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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:57:47 AM »


I often notice that the same draft beers consistently taste better at certain bars, and worse at certain other bars. I know for a fact that some of them disconnect the tap lines from their kegs overnight.

This is very interesting! Thanks for that info.

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I have dumped plenty of perfectly good beer down the driveway to make room for other batches I would rather drink, that's for sure. I have never forced myself to drink a batch of beer I didn't care for. I can relate with you there for sure.

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Going Pro / Re: Best way to find Brewmaster for startup brewpub
« on: January 24, 2018, 05:02:20 PM »
Thanks Majorvices. Not having any brewing experience is a major concern of mine. Finding a great brewer is obviously step one. If I can't do that than the process stops. I am intrigued about the leasing of space to restaurant. One concern I have and wonder how you handle that is quality control. Their performance would have a direct impact on the brewery.

We hired a couple that ran an excellent food truck. Since then they have gone on to start another location in another city so they are doing pretty well. Their pizza was awesome and they had a great vision.

Excuse the horrible grammar and sentences in my previous post I was awake all night with a coughing spouse! lol

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You need to get more friends if you are just throwing out beer! ;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:10:57 PM »
If I have a really clean fermenting beer like a kolsch or lager I will often add the hops into this tank once the beer has been racked, don't bother cleaning the tank and racking the dru hopped beers directly to this tank, insuring the least amount of DO pick up.

not sure I follow here?

I will add the hops to the "dirty" tank that is already purged because of racking and run the IPA/hoppy beer into the purged/"dirty" tank. This doesn't really help a homebrewer unless you have conicals. It's hard to time that right so only do it with a few beers a year.

now I follow - was reading 'clean fermenting' in a different perspective.  makes sense now.

Wasn't typing my best this morning, wife up sick coughing all last night. Uggg

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:07:16 PM »


My readings varied from 4 ppb to 0 as shown here on the tanks we received directly from the welding company


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:51:13 PM »
If I have a really clean fermenting beer like a kolsch or lager I will often add the hops into this tank once the beer has been racked, don't bother cleaning the tank and racking the dru hopped beers directly to this tank, insuring the least amount of DO pick up.

not sure I follow here?

I will add the hops to the "dirty" tank that is already purged because of racking and run the IPA/hoppy beer into the purged/"dirty" tank. This doesn't really help a homebrewer unless you have conicals. It's hard to time that right so only do it with a few beers a year.

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Going Pro / Re: Best way to find Brewmaster for startup brewpub
« on: January 24, 2018, 02:00:52 PM »
I started from a 3 bbl brewery so I'll give you some tips.

#1) Hire a great brewer. If you do not know nothing about brewing you are already starting off on a very bad foot. I brewed for 15 years before I started my brewery and even then I had a mountain to climb in learning how to brew commercially. Luckily I had  alot of friends in the industry.

#2) start as big as you can afford. 3 bbls might seem like it will pay the bills but you are making some assumption (for instance, that you will have good beer). I have a 20 bbl brewhouse, 60 bbl tanks, and 2 shifts and my brew house is too small.

3) Restaurant! If you really want to make money you better serve food at your location. The tasting rooms and pubs that do well serve food. And if you really plan on being successful teh fod better be great.

As a side: We have a restaurant lease a space in our tatsing room, I have no desire to run a restaurant but we are primarily a production brewery.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Purity and Why It's So Important
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:23:44 PM »
AirGas in Huntsville but I will tell you this: The welding guys said that the big secret is that all the gas comes from the same tank. ;) Course, that's what the welding guys said.

I did a lot of O2 testing on Monday but never got around to testing the welding tanks. I will do that today. I did fix a problem with the keg cleaner(!)

As far as purging tanks goes, I just purge the 5 - 10 psi route 2 or 3 times then purge the head space again and rack beer up from bottom. My DO comes in under 30ppb using this method so not concerned. If I have a really clean fermenting beer like a kolsch or lager I will often add the hops into this tank once the beer has been racked, don't bother cleaning the tank and racking the dru hopped beers directly to this tank, insuring the least amount of DO pick up.

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Really? Not bad enough to throw away just not good enough to have several. Kinda reminds me of a session IPA which I do not enjoy as a session beer.

Still reminds me of our Hops Fell but the first one I drank I drank out of the can, the second one last night I drank out of a glass and the Citra was more prevalent (I am not a huge fan of Citra).

Be better on a hot day around the grill.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: January 24, 2018, 12:24:05 PM »
I will say that when talking ab out getting young people into the hobby, I do think they are out there but a lot of them are working for breweries now using their equipment. I have 6 young people most early to mid twenties, working for me now and many others that have come an gone. They do their "homebrewing" at the brewery using a lot of the breweries equipment (and my old homebrewing equipment).

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I went to San Adams’s website.

I think Sam ‘76 is two beers blended. Result: 12 IBU with lots of hop flavor and aroma.

Here are the food pairings from their site. Who would not want to try this beer after seeing these food pairings?! I could live on this and beer...Maybe Sam ‘76 is for me!

SMALL PLATES:
Pigs in a blanket, shrimp spring rolls

ENTREES:
Grilled pork chop, bacon cheeseburger, grilled hot dog/brats

DESSERTS:
Strawberry shortcake, snickerdoodle cookies

https://www.samueladams.com/craft-beers/sam-76

It sounds like they're marketing it to TGIF and Applebees.

In terms of style, maybe it's kind of like an american kolsch?

Edit: Tried to find it in the grocery store on the way home, but no sign of it. They usually have a lot of craft too.

Definitely not a Kolsch. It's a hoppy lager but with low BU bittering. I drank one again tonight. Not a bad beer but not a session drinker either. You get tired of it after one (or at least I did).

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Going Pro / Re: Best way to find Brewmaster for startup brewpub
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:14:09 AM »
I own and operate a brewery that has been in existence for over 7 years and is in three states and unless your 3 bbl system is inside a brew pub (serving food) you will not make enough money to make the endeavor worth your time. If you are starting the brewery as a concept to get investors or larger bank loans that might work but understand that you may need to work a  few years without paying yourself much if anything. Make sure you are in a position to take that risk.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:01:29 AM »
MoreBeer (B3 for the real old timers) was the first forum I ever participated in unless you count the old HomebrewDigest. Believe it or not I was in contact with Gary last October.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Parting thoughts.
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:57:49 AM »
It is not true that the toxicity of this forum has existed going back 10 years. It is a very recent problem. We did have a problem with one guy when we first started that was handled after a lot of work from the mods but for years afterward it was smooth sailing.

I can personally attest that while I definitely tried to handle this current toxicity I probably only managed to make it worse (out of desperation to fix it). I regret the way a lot of it was handled and I apologize to whomever feels the need to leave the forum because of it.

The mods need to be respected for the job they have to do and users who blatantly disrespect the mods should be removed of their forum membership.

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