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Going Pro / Going Pro Cheap - NJ Farm Brewery Licensing and Fees
« on: July 16, 2013, 08:48:09 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, 09:24:10 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 08, 2013, 02:38:29 AM »
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!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Third Shift Amber
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:28:27 PM »
Well, I saw this on tap at a local bar on the Seaside Boardwalk so I figured I'd give it a go...

It wasn't terrible but it wasn't great or memorable either and while I was drinking it I remarked that I would probably never order another one again. There was something I know I didn't like about it, but couldn't put my finger on it at the time. I logged onto to give it a check-in and a rating of 1 star and that's when I saw that it was made by Coors. Sneaky bastids trying to push their swill as a new craft beer brand.

Well, they had me fooled until I tasted it. Way to go Coors Marketing Team!

The Pub / American Brewery Architecture
« on: May 24, 2013, 07:32:44 PM »
American Brewery Architecture

The Victorian-style American Brewery building is gorgeous.

The Pub / West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:36:14 PM »
I've honestly never liked any of magic hat's beer (my wife likes their christmas beer tho) but if this is true I like them even less as a company now...

This is from West Sixth's website so we're only hearing one side of it but their logos look nothing alike to me.

Whole article here

Sounds like a really awesome collab to me!

Stone’s Next Two Collaboration Beers

Commercial Beer Reviews / Full Sail Session Lager
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:41:45 PM »
It says its a Premium Lager but it tastes more like a Cream Ale to me. Light golden straw color, light body, bright white foamy head, very mild hop aroma and flavor with a pretty dry finish.

Would probably be good ice cold on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn or lounging at the beach.

The real reason I bought it was for the stubby bottles that have labels you can remove unlike Red Stripe that paints them on instead. :D

Pimp My System / Even More Brewshed Ideas...
« on: March 12, 2013, 04:36:15 AM »
Found more brewshed designs and thought I would pass them along...

These are from Oaktree Sheds, local place in NJ.

There are alot more at this shutterfly link. Click the view album button.

I really like the idea of having that fold-out bar top, but the shed would obviously need to be alot deeper to fit a good amount of brewing equipment in it and not be cramped.

I was inside one of their basic models today, i think it was 8x10 with 2 front windows on either side of double doors and it seemed like enough room for a brewstand, a few shelving units or cabinets and a couple chairs.

Beer Recipes / Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
« on: February 15, 2013, 07:19:08 AM »
I found some notes from Jeremy Kosmicki of FBC on another forum so I put together this recipe based on that.

Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
10A-American Ale-American Pale Ale

Recipe Overview:
Wort Volume Before Boil:6.00 US gals             Wort Volume After Boil:5.00 US gals
Volume Transferred:5.00 US galsWater Added To Fermenter:0.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching:5.00 US galsVolume Of Finished Beer:5.00 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity:1.046 SGExpected OG:1.055 SG
Expected FG:1.012 SGApparent Attenuation:76.4 %
Expected ABV:5.6 %Expected ABW:4.4 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth):     31.2 IBUExpected Color (using Morey):       6.8 SRM
BU:GU ratio:0.57
Mash Efficiency:75.0 %
Boil Duration:60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature:64 degF

Ingredient       Amount       %         Time       
US 2-Row Malt8lb 0oz80.0 %   In Mash
US Carapils Malt1lb 0oz10.0 %In Mash
US Munich 20L Malt8oz5.0 %In Mash
US Caramel/Crystal 40L Malt     8oz5.0 %In Mash

Variety    Alpha     Amount     IBU     Form     Time       
US Cascade     4.5 %1.75 oz31.2   Pellet60 Min from End
US Cascade4.5 %2.00 oz0.0   PelletDry-Hopped
US Crystal3.5 %2.00 oz0.0   PelletDry-Hopped

White Labs WLP001-California Ale

Mash Schedule:
Mash Type:    Full Mash
Schedule Name:     Single Step Infusion (68C/154F) w/Mash-Out

Step Type      Temperature          Duration     
Rest at154 degF60min
Raise to and Mash Out at    171 degF10min

BTW converting this html to bbcode was a huge pita so if you like the way it looks feel free to copy my table code and use it as a template for when you post recipes.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:35:07 PM »
Absolutely fantastic! The hop aroma and flavor are awesome. As soon as you open the bottle you get blasted with a nose-full of cascade. So good it'll make you wanna smack your mama!

Founder's just keeps hitting it out of the park for me, another home run in my opinion.

Highly recommended.

The Pub / Pliny Documentary
« on: January 26, 2013, 04:49:30 PM »
A short video about Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Younger

(and they pronounce it 'pliney' not 'plinny', hah! ;) )

BrewPi - Raspberry Pi-based Fermentation Controller

"BrewPi is an open source fermentation controller that runs on an Arduino (for now) and a Raspberry Pi. It can control your beer temperature with 0.1 degree precision, log temperature data in nice graphs and is fully configurable from a web interface. If you are not into brewing, but do like to thinker with electronics, give the article a read. I had to invent many little things that could be very helpful for other projects too. I can think of a lot of cool things you could that involve controlling an Arduino from a web browser."

BrewPi website

edit: added BrewPi website link

General Homebrew Discussion / One of the best brew days ever
« on: September 27, 2012, 12:04:57 AM »
I'm really lucky to have friends that love craft beer and who also love the brewing process. My wife and I have had them over on a few brew days and I find teaching how to brew almost as satisfying as brewing.

As part of my friend Jessica's birthday gift, I ordered an extract kit of a "fat tire" clone (one of her favorite beers) and invited her over to brew it at our place. She was so excited! I only made the starter, setup the equipment, and answered questions, I let her do everything else.

Right in the middle of heating up the water it started to rain so we moved everything under the metal awning attached to the house and continued undeterred. The rain kept getting worse and worse and turned out to be the worst storm we've had all summer. We used beach umbrellas to shield us from the wind and rain but there was still almost an inch of water that slowly crept up as we moved closer and closer to the house. It was miserable, and turned out to be the most fun brewing we've ever had.

We unanimously named it Rainy Day Ale and three weeks later we presented it to her on her birthday. It was deliclous. I don't know what was better, the brew day, the beer or the smile on her face when she opened the bottle and took her first sip.

She did a fantastic job and we all had a great time. I highly recommend doing this for your friends, you'll be happy you did! I know I was!


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