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  • jimvgjr
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    Originally posted by Sir Brewsalot
    I have a question: Are the colorings put into the various glycol types standard for all brands? I swear that the prop glycol I just got through my malt supplier is a bluish liquid... but I'd have to check the back stock to be sure I'm not imagining this.
    I think "antifreeze green" is pretty much a standard for the automotive coolant, but there are a number of different colorings used by different propylene glycol manufacturers. I know that if you purchase plain USP Grade Propylene Glycol without inhibitors, it is generally supplied clear.

    We have special ordered drums of glycol custom colored per customers request, Houghton Chemical (www.houghtonchemical.com) has provided this service to us.

    Jim

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  • BigWilley
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    Glycol

    Mine is food grade and clear, same for the previous place I worked.

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  • Sir Brewsalot
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    Sounds like you're making all the right steps to get your house in order there. Well done - it's not always easy to be the bearer of bad news in an organization, especially as the new guy, inheriting problems.

    I have a question: Are the colorings put into the various glycol types standard for all brands? I swear that the prop glycol I just got through my malt supplier is a bluish liquid... but I'd have to check the back stock to be sure I'm not imagining this.

    Cheers,
    Scott

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  • Ken Rhude
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    He didn't know

    the hypothetical owner had no idea of the significance of this issue.

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  • Ken Rhude
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    Thanks again

    The hypothetical owner is completing the hypothetical flush of the hypothetically automotive anti-freeze cooling system and replacing it with hypothetical food-grade glycol.

    Cheers!

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  • Johnson_Thermal
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    Don't use automotive grade glycol, ethylene or propylene (Sierra antifreeze).

    There are additives in it for scouring the inside of your engine, I think they are essentially REALLY small glass beads. They WILL ruin your pumps seals. They score the seal faces and the pumps will leak.

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  • shiva
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    not that i recemend using auto anti freeze but if you do use the low tox but we have a chemical company in our town that has food grade glycol on hand.

    cheers,

    doug

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  • Ken Rhude
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    Thank you to all!

    I needed some professional opinions to be able to justify the remediation of the, real problem.

    Thank you for your input. I needed scientific, brewery standard information so that I can remediate appropriately.

    Don't worry. I will clean this situation up. I will not tarnish the name of my company, any more than I have done it here...apparently.

    Please know, this was not my doing. I inherited the problem and I am now doing due diligence before demanding a change; I don't want to be the guy that cries wolf.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers!

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  • matt
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    "I am unsure what the best method would be to clean your lines and vessel jackets after exposure to ethylene glycol? I would consult with your chemical supplier to see what products or process they might recommend."

    Agree 200%. also, you have to test the coolent after flushing. I do not now of any cleaning solution to clean cooling system for a brewery for your hypothetical questions since I never come across it.

    Sorry, but better safe then sorry!....customers and you.
    Last edited by matt; 03-04-2007, 01:06 PM.

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  • jimvgjr
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    USP Grade Propylene Glycol

    There are propylene glycol based antifreeze products that market themselves as "safe", although they could be classified as "food grade" this glycol is very low grade and you will not find many chiller manufacturers that will endorse using this product. Not only will it breakdown quickly but could also gum up your system.

    We specify that USP Grade Propylene Glycol is utilized with all of our chiller systems. Although the upfront cost is higher, it is minor compared with using a low grade propylene, or the safety risks of using an ethylene based product.

    I am unsure what the best method would be to clean your lines and vessel jackets after exposure to ethylene glycol? I would consult with your chemical supplier to see what products or process they might recommend.

    Good luck,

    Jim
    Pro Refrigeration Inc.

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  • matt
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    Automotive anti-freeze is glycol but ethylene glycol which is toxic. Food grade glycol is normally propylene glycol which is “non”-toxic. ( btw,ethylene is better at heat transfer) Both in there natural state are colour-less, but Industry standards may add colouring, green for ethylene and pink for propylene. Check to make sure!

    Risks;
    I’m sure local, state and any other regulatory require “food grade” glycol and if found to be other wise, is a problem.

    Yes, there is a risk of leakage of glycol into the fermentor. The glycol is separate by a single stainless steel wall as thin as 4mm. (depending on the manufacturer) Due to damage, wear or other factors leaks can occur. As far as beer lines go, they may be a corrosive/degradation effect on the beer line using ethylene glycol. (Check with the supplier)

    Remedial action:
    I would drain the system(disposing properly the ethylene mix) and flush with fresh water several times, making sure the water is going though all the tanks and lines. When you’re sure the system is clean, refill with a water/propylene mix between 35-50% propylene.

    From my experience Food-grade propylene glycol cost has been about twice that of ethylene.(maybe a reason why people might try and use ethylene!)

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  • nobody
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    Great Beer

    Originally posted by shiva
    if you have to use the Low Tox anti freeze you can get it at your local auto store.


    Cheers,

    Doug

    I'll be sure never to drink the beer from both Revolutionary Brewing Co and Ascheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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  • Moonlight
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    Can cooling jackets leak into the beer? My, oh my, Oh Hell yes!

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  • Sulfur
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    saving lines

    Instead of ripping out lines, couldn´t one just completely drain the existing lines, then flush and rinse completely with water, then refill with glycol??

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  • Ken Rhude
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    what kind of ramifications?

    It is my gut feeling that this is a very bad idea, and it seems like problems could result.

    I need to know what problems could develop? Can serving tank jackets leak into the product?

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