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    Using something like this...

    Using something like this works well for us.
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    We just use a wallpaper removing steamer. Easy...

    We just use a wallpaper removing steamer. Easy peasy. Most of our barrels were dry for 5+ years and we revived all of them this way. We did need to tighten the hoops as previously mentioned.
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    We probably do one batch per month. The reasons...

    We probably do one batch per month. The reasons vary, but it's usually when we've seen a problem in a previous batch and want to test something small scale before doing a big batch. We're working on...
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    I'll add that on our 3BBL flat bottom kettle, we...

    I'll add that on our 3BBL flat bottom kettle, we need at least a 17gpm pump flow rate to get a good whirlpool. Anything less and we pull too much solids in to the plate chiller.
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    Some more grist for the mill. In CA, you will...

    Some more grist for the mill. In CA, you will need to file for a for a Type 17 license in order to contract brew. It basically makes you a distributor. If you open your own place, you would need to...
  6. Thread: Beer Smith & 2bbl

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    Same boat as augiedoggy. We've been playing...

    Same boat as augiedoggy. We've been playing around with the numbers and are getting closer to predictable. Measuring the actual equipment losses and actual boiloff probably had the biggest effect...
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    I have a "wild" Hornindal culture, so I'm not...

    I have a "wild" Hornindal culture, so I'm not sure how it compares to a lab culture, but I see 90% attenuation with it. I suspect that it may be diastatic, but I haven't tested it yet. We usually...
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    I use starsan in a spray bottle and let it sit...

    I use starsan in a spray bottle and let it sit for a while before pouring. As long as you use the correct concentration and wait for some contact time, I think you should be ok.
  9. Thread: Beer Smith & 2bbl

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    I doubt there is something generic that will...

    I doubt there is something generic that will match your system exactly. You should be able to dial things in with 1 or 2 brews, though. It's easy enough to measure the deadspace and losses. The...
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    Do you sell just the coil with TC fittings...

    Do you sell just the coil with TC fittings without the lid? I didn't see it listed on your website.
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    I can only help you with California, so I'm not...

    I can only help you with California, so I'm not sure if this will be true where you are.

    Part of the California ABC process is what you suggest. There are forms that you need to submit where you...
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    You need the address. Everything time consuming...

    You need the address. Everything time consuming ties back to it. You could start your corporation or whatever legal entity type with your home address, but that's about it.
  13. Thread: Ready, set, GO!!!

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    We have no employees and pretty minimal costs,...

    We have no employees and pretty minimal costs, thankfully. At this point, we need to make a little over $3000/mo profit to pay expenses.
  14. Thread: Ready, set, GO!!!

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    We are nearly done building a 4bbl brewery and...

    We are nearly done building a 4bbl brewery and had a lot of the same constraints that you describe. Here is what we have learned so far.

    We did not want to seek any additional funding beyond our...
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    Are you disassembling all your fittings and...

    Are you disassembling all your fittings and cleaning them after each use? The plastic fermenters that I have worked with have plenty of places for critters to collect if you don't tear them down each...
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    I'm also looking at disposable kegs for...

    I'm also looking at disposable kegs for distribution and am leaning toward the PetainerKeg "Hybrid 20L" kegs. I was quoted $16/keg and they come nitrogen purged, so no need to sanitize, purge or...
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    Thanks for the input. My main reason for wanting...

    Thanks for the input. My main reason for wanting one is to monitor my RO system for changes as filters need replacing. I like the sound of $12.
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    TDS meter recommendations

    I'm in the market for a TDS meter. Any recommendations on which one to choose? I'm leaning toward the Hanna Dist6
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    You didn't mention this, but this may also be...

    You didn't mention this, but this may also be helpful to you. We're leasing our spot, so we used loop.net primarily, and also other websites to find our spot. Most have filtering and subscription...
  20. Thread: Tilt Hydrometer

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    Cute gadget, but they tend to get gunked up with...

    Cute gadget, but they tend to get gunked up with hops and yeast, which causes you to get weird readings. It uses an internal gyroscope that measures the angle that it is sitting at. Many things can...
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    Similar experience here. Submitted the beginning of Dec, 2018. Government shutdown 1 month, got approved mid-Feb 2019. Having the paperwork filled out properly with minimal corrections needed seemed...
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    From a paperwork perspective, no. Everything is...

    From a paperwork perspective, no. Everything is tied to the address. I would advise making sure your finances are in order and that you can survive for 6 months before signing the lease. Things...
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    You're best off calling them to confirm. TTB is...

    You're best off calling them to confirm. TTB is free. We had the government shutdown in the middle, but it took about 2 months actual time to receive our TTB approval. I only missed one thing on my...
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    What ZeDrunkenMaster said. We've been thinking...

    What ZeDrunkenMaster said. We've been thinking outside the box a lot and asking ourselves whether we really have a problem that needs fixing, or if there are other ways to do something. Something...
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    Modular Cold Room recommendations

    I'm looking to buy a modular cold room and would like to find a source here in the US. I've found a few manufacturers in Europe and Australia, but I don't really want to deal with overseas freight....
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