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All Grain Brewing / OG right after pitching yeast
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:46:06 AM »
I'd recommend not pitching until the wort is below 68 for best results. Most esters and, more importantly, fusels are generated in the fist two days of fermentation. Starting the fermentation off cool will lower the fusel and ester production. I pitch WLP001/1056/WS05 around 64.

Kegging and Bottling / Kegging a Belgian Tripel.
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:53:41 AM »
FYI: setting something at 10 psi for a week is force carbbing. I think time and pressure approach dials in much better than the charge and shake.

Going Pro / getting 30 bbls on line
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:57:51 PM »
The plastic keg company sent out a notification recently not to run your compressor over 40 psi. I have heard of a few breweries with exploding plastic keg issues. The one in question is the only death though.

I don't like the plastic kegs much. Lots of little problems with them, I won't go into all of them. Looking forward to moving away from them entirely.

Going Pro / getting 30 bbls on line
« on: December 02, 2012, 10:32:26 AM »
We have some plastic kegs and some used stainless sankes. Gonna probably sell off all the plastic kegs when we start leasing.

Going Pro / Post approval inspection
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:13:58 AM »
The TTB wants to see a detailed record of every work day, wether you brew, clean kegs, mop floors, or whatever. This is something I have tried to do but have fallen massively short at. My record keeping has been atrocious. But we have documented every brew day and every keg or case of beer we have shipped. Not looking forward to the next inspection but I have known others with similar problems as myself and the inspection has never turned out bad. All they really want is to make their tax money.

That said, be sure your bright tanks are calibrated.

Going Pro / getting 30 bbls on line
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:10:18 AM »

It'll make for a more profitable business.

It better or I will be out of business!!! Amazing how expensive this stuff is. You about spend as much or more on cooperage than you do on tanks!

We are actually looking into leasing kegs now. The company we are going to go through works through the distributor so if the keg comes up missing it is the distributors fault. Course, it costs around $1400 per month minimum. F'ing racket!!!

The Pub / Alabama
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:46:38 AM »
Yeah. Right. I think you guys just saw the National Championship last night. ;)

The Pub / Alabama
« on: December 01, 2012, 07:42:58 PM »
Agree, one of the best college games I have seen in a while. COuld have gone either way. Best game all around I have seen this season. Notre Dame outta be pissing in their breeches. :P

The Pub / Alabama
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:11:54 PM »
Wow! What a great SEC championship game! Roll Tide! :D

Going Pro / Re: getting 30 bbls on line
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:06:09 AM »
I believe I recall seeing pictures of your operation early on with homebrew conicals in upright freezers. You've definitely come a long way. Very nice upgrades.

Yep. 42 gallon blichman conicals. Definitely was crazy.

Going Pro / Re: getting 30 bbls on line
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:05:20 AM »
Oh, well that puts it in perspective.  So the tanks are what, 8 feet tall? ;D

Yeah. Yer clever.  ::) ;)

Going Pro / getting 30 bbls on line
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:18:48 PM »
Gotta post a picture of me and my handsome self, of course. :D

Going Pro / Post approval inspection
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:12:09 PM »
She/he is going want to specifically see a record of what you have shipped. The TTB is about making money for Uncle Sam. You show you haven't slighted the you got nothin'' to worry about. You are allowed to consume and take home a certain amount of beer per year tax free, kinda like homebrewing. But you need to document what you sell very carefully.

Going Pro / Post approval inspection
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:30:07 PM »
We didn't have any problem with our post approval inspection. Lady was friendly, told us a few things to do differently and gave us some paperwork that showed how she liked it done. They looked through our books. Was no big deal. I was a bit concerned at first, but was NBD.

Going Pro / getting 30 bbls on line
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:13:38 PM »
No, I don't. I'll ask Ethan. He ordered them. I just gave my thumbs up.

We actually got a good price on these. We were able to talk them down and get something that was fairly close to the quote we got from china + chipping. Don't get me wrong, they were definitely pricier but when you factor in I can start filling them next week as opposed to March or April ....

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