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Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: August 11, 2010, 11:55:51 AM »
Good point, Denny. Then ones I have used have always been pitted.

Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: August 11, 2010, 09:21:53 AM »
Add them to the secondary, you don;t ant to add them to wort. Add them to the finished beer. You can freeze fresh cherries which will cause the fruit membranes to rupture. If you are concerned about sanitztion blanch them in boiling water before freezing.

You may actually have to use a tertiary fermenter because when I have used cherries in the past it was very difficult to rack off the beer without picking up bits and pieces. Another option might be to use a puree.

Ingredients / Re: Spring Water
« on: August 11, 2010, 08:40:16 AM »
What these guys said. Not the best idea to use any water for AG without testing it first (though you can get away with it, its far from ideal) For extract brewing you are better off using RO water.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun vs. CP Filler
« on: August 11, 2010, 04:44:53 AM »
It strikes me as absurdly simple how easy it would be with a few minor modifications to turn a BG into a CPBF. A stopper drilled with a hole adequately large enough to fill the BG post and a smaller hole to let Co2 out slowly (and under pressure) while you fill. Perhaps put your finger over relief hole to get it started under pressure.

The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 10, 2010, 06:23:33 PM »
Unfortunately very few of the TechTalkers are reading this and most of the ones who have responded to this thread have been one and out. That's a shame. I'm sure we would all find we have much more in common than differences.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer staling prematurely?
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:29:12 AM »
FYI - I get no bubble. And I have cracked the cane before but it is not a weekly occurrence.  ;) These things don;t last forever, either. Usually mine lasts about a year to 18 months before it needs replaced.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: out of curiosity...
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:20:04 AM »
Euge - if you are just going to sell you still have to a have a liq. lic. and that costs a grand or so. But you have to have paperwork where that beer came from. The one thing you don;t want to do is do something tricky aand get caught by the TTB. In addition to a huge fine you could possibly go to jail.

The bar thing is a good idea, but remember you are going to have to pay for a liq. lic. Definitely think about teaming it up awith another related business. There's a homebrew shop in Nashville, TN that is a Garden/Homebrew shop. Their HB shop only takes up about 1/4 of the store but there are always homebrewers in there buying stuff and it is a well supplied store.

Good luck to you!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer staling prematurely?
« on: August 09, 2010, 11:58:46 AM »
I guess I don't understand what's so hard about syphoning. Put a carboy on a table with the target vessel on the floor, fill a tube with water, hold your thumb over one end, put the other end in the source, hold the thumb end below the open end, then release your thumb. Drain the water into a glass, and then divert to the target when beer starts coming out. Very simple, and it doesn't shake air into anything. If you want to slow the rate, move the two ends of the tube closer to each other. If you want to stop the flow, raise the outflow end higher.

Finally, a voice of sanity!  This is what I do do...maybe that makes you the voice of insanity....

I guess its kinda nice to not have to put your hands, clean though they may be, over the opening of both ends that are going to be touching your beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer staling prematurely?
« on: August 09, 2010, 08:02:51 AM »
Yes, I have cracked the cane before.

The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 09, 2010, 07:11:08 AM »
I've followed the forum since it started, but I'm more a fan of TechTalk, one of those long-in-the-tooth geezers (actually, FYI, a 28-year-old tech-friendly journalist). I'm not here to explain or defend that preference. I'll miss TT, but I understand the reasons behind the shift.

Frankly, though, I'm pretty turned off to the idea of being part of this community after reading the responses from forum members towards those prefering TT. I don't agree with the TechTalkers who have been bashing the forum, and likewise I don't need to deal with you guys on the forum who have responded in kind.

Thanks guys; way to make this a welcoming, open place. Meanwhile, plenty of HBD users are on TT saying, "Come on in, the water's fine." Maybe you could take a lesson from that, rather than trying to belittle us dinosaurs.

Thank you, honestly, for the civility from those of you (Denny, Drew and many others) who have shown it. It's a shame a vocal minority has to frame this as an "us vs. them" issue.

