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Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:42:33 PM »
Yeah, equipment has a lot to do with it. If you are using hobbled together equipment you will have a harder time repeating consistency.

Experience is just as much to do with it. Making the jump to commercial size operation is challenging no matter how good a homebrewer you are. It's a similar craft but different. The more you do it the better you get, just like homebrewing. I don't think my stuff got really consistent until about 2 years ago.

I'll echo these statements based on my experience in going from the "cheap and easy" method to a Sabco BrewMagic. Suddenly, my process needed to be spot on in order to produce beer. Sure, I could cheat a bit one way or the other with the cooler mash tun and gravity. But when you add in pumps, hard plumbing, recirculating mashes, etc... your process needs to tighten down. A lot.

I've spent nearly this entire year brewing 1.050 beer, 10 gallons at a time. Not varying any part of the process (same amount of grain each time, basically the same water treatment) has allowed me to learn this new system almost completely. I can brew the exact same recipe, several months apart, and have it be the exact same beer. I get that it's exciting to produce epic one-off beers, but if you can't produce the same (or close to it) pilsner every time I visit - I may not visit again. Just my $0.02.

So I absolutely think that these are the keys to consistency:
  • Don't go the 'hobbled together' route
  • Brew the same thing on it countless times to learn the ins and outs of it

Ingredients / Re: Water for Märzen
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:28:01 AM »
What if you do a bit of gypsum and a bit of CaCl2?

Ingredients / Re: Water for Märzen
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:32:16 AM »
As always Martin, thank you!  ;D

I'll be keeping this in mind with our Oktoberfest brew day on 8/23.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Meeting Location
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:20:28 AM »
Check with local churches. A club I belonged to years ago met at a Unitarian church. The space was large enough for 60 people. Southern baptist might be a bad choice if you want to bring beer.

Ha. KCBM got kicked out of a church in KS - which is what started this whole 'change the law in KS thing'. We fought for two years (a member wrote the bill and our President testified several times in the House and Senate) and spent a good chunk of money towards lobbyists on getting the laws changed in KS.

Ironically, we are having a tough time finding a place that will house as many members as we have in KS!  :o We are still meeting on the Missouri side of the state line, but I can't imagine we can stay there forever.

Going Pro / Re: There Better be an AHA Discount at This Place!
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:12:51 AM »
Oh...and BTW...gotta love those Belgiums.  ;) ??? ;D

Yeah, and those Germany Pils are pretty good too.   ;)

HA. I think "Germany Pils or America Pale Ale" in my head every time I read "Belgium ales". Glad I'm not the only one!  ;D

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:33:56 AM »
BTW guys, thanks for Lackey!  ;D

I hope you all enjoy Joe Kelly's dance moves as much as we have. Also, Allen Craig is CLUTCH. Try not to give him too much crap for that whole obstruction call in Game 3 last year.  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: About to destroy my immersion chiller...
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:16:05 PM »
Now I just get as much cooling as I can w/ tap water while I clean (100F or lower), and cool the rest of the way in my ferm. fridge. I oxygenate/pitch before bed or the next morning, giving plenty of time to make sure the temp is stable.

I do the same to about 80F or lower. Kyle's right, RDWHAHB.

Pimp My System / Re: Wood Framed Kegerator Build
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:19:49 PM »
/\/\/\/\/\ +eleventy to this.

It also looks like the compressor vent was covered up, is that what happened here?

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:15:17 PM »
We bottled the wedding toast beer last week - it is nice to have that done! 15 gallons in bottles and another 5 in a keg for our own use.

I never could find red hooded cages for corking and caging the 750mL bottles, so I ended up with gold ones that got painted. I disassembled 72 cages, painted the hoods dark red, and reassembled the cages before corking. Total PITA and could not recommend, but they look pretty great!

We uploaded the label to GrogTag this week. It's a collaboration between myself (picture & post it note idea) and my mom (execution). The glass in the picture is a custom brewery glass that we're using as the escort card, the reception drinking glass, and the party favor. Grandstand did a great job on the glasses. I will also highly recommend GrogTag - customer service is second to none!

The wedding is so close I can taste it. Soon we will have time to brew what we want, when we want - and we get a vacation to boot!

Going Pro / Re: There Better be an AHA Discount at This Place!
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:57:35 AM »
Holy misuse of a noun as an adjective! (Belgium/Belgian)

Very excited for you Ron! We will find your place when we make it up to the NE.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ugly Baby Cure
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:26:09 AM »
When I taste almond in a beer I think oxidation. 
Unless of course they put nuts in the beer.

Same here, but then I remember that some yeasts produces aldehydes that seem like almonds (Benzaldeyde in particular). So I guess that depends on the yeast strain.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Labels
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:21:27 AM »
I used Grogtag for this exact situation. I designed the label on Friday with my mom in Photoshop, sent it to them on Monday. Easy process. Based on my other orders with them, they'll probably be here by mid-next week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:45:14 AM »
BTW, I understand how good of a deal this is. I'm just trying to educate myself before we move forward.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:44:26 AM »
By outside events, I mean public pouring events, club parties (holidays and otherwise), or social meetings at bars.

I need to get a call into our lawyer, since I'm not well versed in legal speak and the FAQ leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

I guess my main question is how to determine the amount of people we are paying for. It's next to impossible to figure out how many randoms we have at any given time, so if we had to come up with that number... Well, it'd be mostly made up!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:34:14 PM »
What is the term of this insurance?  Is it per event? Per year?  What about new members?

I think the idea is fantastic, but simple details like these need to be spelled out.

What about clubs (like ours) who have members as well as 'free loaders'. How are the free loaders accounted for? For instance, we have 55 paid members and approximately 35-50 more free loaders who are very hard to keep track of. They don't think they "use the club enough" to pay dues or declare their name/email but will come to every outside event we have (non - meeting events). What then?

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