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$7,151
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 1 2014 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
$7,151
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
77
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 1 2014 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Planning

I've been planning for this project for many months. Preparation is essential for the success of any complex project, and I've been working hard to line up contractors, specify and bid all necessary equipment and suppliers, and ensure that all required utilities are available on site.

The project has been broken into two distinct phases - facility and brewing equipment.

Phase I - $20,000 Goal

The first $20,000 raised will cover the cost of the facility and utilities, as well as related rewards and transaction costs. 

The facility will be a used, insulated cargo container, sited on either concrete slabs or a flatbed trailer next to my driveway near the garage. Insulated cargo containers have stainless steel interior walls, R31 insulation and a metal grated floor with a built-in drainage system. They can be purchased locally for under $4,000, making them an incredible bargain.

Transportation, onsite installation, utilities hookups (water, electrical, natural gas) and a partition to split the interior into a cold storage room in the back and brewing room in the front complete the facility costs. Remaining costs include rewards and transaction costs. 

Cost breakdown of these three categories is as follows:

Phase I Cost Breakdown
Phase I Cost Breakdown

Phase II - Additional Funds Raised

All additional funds raised will be used to purchase additional brewing equipment to triple my current production capacity from 3 - 1 barrel fermenters to 3 - 3 barrel fermenters.

Cost breakdown of the three categories is as follows:

Phase II Cost Breakdown
Phase II Cost Breakdown

This expansion will allow me to meet the growing demand for my beer for the foreseeable future, and allow me to expand my product lineup. Larger fermenters plus additional cold storage means I can brew each recipe less frequently, brew a wider variety of recipes, and store the beer as needed to meet customer demands. 

Currently, I have to try to brew beer as my customers need it, since I don't have the brewing capacity or cold storage room to store extra beer. This frequently leaves my retail stores and restaurants with one or more empty taps.

Environmental Benefits

I'm currently reusing my cooling water most of the year (when it's cool enough outside) with a rainwater storage tank, and donating the spent grain to feed local livestock. I also compost the hot break and yeast from the brewing process for my gardens. The new brewery will go even further. 

I'll be burying my rainwater storage tank so cooling water can be reused year round. I'll also be incorporating a solar hot water pre-heat tank so that the heat from the boiled wort can be stored and used to pre-heat the water for the next batch of beer. Switching to natural gas for hot water heating instead of using coal fired electricity will dramatically lower my carbon footprint. 

Bottom line, I'll be even more energy and water efficient.

One More Thing…

You may be wondering what will happen to the existing brewery. I'm hoping to offer my existing facility and equipment to help someone else take their amazing beverage from hobby to commercial product.

This project is about building community and a stronger local economy. Helping someone else turn their hobby into a successful small business seems like a great way to pass along your support to make an even bigger impact.

Risks and challenges

This project is about building and equipping a larger brewing facility. Like any capital project, cost overruns and delays are a risk. Fortunately, I've already gone through this process once before, when I built and equipped my first (and current) brewery.

I know what I need, down to the hoses, pumps and miscellaneous equipment. I've researched the permits I need (none), and secured bids for all of the work needed. Minor delays may occur with the contractors, but I have a working brewery and I won't have to move to the new one until everything is tested and ready.

The other great thing about this project is that the business is 2-1/2 years old with a steady track record of growth. It isn't a high risk startup.

I just need a little help to take advantage of the growth opportunities I have on the island and keep Vashon supplied with high quality fresh beer.

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    Pair of limited edition etched pint glasses commemorating the 2014 Vashon Beer Prepared Kickstarter Campaign.

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    1 Special Edition Growlette plus 2 etched pint glasses commemorating the 2014 Vashon Beer Prepared Kickstarter Campaign.

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    1 Limited edition long sleeved t-shirt plus 1 special edition growlette and 2 etched pint glasses commemorating the 2014 Vashon Beer Prepared Kickstarter campaign.

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    1 Limited edition hoodie plus 2 special edition growlettes and 4 etched pint glasses commemorating the 2014 Vashon Beer Prepared Kickstarter campaign.

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    Homebrew consultation for beginners or advanced home brewing techniques, plus 1 year membership in my bulk grain buying club.
    Consultation includes site visit, brewing water evaluation, and up to 5 hours one on one training.
    Bulk buying club will give you access to malted barley through my Great Western Malting account for outstanding prices.
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    Produce a batch of beer to your specifications for sale to the general public. Recipe must conform to Washington State Liquor Control rules and regulations as well as the limitations of my brewing system (i.e. no lagers). Naming rights included.

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Funding period

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