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All Things Food / Ruachbier Beef Stroganoff
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:47:12 PM »
Sounds like a great combo!

All Things Food / Fermenting Crock
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:46:33 PM »
Never had kraut make me sick. Can't comment. Will say the 10L is plenty big enough. Won't be getting a 20.

It could be this one particular keg is going bad for some reason. The kegs back at brewery and 22 oz bottles from some batch taste great. I'll know more after I clean the lines this afternoon when I get home

General Homebrew Discussion / Observation
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:49:59 AM »
Gotta hand it to Sean for always keeping things in perspective!

Going Pro / Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:49:23 AM »
The capitol dome looks Soviet?  I suppose the red could use some blue to go along with it.

It does have a monumental looks, which I'm sure is intentional.  DC is a government city, and I guess these days anything involving government has become looked at as (gasp) communism.

Totally a Soviet Propaganda type. Weird choice for a DC brewery.

I take back something I said recently about not needing to clean lines every keg and replacing lines instead. Because I am getting a really bad taste from a line I just replaced 2 kegs ago. I recently took apart all my taps, cleaned and replaced my lines but my IPA tastes just awful, especially when it has sat in the line for a night or two. But the weird thing is it does't seem to affect a blond I have on tap. Anyone know why that would be?

Anyway, going to clean my lines tonight. Still a lot faster than bottling. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Observation
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:06:56 AM »
Won't argue with that b ut will point out that some of the absolute worst beers out there are homebrew, too. ;)

Going Pro / Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 05:04:44 AM »
I realize that they are a first wash, but still stand by my assertion that they are all a little to "cutesy", which would make me not recognize it as a beer company. First one is less cute of them all and I like the type treatment best and it would look good on swag and represents a good branding image, with some tightening up, if course.

The designs all have a feminine touch to them IMO, would like them to be a bit more masculine or neutral.

Ingredients / Blackberry Wheat. How many pounds
« on: April 24, 2013, 07:36:58 PM »
1-2 lbs of fruit per gallon is general rule though I personally don't have any experience with black berries in beer.

Going Pro / Logo Feedback
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:34:19 PM »
Agree with some of what mntrockclimber said but, the thing is, the designs he liked the best don't really show the type you are going to use which is important. Typography may be the most important aspect in graphic design. The way your name is read says as much about you as you branding says. I like #1 (with some reservations) because it works a branding image (the bug) in with your name.  None of the other images do this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewstrong
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:55:45 AM »
We all know that judges aren't perfect, but it seems that Jamil's comments were very impolitic and illustrate the reason I don't listen to BN shows.  I may be missing some good info, but it just insults me as much as television advertising does.

I listened to it for the first year or two when it was "underground" .... when they went with the heavy production and heavy commercial bent I lost inserts. Nothing against those guys, I met a few of them and they were great in person, but the product is not for me, personally. And I guess that's ok. ;)

Going Pro / Logo Feedback
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:42:53 AM »
I think #1 is the best one. I could see it on a shirt or pint glass. It does a fair job of branding. I think it i s a good starting point but would like to see it refined.

One thing I will say is first thing I think of when I see ever single one of these logos is "children's coloring book". Little too cutesy, all of them.

And sorry for side tracking the discussion to the merits/demerits of facebook. My bad. :P

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:10:35 AM »
I'm also not understanding the aversion to Facebook. It's certainly not my favorite website, and can be quite annoying at times, but used properly it can give you access to large amounts of people that other advertising doesn't (and cheaper also). For a brewery in planning, I think it would be instrumental. It helps you update your "fans" on your progress, while obtaining feedback. Most people probably aren't going to log onto your web site every week to see updates, but they'll sure go on FB and see what you have to say.

And if the updates are really that annoying, just go ahead and remove them from your status feed. It's quite easy.

This!!   I have a FB page for my home brewery that someday I want to make commercial. It gets my name out there and I have made many, many contacts this way.  Much easier to update with news, photos, stories than a traditional website. Plus people are already on FB vs getting someone to navigate to your website. I DO see why people don't like FB though for personal stuff.

So, on my iPad in Tapatalk I get no link to any facebook page on his post so it is impossible for me to go to the link without opening it in a browser. Use facebook all you want, it can be a great tool. But I don't think you should expect everyone to use it. And when the guy who owns a brewery and was a graphic designer for 20 years can't look at your logo that may be a problem. Just sayin'. ;)

Going Pro / Logo Feedback
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:54:41 PM »
Seeing as I'm a graphic designer AND professional brewery owner I'd love to give critique on yer logo. But I'm not sure how to use the face books. Can't you just post the images here?

Utterly a shame to me that we have become a society where we assume everyone uses Facebook... Just sayin' ;)

All Grain Brewing / Ph questions for a Kolsch
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:00:37 AM »
In the future you might have better results building your water from RO. I dilute my water 60/40 with RO/tap and add a small amount of calcium chloride to bring the total calcium ppm up to around 50. It will depend on how soft or hard your water is, of course.

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