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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Transfer to secondary with March pump
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:14:27 AM »
It is preferable to transfer beer without a pump if possible because you don'tr want to knock the co2 out of the beer - foaming like that can erase some volatile aromas. But I do use a pump for beer transfer out of my non pressurizable tanks out of necessity. The preferred methos is to transfer via co2 pressure on the tank to be racked.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Alpha-mashing ginger
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:07:15 AM »
IIRC if you mash corn with malt enzymes it turns to maltose. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Interesting topic about the ginger being mashed. I use a lot of ginger, mostly all at knock out and whirl pool. One  thing I have seemed to notice with ginger is the longer you boil it the "spicier" (IOW hotter) it becomes. I am planning on doing some actual tests on that soon to see how rue it is.

I just brewed a honeyed ginger ale with lemon rind a few weeks ago and it is pretty tasty, though perhaps a little over the top on the ginger.

Ingredients / Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:03:25 AM »
What hasn't seem to have been mentioned is that there are less vegetative matter in pallets as opposed to whole so you should get less vegetative flavors with pellets. Also, whole hops soak up a lot more beer so you will lose more with whole hops. I have never had a problem with pellets dropping out. I use conicals now almost exclusively and I dump my hops in and don't have any issues with carry over. OTOH I do BBT every beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sour beer
« on: September 27, 2012, 04:16:55 PM »
+ 1. "Wild Brews" is the book to get on the topic. Way more to discuss there than you will get here. Also check out the burgundian babble belt forum.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Topic Posting
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:07:00 AM »
Bump up to active threads. I don't mind moving the threads around but it seems like the AG sections is becoming more of a "catch all" again lately. Again, putting the threads in the right section helps with the search function. In other words, just because you brew AG doesn't mean you should post a fermentation question in the AG section. Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / MOVED: Sour beer
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:05:11 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Do you rinse sani-clean?
« on: September 24, 2012, 11:28:57 AM »
yeah, they are told what they are supposed to say as far as air drying and what not. I never air dried it.

Going Pro / How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:16:17 AM »
It's important to get the right ones. Works perfect for me. Each of us has a job to do (which is why I am not always clear on TTB issues - I don't deal wioth it :) ) I will say, it is important to have the right partners and make sure that you are all moving in the same direction. Otherwise, it will not work.

Another important item to implement is to make sure that there is 100% consensus. We have to agree 100% between all of use to move forward. You don't want one person constantly outvoted or there will be major discord.

Going Pro / How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:56:28 AM »
just sayin', it can be done without going down the road of having investors it just may take a little longer.

... But only if you personally have some money. ;)

Well, yeah Good point. I also have 3 partners w/equal ownership.

All Grain Brewing / MOVED: Dry hop help
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:15:26 AM »

Going Pro / Re: How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:59:32 AM »
I have been tempted by a couple investment offers and have so far managed to stay away from it. I have had two loans and am getting ready to have a third (and we are upping to 30 bbl tanks in the next 6 months w/new glycol unit ... yay!). I see other breweries with bundles of investors and I see how much problems it causes especially with different opinions of directions. One new brewpub opening in H'ville had one investor that insisted they had Bud Light on tap so that he and his buddies could come in and drink, other investment partners that fall apart or show up every six months and act like they own the place, etc, etc... OTOH you get money right up front and don't have to dig and dig and dig for several years to make it happen.

When we build out our new facility in the next couple of years we may have to get some investors but our plan is to simply get investors for the property and have them lease it back to us. After this loan from the bank is paid off we should be in a position to pay off a 1-1.5 mil. loan and the bank said they would give it to us due to our track record so, just sayin', it can be done without going down the road of having investors it just may take a little longer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Do you rinse sani-clean?
« on: September 23, 2012, 03:28:14 PM »
They told us not to use it. Star san was OK though. Like I said, not that it really matters just thought it was weird.

General Homebrew Discussion / Do you rinse sani-clean?
« on: September 23, 2012, 05:43:53 AM »
i dunno, but I had some in the brewery when I first started up and the health dept told me I could not use it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Store in Alabama Raided
« on: September 22, 2012, 04:30:19 PM »
Unless those folks are going to shut down the border and prevent the import of that equipment and the associated supplies, they are wasting time.  In fact what they did was damage the livelihood of someone that 'built that' business.  Alabamans need to use this to get this law updated.

We're tryin', man. Almost happened this year.

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