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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SNPA in a can
« on: March 04, 2012, 09:14:15 AM »
Sierra Nevada always tastes over carbonated to me. Looking forward to the cans though. It'll be on my next backpacking trip for sure.

Going Pro / Re: mash filtration technology systems?
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:52:46 PM »
I see. So you can get a higher yield. Interesting.

Wood/Casks / Re: White oak tequila barrel
« on: March 03, 2012, 03:35:55 PM »
For a tequila bbl you don;t want an aggressive hoppy/malty beer like AB. You want something with subtle peppery and fruity nuances like a saison or belgian tripel. Any belgian would work well, but particularly the lighter SRM me thinks. That's my .02 anyway.

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 03, 2012, 02:00:04 PM »

There's good and bad mead. From what I've learned it is at least if not more as complicated to make excellent mead as beer.

Maybe there's good and bad for you, but I just don't really like it. It's the honey flavor I don't care for. I love honey on biscuits but I don't like to drink it.

The Pub / Re: Tornado hit my son's school
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:20:47 AM »
The Prius on slide 7 is one of my business partner's wife's car. She is the Librarian at my son's school.

The Pub / Re: Tornado hit my son's school
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:53:11 AM »
Thanks for all the comments and concerns, folks. The building only sustained minor damage. A 100+ year beautiful old farm house across the road was completely destroyed. It is a miracle and a testament to modern construction that the building didn't get more damage.

It was pretty rough sitting in my car listening to the radio knowing that the tornado was veering down right where my kid was. Talk about feeling helpless. He is totally alright though, physically and emotionally.

Going Pro / Re: mash filtration technology systems?
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:42:34 AM »
I have no idea, a regular old false bottom works perfectly well for most breweries. why would the need be for something more complex? I can see the benefit of adding a grant, but a "mash filter"? Not sure what the point is.

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:40:16 AM »
I certainly don't hate wine but I only drink it maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I certainly don't get jazzed up about drinking it. I can honestly say I've never had a mead I really liked, but I understand not all people have the same taste as me. But brewing jazzes me up. I love drinking beer and I love making beer. If I could not make a brewery work and had to open a meadery/winery up it would be like a consolation prize. I'd personally rather go back to graphic design the to have to dick around with something I don't truly love. Obviously that's just me talking. But dig deep down because it may be you too.

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:52:24 PM »
I've been crunching more numbers, and reading up on liquor laws in Missouri. Thanks to direct-to-consumer wine shipping laws, a 2bbl nano-meadery would be between 2-7x more profitable (depending on how much I could sell direct and how much wholesale) than a 3bbl nanobrewery. It would also require a lot less time and effort brewing, and a lot less equipment.

So after a hard day of brewing you pour yourself a tall glass of .... mead. Bleach. Mead sucks. I don;t see why anyone would want to drink it let alone make it.

The Pub / Tornado hit my son's school
« on: March 02, 2012, 03:23:03 PM »
Pretty scary, I was listening on the radio as his school was hit. Had a pretty serious prayer. Lots of damage, especially around the school but the kids were all right.

The Pub / Re: Right vs. Pragmatic
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:05:46 AM »
I just love the fact that we have now veered into talking about potty breaks.  :o I guess everything else has been covered.  ;)

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:15:27 AM »
You might could make it work on a 3 bbl system if you served most of it out of your own door. I've never run the numbers for that. I am thinking production brewery only. I am not set up right now to open a tap room, but one of the local breweries who has is making enough to cover their lease and then some - and I know their lease ain't cheap because they are leasing the quipment as well.

But think about the other problem of liability insurance, hiring help to serve and clean (unless you plan on doing all the brewing and serving and cleaning).

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:32:26 PM »
perhaps you didn't see my "brewery update" thread, but I have a 15 bbl system up and running now. I'm only currently filling 7 bbl fermenters though. I'm also running the "pilot" system full time. Hoping to add some larger fermenters this year. I seriously doubt you could ever make money on a 3 bbl system. You could break even though, as long as you don;t mind working 30-40+ hours a week for free.

Going Pro / Re: How hard is it to be a pro brewer?
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:26:00 PM »
You could even look at it as an extension of homebrewing but with the chance to make a little money, which is more than I make homebrewing ;)

Just be aware that you will most likely need to brew on at least a 3 bbl scale to make any money to compensate your time. Also, as Thirsty has mentioned - it may not be legal to brew on your premises (but it might depending where you live.)

When I was homebrewing on my 12 gallon system I was downright greedy with my beer. I never gave away growlers and I would not have entertained selling either even if it was legal simply because no one would have wanted to pay what it was worth to my time. If you came over to my house I would gladly drink the beer with you, because that was part of the fun. But 12 gallons, let alone 5 gallons, of homebrew is some of the most expensive beer in the world if you look at the time involved.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Inconsistent pH readings...
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:35:42 PM »
Keith- Which ph meter do you have? Wife is asking for birthday suggestions, just what to help her out...


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