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    Cardboard PubKeg Freighting

    I have a customer who is adamant that we supply them with PubKegs in corrugated outers. Rehrig have been a bit inconsistent with their loading/packing/stacking specifications and I am wondering what...
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    Cardboard PubKeg Freighting

    I have a customer who is adamant that we supply them with PubKegs in corrugated outers. Rehrig have been a bit inconsistent with their loading/packing/stacking specifications and I am wondering what...
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    Dump it. The risk your brand is vastly higher...

    Dump it. The risk your brand is vastly higher than the cost of the ingredients and associated overheads.
  4. Carbonation stone - GW Kent vs Zahm & Nagel

    I've had one out of 4 of our GW Kent 6" x 0.5" stones develop some signs of rust at the weld where the sintered part is joined to the TC part. Otherwise we are quite happy with all the other GW Kent...
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    Our recovered cooling water goes directly into...

    Our recovered cooling water goes directly into the HLT and is kept at 85C.

    I would never let it cool below 50C for risk of Legionaires and other microbes.
  6. We add dry components at the mill and liquid acid...

    We add dry components at the mill and liquid acid into the HLT.
  7. Loss from Kettle to final yield when beer is filtered?

    Between 10-20% from hot, post boil volumes (allowing for thermal contraction) to final packaged volumes.

    Losses of ~10% are found with lower ABV beers that don't have dry-hopping.
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    I plan to sanitise under pressure after pushing...

    I plan to sanitise under pressure after pushing the water back to the CLT. This should result in good sanitation and no oxygen.
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    How low do you purge your BBT?

    We are not gas washing beer. The DO levels quoted in my original post are what we are measuring from the gas being purged from our empty BBT in readying it for receiving filtered beer.
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    How low do you purge your BBT?

    We are using a lot of CO2 purging our BBTs to below 20 PPB of oxygen. It's my thinking that at 100 PPB off the top of the BBT it should be sufficient to have a decent blanket to the beer coming into...
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    We use Sodium Percarbonate (main component in...

    We use Sodium Percarbonate (main component in PBW) at a rate of 5g/L as an additive to our usual caustic treatment. Our stainless comes up very shiny every time.
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    We use Vend for our cellar door. It has worked...

    We use Vend for our cellar door. It has worked well for our retail sales.
  13. We had a local engineer build a bottle rinser...

    We had a local engineer build a bottle rinser that held 24 bottles in a stainless wire rack. We could either run water or sanitiser through it. It worked a treat and was incorporated into a DIY,...
  14. We use 0.5BBL SS conicals to store our yeast with...

    We use 0.5BBL SS conicals to store our yeast with good success. Experience has shown what the ideal harvest volumes are for different strains of yeast where we do cell counts from the FV after...
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    I would add that it can take a surprising amount...

    I would add that it can take a surprising amount of time to gain traction in a congested market. It takes time, money and determination to build a brand and you must get your pricing right.
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    Did you ever come up with a solution for this...

    Did you ever come up with a solution for this that worked well?
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    As a follow up: We used malted Pilsner malt as...

    As a follow up:
    We used malted Pilsner malt as an inocculant with good success. There is a long lag time and patience is needed.

    Sugars consumed were minimal, but the resulting wort was extremely...
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    We also used ball valves on the tank returns to...

    We also used ball valves on the tank returns to balance the legs on the header runs with an adjustable inlet just downstream of the inlet solenoid to moderate cooling for gentle cooling during...
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    Glycol distribution

    We used 2.5" copper for our header with a distributed FIFO and it works great and was relatively straightforward to upscale from 9 tanks (mix of 15bbl and 30bbl and a 30bbl CLT) to double that with...
  20. Been there. Done it.

    We started Kereru Brewing Co under our house in a 450sf space which we converted to a commercial kitchen for the purposes of trialing our brand and determining if it would be worth the expense of...
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    We bought one. Tried it for a while and traded up...

    We bought one. Tried it for a while and traded up to a Cime Gold DPS 9-8-1 six months later. The CEM 5-5-1 is not a rotary filler and is driven by a series of separate electromechanical devices. The...
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    Anyone can stick a pressure gauge and a...

    Anyone can stick a pressure gauge and a thermometer on a little pressure vessel, but the Zahm has a highly accurate one and it is very easy to use. Get extra gaskets.
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    Polypropylene Glycol breaks down in the presence...

    Polypropylene Glycol breaks down in the presence of heat and becomes lactic acid. I don't think you want to acidify your boiler water.
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    We thought too fine a crush was at issue too. We...

    We thought too fine a crush was at issue too. We will be trying a slower recirc speed today.
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    Mash tun blues...

    I'm recirculating for an hour to clear up the runnings and it takes ~90 minutes to transfer to the kettle. This means a flow rate of ~20L/min (5 gallons per minute).
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