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    Yes. I add the enzyme into the bags of fruit and...

    Yes. I add the enzyme into the bags of fruit and let them set overnight. The next morning, I put the fruit in the fermenter. The beer comes out crystal clear every time. My usual fruit addition...
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    There has been a lot of discussion about this...

    There has been a lot of discussion about this over the past few years with some conflicting info from the TTB, which is the agency that you'll need to please first. Call the TTB and ask them...
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    Put in a Vinnie nail and draw samples until you...

    Put in a Vinnie nail and draw samples until you taste what you're looking for. There are no hard-and-fast rules. There are a lot of variables so regular sampling will give you the best info so you...
  4. They're useless. I had to completely rebuild my...

    They're useless. I had to completely rebuild my Noble and now it works pretty well. You can get those valves on Amazon and have them in a day or two.

    Cheers,
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    Don
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    This. I wanted to make cider and mead at my...

    This. I wanted to make cider and mead at my brewpub but learned that to mfg. those I'd need a wine production license. I'm in CA.

    Cheers,
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    Don
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    Pretty hard to say without OG and current gravity...

    Pretty hard to say without OG and current gravity readings, yeast strain's attenuation range, mashing temp, pitch rate and oxygenation, and dextrins contributed by malts in the grain bill. I would...
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    Need more info. What are the problems? Too...

    Need more info. What are the problems? Too little carbonation? Too much? What temp are the kegs at? What's the pressure on them?

    I learned a lot by reading this: ...
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    Your chemical supplier should be able to hook you...

    Your chemical supplier should be able to hook you up with a sprayer that fits on the end of a hose and the chemicals needed to accomplish your goals. I use Madison Chemicals and they have a nice...
  9. Lot's of good advice and questions asked so far. ...

    Lot's of good advice and questions asked so far. We opened just over 1.5 years ago and have been pretty much busy since then, even though we're in a tourist town that has historically slowed way...
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    I've had one for a couple of years now and it...

    I've had one for a couple of years now and it worked pretty well up until a few months ago when the socket for the heating element melted. I decided to rebuild the whole thing since I have quite a...
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    +2 on this. You can add reversing and/or bypass...

    +2 on this. You can add reversing and/or bypass valves on the pumps so you can create loops. We have 21 taps and they get cleaned every two weeks. Without the reversing valves, it would be an...
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    Sorry, we haven't brewed in the past week so I...

    Sorry, we haven't brewed in the past week so I didn't hook it up. Here you go.63996
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    The CO2 pressure isn't really that important...

    The CO2 pressure isn't really that important other than having enough to push the contents of the corny into the sparge water stream. The flow rate is controlled by a small ball valve. Once I did a...
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    I do 5BBL batches and use a corny keg to send my...

    I do 5BBL batches and use a corny keg to send my water treatment into the sparge stream before the sprayball. I add my acid to the keg, fill it with hot water, mix well, and then inject it into the...
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    I've had good luck with these: ...

    I've had good luck with these:

    https://www.pumpproducts.com/index.php
    https://store.kgpowersystems.com/index.aspx

    Cheers,
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    Don
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    My brew house pump has an external seal and I...

    My brew house pump has an external seal and I added a small bit of tubing that sprays water on it while brewing. It keeps the seal cool and lubricated and also prevents the sugars from building up. ...
  17. Ditto for racking arms! Of course, the upside to...

    Ditto for racking arms! Of course, the upside to this is you will only do it once. It leaves a lasting impression (and residue).

    Cheers,
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    Don
  18. Some good points made in the responses. Here's...

    Some good points made in the responses. Here's the biggest thing for me: The apprehension about turning pro far outweighed the actuality. I spent four years as the project manager while building...
  19. Thread: Rough Times

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    I have a similar story. Once we got our brewpub...

    I have a similar story. Once we got our brewpub opened, the investor was really interested in getting our products out there and even funding a standalone production brewery to do so. I told him...
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    This has been my experience as well. Cheers,...

    This has been my experience as well.

    Cheers,
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    Don
  21. Thread: sample taps.

    by idylldon
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    Yes, they are better at keeping gas in solution...

    Yes, they are better at keeping gas in solution because of the length and diameter of the tubing. I also chill mine before using it, which also helps to facilitate a good pour. It's like setting...
  22. Thread: sample taps.

    by idylldon
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    You're looking for a pigtail. They look like...

    You're looking for a pigtail. They look like this:
    ...
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    We're a 5BBL brewpub and have been open about a...

    We're a 5BBL brewpub and have been open about a year and a half. We did 370BBL our first year and currently have 21 house-brewed beers on tap. We serve our fast-moving beers out of brites (we have...
  24. While you can do it mathematically, I find it...

    While you can do it mathematically, I find it easier just to open the valve on the rotometer and then adjust my regulator to get the ball to float about 1/2 way up the scale. At my altitude, column...
  25. https://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?2...

    https://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?24886-CO2-use-for-carbonating-10bbl-to-2-volumes&highlight=carbonating+10BBL

    Pay particular attention to gitchegumee's posts. Been using his...
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