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Going Pro / Re: Calculating Hop Contracts
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:31:19 PM »
One of the first things I did when I decided to open a brewery was sign a hop contract. If you're relying on hops that are scarce in the market (i.e., newer experimental varieties like mosaic, el dorado, citra, etc.), you'd do well to contract. We did a one-year contract with a couple of brokers for our first year. Once we started to see our beer sell, we signed a few 3-year contracts to ensure that we would have the varieties we depend on for years to come. I think it's one of the smartest things we did as a startup. Good luck!

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Going Pro / Re: Kinkaiderbrewing website is up
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:31:06 PM »
That site is sweet! Nice graphic work all around!

+1 Looks like you spent a good deal of time actually considering what your brewery and your brand are all about. That will pay dividends as the market gets more and more crowded. Best of luck!

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Going Pro / Re: Warlock Brewing Company
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:28:10 PM »
Congrats, Ron! Very exciting stuff.

I hope you have a hardware store nearby - I pretty much lived at Home Depot during the 6 months prior to our launch!  ;)

We still live there!

Who am I kidding - so do I! Fortunately, there is a HD less than a mile from the brewery.  8)

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Going Pro / Re: Warlock Brewing Company
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:51:28 AM »
Congrats, Ron! Very exciting stuff.

I hope you have a hardware store nearby - I pretty much lived at Home Depot during the 6 months prior to our launch!  ;)

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Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:23:23 PM »
Very cool, Leos! I met them at the CBC in 2013. They looked at my badge and said, "Bauhaus - it is German, you know!"

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Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:00:38 AM »
I'm finding most hops to be available on the secondary market for a bit of a premiuim price. I would have preferred to have gone the contract route earlier on in our process, but wasn't absolutely sure that we would get the brewery off the ground. Now that we're moving along at a much better pace, I'll start working on some contracts. For the time being we'll be using the secondary markets. We'll survive one way or another.

Glad to hear things are moving ahead, Ron!  Congrats!

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Going Pro / Re: Counry Malt Supply offers Czech Malts
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:58:25 PM »
Leos,

Do you have any idea what the typical Kolbach index is for the Prostejov CZ Pils? Did CMG send any data other than protein content and CG extract? I'm wondering if this is undermodified CZ malt, or if it's more modern CZ malt.

I also use a blend of Weyermann FM pilsner and a German pilsner in our Neü Bohemian Pilsner. Love the FM stuff, but it would be cool to see how the Prostejov malt compares.

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Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:53:39 PM »
Supply is going to be tight on those varieties for the foreseeable future. One of the first things I did when I decided to open a brewery was sign a hop contract for all the varieties I knew I wanted. We are about to open our doors next month (knock on wood), but I contracted for hops with two brokers in December of 2012. Still, I wasn't able to get everything I wanted. I ended up buying some hard-to-find varieties on the secondary market. Yes, I paid a bit of a premium for these hops, but it depends on how important a particular variety is to your beer. For me, I had a very specific idea of what hops I wanted to use. Hopefully, it will be worth it!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: emerald hops
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:45:24 AM »
FWIW, I like to mix in a non traditional IPA hop into a blend fairly often - as something in the background, the thing you like but can't put your finger on. I've used about all the Hallertau derived hops (of which Emerald is one), Saaz, Motueka ( Saaz derived), etc.  I love Mt Hood in an IPA, as part of the blend. I think the Smaragd will work really well as an accent.

Totally agree -- style guidelines be darned!

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And a desire to spend most of your time as a janitor.

Yep.  "Head Janitor" is actually my title on my business card. ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: emerald hops
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:24:02 AM »
Pawtucket Patriot you hit just right.  Schell's from New Elm, Mn.  I haven't been able to find it here on the front range in Colorado, but I have family in Omaha and they can get the Emerald Rye.  It has such an interesting profile that I am considering using them in my next batch.

I love Emerald Rye.  I think Schell's is making some of the best beer in Minnesota, but they frequently get overlooked because they're perceived as a legacy/nostalgia brand among younger craft consumers.

I don't think you'll regret experimenting with Smaragd.  I've had the best results using them as a late flavor addition (~20 minutes) and as a flameout/whirlpool hop.  Good luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: emerald hops
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:57:24 PM »
Is anyone able to give me some informaton about "Emerald Hops".  I had a rye that had as an ingredient, emerald hops and I haven't been able to find any info.  I would like to experiment with them iin mnext brew.

I've used Smaragd (this is just the German word for "emerald") hops quite a bit in the last year.  They are like hallertauer, as you'd expect, but they are lightly fruity with sort of a faint orange/citrus thing.  Very nice aroma hop.

Was the rye beer you had them in the Schell's Emerald Rye?

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Going Pro / Re: Woohoo!
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:20:10 PM »
Cheers, dude -- that's awesome!  Keep up the great work!

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Going Pro / Re: Congrats Pawtucket Partiot
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:00:56 PM »
Hey guys,

I just saw this post -- thanks so much!!!  I wouldn't be anywhere if it wasn't for the generosity and help from my fellow homebrewing comrades.  I've learned so much from this and the NB forum, and Bauhaus really wouldn't be happening if the homebrewing community wasn't full of awesome people willing to share their knowledge and experience.

It's been a slog for us this year as far as construction.  Record-long subzero temps in Minnesota didn't help much.  But wow, I'm pretty stoked that we're getting closer to opening.  I don't know if I'd say "damn close" since DME is dragging their feet in delivering our brewhouse -- it's supposed to ship the week of April 21.  We have our cellaring tanks and our canning line.  But without a brewhouse, there's not a lot we can do!

Regardless, things are crazy busy right now, and there is plenty of non-brewing-related activities for me to occupy my time.  I hope that when we open in June (hopefully!), anyone on the forum within reasonable proximity will stop by for a pint.

Leos, I seriously need to get to your taproom.  Like, yesterday.  I can't believe I haven't been there yet!  Before Bauhaus opens, I will be at Thirsty Monk -- I promise!

Cheers, guys!

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Going Pro / Re: Craft Brewers Conference
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:00:19 PM »
Not this year.  Went to the 2013 CBC in Washington D.C. and had a blast.  But we'll be taking equipment deliveries and (hopefully) brewing our initial batches in early April. 8)

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