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Old 02-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default It's official starting my own brewing business!

Made the deal for a new property. One that allows me to live upstairs and brew downstairs.

Will be an Alehouse and smoked BBQ joint. Will have outdoor and indoor seating, a firepit, horsehoe pits, long term might also create a campground. Only selling beer and other fermented beverages I make no liquor (keeps the riff raff away)

Still I am a looooonnnggg ways off from opening. I am not quitting my full time job and I go to class nites. I don't want to borrow money so I am DIY everything as I can afford it, the goal is to be open by the fall if I can but I am not going to be worried if I don't open till Spring 2013.

So I will be posting a lot in here, building my brewing system now, then I have to move by April 1st. Then the real work begins, setting up and building the brewing area, creating a fermentation room, DIY 15 gallon conicals, grain mill, storage for grain and supplies, and building a walk in cooler. Also incorporating and all the legal stuff, licenses, permits ect. Just a ton of things to do but I am doing it and it's pretty exciting to be working towards doing something I love.

I work 4 nights a week and have weekends off, so my FT job pays the rent and utilities and everything else. So I will only be open Fri - Sat (Sundays too during the NFL season) and since I don't need to make a certain amount of money at it to live I can do what I want when I want and grow the business however I want. And if I fail it's OK I won't be bankrupt and I will have a pretty great setup for brewing beer

Lots more to come! I will be looking for lots of advice and expertise

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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Very jealous. This is the type of situation I hope to have in the near future.

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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Can I come live with you? Just feed me BBQ and beer and I'll stay out of the way

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:30 PM   #4
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Congrats - ditto the first two posters, lol. Good luck in your adventure!

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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Good luck AkThor!

I hope you find some Good Brisket to Smoke!

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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Congrats!!!!

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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Sounds exciting! Let me know when I can come up to visit ME!

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:46 PM   #8
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Sounds awesome, I'll be watching this post for regular updates. We'll need pics too! Its hard to live vicariously thru you without visual aid.

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Congrats! Check out these Brew Strong going pro episodes if you haven't already. http://thebrewingnetwork.com/shows/Brew-Strong One thing I just have to add...are you planning on brewing ~15 gallon batches? If so, you might want to reconsider. It's extremely difficult to make money on less than a 1 BBL system. Even then, 5 BBL is preferable. At least that's according to these guys. I am not trying to be a downer, just trying to help.

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Old 02-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #10
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Thats Awesome!!!! me and my girl want to do that but with Pizza instead.

Ill keep an eye on this thread, it will be great to see you get everything going on step at a time...

Maybe you could have homebrew competitions there when you get up and running. It would be fun and could bring in some good business. There is a brew pub here that does that, the winner gets to brew his recipe on the pro system and serve it on tap in the pub.

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