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    Loading Van from a Loading Dock

    Hi folks-

    We do a small amount of local self distribution with a Sprinter van. We currently use a keg jockey (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!) to load the van out in front of our building.

    Our...
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    You mention "bleeding off the head pressure," so...

    You mention "bleeding off the head pressure," so am I correct in assuming that the tank is now under some pressure?

    If so, the first thing *I* would do is (slowly) release that head pressure (over...
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    Video of the CO2 purity tester

    http://www.zahmnagel.com/shop/testing-equipment/co2-purity-testing/part-10007-co%C2%B2-purity-tester-50-100-in-1-0/
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    Not that I've actually used any of these, but......

    Not that I've actually used any of these, but...

    http://www.zahmnagel.com/product-category/testing-equipment/co2-purity-testing/

    99% of the folks on here associate Z&N with carbonation level...
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    Are you sure that your puree does not have any...

    Are you sure that your puree does not have any "preservatives" in it?

    Those are generally fermentation inhibitors (like potassium sorbate) and would cause exactly the behavior that you describe. ...
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    Foxx Equipment has them: ...

    Foxx Equipment has them:

    https://foxxequipment.com/search-page/products?keys=perlick

    Cheers- Mike
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    Hi Becky- Check out the PicoMag from...

    Hi Becky-

    Check out the PicoMag from Endress-Hauser. It's a small sanitary mag meter.

    I have used and like the GPI meters, but just for process (and CIP) water. As you noted, they don't...
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    I'd suggest you ditch the rye. I am assuming...

    I'd suggest you ditch the rye.

    I am assuming you mean flaked rye, by the way. That stuff has always caused me mash stickiness issues.

    We make tons of NEIPAs in a pretty janky brewhouse with...
  9. Have you thought about using CO2 operated pumps?...

    Have you thought about using CO2 operated pumps?

    If the only thing you are using air for is to run the pumps it might be worth the cost of the extra CO2. Then you don't have to deal with the...
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    We use a non-caustic foaming wash. (The specific...

    We use a non-caustic foaming wash. (The specific product is called "Wallop" from Alpha Chemical.)

    We run it though a spray foamer (like this one ) - I'm sure cheaper ones would work, but I like...
  11. Thanks Timm. And thanks for all the other...

    Thanks Timm.

    And thanks for all the other stuff I've learned from you on this forum. (q.v.: The TGTimm calibration rig!)

    I'll give that regimen a go on the one I just switched out. I have...
  12. Better replacement gauges for Zahm and Nagle piercer?

    Hello all-

    Does anyone know of a decent, adjustable 1/8"NPT pressure gauge to replace the one on our 6000 series Zahm piercer?

    I have been buying replacements directly from Z&N. The thing is,...
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    I say change it, as well. In addition to the...

    I say change it, as well.

    In addition to the legal matters already addressed, what happens if they make really crappy beer? Do you want potential customers turned away because of some other...
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    I had a similar problem with a 10bbl Premier...

    I had a similar problem with a 10bbl Premier system a few years ago. It turned out it was the mill going out of adjustment.

    It was counterintuitive in that the issue was that the mill gap had...
  15. Industry Workhorse

    I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't used a Top Line C114!

    Pretty much industry standard. And lots of other brands are based on the same model, use the same seals, etc.
    ...
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    You don't mention what size cask you are using,...

    You don't mention what size cask you are using, but if you are currently using firkins (10.8 US gal) I highly recommend switching to pins (5.4 US gal.)

    I've found that even with an enthusiastic...
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    Thanks Jake- Interesting. We could very...

    Thanks Jake-

    Interesting. We could very easily be using them wrong...

    In this particular case, we put the valve on after dry hopping. But... this particular beer is dry hopped two points...
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    Quieter Spunding Valves?

    Hello All-

    We are experimenting with using spunding valves on some of our fermenters. I purchased a couple of Barby-Kuhner Picolino valves (the "entry level" valves.)

    We are happy with them...
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    Thanks Timm and BB. Those look like great...

    Thanks Timm and BB. Those look like great avenues to explore.

    Any other suggestions out there?

    Thanks - Mike
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    Tank Inspection Lights - What are you using?

    Hello All-

    I have been tasked with finding a better solution for handheld lights around the brewery.

    We are currently using general purpose Ryobi lights that take the standard rechargeable...
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    I bet most of the outfits who could/would do this...

    I bet most of the outfits who could/would do this are exhibiting at CBC right now... Walking around the expo floor would be the best way to figure out who'd do what.

    You may want to check out...
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    Have you lubed the piston? If that is sticky it...

    Have you lubed the piston? If that is sticky it might not slide out all the way and give you high readings.

    You probably already checked, but that piston should slide in and out like butter.
    ...
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    Have you tried yeast nutrient? I know...

    Have you tried yeast nutrient?

    I know everyone says that with all malt beer a nutrient shouldn't be necessary, but my personal experience runs counter to this. I think that particularly with a...
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    Plumbed properly?

    Sorry if I'm stating the obvious here, but it's not mentioned in your initial query:

    Are you sure you have the water going in the right direction? It should be flowing through the exchanger in the...
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    CBC opening reception ticket wanted

    Yup, I know it's last minute, but I need a single ticket to tomorrow's opening reception.

    If anyone has one to spare, please shoot me a line at beewak@gmail.com

    Thanks- Mike
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