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Well, if you can only sell 3bbls of beer a week you are in trouble. Our problem has never been selling beer, its been keeping up with demand. It has been a HUGE problem. Let me just say that again: a FRIGGIN HUGE problem.
That said, our philosophy was to start out to create demand first and then fill that demand. Still wish I started out at the size I am now and grew into a 7 or 10 bbl system. The fact of the matter is any size brewery smaller than 3 bbl brewery means you will be working lots of hours for free. In fact, I have a 3bbl system and I am working 40-50 hours a week for free now.
Or you do what some of the smaller breweries here did, hire another brewer and work 2 shifts to keep up with demand. You have to figure out the cost of that and will it fit into your plans.
If you can't afford to pay yourself, can you afford the brewer?
A bigger system allows one to spend more time on the business end, which is bigger than most homebrewers would think.
This is a very good suggestion. If you are short on equipment, hire someone to help you so you get the full use of it, IE 2nd or 3rd shifts. While everyone loves the thought of being totally independent and doing everything on their own, many times that's impossible with expensive and/or limited equipment. I've seen this happen and it resulted in a closed business. (Not brewing related.)
"One financial industry professional was blunter in dismissing the downgrade. "Frankly, S&P could have delivered their opinion to me at my desk, printed on vellum, two weeks beforehand, hand delivered by a naked singing supermodel, and I would still have ignored it," he wrote in an email."
That guy is a liar. Just sayin'.
Well, I bet he wouldn't have been paying much attention to what was actually delivered.
Are we allowed to brew in open top keg systems like we homebrew now?
We would be starting small with a brewery, just as we started farming small, because we believe it's better not to go into debt and rather build up slowly.
I'll just say +1. Amen brother.