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Going Pro / Craft & Homebrew Supply Startup
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:30:09 PM »
I will be opening a Craft & Homebrew supply shop in a matter of months. You can count them on one hand. Kinda exciting... kinda scary. I need to order malt. I have a vendor that supplies grains from eleven different suppliers. Each supplier, supplies a number of different regional grains. In an effort not to overstock, under stock and not break the bank. I looking for a comprehensive opinion of what I will need to stock a lot and a little of. I realize this question itself may be more regional than I want. What do I need to keep 500 pounds of and what do I need to keep just a 10 pound bag of?

Your opinion is greatly considered.

Wood/Casks / White Oak 5 gal. Cask for Christmas
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:35:11 PM »
So, my kids gave me a White Oak 5 gal. Cask for Christmas. Instructions said to fill with hot water and wait for the leaks to seal. This I have done over the last two days. No leaks. However, the water level continues to lower. Is it soaking up the water? Is that good? I will be making a bourbon stout (Dragons Milk) soon and want to condition the beer in the cask after fermentation. What would my next step be to prepare the cask?

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starter life span.
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:06:52 PM »
I made a yeast starter two days ago, with hopes to brew yesterday. That did not happen. So, three days later, I'm wondering what my time limit is. Should I let it continue to stir? Should I add more DME mixture? I may get to brew tomorrow at the best.

Thanks for your replys!

Yeasty Boys (and girls) United!

General Homebrew Discussion / Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 02:53:48 PM »
I am contemplating (rather seriously) about starting a Craft Beer and Home Brew Supply. All the standards (beer, wine kits) as well as a growler bar and selection of regional craft beer. My question is: What keeps you going to the HBS you frequent? Is it location? The only one around? Selection, quality? Would you travel farther if you liked the store better? What is it that keep you coming back again and again? I want to do all I can to make the first time you stop in, the best experience. I personally frequent one that is 40 minutes away. There are others, but farther away. The store is OK, but is small and a little disheveled due to no place for extra inventory. I see a lot that I can improve on. But who is better to ask than a potential client?

All Grain Brewing / Razen Bitter
« on: June 29, 2013, 10:34:41 PM »
Made a Summer ale and added 5 lb. of raspberry's to the secondary. After a week at 67 degrees in the secondary, I rack to a third carboy. Tasted the result and it is quite nice with a beautiful raspberry flavor up front. The summer ale blends in the middle. However, there is bitterness (I assume from the seeds) that finishes it off. Not really what I want. Is there a way to reduce the bitterness or sweeten it up to mask as it conditions. This is my first try at a fruit ale. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Going Pro / Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: June 24, 2013, 06:17:15 PM »
After home brewing for a couple of years, I thought about starting my own 7bbl micro. Then, after a few months of researching, I found that with no real experience in the brewing industry, it was going to be way harder than I thought. In essence, due to my age and lack of education and experience in some related field, I would be hiring out ALL of the needed positions of the business to others to run. What would I be for other than the financing?

So, wanting to do something in the Home Brew industry, I think I want to open a Home Brew Supply and help others in my community to experience the joy and satisfaction of a brew made by there own hands. Possibly supplies for wine and cheese making as well.

I have done a lot of research and demographics in my area and found that it should be a good one. Only one other supplier within a 40 mile radius.

The point of the post is to get ideas on how to best put together a strong inventory. Location, building,  suppliers, POS system, marketing can all be handled with normal business strategies. However, putting together the inventory list seems to elude me.

Do offer to pay another HBS shop for access to their inventory? Or do I piece part it together?

Kegging and Bottling / Bottles Bursting with Flavor
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:30:18 PM »
I recently grabbed a case of bottled brew that had been sitting in my brew room for 4 to 6 months to give to a friend. I gave him the older brew to clean up some that wasn’t being drunk in a timely manner. I knew some of the styles were highly carbonated from sitting so long. Initially they were fine after the normal carbonating period. However, the longer they sit the more carbonated they get. Apparently, I make more than I can drink. On his way home he had a couple of them burst on him. The bottle. Not just the cap. I suppose the extra joggling around didn't help. I have been adjusting the amount of sugar that I use in the bottling process, but I'm not sure that is the correct angle of attack. I need them to carbonate, but not morph into bottle bombs. Any other ideas?

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