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Author Topic: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I  (Read 1831 times)

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How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:44:10 PM »
Hi to all, this is the history of how i became a home brewer and how i make my nano brewery here in Venezuela. I think that this can help some homebrewers to reach their beer dreams ;D .
I will try to write in English but maybe it will be some errors in my writing, because my English is not perfect, so I hope that you can understand this post.
My name is Daniel López, right now in 2014 I have a little microbrewery (or nano brewery) here in Venezuela, the name of the brewery is Old Dan´s, you can find us in twitter as @olddans.
The idea of write this history in some way is to share with others brewers my dream of make good beer in Venezuela and build from nothing a microbrewery, I think that I will write in parts and post it here one part at a time.
When, why and how all started.
Back in 1995 I think that make beer in your house it was something impossible, I think that only big breweries has the equipment to make this wonderful  drink, this is the most popular drink here in Venezuela ( 83 liters of beer per capita in a year), in that time my father works in a international organization here in Venezuela, and he has to travel a lot, in one of his travels he find in a bookstore in Quito, Ecuador, the Dave Miller´s Home brewing Guide and Karl F. Lutzen Brew Ware (great books to become a home brewer and build your own stuff). These book inspire my father to make beer here in Venezuela, this idea was one of my father’s dreams, in the next  2 years my father read all the books and find another lots of book,  make a big research about the making beer science.
In this time I was finishing my high school studies and prepare to begin my university career as a biologist, so in that moment I prefer to drink the awful commercial beer find in Venezuela than make my beer. I never imagine that several years later I will begin my brewery.
In 1997 I make a vacation trip to the US, and in that time I bring with me a Hydrometer, 3 airlocks, 3 rubber stoppers, a bottle capper and a few books. My father think that find the ingredients in that time in Venezuela it will be an easy task, but no, it was the greatest mistake in his brewing career. After a year of looking all over the country for the ingredients my father decide to put away the home brewing project.
Thirteen years passed and all the stuff that I bring to make beer was in the bottom of a box, in that time I always talk to my friends about make home beer as an interesting topic in some conversations, but I really never think to start home brewing in all that time. But this talk whit the friends it was an important point in all these story.
In September of 2010, one of these friends that lived in Ireland brought me a great gift, 500 gr of saaz flower hops and 4 packs of dry yeast, these was a special moment because after these, my life change in an excellent way.
In these moment I have hops and the yeast, but one problem!!! Yes, I don’t have the malt, big problem again. This time I was the one that search for the ingredients and it was very difficult to find something.
In Venezuela you can’t grow hops for its climatic conditions and the barley to make the malt it’s inexistent in the country, so what can I do??
In that time I tried to make grow some kind of barley that I found, but it was a disaster, so I tried again and look in some naturist shops and I find a very rare item. In this shop I find a malt extract used to make some kind of natural beverage, I bought some, look for the forgotten things in the box and make my first batch of beer, a 4 liters batch cooked in a small pot in my house kitchen, so I wait a few weeks and then my first bottle.
This first batch it was very different than the beer I make today, but it was my first little baby and it was great for that time. This first batch was not beer, I was something like an apple cider or a champagne but it was ok for the first batch.
I make several batches and it was evolved to a better kind of beer, but it was still a low quality beer, but my friends love this beer because it was something different, it was something new.
One day looking in a website similar to ebay or amazon here in Venezuela, I found malted barley, hops and yeast. I bought a lot of ingredients and make this time real beer!!!
This is the end of part I.
I hope this help someone to make more and better beer. I will post the part two soon.

Thanks

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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2014, 02:27:01 PM »
Wow!  Very cool!  I have a lot of questions, but I will wait for the next parts!  Please keep writing! :)

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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 02:38:57 PM »
I enjoyed reading the first part. Now I cant wait for more

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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 03:11:03 PM »
me too, i enjoyed the reading
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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 03:20:43 PM »
That's wonderful, thanks for the intro.

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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 04:13:58 PM »
Wonderful!  So excellent to hear your story. CheerZ


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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2014, 05:38:23 PM »
That's awesome, I can't wait for part two.

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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 01:05:10 AM »
Enjoyed this :)  about to read part 2  :) 


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Re: How i started a nanobrewery in Venezuela!!! Part I
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014, 07:23:01 AM »
im engrossed.
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