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    Several ways. 1) Best: Roughly crack beans,...

    Several ways.

    1) Best: Roughly crack beans, rough = break into 4-8 pieces, your selection of roast. Put into medium muslin sacks that can easily be retrieved through the manway. Clean and...
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    I blend extracts and cane sugar in a corny keg...

    I blend extracts and cane sugar in a corny keg and then run through a Wunderbar soda gun. It has been a while, but I think I ran the syrup at 55 Brix and the blend with carbonated water 5:1 in favor...
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    Muslin sacks in the hop back

    Hop back is about 1.5 bbls in volume, closed lid design. It is a stock Premier Stainless sized for 30 bbl brewhouse. It holds 5 big bags, each with about 5-8 # leaf hops each that are fluffed up -...
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    Muslin sacks

    I stuff 4-5 of these large muslin sacks into my hop back. Each sack holds about 5# loose whole leaf hops.

    https://www.gwkent.com/infusion-straining-bag-10-pcs-bundle.html
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    Run all of your tanks for an hour or two and...

    Run all of your tanks for an hour or two and purge out the air. Keep an eye on the glycol chiller as sometimes air can trip the glycol supply level sensor and shut down.
  6. Use the Midco modulator for your burner. One...

    Use the Midco modulator for your burner.

    One the controls, you can use any type controller that is 0-10vdc. On the output of the 0-10vdc leg, also install a reostat type knob to adjust th burner...
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    Alternative valve from McMaster-Carr

    This valve is only $62 for a 3/4" that is adjustable 0-50 psi, less expensive than the 1" npt non adjustable 30 psi as the other one listed in this thread. This one is probably better suited. 3/4"...
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    Conical fermenters deserve Spunding valves

    https://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?63571-carbonating-with-no-carb-stone-spunding-plus-temp-amp-head-pressure
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  9. Manual keg filler with fob

    Read these threads.

    The consensus seems to generally be that the GW Kent Fob Fillers are pretty reliable and simple. I use a TC manifold with 8 of these to rack kegs off of a 60 bbl bright tank. ...
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    Put a large face pressure gauge before the pass...

    Put a large face pressure gauge before the pass through valve so you can dial in the adjustment.

    Also, put in isolation ball valves before and after the bypass assembly for emergency shutdown or...
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    Use high quality hydrailic QD valves. Probably...

    Use high quality hydrailic QD valves. Probably find them easily at McMaster Carr
  12. Thread: Brewery Cat

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    Just make sure that there is a hidey space for...

    Just make sure that there is a hidey space for the cat to be safe in when too many people begin to get annoying or when the forklift is in operation.
    They will get territorial and do their jobs well.
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    Could use a CIP cart with heated reservoir.

    Could use a CIP cart with heated reservoir.
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    We would need to know much more about the...

    We would need to know much more about the equipment and your setup in order to offer suggestions.

    Volume? Type of tank? Jacketed? Temperature of beer? Pressure rating? Ports on tank?

    Why not...
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    $15 is only the vent valve, assembles tube with...

    $15 is only the vent valve, assembles tube with ball, and beer nut barb fitting.
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    You have plenty of hp. Why no side jackets on...

    You have plenty of hp.

    Why no side jackets on the kettle?

    Need more surface area. On any system, you should be boiling by the time the kettle is full.
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    Whoudln't this work? ...

    Whoudln't this work?

    https://www.gwkent.com/pico-carbonator.html


    Pico Carbonator 7/8" x 5" Stone with TC 1.5"

    Catalog #85-59
    $109.00
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    The check valves weren't necessary as there...

    The check valves weren't necessary as there shouldn't be any back flow. They may put some strain on the system, but I don't know. The return line should never really have any pressure on it as it...
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    solenoid before the inlet. On recent builds,...

    solenoid before the inlet.

    On recent builds, I put them high up on the tanks rather than lower directly at the inlet. Just make sure you can get easy access to the solenoid valves and isolation...
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    Go over to the other thread ...

    Go over to the other thread

    http://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?74359-Anyone-out-there-use-gw-kent-temp-controllers-Wiring-question-please-help
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    continued.

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  22. Use normally closed solenoids with a ball valve...

    Use normally closed solenoids with a ball valve on both sides of the solenoid valve to isolate them for cleaning or to throttle back the flow if necessary.

    On the end of the loop, do not use a...
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    Not to directly weigh in on the costs and returns...

    Not to directly weigh in on the costs and returns here, but here are my practical opinions.

    1) If you have a 10 bbl system, then brew 10 bbl batches. Half brews will lower your grist utilization,...
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    In through the lower jacket glycol INLET, and out...

    In through the lower jacket glycol INLET, and out through the topmost jacket OUTLET. For small tanks with multiple jackets, it is alright to go into the cone lower inlet first, out of the cone...
  25. From AutomationDirect.com SQM08D RELAY SOCKET,...

    From AutomationDirect.com

    SQM08D RELAY SOCKET, FOR QM2 SERIES CUBE RELAYS WITH SQUARE BASE 3.25

    QM2N1-D24 CUBE RELAY, 24VDC COIL, 2PDT, 5A, LED INDICATOR 4.75

    PSB24-060-P POWER...
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