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Old 06-28-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Who wants to go LARGE?

And I DO mean large system!


http://cgi.ebay.com/JV-Northwest-12-BBL-Brewing-System-Used-Very-Little_W0QQitemZ110000722688QQihZ001QQcategoryZ381 72QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Just 90K (and that's a deal apparently!) and it can all be yours....


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Old 06-28-2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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Boy, you'll burn through the 200 gallon annual limit in no time...

"But dear, you always said you wished I had a larger one... I though you were talking about my brew kit!"

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Old 06-28-2006, 06:53 PM   #3
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Gotta tell my wife that there is a few more items i need to make my brewing equipment complete
I just feel that bottling night will be a long shift

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Old 06-28-2006, 11:41 PM   #4
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"Used very little", I wonder if they bought the system before they learned how to brew or before they found out they were in a dry town? I've seen both cases. $90K is a bit steep for 12 barrels, there was a 15 barrel system locally that went for less (case 1) last year. 25 cents on the dollar is more typical, because people have to pay for removal, shipping and re-installation.

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Old 06-29-2006, 12:08 AM   #5
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" I wonder if they bought the system before they learned how to brew


Hypothetically of course, but how long would it take the average homebrewer to figure it out and make a decent beer with something of this size?
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The key is "decent beer" . Brewing scales easily, in fact, larger is easier because temperature control is always a part of larger systems and yeast pitch rates are much higher. Widmer's Collaborator program gives local homebrewers a shot at brewing their beer in a 40 barrel system. Of course, a merely "decent" brew isn't likely to be selected as a Collaborator.

Numerious local pros went directly from 10 gallon systems to 4-15 barrel systems and made good ales first run. The flip side is, if you can't make a great ale in 10 gallon batches, scaling up won't help. Some people people (like myself) make decent ale. I'm smart enough to not try to go pro because I can't make great ales consistantly. I've seen cases where people have tried.

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I guess what I'm wondering is "Wha Happun?" It sure appears someone was hell bent on buidling a brew pub up there in Michigan, and it fell apart. So here's a perfectly good system (apparently) that is looking for a good home.

So you figure 90K, but once you break it down and transport it to where-ever, you're adding cost cost cost.... But do those costs outweight going to JV and getting a new system?



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Boy, you'll burn through the 200 gallon annual limit in no time...

"But dear, you always said you wished I had a larger one... I though you were talking about my brew kit!"
c'mon. . .who actually counts the amount of beer they brew?? I have a friend who makes 80 gallons of wine at a time, and does it all year long. Of course, he has also attempted to make whisky . . .
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