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  1. When we clean our brite tanks under pressure we...

    When we clean our brite tanks under pressure we put a butterfly valve behind the perlick - this allows us to keep that port closed, remove and disassemble the perlick for a good soaking, and get it...
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    Yep - I guess I was only referring to the...

    Yep - I guess I was only referring to the build-out portion @ 30k not your entire startup budget as being shy of reality. Another thing to consider is if the building has a sprinkler system or not....
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    30K seems WAY low for a buildout of a new brewery...

    30K seems WAY low for a buildout of a new brewery and restaurant. Does this include furniture and fixtures, cash registers, office equipment, security system, floor coverings, lighting, glassware,...
  4. Ah, I see. A lot of folks make this same...

    Ah, I see.

    A lot of folks make this same decision - we fully disassemble any barb + clamp assembly everytime we use it. It really is the only way to ensure that it is clean and able to be...
  5. It's spendy, but braided silicone is probably...

    It's spendy, but braided silicone is probably your best bet if you're using heat. I'd double check the operating pressure at those temps, though.

    GWKent sells it, but I'm sure you can find it...
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    Our preference is to harvest our house yeast,...

    Our preference is to harvest our house yeast, 1056/Chico/A-56, from our Blonde...low IBU, low ABV, nice clean yeast that is pretty much always available and healthy. BUT, when the production schedule...
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    +1 on everything UnFermentable said. We used...

    +1 on everything UnFermentable said.

    We used to do a mix of yeast propagation plus harvesting when we were at the 3bbl scale. As we grew, we adopted cell staining and counting and our beers are...
  8. Assistant Brewer - Bemidji Brewing Co. in Northern MN

    Our production team is growing! This position is a great opportunity to break into the industry with potential for career growth.

    Please send applications and resumes to Megan Hill at...
  9. Very interesting...we've got a handfull of these...

    Very interesting...we've got a handfull of these same check valves inline for various stones and other connections around the brewery, some from GWKent and some from Foxx. We've seen very low DO...
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    I can credit Dan at Junkyard for his direct...

    I can credit Dan at Junkyard for his direct guidance with improving our experience with this yeast, and subsequently our beers! As he said, top cropping would be ideal. Similar to you, we are unable...
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    Drill a hole first - then insert the nail! ...

    Drill a hole first - then insert the nail!

    Also, check the fit of your bit diameter + the nail you are going to use in a scrap piece of wood first, just to make sure it is snug.

    And lastly -...
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    I'm sure others will respond on here as well...

    I'm sure others will respond on here as well regarding this yeast, as it can be a bit of a harvesting/re-use challenge. Before I offer a possible solution, it should also be said that most, if not...
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    Nitro Infuser feedback

    Hi All,

    I'm curious if anyone has used an inline nitrogen infuser such as this offered by Keg Outlet?

    We've always offered a nitro beer or two in our taproom but have just been carbing low and...
  14. We've had the same issues with the Z&N pressure...

    We've had the same issues with the Z&N pressure gauges. We switched to the cheaper gauges over a year ago and haven't looked back. Basically, I buy an inexpensive 0 - 15psi or 0 - 30psi gauge and use...
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    We opted for pre-milled when we were brewing at...

    We opted for pre-milled when we were brewing at the 3bbl scale. It certainly saves a step but also costs ~$.05 more per pound (maybe it's increased since?). Our two biggest concerns were freshness of...
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    You are correct that you will need to vent the...

    You are correct that you will need to vent the tank as you are pushing the beer in with CO2. However, being you aren't bubbling CO2 through the beer or foaming the beer (hopefully not) then the...
  17. We canned for a bit on a Goose when we were doing...

    We canned for a bit on a Goose when we were doing mobile canning last summer. The silicone lines run through "compression" plates on the front of the machine - these allow the user to fine tune the...
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    We used to transfer to our brite tanks with a...

    We used to transfer to our brite tanks with a march pump inline when we were on our 3bbl system and were using plastic FVs, being we couldn't pressurize those tanks. We made sure the lines were...
  19. We still use a fair amount of FF in our classic...

    We still use a fair amount of FF in our classic IPA. We recently tossed a couple bags due to lackluster aroma, but we attributed that to oxidation, although there weren't any visible tears or...
  20. Also - take a look at ABE's watchdog (or other...

    Also - take a look at ABE's watchdog (or other similar devices) to take the guesswork out of dialing in your head pressure. This CO2 solenoid controller will ensure your tank's head pressure remains...
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    I am also interested to hear folk's feedback on...

    I am also interested to hear folk's feedback on this (not trying to hijack the thread!).

    We primarily use Birko's UltraNiter acid wash + their X-puma detergent as our keg cleaning solution....
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    Just offering up my perception of this package...

    Just offering up my perception of this package option - definitely just an opinion, based upon how I have seen other brewery's aluminum bottles fare in the marketplace:

    I feel that aluminum...
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    Is your carbonation stone in a side port in the...

    Is your carbonation stone in a side port in the tank or do you have to hook it up to a tee/sightglass on the bottom dump arm after fermentation is complete?

    If it's in a side port and the beer is...
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    We received some off Citra earlier in the summer...

    We received some off Citra earlier in the summer too - yellow/brown & smelled oniony and stale in the bag. We tossed them and requested a new box. The new ones looked and smelled better but threw off...
  25. You may also have a piece of debris stuck in the...

    You may also have a piece of debris stuck in the valve that is preventing it from fully closing, thus allowing a slow trickle of glycol through the jackets. Was this system recently installed?...
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