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2021-11-27 7:34:20 AM  
Bankrupt in 6 months?
 
2021-11-27 7:39:18 AM  

johnryan51: Bankrupt in 6 months?


I doubt it. HSV has a big geek population.
 
2021-11-27 8:25:18 AM  
Before things went to hell. We had tickets at a event at HSV

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2021-11-27 9:20:59 AM  
"ancient" - so, the most modern thing in Alabama?

/I kid, I kid
//Toll Ride!!
 
2021-11-27 9:21:00 AM  

optikeye: johnryan51: Bankrupt in 6 months?

I doubt it. HSV has a big geek population.


And a big Aryan population, if you know what I mean.
 
2021-11-27 9:27:04 AM  

optikeye: johnryan51: Bankrupt in 6 months?

I doubt it. HSV has a big geek population.


Back in the before times of a couple of years ago I did a fair amount of traveling of work and saw a fair number of meaderies that were quite healthy. It's just wine made out of stuff that isn't as temperamental as grapes. People like wine.
 
2021-11-27 9:40:04 AM  

FrancoFile: optikeye: johnryan51: Bankrupt in 6 months?

I doubt it. HSV has a big geek population.

And a big Aryan population, if you know what I mean.


Yeah...until a few years ago...it was one of the only places in the US that had it's speed limit signs both in MPH and KPH.
 
2021-11-27 10:47:29 AM  
Mead is gross.
 
2021-11-27 11:03:04 AM  
Try a good Półtorak or Dwójniak, might change your mind about mead.. and that "Viking" nonsense...please
 
2021-11-27 12:27:25 PM  
That's a lot of 5 gallon carboys...
 
2021-11-27 1:52:28 PM  
Wondering how many carboys he has going cause mead has to age for a year before its drinkable. My one attempt at it turned out at 15 percent, was made from pineapple and honey, got you farked up, and made you hurl every single time.
 
2021-11-27 2:12:07 PM  

odinsposse: optikeye: johnryan51: Bankrupt in 6 months?

I doubt it. HSV has a big geek population.

Back in the before times of a couple of years ago I did a fair amount of traveling of work and saw a fair number of meaderies that were quite healthy. It's just wine made out of stuff that isn't as temperamental as grapes. People like wine.


Honeybound Meadery in Mass makes an outstanding lineup. Blueberry x2 is my favorite.

http://thecolonyma.com/honeybound-meadery/

We often give bottles as gifts.
 
2021-11-27 2:13:17 PM  

GRCooper: "ancient" - so, the most modern thing in Alabama?

/I kid, I kid
//Toll Ride!!


Only fifteen or twenty years behind the smart places. For Alabama that's real progress.
 
2021-11-27 2:25:06 PM  

ScrimBoy: odinsposse: optikeye: johnryan51: Bankrupt in 6 months?

I doubt it. HSV has a big geek population.

Back in the before times of a couple of years ago I did a fair amount of traveling of work and saw a fair number of meaderies that were quite healthy. It's just wine made out of stuff that isn't as temperamental as grapes. People like wine.

Honeybound Meadery in Mass makes an outstanding lineup. Blueberry x2 is my favorite.

http://thecolonyma.com/honeybound-meadery/

We often give bottles as gifts.


Redstone Meadery in Boulder. You can get the sparkling black raspberry nectar in a lot of places.

But at the meadery? You can get the reserve. Twice the fruit. Honey and alcohol.

It's fantastic.
 
2021-11-27 2:33:14 PM  

Axeofjudgement: That's a lot of 5 gallon carboys...


Yeah, that's a lot of glass.  Is there no better way to handle this in larger batches?   I can't imagine going commercial with 5 gallon jugs. I get it, you gotta start somewhere, but this seems silly.
 
2021-11-27 2:36:26 PM  

The Red Zone: Axeofjudgement: That's a lot of 5 gallon carboys...

Yeah, that's a lot of glass.  Is there no better way to handle this in larger batches?   I can't imagine going commercial with 5 gallon jugs. I get it, you gotta start somewhere, but this seems silly.


Yes. Stainless steel serving vessels and fermentation vessels range in all sizes. Usually when a brewery starts up from homebrew the first things you'd upgrade is that. You might have to brew multiple 10 gallon batches to fill the vessel. But it's pretty cost effective.

Also it prevents light from penetrating the brew. That's a lot of uncovered glass.
 
2021-11-27 2:43:29 PM  

Axeofjudgement: The Red Zone: Axeofjudgement: That's a lot of 5 gallon carboys...

Yeah, that's a lot of glass.  Is there no better way to handle this in larger batches?   I can't imagine going commercial with 5 gallon jugs. I get it, you gotta start somewhere, but this seems silly.

Yes. Stainless steel serving vessels and fermentation vessels range in all sizes. Usually when a brewery starts up from homebrew the first things you'd upgrade is that. You might have to brew multiple 10 gallon batches to fill the vessel. But it's pretty cost effective.

Also it prevents light from penetrating the brew. That's a lot of uncovered glass.


Yeah, I'm familiar with Conicals.  Just can't imagine that the cost wouldn't be quickly offset by the labor involved in cleaning all those damn jugs and extra handling as you can dump from the bottom with a conical and that guy has to rack each one of those things. Either way, kudos to the couple for making a hobby a career.
 
2021-11-27 2:54:37 PM  
This is f*cking news?  shiat, we have a meadery here in tiny town Alaska.  Complete with the obligatory doughy guy who's been watching too much Travis Fimmel - he has the same undercut and is trying to grow his beard out like the TV show (and ending up with the forked look, because his beard sucks).  He has a celtic/Viking-ish armband tattoo and wears a utilikilt.  Pretty-much what you'd expect, really.

