I want to start a small brewey in my town in Ohio. Nothing huge to start. Does anyone have any advise for me as to equipment that I have to have or can I just use homebrewing equipment to start? And any other advise on licensing and laws would help.
Welcome to BrewAdvice.com Frank.
This question is honestly a little too broad and all-encompassing for this site, but I'll try to give you some leads. Your best bet is to start reading, start researching, and start talking to people.
If you're just getting started, check out the Brewer's Association. They're a good jumping off point. They also have a long list of links and other resources.
Do you currently have homebrewing equipment? Chances are it won't be enough to start a brewery. It's just not cost-effective to brew 5 gallons at a time. But sharing with friends is a good way to get feedback on your beer.
As far as laws and licensing go, check out Anda's blog - Legal Libations
Some books you might want to check out:
Lastly, ProBrewer.com is a great resource for articles, a forum, etc.
That should get you started. Come back and ask more questions as you learn. There's a wealth of knowledge out there.Tweet