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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New.... Brew Masters on Discovery...
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:24:21 PM »
Stay away from red light district.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2.5 hour mash ?
« on: April 04, 2011, 10:47:13 AM »
I was referring Kai's article about this matter but his site seams to be down.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2.5 hour mash ?
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:22:26 PM »
There is a conversion table to check your mash OG.
Thinner mash lower OG.
This seams to be better then iodine test.

That just tells you that you've solubilized the starches, though, not that they've been converted.

Not to be argumental but if I check OG with refractometer I get reading of sugar in solution.
It does not mater if I take sample from Mash tun of boil kettle.
Refractometer reads sugar and not starches.

It least that is my understanding of it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop bags
« on: April 03, 2011, 06:41:42 PM »
People say that you use a little bit utilization.
I recently used hop bag and I got very little utilization.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Chimay
« on: April 03, 2011, 06:28:08 PM »
FWIW you are brewing a Belgian Ale .... Belgium is a country. You don't brew an America IPA.  ;)

Maybe you don't, but out here we do. These colors don't run, baby! ;D
You mean Red, White and Blue?

Let see:
Russia, France, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Great Britain...
Shall I stop here of go on.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2.5 hour mash ?
« on: April 03, 2011, 06:07:43 PM »
I also do not do the iodine test.

There is a conversion table to check your mash OG.
Thinner mash lower OG.
This seams to be better then iodine test.

Another Bohemian Pilsner

Equipment and Software / Re: Erlenmeyer flask alternatives
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:26:08 PM »
at you can buy any kind of stir bar you want.
Bad thing is the minimum order is I think $50.
They do have "Barbell" bars too.

Tomorrow is first brewday on new brewhouse.
Bohemian pilsner is the beer I will be brewing.

What are you going to break across the bow to christen the new system?
Well not sure.
I have some work to do in cooling department.
I used bag for hops with poor hop utilization.
I have to learn new system.

Tomorrow is first brewday on new brewhouse.
Bohemian pilsner is the beer I will be brewing.

I have an MBA and did some research regarding this.  The best advice I got was from the folks at the AHA.  It takes about 1,000 customers to sustain a homebrew store.  If you can find a market with that demographic, you're off to at least a somewhat profitable start.

Here is the body of a note I got from Gary Glass.  I strongly suggest that you give him a call and discuss.  I had considered opening a store in NJ and did some of the research.


Want To Open A New Homebrew & Winemaking Shop?

Before you spend too much time on a business plan, here are a few calculations to determine if your market is likely to support a retail supply shop.

The first rule in deciding whether or not to open a homebrew supply shop is DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. The second: DO YOUR HOMEWORK. If your reason for opening a shop is "there isn't one in town and I have a lot of friends who like to brew," that may not be reason enough.

Demographics are accurate -- you may bend them, but you can't break them. The easiest demographic to find and work with is population. Experience shows it takes between 250,000 and 500,000 people to support a "stand-alone" homebrew supply shop. Here's how the numbers break down based on industry estimates.

•  There are between 500,000 and 1 million homebrewers in the United States. There are estimated to be at least 4 million home winemakers in the United States.
•  The average homebrewer spends between $100 and $150 per year on his/her hobby. (This represents an average of those who get a kit for Christmas and never brew, to those who brew every week for a while.)
•  The average home winemaker spends between $100 and $150 per year on his/her hobby.
•  It takes a minimum volume of $100,000 per year at retail to support a shop. Here's why:

Cost of goods, including freight ..... $60,000
Rent & utilities ...................................... 12,000
Promotion ............................................... 6,000
Net ......................................................... 22,000

And you haven't paid anyone a salary yet.

If you are the owner/operator, $22,000 may keep you alive, but it may not be enough to make you a happy, independent business owner. However, if you double your volume to $200,000, the net rises by $40,000 because the cost of goods is the only number that applies to the second $100,000.

What does it take to get volume to $100,000 given the above parameters? Using the most conservative numbers, you'll need 1,000 brewers and home winemakers spending $100 per year for a volume of $100,000. If there are one-half million brewers and winemakers, then one in about every 500 people in the country is a brewer or winemaker. If you need a population of 500 to get one brewer or winemaker, you need 500,000 people to get 1,000 brewers or winemakers. If you estimate that each brewer/winemaker spends $150 per year, you need a population of 333,333. If you think there are 1 million brewers/winemakers in the country, and each spends $100, you need a population of 250,000. At the most optimistic, if you estimate 1 million brewers/winemakers spend $150 per year, you would need a population base of 167,000 to make $100,000 in annual revenue.

It's our best guess that the low end of these numbers is too optimistic and the high end too pessimistic, but we are not far off. This example only brings you to $100,000 in volume. To reach the more desirable $200,000 mark, double everything. At the very best, if you'd like to open a shop and have it produce meaningful income, you'll need a good quarter million people in your potential customer base, at least in your market area, free of competition.

+++end forward

Great post. Thank you

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: We're going pro!!!
« on: March 23, 2011, 07:08:53 AM »
You are correct that name of your business has to be unique in your state.
On the other hand beer has a national market.
Even thou you never I tend to distribute outside of your state someone else with similar name might come to your state.
This is why you need to search federal trade mark database.

Equipment and Software / Re: I hate going to the LHBS...
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:37:04 PM »
But trust me, you get to the point where you don't get much more than supplies.
Time for another hobby?
You need to keep economy running.

Sorry. Bad brewer. My apologies in advance.

I would also say Pex Supply is the cheapest.
I also bought some from Ranco Store but they were more expensive.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:28:45 PM »
I just want to say well done.

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