/And his mead f*cking sucks.  It's basically half-done, sweet honey-water with flavors.
 
2021-11-27 4:14:35 PM  

The Red Zone: Axeofjudgement: The Red Zone: Axeofjudgement: That's a lot of 5 gallon carboys...

Yeah, that's a lot of glass.  Is there no better way to handle this in larger batches?   I can't imagine going commercial with 5 gallon jugs. I get it, you gotta start somewhere, but this seems silly.

Yes. Stainless steel serving vessels and fermentation vessels range in all sizes. Usually when a brewery starts up from homebrew the first things you'd upgrade is that. You might have to brew multiple 10 gallon batches to fill the vessel. But it's pretty cost effective.

Also it prevents light from penetrating the brew. That's a lot of uncovered glass.

Yeah, I'm familiar with Conicals.  Just can't imagine that the cost wouldn't be quickly offset by the labor involved in cleaning all those damn jugs and extra handling as you can dump from the bottom with a conical and that guy has to rack each one of those things. Either way, kudos to the couple for making a hobby a career.


Yeah no. My only guess is they had a huge stockpile of carboys and trying to keep start up overhead low?

I've seen some people come up with cool shiat.

Like a brewery I worked for. Dude started off doing 10 gallon all grain. I came in when he went to bottling and converted his vessels to 7 barrel. The mash tun and kettle were still absolutely undersized so we had to do 3 brews a day fill up one of those suckers.

Also I saw like bandit brewery in Darby Montana. They rigged up their own fermentation vessels and actually used disassembled window AC units to keep temperature. Was kinda neat to see. Not efficient compared to a glycol system, but for a start up? That was a pretty cool idea.
 
2021-11-27 4:47:26 PM  

abhorrent1: Mead is gross.


I disagree. It's disgusting.
 
2021-11-27 5:50:10 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: This is f*cking news?  shiat, we have a meadery here in tiny town Alaska.  Complete with the obligatory doughy guy who's been watching too much Travis Fimmel - he has the same undercut and is trying to grow his beard out like the TV show (and ending up with the forked look, because his beard sucks).  He has a celtic/Viking-ish armband tattoo and wears a utilikilt.  Pretty-much what you'd expect, really.

/And his mead f*cking sucks.  It's basically half-done, sweet honey-water with flavors.


My sympathies.  We have a meadery abut an hour or so north of me that makes many wonderful things (Fallentimber Meadery) and another south of me run by what seems to be a bunch of 25-55 year old ladies who make not just the mead, but everything in their honey store (seriously, honey candy, soap, candles, mead, ice cream, etc) (Chinook Arch)  Never had a bad mead from either of them, though the latter is much harder to get, since they only generally sell at the meadery.
 
2021-11-27 7:23:19 PM  
Benevolent Misanthrope: This is f*cking news?  shiat, we have a meadery here in tiny town Alaska.  Complete with the obligatory doughy guy who's been watching too much Travis Fimmel - he has the same undercut and is trying to grow his beard out like the TV show (and ending up with the forked look, because his beard sucks).  He has a celtic/Viking-ish armband tattoo and wears a utilikilt.  Pretty-much what you'd expect, really.

Maybe be a little more compassionate about a person's life choices, such as hair and clothing?

/And his mead f*cking sucks.  It's basically half-done, sweet honey-water with flavors.

Nevermind.  If you're going to be a kilt-wearing mead-maker, you have to make good mead to back it up.  His kilt is probably full of mead tools he doesn't know how to use.
 
2021-11-28 2:38:25 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: This is f*cking news?  shiat, we have a meadery here in tiny town Alaska.  Complete with the obligatory doughy guy who's been watching too much Travis Fimmel - he has the same undercut and is trying to grow his beard out like the TV show (and ending up with the forked look, because his beard sucks).  He has a celtic/Viking-ish armband tattoo and wears a utilikilt.  Pretty-much what you'd expect, really.

/And his mead f*cking sucks.  It's basically half-done, sweet honey-water with flavors.


Attended beerfest in Juneau a few years ago. A good 10% of the beers were contaminated with that those piquant band aid flavors. A sizeable number of hobby fermentors suck.
 
2021-11-28 8:53:10 AM  

foo monkey: abhorrent1: Mead is gross.

I disagree. It's disgusting.


Never had any commercially produced mead . I make my own from sourwood honey . It is awesome .
 
2021-11-28 10:51:52 AM  

foo monkey: abhorrent1: Mead is gross.

I disagree. It's disgusting.


There is such a thing as good mead, but it's damn hard to find outside of the Midwest.  Look online for Superstition Meadery, Groenfell, and B Nectar.  Mead should not generally be sweet - if done right, it tastes of honey as much as beer tastes of barley.  The honey should be fermented away into alcohol.  Good mead is a dry wine sort of affair (thought it can be a sweet wine sort of affair) with strong notes of honey and whatever flavor might have been added.

Mead makers in the US are doing good work and are starting to gain traction.  Sadly, lots of the smaller meaderies seem to be run by "Vikings" LARPers who want to make their fandom a business.  Nothing wrong with that, but they have no idea what good mead should be, and cater to the general American love of sweet things.  Basically, Viking-themed alcopops.

I've only made mead once, when I had access to a University apiary and their sale of large quantities of honey at low prices.  It took over a year to finish, and it was really great stuff - and it was nothing compared to what a real mead-maker would do.
 
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