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Old 06-17-2010, 02:24 PM   #111
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got our final State of NH approval so we are now off and brewing
should have something to sell in 6-7 weeks
That is great to hear. We are filling out our paperwork now. Lucky for me I am not doing it. My partner is handling all that stuff. I am tasked with building the system and brewing the beer.

We hope to have it all submitted sometime in july.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:13 PM   #112
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Using a bucket to fill the brew kettle. We will use a pump in the future. We just have not figured out the best way to go about it.
This comment cracked me up.

You totally remodeled an underground meat butchering/hanging room into a kick-ass 1 barrel electric brewery, but you couldn't figure out how to pump from the MLT to the kettle?
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:32 PM   #113
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This comment cracked me up.

You totally remodeled an underground meat butchering/hanging room into a kick-ass 1 barrel electric brewery, but you couldn't figure out how to pump from the MLT to the kettle?
Haha. Actually, we decided to use a dual peristaltic pump to recirculate the mash, transfer sparge water, and pump to the kettle. Its just that while I was looking for the right pump to do the job, I didn't see any reason to let the equipment sit unused. Filling buckets was a temporary measure. When I brewed my first commercial batch on Tuesday it was a breeze. I turned on the pumps to start the sparge and an hour later my kettle was full of delicious wort.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:43 PM   #114
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Wow I just read through this entire thread. Just awesome.

Congrats on your approvals gentlemen!

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Old 06-17-2010, 03:44 PM   #115
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That is great to hear. We are filling out our paperwork now. Lucky for me I am not doing it. My partner is handling all that stuff. I am tasked with building the system and brewing the beer.

We hope to have it all submitted sometime in july.
Good luck with everything. My only suggestion is that if you're trying to get licensed ASAP, be proactive both before and after submitting the paperwork. Have your partner ask the licensing specialists any questions they might have before you submit the paperwork, and then follow up afterwards to find out if they need anything else. I found they are very helpful on the phone, but it seemed like they tended to wait for my call to tell me what they needed rather than call me up as soon as they found out. That was just my experience. I hope it goes smoothly
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:45 PM   #116
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I've read this thread a few times now. Congrats and good luck! That is an awesome 1 BBL system.

Do you pay the $1000 federal charge every year or is it a one time hit and then you just pay taxes on everything yu make? Same with State. One time hit or is it a yearly expense? (I know its $300 in Colorado).

Again, Good luck and happy brewing!

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I've read this thread a few times now. Congrats and good luck! That is an awesome 1 BBL system.

Do you pay the $1000 federal charge every year or is it a one time hit and then you just pay taxes on everything yu make? Same with State. One time hit or is it a yearly expense? (I know its $300 in Colorado).

Again, Good luck and happy brewing!
The $1000 brewers bond is a one time hit (that's the minimum bond amount they accept). The bond has to be able to cover the federal taxes for a tax period (either bi-weekly or quarterly), so if I expanded and was approaching that number I would have to increase the bond amount. With my current setup, even if I ramped up production and was somehow able to make 10 barrels a month (extremely unlikely), I would still only need $210 worth of bond coverage and that's if I was paying quarterly. The bond needs to be renewed every four years. If I ever fold up shop, I should get my bond money back.

The fee for a New Hampshire Beverage Manufacturer's License is $100 a month, paid yearly. It would be tough for a 5 gallon brewer to keep his head above water, and I suspect that might have something to do with the fee.

The state tax is currently at 30 cents per gallon, due on the 10th of the month. Federal tax is $7 per barrel (around 23 cents per gallon).
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Thanks Jumbo, you laid that out very understandably. That sucks that its costing you $100 a month man. That is steep. Factor in the $1200 a year on top of the taxes and you have to be cranking out some pretty serious quantities to make a buck!

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Old 06-18-2010, 03:19 AM   #119
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Is that a float switch on the right? Do you have a link or anything to where you bought it?
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We got the float switch and the complete conversion from Brewmation.
If you are going electric you want the float switch. 10-20 seconds and you fry the elements

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I am currently sitting in Beijing China and the local beer is as poor as it gets. cant wait to get home and have a real on

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