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  1. I wouldn't put too much faith in there not being...

    I wouldn't put too much faith in there not being much CO2 still being dissolved if it only raised a few psi after being sealed. Even if it only built up 3-4 psi of CO2, there's a lot dissolved CO2 in...
  2. You don't mention if your normal procedure is...

    You don't mention if your normal procedure is dryhopping towards the end of fermentation, but it sounds like your plan should be fine. We stopped dryhopping during fermentation a few years ago. We...
  3. We've done a coffee version of our 9% abv stout...

    We've done a coffee version of our 9% abv stout for a few years, and it's gone over well. I don't drink it often, but I've liked it for what it is. We've only used ground coffee (1# per bbl), but we...
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    From my understanding, you can switch between...

    From my understanding, you can switch between licenses, but check with TABC to make sure you can switch back and forth. Brewpub is definitely the way to go to start, unless you're planning on hitting...
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    So, I'm one of those who uses the ice water bath...

    So, I'm one of those who uses the ice water bath method to calibrate my bimetal thermometers. I get pretty consistent results and it's cheap, but am interested in using an NIST-certified MIG...
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    Check out the pegboards and accessories from...

    Check out the pegboards and accessories from diamondlifegear.com. We installed several different sizes of their backets and racks to hold gaskets, tools, and miscellaneous stainless fittings. They...
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    If it's getting cold but not cold enough, you may...

    If it's getting cold but not cold enough, you may have a blockage somewhere in the piping. Does the tank have multiple cooling zones? We had a similar issue with one of our brite tanks about a year...
  8. Our brewery used to have a couple of 30 bbl...

    Our brewery used to have a couple of 30 bbl horizontal tanks, and we were never able to get a pitchable amount of yeast out of the bottom. I don't know how many conical tanks you have, but you'd be...
  9. Bentonite for clarifying in the fermenter

    Does anyone have any experience using bentonite clay for clarifying in the fermenter? We're having problems keeping chunks out of cans of our IPA. We centrifuge but don't filter our beers, and...
  10. We use the same type of zinc additive, and...

    We use the same type of zinc additive, and although I can't recreate the math I used to figure out our dosage rate, I know we use about 1 gram per 20 bbl of wort. I've never made a solution of it,...
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    If the company already has copies of the recipes...

    If the company already has copies of the recipes on file, you might be SOL if you try to take back ownership of them. In most instances, recipes can't be copyrighted (special processes can be). The...
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    If you're putting your dry hop pellets in with a...

    If you're putting your dry hop pellets in with a couple of degrees Plato left until terminal, your beer is likely getting enough convection to break apart the pellets to release their aroma. Pumping...
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    We use the Ozeri Pronto Digital Kitchen Scale,...

    We use the Ozeri Pronto Digital Kitchen Scale, available from Amazon or other retailers. It's not totally waterproof, but it's worked well for us. Just try not to get too much water on it, and you...
  14. We recently started canning a pale ale with fruit...

    We recently started canning a pale ale with fruit syrup added in the bright tank. We were concerned about refermentation in the can as well, and decided to put a lenticular filter after our...
  15. Packaging Team Member Southern Star Brewing Co. in Conroe, TX

    We are looking for a packaging team member at Southern Star Brewing Co. in Conroe, TX. Southern Star Brewing Co. was founded in 2007, and have grown our production to almost 15,000 bbl per year. We...
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    I'll second that it looks like oxidation. We had...

    I'll second that it looks like oxidation. We had a period last year that some customers were finding our Blonde ale to be brown. Found out that we had a leaking fill head gasket we didn't find for...
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    I'm interested in this filter. Please email me at...

    I'm interested in this filter. Please email me at sam@southernstarbrewing.com, I have a couple of questions about the unit. Thanks!
  18. Thread: Dumping Hops

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    I'll second BemidjiBrewing's recommendation of...

    I'll second BemidjiBrewing's recommendation of using a valved tee to break up the hops with water, and allow the tank to drain. I would recommend using ambient temperature water instead of hot water,...
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    Check out Brewing Science Institute. Most of...

    Check out Brewing Science Institute. Most of their strains are also offered by White Labs and Wyeast, but they only deal with microbreweries. Ask around your local breweries for their input on...
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    From my experience, most breweries choose a...

    From my experience, most breweries choose a "house strain" by selecting a strain that works well with many of the styles they wish to produce. I can't speak for yeast labs, but my guess is that,...
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    Unless you're going for above 15% abv or so,...

    Unless you're going for above 15% abv or so, we've had better luck pouring it into the kettle. It will dissolve better than being poured into a FV. If you're worried about caramelization, add it...
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    We're dropping the price on this chiller to...

    We're dropping the price on this chiller to $27,000 OBO. Please email dave@southernstarbrewing.com
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    Irish moss shouldn't affect flocculation, since...

    Irish moss shouldn't affect flocculation, since only a very small amount should be getting into the fermenter, if any. My guess is it's a temperature or pressure issue. If the last 3-4 weeks have...
  24. How much would one with a 1.5 hp motor cost?

    How much would one with a 1.5 hp motor cost?
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    40 ton Pro Chiller for sale

    Hello all,
    With the hot season rapidly approaching, perhaps I could tempt someone into buying this magnificent Pro Refrigeration chiller. It has a new touch monitor, new motherboard, and new...
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