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Old 12-06-2010, 03:47 PM  
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Greenville Brewers Guild

Anyone interested in starting a Greenville Brewers Guild? I know there are the Upstate Brewtopians but that's more like a club. I'm thinking a membership-based group that shared legitimate brewing equipment. We'd probably need 15-20 "Founding Fathers" who would need to contribute $200 in order to pull it off. I've thought through it several times, included doing some research on the legalities of it. I want to try and rally people who are interested in making legit all-grain beer to help me organize this.

Any takers?
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:15 PM  
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This sounds interesting, but what would be the end goal? Brewing and selling commercially, or just sharing a larger all-grain system?
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:31 PM  
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I've heard of people bring this sort of thin up on homebrew forums. I think there end up being a lot of drawbacks to this, unless a lot of equipment is purchased. 15-20 people is a pretty broad base. Free time on the equipment might be tight. If you do a larger "few barrel" system, there might be a hard time getting people to agree on what to brew to split up. Where would the equipment be located? Is rent involved?

Also how far would you go? Just a large brewing system where the contributors to the batch would take home wort? Or would you have a larger place with fermentors, temp controlled walk in, bottling/kegging equipment?

Personally, I wouldn't want to contribute money to a system I wouldn't always get to brew on, that someone else could break, and I ultimately don't get to always decide what to brew. I see this idea working better as a Brew On Premises business operation. For a small fee, people can come and do full all grain batches, ferment and bottle on location, then walk home a few weeks later with ~10 gallons of finished beer.
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