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Beer Recipes / Re: First Barleywine
« on: October 01, 2012, 06:38:49 AM »
You might want some of that 2 Row to be Marris Otter.

The most important thing that I have found to make a good barleywine is to have very good temperature control in the fermantation. You don't want that running away as it can in a big beer. I assume 2 packs hits what mrmalty says for pitch rate.

Good luck!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Briess lme/dme sodium content
« on: September 29, 2012, 04:13:28 PM »
What are the chances that thr WaterEng that posted that might be someone we know?

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Going Pro / Re: How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:43:53 AM »
Bell has been trying to buy all shares back so he can leave the brewery to his kids. You can read more here -
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/04/bells_brewery_inc_to_be_sold_l.html

THAT is rarely a good idea!
Ken Grossman has Sierra Nevada, and he intends to leave it to his son and daughter. Some brewers want to follow the German tradition of breweries that are run by the family for generations.


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Going Pro / Re: How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:58:21 PM »
No loans and no investors.
Thank you guys.
It is a lot of work to do it this way thou.
+1 Leos.
Will taste your beer sometime passing through.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/28 Edition
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:55:37 PM »
The weather is cool. I might do an ordinary bitter at the request of my loving wife. A Saison will follow.
I decided to do this one low tech, easy peasy. It was kind of fun to do a batch that way. I did check the mash and kettle pH, though.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: tricks to kick into ferm mode
« on: September 28, 2012, 08:34:55 AM »
I have a 14.5 gallon Blichmann, and you can put 2 PSI on the dump valve, then slowly crack the valve open. 1 PSI is probably enough.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: tricks to kick into ferm mode
« on: September 27, 2012, 08:28:55 AM »
You did give one detail - first generation went from 1.080 to 1.018. By now that yeast could be a little tired.

You could pitch more fresh yeast and see if that does it.  If you don't want to do that, rouse the yeast and see if it does anything.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Best Big Burner
« on: September 27, 2012, 08:24:28 AM »
I've got a Blichmann burner, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend one. It's built like a brick sh!thouse, gets the wort to a boil fast and seems efficient.

+1 and QUIET!!! Plus, you can't beat the customer service.  Generally, John replys himself!

Yep. That Blichmann stuff is AWESOME and always worth the investment. John is a great guy - AND a Boilermaker!
John said he went to Iowa State.

Haha - guess I thought that since he was located in West Lafayette! Oops!

Recommendation still holds true!
He shop is in Lafayette. He worked at the Caterpiller plant on 26.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/28 Edition
« on: September 26, 2012, 04:29:51 PM »
The weather is cool. I might do an ordinary bitter at the request of my loving wife. A Saison will follow.

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The Pub / Re: Global Bacon Shortage
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:49:28 PM »
I worked on farms and ranches when I was living in OK, have been crotch deep in cow byproduct, worn out from hauling 1000 bales of alfalfa a day, sweated in the cab of a wheat truck and on the seat of a tractor with no cab.  I know what it is like and still want to do it.  Now if I can just convence swmbo!

You know what you are getting into.

I used to do a lot of hard work. But I don't know if I could do it day in day out now, and I am in pretty good shape for my age. Too many joints ache after a hard days labor.

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The Pub / Re: Global Bacon Shortage
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:26:04 PM »
It is things like this that want me to hang up this computer job.  I could get a ranch/farm, raise corn to feed my hogs, distill the corn into my own ethanol (for my car!, right), and from this months Brew Your Own, make sauerkraut and malt vinegar to sell in the market, have a garden, grow my own hops,,,,  Hell might as well grow some barley and start malting.     
I think I just figured out my plan for retirement!

Farming is hard work. Malting can be hard work. The guy in MI who is small scale floor malting said that for every ton he makes, he figures he has lifted 15 tons as he turns it. Hard work.

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The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:21:03 PM »

and for you Michigan guys, here is a link to the most expensive auto insurance in the US.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-most-expensive-states-auto-070135228.html

No fault insurance, high number of uninsured drivers, etc.

But I don't pay anything close to that number, and that is for 2 cars.

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The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:16:12 PM »
My wife and I moved to Colorado Springs 27 years ago after looking into the Raleigh/Durham area, Phoenix, Portand and Seattle areas.  I have to admit the comment about Asheville NC is very valid.  I loved North Carolina, great people, beautiful country, etc.  Drinking Made Easy had a great episode on the beer scene there.  But Colorado won hands down.  There are over 120 microbreweries in CO with more coming every month.  Fort Collins would be a great place especially if you want a good garden and chickens, housing prices are right also.  It gets a little harder to grow and raise things in the Springs area unless you want to move out east into the prairie.  But then you get away from all the amenities.  Anywhere along the Front Range is nice.  Lots of churches, great water, lakes, streams, rivers, mountains, skiing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, you get the picture.  We still talk about where we could move to now that the boys are out on their own, but we are still here!  I can do my job from anywhere I have internet access so work is not an issue.  Location is!
When in Colorado recently, I pointed out to the wife that it really does have the healthiest people in the nation.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Opinions on doppelbock (sort of)
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:46:26 AM »
Can you harvest yeast from Celebrator?

Do they bottle with the fermentation strain?

Somewhere out there in the ether I had found a site that purported to list out which beers did and did not.  This was helpful in stopping me from trying to culture Franziskaner yeast.

Or you can buy WLP-833, which is said to be the Ayinger strain.

Yes, but the OP said he was harvesting it.

OK.

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Going Pro / Re: How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:26:55 AM »
Don't forget, you can always sell shares in your brewery that are not voting shares.  You may have fewer takers, but it is one way to retain control.

Very true. There is a little place called BBC that did that.

Even without an offering of shares, you can still structure your operating corporation so that managers have the majority of control and members essentially only vote to replace managers. Plus Larry has spent the last several years trying to buy those shareholders all back out again. Aside from the complexities of doing a stock offering, a lot of thought should be given before bringing on any sort of equity partner, be it voting or non-voting.

I was talking about the Boston Brewing Company. Jim Koch has all of the voting shares.

Don't know how Bells is set up for voting shares. Larry Bell has been trying to buy all shares back so he can leave the brewery to his kids. You can read more here -
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/04/bells_brewery_inc_to_be_sold_l.html

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