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    For some time now I have been trying to figure out a way to make my dream a reality with low costs and using the brewing equipment I already have. An idea that occurred to me was starting in a shipping container on a small open plot. I would need the shipping container to be able to open so I could bring the brewhouse outside to brew and when it's closed to be able to maintain a steady 70 df all year round. The goal would be to mainly do whole sale with occasional tastings at the brewery when a new beer is released. How feasible is this to do? Has anyone else looked at doing a model like this and what did you find?

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    Hi, Kyle. We may be able to help you. Pop me an email and we can get our conversation started.
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    • #3
      You have to have physical address and building for the brewery. As they say “you can have it on the boat, you can not have it in the mote”.

      Before you spend any dollar, fully understand licensing requirements. Operating brewery is not easy or cheap.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LaserKyle View Post
        For some time now I have been trying to figure out a way to make my dream a reality with low costs and using the brewing equipment I already have. An idea that occurred to me was starting in a shipping container on a small open plot. I would need the shipping container to be able to open so I could bring the brewhouse outside to brew and when it's closed to be able to maintain a steady 70 df all year round. The goal would be to mainly do whole sale with occasional tastings at the brewery when a new beer is released. How feasible is this to do? Has anyone else looked at doing a model like this and what did you find?
        You can do it, if you can get it licensed. Is your current system electric or gas? Electric with a steam condenser would be nice so you don't have to move it in and out. Hook up a mini-split AC and vent it properly and you can keep it whatever temp you want if you add some insulation and simple walls. Tile floor with slopped drainage floor cold be achieved. You could even insulate one end of the unit with a coolbot and a window unit and have a cold room for storage. They make high cube containers that have plenty of head room.

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        • #5
          "if I can get it licensed"

          "if I can get it licensed" that's a big part of the the equation here. I'm in Pennsylvania btw. For the brewhouse I'd probably prefer to just brew outdoors with a cover over top and even store it in a shed then just plug it into the shipping container for power. This way there is more room for grain storage and fermentation

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          • #6
            re: Operating brewery is not easy or cheap

            You have to have physical address and building for the brewery.

            -I'm aware. the permits and licensing are tied to a physical location.

            Before you spend any dollar, fully understand licensing requirements. Operating brewery is not easy or cheap.

            -Yes, that's why I'm here trying to gather information.

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            • #7
              I built my 3.5bbl brewery (4-3.5 and 2-7bbl fv) in a train car, I can be done. Plus mine is on wheels so no building inspection, haha.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by liljohn View Post
                I built my 3.5bbl brewery (4-3.5 and 2-7bbl fv) in a train car, I can be done. Plus mine is on wheels so no building inspection, haha.
                ah but is it a legal brewery operation? The sad truth for many is if you cant even organize enough to muster an address, running a brewery isnt in your cards. theres much much more to it than just brewing beer. if thats your only goal I sincerely suggest focusing on becoming a brewmaster for someone else.
                Last edited by augiedoggy; 03-07-2020, 11:36 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by augiedoggy View Post
                  ah but is it a legal brewery operation? The sad truth for many is if you cant even organize enough to muster an address, running a brewery isnt in your cards. theres much much more to it than just brewing beer. if thats your only goal I sincerely suggest focusing on becoming a brewmaster for someone else.
                  Last I checked it was a legal licensed brewing operation.
                  Last edited by liljohn; 03-14-2020, 08:56 PM.

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                  • #10
                    What Augiedoggie said.

                    If brewing beer is your passion, then do NOT open a brewery! Brew beer for someone else so you can figure out what you're doing. Don't care how good your IPA is. That's not the point. Opening a brewery is for entrepreneurs, not necessarily brewers. Opening a brewery is mostly about running a business and doing paperwork, sales, and business management. NOT brewing beer. If you are successful, then you would eventually hire someone to help. They would likely be brewing and you would be running the business. This industry has a long road littered with the remains of brewers who thought opening a brewery was going to be so much different than it turned out to be. Your best course of action is to work at another brewery to find out how the business works and how you might fit in with your particular talents. Don't waste money to find yourself roadkill. Just my 2 bits....
                    Phillip Kelm--Palau Brewing Company Manager--

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                    • #11
                      Spot On Phillip

                      Originally posted by gitchegumee View Post
                      If brewing beer is your passion, then do NOT open a brewery! Brew beer for someone else so you can figure out what you're doing. Don't care how good your IPA is. That's not the point. Opening a brewery is for entrepreneurs, not necessarily brewers. Opening a brewery is mostly about running a business and doing paperwork, sales, and business management. NOT brewing beer. If you are successful, then you would eventually hire someone to help. They would likely be brewing and you would be running the business. This industry has a long road littered with the remains of brewers who thought opening a brewery was going to be so much different than it turned out to be. Your best course of action is to work at another brewery to find out how the business works and how you might fit in with your particular talents. Don't waste money to find yourself roadkill. Just my 2 bits....
                      Spot on Phillip, Excellent.....
                      The State of this Forum is at an all time " low."
                      There are a handfull of individuals running around and attempting to advise others with questions, valid and otherwise, who are in fact not well seasoned in matters of Experience, Time in the Trade at Volume, Technical Expertise, or Real Qualifications of much any kind. In other circles, this is referred to as the blind leading the blind.
                      This behavior is Transparent and the children know full well who they are.
                      Warren Turner
                      Industrial Engineering Technician
                      HVACR-Electrical Systems Specialist
                      Moab Brewery
                      The Thought Police are Attempting to Suppress Free Speech and Sugar coat everything. This is both Cowardice and Treason given to their own kind.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by liljohn View Post
                        Last I checked it was a legal licensed brewing operation.
                        What country are you in or what info are you not sharing about this? The feds require a permanent address along with blueprint / layout plans for federal approval in the US.. Thats also the way it works in PA. Is Train car no longer a functional mobile vehicle and does it now have a permanent address as attached to a real permanent structure? According to the law it seems that would have to be the case your posts are misleading others.

                        https://www.keystoneedge.com/2014/01...-pennsylvania/
                        Last edited by augiedoggy; 03-22-2020, 10:32 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Correct the Railcar is not functioning any longer and sits at a permanent address with utility hookups. I guess I didn’t figure you thought it was traveling on track, sorry for not being clear. Similarly I don’t think the OP was talking about a shipping container on a ship.

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