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The Pub / Daredevil
« on: April 15, 2015, 10:45:29 PM »
If you haven't had the chance to watch this new series, you should seriously consider it. Even if you aren't a fan of the superhero/action genre it is well worth your time. Every facet of the show is top notch, from the casting decisions to the writing, acting, cinematography and fight choreography, it just plain rocks.

Its already the 3rd highest rated show on IMDB behind Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. I can't recommend this highly enough. I tried to watch one episode per day but instead I binge watched it in 2 days, then watched it all again.

I'm so glad Marvel decided to bring this to Netflix and let the show runners do what they wanted, the result is awesome. If AKA Jessica Jones is half as good that will be one to watch also.

First, a link to the current NJ Licensing Laws

Relevant parts:

The holder of this license shall be entitled to sell this product at retail to consumers on the licensed premises of the brewery for consumption on the premises, but only in connection with a tour of the brewery, or for consumption off the premises in a quantity of not more than 15.5 fluid gallons per person, and to offer samples for sampling purposes only pursuant to an annual permit issued by the director.


For the purposes of this subsection, "sampling" means the selling at a nominal charge or the gratuitous offering of an open container not exceeding four ounces of any malt alcoholic beverage. For the purposes of this subsection, "product" means any malt alcoholic beverage that is produced on the premises licensed under this subsection.

In a nutshell, here in the lovely state of Nazi Jersey New Jersey, you cannot have a Tap Room at your brewery where customers can walk in, sit down at the bar and order a beer unless they take a tour first. As everyone who has thought of the idea of opening a brewery has figured out, retail pint sales are where the real money is made.

So for the last few months I've been trying to find out the exact technical meaning of the word "Tour". No one at the local or state level can tell me what a "Tour" is. So if that's the case, I am now taking it upon myself to define it as such:

Brewery Tour: Show them how the brewery works.

So in my current dream-state, this means any info about how the brewery works is part of the tour. Here is where my crazy, loophole-ridden psyche takes over.

What if you put a LCD TV on a stand where your customers walk in that plays a video loop of the brewing process? Is that a tour? Why yes, yes it is.

What if you were walked to the Tap Room by a guide that explains the process by pointing to pictures of the brewing process that are hanging on the wall that leads to the Tap Room? Is that a tour? Why yes, yes it is.

I've come up with about 20 of these loopholes and since there is no concrete definition of what a tour is or what it has to entail, we're free to interpret it as we see fit until they come and take me to jail, right?

Denny, you have the Conn, Kirk out. <<--see what i did there!?



I've never used biscuit malt and I was wondering which biscuit it tastes like. In the UK, biscuits are what we call cookies here in the US, but here, biscuits taste like, well, muffins sorta?

I'll assume that the malt originated in Europe, so does it have a cookie-like flavor or more of a KFC biscuit flavor?

Pimp My System / The New Brewshed is Here!
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:14:38 PM »
It started to get dark out so I'll take more picts tomorrow, but here is my new Brewshed!

All 3 windows slide, lock and are removable...

View from the Firepit Area:

Windows removed and Bar Top rotated into place:

Another shot of the Bar Top:

Pimp My System / Just Ordered My New Brew Shed
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:01:31 PM »
After a few years of saving I finally did it! I ordered a shed to use as my Brew Shed. It won't be delivered for 3-4 weeks but I'm really excited and couldn't wait to post.

The shed is 10'x14' with a 3' covered porch but it has a few unique features. On the porch-side there is an 8' wide opening that has three removable sliding windows. When all three are removed, an 8'x2' wooden plank rotates up from inside and flips into place in the opening creating a finished bar top. How cool is that?!

To give you a better idea of what that looks like, here are some similar designs from the same manufacturer:

My shed will be a combination of the two following designs. Centered window, double doors on the side from the first and the covered porch from the second. You can also see the bar top in place.

I chose a color scheme that matches my home brewery logo and this image is similar to what those colors will look like. Slate Blue siding, White windows, doors and trim, and Black/Charcoal Grey shingles.

I plan to build a brew bench and a 4-tap keezer and include a fridge, a small utility sink, tv, stereo system, etc etc.

We plan to take this shed with us if we relocate, so I'm also going to install outside spigots and electrical so it can just be "unplugged" and moved.

I am going to document the install process so I promise I will have tons of picts once it happens. I plan on spending the winter finishing the inside so it will be 100% ready for next summer. Can't wait to brew in it and have friends over to hang out at the bar!

p.s. also making a firepit!

I saw these pictures of a homemade immersion chiller on another site and the first thing that stuck out were the soldered joints that would be sitting in the boiling wort. Anyone know if that's safe to do? My immediate reaction was "danger wil robinson!" but I wasn't sure.

