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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aerating Wort
« on: November 02, 2011, 07:35:50 AM »
I can't remember what they cost but I get 10-12 brews per red bottle. I really give the higher gravity beers a good long shot.

I like the idea of pure O2 to the air around my shop.

Sorry to hear that Redbeerman. They aren't with us long enough. I've had to bury seven of my "best friends" over my 57 years. Doesn't get any easier...

Saturday, I'm putting my chili beer into keg (secondary) and adding the peppers. Sunday, it's time I try Denny's Bourbon Vanilla.


Love that movie....

A few of the small ones (2 1/2 gal) are nice too. They work great for road trips.

I'm brewing a chili beer base Saturday. I plan on adding the peppers in the cornies next weekend. I'm still debating on which peppers, how many, and how they are processed.  I have a few pounds of Jalapeno and Anaheims, but could get others. I could use the small cornies and have up to 4 treatments. I have a Traeger and could smoke them. Ideas??

Denny's famous Vanilla Bourbon Porter on deck next weekend (if the chili beer is out of the conical).

Bruce .

Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 06, 2011, 10:54:57 AM »
Denny- Ol' Norman better invest in some guard dogs to keep the neighbors out...

Had to chuckle at the below minimum wage. My first few years in business were like that; wrie myself a check, then wait until the business had enough in the bank to cash it.

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. 

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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