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  1. Self investing will be your best route. You can...

    Self investing will be your best route. You can find money if you run out when you look hard enough. Some lenders want a lien on your house if you own one. Its a risk you take because you DON'T plan...
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    We have a tractor with forks. The ability to...

    We have a tractor with forks. The ability to unload product from trucks will save you about 20% on freight.
  3. Loan payments on a SBA loan are going to be...

    Loan payments on a SBA loan are going to be pretty high given that is a shorter term loan. As far as interest rates go, they were around 8% when I was looking into it last year, so I would rather...
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    I wash mine in my 3 bay sink manually. Once...

    I wash mine in my 3 bay sink manually. Once cleaned I run hot water over it and scrub them if needed. They usually are not too dirty though.
  5. Have you considered doing wine instead? Our...

    Have you considered doing wine instead? Our cidery and meadery has been doing well so far and a lot of customers say they are tired of craft beer. There are a lot more beer drinkers out there but...
  6. Have you considered using potassium sorbate to...

    Have you considered using potassium sorbate to prevent re-fermentation of the added fruit? The amount needed is far less than the amount in any of your household condiments or baked goods you buy....
  7. https://americancanning.com/collections/can-ends/p...

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  8. There is a stop for levers. We have done a few...

    There is a stop for levers. We have done a few thousand so far and no problems. at 15,000 a month it sounds like you need a canning line. That is 100 Barrels a month!
  9. Let them keep it and get an Oktober seamer. This...

    Let them keep it and get an Oktober seamer. This was the best purchase for our tap room.
  10. Typically ~20% but that collateral can come from...

    Typically ~20% but that collateral can come from investors.

    SBA is normally used for equipment. You might get better rates if you finance through the manufacture of equipment.
  11. You should definitely connect with the SBA. They...

    You should definitely connect with the SBA. They were a big help when we were planning. https://www.sba.gov/

    We ended up getting financing through the FSA, we are classified as a farm and...
  12. A big hole in your plan that I see is you are not...

    A big hole in your plan that I see is you are not taking the majority of risk. Investors will want nothing to do with you unless you have a substantial amount of your own money in the deal.

    Also,...
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    We have 5 taps and our longest line is 6 feet....

    We have 5 taps and our longest line is 6 feet. Not sure why yours are so long?
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    We use a Oktober Seamer MK16V2 Pro. Great...

    We use a Oktober Seamer MK16V2 Pro. Great machine, works perfect out of the box. It works for 12oz and 16oz cans.
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    Nearly 100% of the sugars in most fruit are...

    Nearly 100% of the sugars in most fruit are fermentable.
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    Why bath pasteurize? Potassium sorbate and...

    Why bath pasteurize? Potassium sorbate and metabisulfite will prevent an re-fermentation. Be sure to add this after fermentation is complete and before back sweetening.

    Sterile filtering is your...
  17. That is called a steam tray.

    That is called a steam tray.
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    We don't do growlers or crowlers. We do 16oz cans...

    We don't do growlers or crowlers. We do 16oz cans to go (cider and mead). I would say 50% of customers purchase a can/cans to go.
  19. I use a food grade bucket... K I S S

    I use a food grade bucket...

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    We are a Cidery and Meadery and plan on doing a...

    We are a Cidery and Meadery and plan on doing a Braggot. I can't see your beer yeast having any trouble eating through the sugars in the honey (82% sugar or so), especially combined with a grain. I...
  21. Good luck! Take a road trip and find out what YOU...

    Good luck! Take a road trip and find out what YOU want in a place of business and apply that to your own. We visit places often, free ideas.

    For example, we made our tasting room completely kid...
  22. Special Releases (charge more for less quantity,...

    Special Releases (charge more for less quantity, making sure quality is top notch)
    Do barrel aged stuff
    Food trucks
    Festivals for anything, any holiday, nice weather, Columbus day, special beer...
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    I get glasses from www.webstaurantstore.com We...

    I get glasses from www.webstaurantstore.com

    We have a 20 seat tap room (8 bar seats). I got 100 glasses. Probably won't be enough but ill have the 3 bay sink ready to go for washing.
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    Why not bottles? Buy a couple counter pressure...

    Why not bottles?

    Buy a couple counter pressure hand fillers for $50 each, a roll label machine, and manual capper. For about $600 total you can be sending your brews out the door.

    Do bombers....
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