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Old 10-23-2009, 01:02 PM   #181
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Is leasing kegs from a vendor such as Microstar (http://www.microstarkegs.com/) an option? I don't know how many/few you anticipate nor what their minimum client size is etc etc, but most of the micros around here use a lease system.


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Old 10-23-2009, 01:58 PM   #182
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Is leasing kegs from a vendor such as Microstar (http://www.microstarkegs.com/) an option? I don't know how many/few you anticipate nor what their minimum client size is etc etc, but most of the micros around here use a lease system.
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Microstar is not likely an option for you. I checked them out and they have a minimum of 500 keg fills/month.



 
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:00 PM   #183
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have you looked at plastic kegs?? Plastic Kegs of America I know some smaller breweries using these because of the cheaper cost. We have a few, they are not the same height as stainless kegs so if you have a mixture they are a pain in the ass but if you use all plastic they are great.
The other nice thing about plastic kegs is you won't have a bunch of homebrewers trying to turn them into keggles!

 
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:08 PM   #184
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Yeah unless your going to get a lot bigger microstar is probably not the way to go. The nice thing about microstar though is that they clean the kegs for you and bring them clean to your door all you have to do is fill them. Hoss maybe your should just step up to 250bbl a month. . Seriously I wold look into the plastic kegs if I was you, the brewer at Seven Brides Brewing uses them and he told me that he has put milk and other crap in them to see if they would keep flavors and aromas that he wouldn't want in his beer and he said with a good wash they always came out clean. Jeff told me the only downside to them is that if you let the beer get warm in the keg it takes a lot longer for it to cool down but he also said that if you fill them cold they stay cold longer. He's even looking into their 2.5 gal kegs as a party keg, guess he's working on some sort of CO2 set up to put on top of them so you can dispense out of some sort of sanke tap.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:40 PM   #185
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Great info guys, thanks for that.
For right now I'll be corney kegging it in my 4 tap Keezer. I'll do 36 bottles from each keg to sell and leave the rest for tasting. The Keezer can hold up to 8 kegs should the need to carry more flavors arise.
The Sanke keg situation will be if I happen to get the local restaurants to carry my brew. That would be the next phase of operation.

 
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:22 PM   #186
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Just placed my first big order for the business. 5 cases of bottles and 50 lbs of 2 Row. Also got 5 lbs of Aromatic and 5 of Caramel 80L.

 
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:45 PM   #187
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Livin the dream! Keep us informed on how the bizz goes. Best of luck to you!

 
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:09 AM   #188
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Bottling and kegging are fun because you get to see your product out there, but to support the brewery you need retail sales. For example you sell a keg to a draft account for $100, you also have to provide a tap handle, and keep the lines clean plus deliver. If you have your own tap room, you will be grossing over $400 per keg with no delivery. That cash can really support you. So I would think about a retail location. If you are interested in a spreadsheet to play with numbers, drop me a PM from our web site coloradoboy.com. Good for you, the more breweries the better!

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Old 10-24-2009, 02:29 AM   #189
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Bottling and kegging are fun because you get to see your product out there, but to support the brewery you need retail sales. For example you sell a keg to a draft account for $100, you also have to provide a tap handle, and keep the lines clean plus deliver. If you have your own tap room, you will be grossing over $400 per keg with no delivery. That cash can really support you. So I would think about a retail location. If you are interested in a spreadsheet to play with numbers, drop me a PM from our web site coloradoboy.com. Good for you, the more breweries the better!
I am selling from a retail location, just not by the glass. I can only sell by the bottle and tastings. I suppose I could sell a pint sized taster.
I'll have 4 taps to start with.

 
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:48 AM   #190
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Anyone else considering, or already is, going pro join the new group created by ajwillys. Just click on Groups in the title bar above then go to Going Pro. The more the merrier.



 
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