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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Going commercial
« on: August 27, 2010, 06:42:30 PM »
Here is a sample Contract brewing pricing from Indian Wells Brewing Company out of CA.

That should get you on the road what is price concerned.
In other parts of country price might be different.

They have a new web site.

Pimp My System / Re: Arctic Brewery and Mobile Fermentation Trailer
« on: August 27, 2010, 09:38:37 AM »
Pretty cool.

2 pallets. Nice.

Bohemian dark beer again.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Going commercial
« on: August 26, 2010, 12:37:10 PM »
I agree with majorvices.

Another think to consider is that contract brewers have they batch sizes.
You might find a brewer that brew good beer but he will tell you.
Out fermenters are 40 BBL. This is our batch size.
Do you know how many six packs are in 40 BBL of beer?
They might also require money up front before they brew it.

By the way you should start writting your business plan.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: homebrew in sankey kegs
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:28:51 PM »
To clean Sankey keg you would use something like this:

And here are the instructions:
To Clean:
    * The keg is inverted while wash solutions are injected under pressure through the
      beer ( center ) inlet. 

    * Rinse water, caustic, sanitizer, steam, etc, is introduced into the keg, via the keg
      valve dip tube. It then cascades down the inverted inner surface and is
      evacuated through the keg valve CO2 port and finally out the wash-head tap's
      side outlet tube.

To Decant or Evacuate a filled Keg:
    * When the wash-head coupler is applied to an upright keg, the vessel can be
      quickly emptied by injecting air or CO2 pressure via the side inlet and evacuating
      via the center (beer) port.   Or invert the keg and reverse the connections.

To Fill:
    * Using an upright keg, pressure inject product through the center (beer) port,
      while applying a lesser amount of back pressure through the gas port.  Or invert
      the keg and reverse the connections to allow beer to flow into the vessel through
      the gas side of the keg valve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:55:10 PM »
Czech Pilsner

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 17, 2010, 09:09:38 AM »
Mine is Thirsty Monk Brewing.
How clever  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mill setting
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:16:40 AM »
In re "malt conditioning," pay attention to how much water you use--more water is NOT better. 
If you overdo the water--you'll end up with rollers that look like corndogs. 

I have the same experience. Less moisture is more.
And for this reason I would stay away from BYO (Chris Colby) approach.

Thank you for letting a lot of people know about your software.
Just for curiosity
What license did you realized it under?

It's under the GPL license from the Open Source Initiative. More info at:

Very nice.
Thanks again

The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 14, 2010, 03:57:57 PM »
I like TT for a couple of reasons.  First, it is only open to AHA members and has been marketed as a perk of membership.  There has been talk of a members'-only section of the website but I don't think there is a plan to have one on the forum.  If the forum replaces TT and is open to all, how is this a perk for members?

I read both TT and I participate in AHA forum.
Not to sound negative but I do not consider TT as a perk of membership.
I would consider perk if I have all Zymurgy magazines available and searchable.


If I may, there is already this type of software freely available to clubs that does most of the requested items above. It's called Brew Competition Online Entry. I created and maintain the code just for this reason.

Please contact me directly with any questions at


Thank you for letting a lot of people know about your software.
Just for curiosity
What license did you realized it under?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oktoberfest Gravity (WLP820/WLP833)
« on: August 14, 2010, 08:46:30 AM »
This is a 2nd generation of WLP830.

That's supposed to be the W34/70 strain, which was George Fix's favorite.  If I trust internet sources, it's also supposed to be the same as Wyeast 2124, which is another of my favorites.

I come across catalog from Brewing Science Institute and they say that
WY2124 = Weihenstephan 34/70
and WL820 = Weihenstephan 34/70

WL830 = Weihenstephan 206
and WL2206 = Weihenstephan 206

Here is the catalog:

Equipment and Software / Re: RO system Qs
« on: August 13, 2010, 04:30:05 PM »
I know this is an old once but majorvices  I come across General Electric Merlin RO system.
It is thankless.
It has capacity of 720 gpd.
It is supposed to use 1:2 ration of water (for 1 gal of RO water you wasted 2 gal).
Here are a few videos:

It looks interesting.
Cost on amazon is about $440.

Would this fit what you want?

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