There are two kind of people who open breweries.
1) with love of the beer
2) with love of the money.
May be I am a fool but that is how I see it.
I think that's a good way to look at it, but I also think you need both kinds of person to run a business.
I obviously don't have a brewery, but a widget is a widget, and a business is a business (more or less). In my business we have one partner who provided most of the capital, and is very cautious/fastidious with money matters, one partner who has the passion and love for the business but isn't very good at saving or keeping money, and me who mostly provides sweat equity and a different perspective and makes the whole thing run smoothly.
I guess what I'm saying is, to start a business without much capital, along with all the other things you need we've talked about already, you need some business partners you can trust and who have the skills/personality you lack.
I do not necessary agree with you that brewing is just another business. We all know that it takes the same amount of hours and man power to brew 10 Gal batch or 10 gallon batch.
I do agree that brewing beer is food manufacturing thou.
Well kegs are done washing time to do something else.