View Full Version : Jays Brew - GM's own brew shop

01-20-2006, 06:17 PM
OK, here's your chance. Tell me what you want in a perfect world. If your mead-brewing shop has everything, what would that be?

Give us your ideal supply lists. Include honey, equipment, tools, adjuncts, herbs, etc. Tell us what you want, we'll try to get up on the GM store.

01-20-2006, 09:21 PM
Monica Bellucci, a truck full of honey, 2 iguanas, a case of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose (1985 Millennium Disgorged), a straight jacket, some marbles, mangos, two blind korean massage girls, the London Times crossword, a bottle of lidocaine and full brisket of beef. I'll do the rest!



01-20-2006, 11:28 PM
I am *so* gonna smack you when I pick you up at the airport, bud. Get serious here! We have our own captive brewshop, Jay is one of us, and will work with us.

Lists, Oskaar. *Serious* lists. Now.


Vicky - working on the product spreadsheets at the moment

01-21-2006, 09:42 AM
two blind korean massage girls

I'll second that, although I perfer bound, not blind. ;)

Close to Wholesale Price 27 gallon SS Fermenator conicals from Blichman Engineering, It's on my wish list. Like to get it for less than the advertised $700.


01-21-2006, 03:40 PM
Shipping to Canada by FedEx and/or regular mail! UPS to Canada is a horror - they charge up to $25 just to bring the package through customs. FedEx and the postal service are far more reasonable.

Also numerous types of yeast, additives, and various types of honey.

01-21-2006, 11:07 PM
Well as usual, I have a few thoughts..
I doubt this suggestion will make me popular on the west coast, but there any chance of talking the "they" into having some of the rarer yeasts like DV-10 and such? In other sizes than 50lb bricks?? And how about having all the Go-ferm, Ferm-Aid and other mythical/"standard" nutrients in one place and routinely availible, instead of having to go hunting across 6 companies to find it?? The Ez-Off/Grolsch style 1L and .5L in cobalt blue or brown(without the stupid little grains etched in the glass) would be something I would be interested in if they could get them at a decent price(<$30 a case) and routinely get them.
just a few thoughts..

(vickie, not to harp on the subject, but did you get that email?? had several vanish on me...)

01-22-2006, 08:49 AM
Hedgehog, carrying DV10 (or any speciality yeast) in 5 or 8 gram packs would require them to purchase a special sterile environment clean table and other packaging equipment... a several thousand dollar investment. I think it's best to let Morebeer continue to do the speciality yeasts as they already have the equipment. At $1.25 a pack you'd have to sell a boatload of yeast before you even started to see a return on your investment.

Vicky, does he have a walk in freezer? I'm trying to get the Concentrate company I'm in contact with to start marketing to home brewers, Trouble is their concentrates need to be kept frozen.


01-23-2006, 11:14 AM
Dunno, Wrathe....I kicked a mail to him letting him know we're talking about it, so he should pop up sometime soon to check out the thread.


01-23-2006, 11:47 AM
raw honey. Good prices for 60lb buckets. 75$ plus shipping would get my order.

01-23-2006, 11:56 AM
I'm a fan of free shipping on orders over $50.

01-23-2006, 01:28 PM
I second the Shipping to Canada bit, as well as the FermAid etc comment. I cant get anything but a generic nutrient at my shop, which is fine normally, but I'd like to have access to it.

Also, things for beer makers as well... Wort chillers etc, some specialty malts/grains, stuff like that

01-23-2006, 02:31 PM
Hello everybody. Here's a little info about my store.

I'm a local homebrew shop located in Northern Virginia. So I certainly should have all of the "normal" items for brewing and winemaking that you'd expect. And here's a link to one of my main distributors so you can peruse this catalog and know that I can get anything in there:


You will see wort chillers, grains, extracts, hops, and more in that catalog.

In addition to the usual stuff, however, I am of course an avid meadmaker - and that's why I've been a part of the Gotmead community for some time. It also means that I carry some things in the shop that most homebrew shops don't have. Notably, in small vial amounts:

Fermaid K

Sometimes honey (see below).
Wine Shippers (see below).

To answer some specific questions that popped up:

While I don't have access to the Blichman tanks, I can get some variable capacity tanks. In fact, I have a pair of 700L tanks in my garage right now that will soon be used for some mead. Here is the list of tanks:


WW is quite correct that I cannot get 5g packets of every type of dried yeast. I can get 500g packages of just about any dried yeast. In addition to the dried, I carry White Labs and Wyeast liquid yeasts. All liquid yeasts are shipped with a cold pack free of charge.

