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    We love ours as well and I would agree with his...

    We love ours as well and I would agree with his comment about plumbing hot water to it - the elements take forever and I imagine use a ton of electricity. We start keg washing day running buckets of...
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    Brewer Wanted (Columbia, MD)

    Black Flag Brewing Co is looking to add a head or assistant level brewer to our team. Industry experience mandatory. This is a full time job available in Columbia, MD.

    Black Flag opened its...
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    Vibrator/Shaker for depalletizer

    We are having some minor but frequent issues with our depalletizer. It has rails that let us switch between 2 in place twist rinsers (1 for 12oz 1 for 16oz). Sounds great but every time we switch...
  4. Whenever adding water make sure the water...

    Whenever adding water make sure the water ph/chemistry doesn't undo all the effort you made to perfect it pre-dilution. I know we don't adjust the water in our CLT at all (aside from filtration) so...
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    Walk In Floor Sweating

    We are trying to stop the walk in from making the floor sweat on the outside of the cold room. Our cold room has a damp perimeter around it in our non airconditioned production area in the warmer and...
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    Here is what we came up with. We either do brite...

    Here is what we came up with. We either do brite 16oz cans with stickers or sleeved 12oz cans. Once you know the weight of your non-liquid components you could update this chart.

    For beer weight...
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    Can Fill Weight Chart

    Does anyone have a can fill chart made up showing what a properly filled can should weigh for 12 and 16oz based on final gravity? If so we would love to see it as to not have to reinvent the wheel!
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    Pre-milled grain or you mill it yourself? Maybe...

    Pre-milled grain or you mill it yourself? Maybe something went through the mill and messed with the gap. If you or another local brewery have the right sieves to test the crush you may find its not...
  9. We have a watchdog on the way with our craftcan35...

    We have a watchdog on the way with our craftcan35 system in June. Is it fairly easy to move between tanks? We like the idea of using it to carbonate beer - even if we wont be canning it.
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    $20.50 X 1.4 (distributor) x 1.4(retailer) =...

    $20.50 X 1.4 (distributor) x 1.4(retailer) = 40.18 (or $10.05 per sixer)

    If you see lower markups you may be able to get away with charging a bit more and still coming in at $10 to consumers.
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    1. Marketing done within the distributors market...

    1. Marketing done within the distributors market is generally split 50/50 with the brewery. They charge us pro-rated advertising costs, they pay us 50% the cost of the pint glasses we send them, etc....
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    Do you have a source for these filters? We have...

    Do you have a source for these filters? We have the occasional issue where a valve wont open or close but if we manually open/close it at the temp controller it eventually works. We are assuming...
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    Can you move the chiller closer somehow? That's a...

    Can you move the chiller closer somehow? That's a crazy run. Even if it heats up the inside of your space a bit getting it closer would be a net positive it seems.
  14. Ive been interested in trying cooler WP additions...

    Ive been interested in trying cooler WP additions but cant figure out a safe way to do it. We have a 3 vessel (M/L, kettle, WP) setup and when we pull from the kettle we can only pull from the center...
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    We have never operated at a loss. We broke even...

    We have never operated at a loss. We broke even the first month we were open (despite only being open for a week that month). If you have a taproom and operate at a loss for any extended period of...
  16. Ive been switching every 6 months - maybe I...

    Ive been switching every 6 months - maybe I should do it a little more often. Next warm weather day we get I'm setting up a beach chair next to the chiller and working on my tan to "check for short...
  17. Differential Setting for dual chillers?

    We have a 20hp glycol chiller that is 2 10hp units working in tandem (when necessary).

    We have been running the sytem with both units set to chill to 25*. One unit will be set to turn on if glycol...
  18. When calibrating a long probe thermometer - how...

    When calibrating a long probe thermometer - how much has to be in the sample liquid? Am I able to get a pint glass sized liquid and put 4-5in of the long probe in along with a trusted mercury...
  19. Looking for long probe thermometer for mash run readings from top of tun

    Our 20bbl mash tun has a temp probe down low and we have found that it gives sporadic questionable readings - maybe due to being in a poorly mixed spot. We are looking to add a reliable digital...
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    We have had luck skipping pre-acidification and...

    We have had luck skipping pre-acidification and using Omega Lacto blend. For 15-20bbl batches we get a small pitch from them $80 shipped I think. We then prop it up in a 5 gallon bucket overnight....
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    If you are happy with your source/vendor do you...

    If you are happy with your source/vendor do you mind sharing? Was it trial and error with the dosing or did they provide a good baseline to start with?

    Thanks!

    Brian
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    Are the nibs heavy enough to sink themselves in...

    Are the nibs heavy enough to sink themselves in fermentation temp beer?
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    Do you secure before filling the fermenter or do...

    Do you secure before filling the fermenter or do you somehow do it after? The only idea we had was a fishing line type setup that suspended the bag from the dry hop port and hopefully the string...
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    Pepper and Cocoa Nib Addition Technique

    We are about to scale up a pilot recipe to the 20bbl system and wanted to see how people are adding chili peppers and nibs to a fermenter?

    We will be unitanking this batch until it is kegged off....
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    It was - tasting good so far and seems to retain...

    It was - tasting good so far and seems to retain the haze better than cali and vermont strains. My only complaint for this style is the yeast gets expensive because we drop hop nearly immediately...
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