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  1. I save the handles off old tavern heads to...

    I save the handles off old tavern heads to replace the crappy handles on the cleaner heads. I've even been able to get my supplier to swap them out for me when buying new.

    As for the valve...
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    Yes. It does result in a slightly higher wastage...

    Yes. It does result in a slightly higher wastage of labels, but saves on space and money for an air-knife bottle dryer. Even with the air knife, there will still be adhesion problems due to...
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    Good points about failure mode, Phillip. ...

    Good points about failure mode, Phillip.

    Electric solenoid valves usually fail in the open position. This failure is almost always due to tiny bits of debris in the pilot side of the valve....
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    JBs I've used and/or built have all had welded-on...

    JBs I've used and/or built have all had welded-on SS beer nuts for all connections. I replace all gaskets each spring in prep for party season.
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    We bought a CVC 300 from Westmark. I'm not sure I...

    We bought a CVC 300 from Westmark. I'm not sure I want to endorse this machine--we had too many start-up problems and what I felt was poor support. The MB on it died after about a month--and they...
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    Coil length and diameter will depend on your...

    Coil length and diameter will depend on your climate. Call your distributor and ask what they recommend.

    Don't even think of a plate--we've had two coil-type JBs stolen over the years, but no one...
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    We went from a World Tandem (I feel you pain) to...

    We went from a World Tandem (I feel you pain) to a pressure-sensitive labeler a few years back. We couldn't be happier, and our customers are very pleased, too.

    Paper labels just suck, and most...
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    That level of bicarbonate will make your life a...

    That level of bicarbonate will make your life a living hell. You'll be scaling your HL system so fast it'll make your head spin.

    I've got about 1/3 your level of bicarb, and I fight constantly to...
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    Thanks, Dave. I'll look into the QSee products.

    Thanks, Dave. I'll look into the QSee products.
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    You need to look at your gas laws. The partial...

    You need to look at your gas laws. The partial pressure of the CO2 is what you will be using to determine your carb level, and CO2 is only 20% of the mix. I doubt your bright tanks will handle the...
  11. Thread: C02 System

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    Looks great, Star! Is that a pressurized...

    Looks great, Star!

    Is that a pressurized system, a Dewar, or a hybrid?

    We look into using pressurized storage on a large scale, but no CO2 pumper trucks in our area.
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    Copper was common in the brewery before...

    Copper was common in the brewery before stainless. Kettles and ferms were made from copper.

    A few years ago, I made a new sparge arm from copper pipe. Our ferm hall used to reek of cooked corn,...
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    Thanks, Ryan. We'll check that out. ...

    Thanks, Ryan. We'll check that out.

    Warren--It's not my call. The boss has been agitating for these for a few years, and I've been able to put him off up to now. The latest incident was serious...
  14. These are the folks we used befoer we bought our...

    These are the folks we used befoer we bought our own canner: https://knottybrothers.com/
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    Brand? Model?

    Brand? Model?
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    Surveillance cameras

    We recently experienced a problem with employee theft from our brewery. Those folks don't work here anymore, but we want to forestall any further problems.

    We'd like to set up a surveillance...
  17. You'll be killing yourself with that bicarbonate...

    You'll be killing yourself with that bicarbonate hardness. We have 130 ppm of bicarbonate in our water and it's a major headache, especially in the hot liquor system. I have to clean our Rinnais...
  18. Thread: keykegs fobbing

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    Brewberosa: We regularly serve from partial kegs...

    Brewberosa: We regularly serve from partial kegs with no foaming problems whatsoever.

    How are your beer lines cooled? Do you serve directly from the cooler? What are your line lengths? Are you...
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    What is the diameter of your cold glycol header?...

    What is the diameter of your cold glycol header? I've seen headers as small as 3/4" in use, which is another cause of excess heating. The larger the diameter, within reason, the lower the surface...
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    The least amount of heat gain in your lines...

    The least amount of heat gain in your lines possible is the most acceptable. Insulate them so they are as nearly air-tight as possible, with at least 1" of closed-cell foam. Use contact cement and...
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    In addition to above suggestions, be sure the...

    In addition to above suggestions, be sure the outlet port of the pump is located on top of the volute. I've seen several assembled with the outlet port below the top--impossible to purge fully.
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    I agree 100% about the uselessness of these...

    I agree 100% about the uselessness of these things. I was against them in the beginning, and now absolutely hate them. I waste more time keeping these damned things limping along than any other singe...
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    Any Rinnai experts out there?

    We use three Rinnai C199s to heat our HLT, mostly by recirculating the castback water through them, but also for directly heating make-up water when we run low. Ours have now decided that they like...
  24. Hmm... a passive device that uses no power to...

    Hmm... a passive device that uses no power to "alter the molecular vibrations"? Yeah, that sounds really legit to me.
  25. Thread: keykegs fobbing

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    Too many kegs on one regulator is a very common...

    Too many kegs on one regulator is a very common problem, causing the beer to foam badly during high-demand times. My rule-of-thumb is no more than four kegs/secondary regulator. Using too small of...
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