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by Brewer2001
Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Selling Beer In a New Niche
Replies: 4
Views: 5633

Do you really have a new idea?

Beer, I have been working as a production brewer for the past eight months. Here are some of my observations and recomendations. The two guys that I work (worked) for underestimated the costs of operation, overestimated there profit margin and were unrealistic about the product market acceptance. I ...
by Brewer2001
Mon Jul 07, 2003 9:01 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: mounting a spigot
Replies: 3
Views: 4822

Here are some thoughts.

You should only rack 'bright' beer. The beer in the racking bucket should be very clear so your spigot can be placed so you can get the maximum yield. This assumes that you decant your beer off the yeast to a 'secondary' container. I use a bucket for my primary fermenter and have my spigot 3" off th...
by Brewer2001
Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:01 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Mashing Flaked Barley
Replies: 1
Views: 3098

Just add it to your mash.

Flaked barley is a substitute for unmalted barley. It is in form that does not require pre-gelatinazation (cooking). You may have to add more hot liqour to attain the correct L/G ratio.

Good brewing,

Tom F.
by Brewer2001
Sun Jun 22, 2003 5:42 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: All Grain System Design
Replies: 3
Views: 5419

Think about this.

Nate, In a larger setting (4 barrels or greater) run-off takes longer (English brewers tend to run-off at a much slower rate than we do in the U.S.), so the enzymes would continue to work which would change the charateristics of the wort and your finished beer. So if you are running off 'small' volu...
by Brewer2001
Sun Jun 22, 2003 5:13 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Difference between grains
Replies: 2
Views: 7586

You can get 2 - row domestic malt.

Mike, In my brewery we use Great Western 2-row malt as our base malt for all our ales. If you are not adding cereal adjunct to your mash stay away from 6-row malts. The large commercial breweries use 6-row because it provides them with a higher nitrogen and enzyme content to convert the starch that ...
by Brewer2001
Sun Jun 22, 2003 4:54 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: I have come across a commercial keg.
Replies: 4
Views: 5951

What kind is it?

True it keg is the property of the brewery that has it's name imprinted in the keg. However the keg may have been sold as surplus many times over. The brewery where I work has a lot of kegs with different brewery names, some of which are dear to my heart like F.& M. Schaefer and Ballentine. Now to d...
by Brewer2001
Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:30 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Bredmakr
Replies: 3
Views: 3952

Thank you for the info.

Mike,

I had a good laugh when I read your post. Please send me the new ebay listing and the sellers number. My email address is tjflanagan@covad.net.
The brewery where I work needs tanks and I am thinking of leasing them this equipment.

Thank you for the info.

Tom F.
by Brewer2001
Fri Mar 14, 2003 7:23 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Bredmakr
Replies: 3
Views: 3952

Bredmakr

Mike,

Have you talked with the owner of the 15 BBL system yet? I sent him (her) an email requesting information. I did not receive a reply. Are they serious about selling? Check the previous thread for things to check.

Tom F.
by Brewer2001
Wed Mar 12, 2003 1:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Should we go in on this together?
Replies: 10
Views: 8128

Have you seen it yet?

Mike, I would be interested in the system if it was useable. The brewery that I work in needs tanks. I don't feel comfortable in buying an item this large and specialized with out seeing it first and having a 'home' for it when it arrives. Please email me at tjflanagan@covad.net or call me 425-481-2...
by Brewer2001
Fri Mar 07, 2003 7:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Should we go in on this together?
Replies: 10
Views: 8128

Nice system....

To all, This looks like a real nice, complete, system. The only thing I see is that it is a combi (mash tun over hot liquor tank)which is nice for small systems but under sized for 15 barrels. They do list a hot liquor tank, but I did not see one. I agree with GT, the beer business is rough. Things ...
by Brewer2001
Sat Mar 01, 2003 10:33 am
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: What happened to Irish Beer
Replies: 10
Views: 39027

Hail to the micro brewers and homebrewers!

I think Chris hit it on the head! But all is not lost, yet. The micro brewers are brewing beers and ales that are 'truer' to there original style for the more educated consumer. I myself was dupped by the Guinness 'clone' while trying to develope a dry stout. Another problem is that most micro brewe...
by Brewer2001
Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:35 am
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Washington Brewers and the Government.
Replies: 0
Views: 4279

Washington Brewers and the Government.

To all, As some of you know I have recently gone pro. This has been interesting and hard on the body. It has offered me a great opportunity to see govenment in action and be part of the process. Through my affiliation with the Washington Brewers Guild we took a trip to the state capitol to protest a...
by Brewer2001
Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:18 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: corn??
Replies: 6
Views: 7758

Corn is ok.

Ed, Corn is a good adjunct to malt. It tends to make the beer dry (Rhinegold) and have more DMS (Rolling Rock). If these are the characteristics you desire, use it. The big boys have 'cereal cookers' in which they can use corn ears, if they want. As a home brewer I would recommend malted corn, flake...
by Brewer2001
Wed Feb 05, 2003 9:40 pm
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Calculating %ABV
Replies: 4
Views: 9521

Variations.....

llama, Most large breweries measure using one scale or the other not both. There are some non-liniar values between the SG and Plato/Balling scales. Someone had a similar question a while back, I don't know if we found an answer. I use this at home SGo/SGf *105 = ABW; ABW * 1.25 = ABV. Barring error...
by Brewer2001
Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:09 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: How to crack grains
Replies: 4
Views: 5190

Use a rolling pin.

Zeno,

Except for Carapils or dextrin malts most grains will crack if rolled over on a board with a rolling pin. I would not use a coffee grinder due to the 'cutting' of the grain.

Good brewing,

Tom F.