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Going Pro / OK, we DID it!
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:09:50 AM »
The TTB approved our Brewer's Notice today.  Now, we send that to state, and they issue the license.  And the state already issued a conditional approval with that Brewer's Notice being the only incomplete item.

Looks like we're done.  If any of you are in the Clallam County, Washington area, look for beer from Dungeness Brewing Company in Peaks, Barhop, or Bar9.  Certainly by Labor Day weekend. 

Woooo  Hoooooo


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Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:05:59 AM »
Just waiting on the feds, and we had to modify our brewer's bond, as it's in the name of the company, but we are a sole proprietorship, so it has to be in the name of the owner, not the company.  New bond form sent on Friday........
As a sole proprietor you (as a individual) are fully responsible for your company liabilities.
Are you aware of this?
Yeah, I think you want to set it up as an LLC, even if you are the only person working there.

Have you read through this mic?
http://bls.dor.wa.gov/ownershipstructures.aspx

Yep.  Plus I have a degree in accounting, so while what we're doing may not be the best, it is what it is......


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: re-using cooling water
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:24:44 AM »
A good idea if you are brewing regularly.

Oh yeah, definitely. I was under the impression mic was talking exclusively about his commercial endeavors.

You assumed correctly.  For homebrewing, it's not a big deal to water the lawn with the discharge.  But for the little commercial thing we're doing, not so much.  I like the two barrel idea. 


Thanks everyone.

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Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:20:04 AM »
Just waiting on the feds, and we had to modify our brewer's bond, as it's in the name of the company, but we are a sole proprietorship, so it has to be in the name of the owner, not the company.  New bond form sent on Friday........
As a sole proprietor you (as a individual) are fully responsible for your company liabilities.
Are you aware of this?

Oh yea, well aware. 

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: BN Army wins club of the year.
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:22:43 AM »
There were no boos that I heard.

I did not applaud.

Why?

I don't think a national virtual club is the same animal as any other regional club. I don't think it's a level playing field when that virtual club can flood multiple regions.

I didn't hear any boos.  And I cheered for them.  I am a long-time private in the BNA.  Justin Crossley has created a very nice business for himself, and his efforts are teaching the world to home brew.  I learned so much from Brewstrong.  Now that they do almost all Q&A shows, I don't like them as much, but I still listen.  And the Session is a perfect backdrop to a brew day.

But, I enter my beers in the name of my local club, not the BN.  A friend and I started this club 5 years ago, and we are really starting to see some nice things happen.  Next January when we elect officers, I will fade out of a leadership role, and "just" be a member.  And that is one difference the BN has with most other clubs.  They don't choose their leadership.  Justin OWNS that club.  And the line between what Justin owns, and what is a homebrew club is very fuzzy. 


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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Our club is starting to mature
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:12:39 AM »
One guy mad a Rye IPA, that rivaled Denny's.  I wish I still had a bottle so we could have done a side by side tasting.     

Heresy!  ;)

LOL-

I hope you got a couple cases of that stashed away.  Good stuff for sure.

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General Homebrew Discussion / re-using cooling water
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:13:23 AM »
OK, we've moved our brewing system, and are now on municpal water.  So we have to re-use the cooling water, or pay a fortune. 

I have thermanator plate chiller for cooling wort.  I'm thinking of using my pond pump in the bottom of a sink full of ice water (just freeze milke jugs full of water) and then recirculate through the plate chiller and back into the sink.  I don't know how much the water will heat up, and how much ice it take to make this work. 

Any other ideas on re-using cooling water?   

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Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:06:45 AM »
Well, the state waived their on-site inspection after we emailed them some pictures.  So, were done with the state now.  Just waiting on the feds, and we had to modify our brewer's bond, as it's in the name of the company, but we are a sole proprietorship, so it has to be in the name of the owner, not the company.  New bond form sent on Friday........

And we brewed Saturday on the relocated brewery system  Some bugs to work out for sure, but, we have beer fermenting, so that's good.  Just my basic session IPA recipe.  Gonna have to figure a way to reuse cooling water.  We are now on city water supply, not the free water I got at my place. 


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Going Pro / Re: Congrats to Ron Raike
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:51:11 AM »
My friend Ron Raike has found a new brewing gig:

Ron Raike named brewmaster for Cask & Larder

Ron is one of the best brewers I know. 
Congrats amigo!

Good deal.  I have no idea who this guy is, or the brewery.  But, it's always great to see a homebrewer turn his hobby into a paycheck. 

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Our club is starting to mature
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:47:56 AM »
micsager, how have things progressed?  I am interested because my club's meetings are exactly how you described yours minus the educational session.  I have been trumpeting to become more organized with some education tossed into meetings but I have been getting resistance from most.

We're doing pretty good.  We had our July meeting yesterday, and while we only had 8 or so folks, it was a great time, with all sharing some of their homebrew.  One guy mad a Rye IPA, that rivaled Denny's.  I wish I still had a bottle so we could have done a side by side tasting.     

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:28:43 AM »
I let my strike water run freely then after it is above my false bottom I start scouping in my grain and stiring along the way.
+1

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Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:26:33 PM »
If you are sitting on your hands waiting for the TTB call your local/state regulatory meet the person you will be dealing with on a day to day. The person on the end of the line is the one who decides how you get your state liscense. Be proactive get to know the state on your side, get a prescreening.

Get the other local municapalities involved. Be Transparent. It will help you in the end. This is my own opinion.

Your milege may vary.

State is being great.  No problems there.  We are not in a city, and the county has no clue.  Which is a good thing.  Found out today the TTB woman is on vacation.  Her supervisor said all we need is the variance letter and we are golden.  Looks like by the end of July.........

Now, for product liability insurance. 

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Events / Re: NHC 2014?
« on: July 09, 2012, 02:10:55 PM »
I also heard Atlanta, but Michigan would be good too.  At the rate it's growing, they are going to need them at places like the Meadowlands or better yet, Gillette Stadium  ;D

I heard rumors of Grand Rapids, MI.  Also heard Atlanta.  There were lots of folks saying different places. 

Portland has a great beer scene.  But, with it just at Seattle, that may be many years off.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Upright freezer for fermentation chamber
« on: July 09, 2012, 02:07:25 PM »
I ripped out that heater. I tried using it as a dual temp control but the heater is too big to control anywhere near setpoint. I used my food dehydrator as the heating part of my dual temp control.

Nice idea dude. 

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Session IPA = Pale Ale?

I'm unsure of that.  "IPA" generally means lots of hops, lots of bitter.  "Session" generally means low alchohol.

I've "tried" to brew a session IPA.  Came out at 5.5%ABV.  But for me, that IS a session.

The lines between Pale Ale, IPA and IIPA are really starting to get blurry. My "session IPA" is probably closer to a session DIPA, although I've just come to think of it as a hoppy pale ale. Every time I brew it it gets dryer and dryer. At this point I don't even want any crystal malt in the same room as I brew it. And while my IBU's may not be in the 80's, my BU:GU ratio is a bit over 1.

It may not work for judging, but for my tastes I pretty much see the hoppy American ales as a continuum, and as long as the malt bill is balanced (not too thin/not too malty or sweet), then there is a wide range of gravities and hopping levels that will work.

Hard to disagree with any of that.  I was re-listening to an old episode of "Can You Brew It" where they cloned the Maharaja From Avery.  The brewer had an interesting statement.  Basically he said an IIPA would be high in ABV, with normal IPA bitterness.  Whereas a DIPA would have normal ABV, but high bitterness.

I liked that way of saying things.  What do the rest of you think?


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