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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2012, 05:04:36 PM »

He found us really.  We won a local pro-am and brewed with him, on his system.  He encouraged and helped us through the TTB and LCB process, and bought our first keg.  And before the night was over, I brought him a second.  It was so wild.  We brought the keg down about 4pm yesterday.  Some out of town folks were there, and one had a pint right away.  They were homebrewers from Seattle.  (I'm 100 miles West of Seattle)  They shared that pint, got up, and bought three growlers. 

Of course my head grew about three sizes with that......   LOL

That's so cool!  Best of luck.

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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2012, 06:59:23 PM »
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2012, 08:18:43 AM »
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now. 


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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2012, 08:44:17 AM »
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now.
Fantastic!  Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2012, 08:47:16 AM »
I read you are only doing ten gallon batches.  That's an awesome way to start out!  Can you post pics of your brewing setup?

I can, but it'll be a bit.  But, you can also just go to the Blichmann website.  I use their top-tier, with three keggles, burners at each level, total garvity.  I have four big chest freezers with controllers for fermentation and aging.  Big three basin stainless sink with returns on each side.  Just got my MM-3 monster mill, and picking up corny's whereever I can.  I have about 30 right now.
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space. 

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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2012, 08:55:10 AM »
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space.
Very interesting! 

I live in a development with plenty of room in my back yard to build.  But, I'm not sure if there are any zoning laws prohibiting that or not.  I'll have to look into it.  It would be awesome to do the exact same thing as you, some day.

Do you have a "day job", as well?
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2012, 09:11:12 AM »
Is this all in your home or in a separate building?  Different states have different regulations.

It's in a seperate building on our residential property.  We had to request a variance from federal law from the TTB.  But, it's so common to issue these variances, the TTB sent us the form letter to request the variance, and we just filled int he blanks.

We could never have done this if we had to rent or lease additional space.
Very interesting! 

I live in a development with plenty of room in my back yard to build.  But, I'm not sure if there are any zoning laws prohibiting that or not.  I'll have to look into it.  It would be awesome to do the exact same thing as you, some day.

Do you have a "day job", as well?

Oh yea, there's no money in brewing at this scale.  Although, now that I can buy grain direct from Country Malt Group, it does make it better.  And I team up with the brewery that helped us to save on shipping.

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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2012, 09:27:13 AM »
This is very cool.  I'm real happy for you. Congrats! :)

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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2012, 09:48:09 AM »
How many batches do you brew in a week?
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2012, 09:49:54 AM »
This is very cool.  I'm real happy for you. Congrats! :)
Very inspiring, isn't it?
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2012, 09:58:35 AM »
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.   

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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2012, 10:11:58 AM »
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.
What brewery(s) will you be touring on your honeymoon?   ;)
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2012, 10:20:31 AM »
How many batches do you brew in a week?

Well, it's only been a month, so we havn't really settled in to a routine.  But so far, we've been brewing just two batches a week.  With some things going on in our personal lives, (getting married) we have not ramped up to full production yet.  We do both batches same day, and can get 20 gallons in the fermenters in about 7-8 hours.
What brewery(s) will you be touring on your honeymoon?   ;)

Good call dude.  We are headed down to Oregon, so there are many.  Dechuttes, Rogue, Ninkasi, mcminimens, etc...... 

(and Denny if you are reading this, we may get close to Noti........)

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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2012, 10:28:13 AM »
Good call dude.  We are headed down to Oregon, so there are many.  Dechuttes, Rogue, Ninkasi, mcminimens, etc...... 

(and Denny if you are reading this, we may get close to Noti........)
Great minds think alike!  Cheers!
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Re: And now comes the REAL test
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2012, 08:37:35 AM »
Congratulations, Mic! This is an inspiring story.  Does your wife help you brew? I assume that's why you're saying "we" with everything.
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