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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 at 58F?
« on: May 05, 2011, 01:26:50 PM »
It's taking a long time because it is not the best cold fermenter. I always start mine out at around 58, but let it raise to 62 and then finish it off in the mid to high 60s. Have had it stall many times under 62.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 at 58F?
« on: May 05, 2011, 10:15:19 AM »
This strain has a tendency to stall under temps of 62 degrees, especially near the end of fermentation. Definitely raise temp to the mid 60's near end.

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The Pub / Re: It's Started Already...
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:02:21 AM »
The mountain I live on is nicknames "rattlesnake mountain" for a very good reason. It is loaded with rattlesnakes. For the most part I have found rattlesnakes to be extremely passive. As long as you don't step directly on them you won't likely ever get bit,

That said, I do have dogs and kids so if I find one close to the house I try to remove it. My neighbor will catch and release them. If he is not around I get the hoe and take care of it in a more violent way. Nothing I ever enjoy doing, that;s for sure. They are very beneficial creatures.

That said, if you really dislike poisonous snakes keep a few black racers around. They will actually eat other poisonous snakes.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Red Witbier?
« on: May 03, 2011, 08:09:42 PM »
A "red" witbier??? I think you mean a Rotbier. ;)

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Oh, man!! You guys are making me thirsty!!  ;D  Didn't brew one this year (first year in quite a while) but plan on one next! Great tradition, brewing Maibock that is!

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Well, first off - that's the TTBs laws. Not Alabama laws. Alabama laws currently state that we are not even  allowed to sample the beer on premises .... guess how realistic that is.  ;)

But I believe the TTB law is that you are taxed only by what is sold. So the 200 gallons to take home is untaxed... I think. That said, I am the brewer and my partner takes care of all the paperwork and taxes and what not. I sent him an email to clarify if that beer is untaxed or not. If it is taxed then, still, doesn't amount to very much. TTB taxes are $7/bbl.

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No. It doesn't. It would not be cost effective for homebrewers to consider buying a lic. either.

I wasn't heading in that direction.  I was just curious and felt like it probably wouldn't cover home brewing anyway.

If you have a brewery with a wet area, walk in cold room storage, instance hot water heater that can reach dough in temps, and hot water clean up .... it would be kinda silly to still brew at home... just sayin'.  ;)

 Just a little side track....Can you take some what you make at the licensed brewery home for your own personal consumption? Or, does all have to be accounted for and taxed and sold through a distributor?

Back to to the post now.

The TTB allows you to take home 200 gallons a year, kinda the same as with homebrewing.

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No. It doesn't. It would not be cost effective for homebrewers to consider buying a lic. either.

I wasn't heading in that direction.  I was just curious and felt like it probably wouldn't cover home brewing anyway.

If you have a brewery with a wet area, walk in cold room storage, instance hot water heater that can reach dough in temps, and hot water clean up .... it would be kinda silly to still brew at home... just sayin'.  ;)

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No. It doesn't. It would not be cost effective for homebrewers to consider buying a lic. either.

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I, for one, have a brewers license so I am in the clear.  ;)

Tom Schmidlin said what I want to say better than I ever could.

I guess I should also warn all of us, including myself, not to get too politically sidetracked. Though it's hard to talk about homebrewing legality without brushing up against politics.

The other thing I will say is that I do believe that the homebrewing law is partially backed by Bud lobbyists who don't want to see more craft beer in Alabama. Craft beer is what it is because of homebrewers. And if you take the wind out of the homebrewer's sales you, in turn, take a lot of the wind out of the craft brewers as well. My .02.

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The Pub / Re: Storms in the southeast
« on: April 30, 2011, 01:24:54 PM »
Phone is sporadic at best. first time it has worked since yesterday when I logged in. Back here in my little cove it has been one long party jumping from house to house. Helps to have lots of beer. Course its starting to get warm now.

One of my neighbors made it into town today (I live about 30 minutes from anything) and brought me a 6 pack of Great Divide IPA. I had no IPA at the house so I was thankful (even though I have about 6 bbls worth back in town).  ;D  They also brought ice, which was awesome.

Seriously appreciate all the kind thoughts and words. I almost feel guilty I am not suffering more than I am. Have running water. Have had plenty of food. We are on gas so my cook top works. I have even been plugging in my tankless water heater for hot showers and dishwashing.

Only thing lacking is power to my keggerator but I am very thankful for everything I have, most especially the safety of my family and friends.

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This is how much you know about Alabama politics. Its usually not ever allowed to come up for a vote. That's the problem. And as a brewer - and business owner - we have a slew of other legislative issues that need to be addressed. But the powers that be are taking money from the beer distributors and big beer to keep our legislation from ever coming to a vote.

And to suggest that I "move to another state" is absurd. I have invested my life savings in this state. Its simply not that easy.

That said, I agree that if a county would vote to be dry they should have that right. But when it is kept from coming to a vote by selected interest - that's wrong. Plain wrong. And it is a far cry from freedom.

Well, I know that this thread was all about it coming to a vote and not passing. I admit that I didn't know that before I read the thread, but now I do. Maybe you should start at the beginning of the thread, as I did. Again, my second suggestion, which probably applies more to you, is to vote in new legislators. It's not a perfect system, but it's all we/you got.

Yes. I know it came to a vote. I was under serious weather threat and had my emotional wires crossed. But legislation I would like to come to a vote is constantly derailed by money and politics and lobbyists. My entire point is that you are gravely mistaken if you think Alabama politics are "refreshing" - it is one of the most corrupt, lobbyist driven, political systems in the country. Anything but refreshing.

And, yes. I work very, very hard to change it. Many of us do. That's one of the reasons you see the bastards digging in so deep.

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The Pub / Re: Storms in the southeast
« on: April 29, 2011, 02:18:28 PM »
Hey everyone! Thanks for the well wishes. I am safe. No power. Phones just came back on line (and hence the dial up is back too!)

The brewery is "safe" but no power. That means cold room is shut off. Good news is it has been cool down here so I am not worried yet. Lost the batch I was working on when storm was bearing down on me. Even went back to try and save it (long story) but, alas, nothing I can do. Trying to conserve gas now. And food. Really need ice. That said, so far it hasnn;t been too bad. Kinda like camping at your house.

There is some serious damage in some areas. I went out to check on some family and saw some serious destruction. My sister's church was flattened. But thankfully all I know are safe.

Hearing dowwn town huntsville may have power by monday. I am hoping that the brewery gets back on line before my house. Gotta have priorities.

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Seems to me that the law is probably protecting your interests,  

BTW if you think I would be for something that would protect my interests but take a freedom away from other people you have me pegged wrong. Besides, homebrewers are craft beer supporters. Everyone knows that.

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This is how much you know about Alabama politics. Its usually not ever allowed to come up for a vote. That's the problem. And as a brewer - and business owner - we have a slew of other legislative issues that need to be addressed. But the powers that be are taking money from the beer distributors and big beer to keep our legislation from ever coming to a vote.

And to suggest that I "move to another state" is absurd. I have invested my life savings in this state. Its simply not that easy.

That said, I agree that if a county would vote to be dry they should have that right. But when it is kept from coming to a vote by selected interest - that's wrong. Plain wrong. And it is a far cry from freedom.

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