I am also sorry you feel this way and hope that you would see that only a small minority of posts were even slightly antagonistic. I personally hope anything I said didn't offend anyone, I was just trying to lighten the mood a little. Wasn't trying to insult anyone so I apologize if anything I said came off unwelcoming. I certainly would like to welcome everyone to the forum, especially the TechTalkers, dinosaurs they may be.  :D ;) Seriously, I'm just kidding.

But, if I may beat my old drum again, I notice that too many of you that say you "follow the forum" don't participate. I am simply saying that you should use it before you make pronouncements on its usefulness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: out of curiosity...
« on: August 09, 2010, 07:03:30 AM »
Wow Keith, sounds like Alabama is pretty harsh with their regs?

There is a guy on HBT who has a nano-brewery in a garage behind his house and it doesnt sound like he had to jump through half the hurdles you have had to.

Good for you on staying the course

You have no idea how many regs and hurdles you have to jump through in Alabama - I haven't even scratched the surface. I will say that I have a hard time believing the TTB would ever allow anyone to sell beer from their house. Its possible that they could shut him down if they decided to actually visit for an inspection. Not to mention having a business in a residential area. Not a lot of places are going to go for that. It may be that he has a unique location and situation. I think it is safe to assume that 99% of homebrewers would not be able to do this at their homes.

I also just noticed the OP is only interested in selling ONE beer. FTR, even if you do decide you want to sell one or two beers there is a couple thousand dollars in fees you have to pay before you are licensed to sell beer, at the very minimum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer staling prematurely?
« on: August 09, 2010, 06:39:15 AM »
Yeah, and I have seen this debate before. I don't get a micro bubble. I fasten the hose with a gear clamp. I have no problems with beer staling prematurely.

Another thing that works forr me, if you are siphoning off into kegs, is to attach a racking cane on the base of the hose so that you minimize splashing and siphon directly onto the bottom of the keg. Otherwise you will have possible issues with the hose curling. Of course, you could just purge the keg with Co2.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: out of curiosity...
« on: August 09, 2010, 05:48:19 AM »
Let's say that i am interested in selling one of my beers. What, legally, do i have to do to enable that?

I am in the process of opening a brewery and let me just say the the federal TTB lic. is only one hurdle you are going to have to jump. There is also local regulations that are just simply going to shock you. Be prepared to spend at least $80,000 just to get off the ground, unless you are planning on going REALLY small and, in that case, be prepared to constantly lose money while supplying a small bar with beer.

To give you an idea we are starting with basically a 3 bbl system (or, to be more correct, a brew system that is capable of brewing 1.5 bbls that we back to back batch into 3bbl fermenters.) And we are looking to be able to supply only 2 or 3 bars until our big system is finally ready. On the books, unless you start off with around a 6 or 7 bbl brewery you are going to be losing money every month. And you really need about a 15 bbl system to really float the boat.

There are mounds and mounds of paper work. There are local laws that may cause you to have to go through a distributor. There are inspections, limits, regulations, and fees. Lots of fees.

We have been hit by many surprises by local officials. One of the biggest surprises was the $5,000 in food grade lights we had to have to pass inspection. Or the explosion proof grain room including fan and hundreds of dollars in outles and light switches that would not ignite a spark (stupid, I know.) Or the glass interceptor we had to install even though we are not planning on bottling - also $5,000. There's also $1000s of dollars of fees and lic you have to pay annually. There's lots more, I just don't have time to give you all the info.

If you are planning on just selling a few beers out your door be warned, the TTB does not think this is fine, funny or cute, nor does your local Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. They want their revenue. If they find out, they will arrest you!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer staling prematurely?
« on: August 09, 2010, 05:36:48 AM »
I'm just going to add that I absolutely LOVE my auto-siphon and they work great. I used to use Gordon's method, however. I also want to say it is awesome to see Gordon Strong posting here!  8)

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