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General Homebrew Discussion / How profitable can a Homebrew Store be?
« on: August 09, 2010, 07:16:50 PM »
I'm currently debating the idea of opening up a hombrew store and was wondering how profitable are they or how profitable they can be? Currently where im at located in TX there is one great homebrew store but its way North of town, I beleive the city is growing fast and continues to expand to where the South of the city could have its own brewstore. I'm also thinking of possibly having a nice beer bar with a decent selection on tab to where you can come hang out have a brew and buy what you need to make beer, nice combo but got to see if that flys with TABC. So I got a few ideas just wondering if this is the way to go? Ive read there isnt much to be made in this section of the beer industry?

General Homebrew Discussion / Texas Microbreweries
« on: July 26, 2010, 09:20:32 PM »
So my frustration with Texas is that I believe we should have way more Microbreweries popping up than what currently exist in this state. I believe Texas is up there in beer consumption yet a good portion of that is Macro beers still. Texas as big as it is should be producing a lot more Microbreweries, brewpubs and making more local beer and definitely exporting more beers out to other states too. Another issue I dislike also is that brewpubs here are not allowed to sell there beers to the grocery store or distribute them to liquor stores or out of state, but if you go to other states such as beer heaven Oregon (Portland) brewpubs are allowed to sell bottled beer of there location, here in Texas you can purchase a growler and kegs but cant buy a six pack that to me doesn't make sense. Why so many laws to keep the little guys down in the ground, shouldn't the laws be made to help business succeed not make them to where they fail just wrong.

Best Micro in Texas:
SoutherStar Brewery
Live Oaks
Rahr, Saint Arnolds

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Homebrew contest scores?
« on: July 22, 2010, 09:55:03 PM »

Hello fellow brewers, I brew partial mash and I was wondering if anyone could provide me with good tips that might help me reach scores of 40s or better if possible. I've entered quite a bit of contest in the past 3 years I've placed third place in a few of them and came in second place two years ago with a Pale Ale in the famous Texas Blue Bonnett Contest which to this day is my pride and glory hahaha. Anyhow it seems like im missing the mark on the Flavor charecteristics, my score tend to avg between 10 and 12 out of 20. If I could only swing 6 or 8 points more I would have some amazing brew since my avg contest scores hover in the mid 30s. I've ask various homebrewers at my local homebrew shop and I've heard better fermentation would help but I beleive there is probablly more I can do to get this right. Please advise.

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