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    No “magic” from being in a keg, just less...

    No “magic” from being in a keg, just less headspace surface area. Less opportunity for diffusion to take place. Perhaps better purging of oxygen, hard to say without a DO meter. You can only properly...
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    Get a feel for your situation before dropping...

    Get a feel for your situation before dropping cash on a management system. Not always necessary but can be quite useful depending on the situation. Upgrade to something down the road as needed. Just...
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    +1 on all these points. I believe recommended...

    +1 on all these points. I believe recommended ratio is 2:1 Height to Width.

    As an alternative you could consider stacking vessels that are short and long. Think lagering tanks. Shorter settling...
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    I'll piggyback on Jebzter. Used both serving...

    I'll piggyback on Jebzter. Used both serving vessels and kegs a few times an much prefer kegs. There is a noticeable stability difference to me. I believe I see less oxidation in kegs, possibly due...
  5. You could try dropping your mash in to 35*C. That...

    You could try dropping your mash in to 35*C. That will allow for B-glucanase to go into solution, and theoretically no protein degradation will occur. It will allow cell walls to be degraded,...
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    +1 on buying the line chiller. Been down this...

    +1 on buying the line chiller. Been down this road with a few owners and had to actually calculate the foam loss for them to begin to understand the value. Twice they were on 10-12' draws. And buy a...
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    The co2 is reactive, but so are most all...

    The co2 is reactive, but so are most all compounds including regular breathing air. Any seal material you find in a solenoid will likely have a "B" (slightly corrosive) or better rating for chemical...
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    Obviously you've heard at this point that the...

    Obviously you've heard at this point that the PVRV is a safety device and not a regulator. The rational is that the PVRV can be overwhelmed. If more co2 is being created than can be released, then...
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    The check valves you have supplied a link to are...

    The check valves you have supplied a link to are more designed for liquid applications such as lauter to kettle or water infeed. These will not work well for carb stones in general. I am assuming you...
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    I have used a 4-roller RMS in the past and it was...

    I have used a 4-roller RMS in the past and it was probably the best mill I have used over all. I never actually measured gaps on the mill because I had a set of sieves and was able to check my crush...
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    You should be able to run pneumatics fine with...

    You should be able to run pneumatics fine with co2. If you are using the acid instead of caustic, you won't have issues with it process wise. You are still going to be introducing oxygen in your kegs...
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    Yes, to answer your question, this is how they...

    Yes, to answer your question, this is how they work. Yes in theory an appropriate sized radiator and fan should work. You would of course want some sort of temperature controller on the system to...
  13. Here is my experience. I have used 7bbl grundys...

    Here is my experience. I have used 7bbl grundys in the past that had a top man way and they were a PITA. They were only about 4 feet tall, but had a lot of bolts on the door. At 6+ feet tall, you...
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    Almost all the quality PIDs now days offer auto...

    Almost all the quality PIDs now days offer auto tuning features (although I don't find this feature to be needed personally). While you can apparently use some temperature controllers to create a...
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    Having worked with both, either TC or RTD can be...

    Having worked with both, either TC or RTD can be used but there are positives and negatives to each. Simplifying it a bit, RTDs are generally more accurate and more stable, TC's are cheaper and have...
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    Again, in my limited knowledge, a PID is...

    Again, in my limited knowledge, a PID is generally more accurate at maintaining a set temperature than an on/off with hysteresis. Also, I don't think you can program ramp/soak into a temperature...
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    I'm with Dick on this one, but for opposite...

    I'm with Dick on this one, but for opposite reasons. The last thing I want is to run in to take a dump during my 15 min window and A) find it occupied or B) find drunk man piss all over the seat....
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    I'm only a garage expert here, but I think most...

    I'm only a garage expert here, but I think most quality (and even most knockoff) PIDs such as the Fuji and Solo mentioned will offer a model containing a built in relay. Usually rated up to about 10...
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    Jebzter made the key point here, but the topic...

    Jebzter made the key point here, but the topic got me thinking.

    I use PAA test strips from LaMotte to check my soak buckets, SIP solution, spray bottles, ect. The scale ranges in ppm 0, 10, 20,...
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    I am by no means any sort of water expert (or...

    I am by no means any sort of water expert (or engineer!) so please correct me where needed. I am on board with the alkalinity situation and agree. My understanding would be that the earlier parts of...
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    I think this is a key point. It is a current...

    I think this is a key point. It is a current trend to acidulate the sparge water (and I have done so on larger systems) however I don't see much need for this. You can acidulate the mash and...
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    There are a number of options out there, but...

    There are a number of options out there, but probably the most frequent I have seen are Fuji PXR4's. I have had one burn out on me (5 years old), however they are usually quite reliable. You can get...
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    That is why I went with a no-boil for the...

    That is why I went with a no-boil for the Berliner Weisse I made. If you keep the temps below 80*C or 175*F (I believe that is the threshold) you will not convert the SMM and avoid the issue...
  24. A 5 min vorlauf seems very short to me. I would...

    A 5 min vorlauf seems very short to me. I would typically be in the 15-30 min range before beginning run off. Is the particulate causing you issue? Are you noticing astringency from tannins? I have...
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    Agreed on these points, and would be willing to...

    Agreed on these points, and would be willing to give it a shot if I could find fresh Goodbelly over here for a one off. The recommend a shelf life is two weeks on the website. If using yogurt, there...
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