« on: August 26, 2012, 01:06:29 AM »
Sweet! That makes it a heckuvalot easier.
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He found us really. We won a local pro-am and brewed with him, on his system. He encouraged and helped us through the TTB and LCB process, and bought our first keg. And before the night was over, I brought him a second. It was so wild. We brought the keg down about 4pm yesterday. Some out of town folks were there, and one had a pint right away. They were homebrewers from Seattle. (I'm 100 miles West of Seattle) They shared that pint, got up, and bought three growlers.
Of course my head grew about three sizes with that...... LOL
This afternoon we are making our first retail keg delivery. Just a corny, but the fiance' and I are quite nervous/excited/worried, whatever. It's an American Amber. Started with the BCS recipe, but tweaked it over the last couple years.
I sure hope someone buys one. And then decides on another.
So far, we brew on weekends, and do two batches in about 8 hours. I only have one tap to keep supplied at one bar, so we'll see how it sells.
For the wedding is some homebrewed IPA, and Jalapeno IPA. Plus, a member of our local club is brewing a clone of Avery's Maharaja for us. He's probably the best brewer in our club, so I'm sure it will be a very good clone.
I may be alone on this, but I don't think Chico (001/1056/US-05) is a good choice unless you're filtering. It just never. Drops. Clear.
Something like the Anchor (051/1272) or Whitbread (1099) strains will ferment every bit as clean at low temperatures, but flocculate much better.
As I've always said, I like to hear everyone's point of view. I live in a town of about 30,000. the next bigger town is about 75 miles away. I'm not in this to really make a money. But, I will say that my business (that is working out so far) shows that my partner and I will net, about $120 for a full day in the brewery? The math works out to be about $6/hr. I know of know other hobby that I love so much that will aactually pay me $6 to do. Can I quite my day job? NOT EVEN CLOSE. And it may be that after a couple years of this, we decide it's not worth it. But I can tell you that a day in the brewery with the woman I love, making darn good beer, is a very enjoyable activity. We met because of homebrew two years ago. And, we're getting married on the 18th.
But, I know our model does not work for most folks when they think about "going pro." I post my story and experience to show it is actually quite simple to go legit, and sell one's beer.
Well, I must say my experience is much different than what folks are talking about here. I just wanted to sell a few kegs (and corny ones at that) to the local bars in my small town. I just got another homebrew system, set it up in fiance's shop, applied to TTB and my state LCB, and I'm legal. I can still homebrew on my previous system in the garage. It's a bit of a pain keeping the ingridients seperate and all that. But, that's fine. I've got the first 10 gallons on the commercial side carbonating right now, and will be sold on the 18th.
TTB cost $100 for the brewers bond (and every year thereafter)
State was additional $100 one time cost
Product liability inurance through USAA is $420 per year.
So, I can sell kegs to local bars and growlers to the public for offsite consumption.
It might be worth investing $20 in beersmith or similar. in fact, I think beersmith has a free trial you could check out.
then you can look over the styles and pick one that intrigues you, give it the batch size and it will help you design that recipe, pick how much extract to use, etc.
Sadly it's also on who "interpets" the laws of your state. I know some brewers/clubs have done so without any problems. Other brewers/clubs in the same state have asked the ABC and have been told no. As a homebrewer I think this is a case of "it's better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission".