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The Pub / Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« on: January 05, 2015, 08:46:24 PM »
In my experience as a brewery startup there're many folks interested in getting their foot in the door, and I'm finding that this is probably the best way to land a job in a brewery. It certainly can't hurt to try if you have the time.

The Pub / Re: Denny and Drew on The Session Tonight (11/10/14)
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:21:44 PM »
Awesome Denny!

I'll have to download the session some time.  You guys are working it really nicely.

Maybe too nicely...the first printing sold out and we're waiting for the second!

Hope things are going well with the brewery!

That's just fantastic Denny.  I'm so happy for you guys.

Placed the order for the 15 bbl brewhouse and fermenters last week.  Drains are going in this week and then onto framing. Got the pilot system on order as well.  It's been an awesome ride so far!  Much more to do though.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:16:51 PM »
It's always sad to see the frost hit the garden, but that just means a new beginning is coming next spring.  My garden did fairly well this year, including the hops.  Pickled and canned about 3 dozen jars of assorted tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.  Even made some fresh habanero pepper sauce.  :-X Great stuff! Brewed an awesome Harvest ale with my Magnum and fresh Cascade wet hops this fall.  Used dried home grown Magnum for bittering. Since I'll be busy brewing 500 gallons at a pop at my brewery starting next April, I hope I can coax my wife into planting a few garden veggies next year.

Happy Holidays folks!  8)

The Pub / Re: Denny and Drew on The Session Tonight (11/10/14)
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:15:03 PM »
Awesome Denny!

I'll have to download the session some time.  You guys are working it really nicely.

Going Pro / Re: Calculating Hop Contracts
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:12:51 PM »
We're going to contract some hops in due time.  We're also going to purchase hops on the spot market for the short term. Contracts are pretty much dried up for this year and limited selections for next year, so we'll plan for 2016 then see how we progress through the first year with spot market purchase/usage. I think hop contracts can be very beneficial if you know what you want and how much you'll be using. YMMV.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:06:45 PM »
+1000 to Troegs!

Excellent beers and awesome brewery.  I was there in the sping of this year and their beers in the taproom are fresh and tasty!

I'll keep my eyes open for the TBHW IPA.  Thanks for posting.

The Pub / Re: Happy T-Day everyone!
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:01:21 PM »
Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!  :)

I managed to work through the entire holiday, but that's the life of an entrepreneur. I finally have a job that I enjoy.

Going Pro / Re: Familiar brewery in this article
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:57:30 AM »
I'm much more handsome.

"A+" for confidence.   ;)

Congrats on the continuing success!   8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging the NHC
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:59:19 PM »
Fun times in Grand Rapids!  Looking good Jeff!

Sometimes things are best left alone and this is one of them. It may turn out better than you think. I certainly understand your disappointment but I bet you'll be surprised by the outcome.

That's very odd. Is there a lot of haze? What's your water source? Try checking color with known commercial examples.

Would have been cool to see you strum the ukulele
for an encore! Great video! The Click and Clack of homebrew. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best vessel to dry hop in?
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:46:43 PM »
Usually the final resting place for the beer.  Which for me is the keg.  Although I've also done it in plastic fermenters and glass.  Don't dry hop in the'll make a mess eventually.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Henielma
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:43:29 PM »
Welcome aboard Herman!

I find that fresh is key. Whole flower hops work well for me. Dry hopping really helps out in the aroma. Not to say they don't in flavor. I like 7-14 days to get the most out of the hops. If you're getting too much then cut back on the quantity until you find your preference. Some folks just don't like that pungent hoppy aroma/flavor as much.

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