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Old 04-23-2010, 03:57 PM   #31
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The control I was talking about, was more on recipes, brewing process, and timing. Thanks again though for the advice. It always helps to have people keep you in check.
You don't lose much, if any of that by contract brewing. Basically, you just use an established brewery's equipment. Yes, they will be there to protect their equipment, but recipes and the process will be all you. The only limitation is fitting into their schedule...

Do some research on Schmaltz brewing out of Brooklyn, he's been pretty successful and only contract brews. I'm not a fan of his recipes personally, but he's very consistent...


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Old 04-23-2010, 04:43 PM   #32
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I will need to do more research. I was under the impression contract brewing meant you gave them a recipe and they pump it out like a Chinese factory. I did not realize it could mean you using their equipment.


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Old 06-08-2010, 06:29 PM   #33
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Contract vs. Alternating Proprietorship

Contract = Give them recipe & let them brew it

AP = You brew on their system
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:43 PM   #34
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Thanks for that.

My plans have changed significantly since this post. We are starting through the process now. We have incorporated, came up with logos, and are working on a website. Our business plan has changed several times but I think we have a solid vision laid out.

We are going to purchase a 7 barrel system for the tap room. We are also going to have a homebrew shop on premise too. We have decided further growth from there will be distribution if there is enough interest. We will then seek contract brewers to help us down that road when the time comes. We are going to work in steps laid out by the business plan, and take things slow. It is all coming together slow and steady.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:33 PM   #35
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Any updates??? Are you still chugging along in the process?
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #36
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Must be the time that he's getting busy. Along those lines, a brewery attached to a homebrew shop has worked out well for Two Brothers Brewing Co. They have just recently gotten into a local chain of grocery stores.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:08 PM   #37
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I know Bonfire Brewing is on Facebook...I get lots of updates. It seems like they are moving right along.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:26 PM   #38
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Hey guys thanks for the interest. Yes we have a facebook page. Here

I have been pretty busy getting things together. I decided to build a system. I am using 55 gallon stainless drums. I am doing a double batch system. 2 mash tuns, 2 boil kettles so i can do about 3 bbl batches. We purchased 130 gallon fermenters from Glacier tanks. Right now my barrels are getting fittings welded into them. As soon as they are back I will start the build out and post a build thread.

We hope to have building permits next week for the interior of the building. I am doing most of the general construction myself. I will do much of the electrical and my neighbor will help and pull the permit. Plumbing is the only thing we are struggling with at the moment. Can't seem to find the "bro" deal yet for that. Right now our quotes are coming in pretty high. So that is our next hurdle.

All paperwork is in with the TTB and the state. We are now just playing the waiting game on that front. We call them every week to make sure they don't need anything more from us. Overall things are moving along. If all goes well we should be opening the doors in November before the ski season starts.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:58 AM   #39
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Hey guys,

Long time reader, first time poster. I have been thinking about trying to build an super efficient, super economical nano brewery recently and had a question about all grain on a large scale and using food grade plastics over SS. Really what I would like to do is to set up a gravity feed system using stackable 70 gallon tanks (ala http://www.gototanks.com/ST-0070-ST.aspx).

What are some things that should be of concern? Is there a reason why not to use plastics? I understand that they will take on characteristics of they contain but would proper cleaning / sanitizing not take care of this problem?

Sorry if this is a weak question but I have never used plastic and the thought of setting up a handful of 70gal lines for pennies compared to SS is very intriguing to me.

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Old 10-26-2010, 06:10 AM   #40
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I've used plastics with success. I am not sure about the shape of those tanks however as they would be more difficult to clean than a straight sided conical or cone bottom tank.


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