TO MY SUPPORTERS! Man... the complete LUCK! I was using these funds to have a brewstand built, and I've now found the same type system, complete with kettles, pump, counterflow chiller, quick connects... all that... FOR THE EXACT SAME PRICE!!!!!!!! CUE THE FANFARE!!!! I'll be up and brewing MUCH quicker now! Thank you to all my donors, and I'd like to thank Jason on Craigslist! W00T!
Ok, I lied! I increased the goal amount to allow some more space for party-goers! Any extra amount raised will go toward the brewing equipment that I didn't include in this fundraiser originally, such as quick connectors, modifications to my HLT/mash/brew kettles, plate chiller, pumps, filter and control panel! Whew, that's a lot! I'm GOING THRU THIS WEEKEND, so if you'd like to donate and get a sticker, admission to my Brew-B-Q, or even your own brew served by me at YOUR event, THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR TIME!
Thank you again to EVERYONE who donated to meet my original goal! Can't wait to share a fresh homebrew with YOU!
O-M-G! It's... it's... THE GOAL IS REACHED! A "private donation" (as it shows on this page, but I know who you are and OH what bounties await thee) has skyrocketed this thing to DONESVILLE!
I cannot believe it. This was a dream, a fancy, a desire... and my beloved friends have spoken! YOU LOVE BEER AND YOU WANT ME TO MAKE YOU SOME! :D
I have heard from a few people who said they wanted to donate but couldn't til this weekend, so I'll leave this page up through the weekend like I promised, in case they still want to donate for the rewards! Any excess donated will still go to this brew system (pumps, quick-connectors, my chiller idea), but when I set this page up it was for the base stuff, utilizing what I already have and improving, and man, that's a lot of moolah already and I couldn't bear to ask for more! I was always expecting to pay for the extra necessities myself. HOWEVER, if you still wanna PAR-TAY with my pilot system, then by all means, get in before I shut this fundraiser down this weekend. It WILL be used for the system and you WILL get your reward level rewards!
Again, thank you all SO much! I can't wait to get to work having the equipment built, formulating some great recipes, brewing some awesome beers and PARTYING WITH MY SUPPORTERS! WOOT WOOT WOOOOOOT! :D
To you all... CHEERS!!!
Woah! Just had a BRILLIANT idea for an integrated chiller in the boil kettle that will recycle water to cool the boiled wort and save GALLONS! Chilling your wort down to yeast pitching temperatures is one of the most WASTEFUL parts of homebrewing for a lot of people. Hopefully I've come up with some eco-friendly solutions! HOORAY INNOVATION!
Stuck at 78% So close... yet so far! Shouldn't be counting my eggs before they hatch with the whole "contacted the manufacturer" thing! ;) C'mon, get in on this whole Beer-B-Q party dealio as a $25 donor! I'll have some real distinctive beers for you to try at that thing, PLUS my own pseudo-famous smoked barbecue meats!
Humpday of my FINAL WEEK and only $204 to go! Amazing! I've contacted the man who is manufacturing the brew system (to my demanding specifications... lol) and notified him that MY FRIENDS RAWK! POLL FOR TODAY: Should I keep it propane to be able to brew anywhere, or convert everything to electric brewing?
MY FINAL WEEK started off with a whump, then a BANG! We have our first KEG STANDER Level donor! Now up to 67% of my total goal! LOCAL FRIENDS, don't miss out on the Brew-B-Q party Reward Level! Only a $25 donation! Lotsa beer and 'que, it pays for itself! Thanks again to my Keg Stander Level donor, Kenworthey Bilz!!! You rock (like the Duran Duran we listened to as kids... and adults!)
Ok, as a Facebook event... FAIL! Of course I'm already bugging y'all enough so I didn't do a full-blown send everyone an invite thing! But I think I'm going to give this page about another week and then I'll call it done and our party list sealed and I'll have to make up the difference myself. If YOU want to get in on our Beer-B-Q Party or get yerself a sticker, donate NOW... this is about to close down soon!
54.32% and SMALLPILS Update!
Over halfway to my goal of a new brewstand! I told you all about the Pilsner I brewed at the top of the week... it's fermenting right around 57 degrees and is a lovely golden color that I can't wait to filter and see without all the fermentation activity going on right now! All Pils malt and Santiam hops!
If you've already donated, why not share my goal on your Facebook or Twitter and get more people to the party? Thanks!
Woah! I'm almost to $500! It's really unbelievable to get that kind of support from you all, I really appreciate it! I know this fundraiser may seem a little frivolous compared to many others, but I really hope it will have an impact on my beer loving friends for years to come! Nothing like sharing some great homebrew with friends and being able to take a cold, frosty surprise brew places and share! Thanks again!
Still at just under 50%. To make sure this thing doesn't completely tank, I'm calling for a WEEKEND OF EXTREME FOAMING this weekend, Sept. 12-14th, to see if I can get at least 50 people with $10 or 20 people with $25 (or any combo of that) to push this thing to its goal so I can get the brewstand outfitted with a control panel and get ready to BREW! Trust me, I'm wanting to make our party something really fun, so you won't want to miss it if you can possibly come! Thank you all again, SO MUCH! We can DOOOOOOO IIIIIIIIIIT!
