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Brew Files 105 - Going Pro in Orlando


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#1 denny

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 11:18 AM

https://www.experime...ing-pro-orlando

It's a running joke in the beer world that every brewer started as a homebrewer. Eric Gomez, of Orlando's Brewers Anonymous, speed ran his way from first kit, to tons of medals for his brews and now his first professional brewing gig. Drew sits down with Eric to discuss what makes a winning beer, what makes a brewer tick and what he's looking forward to in his new job!


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Posted 16 September 2021 - 02:30 PM

In my mind, brewing would no longer be fun when you go pro. I would be stressed that a big batch didn't turn out as planned. Hell, I get stressed when making a beer for a friend/family member for a special occasion.
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Posted 17 September 2021 - 11:11 AM

In my mind, brewing would no longer be fun when you go pro. I would be stressed that a big batch didn't turn out as planned. Hell, I get stressed when making a beer for a friend/family member for a special occasion.

I totally agree with you and so does Drew.  I've done a bit of commercial brewing as a guest/helper and I would never even consider it.


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Posted 22 September 2021 - 07:33 AM

Dudes..: professional brewing is awesome

You guys are nuts. It’s not lucrative but it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 07:45 AM

Dudes..: professional brewing is awesome

You guys are nuts. It’s not lucrative but it’s the best job I’ve ever had.


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Posted 22 September 2021 - 08:18 AM

Dudes..: professional brewing is awesome

You guys are nuts. It’s not lucrative but it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

Do you have to clean stuff? Because I hate cleaning.
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#7 Genesee Ted

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 08:36 AM

It’s brewing. Of course there is cleaning

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:45 PM

Dudes..: professional brewing is awesome

You guys are nuts. It’s not lucrative but it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

I have ruined my favorite hobbies by turning them into jobs.  See what you think 30 years from now.


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Posted 22 September 2021 - 03:38 PM

Sometimes that’s what you gotta do. Honestly I find homebrewing to be so frustrating that the only way I would ever do it again (for beer) in earnest is having an installed brew system with floor drains and pumps and legit temp control and nice gear like I used at work.

I spent 15 years swabbing questionable carboys. For beer, these days, for me, not worth the effort. Maybe if I was doing some weird barrel sours. Otherwise, the restrictions on my controls with my cobbled together system only lead to disappointment.

When I started down this path, there wasn’t that much good craft beer available. It was imperative to have an extra bedroom in my apartment for fermenters. Nowadays, it’s easy to find good beer. And I get to make it at work.

I would ruin another hobby in a second. So much better than collecting a paycheck on some shit you aren’t passionate about.

That being said, I don’t have a whole lot of savings and I’m more than halfway to what an optimist would cite as an ideal retirement age. Maybe I shoulda been a home brewer who works IT….

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 04:15 PM

I guess we're way different people. I keep my homebrew simple - Igloo mashtun, brew pot, and various fermenters. My point, is that if I happen to spoil a brew (which has never happened, as yet), it's no biggie as a homebrewer but a disaster for a brewery. Too much pressure. I feel pressure making a special occasion beer for friends/family.
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Posted 23 September 2021 - 09:44 AM

It’s a job with responsibility. It’s fine, I’m an adult. There are people who have much more important things on the line at their jobs than just beer. The only times I have ever had to dump something I brewed at work were results of temperature control going off line. I can’t help power outages

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 12:30 PM

Sometimes that’s what you gotta do. Honestly I find homebrewing to be so frustrating that the only way I would ever do it again (for beer) in earnest is having an installed brew system with floor drains and pumps and legit temp control and nice gear like I used at work.

I spent 15 years swabbing questionable carboys. For beer, these days, for me, not worth the effort. Maybe if I was doing some weird barrel sours. Otherwise, the restrictions on my controls with my cobbled together system only lead to disappointment.

When I started down this path, there wasn’t that much good craft beer available. It was imperative to have an extra bedroom in my apartment for fermenters. Nowadays, it’s easy to find good beer. And I get to make it at work.

I would ruin another hobby in a second. So much better than collecting a paycheck on some shit you aren’t passionate about.

That being said, I don’t have a whole lot of savings and I’m more than halfway to what an optimist would cite as an ideal retirement age. Maybe I shoulda been a home brewer who works IT….

I love the experience and process.  I brew for that more than for the beer.  I have 3 Grainfather systems of various capacities and 3 GF conicals with glycol.  But for me, the bottom line is that I won't turn anything I enjoy into a job. I've done that several times ion my life and it killed the joy I had as a hobbyist.


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 09:56 PM

I love the experience and process. I brew for that more than for the beer. I have 3 Grainfather systems of various capacities and 3 GF conicals with glycol. But for me, the bottom line is that I won't turn anything I enjoy into a job. I've done that several times ion my life and it killed the joy I had as a hobbyist.


Me too. I just enjoy the process on an individual level. I love to grind the grain, let it mash, do the boil with hops, and watch magic happen. No pressure. Something for ME!
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#14 Genesee Ted

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 05:22 AM

I love the experience and process. I brew for that more than for the beer. I have 3 Grainfather systems of various capacities and 3 GF conicals with glycol. But for me, the bottom line is that I won't turn anything I enjoy into a job. I've done that several times ion my life and it killed the joy I had as a hobbyist.

Plus you’re retired!! :P

Hey, if I don’t make it 30 more years, that’s ok. It’s been about ten in so far

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Posted 08 October 2021 - 09:57 AM

Plus you’re retired!! :P

Hey, if I don’t make it 30 more years, that’s ok. It’s been about ten in so far

I just hope you still enjoy beer and brewing that far down the road.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:20 PM

Me too! But if I don’t, I hope I’ve found something else that I enjoy. Maybe something a little more lucrative


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