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    California considers mead and cider as wine. You...

    California considers mead and cider as wine. You can use up to 49% honey, but that is a honey beer and not mead.
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    Glycol system setup help

    I'm using the downtime to get our glycol system going and I have some questions around pipe sizing that I can't seem to find answers to. I started off by reading the "everything you want to know...
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    We only use ball lock connectors for temporary...

    We only use ball lock connectors for temporary connections. This is stuff like rousing yeast/hops, purging, pushing beer around, etc. We more secure connections for long term co2 connections. Many...
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    We use ball lock connectors for some of our co2...

    We use ball lock connectors for some of our co2 applications. They can leak as well, so don't expect them to fix every problem. Check out Brewers Hardware. They have a lot of cool ball lock...
  5. Thread: 2bbl brewhouse

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    You're small enough to where you can create your...

    You're small enough to where you can create your own yeast bank and prop for each brew. That's what we do. Get a stir plate and you can buy homebrew packs of yeast and prop them up to the pitch...
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    We do, but we tear everything down in between...

    We do, but we tear everything down in between uses (I mean everything.)
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    We do more-or-less what Backslope said. We just...

    We do more-or-less what Backslope said. We just wrap the temp cord around the TC clamp handle and it stays in securely. I've compared the temp controller reading with a calibrated temp probe and...
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    We usually bring along 2 or 3 samples of...

    We usually bring along 2 or 3 samples of different styles for them to taste. Go during non-busy hours and bring a price list. Ask who is responsible for buying beer (you'll be surprised what people...
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    I would go jacketed if you have the budget. If...

    I would go jacketed if you have the budget. If you never get a chiller, you spent a few more bucks that you will recoup when you outgrow and sell these. In my case, a 5hp glycol chiller dropped in...
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    Using something like this...

    Using something like this works well for us.
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    We just use a wallpaper removing steamer. Easy...

    We just use a wallpaper removing steamer. Easy peasy. Most of our barrels were dry for 5+ years and we revived all of them this way. We did need to tighten the hoops as previously mentioned.
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    We probably do one batch per month. The reasons...

    We probably do one batch per month. The reasons vary, but it's usually when we've seen a problem in a previous batch and want to test something small scale before doing a big batch. We're working on...
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    I'll add that on our 3BBL flat bottom kettle, we...

    I'll add that on our 3BBL flat bottom kettle, we need at least a 17gpm pump flow rate to get a good whirlpool. Anything less and we pull too much solids in to the plate chiller.
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    Some more grist for the mill. In CA, you will...

    Some more grist for the mill. In CA, you will need to file for a for a Type 17 license in order to contract brew. It basically makes you a distributor. If you open your own place, you would need to...
  15. Thread: Beer Smith & 2bbl

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    Same boat as augiedoggy. We've been playing...

    Same boat as augiedoggy. We've been playing around with the numbers and are getting closer to predictable. Measuring the actual equipment losses and actual boiloff probably had the biggest effect...
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    I have a "wild" Hornindal culture, so I'm not...

    I have a "wild" Hornindal culture, so I'm not sure how it compares to a lab culture, but I see 90% attenuation with it. I suspect that it may be diastatic, but I haven't tested it yet. We usually...
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    I use starsan in a spray bottle and let it sit...

    I use starsan in a spray bottle and let it sit for a while before pouring. As long as you use the correct concentration and wait for some contact time, I think you should be ok.
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    I doubt there is something generic that will...

    I doubt there is something generic that will match your system exactly. You should be able to dial things in with 1 or 2 brews, though. It's easy enough to measure the deadspace and losses. The...
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    Do you sell just the coil with TC fittings...

    Do you sell just the coil with TC fittings without the lid? I didn't see it listed on your website.
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    I can only help you with California, so I'm not...

    I can only help you with California, so I'm not sure if this will be true where you are.

    Part of the California ABC process is what you suggest. There are forms that you need to submit where you...
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    You need the address. Everything time consuming...

    You need the address. Everything time consuming ties back to it. You could start your corporation or whatever legal entity type with your home address, but that's about it.
  22. Thread: Ready, set, GO!!!

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    We have no employees and pretty minimal costs,...

    We have no employees and pretty minimal costs, thankfully. At this point, we need to make a little over $3000/mo profit to pay expenses.
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    We are nearly done building a 4bbl brewery and...

    We are nearly done building a 4bbl brewery and had a lot of the same constraints that you describe. Here is what we have learned so far.

    We did not want to seek any additional funding beyond our...
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    Are you disassembling all your fittings and...

    Are you disassembling all your fittings and cleaning them after each use? The plastic fermenters that I have worked with have plenty of places for critters to collect if you don't tear them down each...
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    I'm also looking at disposable kegs for...

    I'm also looking at disposable kegs for distribution and am leaning toward the PetainerKeg "Hybrid 20L" kegs. I was quoted $16/keg and they come nitrogen purged, so no need to sanitize, purge or...
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