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  1. kettle sour

    5BBL here. Took over an hour to get down to 95 degrees from kettle to Hx back to kettle. My theory is that you are also chilling the mass of the kettle, takes a lot longer than just chilling...
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    Strawberry is a delicate flavor and Ive found you...

    Strawberry is a delicate flavor and Ive found you have to use a lot. 40#/BBL sounds about right. Most recently upped it 25#/BBL and it still wasnt enough. I use 25#/BBL for blackberry puree and...
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    Yes it can be done that way IMO. If your...

    Yes it can be done that way IMO. If your overhead is low, and it sounds like it is, than you are in a good position to make a go of it. Brewing 5x a week is a lot. Whatever infrastructure you put...
  4. spent grain

    5 BBL system brewing once or twice a week.
    I float beer to those people that take the grain away. I love anyone thats willing to go onto my text list for pickup.
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    not always

    Im about to hit my 3rd anniversary. Still doing 5BBL with no plans to go past that. Ill top out at 3000sqft of tap rooms space in a smallish town.
    5BBL is the right size for me, all over the bar...
  6. 1500 sq ft

    I have a 5BBL brewhouse, 3 fermenters, 10x14 walkin with 7 serving tanks, along with 2 bathrooms and 70 seat tap room in 1500 sq ft. Did 400 BBLs through the taproom this year.
    Its a pain in the...
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    Stools

    My experience, dont skimp. When you see the 500# guy sit on your cheap wooden stool it scares you.
    Upgraded to metal. Had them for ~2 years. Holding up very well....
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    It happens

    Dry hopping on day 5 of fermentation. Thought it would be neat to try 1st addition dry hopping earlier in the process. Added 5# of hops. Lost roughly 1/3 the volume. The vid only catches the tail...
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    shandy

    Not answering your question but adding my experience:
    We use lemonade for shandies. We have a separate faucet and blend at the tap. Advantages: doesnt tie up another tank or kegs (other than the...
  10. Thread: Dairy tanks

    by FarGohn
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    Had a tube steel stand welded that fit over hot...

    Had a tube steel stand welded that fit over hot plate for the kettle to stand on.
    No CIP. Extend handle scrubber and elbow grease. Every few brews lay it down on the floor, crawl inside and scrub...
  11. Thread: Exhaust Fan

    by FarGohn
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    exhaust

    I have a direct fire 5BBL. My first set up used a kettle over a standard commercial kitchen hot plate at ~200k btu. Type II exhaust hood. For make up air I have a powered damper that feeds...
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    Starting out

    I kept the day job for the first year. Worked 100 hour weeks almost every week. Started with credit cards and loan from retirement.

    If you are in a good location, decent marketing, and get...
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    glycol

    Just adding my experience to cheap glycol set up. I use draft line chiller. Pretty much plug and play with a johnson controller for each vessel. More expensive than a homemade set up but for me...
  14. Thread: Dairy tanks

    by FarGohn
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    I used steel fermenters

    I used new wine fermenters as both BK and MT when I started.
    http://www.thevintnervault.com/product/4260/1000-L-Variable-Capicity-Wine-/-Fermenting-Tank.html

    Had a coppersmith wrap the kettle in...
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    5bbl

    I have a 5BBL direct fire. Used a commercial restaurant 6 burner hot plate (~200k btu) with a steel tube frame over it for strength. Takes around an hour to come to a boil and holds the boil just...
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    my $.02

    Ive been open for almost 14 months. 5BBL brewery, tap room sales only. Town/County of ~60,000, fairly rural. Worked in foodservice all my life, most recently running an institutional kitchen with...
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    small space

    I have my 2 vessel 5BBL with 3 fermenters in a ~7' x 20' space plus a 10x12 cold room and a 4x8 corner for grain and tools. I guess thats ~292 sq ft total. Produced 250BBL my first year. I am...
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    grain removal

    Just adding my experience,
    I have a 5 BBL, 64" tall mash tun with no man way at all. I stand on a step ladder and shovel out 90% of it. Then I use a shopvac designed to fit on a 55gal barrel. ...
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    burner size

    Im using a commercial kitchen 'hot plate' with 6 burners listed at 180k btu for a 5bbl set up. It will boil 1 hour after sparge ends. Keeps up a good boil. I turn off a burner or 2 when doing a...
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    Mugs

    Not answering the question but adding my experience....
    We are using 20oz stainless mugs off of amazon. They are engraved by the local engraver/soccer trophy guy with whatever the person wants. ...
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    I just plagiarized your "don't be an ass" clause...

    I just plagiarized your "don't be an ass" clause for my Mug Club. I was just working on my own version but yours captures it succinctly and eloquently.
    Thank you.
    Steve Gohn
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