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The Pub / Re: My Christmas Present
« on: January 04, 2016, 09:05:47 PM »
That's a phenomenal present!  It's a great feeling to be part of a great brewery like YH. Haven't had the opportunity to get down there, but would very much like to. I see your untappd ratings, and know from sharing knowledge with you for at least a decade that your making great beer. The new brewery looks amazing. All the best brother!

Going Pro / Re: Best books on commercial brewing?
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:29:37 PM »
Thanks Jeff! The brewery is doing well. We are moving and grooving. We've signed an agreement with the largest distributor in the state and have about a half dozen draft brands shipping. We also just released our first brand in bottles. I find it amazing that I have time to post on this awesome forum, but I'll never forget where I came from. Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:23:25 PM »
Wow...great tips provided by all.  I think that the best advice is to learn from your experiences and not to make the same mistake twice. Take good notes and follow your intuition. If it works don't fix it, but understand that there is science involved and understanding the mechanisms involved is vitally important. Sanitation, calculation, good timing, fermentation temp. control, and yeast vitality are some of the more important aspects of brewing. In the end it comes down to a discipline that must be adhered to, all in effort to make the best beer that you can with the constraints at hand. Cheers Denny!

Going Pro / Re: Best books on commercial brewing?
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:09:40 PM »
There are many books available some of which were mentioned, but my advice is to meet with and talk to as many professional brewers/owners as you can to get a first hand feel for the business. Commercial brewing is a tough business to crack and takes a lot of knowledge, some experience and the relentless pursuit to succeed. Certainly research the business as much as possible. All the best to you!

Equipment and Software / Re: Need Assistance with Blichmann Fermenator
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:43:54 PM »
If you need help with assembly, I recommend contacting Blichmann Engineering, or emailing John Blichmann himself for help as he is very responsive and will put you on the path to success.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Acid solution for Beerstone
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:35:33 PM »
Starsan Acid #5 works like a champ at recommended doses.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Pico Brew
« on: October 26, 2015, 03:47:50 PM »
I need one in my kitchen.  It's got a cool factor going on.  If I only had the time to use it.  ;) 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Oxydized?
« on: September 03, 2015, 08:02:12 PM »
Have you confidently ruled out an attenuation issue.? Have you tried calibrating your thermometer and hydrometer. What's changed in your process, ingredients, water test?, etc...

Ingredients / Re: Belgian Chocolate
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:01:18 PM »
Hey Keith...long time!

Powder in the boil seems like the best way to go. Of course nibs in the fermenter. Anyone ever try chocolate syrup in the fermenter? Chocolate extract? Liquor? Combination there of?

Man...I need to try reading some posts here more often.

Or...A hoppy pale ale into an IPA style. Definitely happens. Certainly relative to the judges perceptions as to whether it fits or not.

That's a nice collection of tap handles.  Lots of time and money there.  Maybe it was an old hobby, but who knows.

The Pub / Re: Blizzard
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:02:34 AM »
The media certainly has hyped it up.  I hope it's not as bad as the projections from the weather forecasters.  Hope everyone stays safe.  :)

The Pub / Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:02:01 PM »
We're opening soon and I'd be happy to bring in some volunteers for cleaning, bottling, etc... Liability is a concern that we'll attempt to mitigate with a waiver of sorts. There's been quite the interest level for volunteer work at our brewery. It's a beautiful thing!

The Pub / Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« on: January 05, 2015, 08:46:24 PM »
In my experience as a brewery startup there're many folks interested in getting their foot in the door, and I'm finding that this is probably the best way to land a job in a brewery. It certainly can't hurt to try if you have the time.

The Pub / Re: Denny and Drew on The Session Tonight (11/10/14)
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:21:44 PM »
Awesome Denny!

I'll have to download the session some time.  You guys are working it really nicely.

Maybe too nicely...the first printing sold out and we're waiting for the second!

Hope things are going well with the brewery!

That's just fantastic Denny.  I'm so happy for you guys.

Placed the order for the 15 bbl brewhouse and fermenters last week.  Drains are going in this week and then onto framing. Got the pilot system on order as well.  It's been an awesome ride so far!  Much more to do though.

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