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If you're still around and don't mind a longer drive, this weekend is the Real Ale Fest, a cask-only beer fest and the best event of Baltimore beer week. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: double brew .. 1 fermentor
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:40:55 PM »
This is actually a common practice.  If you pitch enough yeast for the first batch and add the second after 24 hours (after aeratign), you will grow enough yeast for the whole batch.

Beer Recipes / Re: Copyright
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:35:37 PM »
They didn't call it "black patent" malt for nothing!  Of course, the patent applied to the process to manufacture it, not brewing with it.

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:57:58 AM »
I thought beet sugar was always completely refined before use, and thus basically sucrose.  So although it's popular in Europe for making candy syrup due to availability, the raw ingredient isn't any different than table sugar. 

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:02:57 AM »
Let it be known that anyone who will be in the greater Baltimore/Washington area is welcome to stop by and try to convince me to not waste money on a big boy system.  If I don't do it now, it might end up going to some thing like a wedding  :o

Please bring beer, micro, nano, pico, femto, home, prison, toilet, or otherwise.  You might get to try some kriek if you're lucky.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:42:58 PM »
Thanks guys.  Good info.  I'll give you an update once I talk to the proper authorities.  In the meantime I can create another thread where you can do your contractually obliged duty to talk me out of it. ;)

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:01:07 PM »
Thanks Martin.  I'll be sure to take that into account.

Making money?  What kind of plan is that?  ;) I'd consider this a 5 year trial.  If I can pay for the equipment and lease, that's a success.  I'm definitely not interested in going the pub/restaurant route, at least not yet.  As much as brewing can be a full time job, restaurant management is that x 5.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:36:46 PM »
It sounds to me like you will need to pump your wastewater uphill to the nearest wastewater collection system wet well/lift station.  This will entail having your own wastewater wet well and grinding sump pump.

You will also need to neutralize any caustic or acidic waste your brewery produces before you can send it to the municipal waste collection system.  No big deal.  A small wastewater pretreatment collection tank (3000 - 4000gal) will probably do.

They may also make you reduce your BOD5 load too. (The solution to pollution is dilution).

Rule of thumb, brewery-wise:  you will generate 5 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of beer you brew.

You should talk to a wastewater engineer (Environmental or Civil)

Thanks, that makes sense.  Still not sure if this would be too much cost or hassle.  Remember, I'm talking nano here.  What did Hess do, since he brewed outside, let everything run down the storm drain?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:28:19 AM »
High of 69 today.  We've had an amazing Indian summer this past month, aside from a bunch of tropical storm rain last week.  Considering how humid regular summer is, this has been preferable.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:21:23 AM »
Eventually I think a farmhouse with hops and grain, brewery barn, and land for events would be ideal.  SO loves animals so she'll be on goat duty.  Not quite there yet.

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:30:30 PM »
I live in the city and have no land.  :). Right now I'd gladly pay monthly rent instead of buying a bigger house.  If I did have a space where I could do the backyard shed, I'd definitely consider it.  I like the location, though... 5 minutes from the heart of the city and also directly off of 95.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lid on or off during boil?
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:36:00 PM »
That is a factor, however, more significant darkening happens due to chemical reactions, especially at higher pH.

Going Pro / Sewer ejector system
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:33:29 PM »
Kicking around some ideas for a nano brewery right now (no, I'm not going to quit my job.  yes, my whole life will be beer.  it already is).  I've found some space that's pretty well located, for an industrial park, and reasonably priced.  One of the odd things is that this warehouse is on the lower level of the back of the building and is below sewer level, so the landlord says an "ejector system" would be needed for waste water.  Any idea if this would be a problem to use with floor drains, yeast, etc?  I've only done preliminary investigation into local codes but none of the breweries around here seem to need any kind of sedimentation tank for their waste.

I also have no idea what kind of build-out allowance, if any, a landlord for an existing building will give for thing like water, waste, and power hookups. Is this something I should push for?  The space seems to have been vacant since 2012... oddly, it was an ice cream factory, so I don't know how they didn't have sewer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gorgeous Brew Day
« on: October 18, 2013, 09:56:27 PM »
Well that's just a beautiful sight.

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 18, 2013, 01:33:14 PM »
Purple skittles ;D

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