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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: October 02, 2013, 04:51:05 PM »
I kinda like it. Its so rare that libertarians get their dream come true, even though I know it won't last.

Ha...this made me laugh.   ;D

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:08:27 AM »
No one to enforce the selling of unlicensed beer.   Everyone over to my house, $3 pints!

If the state asks, it's a private club for bearded men only.

On the flipside, no one to process and approve Brewers Notices right now, which does not make me happy. >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Security Breach at Midwest Supplies
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:54:53 AM »
This is bothersome. I'm not too surprised though, as long as there is business there will also be fraud. Hopefully MW will get this under control and past them soon. Fortunately, I haven't purchased anything from them in the recent past. They have a very respectable business, and I'll be doing business with them again for sure.
Midwest and Northern Brewer have the same parent company. One can wonder if the IT is separate,or consolidated? If no problems at NB, then one could deduce separate.

I live in Minneapolis and frequently buy supplies from both MW and NB.  In talking to some of the employees at both stores, it sounds like the only thing they really share is inventory.  And even their inventory sharing is not very extensive, apparently.

Going Pro / Re: One year and Counting
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:48:20 AM »
Congrats, man!  Now go sell some beer! ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Be afraid, be very afraid
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:09:32 PM »
Is it really that hard to pack in a few tall boys of Torpedo IPA? I think this is another example of a solution looking for a problem.

That's the first thought I had.

Going Pro / Re: Brewing Education
« on: August 01, 2013, 08:39:32 AM »
Well, I just broke down and enrolled in Siebel's web-based Concise Course in Brewing Technology.  I start on August 18.  I'm actually really looking forward to it. 

I would recommend taking a look at the removal restrictions under Tennessee state law.  They may define what are permitted "removals" of homebrew from your personal residence.  That said, I worked at Boscos Brew Pub in Nashville for several years, and one of the homebrew clubs used to meet there regularly.  They almost always brought in homebrew and there was never an issue.

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:33:40 AM »
As a general rule I try to dissuade people from getting into the industry. Especially people who say "I'm going to open a brewery!" because they think they will make lots of money. I know a lot of brewery owners and none of them are rich and all of them made more money before they quit their day job. I make less money now than my first job out of college in 1991, and I work more hours!

Oh, I totally agree.  I was in my LHBS a few months ago, and one of the sales people I know there had just been helping out this customer who was buying his first kit.  This guy had never brewed beer before in his life.  After the guy paid for his kit and left, the sales rep said to me: "that guy scared me!"  I asked why, and he said, "he says he's going to open a brewery."   :o

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:07:02 AM »
I know this guy speaks some truth, but he also sounds seriously jaded.  I like this comment left by one of the readers:

I hope this article doesn’t leave every aspiring professional brewer leave them as jaded as the author. Consider his point of view – he has brewed at White Birch and now Henniker (as far as I know). White Birch makes sub-par and often flawed beer. Henniker is a production facility that makes uninspired grocery store beer – anyone up for a dusty IPA? I would write as negative of an article if I were wearing his rubber boots.

Think of Richard Norgrove of Bear Republic. He invites homebrewers to his brewery to give him inspiration. Think of Tony Magee of Lagunitas who was a home brewer and still has major impact on all the recipes created with his brand. Think of Sam Caglione who is a spokesperson for SABCO. The list goes on….

Brewing is hard work. Anyone who has mashed, boiled, fermented, and packaged knows that. Anyone with the intuition to use google knows brewers and cellarman make a minimal amount of money. I’m just wondering why in an industry that demands innovation and passion why anyone would write an article like this…

The Pub / Re: Floating Brewery
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:00:43 AM »
Awesome!  There's an episode where they brew a beer on a moving train too.  My brother works for the ad agency in Minneapolis that represents the Esquire TV network, which is where the BrewDogs show will air in the U.S.  Apparently, the show concept is that they travel to the best U.S. beer cities, seek out the local favorites and visit the breweries.  Then, they source local ingredients and brew a beer in some extreme fashion (e.g., on a raft) using those ingredients.  Sounds entertaining, if nothing else!

The Pub / Re: I am really disappointed in Sam Adams
« on: July 06, 2013, 05:55:19 AM »
Seems like an unconstitutional rule to me but still, meh

Not unconstitutional and definitely meh.  I can't believe this is even an issue.

The constitution limits what the government can do, not what private trade organizations like the Beer Institute can do.  The only exception is when a private actor is engaging in conduct involving the "badges or incidents of slavery," i.e., racial discrimination. 

Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 05, 2013, 05:30:24 PM »
Technically, I think that's because a refractometer can't directly read SG. And the problem is the relationship between SG and Plato are not perfectly linear. For the same reason, a hydrometer can't directly read Plato.

So when a brewery gives starting and finishing plato, which instrument gives them that? Refractometers give degrees Brix and hydrometers give specific gravity. What gives plato?

Brix = Plato

The Pub / Happy 4th!
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:51:58 AM »
With homebrewing legal in ALL 50 STATES, I feel a little bit more free today!  Cheers, and be safe!

Going Pro / Re: Ladys and Gentleman. They have arrived.
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:35:02 AM »
Awesome!!  Can't wait to get my hands on your cans!  Wait...that didn't come out right.

The Pub / Re: Naming a beer Isn't that easy
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:33:46 PM »
What I learned it is actual USE of a name that offers protection (along with trademark and business license stuff.  But no one can just register a name, not use it, and hold onto the rights. 

(at least in my state)

Yep.  In the U.S., it's not registration of a trademark that necessarily gives you protection.  Rather, it's the actual use of the mark in commerce that gives rise to trademark protection.  Prior use of an unregistered mark may give rise to a claim against the registrant under state law, but only if the registrant is using the registered mark in the same state as that of the claimant (i.e., they are being used in the same market).

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