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    I use an older psychobrew unitank as a brite...

    I use an older psychobrew unitank as a brite tank, and a few years ago I had trouble with the tank not holding pressure. This only happened 2-3 times, but the top manway was not quite sealing tight...
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    Just wanted to politely pile on... Debt kills...

    Just wanted to politely pile on...

    Debt kills small businesses. Avoid it or minimize it as much as possible.

    Don't open with a 2 bbl system, start at least at 4bbl size. We started at 4 bbl,...
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    Thanks for the spelling correction on Gimurtu. I...

    Thanks for the spelling correction on Gimurtu. I was shooting from memory, and it is very fallible.

    Also, to clarify from my earlier post, about half of my frankenbrew equipment was already being...
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    Catfish has given you plenty of great resources,...

    Catfish has given you plenty of great resources, but I'll throw in my 2 cents.

    We started as a 4bbl Frankenbrew, now open 3 years as a 7 bbl partial Frankenbrew, brewpub style, full restaurant, no...
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    I use Patco 376 from Birko to prevent excessive...

    I use Patco 376 from Birko to prevent excessive foam over during fermentation. I add 1/2 oz per bbl in the whirlpool, along with the whirlpool hops. It works well for me, significantly less foam...
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    I have a similar set up to yours, 2 3/4 hp...

    I have a similar set up to yours, 2 3/4 hp chillers running 4 7bbl tanks and 2 4bbl tanks. 1/2 inch diameter lines. Chillers set to 29 degrees. I have been up and running for almost 3 years now,...
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    Yes, my standard procedure is 3 days crashed in...

    Yes, my standard procedure is 3 days crashed in the fv, dropping 1- 3 times depending on the hop load, and then 2 days in the brite. For very heavily dry hopped beers I will sometime let sit crashed...
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    You'll be fine. We have a 7 bbl brewpub, no...

    You'll be fine. We have a 7 bbl brewpub, no filtration, no centrifuge. Standard fermenters and brites. I have made IPAs with about 2 lbs/bbl in the kettle and 1.5 lbs/bbl in the dry hop, and I can...
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    You may be right, but if you haven't done this...

    You may be right, but if you haven't done this already, try closing off the bottom jacket completely, run just the top jacket and see if you get good flow and chilled glycol coming out of the top...
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    I would speculate that all the glycol is flowing...

    I would speculate that all the glycol is flowing to the lower jacket of your CLT since that is the path of least resistance. I had a similar issue on a few fermenters that had 2 jackets. My...
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    We are a 7 bbl brew pub with virtually everything...

    We are a 7 bbl brew pub with virtually everything served in house, upgraded from 4 bbl brewhouse December 2017. Approximately 350 bbl a year. 12 beers on tap most of the time. 2 head manual keg...
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    I have been running 3 of those UBC 3/4 hp...

    I have been running 3 of those UBC 3/4 hp chillers for the past 2 years. Working great so far. 1 chills a 7bbl brite and a 4bbl brite. The other 2 run in parallel on 4 7bbl ferms and 2 4bbl ferms....
  13. I have a 40'x40' basement, with a 20'x20' cooler...

    I have a 40'x40' basement, with a 20'x20' cooler in it. Two 24k air conditioners run off separate coolbots. No humidity issues, a little bit of heat but not much, high 60s in the basement. We ran...
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    A solution that I've used, that is a bit...

    A solution that I've used, that is a bit wasteful, but fast...

    I overcarbed a batch of kegs recently, and when hooking up to the tap I would bleed off the head pressure a few times with the pull...
  15. Go with the 7 bbl. We started as a 4 bbl...

    Go with the 7 bbl.

    We started as a 4 bbl system, over the past 2+ years we have upgraded most brewhouse equipment to 7 bbl. We sell nearly everything through the taproom. I still have two 4 bbl...
  16. There are plenty of good providers out there, but...

    There are plenty of good providers out there, but I am very happy with the hoses I got from CPE systems. They were already our trusted provider for pumps, so when I was upgrading from the old hoses...
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    A few more thoughts: - Unfermentable is right...

    A few more thoughts:

    - Unfermentable is right about the PBW. I use Caustic for most applications, but I still use some PBW and my baseline is 1 oz per gallon of water, and I often use more. Your...
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    All the above comments certainly have a lot of...

    All the above comments certainly have a lot of good advice, but I vote to disassemble and check your heat exchanger as the first step. We started our brewery about 2 years ago, and I didn't have...
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    Make sure you have 2 pipes going to the basement...

    Make sure you have 2 pipes going to the basement so you can do CIP loops upstairs/downstairs as needed. We gravity feed our beer to brite tanks in the basement below our fermenters, keg off them,...
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    If you are pulling off the racking port that will...

    If you are pulling off the racking port that will help with the sediment a lot, and probably solve any problem you might have. I pull off the bottom, like a true bright tank, but I also crash it...
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    Yep, you can do that. One of my "brite" tanks is...

    Yep, you can do that. One of my "brite" tanks is actually a conical fermenter with a carb stone, and I've been using it as a BBT for over a year. Just be careful that the beer going into the tank...
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    We have 1 wooden support beam in out brewhouse. ...

    We have 1 wooden support beam in out brewhouse. It is a gluelam beam, installed about 2 years ago, so it is pretty smooth finish to begin with, and it is coated in a few coats of poly to give in a...
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    I haven't had any issues with water pressure or...

    I haven't had any issues with water pressure or restriction, but my water pressure is pretty low, I'm probably not getting more than 6 gallons per minute from my faucet. But with that pressure I can...
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    50580 This is what I put together to do the job,...

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    This is what I put together to do the job, based on the pieces I had around my shop. Brass piece is from the hardware store, garden hose fitting to 3/4" female fitting, then a stainless 3/4"...
  25. And if you don't have the bleeder screws on your...

    And if you don't have the bleeder screws on your ball valves, you can always just cut open the plumbing, bleed the air out and then attach it again really fast when you get glycol. Presuming that...
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