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I thought that I would stay away from this conversation.

But here it goes. I wonder if I could clone one of Lazy Monk's beers.

I know the recipe, I know exact grain what they are using and I have access to it. I even can get the same hops and use the same water.

If I make it home I do not think it will be the same. As a matter of fact a couple of years ago I went the other way and beer were nothing like.

So no you can not make the same beer. Just make good beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewatercalc - brewing water calculator
« on: March 26, 2016, 06:26:16 PM »
Windows only? What is license on your software? 

Not sure why some people take beer so serious that have to argue.

I lived in land of IT for majority of my life. Just make good beer and enjoy. It is your beer. No need to argue.

Beer Travel / Re: Eastern Europe Beer Cruise this October
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:13:10 PM »
Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Hungary are in Central Europe.

Also it is quite late in season. End of September would be better.

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 21, 2016, 06:15:29 PM »

What is the liability, recipes, or?
Safety. Volunteers may not be covered under insurance plans.

I amazed anytime I see friends post on Facebook or the like about the 8 hours they "volunteered" bottling at a brewery. They are a damn business and you just increased their bottom line without any compensation other than a case of beer on the way out the door. Is it only me that thinks these people are suckers?

May be not so. I am sure everybody would love to pay you buy some small businesses just can not afford it. This is most likely when you start up and do not have enough sales.

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:18:15 PM »
I would also agree. It is quite an investment on my part and if you are not going to stick around, why bother.

Going Pro / Re: Best books on commercial brewing?
« on: March 19, 2016, 04:30:49 PM »

Maybe buy a book on winning the lottery, too!  ;)

Or buy Denny's and Drew's Experimental Brewing book and their new one Homebrew All-Stars. Better than winning the lottery!  8)

check's in the mail, Marc!  ;)

This low balling is making me sick. I could have a check too?

The Pub / Re: Fireman Capital to Purchase Cigar City Brewing
« on: March 15, 2016, 06:46:15 PM »
Paul, you are speaking my words.

Going Pro / Re: Growler suppliers?
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:11:36 PM »
Single color print?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Murkiest beer ever
« on: March 09, 2016, 08:01:07 PM »
If it looks like milk shake, I do not want to drink it regardless the fancy story.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brewery
« on: March 09, 2016, 07:53:34 PM »

Hey everyone, I am in the early planning stages of going pro here in Juneau, Alaska.  Please take the time to check out our Facebook page.  Like, share, repost, and whatever other social media terms are out there.

Thanks in advance for the support

Good luck. As a small brewery you should focus on local customers.


Thank you Marc. Now we need to figure out how to get your beer to our BierHall.

Maybe give a shout if you are headed through Wausau. If I find some headed over to you or if I decide to road trip to see the new place.

We could meet there. Great idea.


Absolutely you do need good recipes or you could just borrow some very good internet recipes.;) It can be done and yes you can make money. I'm proof of that for the last 2 of 3 years any way.

 It all depends on how you approach it. Opening a brewery is way to much for one person to do alone. You have to realistic about it. New stuff and labor cost a lot of money and unless you have that million, you have to borrow it and pay it back. So comprise is the rule, (for me anyway), everyone likes the nice new brew house and all that is needed to make it go, who doesn't. I didn't have that million, but I did have craigslist and the benefit of a mentor who took the same plunge a couple years earlier to lean on. (Thanks Leos!)

That said my equipment looks like huge homebrew equipment made from dairy equipment and plastic fermenters. I have had to build a few things like a keg washer, bottler and labeler. There is a lot of work involved, a big thank you to the forklift inventor. I was fortunate to have had a job in manufacturing so I had a very good idea on the how boring this work can be and is at times. A brewing education would be a plus. Just like any occupation you have to really be into it, to survive and thrive in it.

Thank you Marc. Now we need to figure out how to get your beer to our BierHall.


Having guest brewed my beers a few times, I can say with conviction, Why ruin a good hobby?

I tell people that, and I also say I know how to make beer, I don't have any idea about selling beer.

AGREED!  I've spent enough time brewing in a commercial brewery to convince me it's not something I'd ever want to do as a job.
It is a job but not a bad job to my opinion. Now I am responsible for 10 people thou.

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