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    Craft Brewery Professional

    WHAT I DO:
    I help breweries deliver exceptional beer by providing brewing program quality control, project management, and mentoring. I also share my vast knowledge of all things related to the...
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    I've used Fermcap for years in different sized...

    I've used Fermcap for years in different sized breweries and have always added it to the kettle. You can use it to assist with boil over prevention in the beginning of the boil or just add it near...
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    Production Software

    Does anyone have experience using Ekos Brewmaster software? We're an established brewery with multiple locations.

    Beers,

    Aaron
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    Cellar Person

    Summary of Position:

    Work both independently as well as in a team environment, manufacturing and packaging high quality craft beer while maintaining a clean and safe facility.

    Duties &...
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    Thanks Dick. From what I understand, tiger...

    Thanks Dick. From what I understand, tiger striping can occur during the annealing process (heat treatment) and may also be due to how the stainless was rolled out. Even though the striping is barely...
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    Stainless Steel and "Tiger Striping"

    Does anyone have insights on the affect tiger striping may have on the quality of stainless steel? We have been informed that the tiger striping is a cosmetic issue and will not impact the quality of...
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    John, You could try Boston Capital Leasing. I...

    John,

    You could try Boston Capital Leasing. I know of a brewery in planning that is considering using their services for a brewhouse. I've heard good things about breweries that have leased kegs...
  8. Experienced Craft Brewery Professional

    I am a craft brewing professional with 18 years of experience relocating to the Seattle, WA area this summer. I am seeking opportunities in the craft brewing industry and will be available at the...
  9. Given your current set up, I vote for a dedicated...

    Given your current set up, I vote for a dedicated mash mixer that will help increase your efficiency by better mixing and the ability to do step mashing. You should also be able to increase the...
  10. Standard operating procedure at a past brewery...

    Standard operating procedure at a past brewery was to perform knock out as usual which allowed you to know the volume of wort in the FV. Next, water from the HLT was cooled through the H.E. and using...
  11. Try looking into a system where you mash into the...

    Try looking into a system where you mash into the kettle with a hydrator and mixer, then transfer to a lauter tun, rinse the kettle and remove the mixing blade. You can also get better efficiency...
  12. Excellent advice from Dick Murton as usual: ) ...

    Excellent advice from Dick Murton as usual: )

    I would add that the R.O. option worked well for me as well on a 15 bbl system. This allows you to treat your mash water to help build the water to...
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    What are your production goals? Do you have a...

    What are your production goals? Do you have a business plan? What is your experience in the brewing industry? How much beer will be sold onsite versus wholesale?

    I recommend working with a...
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    DryStout, 2.4 is a bit low. Most beers on the...

    DryStout,
    2.4 is a bit low. Most beers on the market are about 2.55 or higher depending on the style. Btw, what is the head pressure on your tank? Your temp is fine unless you have a low gravity...
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    Agitation during recirculation of the mash while...

    Agitation during recirculation of the mash while lautering and/or running off can lead to the flavor you are describing.
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    A few thoughts... Wort clarity - better...

    A few thoughts...

    Wort clarity - better clarity will lower the amount of fatty acids (lipids) that can be oxidized. Look at wort after run off and again after knock out. A fast run off followed by...
  17. You need some points of reference. You mentioned...

    You need some points of reference. You mentioned your pH meter is broken, fix it so you know your pH and can then adjust your mash accordingly. If you are worried about the grain being milled...
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    First, FV's are more expensive. Also, think of...

    First, FV's are more expensive. Also, think of the beer line set up. How are you going to switch from tank-to-tank for your tap lines? How about cleaning? Depending on the beer style and time in the...
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    Thoughts on SOP's

    I saw your post and thought you would find my latest blog post about brewery training helpful. You can also go to www.aaronbrodniak.wordpress.com, however, for convenience I posted the whole article...
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    Just curious, why do you need to put boiling...

    Just curious, why do you need to put boiling water down the drain? I assume you are using hot water to sanitize? If used by fermenters and brights the 886 should work well and save you money by not...
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    Yes, HDPE is a great material to use. The...

    Yes, HDPE is a great material to use. The stainless steel grates work well. I've used a drain similar to the Z886-HD. To clean the drains we would alternate between pressure washing and soaking the...
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    Zurn Trench Drains

    I recommend Zurn products. After a few years of heavy use in a 75,000bbl/yr brewery the drains did not have any issues.
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    We used cornelius kegs for a chemical solution...

    We used cornelius kegs for a chemical solution (caustic/rinse/acid) and pushed the chemical through the stainless steel stone. While not in use, s.s stones were soaked in a phosphoric/nitric acid. As...
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    When you are using C02 to roust the hops are you...

    When you are using C02 to roust the hops are you venting the tank? If so, you are probably losing a lot of aroma. I've never had to roust hops whether for a 1/2 bbl batch or 100 bbl. Dropping hops...
  25. I know it may not be an option, but if at all...

    I know it may not be an option, but if at all possible I recommend blending. Do you have even a small amount of the same beer you could blend just to taste? When I have had a beer out of spec due to...
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