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  1. In a climate where AC is needed, I could see that...

    In a climate where AC is needed, I could see that making sense. If you spend most of your time heating the brewery, locating the glycol outside is just wasted energy.
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    I just put a TC fitting on the Sanke coupler....

    I just put a TC fitting on the Sanke coupler. https://www.brewershardware.com/1-1-5-tri-clover-compatible-x-female-beer-thread-clearance.html?category_id=364
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    I lived in your part of the world briefly, but...

    I lived in your part of the world briefly, but won't pretend to know anything about the market there now. In general, I don't see anyone getting the doors open, for a brewpub, with that as their...
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    Buying, leasing, or leasing with option? New...

    Buying, leasing, or leasing with option? New construction, renovation, or building to suit? Urban, suburban, or rural? Brewpub, tap room, or production brewery? I'm sure people here would be willing...
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    All TTB requires is a barrier and last I checked...

    All TTB requires is a barrier and last I checked they're fine with a chain, but that was a couple years ago. Based on what I hear from CA brewers your state agency is going to have more stringent...
  6. Our SBA loan doesn't cover nearly all the opening...

    Our SBA loan doesn't cover nearly all the opening expenses, but yes. We ended up having to put together about 35% of the total privately.
  7. That's essentially what we ended up doing, but...

    That's essentially what we ended up doing, but talk with your bank first. It could be that they want the cash bonded as collateral, or (more likely) that they'll have you buy the real...
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    I like the overall layout. Agreed that you'll...

    I like the overall layout. Agreed that you'll need more cold storage - even if you're going with serving tanks (which you should for a brewpub/taproom model) they're going to be roughly 3 ft...
  9. Thread: Floor Plans

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    A bonded area is anywhere you store taxable beer....

    A bonded area is anywhere you store taxable beer. TTB requires it to be labeled as such and be able to be secured with a lock, but I think that's the only requirement.
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    I don't know of any reason not to run a balance...

    I don't know of any reason not to run a balance line between the head space of the two tanks. You should only need to vent enough CO2 to purge that line, and you could do it from the BBT.

    I'd...
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    I had trouble reading much past "free rent"......

    I had trouble reading much past "free rent"... That pays for an awful lot of squeegee time.

    Will the landlord let you coat the floors? With them being level you'll have exaggerated issues with...
  12. If you want to post tank dimensions/wall...

    If you want to post tank dimensions/wall thickness/temperatures I'd be happy to do the math, but I suspect that over a few days they're inevitably going to get to near-ambient temperature. I'm having...
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    For a brewpub, I'd use your seating capacity as a...

    For a brewpub, I'd use your seating capacity as a sanity check - even accounting for growlers you can't sell more than maybe 15 pints/seat-day; it's just a physical reality. If you have 20 seats then...
  14. Dry grain takes up about 0.09 gal/lb, so you'd be...

    Dry grain takes up about 0.09 gal/lb, so you'd be at 127 + 0.09*214 = 146 gal total volume. Whether you can work with it or not depends on whether that's the working volume of the tun or its total...
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    Working capacity would be either 1 keg or 0.5...

    Working capacity would be either 1 keg or 0.5 bbl. I'd stick to barrels since it's what TTB is used to seeing for units.
  16. Thread: Walk in options

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    Sounds like you need to start the legal process...

    Sounds like you need to start the legal process of telling him to f*** off and getting a new inspector assigned. Did he inspect your mash paddle to make sure it's UL-listed to stir grains?

    And...
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    I didnít realize you were storing food in there;...

    I didnít realize you were storing food in there; in that scenario youíre pretty much at the mercy of your local health inspector. Fortunately our food and beer storage are separate.
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    Looked into the CoolBot yet?

    Looked into the CoolBot yet?
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    Generally speaking direct-fire kettles run on/off...

    Generally speaking direct-fire kettles run on/off - your plumber should be able to detune it to some extent if running it wide open gives an unacceptable boiloff rate. If you want control beyond an...
  20. I don't... Microbes don't just hang out in...

    I don't... Microbes don't just hang out in midair, they float around on dust. If the sheeting action of a proper CIP weren't enough to get all the dust out of a tank breweries would have noticed...
  21. If your hypothesis is that there's "contaminated...

    If your hypothesis is that there's "contaminated air" then you should be following the same purge SOP for your fermenters as for the brites. A quick blast of CO2 isn't going to be any more effective...
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    I agree with Ted, every market is different but...

    I agree with Ted, every market is different but $30k seems exorbitant. We spent $19k total in pre-construction fees to the GC, architect, and engineers.
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    We didn't even submit architectural drawings,...

    We didn't even submit architectural drawings, just the sketch that I had made in Photoshop to give guidance to the architect.
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    What's the existing service? For 5 bbl you'd want...

    What's the existing service? For 5 bbl you'd want a minimum of 15 kW (preferably 20), so at 220V you can get away with a 100A circuit. 150A would be nice, and if you're heating multiple vessels...
  25. I literally copy-pasted the official description...

    I literally copy-pasted the official description of the lot from our deed: from corner of X and Y, measure Z' north along... etc.
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