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Going Pro / Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:04:44 PM »
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 25, 2013, 02:36:58 AM »
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, 10:34:19 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, 05:55:45 PM »
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, 04:42:53 PM »
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, 04:10:35 PM »
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 24, 2013, 01:54:41 AM »
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, 02:00:37 PM »
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.

Ingredients / black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:34:06 PM »
Don't know about a CDA/BIPA but I really like Nugget hops in my dark ales.

General Homebrew Discussion / Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:32:37 PM »
I started out brewing on an electric top stove in a small apartment and used a wet towel and fan to keep my wort cooled. Now I own a 15 bbl brew house and back to back 30 bbl batches and distribute been all over the state. Don't turn the kit back, grow as you allow yourself to grow. The propane burners and copper heat exchangers and temp controlled chest freezers will all come in time.

Kegging and Bottling / Problems serving beer!! Help needed!
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:26:02 PM »
I know you say all the pieces are in the faucet but are you sure the restricter is in place? Doesn't make sense that it is coming out "way too fast" at 25psi

All Grain Brewing / Angry Beer?
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:31:25 AM »
Do you have any control over fermentation temp?

The Pub / Why I run Windows
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:48:23 PM »
People have been calling Microsoft "idiots" and saying they're doomed for years. What's different about this time? I remember people saying all the same stuff about Vista and 7 too.

I don't think they are idiots nor do I think Windows is going away. But egads Windows 8 is a nightmare.

The Pub / Why I run Windows
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:36:49 AM »

The Pub / automatic tip
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:17:16 PM »
Depends on the marketing - for instance, even if it says "Hot, fresh and steamy".

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