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    Highly doubt stratification.....

    Double batching into tall fermenters is very common. You will not get any stratification with a normal system.

    1) You're likely knocking out batch #2 warmer than batch #1. Warm wort will rise...
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    Why bother?

    Don't know what you are specifically trying to accomplish with heating mash; there are several other mashing regimens that can raise mash temperatures without steam/elements in the mash/lauter tun. ...
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    Mostly a non-issue...

    My SOP for dozens of beers at many breweries is to spund at about 1P to build pressure to 15psi. Your results will vary according to FG, headspace, and fermenter temperature. We harvest yeast after...
  4. This isn't normal

    Kegs (not barrels) can last many, many years and hundreds of returns. You can contact your keg supplier, but kegs are a commodity. You'd be very lucky to get a replacement. I've seen new keg...
  5. Maybe that's it...

    I have only used this in a fast-moving draft German-style wheat beer. Delicious and moves very fast, so never stored more than a month or 6 weeks from kegging. Not stored, shipped, nor served warm...
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    Oxygen?

    I'd use filtered air and hit repitched liquid yeast at normal pitching rates with as much as you can push through your oxygenation stone. You will not overoxygenate with air. You won't pay much for...
  7. What Augiedoggie said.

    If brewing beer is your passion, then do NOT open a brewery! Brew beer for someone else so you can figure out what you're doing. Don't care how good your IPA is. That's not the point. Opening a...
  8. Not my experience...

    Don't know about this diastaticus issue. We get FG of 3.4P using WB-06 with no out-of-ordinary issues. There is zero sulfur, no foaming, no high attenuation. Not sure how a diastaticus strain...
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    If I remember right...

    Alaska used to burn spent grain for fuel years ago. Anything to do with processing wet grain is a messy proposition and I'd steer away from it. Want to brew beer or make briquettes?
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    There are not many things…

    Spent years developing a proper profile for a real authentic German wheat beer. This yeast does it for me perfectly. But there are a lot of unorthodox techniques that are used to squeak out the...
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    And I've had other experience...

    WB-06 spunds just dandy for us. Although I use an unorthodox yeast pitch/fermentation. Sulfur? No way.
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    Of course.

    Rinse before using PBW and afterwards.
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    Use it all the time...

    We warm-ish water with PBW for about 30 minutes followed by #5 for 20 minutes and sanitize with chlorine dioxide for 10 minutes. Overkill, but it has never failed us.
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    Trick question?

    Obviously they should be placed above any possible fill level. At the top of the dome, and a bit off-center is where I put them. And always 1 bar=15psi. Unless you have appropriate ASME-stamped...
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    And BTW...

    Anyone caught with their dirty paws inside a can is fired. No questions. No excuses. Label the cans before filling. When they aren't wet & cold. After seaming, a quick rinse and into a box they...
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    Hot printer...

    Hot printer was an option we chose with our Pack-Leader ELF-50 label machine. Great machine. Few problems. Built well. Heavy as hell.
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    Wth?

    Why would anyone pour 180F waste down the drain? This is not only wasted energy, but also very hard on floors & trenches as some of you have found out. I've never had a problem with ACO drains, but...
  18. No paddle required

    The proper placement of jackets will roll the boil just fine. Stay away from complicating a relatively simple process any more than need be. Very few kettles will have a mixer if there isn't any...
  19. First of all...

    The manufacturer should give you exactly what you want and not second guess you. But you do not need a paddle for kettle. Correctly sized and placed jackets will give you vigorous boil. Not that...
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    Nothing special

    I would fill the system with water first. Then turn on the chiller. Check for proper rotation of glycol pump. Check for proper refrigeration operation. Check for leaks. Then drain and refill...
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    Foamtime....

    What would be any advantage to that? Might be good for a short run with extenuating circumstances, but I'm not going to package beer into a cold room only to take it all apart to label it again at...
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    Sticker label or shrink label before filling. ...

    Sticker label or shrink label before filling. Date code before filling. After filling is just a quick rinse and then box, six pack rings, or snap tops.
  23. I'm with Rosie...

    Everything I do is in liters. So simple to do any math regarding dosing or ratios or recipe formulation or anything volumetric. Or heat additions, refrigeration, packaging, or almost any...
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    try Pack Leader

    We used a small table-top unit to apply roll labels to empty cans at the infeed of our canning machine. Even had a hot printer for date coding. Worked quite well for us.
  25. Parallel

    Putting jackets in series also has disadvantage of raising the system pressure. Parallel offers least resistance and greatest heat transfer, which is what you're after. Efficiency.
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