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Going Pro / Re: I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:16:49 PM »
But you include the price of the bottle in the beer price - you don't "really" do that with cooperage. You can make a lot more money by packaging in bottles than serving draft. You need both though to be relevant. And often times draft beer tastes better.

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Beer Recipes / Re: A belgianish IPA
« on: October 28, 2011, 03:40:04 PM »
Hoppy belgian beers just taste like a train wreck to me. Give me a clean yeast characteristic with hops or let the belgian yeast character shine through. Different strokes, I guess.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: October 28, 2011, 12:09:02 PM »
+1

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Going Pro / Re: I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 28, 2011, 10:25:25 AM »
A lack of polka would be a deal breaker for me.

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Beer Recipes / Re: A belgianish IPA
« on: October 28, 2011, 10:05:20 AM »
I'll just say, for my taste, excessive hops (especially C hops) clash big time with spicy belgian yeasts. IMO you are best going moderate with hops using them to accentuate the other flavors, don't dominate or clash with them.

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Going Pro / Re: I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:33:24 AM »

On the aspect of keeping a tap full at all times Kevin McGee at healdsburg beer company stresses the importance of being totaly up front with your customers about the likelyhood of that tap going empty on occasion. He points out that limiting availability, at least in some markets, can be a great sales tactic. Sort of a 'you have to try this beer... if you can get it' attitude develops that allows a pub owner (and therefore the brewer) to command a premium price for the product. This may not be the case everywhere but in all the major west coast cities it would probably work well.

I totally agree and have been in the exact same boat. Some get irritated if the beer is not available. Others make it a marketing tactic. We just try to keep as much beer in the hands of people as possible.

Also agree with a 1 bbl system. But like I have said here and elsewhere: just be aware it becomes a full time job working for free whether on a 5 gl system or a 1 bbl system.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: October 28, 2011, 07:00:10 AM »
That's too funny. I thought it was  a joke at first but its not. Someone needs to shoot a picture Tebowing at a strip club or with a hooka or something.

Being from Alabama and owning a brewery called "Yellowhammer" we wanted to advertise that our beer was made with "Tebow's tears" after his crying stent losing to Alabama the one year. Didn't though. But shoulda! :D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Lager - Temp Advice
« on: October 28, 2011, 05:10:20 AM »
The only real reason to take the temp down so slow is to keep the yeast working cleaning up the beer. If you do a "forced maturation" or d-rest then the slow cooling toward lagering temps really isn't beneficial. At that point you can just crash cool.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: October 28, 2011, 04:39:12 AM »
You know they archive this forum indefinetly, yes?

I was wondering the same thing about you? Wanna place a small wager? Ten bucks? Twenty? Hell, I'd go all teh way to a grand but that would be like shooting fish in a barrel. I wouldn't feel right about it.  ;)

Like I said above. Tebow is Vince Young - both were great college quarterbacks but their style of play does not work in today's NFL.
Obviously you guys need to bet beer, not cash. ;)

Meh, I don't want no damn coconut, pineapple, black lava porter whatnot.  :P I actually don't want to actively route against the kid. I hope I'm wrong. I'm not, though.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:45:54 PM »
You know they archive this forum indefinetly, yes?

I was wondering the same thing about you? Wanna place a small wager? Ten bucks? Twenty? Hell, I'd go all teh way to a grand but that would be like shooting fish in a barrel. I wouldn't feel right about it.  ;)

Like I said above. Tebow is Vince Young - both were great college quarterbacks but their style of play does not work in today's NFL.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Lager - Temp Advice
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:28:28 PM »
Since talking about lagering for some reason my fridge with j control won't go below 48 degrees even though it was working just fine last week. Will I be alright if I lager at 48 degrees?

You need to be at 38 degrees at least or the yeast will not drop out (or it will take forever). You won't get the cold conditioning benefits at 48 degrees. Sounds like your compressor in said fridge is dying, probably not the controller. Once it starts to go it will probably go all the way bad in a short time.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:18:14 PM »
Numbers shumbers.  Folks in the NFL study up. 

Yeah, they study the s*** out of Brady, but he still cuts them to pieces.



Surely your not saying Tebow is in the same class of QB as Brady??? Brady is an Elite NFL QB. Tebow will be lucky to ever even see a playoff game.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pivo Temno
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:41:50 PM »
Probably not at all what you are looking for but I just aged a 10.5% belgian specialty ale on home toasted cherry wood chips and while I didn't get a lot of wood character I was shocked at how much actual cherry aroma and flavor came though. Only the faintest hint of wood.

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Going Pro / Re: I just want to be able to sell my beer
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:29:15 PM »
Consider this: Our annual ABC license that allows us to sell beer is $1,000. Your local regulations may be different, I dunno, but you are going to really have to work hard to make any kind of profit on a 5-10 gallon system.
Yeah, but WA is a pretty brewery friendly state . . .

RCW 66.24.244
Microbrewery's license — Fee.

(1) There shall be a license for microbreweries; fee to be one hundred dollars for production of less than sixty thousand barrels of malt liquor, including strong beer, per year.

Well, that's just plum reasonable!

My main concern when people start to take homebrew to the masses is still the fact that it is an awful lot of work for such a small return. If you are brewing on a 5 - 10 gal system you will end up brewing more for bars and pubs than for yourself and you still won't be making any money and you will end up working basically for free. The most important part about homebrewing for me was having good, fresh beer on tap all the time - for ME! If you start brewing for local establishments you will not have very much beer around the house. What is worse, you will most likely have to pay to drink your own beer.

Another think to consider: pubs and restaurants start to get pissed when you can't keep up with demand. Especially if you are taking up tap space. If you can;t keep a keg on that tap most places are going to bump you for someone more reliable. An empty tap costs an establishment money.

Not trying to rain on any parades, just trying to point out a few facts folks may not have thought of. Brewing beer is a lot of work, for sure.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:00:34 PM »
Numbers shumbers.  Folks in the NFL study up.  Like they are not preparing for a Tebow skill set game plan?

Sorry, I should be stoked, I know.  We are on a win streak with the lowly Lions  :-\  coming to town.


That's not going to work long term.

My thoughts exactly.

I saw this picture recently and thought of you.  heh.



That's where Jeff Fisher has been hiding out. Is that a funeral for the Titans?  ::)

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