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Messages - Jimmy K

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration on Yeast
« on: March 14, 2015, 01:19:49 PM »
^^^ What he said

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sudden dramatic yeast activity drop off?
« on: March 14, 2015, 01:18:26 PM »
That doesn't sound weird to me. Fermentation probably stopped a while ago, but bubbles are a poor indicator. CO2 continues to escape after fermentation is over because the beer gets supersaturated.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 14, 2015, 08:59:13 AM »
Heard you have to cut your out tube short to miss the sediment?

Im a little hesitant at room temps after listening to Bamforth's interview.  Maybe without cause
You can, or you can just accept that the first pint will be cloudy. It's not that big a deal.

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Problem is all this bad publicity for Bells will likely weaken Innovation's case in court.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stout Tanks and Kettles
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:36:25 PM »
Bluesman bought a whole bunch from them as a pilot system. Hasn't used it yet, but it looks nice.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Not for profit, ein, or nothing?
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:46:23 AM »
I think you can become a 501c7 'not for profit' social organization without too much trouble. That would give you the liability protection of having a corporation, but the requirements are not too difficult. It's basically set up for clubs - like ski clubs, running clubs, etc - that want to organize events for members but are not trying to make money at it. The main requirement is that your expenses equal revenue each year so that you are actually not making money.

You will still need to incorporate or elect another limited liability organization through your state. The IRS does not and cannot create limited liability entities.
Forgot about that.

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it's as easy as pointing out that to a customer unfamiliar with the specifics of either one of those companies, a google search could wind up on the other and be confusing.  Thus, lost business due to the other company using your trademarked name.

In this case, it would be lost business due to another company being allowed to trademark a word already in common use in the marketplace, but yeah.

The real lesson here is to pick a creative name for your brand.
I noticed on the trademark application that there is a disclaimer that the company does not claim 'Brewing' as a mark separate from 'Innovation' (which is appropriate). But there is no such limit for 'Innovation' which could cause real problems.
 
Really, I don't see where Innovation sees this going. If they are awarded the trademark, they must defend that mark against EVERY OTHER BREWERY using that word. If they don't, they loose it anyway. I'd pick a more innovative name, pun intended.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing Guinness clone with nitro
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:23:34 AM »
I've never done it, but Northern Brewer has carbonation steps in their nitrogen system instructions.
 
http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/Nitro-System.pdf

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Pimp My System / Re: Compact Fermentation Chamber Heater
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:15:25 AM »
I put an aquarium heater in a pitcher of water, foil over the top to minimize evaporation, does the trick.

cool idea

Doesn't this encourage mold growth?
Switch the water with antifreeze and it won't.

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Just posted by Bells.
 
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We want to clear up a few things regarding our federal trademark dispute with Innovation Brewing.
1. We have not, and are not asking them to change their name or their logo. There is no lawsuit. We are not suing them. We have not asked them for money. We have not asked them to stop selling their beer. We are asking them to withdraw their federal trademark application. ...  2. Our concern is with their United States trademark application and potential impact on our brand, which we have spent 30 years building.
3. I personally reached out to Innovation Brewing to try to settle this matter in February, 2014 and attempted to talk about this brewer to brewer instead of involving lawyers. Our efforts were rebuffed and Innovation Brewing choose to pursue this in the legal system.
4. Over the last year, we have offered co-existence agreements and have offered to pay for their legal fees. We tried to find solutions that would work for both of us. Their response was to ask for an exorbitant amount of money and we did not feel that was a collaborative solution.
5. All offers that we proposed were rejected and after more than a year of discussion regrettably, this matter has moved to the federal trademark office.

Offered co-existence and to pay Innovation's legal fees? That's way more than Innovation would be offered in any other industry.

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At this point, I don't know, it is pure conjecture. The indisputable facts are:
A: Bell's filled a lawsuit
B: That is a dick move
C: I stopped buying their products as a result and so did thousands of others

 ;)
I thought it was a challenge to a trademark application? Not a law suit, but it is before the Feds for a decision, so both sides need to lawyer up.

JD s can correct me.
That's true. Bell's filed an opposition to Innovation's trademark on 'Innovation Brewing'. If that trademark were granted, it would pretty much ban any other US brewery from using the word 'Innovation' in marketing. I doubt Bell's is saying they own the word Innovation, just that the word is too commonly used in the craft beer to be granted trademark protection.
 
http://www.trademarkia.com/innovation-brewing-85929587.html

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Truth is if Bells did not challenge it and Innovation got their trademark. InBev could start selling Innovation IPA down the road and point to the three breweries using the word as evidence that it isn't a unique trademark. That would be an even worse situation.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Not for profit, ein, or nothing?
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:39:53 AM »
I think you can become a 501c7 'not for profit' social organization without too much trouble. That would give you the liability protection of having a corporation, but the requirements are not too difficult. It's basically set up for clubs - like ski clubs, running clubs, etc - that want to organize events for members but are not trying to make money at it. The main requirement is that your expenses equal revenue each year so that you are actually not making money.
 
A 501c3 'non-profit' charity or foundation is much different. It would allow donations to be deducted from donor's taxes, but requires the organization to have a charitable main purpose. It also means the IRS will scrutinize how you raise and spend your money, how the organization makes decisions (ie- you'll need a board of directors). It's a major PITA and unless you want to do a lot of charity fundraising or education, it's not worth the time.
 
But if you're just a small group of folks that know each other and are not organizing big events, simply getting an EIN may be enough. It will let you get a bank account. Make sure you spend all of the clubs money every year so that you don't have to pay taxes.

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Ingredients / Re: Bulk Sugars
« on: March 11, 2015, 05:30:03 AM »
Monk fruit is the latest natural low-calorie sweetener in the health aisle. Like a new version of Stevia. It's popularity is probably fading as we speak.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need help with beer tower
« on: March 10, 2015, 07:22:50 PM »
I take it you're thinking the copper will conduct cold up into the tower? Others here have tried that and found it doesn't work very well. A old computer fan with a tube to direct cold air into the tower is cheap and easy.

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