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Going Pro / OK, we're doing it
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:06:40 PM »
Not opening a production brewery or anything.  Years ago I got a business license for "Dungeness Brewing Co," as I live less than a mile from the Dungeness river in beautiful northwest Washington State. (and my logo is a cool crab holding a keg.  google "dungeness brewing") yesterday, I mailed off a modification to that master business license declaring I am a brewery.  Supposedly, this will get the ball rolling, and our state liquior control board will be paying me a visit.  It was only $100. 

Now we will find out exactly what hurdles must be overcome.  A local brewery has already promised me a tap in their taproom.  And the owner is guiding me through the process.  He suggested the route I'm taking.

All I really want to do is to be able to sell my beer legally for weddings, class reunions, etc.  And the tap at one taproom will be cool. 

Equipment and Software / I love beersmith
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:57:48 PM »
I've been using beersmith for quite some time, but hate bringing my laptop out to the brewery.  Is anyone aware of good software for the PC, that will sync to an iPhone app?  (won't switch to a mac for beeralchemy)

Kegging and Bottling / Barrel aging
« on: March 11, 2012, 07:30:31 PM »
So, I'm gonna get a couple 8 gallon whiskey barrels, and brew a winter warmer for next winter.  Couple questions.

The distillery is bottling today, the barrels will sit for a week until I can pick them up, then about a week 'till I'll brew.  Any problems? 

Also, I'm think of putting in barrel post fermentation, and letting it age till, November, when I will keg and carbonate.   Thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / First barley wine
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:39:36 AM »
First off, don't ask me. But swmbo told me too

Anyway, starter going, and will use the BCS recipe. Start with 1056 and finish with champagne yeast.

Any suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Are we growing fast, or what????????
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:23:56 PM »
I joined the AHA about three years ago.  Went to my first conference last year, and have entered the NHC each of those three years.  (first year got a 37 on my Irish Red, and last year a 39 on my American Amber)

Anyway, we all know how fast the conference sold out this year.  Luckily, I got my tickets.  Then, Saturday I'm registereing and entering my Aemrican Amber again for the NHC, and Portland - closed, San Fran - closed, San Diego - closed. 

Amazing.  Looks like I'll be shipping my beer to Minneapolis. 

We're all like Rock stars or something.......   

General Homebrew Discussion / Hops starting to sprout
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:47:44 PM »
I'm on the North side the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, and last night noticed my hops are starting to sprout.  This will be year #4.

WooHoo, Spring is coming folks!!!!!!!

Yeast and Fermentation / Poll: Do you use a secondary fermentation
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:26:59 PM »
Hey folks -

Every since I heard JZ say he gave up secondary a few years ago on Brewstrong, I have stuck with primary only.  Wondering how many folks do the same.

General Homebrew Discussion / Yeast starters with LME
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:11:37 PM »
Everything I hear is starters should be done with DME.  But, it's a PITA to deal with.  All the clumping and such.  It sure seems that getting some LME, putting in a honey type container, and just squeeze out enough straight into your flask, and no fuss, no muss.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:47:49 PM »
Well, since most everything I know about brewing came from JZ's "brewstrong" podcasts, I had to give this a try.  It wasn't easy getting some, as I live in Washington State, but I thought it was a very nice red ale.  Which, is one of my favorite styles.  I hope Heretic starts distributing in Wa soon. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 01, 2012, 05:32:19 PM »
The AHA website store must be getting pretty bogged down right now.  Took a half hour to register for NHC.  But, me and the better half are registered, and excited about our second conference.  

Brewing with Bigfoot, baby.

General Homebrew Discussion / Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:02:05 PM »
OK, so I've now broken my third Hydrometer in five years of homebrewing. 

Is it time to spend the $50 yet?

General Homebrew Discussion / 34 days and counting
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:23:21 PM »
Until NHC registration opens up.  There will be less room in Seattle than there was down in San Diego, so I would suggest registering early.  Last year was my first, and I'm lucky enough to be within driving distance this year. 

Hopefully Jamil will bring a couple kegs of his Heretic brew up here as there is no way to get in Washington State right now. 

All Grain Brewing / Time to fill up the keezer
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:34:05 PM »
OK, so I've got ten gallons each of my IPA and Bigfoot beer for a local competition fermenting nicely.  But, this weekend, we are going to brew two batches back to back.  My standard Amber, and more IPA.  This will be the first time back to back.  Should work pretty good though.  During the mash of the first batch, I can start heating strike water for the second, then when I go to boil, time to start mashing the second batch, and so on, and so on. 

I'm sure some of you have done this in the past, if not doing it as practice.  Any hints or such I should be considering? 

General Homebrew Discussion / First runnings only (no sparge)
« on: November 23, 2011, 06:20:07 PM »
I've been considering trying this method, I heard about at last years NHC.  I brew on a Top Tier system with keggles.  And I always brew ten gallon batches, fermenting in 6 gallon buckets.  (No secondary)

Anyway, even the big beers I brew wich call for at most a 37 pound grain bill fit with room to spare.  Just wondering what's the MOST grain any of you ahve gotten into a keggle for your mash?  I'm thinking I'll only be able to do a 5 gallon batch this way. 

Any thoughts?

Going Pro / I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 27, 2011, 02:31:43 PM »
Not looking to give up my day job, or open any type of brewery, brewpub, or tasting room.  Just want to be able sell beer from time to time. 

Can this be done, while still brewing at home?

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