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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Squeezing wort out of hops
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:50:21 PM »
When I saw the hop press under the boil kettle at Sierra Nevada, I lost my fear of squeezing the wort out of the hops.

That's what I needed to hear! Thanks!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Which yeast?
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:56:53 AM »
Yeah, I knew they added some sort of culture too. Forgot to mention that. Pannepot is pretty good. Long time since I had it. Still have the bottle though, so it must have been pretty good. ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Which yeast?
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:51:32 AM »
Seems like I recall de struise uses T-58 for all their beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear(er) Beer
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:37:56 AM »
PH is one of the biggest factors to having crystal clear beer. If your mash pH is off you will not have clear beer no matter how hard you try. Cold, time and finningis the key once you have the pH dialed in.

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The Pub / Re: RIP MCA
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:09:19 AM »
Thata sucks. Not a huge fan but I did get a kick out of that band from time to time. Seem like a bunch of fun dudes. Hate to hear one of them is gone.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:13:38 AM »
I'm pretty good at manning the smoker. Not a master, but aspiring to become one. I live on 7 acres of mountain land, so no lawn.

Wood carving - that's a nice thought. I have an abundance of Chittam wood on my property.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:35:19 AM »
My wife already knits, it looks really boring. Screw it, I'll just drink more.

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Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:44:11 PM »
Wait, maybe that's what you meant by tall kid shallow pool. My bad.  :P

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Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:36:27 PM »
It's not worth it to me to self distribute.

Yeah, but you're a tall kid in a very shallow pool, Keith. Most micros would kill to get that kind of attention from a distributor.
No, not necessarily. Our distributor does help us out a lot. Our beer makes them money. Maybe other breweries don't understand the power they wield. OTOH we are not in the same market as many other regions. Not a tight market, competition wise. For now any way.

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Going Pro / Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: May 03, 2012, 04:09:31 PM »
It's not worth it to me to self distribute. Our distributor does a much better job distributing our product, plus we are all over the state. Who has time to drive a twelve hour round trip every week or two, plus clean lines (our distributor does that) plus grab empty kegs, etc? Not me. I'd rather be brewing.

Oh, also, there's the refrigerated trick I don't have to buy. Plus I can unload my product on them and they can hold it in their ginormous cold room. And they send me a check or two every month - no collecting from several different sources.

They do a hell of a lot for us, print banners or posters for free, go in halves on glass ware, clean lines, deliver tap handles, etc., etc.

Distribution is one headache I don't want to have to worry about.

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Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: May 03, 2012, 03:38:44 PM »
We've actually stopped giving away beer for most events unless there is some serious recompense. We make the festivals pay now, too. It doesn't make sense for the fest to make out like a bank heist while the brewery is only there under the guise of "marketing their product". Without the diverse breweries pedaling (often times) their rare and special beer, the festivals have no attraction. It isn't the fests offering marketing for the breweries - it's the other way 'round. So why would we give them free beer? Screw 'em if they don't wanna pay for it.

Now, charity may be a different case, but even then a discount is normally what we offer.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 03, 2012, 12:01:45 PM »
Huh ???

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Which yeast?
« on: May 03, 2012, 11:16:22 AM »
I really like wlp565. Especially for fruity style Saison. BUt I have to agree that the wyeast French Saison strain is by far the easiest to use. Will dry the beer out easily, won't stall and has nice peppeR and fruit overtones.

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Ingredients / Re: Wheat malt
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:45:46 AM »
I use Best Wheat malt and don't have any of the issues you guys speak of. Kernal size is same as most 2 row. I do usually mash a little lower and longer to assure maximum ferment ability and conversion.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:43:23 AM »
I'm not too keen on turning my hobby into something that becomes a drudge to perform. ???

I also work for a fairly large corp. While there are definite advantages to this the main suck about the job is my fellow employees. I studied and trained for many years to do what I love to do. It's the shocking behavior demonstrated by my "colleagues" that'll drive me from the industry and not the repetitive nature of my work.

I might end up sweeping floors in a brewery before long   ;)

If you really love brewing it would not be drudgery. Part of the fun of this venture (for me anyway) is the challenge of growing a business and marketing it. Also, getting to meet people is awesome. But the main joy for me is definitely still brewing and getting to experiment with different ideas.

Also, whomever said I needed together a new hobby I think really hit it on the head. I need something to do at home that isn't brewing. Still trying to figure out just exactly what that is going to be.

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