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Old 11-07-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how I get this done here in CA? I understand the 3 tier system, but think there has got to be a way. I'm only looking at approx 1 barrel a year production, and I'm not looking to even turn a profit it would be more of a hobby than anything else. Anyone have any thoughts? How can I get this done?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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Well your going to need to get paperwork from the atf the your local abc, then an approved plan by your helth dept.. your looking at 8-12 mos just in paperwork and waiting. When you have to deal with the whole alphabet soup things take forever
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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I'm not out there in CA, but my understanding is that it is pretty much the same basic idea everywhere. You cannot legally sell homebrew. If you want to sell beer you brew you must be properly licensed as a brewery. At that point it is not homebrew (because you cannot operate a brewery out of your home). It's not really something you can do as a hobby.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #4
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I think that it would cost you more money that it would be worth. Plus you have to have everything inspected and that in itself can just be a pain.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Well, you can't sell homebrew, it's illegal. If you become a licensed brewery, it's no longer homebrew then.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:40 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Well, you can't sell homebrew, it's illegal. If you become a licensed brewery, it's no longer homebrew then.

Start here. TTB-Becomming a commercial brewery.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:46 PM   #7
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Oh my thank you everyone for the help. Thank you Gear101 for the welcome as well. I guess I don't mind spending the time to become a "brewery" or a "nano-brewery". I look at it as a potential project or fun for me (I know probably weird). My only concern is being forced to maintain a minimum capability that is well above my financial ability, and well over what I would ever use. Don't mind the regulation (i say that now ) just wondering if a 1000 gallon nano-brewery is legal.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:49 PM   #8
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One barrel per year is not very much beer...I think I brewed more than that just in the month of March.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:58 PM   #9
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At one barrel a year I would expect fees and licenses you would be be paying 9 times what you would earn.

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:03 AM   #10
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one barrel is all of six 5 gallon batches? Whats' the point.
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