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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 16, 2012, 10:28:13 AM »
Good call dude.  We are headed down to Oregon, so there are many.  Dechuttes, Rogue, Ninkasi, mcminimens, etc...... 

(and Denny if you are reading this, we may get close to Noti........)
Great minds think alike!  Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 16, 2012, 10:16:56 AM »
I have found homebrewing to be an addictive hobby!  When my pipeline of homebrew gets low, the urge to brew more calls to me!   ;D

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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 16, 2012, 10:11:58 AM »
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.
What brewery(s) will you be touring on your honeymoon?   ;)

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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 16, 2012, 09:49:54 AM »
This is very cool.  I'm real happy for you. Congrats! :)
Very inspiring, isn't it?

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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 16, 2012, 09:48:09 AM »
How many batches do you brew in a week?

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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:55:10 AM »
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space.
Very interesting! 

I live in a development with plenty of room in my back yard to build.  But, I'm not sure if there are any zoning laws prohibiting that or not.  I'll have to look into it.  It would be awesome to do the exact same thing as you, some day.

Do you have a "day job", as well?

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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:44:17 AM »
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now.
Fantastic!  Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

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Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 14, 2012, 06:59:23 PM »
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Repairing cooler mash tun
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:45:04 AM »
Rats!  I wish I knew this.  I just retired my blue rectangular cooler for a keggle mash tun.   :'(

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Going Pro / Re: Blog post on going pro
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:25:39 AM »
Great blog post! 

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:57:05 AM »
Awesome!  I will be there.
I hope to be there, too!

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The Pub / Re: More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:23:25 AM »
This is encouraging news.  I'm glad to see the current trend.  We should enjoy it while it lasts.  Keith, I hope you can reap the rewards of this upward swing.

As we all know, "what goes up must eventually come down"...I just hope this trend continues for some time.
So if you're like me, you're hoping the trend continues long enough for you to get in on the action!   ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop spider design
« on: July 18, 2012, 06:50:16 AM »
FYI.  I drop an extra stainless nut or washer into the nylon bag with the hops to weigh it down during the boil.
And you're done! If you want to add more hops, use a plastic zip tie instead of a knot.
I am on the fence about this hop spider thingy. Seems like just another thing you have to clean at the end of the day.
Actually, I'm talking about weighing down the bag I use with my hops spider.  Yes, I have to clean it at the end of the day.  So what?  After a couple brews, I throw the bag away and replace with a new one.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop spider design
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:01:45 AM »
FYI.  I drop an extra stainless nut or washer into the nylon bag with the hops to weigh it down during the boil.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Delaware Battle of the Brews wants you!
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:40:49 AM »
Let's not have a repeat of the 100° heat we had last year!   :P

Think cool!  8)

That's why we ordered the high heat last Saturday - to get it over with before the fair!
Temperatures like today would be good! 

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