The Pub / 67% ABV beer
« on: October 25, 2013, 01:20:12 PM »
Lewis, 27, said: “You’re not supposed to drink more than 35ml in one sitting. It should Be poured like it’s whisky.”

Scots pals who brewed world's strongest beer unveil new lethal recipe.. after fans claim first drink was too weak

Pretty crazy but I would love to try it.

The Pub / Three beers a day keeps the doctor away!
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:11:12 PM »
"Contrary to the common view, beer has lots of health benefits that make it at least as healthy as wine when it’s consumed in small amounts. Moderate consumption can mean as much as three glasses a day, when paired with a healthy diet."

Three beers a day keep the doctor away

Not sure if this is the appropriate section for this but I thought it was great...

Chris Christie Signs Craft Distillery Bill Into Law

The Pub / Beer drinking king dies in competition tragedy
« on: July 20, 2013, 01:05:06 AM »
It was supposed to be a bit of harmless fun, but a beer drinking festival in Spain had a sickening finale on Wednesday after the winner downed one glass too many.

Beer Competition Death

Going Pro / Going Pro Cheap - NJ Farm Brewery Licensing and Fees
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:48:09 PM »
Awhile ago NJ passed a bill allowing Farm Breweries, here's the text of the bill:

Farm brewery license. 1d.
The holder of this license shall be entitled, subject to rules and regulations, to brew any malt alcoholic beverages in a quantity to be expressed in the license not in excess of 2,000 barrels of 31 fluid gallons per year and to maintain a warehouse and to sell products to consumers for consumption off the licensed premises and to offer samples for sampling purposes only.  The license shall be issued only when the brewery at which such malt alcoholic beverages are brewed is located and constructed upon a tract of land exclusively under the control of the licensee, provided the licensee is actively engaged in farming on or adjacent to the brewery premises and is growing and cultivating hops or another product which is used in the production of the malt alcoholic beverages.  The fee for this license shall be graduated as follows: to manufacture between 1,200 and 2,000 barrels per year, $300; to manufacture between 100 and 1,l99 barrels per year, $200; to manufacture fewer than 100 barrels per year, $100.  For purposes of this subsection, "sampling" means the selling at a nominal charge or the gratuitous offering of an open container not exceeding one and one-half ounces of a malt alcoholic beverage.  No individual or entity shall hold more than one farm brewery license.

So basically for the cost of a shed, a home-brew system, $100 license and planting some hops you're in business and can sell up to 1,000 bbl a year. This might be a good way to get into the business and see if you actually like doing it.

Worst case scenario is that it doesn't work and you're out $100. Either way you are left with a brew-shed and a small plot of hops.

There have been other bills passed with regards to being able to sell to the public (making it legal to have a taproom) but I'm not sure that applies to Farm Brewery Licenses.

In any case, you can still sell 1.5oz samples on premises. At $5/pint, a 1.5oz sampler would run about 62¢. Bring that up to $1/1.5oz sampler and you're now making $8/pint at the tap (obviously the cost/profit would need to calc'd correctly depending on material costs and other factors). Selling a full keg of 1.5 oz. samplers at $1 from the tap would make approx. $425 (5gal * 640oz / 1.5oz = 426.666). Drop the price to 75¢ per 1.5oz sampler and you're still making $320 per 5gal keg at the tap, and likewise at 62¢, $264.

I live on almost 4 acres of land here that is zoned rural and I'm thinking of giving it a go, but I just wanted to start the conversation and see what everyone else thinks about this given the low startup costs.


The Pub / Beer Pouch - Capri Sun for adults...
« on: June 11, 2013, 02:24:10 PM »

From their site:
4) What can you put in a BeerPouch?
This is the first flexible beverage pouch made for ALL beverages, particularly sparkling or carbonated beverages like soda pop, beer and carbonated energy drinks. We also carefully package wine, juices, water or base ingredients with no BPA or flavor transference.

The Pub / OnTap Liquid Beer Enchancer - WTF?
« on: June 07, 2013, 07:38:29 PM »
Please tell me this is a joke...

From Their website:

OnTap Beer is a revolutionary new way to enjoy beer. Add our liquid beer enhancer to any domestic beer and enjoy a craft brew taste at a fraction of the cost. One OnTap Beer bottle will convert up to 18 domestic 12oz beers into a great tasting brew. Just squeeze a few drops of one of OnTap Beer's great flavors in to a glass of beer you will have in your hands a unique and great tasting beer. Make each beer you drink the same or make each one different. Its up to you how each beer in the case tastes. Which is why we say it is time you get to enjoy Your Beer, Your Way!

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