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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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Do you rinse sani-clean?
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:32:00 PM »
They recommend "air drying if possible". FWIW the local health dept told me SaniClean is not approved by EPA. Not that that probably matters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Store in Alabama Raided
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:55:55 PM »
A couple years after I started brewing (somewhere between 96 and 98) there were two homebrew shops in Huntsville that were both raided. I don't remember how it panned out exactly but the one is still open today (acually, it's more of a healthfood store with a Homebrew shop in the back).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this beer still good?
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:53:25 PM »
I have to say in my opionion Lindemans Framboise wasn't any good to start with so...

exactly what I was thinking.  ;)

Ingredients / How to make Flaked Maize/Corn?
« on: September 20, 2012, 09:03:48 AM »
I'd dissagree about the cereal mash. A cereal mash is to make starches in hard grains available to the enzymes. Flaked maize avoids this by increasing the surface/body ratio so that water and enzymes can easily penetrate the kernel.  Sweet corn is so juicy that just cutting the kernels off is going to expose any starches to the mash enzymes.  I'd just smash the corn up and add it to the mash.

I was wondering along the same lines but since I had never used it I wasn't sure. Hence the reason I said you "might" need one.

Going Pro / Re: Dumb Question
« on: September 20, 2012, 06:59:42 AM »
But not many smaller breweries have separate MT/LT. I know of small regional breweries who don't. It's a good distinction though.

My brewery is very much the same as a homebrew set up, except I have a glycol unit instead of a refrigerator. Also, you need a clean in place set up because the tanks get too big to clean by hand. Outside of that it just boils down to scale. You will need at least one real brewery pump, a large plate chiller, some way to fire your kettle/HLT ....

For a brew pub I think it reasonable to start off fairly small, but I'd recommend at least 2.5 bbl system. You can pretty much hodgepodge that together (though it won't be as pretty visually, if you want it displayed to the clientele.

All Grain Brewing / Re: your experiences in moving to 10g?
« on: September 18, 2012, 06:46:20 PM »
Re: Starter. I just went with two flasks and two stir plates and just ordered two vials.

That's what I would do if I brewed a 10g batch.  I already have the flasks and stir plates and couldn't pass up the opportunity to ferment with two different yeasts in this situation.

Absolutely. I still do a lot of side by side batches this way. I have a "festweizen" going right now with 2 different weizen yeasts.

Beer Recipes / Re: Midnight Wheat
« on: September 18, 2012, 06:38:13 PM »
It has a really mellow coffee like roast. This and blackprinz are hands down the best malt you will find from briess.

How many bags of this did you end up with from NHC? I had 5-6, but my cats ate a couple bags...

None, because I had several 50 lbs sacks of it back at my brewery. I use it now over the carafa special.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Amount of Wyeast Nutrient in starter
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:38:36 PM »
You do not need a lot. WYEASTS instructions say only 11 gms per bbl (a bbl is 31 gallons). In a 2 liter flask I always just dipped out a small amount on the edge of a butter knife and dropped it in.

All Grain Brewing / Re: your experiences in moving to 10g?
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:16:12 PM »
Re: Starter. I just went with two flasks and two stir plates and just ordered two vials.

Ingredients / Re: How to make Flaked Maize/Corn?
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:14:23 PM »
I think they par boil or flash steam it and send it through a roller. Seems like you could just crush the corn in a blender or something and add it directly to the mash. Might need to do a cereal mash with it though.

All Grain Brewing / your experiences in moving to 10g?
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:35:29 AM »
Make sure you rig up some type of ball valve, not just a pick up tube. Maybe that is what you meant. Your chilling times will be different but a 25 ft piece of copper IC will work for a 10 gallon batch.

The only real downside of having ten gallon batches is having to carry two full fermenters around instead of one.

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