WW, I don't have a walk in freezer, but I have 5 refrigerators and freezers for hops, yeast, etc... how large are the concentrate containers?

I'll have to look into Fedex to Canada. In the past, I've only used UPS and USPS for mail order.

As for honey, it's not a regular item that I carry. I do have relationships with many beekeepers and will occassionally do a bulk purchase for myself and customers. For instance, last summer I picked up about a dozen pails of Persimmon and Sourwood honey from North Carolina. Prices and availability vary wildly, however.

I do stock flip-top bottles in .5L and 1L sizes. They come in clear, brown, and blue. I don't normally ship bottles, however, due to the constant breakage problems. Perhaps exceptions could be made for Gotmead customers.

Speaking of bottles, I have a question for you guys. As I mentioned above, I carry "wine shippers". These consist of a package and box set that allows you to safely ship wine bottles. I currently have 3-bottle pulp paper type shippers. Styrofoam ones are also available. Sizes available include 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 bottles.

I just started carrying these. Is there interest in the shippers? I'd like to know what bottle capacity people would be most interested in. Naturally, it's possible to put less bottles in the box.


01-23-2006, 02:55 PM
Jay, you didn't *tell* me about some of this stuff! Send me particulars, dude, and the rest of those pix. I've got most of your stuff programmed and ready to upload.......the store will go online this week, I hope!

Vicky - tracking down a programming issue right now

01-23-2006, 03:04 PM
Every week spent with a child under 2 lowers your IQ a point. I can't be held responsible for any conversation we may or may not have had. ;D

I know I *meant* to give you that LD Carlson link and to mention the free cold pack thingy so that you could put that into the store pages. The notion was floating around in my mental to do list.

I will get you more pix soon. Hopefully tonight.


01-23-2006, 04:51 PM

Heather tips! I'm in heaven! /dance

01-23-2006, 05:59 PM
LOL! Yeah, I can get you heather tips. A brewing buddy of mine set out to clone that Scottish Heather Ale (Froch??) and got a bunch of the stuff one time. It turned out pretty darned good.


01-23-2006, 06:07 PM
Awesome, cause a heather ale is on my list of beers to brew this year.

/goes to check the state of her credit card :D

Geoffrey Johnson
01-23-2006, 06:50 PM

when is your next honey run? I only have 2 gallons of persimmons left...

I have to start saving money for you to strong arm me into buying another 60#'er. :-[ ::)


01-23-2006, 07:58 PM

Well, it probably won't be until the new honey comes in the spring/summer. Which actually means that I'll be pre-ordering some fairly soon. I'll be shooting an email to my email list (for those who want to sign up, go to www.jaysbrewing.com) and I'll post a thread here, too.

Did you like the persimmon? I may order from the same place again.


01-23-2006, 09:50 PM
Jay, I need a 60# pail too. Persimmon sounds yummy. Tag one for me? I'll drive up and get it, and we can share bottles and such......

Vicky - taking a few minutes to surf up some good historical fiction in the library online site......

01-24-2006, 08:40 AM
WW, I don't have a walk in freezer, but I have 5 refrigerators and freezers for hops, yeast, etc... how large are the concentrate containers?

The containers themselves are only 32 oz, but since they don't package their concentrates in anything under 5 gallons at the moment, getting them to do so would probably mean ordering a pallet worth of mixed flavors to test market... to get them to sell them to us at wholesale prices, as we would be the only customer for them. I'm hoping to get in touch with him in the next few days.


01-24-2006, 10:31 AM
Oh, and for the rest of the herbal stuff (thanx, Mynx), Auntie Arwen, *the* herbal shop at Pennsic, has agreed to be our herb shop. I'm awaiting her spreadsheet of products as we speak......

Vicky - just dancing a jig that Jay can get all the Carlson stuff....

01-24-2006, 01:04 PM
That is awesome. While Vancouver does have a great herbal shop (Gaia's Garden) it's nice to see that I can get stuff they might not carry :D

Geoffrey Johnson
01-24-2006, 11:09 PM
The persimmons was quite enjoyable - I would not mind another pail of that. What was the other variety you were looking to get last year?

01-25-2006, 09:18 AM
I got sourwood last year from the same guy. And will probably get that this year too - however, the sourwood is a "late" honey whilst the persimmon is "early".