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Going Pro / Re: Portable Bottling Trailer
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:57:39 AM »
Canning line is a huge investment.
There is more to it then just buying the equipment.
The same goes for bottling and labeling line.
Ask me how I know.

There are mobile canners/bottelers.
You are still responsible for your own shrink wraps and you pay them per case packaged.
You will still be involved in canning process so do not think that someone will can/bottle for you.

The investment in the canning line is the issue here. Did some research over the weekend and minimums are around 1000 cans/labels but none are in Michigan. So this won't work right not, will stick with the bottles.

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Going Pro / Re: Portable Bottling Trailer
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:49:35 AM »
We used portable bottling truck for the beer I brewed at one of Rogue's facilities for NHC last year.

How was the shelf life of the final product?

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Going Pro / Re: Portable Bottling Trailer
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:48:32 AM »
We have a local group who is putting together a mobile bottling unit right now. Should be available in a matter of weeksd. We are no where near label approval yet but as soon as we are they will role up and we will be producing 4 or 6 packs. I'll have more infor (and photos) then.

Looking forward to the photos. Thanks,

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Going Pro / Portable Bottling Trailer
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:30:30 PM »
Anyone heard about a portable bottling trailer? I guess some a company offers a portable bottle facility. They basically pull up to your place, you give them the product and they will put it into cans complete with your label. Anyone heard about this?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Homebrewopedia Beer Recipes
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:27:44 PM »
Thank you! Always looking for some great recipes, with credit due back the brewer of course. Although, I really enjoy sticking the fruit niche. The raspberry, cherry, blueberry, apple-spice, pomegranate and strawberry.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hey Michigan
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:24:50 PM »
I'm headed up to traverse city this weekend to celebrate my birthday, and as a gift I'm having 2 of my cornies filled, one at Shorts, the other at Right Brain. Anyone been to either taproom lately and can make a recommendation? I'm familiar (of course) with all of the year round stuff from Shorts, and most of the flagship beers at Right Brain, just looking for something pub only thats great.
A little on the reply, but if you're heading back to Traverse City, they do have the mircobrew fest. http://www.porterhouseproductions.com/ in the Feburary.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Labels?
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:19:37 PM »
Check out the labels and templates...easy breezy with this one  8)

http://www.onlinelabels.com/Templates/beer-bottle-label-templates.htm

Buddy told me about this one...

http://www.bottleyourbrand.com/custom-beer-labels/funny

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Ingredients / Re: Tart cherry juice concentrate
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:16:51 PM »
Just had my cherry juice for the day. The bottle of concentrate had the company, which is from Michigan, and below that in the fine print "product of Turkey". They had to find the tart cherries somewhere. Now I know one of the wheres.

yeesh - I'll check the bottle I have left over. I want to make sure my cherries are AT LEAST from this country, hopefully from the midwest. Thanks for the heads up!

Currently allot of the cherry concentrate is being imported from Turkey, China and from South America. Unfortunately, you won't see this on the websites of many companies selling it but will on the bottle when you get it. I found out the hard way and it affected my last batch. As mentioned, Washington had a good yield, New York and Utah both produced, by they only make up about 5% - 8% of the total crop production. It was Michigan that was hit hard. Not only lost cherries, but other crops too. It's hard to find the Michigan grown Montmorency, 68 brix, but you can still get it and that all that will use, just perfected recipe and won't be using any imported cherries. These guys still have some of the 68 brix www.traversebayfarms.com/cherryjuice.htm but they only sell in the smaller bottles now gallons. A little frustrating.

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Beer Travel / Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:55:41 PM »
Spent some time in Michigan and found this place called Short Brewery. A nice micro with good selection. Live music on the weekends, they sponsor a lot of events too.

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:52:52 PM »
Just a few more weeks until Easter. Gave up grilling for Lent, the wife gave up Chocolate and the kids gave up television, so I had to give up something I loved. Have be using the broiler in the oven allot! I have 10 lbs of steak in the freeze and will be having grilled Easter Steak!

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