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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: out of curiosity...
« on: August 13, 2010, 09:24:10 PM »
Let's say that i am interested in selling one of my beers. What, legally, do i have to do to enable that?

I don't sell beer.  But, I do rent bottles.

Equipment and Software / Re: 2ndary Fermenter
« on: August 12, 2010, 09:25:47 AM »
What is the purpose of fermenting in a secondary, and tertiary fermenter? Is it simple to filter the beer so there are not things floating around in the beer?

There is no purpose.  Stick with primary only.  In 10-15 days (dependant on recipe) transfer to kegs and age.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 11, 2010, 04:19:49 PM »
Nice, maybe I'll get to taste it on the BOS panel :)

You give me too much credit Tom.  This past year I did get a 37 on an Irish Red.  I did stewart though.  It was fun.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun vs. CP Filler
« on: August 11, 2010, 01:00:29 PM »
I think the Beer Gun is probably the easiest bottle filler I ever used.  I've tried maybe four different CP fillers over the years, but the BBG wins hands down in ease of use and performance.

I got it as a gift (from someone who wasn't just spending my/our money, so it really was a gift), so I didn't have to make the decision if it was worth it or not.  I guess not, since I didn't go buy it myself.  But I rarely bottle a keg's worth of beer.  I don't know that I'd break it out for less than a half keg's worth of beer, though, because I'd spend any time savings cleaning the thing afterwards.

You can rationalize not buying it on cost, but I don't think you can on engineering, manufacturing, or performance.  It works exactly as promised.

Agreed, and I only hook up Co2 if filling for competition.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 11, 2010, 12:58:28 PM »
I'm adding them right away.  Can't argue with your analysis, this is the first beer I have ever dry hopped.

(It's quite tasty though, I have some bottled for next years Cascade Brewers Cup.)

I believe my LHBS has the best prices.  $4.98 per for almost all.  What are you paying?

He probably has the lowest shipping charges.
Being 3 hours away is a huge plus for him in that regard

I thought that to, but the shop in Tacoma, and Kent are closer, and charge $6.95.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 11, 2010, 09:04:41 AM »
Hey Mic,

How long do you leave it on the dry hops and oak?  I'm sure I have that issue of BYO around here somewhere, but I haven't gotten to it yet - I'm always months behind.  Is that in the original recipe?

The hops are part of the original.  (but I think I used standard replacements) The oak chips are of my own design.  I put them in the buckets as I transfer the wort, and leave them through the entire fermentation.  I only do primary.  For this beer, 12 days.

Equipment and Software / price of wyeast 125ml smack packs in your area
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:11:36 PM »
I believe my LHBS has the best prices.  $4.98 per for almost all.  What are you paying?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 10, 2010, 10:50:51 AM »
All grain recipe :)

Here's my recipe.  Modified from the W10 in BYO:

18 # 2 row
4 # munich 10L
3 # crystal 10L
1.5 # Carafa II
1.25 # special roast

1 oz simco 75 minutes
2 oz amarillo 60 minutes
.5 oz cascade 2 minutes
1.5 simcoe 2 minutes


2 oz cascade, .5 oz simcoe, 4 oz french oak chips

Mash at 152 60 minutes

Pitch 4 packs of Wyeast 1056 or equal starter.

10 gallons

I'm currently debating the idea of opening up a hombrew store and was wondering how profitable are they or how profitable they can be? Currently where im at located in TX there is one great homebrew store but its way North of town, I beleive the city is growing fast and continues to expand to where the South of the city could have its own brewstore. I'm also thinking of possibly having a nice beer bar with a decent selection on tab to where you can come hang out have a brew and buy what you need to make beer, nice combo but got to see if that flys with TABC. So I got a few ideas just wondering if this is the way to go? Ive read there isnt much to be made in this section of the beer industry?

Depending on the market, my guess is it's a tough gig.  Of the three stores I go to, the ownwer is working behind the counter.  I've also heard that if you don't also sell wine stuff, your chances of success drop significantly.  The beer bar is a good idea, that can be profitable on it's own.  Then slowly ramp up the home brew stuff. 

But get more advice.  I really have no clue

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:33:07 AM »
Not that it matters in the least, but your beer is in the ballpark for a Dark American Lager (I did not check IBUs).  Not sure how you were going to ferment, but maybe on the cold side of WLP001 or a Pacman Yeast or Kolsch Yeast might give you a good clean ale.  How did you mash?

Single infusion at 152.

I ferment in plastic buckets.  one pack of 1056 stepped up with a starter in each bucket.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:31:44 AM »
That's less than sixty percent eff. What's your brew setup?

oops, I measured that with hot wort.  Cooled to room temp it the OG was 1.058

I have a top tier with converted kegs.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 02:38:44 PM »
finished with an OG of 1.050.  The wort tastes good. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Tower Brewing Set-up & Unitank Fermentor
« on: August 07, 2010, 01:26:02 PM »
I will build most of my brewing equipment, is the tower brewing set-up and uni-tank fermentor a good process set-up.


I have the Top Tier, and love it.  I used to use a flat system with pumps.  More hassle than it's with IMO.  Not sure what you mean by "unitank fermenter"  I still ferment in five gallon fermenters.  buckets and carboys.  but brew ten gallon batches

Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plate
« on: August 07, 2010, 01:24:03 PM »

I have two of these, as I brew ten gallons, but still use five gallon fermenters.  They work great.  I step up to 2000ml, with no problem.

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