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The Pub / Re: Another A-B purchase
« on: December 23, 2015, 10:42:04 AM »
I have been a small business owner since 1990. In those 25 years we enjoyed a steady growth to where I have made a pretty good living the past 15 or so years. It has not come without sacrifices. I worked 10-12 hours a day during the week and almost every Saturday. My salary would have put me below poverty and many months I'd write out my check and stick it in my drawer until the business had enough in the bank to cash it (thank God for my wife!). I'm sure many of the craft brewer have owners with a similar story.

When I was in my late 50s I started to think about an exit plan as I wanted to do things that I didn't have time to do. Finding some one to sell the business to was a task that took several years. It's not that easy to find some one who has the money (or has access to it) and willing to work more than 40 hours a week with no benefits. A couple years ago I was fortunate enough to find a young man who is now half owner and soon to be, hopefully, full owner. As a result I will have a better retirement.

Do I like it that InBev is buying up craft breweries? Absolutely not. However I do understand owners needing an exit plan. If the owner wanted to retire, what does he do, just close the doors?? I wouldn't call that greed at all, greed is what Uncle Sugar is going to take from the sale.

The attorney that I used to facilitate the sale used to say that there are three times when a business is sold, when you WANT to sell, when you HAVE to sell and when your heirs sell it. Two of them are not good.     

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All Grain Brewing / Re: My Brew Day
« on: December 14, 2015, 10:05:23 AM »
My wife was VERY happy when I took brewing outside! I was happy to bring it back inside.... to my shop about 5 years ago.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Episode 3 - Experimental Brewing
« on: December 14, 2015, 09:35:45 AM »
Sounds like an opportunity, Jimbo....

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Equipment and Software / Re: Counter top RO, not so RO
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:17:50 AM »
Mark, I bought a 4 stage under the counter system last spring. I've been very happy with it. It's very slow, but I can work with that. I sent two samples to Ward and got the following results.  My water's TDS is 262 ppm, after treatment it is 24 ppm, hardness is 204 ppm, after treatment it is 7 ppm and the alkalinity is 227, after treatment it is 6 ppm. My waste goes on my lawn/hops or hay field in the winter.

I don't remember but I believe they wanted to discard the first batch (3 gallons). Good to go after that.

I would give them a call, something seems wrong.

Bruce

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Ingredients / Re: Jarrylo hops
« on: August 17, 2015, 08:11:04 PM »
You're talking the Ron Mexico hop, correct? I got 2 oz. myself plus 2 oz. more from another guy at the conference who gave me his. The rest came from a friend who share remain nameless. Vinnie's recipe called for a ton of flame out and dry hops. I didn't have enough hops to replicate it exactly but I'm optimistic it will turn out good. I drank my commemorative bottle of Ron Mexico last month and really enjoyed it. Should be able to buy the hops soon.

Jeff, what did you think of the beer? I haven't heard much discussion on it.

Bruce 

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Ingredients / Re: Jarrylo hops
« on: August 17, 2015, 09:44:24 AM »
Last month I brewed the beer that Jeff linked to (J-Lo & Chew-zacca's Wild Ride). This recipe teams Jarrylo with Azacca hops so it isn't an evaluation of Jarrylo by itself. I carbonated the beer last week and have been tasting it over the past few days. This sort of reminds me of an assorted roll of "lifesavers" with all the fruity flavors (except cherry). I taste pineapple, orange, grapefruit and mango. While it won't be my go to beer, it is a very interesting brew because with each day it seems I taste a different predominant flavor. I haven't tasted much of the piney, banana, or apple flavors but maybe that will come later.

I brewed a batch of the "Ron Mexico" beer on Saturday using the recipe in the seminar. Hope it turns out as good as the one at San Diego.

Bruce

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The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 14, 2015, 10:00:10 AM »
This makes 25 years in the same place for me and I'm staying put. Too much "stuff" I'd have to move. I am working on making our place a little lower maintenance. 

Bruce

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Ingredients / Re: Jarrylo hops
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:25:52 AM »
I just dry hopped the J-Lo recipe yesterday.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:03:22 AM »
I WAS signed up until I got a summons for the Yakima County clerk to serve jury duty. This makes 5 times in the last 12 years that I've been gotten my call to serve.

Maybe Steve and I could organize something for an evening.

Bruce

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nitro
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:57:19 AM »
You are correct about losing some of the flavor on beer gas. This was a 3 gallon that I had been in the frig underneath a case of bottle beer, almost a year old. Fresh brewed, I would put it on CO2 , but this keg had already lost a lot of its original flavor.

I really need to take inventory more often....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nitro
« on: July 24, 2015, 07:56:12 AM »
There was a seminar on beer gas at the NHC that covers pretty much all you need to know. It is available to at this site to AHA members.
 
I have had it since April and love it for my porters and stouts. Denny's BVIP is wonderful on beer gas. I had to lower the CO2 content of my beers to make it work. Future beers I will use the beer gas to carbonate.

Enjoy
Bruce

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:30:01 AM »
NHC 2015 was my first also and I thought it was great. My favorite part was putting faces to the names at the forum gathering. It is funny, as was mentioned, how people aren't quite how you visualize. Running into the Basic Brewing guys was a lot of fun. Great bunch of people that I'm proud to be a part of.

The app was extremely useful in figuring out where to go next. The free wi-fi was nice also.

I think the facility was well set up for our event. I like that lots of water was available as I consume a lot of water every day.

I agree with Jeff G that some of the seminars were pretty basic and not much "meat" to them. The ones I liked were the New hop (Ron Mexico beer), the Czech lager duo, Mitch Steele's IPA, Martin's water presentation (enjoyed meeting you), and of course the "Two D's" road show.

The beer selection was unending. A couple that come to mind are Charles' kelp beer (no, it doesn't taste like sea weed) and Ballast's grapefruit IPA. Being in San Diego a few more days on vacation, I going to plan on going to visiting their brewery and others.

All in all, if you have never been to a NHC, don't even think about it, GO.

Bruce

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Events / Re: NHC Ride Sharing
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:33:49 AM »
Any one else staying at Worldmark at Mission Valley?

Bruce

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitizing tap
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:32:06 AM »
I use them to keep the fruit flies out of the faucets.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filtration
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:18:00 AM »
It depends on where you live in Washington State. Here in South Central Washington, my well water tests 198 total hardness and 204 total alkalinity, so I do a lot of water blending with RO water. I bought a cheap RO system this spring that brought my hardness down to 7 and alkalinity down to 6. Looks like it will pay for itself in the long run.

Bruce

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