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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain brewday
« on: September 19, 2011, 02:32:02 PM »
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, 02:57:12 PM »
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, 02:37:44 PM »
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, 02:31:49 PM »
What euge said...

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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 26, 2011, 04:19:12 PM »
"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!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate vortex
« on: July 26, 2011, 03:24:14 PM »
How do you guys cover the flask when using a stir plate?

OK, dumb question...

What is TSP??

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Ryan Gribble
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:28:25 PM »
Hi Ryan from a fellow South Central Washingtonian! Probably bought some stuff from you.

Pimp My System / Re: Barley's Bar
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:56:02 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.

Beer Travel / Re: Hey Carl....
« on: July 16, 2011, 06:44:43 PM »
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!


That's funny euge!

Beer Travel / Re: Hey Carl....
« on: July 14, 2011, 03:24:34 PM »
Speaking of the Big Island..... We're headed there next month. We're staying at a timeshare (Worldmark) near Kona. I think I'll have alot of time. The others are visiting a horse ranch, ziplining and other touristy things. I want to visit to the coffee place and volcanoes. I know the Kona Brewery isn't too far away. Any other watering holes and interesting POIs? 

After a week there, we're going to Waikiki for a few days. I don't recall the name, but I remember going to a brewpub near the towers back in 2003.

Any ideas would be appreciated...


Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: July 07, 2011, 05:45:12 PM »
Being Yakima Chief handles the marketing, I assumed they held the trademark. I know, assumptions can be dangerous. I believe you are correct in Virgil Gamache being the only grower.

It is Bruce Campbell's picture. He seems to enjoy good beers (along with a good Mojito). Besides, you wouldn't want my mug shot on here, it'd scare people.

Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: July 07, 2011, 02:48:05 PM »
Yakima Chief, the people with the patent to Amarillo, are in actually in Sunnyside. You can smell them from the freeway when they are processing them.

I purchased the 15 gallon conical from Stout last winter. So far, after 4 brews (including the Czech Pils that's now lagering) I'm very satisfied. Sure saves time and effort when dumping yeast and filling kegs. I put the conical in a temp contolled freezer that sits on a Harbor Freight scissor jack cart.

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