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Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 06, 2011, 10:03:50 AM »
The growers aren't in business to lose money (not on purpose anyway). If a crop isn't likely to turn a profit, it's kind of hard to justify growing, isn't it? I believe that contract production is the way it will go. Most barley growing areas are outside the corn belt meaning their growing season is too short.

On subsidies, most farmers that I know wish the government would stay to heck out of agriculture period. But they want to control, as best they can, food production. More voters eat food than grow it.

If our government weren't so annal in their petrolium policies, the input costs would go down significantly. 

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Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 06, 2011, 08:42:45 AM »
Speaking from an ag supplier side, the higher prices are required to stay in business. Diesel, fertilizer, chemicals, equipment, labor, and other imputs are up. The growers don't set the price, it's supply and demand (except when Big Brother steps in).

By the way, I believe that a little less than half the total barley ends up in malt products

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Going Pro / Re: Do I got what it takes?
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:12:25 AM »
Gribble- Are you planning on being in the TriCities area?

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Going Pro / Re: Brew Pub recipes
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:25:27 AM »
Scotch eggs
Bangers

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
« on: September 27, 2011, 05:05:45 PM »
This is one time being raised on a farm and over 25 years in the seed industry pays off.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain brewday
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:32:02 AM »
Talk about kicking off your all grain brewing in style! Nice work Tony! I'm sure they will remember their special beer a long time.

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Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build + some questions
« on: September 15, 2011, 07:57:12 AM »
First of all, rbowers, nice job! This is going to be my next beer project. I have almost everyting I need except the wood.

DarkSide, could you put one of those little (2 1/2 gallon) kegs on the hump? I was able to score a couple from my local Pepsi guy.


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Going Pro / Re: Brew Pub capacity
« on: September 09, 2011, 07:37:44 AM »
Interesting article with many valid points to consider before taking the plung. To reach the 500+ barrels with a 3 barrel system, you'd have to brew just about every other day. I believe you'd have to be willing to put in long hours at below minimum wage. I've pushed the pencil myself, but every time I come to the conclusion that I don't really want to go through the pains of starting another business with even more regulation than the BS I put up with in my industry.

I'm very fortunate that my wife was behind me 100% when I started my business 21 years ago. I can remember several years of drawing a paycheck and not being able to cash it until funds were available. Thank goodness she had a job as a teacher! Do you have that kind of support?

If you decide to go ahead gmac, I wish you all the luck. I think it could be a lot of fun and rewarding.

BTW, I too think I would also consider the viewing area. I enjoy checking out brewing facilities.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:31:49 AM »
What euge said...

I just kegged my 5th (10 gallon) batch for the year.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 26, 2011, 09:19:12 AM »
"CLUNK"  (mug that's full)

I've been brewering off and on for almost 20 years. I've been reading this forum for the past several months. Now I batch sparge, I'm paying attention to ph and adjusting my water, and I'll soon be using a stir plate. I'm liking the results!

Thank you for answering my questions!


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate vortex
« on: July 26, 2011, 08:24:14 AM »
How do you guys cover the flask when using a stir plate?

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OK, dumb question...

What is TSP??

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ryan Gribble
« on: July 20, 2011, 03:28:25 PM »
Hi Ryan from a fellow South Central Washingtonian! Probably bought some stuff from you.

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Pimp My System / Re: Barley's Bar
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:56:02 PM »
Very nice indeed! I'm in the planning (and accumulation) phase of building a keezer. I really like what you and Ray Allan have built!

I agree, too nice for the garage.

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Beer Travel / Re: Hey Carl....
« on: July 16, 2011, 11:44:43 AM »
Thanks Carl! You've given me some great information. Can almost taste the coffee now. The volcano sounds facinating. I know I'll be checking the out. I wanted to when we stopped there (Hilo) on a cruise ship, but got out voted.

I'm sure I'll be at the brewery and Huggos a few times during the week. The Japaneze restaurant might fit in very nicely as one of the people we're meeting is a former exchange student from Japan (another from S Korea). Should be fun.

One other thing, we'll have some first timers to Hawaii that want to go to a Luau, not that I don't. Any recommendations?

Drop me an email if you want to try to meet for a brew. Like I said, I think I'll have time on my hands...

Thanks again!

Bruce

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