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I've done three in one day and five in 24 hours !:o  I'll never do that again!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 12, 2009, 06:25:09 PM »
Just joined 3 days ago! ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A brief intro
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:50:11 PM »
Welcome!  Silly question: "Is homebrewing legal in Belgium?"

First off, it's not just "guys" here... ;)
I brew about 12-18 five gallon batches per year at about $15-30 per batch (repitching yeast, hop amounts, leaf vs. pellet, etc. changes the cost quite a bit).  In Michigan, a properly licensed brewer has to distribute through a distributor plus a litany of taxes and other restrictions.  As a result of so many liquor control headaches, I wouldn't want to start a brewing business (plus, my day job probably pays better and isn't anywhere near as much physical labor!).
I wish there were classes like this when I was in school.
Good luck,

Gail hit the nail on the head regarding the goverment hoops you'd have to jump through to just to brew your first batch of commercial beer.  Her per-batch costs are right in line as well.

I brew 30, 5 gallon batches a year.  I'm goint to step up to 10 gallon batches to reduce my overall brew time.

As far as going to the next level, there are several factors that could be roadblocks:  Capital, local market conditions and government regulation are just a couple.  Labor and energy cost are skyrocketing as well and brewing is both energy and labor intensive.  Plus, you have to make beers that appeal to a large enough market to make it $$ fesible.  It's not an easy business.

I think I'll just brew for me for a while longer. ;)

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: November 08, 2009, 10:36:18 PM »
 :o I am in love!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: November 08, 2009, 03:20:49 PM »
1 - 6.5 gal
3 - 6 gal
4 - 5 gal
1 - 1/4 bbl sankey
2 - 7.5 gal SS Conicals

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