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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Running a Nano-Brewery
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:21:58 PM »
Thanks you all for the continued input!

Tim Schmidlin - You mentioned the club brewing at a brewery.  Yes, this is what I had in mind. We have a brewery in town that is very homebrewer friendly.  If the club could set up a nano within the brewery as a separate entity, then we could put one or more beers on tap at the brewery and/or a local pub, who also is very supportive of the club. This would be the so called "commercial" face of the club which would allow us to serve and donate beer to charity events, and recruit new members of course. Granted, the beer served at the events would have to be brewed at the nano. Might be a big headache and cost prohibative to do this, but I feel it's worth exploring anyway.

Denny Conn - Your club seemed to have done something similar. I would like to hear more detail about this if you can post about it.

By the way, here's how the California law is written (it's definitely up for interpretation):

Note: I removed a couple of paragraphs that dealt with wine making.

Code 23356.2 states:

No license or permit shall be required for the brewing
of beer for personal or family use, and not for sale, by a person over the age of 21
years. The aggregate amount of beer with respect to any household shall not exceed
(a) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are two or more adults in such household,
or (b) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only one adult in such household.
Any beer brewed pursuant to this section may be removed from the premises where
brewed for use in competition at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions, including
homemakers’ contests, tastings, or judgings.

Maybe the best solution would be talk to festival organizers and have them add "Homebrew Competition" to the beer fest title.  Then people attending could vote for their favorite homebrewed beer.  Wouldn't this make it a "Competition at an organized affair"?


Homebrew Clubs / Homebrew Club Running a Nano-Brewery
« on: March 02, 2013, 09:52:38 AM »
Hi All,

We're a new homebrew club located near Sacramento, California. Our club, along with at least 2 others, were invited to serve our beers at a local beer festival with over 90 commercial breweries attending.  After making plans, and literally with kegs in hand, they told us that the ABC wouldn't allow us to serve--probably something to do with them collecting an entrance fee and linking this fee to the home brewed beer. The beer festival was a charity event.

Anyway, I was wondering if any club out there has started it's own club sponsored nano-brewery and obtained licensing? I believe this would answer any questions that would arise about the club serving at brew fests. Is this a viable idea? Would the club have to drop out of the AHA even though we'd be brewing on a homebrew system?

I realize there would be some complexities involved, but I thought I'd throw it out there for discussion.

David Long
Secretary, Placer Ultimate Brewers Society (PUBS)

CA / Learn to Homebrew Day - Loomis, Ca. (near Sacramento)
« on: October 20, 2011, 09:51:33 PM »
The Gold Country Brewer Association will be hosting a "Learn to Homebrew Day" at the Loomis Basin Brewing Company.  Activities will kick off at 8:00 and conclude at 3:00.  Come on out and join us for a day of fun!

Loomis Basin Brewing Company (
3277 Swetzer Rd.
Loomis, Ca. 95650
(916) 259-2739


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Standards for Homebrewing Calculations
« on: November 25, 2009, 11:18:51 PM »
Ahhh, Just what I was looking for...I'm also looking forward to Palmer's beer math talk on the BN's Sunday Session.   Thanks

General Homebrew Discussion / Standards for Homebrewing Calculations
« on: November 25, 2009, 01:57:47 PM »
Maybe I just don't know where to look, but there doesn't seem to be a single source for standard homebrewing calculations. Sure I find them on the Internet and in books on brewing, but many of them are different and yield close, but not exact results. Is there an AHA or BJCP "sanctioned" or "recognized" set of brewing calculations out there for the homebrewer to use?

I ask because I would like to develop my own spreadsheet application for recipe design and result estimations.  I know there's a ton of software already written, but even the commercial software packages results seem to vary.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Grain?
« on: November 25, 2009, 01:24:53 PM »
For smaller quantities of specialty grains I use the FoodSaver Vacuum Canisters.  The larger sized ones will hold 3 - 4 lbs. of grains (guessing, never actually weighed them out).  The system is a bit pricey new; however, I've see them used quite often at yard sales for almost nothing (if you live in an area that has yard sales).  I use pet food containers (like BarleynYeast suggested for my bulk grains.

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