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12 batches so 120 gallons. Don't know where it has all gone.  Come to think of it, I have been invited to quite a few cookouts this summer. 8)

Going Pro / Re: Brewing for food commercially
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:39:00 PM »
something to consider is that it's not actually that difficult or expensive to get licensed as a brewer. The barriers to entry into the industry have to do with other economic factors of starting up and making a living from the beer you brew. The federal licensing doesn't cost a dime. The only expenditure associated with it is the brewers bond. State and local fees vary but are often not all that large. Vermont for example is around $150.00. Calfornia, around $200.00.

In Arkansas it is around $500.00 to get your native brewer's license and if you can pass health inspections for a bakery you would certainly pass for a brewery.

Other Fermentables / Re: Ginger Ale Mead?
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:03:53 PM »
I made a strawberry, peppercorn "short" mead a little over a week ago and it is quite nice.

My recipe
6# honey
4 bags freeze dried strawberries
1 1/2 tablespoons crushed peppercorns

I pulverized the strawberries and added them and the crushed peppercorns to boiling filtered,water and let them simmer for about ten minutes.  I warmed the honey in a water bath and poured into a sanitized fermenter and then added 2 gallons cool, filtered water and shook to dissolve.  I then added the strawberry mixture, solids and all to the carboy and topped off with filtered water to 5 gallons.  Pitched 1 pack champagne yeast and let ferment for 1 week in a closet (72-74 degrees)  Then crash cooled for a day and kegged and put on gas for a day. 

It is light and refreshing, with a strawberry nose and a little bite from the peppercorn.  My wife says I made a wine cooler.  ::)

I got the idea from Drew Beechum and from this blog.

It was quite easy and I'm already looking for some new ideas for recipes.

Beer Recipes / Re: Three Floyds Alpha King Clone
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:01:34 AM »
Sorry, didn't realize ezymurgy did not open for you.  As already stated, that is the same recipe in the magazine.  There are also some other good clones in that issue.

Beer Recipes / Re: Three Floyds Alpha King Clone
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:39:33 PM »
Log into the ezymurgy and you will find it in the archived issues.  Its on like page 33

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: GABF ticket?
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:12:05 PM »
No, one starts at noon and the other starts at 5:30.  Two different sessions.

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:49:35 AM »
Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!!   :D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation By-Products? Advice Please
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:53:30 PM »
Glad it came around, I guess that is why they say RDWHAHB... ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Exit strategy
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:27:52 PM »
So I know this is a bit morbid to discuss but I have been thinking about this recently, due to some friends close in age passing.  What happens to my beer if I drop dead?  I usually have a beer in some form of transition, be it primary, secondary or kegged with some form of addition to be added.  I have already discussed the donation of all my brewing equipment to my local home brew club with my wife and hopefully one of my brew club buddies would finish any brews I had brewing and serve them at a party in remembrance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers You Ever Brewed?
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:17:10 PM »
I have a red IPA that I have brewed several times that is always well received.  I also like my hefeweizen that I brew using a decoction mash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:55:14 AM »
Today I brewed 11 gallons of all Citra Pale Ale - 1.054 OG, 30 IBU's calculated plus a 30 minute hop stand got me maybe around 40 IBUs.  Hydro sample was yummy.  I'll dry hop with Citra too.

I brewed and all Citra IPA.  1.068 with 74 IBUs.  Fermenting away today when went home for to check on it, I mean for lunch.  ;D

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 08:05:42 AM »
So sorry for your loss.  Positive mojo sent.

Equipment and Software / Re: I'm ready to trash my kettle
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:50:46 PM »
Just to add, I love my Blichmann.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Orange Hefe?
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:41:08 AM »
I've made a plain American wheat and then dosed the secondary with blood oranges and it turned out quite nice. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:38:44 AM »
I brew ten gallon batches and use the immersion chiller with a pump to recirculate the wort in a whirlpool.  Works great!  From my understanding hot side aeration only occurs at certain temps and maybe you are cooling yours fast enough that the compounds that cause it don't have time to form.

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