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Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:47:49 PM »
I've been fantasizing a bit too. ;)

If I were to do it- the choice would be for a production brewery. A tasting room? Yes. But all I'd want to do is concentrate on the beer. That's it. Have bread- pretzels are a good idea and/or peanuts in the shell to soak up some of the alcohol. No messing with any other than the beer, the packaging, selling and distribution.

And if someone, say a relative wants to open a food truck/cart outside that would be just fine. Doing bbq sandwiches like chopped beef and brisket or smoked chicken.

But also, I've been thinking a small-scale artisan distillery would be more profitable. That's where I'm leaning to. But nuff said about that! 8)

It's like you read my mind.

My wife and I are managing a couple of concession stands at the men and women's home games for a certain university here in Des Moines this season.  It's a fund raiser for our kid's high school band.  That's all the closer I ever want to get to food service management.

I've been thinking a decent sized production brewery or a small batch distillery would be the way to go. 

I'm only half joking when I tell my friends and family that Iowa is going to be the largest producer of distilled spirits anywhere in the world in about 10 years.  You can't spit without hitting an ethanol production facility in this state right now.  Once the government stops propping up 10% ethanol in gasoline the whole market will collapse.  There should be quite a few high volume, food grade, production facilities available on the cheap.  Stop adding gasoline to the alcohol and start aging it in barrels and you're all set.   Should be easy, right?  8)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinion about posting Jamil's recipes
« on: February 08, 2012, 07:40:07 AM »
"I am an attorney.  I am NOT your attorney.  This is NOT legal advice.  I am NOT giving you legal advice.  Do NOT rely upon these statements.  This is just rambling about copyright law.  No attorney-client relationship is being formed by this communication.  This text is copyrighted.  Any violation may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  But you can copy this text if you send me a homebrew beer."

I like this disclaimer. 

And thanks to all for clarifying the issues.  My general beef with current copyright law has nothing to do with this discussion.  I'm going to be quiet now before I accidentally open up a political discussion.



The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 08, 2012, 05:18:26 AM »
The contractor who built our addition put CFL flood lights in the outside fixtures on the back of the house.  They took so long to warm up you had anticipate needing to see in the backyard 10-15 minutes before the unexpected noise.  I changed those out for halogen floods.  They are only used once in awhile but a security light is useless if it takes 10 minutes to warm up.

We have them all over the house now but for certain lights I too have been stock piling old fashioned bulbs until LEDs come down in price.  The CFLs seem to last about the same amount of time as incandecents in rooms that get switched on/off all the time.


Equipment and Software / Re: Installing Taps in Fridge Door...Parts?
« on: February 08, 2012, 05:04:32 AM »
Thanks everyone for the help.  I've ordered everything through the Beverage Factory, but I somehow forgot to order the drip tray.  What would you say would be the minimum width for a tray given that I will have 4 faucets in my fridge door?  Someone posted a nice one in this thread, but I don't think I want to spend $80 on one.  I'm already into this venture +$300, but I'm not complaining!

I've used a stainless steel mud pan (drywall) for years.  It may not be up to professional standards but it gets the job done for $10 or $15.  8^)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinion about posting Jamil's recipes
« on: February 08, 2012, 05:01:28 AM »
At a minimum he should ask permission.  If the recipes are from Jamil's books, then they are under copyright and it is illegal to repushlish them without permission.

If he has modified them in any way then they are no longer Jamil's but if he is just doing a cut/paste he is violating the copyright.

IANAL but the current copyright laws have been a pet interest of mine for many years.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: The slim 7
« on: February 07, 2012, 04:47:09 AM »
It should have different threads so you can't accidentally hook up the wrong thing though, right?

The valve on an O2 tank has left hand threads for the regulator, if I remember correctly, but who knows if you can swap over a different valve and screw it into the tank.

If I remember correctly (big if, somedays) the valves are interchangable.  The color the tank is painted is based on content so you don't hook up the wrong tank and so emergency personel can tell quickly what theyare dealing with.  If the bottle can be hydro tested and stamped correctly for the gas going into it, you're good.


Equipment and Software / Re: Installing Taps in Fridge Door...Parts?
« on: February 05, 2012, 06:27:07 AM »
The tale piece does come in contact with the beer but chrome plated is fine for a passive connector like this. 

Like Tom said early in this thread "I like stainless but it's not required".  If you find a stainless part, great.  If not, you won't be hurting anything using a chrome plated part.  They are easily replaced and are not too expensive if you find a stainless one later.


The Pub / Re: Sleep and awakeness
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:20:31 PM »
It must be Friday.  I never even open any BF threads except on Fridays.

Bacon CANNOT be overrated and coffee is enough of a stimulant for me.  I have enough chemical issues without adding unregulated compounds to the mix.

Ya'll have a great weekend!


The Pub / Re: Mashing out a little early
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:43:15 PM »
Congratulations New Dad!!!

Remind your wife that 1/2 a beer each day will help feed him well.   ;)

Enjoy the new baby, they grow up fast.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Portable Kegerator
« on: February 03, 2012, 12:45:26 PM »
No wheels? ;D

Elegantly simple. I like.

There's probably a dolly made to fit it.  They are usually available for most bigger plastic trash cans.  You always need a Version 2 or an upgrade.   ;)


I started out with chrome faucets and later upgrade to Perlicks for one reason.  Forward seals.

If you don't use a chrome faucet for a couple of days it will dry out and get stuck like concrete.  The Perlick faucets are forward seal faucets and will still "pop" a little after a couple of days but you will never think you are going to break off the handle trying to force it to open.

A little more money up front would have saved me buying them twice.


The Pub / Re: Mashing out a little early
« on: February 02, 2012, 07:43:33 AM »

Three weeks early is no big deal.  My oldest daughter was exactly 3 weeks early.  She's always been healthy, came with all the proper accessories and is a joy to have around.

Would this be Baby in Bag (BIB) brewing?


Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:10:38 PM »
My 12g kettles works really well.  Even with the extra space it stills boils over now and then.  (See earlier comment made about not paying attention.  :'( )


The Pub / Re: A cautionary tale
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:35:04 AM »
It happens a lot more than people think and it can happen very quickly.  I've had them start to get warm in a couple of hours.  Always spread out the rags and lay or hang them flat, preferably outside and away from your house.


Equipment and Software / Re: Installing Taps in Fridge Door...Parts?
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:31:31 AM »
This site does a good overview of the process, all the pieces and the process.


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