I had a great brew day yesterday making Smallpils! Can't wait to try it in November! A few glaring issues I'll be addressing with this new brewing system are cooling (my old copper coil cooler always wants to leak into my finished beer!) with a plate chiller, my Igloo cooler mash tun is warped enough now that it's losing heat so I need to retire it, and pumps for automatic re-circulation of mash and pumping boiled wort thru the chiller and between kettles! This will all be more or less automated minus connecting and disconnecting the proper hoses!
Thank you again to all who've donated so far! Spread the word that we're gonna have an awesome party!!
Happy weekend! This weekend I'm brewing a special beer for a band my wife and I love called Smallpools! (coming to House of Blues in Dallas in November)
This will be a SMaSH beer, which means only using a Single Malt (in this case, Pilsner malt) and Single Hop (Santiam hops)! I call it "Smallpils" in honor of the band! Smallpools' drummer, Beau, used to work for Deschutes Brewery in Oregon and told me he likes Pilsners and reds. I've been wanting to explore SMaSH brewing to really get familiar with the different malts and hops we brewers have to work with, so my Smallpils will launch that!
This new brew system I'm trying to fund will make these endeavors SO much easier, efficient and higher quality! Thanks again to my supporters! Won't YOU help? See the rewards!
(PS: the band is NOT promoting this fundraiser or beer, this is a fan-brew... but they're looking forward to trying it! I, however, will tell you you should listen to Smallpools!)
TGIF everyone! I've hit 40%... don't worry, I'll wait it out! :) I've had a good amount of support from friends who live out of town and in all probability can't even make a Beer-B-Q, so I really appreciate those friends, but if YOU are a local friend and haven't gotten in on this... DO IT! I'm cooking up more ideas... I'm planning to surprise you all with epic awesomeness of some sort regarding the Beer-B-Q Party! Get in on it now! It's helping me get a better brewhouse and getting YOU in on a great shindig! 2 birds, 1 donation! Thanks again! Support craft brewing!
Dudes and Dude-ettes! We've only cracked the 35% mark! Can I push this thing to 50%? Where're my LOCAL PEEPS at that love a good beer and Bar-B-Q?? Don't miss the part where I'll be throwing a party for you $25 Party Lover level donors!! I'll be brewing special beers just for this party, just for our donors! Please help me grow my brewhouse and throw YOU a party! Thanks again to all who've donated so far!
ONE THIRD! That's the number of people who can spot a fake laugh! It's the number of European people who say they don't FEEL European! It's also the chosen number to separate the fates of people in Ezekiel 5:12!
What does that have to do with beer? Nothing! But we're 1/3rd of the way, 2/3rds to go toward the goal! Help create a local legend in beer!
24.21% Holy moly, that's like... ALMOST A QUARTER! Thanks for creeping me along! Quarter-funded! Now I rank with other famous quarters like French -, -flash, and -horse! 1/4 of a brewstand though, is kinda where I'm already at in my brewhouseability! <- new word I just made up
Won't you please invest in YOUR future? I mean, I have rewards, and that's in YOUR future! Viva la futura! Viva la cerveza!
TGIF, everyone! We're easing up on 20% and I added a NEW INCENTIVE where I'll brew 5-10 gallons (your choice) of a beer style of your choice, and serve it at your party/event (local to D/FW area only)! You gotta pay for ingredients, but that's only $25-$50, depending on the complexity of what you want! I'll provide CO2 and ice and bring the keg(s) to you! Imagine the interest when you tell people you're serving a custom brew at your party! BOSS!
Today finds us at 12.63%, which about the median alpha acid percentage of Nugget hops! I'm at Nugget Hop Level! Take me to Summit Hop Level next! :) Thank you to my first addition of hops: Tom, Chelsea, Brian, Dr. Don, and Val!
We're at 3.68% ! If this were approval rating, I'd be Tonya Harding! Now let's shoot for "Chris Brown" level, and after THAT we'll go for "Obama" and take it all the way to "Jesus"! Everyone loves Jesus!
I am Seamonkey... comedy music's worst nightmare! I am also Eric Tomme... craft brewer! Many of you who know me know I love beer and I love to brew beer in my backyard. I have a very small, gravity type brewstand that is ready to give up the ghost! This fundraiser is to help me reach my goal of higher production, more professional brews! I have my fermentation controlled, I have built a lot of my own equipment, but now I need to upgrade to a rig like the one pictured below and I cannot do it without help! In return for the assistance I'm offering anyone who donates at least $10 a Seamonkey's Backyard Brews logo sticker that I will mail to you, and if you REALLY want to party donate $25 and when we raise enough to fund this I will throw a homebrew party with up to 3 distinct beers styles that I will brew on my new system... AND I'll throw in BBQ to wash all that beer down with! (Party will be held local to the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area)
At this summer's "FuMPFeST" Comedy Music Convention in Chicago I brought two different kegs of beer to honor the great Dr. Demento with demented themed brews... that trend can continue with your support!! Please help out if you can!!! Loads of great beer to come!
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