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    I'm glad you got it back together, clean and...

    I'm glad you got it back together, clean and working.

    The lack of proper labeling seems irresponsible to me. We've been through several different brands of plate-and-frame HXs, and all have had...
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    All good, then! Any observations on...

    All good, then!

    Any observations on durability, cleaning effectiveness, etc? Just curious why then there is a spread of pricing. Different tubing?

    I'm up to three major trunk installs, where...
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    Trunk line is a long-term investment. It's not...

    Trunk line is a long-term investment. It's not something you'll be replacing every year, so get the best you can and save some cents elsewhere. I've used Banner and Micro and been happy with both.
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    I'd certainly think that failure to communicate...

    I'd certainly think that failure to communicate pre-purchase would be a red-flag. If they don't want to talk to you when you have a handful of money to give them, how well do you think they'll...
  5. We use 1/4" OD white PE tubing. It allows us to...

    We use 1/4" OD white PE tubing. It allows us to use John Guest-style push-fit connections, which makes it very fast and easy to replace the tubing if it gets contaminated--beer backflow, etc. We also...
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    I've used trunks and chillers from Micro and...

    I've used trunks and chillers from Micro and Banner. I'd rate the chiller units from Micro slightly better than the Banner ones, but the trunks are pretty much the same.

    If you're buying a glycol...
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    Used walk-in coolers are cheap and easily...

    Used walk-in coolers are cheap and easily available, even way out here in the boonies. Why cobble together a long-term headache when you can just do it right once?

    Unless your condensing unit is...
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    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." "If it...

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    "If it don't need fixin', don't break it."
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    It's best if you ask first, then take them apart!...

    It's best if you ask first, then take them apart!

    The #s on the plates refer to the design of the plates, not the order.

    The specification for tightening a plate-and-frame HX is the final...
  10. Open the reply box. Scroll down to the green box...

    Open the reply box. Scroll down to the green box that says "Manage Attachments". Click on that. You can then upload images from your computer. There may be size limits, so you may have to downsize...
  11. Pictures would be better if we could see them.

    Pictures would be better if we could see them.
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    Cool. I think I figured that out after I wrote...

    Cool. I think I figured that out after I wrote the reply.
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    I'd expect to get break-out on the downstream end...

    I'd expect to get break-out on the downstream end of the restriction. I've had bad foaming problems just from using slightly under-sized hose barb couplers in my beer lines.

    As gitchigumee...
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    A larger cold glycol reservoir will also help...

    A larger cold glycol reservoir will also help prevent short-cycling.

    A Johnson A421 is not a very good choice for fermenter temp control. It's crude, at best. You should be using PID controllers,...
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    Now, get out your silicone plumbers' grease: ...

    Now, get out your silicone plumbers' grease:

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    I prefer this for lubricating seals in a product-contact situation like this. The grease is food-grade and water/heat resistant.

    Grease the...
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    Push the fat washer back, and reset your pullers...

    Push the fat washer back, and reset your pullers on the inner spacer:

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    And continue until that last finger is off. Remove the key from the shaft and slide the fat washer off. Now you can...
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    Continued. With your 1/2" wrench, loosen, but...

    Continued.

    With your 1/2" wrench, loosen, but don't remove this bolt:

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    You want to back the bolt out until these seals are exposed:

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    Gas valve opening cam seals replacement.

    Time to replace some more seals. This time, we're replacing the seals here:

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    You'll need:

    From Prospero:

    24 of part # LRC 004125/30--seals. These consist of a plastic ring and o-ring...
  19. Thread: CO2 Meter

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    I use this one:...

    I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MB93CK8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It seems to work quite well. Easy to calibrate. Has a relay output if you want to hook...
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    We spray some dilute PAA into the well before...

    We spray some dilute PAA into the well before capping. Might not make a difference, but can't hurt.
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    What kind of solenoids? What power are you using?...

    What kind of solenoids? What power are you using?

    Solenoids made for use with direct current will buzz horribly when used with alternating current. Both the coil and the core are specific for AC...
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    You should have a water pressure reducing...

    You should have a water pressure reducing regulator/anti-backflow valve set up where the water enters the brewery. 40-50 psi is pretty standard.

    If you have a pumped hot water system, you'll need...
  23. Tanks for the heads-up, Warren. We have several...

    Tanks for the heads-up, Warren. We have several pieces of kit that use Festo sensors.
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    It sure sounds to me like you're looking at a...

    It sure sounds to me like you're looking at a tear-down.

    This is one of my most dreaded jobs. First, paint diagonal lines down one of the long edges of the HX plates. This will make it immediately...
  25. I always take my emotional-support banana slug...

    I always take my emotional-support banana slug with me where ever I go. I find it's much easier than my former support animal--a 12-foot Burmese python.
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