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This is why we can't have nice things.

The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:05:44 PM »
I bent my wookiee.

Going Pro / Re: The most expensive ingredient in beer...
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:16:07 AM »
I'm not sure about every state, but in most a business purchasing raw ingredients for resale in a manufactured product is exempt from sales tax.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Me being a beer snob
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:02:22 PM »
I have a bunch of nice Belgian chalices... I'll post my favorite when I get home.

I thought this one was super cool, and they gave it to me for free at the brewery, but (un)fortunately it was the only thing that broken in my suitcase.

Going Pro / Re: The most expensive ingredient in beer...
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:23:29 PM »
For us, federal and state excise taxes make up about 19% of our cost on an average beer. As you get larger and you take advantage of economies of scale AND you pay the larger tax rate, I could easily see the cost being 40% of the costs.

Taxes really become crazy when you start looking at labor costs...

19% of your cost sounds reasonable.  The thing that seemed a little crazy was the claim that 40% of retail price was taxes.  I guess I can see this in the same sense that 40% of my "costs" are taxes, ignoring the fact that removing taxes would not necessarily mean I would still make the same salary and also not have to pay for things like private pirate insurance and personally security and other things required to keep society going.

Going Pro / Re: The most expensive ingredient in beer...
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:22:53 PM »
Are you talking about business taxes in general, or just the beer specific taxes?  $7 a barrel plus state alcohol tax seems like it would be way less than 40%.

Edit: I guess if you count sales taxes, which are levied on the sale price and not the cost of production, it would add a lot to the overall "cost" of the beer compared to raw materials.  But that seems like a silly comparison since it's going to be directly proportional to revenue for the brewery.

Going Pro / The most expensive ingredient in beer...
« on: February 22, 2015, 05:03:42 PM »

I'm all for the lowering of excise taxes for small brewers, but these numbers don't seem to add up.  Any pros have a comment?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brew steps for sour beer
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:56:55 PM »
It depends.  If I want a true Lambic style beer, I'm going to pitch everything in the primary because this is how the beer is traditionally made and it definitely seems to get the most sour bang for your buck.  If I want a beer with less acidity but lots of Brett B character, a secondary pitch is fine.

American lager.  The only thing it shares in common with a Pilsner is lager yeast and the name they ripped off from the Czechs.

You're not supposed to spit out beer when tasting!

I guess it's ok if this is a first step towards something...  maybe some more reasonable attitudes towards alcohol in this country.  On the other hand, what a waste of legislature time!


Jeff, I saw that from Wayne this morning on FB. However, he doesn't hold the pursestrings and who knows how much AB might throw at the owner...changing the one mind that matters.
Exactly. When someone offers him tens of millions of dollars that would take care of his family for generations, he'd be stupid not to take it.

Isn't that a bit excessive to take care of his family?  At some point you go from financial security to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous".  Do you really want spoiled Kardashian kids?  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Debbie Downer (Cleaning My EHERMS)
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:47:52 PM »
The algae is on the inside of the coil, or the outside?  Is it green?  This seems like a problem with moisture leftover during storage.  If it's the inside, you could blow it out with CO2 after cleaning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tasty Sours Accomplished
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:00:32 PM »
Nice, the first bottle after extended aging always a tense moment!

I like Roeselare but I've decided I like the complexity of a Lambic most for a beer that takes years to make.  I usually start with the White Labs sour blend and add secondary bugs from Cantillion, Boon, and any other delicious bottle I have on hand.  Got some nice Michigan balaton cherries for the last batch to secondary on for a kriek.

Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:11:02 PM »
I get it, and we shouldn't be stealing kegs.

But the big breweries don't really care and that contributes to the problem.

I tried to return some empty kegs a few years ago that got left behind by a caterer.  Returning the kegs was hard to do.

The distributor didn't want them.  The brewery (Budweiser, if I recall correctly) didn't want to be bothered.  I don't recall the resolution, but we finally found someone to take them.  We might have just taken them to liquor store and left them.  There's a thread on here somewhere because I posted about it at the time.

This was experience when a neighbor gave me a keg that he feel like returning.  I called the liquor store and the distributor whose label was on the keg.  They didn't care and seemed put out that I was insisting that I didn't want to steal their keg.   ???

I took it back to the distributor and basically made them take it.  Seemed kind of crazy.  I don't condone stealing kegs but they make it very hard to be honest.

I think a major part of the problem is that the distributor and liquor store have no financial risk. The kegs don't belong to them so they lose nothing if you keep it. On the other hand, they do lose if they go out of their way to let people return them.

And, who does the distributor have to please most?  The big breweries.  If anything, you can blame them for using cheap kegs as a loss leader to get the people who don't always return kegs to come in and buy beer.  In the end, it'a almost a subsidy, and it hurts the small brewer.

Equipment and Software / Re: The ethics of keggles
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:16:37 PM »
I only own one keg and I bought it brand new.  I just think the victimization of big business is an absolute joke.  They are the ones in control.

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