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Old 08-25-2014, 06:10 PM   #11
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Our keg system isnt build as the american (as far as i've read about) cornelious kegs arent no longer in use and the other ones would involve lots more logistics. And law wise arent allowed to.sell home filled kegs, as far as i am aware

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Old 08-25-2014, 06:23 PM   #12
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Our keg system isnt build as the american (as far as i've read about) cornelious kegs arent no longer in use and the other ones would involve lots more logistics. And law wise arent allowed to.sell home filled kegs, as far as i am aware
Pro-brewers don't use cornelius kegs either; the bars that will buy their product don't have cornelius keg fittings.

What is the cost of the logistics of kegs versus the labor cost wrapped up in a bottling line (don't tell me you are going to hand bottle!), as well as the the carrying and maintenance costs of the bottle conditioning process,etc.? Do you have room to store a month's worth of product while it bottle conditions before you can ship it? Do you have a way to keep the product at a consistent temp so that all the bottles conditioning similarly? These are the things you have to ask yourself.

Most things that work on the home-brew scale do not work profitably on the commercial scale.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:39 PM   #13
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You're talking almost ninety gallons a batch. I'd think if you have space to do that, you could invest in a combination fermenter/bright tank to ferment and carbonate in one tank?

(I'm assuming your not planning to do this in 30 glass jugs)

Basically, how can you have enough room to brew and ferment 90 gallons but not room to bulk carbonate it?

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Old 08-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #14
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You're talking almost ninety gallons a batch. I'd think if you have space to do that, you could invest in a combination fermenter/bright tank to ferment and carbonate in one tank?

(I'm assuming your not planning to do this in 30 glass jugs)

Basically, how can you have enough room to brew and ferment 90 gallons but not room to bulk carbonate it?
This ^ solves a lot of problems. I highly suggest you start with the red tape/regulatory questions rather then the brewery ops questions at this point. You can pull your hair out answering a question that you'll later find out was irrelevant.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:24 PM   #15
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I wasn't aware that i could bulk carbonate it in the fermenter, guess i'll search about it.

Well have a 30 gallon kettle on our disposal and we have "unlimited" 55.5 gallons to use as fermenters.

Gladly we got our hands on a bottling machine that should be enough to handle bottling.

Storage won't be much a bother since we have a really big garage at our disposal.

At this moment i'm trying to figure out how to do things the best way available since we can't invest that much money (on actual professional brewery equipment), we're just trying to "improve" our hobby at the same time we make some money out of it since the raising trend on homebrews/craft beers here in Portugal.

People don't understand really that much about beer, so any simple style/simple recipes, as for example the centennial blonde from BierMuncher, are really big hitters among the couple dozens of friends and clients, from my sisters bar, who've tasted it.

And meanwhile i'd like to thanks for the amazing support and feedback from you guys

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