Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Additions

More stuff for the bookhoard. I picvked up The Compleat Meadmaker (K. Schramm) and The Great American Beer Book (J. Robertson). Schramm is touted as the definitive name in Meadmaking, and the book is easy to read and covers a breadth of meadmaking topics.

The Beer Book OTOH is a bit dated, but contains descriptions of and names of a tremendous number of beers and breweries including histories and even gossip. Also includes suggestions on how to rate and compare beers, and a history of beer. Lots of illustrations and even color plates. Not bad for a 30+ year old book that cost me 50¢.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Equipment

Obtained 15 gallon keggle with false bottom and thermoport for ruinious cost. Gonna have to learn to do this stuff myself. Also picked up a chinois and a seive for a decent price.

Things to get:
steel-cutting sawsall blades
steel files
steel-cutting drill bits
three more Keggles / kegs
oxy/acetylene welding rig
a county mile of copper pipe and fittings
a burner and propane rig
brew stand
another country mile of low pressure gas lines and fittings
a place to keep it all
more books on how to do this

The First Step

Been homebrewing for a little while, made some tasty brews, a batch or three of damnfine mead and even some extremely good soda. Decided to see if I can make a go of it as a business. Be a lot of work, but work you love doing is no work a'tall. I think I'll call it "The Midgarð Brewing Company".

Ordered some books to get a better idea of what'll be needed; The Home Brewer's Companion (C. Papazian), Home Brewer's Gold (C. Papazian), How to Build a Small Brewery: Draft Beer in Ten Days (B. Owens), Brew Ware: How to Find, Adapt & Build Home Brewing Equipment (K. Lutzen & M. Stevens). These additions to my brewing bookhoard will make my job that much easier.

I wonder if I need a partner to juggle the financial end of things. Gonna have to start looking into a space. Need more books, need equipment, need to think this through about a hundred times. Cannae afford to make a mistake. Whelp, win or lose, it'll be an adventure.

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I've always liked to work with my hands. A while ago, I discovered that the world was short of people who handcrafted leather, made furniture and equipment for those in the Lifestyle and who had both the foresight to think of their patrons and the willingness to make their products affordable.