be a year or two. We need equipment immediately. Just got the cold room up and running so I can instal my bright tanks. But this first few batches had to be force carbbed in the keg and I admit it wasn't completely dialed in, specifically on the White, which was a bit under carbonated. Still disappeared rather quickly though.

Oh yeah, I bet. I said hopefully I'll be there someday as in I have made tons of money at my desk job, now time to open a brewery.... Or hopefully my wife starts raking it in  ;D