Still trying to figure out how to post a picture. If this works, it's a picture of me and SWMBO next to the tap of our first commercial sale a few years back.
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My cousin and I are fairly new to the home brewing family and were looking for some advice. Currently we have a VERY basic set up of a few 5 gallon turkey fryers, fermentors, carboys, and all the other basic essentials. We are moving forward with the goal in mind of starting a nano brewery and eventually a micro brewery. We have the ability to, right now, renovate our basement to hold a slop sink, have proper ventilation, and upgrade our brewing system to a 15 gallon professional grade set up. Is this something that would be as beneficial as we believe or are we wasting our time and money? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
where are you located?
We are up here in sunny Seattle
Keep in mind we are still paying taxes on ingredients we buy. $7 a bbl plus the state taxes end up being a huge chunk when you add that ontop on everything else.
A friend just bought a Grainfather. I'll be interested to see it. For him, one of the attractions was the still.
One of my favorite on line disclaimers:
"Distilling equipment is sold for the purposes of water distillation, and the production of essential oils, herbal extracts and ethanol alcohol for use as a fuel." - http://www.brewmasterswarehouse.com/product/2000001/still-spirits-tubro-air-still
Yeah, pretty hilarious. Gotta CYA I guess.
yep and water pipes and such are for "tobacco"
Some servers have not been informed it often seems. Our process is to have them ask the manager. If that does not work we don't let it bother us, we have the beer and move on.
You can contact the AHA about the establishment.
Keith is right, some states don't allow it. Look at Washington state, and the only places listed are homebrew shops.
I see that you keep a paper-based log, which is a dying art. That practice will pay off in spades in the years to come. I have logs that date back to the early nineties. I still keep a paper-based log.I use an iPad app to build and manage my recipes. I use the notebook for brew day notes. Keeping the written notes just makes me feel closer to the process I guess. I'm old school.