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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:31:36 PM »
I'm hoping and praying that the growler bill goes through next legislative session here in Alabama. Because then I will be brewing beers EXCLUSIVELY for growler to go that you will only be able to get at the brewery.

Cleaning growlers yuck!

I hope they pass the law. It just makes a lot of sense to allow that. I just hope you counter pressure fill instead of off the tap lines.

Oh did I say I hate cleaning growlers.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:17:03 PM »
Leos has a nice place there and good beers. He might even let you work for him when you visit (for free of course). I can't wait to see the new place. We need some more construction photos here or on FB.

To think I wasted that perfectly good BA members code and did not buy tickets. Maybe next year...

Going Pro / Re: Starting homebrew supply company
« on: July 27, 2015, 03:47:09 PM »
Brewcraft, Brewers Supply Group, LD Carlson these three should give you a good start. All are on the web.

Good Luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:35:02 PM »
This is why I use FermCap.

I use that also.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:21:00 PM »
Pretty scary, I always turn my kettle off before adding hops. Not sure that would work with a steam kettle. I learned my lesson without the burns. Dodging hot wort is not fun when a boil over happens. FWIW my kettle is 10bbl natural gas fired.

Going Pro / Re: Question about Restrictions of brewery location
« on: July 06, 2015, 02:32:07 PM » 

I would suggest signing up for so you can fill and file online. It even tells you when the numbers don't add up for the columns.  You can file and pay your excise tax online there also. Huge time saver.  8)

Going Pro / Re: Question about Restrictions of brewery location
« on: July 03, 2015, 12:59:53 PM »
As far as spend grain is concerned. On one of the TTB form we file how much hops and grain we use per the period. This is quite silly to my opinion because if I brew higher gravity beers in winter and smaller gravity in the summer, there would be significant difference per BBL of beer. The same goes for hops.

I worry that one of these days they're going to audit me for making session beers.

The new (2015) brewers report form doesn't require that any more.

I agree it was a pain to count all the grain and hops.

Equipment and Software / Re: I'll be the guinea pig
« on: July 01, 2015, 02:49:13 PM »
Keep us updated and more pictures  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch Guidance
« on: July 01, 2015, 02:31:28 PM »
My recipe that I have used was 84% pils, 6% munich, and 10% wheat. I used German grown Northern Brewer for bittering and add a bit at flame out. It went over pretty well.

The Pub / Re: A Weird Kind of Anniversary
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:46:56 PM »
Good for you, glad everything is working out for you.

The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:41:54 PM »
Voted for you. Good Luck!

Going Pro / GABF is anyone entering?
« on: June 09, 2015, 04:27:06 PM »
I was wondering if any one of the Pros going to enter the GABF? Are you going to pour at a booth?

Also how do you expect to be successful at it if you want to do it only part time?

This is one thing I wonder about when I  see or hear about people running a brewery part time. You have to be either in or out. Or you have to be willing to pay someone to be all the way in. You can not run a successful brewery on the side in your spare time (if by "successful you mean "profitable".)

I did a summer of working fulltime at a job and the brewery fulltime about killed me. I do not recommend that, also if you have a small system like a 3bbl you will be brewing a lot, leaving you little time for other things that have to be done at the brewery.  I happy to say we have no debt except for our building but I know we are the exception not the rule in the brewing business. That will change when we get bigger equipment and larger building.

All Things Food / Re: Sausage Slicer - need help
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:52:59 AM »
"If it'll cut a pipe, it'll cut a d!€k"
 So, I can only assume it would slice a sausage just fine. I can make you deal on one.

One for the ages! EPIC!

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