Yeah, mpawl33, I re-worked that entire water system a while back.
Our rinse water is micro-filtered, and our fobber water is a separate system of three Corny kegs, pressurized with micro-filtered air and sterilized with peracetic acid. We control the fobber jet velocity with a pressure regulator on the water line. I stole the fobber water solenoid valve from the water manifold and added it to the new system, so the fobber only runs when the machine is turning. 15 gal. of treated fobber water gets us through a 50 bbl. bottling run. We also changed out the fobber orifice for a finer, higher pressure one (Spraying Systems Co. Ultrastar mdl# 38170, 316SS, orifice dia. 15), which puts much less water into the bottle.
The biggest waste I found, as set up by the pros, was the use of CO2 to blow the bottles dry in the rinser. We were using about 500 lb. of CO2 per 50 bbl. bottle run previously, now that I changed it to filtered air, we're down to ~ 70 lb CO2/run. The air compressor runs a lot more, 'though!
Last edited by TGTimm; 04-02-2013 at 01:35 PM.
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