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General Category => Going Pro => Topic started by: phillamb168 on August 10, 2011, 02:51:21 pm

Title: Contract Brewing
Post by: phillamb168 on August 10, 2011, 02:51:21 pm
I know a guy who got a bad case of arthritis and then caught a bug in the hospital. He has 500 square meters of space plus 700 square meters as 'selling space' (not sure about taproom capability). 8.52 BBL / 1000 L system. Dunno about cost yet.

What are some things to look out for when contract brewing? If you don't know the space, you don't know the equipment, so you don't know the infection risks, etc - but what are some good signs to keep an eye out for?
Title: Re: Contract Brewing
Post by: ccarlson on August 10, 2011, 04:02:53 pm
I think infection risks would be minimal. Obviously, a diligent initial sanitation exercise would be required with any "new" equipment.
Title: Re: Contract Brewing
Post by: dbeechum on August 10, 2011, 04:05:18 pm
I don't think I'd sign a contract for joint without at least observing one batch going through the chain.
Title: Re: Contract Brewing
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 11, 2011, 02:40:51 am
Phill,
Contract brewing is that someone else brew your recipe.
Alternative proprietorship is when you are using someone else equipment but you keep separate books.

In both ways it boils down if you think the brewery knows what they are doing.
Are they making good beers?
Do your homework.
Drink their beers.
Can you trust them?
Title: Re: Contract Brewing
Post by: phillamb168 on August 11, 2011, 09:57:32 am
@thirsty, yeah, alternative proprietorship is what I meant.

I'll see the guy Saturday and ask for a few of his beers. What I'd like to work out is a pay-as-you-go thing where I just pay him rent for the times that I'm using the brewery.