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Going Pro / Job open in Tacoma, WA
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:35:13 AM »
I recieved this email yesterday:


My name is Jen Smith and I am emailing out to our local home brewing communities to see if anyone knows of an up and coming star in the Washington area who would be looking to come into a state of the art brewing facility and lead Tacoma in the craft brewing industry.  We will be completed with our build-out of our 9,000 sq. ft. facility in 2 months and our TTB license will be good around Aug. 1st.  We have been interviewing for head brewers and are not finding the right fit – either we are getting great applicants and they aren’t willing to move their families to the NW or they are not what we are looking for. 

Attached is the job description that we have posted in and Craigslist ads in the Seattle/Portland area.  Other attachments are the pictures of the location of the brewery.  The picture of the “marina” is the location of the brewery to the left with the two banks of windows which overlook the dock/the sound/the bridges.
We feel we are unique in that the brewery will be located adjacent to Boathouse 19, a full-service bar and restaurant on the water which is located on Day Island in Tacoma, WA.  The dock is expansive and will allow for large amounts of boat traffic during the boating season and then of course there is a vehicle parking available as well.  The view from the brewery is breathtaking of the Tacoma Narrows bridges and overlooks the “Narrows Passage” of the Puget Sound. 


If you have any questions for further detail, please do not hesitate to write back. 


Thank you,

Jen Smith

The email is

(I'll post the job description in another post.)

Going Pro / BROP software for a 1bbl brewery
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:08:35 AM »
Anyone know of a reasonable software product for a tiny brewery?  The Orchastratedbeer looks cool, but way too much for us. 

(or if someone has an excel spreadsheet to share...........)

Ingredients / whole leaf vs pellets
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:59:51 PM »
I've been using whole leaf hops exclusively for 5-6 years.  Barely remember using pellets at all.  Well, for our flagship beer, I needed hops I could not get whole leaf, just pellets. 

Any hints for a veteran whole leaf brewer?  I'm thinking the main thing is a good wirlpool.

General Homebrew Discussion / Water, by John Palmer
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:36:46 AM »
I see Amazon now has a release date of April 16th for this book.  Anyone at AHA or BA know if there will be a member pre-sale?

Yeast and Fermentation / London Ale vs American Ale
« on: March 14, 2013, 07:27:50 AM »
We brewed a 10 gallon batch of an American Amber on Tuesday.  Decided (I don't know why) to use london ale (1028), instead of the old stand by, 1056. 

Normally, I have great activity the next morning.  With this batch, nothing yesterday at all.  Of course by this morning everything is going fine, and the bubblers are, well, bubbling. 

Is this normal that London Ale yeast takes a bit longer to get going? 

Going Pro / Homebrew clubs
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:31:50 AM »
I know, weird topic for the growing pro board, but bare with me a second.........

In 2008, me and a fellow homebrewer started our local club.  The closest previously was over an hours drive away.  Since then, he has stopped coming to meetings, so I'm the only "founding member" left.  A little over a year ago, a LHBS opened in our town, and we are having meetings there, and we've grown from 5-6 guys, to 20-30 folks. 

But then last July, I got a Brewer's Notice, and am selling my beer.  Obvisiously, can't enter a BJCP sanctioned homebrew comp. 

Last month, I was elected President of our club, and I've been one of the officers since this clubs inception.

I think next January I will decline any of the officer positions, and just be a member. 

How many of you have remained part of the leadership of your clubs, once you went pro?  Does it really matter?  Am I being silly by even asking the question?

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew U
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:08:46 AM »
I'm guessing most of you are aware of The Brewing Network's newest efforts in DVD media.  Homebrew U.  Looks like Justin and crew are going to produce a series of DVD's on brewing. 

Well, I got the first one the did "Brewing the perfect APA"  We watched it last night, and I thought it was really good.  Mostly basic stuff that a lot of us know very well.  But all in all, I think it's well worth the $20. 

Anyway, if interested, go check out there website and decide for yourself. 

Events / Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:18:34 PM »
I see full conference registration is already sold out.  Amazing. 

Well, to all of you that are going, have a great time.  I went to the last two, but this it's GABF for me.  We may even enter a beer in the competition. 


The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain -- the waste accumulated from the brewing process -- into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations.

Pretty cool, eh?

Equipment and Software / All things jockey box
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:21:40 AM »
Serving beer this past weekend at a local beerfest, we borrowed a friends jockey box.  Had some issues to get it to pour without too much foam. 

Anyway, we quickly realized we need our own jockey box to get our process "dailed in."  So I do a little surfing, and have some questions.......

Are stainless coils better than aluminum plates? 

One website said it's important to cover the coils completely with ice.  Is that true?

What about pressure?  I've heard everything from 5psi, to 35psi..... 

And then there is size of lines, size of coil, etc.

What else am I not thinking of as I plan to spend $300-$500?

Going Pro / 1st BrewFest
« on: January 16, 2013, 04:26:56 PM »
Well, we've been in business about 6 months now, and will be pouring at our first beer fest next weekend.  (

Anyway, we're looking for any suggestions you guys may have.  It is nice that they will write me a check for all 6 kegs (1/6 bbl) as soon as we arrive. 

Any and all thoughts are appreciated. 

Beer Recipes / Chocolate Tabasco Porter
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:10:47 AM »
We're gonna try and brew this beer this weekend.  We had to mail order dried tabasco peppers. 

We got 6, .5 oz packages.  We want it to be pretty well flavored with both the chocolate and the peppers.  We're starting with a basic porter recipe from but wondering how much cocoa and the dried peppers for a ten gallon batch. 

Any clues?

Beer Recipes / The Ghosts of Homebrewing past
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:45:27 AM »
My inlaws passed away about 4 years ago, and as we were cleaning out the house, there was a hutch with a bunch of cookbooks, and magazine recipes.  Basically, we just moved the whole hutch, and never went through that drawer. 

Until last week.

And what did I find?  You guessed it, a home typed (remember typerwriters?) reciped for homebrew.  I'ts got to be from the late 50's - early 60's based on what I know about the in-laws.  I knew they used to make wine, but I nver knew about the beer.  Anyway, two pages, neatly typed recipe and insttructions.  And of course now I want to brew this recipe. 

Or maybe not.  I'm not sure what "beer settler" is.  Maybe a fining?

I'll see if I can get scanned and post here somehow, but the recipe is basically:

Hop flavored malt syrup
Table Sugar
Fleischman's bread yeast (that's right)
Beer Settler.

Anyway, it was way cool to find, and I'll probably just frame them, and hang it up in my tap room. 

Going Pro / How crazy is this?
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:49:16 AM »
Have you ever seen those photo frames that display on electronic image?  They are almost like a small video screen, where one can change the picture at will.  I've even seen some of the newer ones where you can change the picture remotely. 

You could set one up at Grandma's house in Pittsburg, and change the picture displayed from Seattle.

That got me thinking. 

A network of sorts of brewpubs could take pictures of the chalkboard tap list, and upload the image on a real time basis.  Then, on the wall in each brewpub would be a few of these framed screens to show what's on tap at other brewpubs around town.  You could be having a beer at my brewery, but know the guy down the street just tapped his famous IPA. 

(or having a beer at that brewery, and know I just tapped my Amber.)

I think it would show the beer drinking public, that all us brewers are friends, and want to help each other.

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