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  1. PM me

    I have 2 different manuals that my Pall rep just sent me last week when we bought a Supradisc, one is specific to brewery use the other more general. They are too big to upload here but PM me your...
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    Preheat MLT

    Couple of quick points - I use a combination of my steam jackets and CIP balls from HLT to THOUROUGHLY preheat my mash tun before mashing in. The jackets are on for only 1-2 minutes and I run about...
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    Throw it in dry

    +1 to what Rooh said. I've tried a few ways to rehydrate and all are a PITA with no verifiable improvement in fermentation. Just open the manway and sprinkle on top of wort during knock out with...
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    yes

    Short answer is yes. I add Biofine Clear inline during transfer from FV to BBT and although I do not having spunding device, my beer has usually picked up plenty of CO2 in the FV and clears up...
  5. Watchdog

    So the machine has this "EZ Setup" which detects the pressure of BBT feeding the machine. There's no apparent way to override it. Not much in the way of static pressure on these tanks, 30BBL tank...
  6. Foam, foam, foam, ugh

    There's definitely no leaks in the manifold or plumbing anywhere. I've had the back open for much of my bottling attempts looking for just that. As for the CO2 pressure overpowering the solenoids,...
  7. Solenoids

    Hey, Joel
    I haven't taken apart the solenoids but I did talk to Kevin Henderson at HDP about doing that. We both kind of thought that the solenoids probably aren't the problem because all 4 heads...
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    Thanks Mike, so you'd inject it through the...

    Thanks Mike, so you'd inject it through the bottom while mixing with carbstone and bleeding off the top? I had considered something like that but was concerned with foaming in the tank and future...
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    Using Biofine after carbonation

    Has anyone had success using Biofine Clear A3 after carbonation in a BBT?

    I have a Blonde Ale in my BBT right now that just will not clear up and I really need it crystal clear! It's a Blonde Ale...
  10. I've tried slowly lowering the CO2 to the point...

    I've tried slowly lowering the CO2 to the point of not being able to achieve counterpressure and the fill cycle stopping due to lack of CO2 pressure. Didn't help. The "backflow" of beer up the beer...
  11. cold beer for sure

    Yep, my machine is on a roller cart and I use 6' of 1.5" to feed the filler. BBT is 32 deg. and the beer tastes every bit of 32 after the fill. I've checked for and found 5 leaks in the machine. All...
  12. I was wondering about that

    Thanks for the quick reply!


    When you say the pressure feeding the bottling machine you mean CO2 right? I have the CO2 set at 20 psi and the brite is at 16. Is this about what you're using
  13. Any HDP DFC4 bottle filler users out there? I need help.

    Hello out there - I'm trying to dial in our HDP - DFC4 which we bought used and having a hell of a time. I've spoken a few times with the manufacturer and they've told me that it's up to me to figure...
  14. Thanks James! Sounds like climbing in there with...

    Thanks James! Sounds like climbing in there with pickling gel might be the first step. I found some from another chemical provider here in Guate, so....in I go.

    Can you explain the "sugar'd...
  15. New BBT with weld burns and strange film after first CIP

    I've been installing and bringing online (5) 30 bbl FV and (2) 30 bbl BBT, all brand new from China. I began the CIP of the final BBT on Monday and ran into some real issues. All the other tanks...
  16. Would you call pressurizing a 30bbl FV to 5 psi a...

    Would you call pressurizing a 30bbl FV to 5 psi a "quick blast"? Am I overly concerned with my idea of "contaminated air" (maybe a little overdramatic in the wording but you get my drift)?

    Should...
  17. pressurizing vs. purging

    Yes, maybe I've misspoken when I've used the term "purge" and misunderstood the OP's original question. As my SOP states I really only "pressurize" the FV's.

    My "PURGE SOP for Brite tank" would...
  18. Yes, purge

    I always purge with CO2 for a couple reasons

    1. After my sanitation loop (which I always run during mash conversion) I can use the CO2 to push out all the remaining sanitizer from every orifice in...
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    Ginger in the kettle

    I used to make a ginger beer with our standard house yeast (Safale 05). Simple blonde ale malt bill 5.0% ABV, a little wheat, noble hops, then at 10 min coarse chopped fresh ginger in a hop bag,...
  20. Kolsch water for sure!

    Yep, the blonde ale I've been making on the pilot system has been coming out great. The hoppy beers have been the problem. I've been reading "Water" by Palmer over and over to really digest...
  21. Agreed!

    Just because it can go on the land, doesn't mean it can go directly down someone's throat[/QUOTE]

    Totally agree Dick, just making sure I have all the info before I tell the owners to cough up the...
  22. "Fertilizer gypsum" vs "brewers gypsum" and when to add?

    We finally got our well on line and received the water analysis back from Ward Labs at the startup I'm working on in Guatemala. The water is very soft (not what we expected) and I'll be needing to...
  23. Yeah, I really like the daisy chain for a full...

    Yeah, I really like the daisy chain for a full purge, I don't really trust this washer without a CO2 purge (it using air)before the CO2 charge so 2 birds with 1 stone.

    As for using the hot water...
  24. Daisy chain

    Thanks, I like this idea a lot. And the owners will really like the price tag.
  25. PAA with 1 of the reservoirs

    I was thinking about that also, just really don't want to do everything twice! It is an automated washer with 2 different schedules so I could change schedule 2 to only perform 1 rinse with whichever...
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