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  1. Thread: Rough Times

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    On a related note: Our brewery sales supported...

    On a related note:

    Our brewery sales supported the pub for many years. We kept the pub open largely as a favor to locals who liked real beers. In the last five or so years, pub sales have...
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    Simple vinyl letters sets from the hardware store...

    Simple vinyl letters sets from the hardware store last for years.

    We also name our equipment. You know you're "made" at the brewery when you get a fermenter named for you (Mine is 110bbl)!
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    Educate your colleagues! Inform them that the...

    Educate your colleagues! Inform them that the first thought they should always have before undertaking anything should be "How will this affect Brewberosa?" Admittedly, this has not worked very well...
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    Party tap and a growler? A partial keg is far too...

    Party tap and a growler? A partial keg is far too much trouble to set up and run a bottler.

    Why not just make/buy a jockey box/keggerator and take the partial home?
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    A lot will depend on your facility. Do you have...

    A lot will depend on your facility. Do you have the clearances for a full-size lift truck? Will it be used solely on concrete, or does it need to be able to operate on gravel?

    If you don't have...
  6. Thread: Rough Times

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    How many breweries have opened in the Colorado...

    How many breweries have opened in the Colorado area in the last five years? In the entire US? Competition is fierce. Adapt, migrate, or become extinct.

    Unfortunately, many of these life or death...
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    Even with the boiler outside, a vessel rupture at...

    Even with the boiler outside, a vessel rupture at 40 psi could cause significant damage to your building and those surrounding it. Don't underestimate the power and violence of a pressure-vessel...
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    We use 3 Rinnai C199s. Taking our castback water...

    We use 3 Rinnai C199s. Taking our castback water at ~160F to 185F, we get 5.8-6 gpm throughput. Bringing tap water @ ~45F to 185, we get 2.5 gpm.

    If your water is much harder than rainwater,...
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    The chemicals Warren refers to are boiler water...

    The chemicals Warren refers to are boiler water treatment to keep the boiler vessel from rusting and rotting away. You absolutely must have a water treatment program in place, preferably a dosing...
  10. A call to your A-L tech seems to be in order....

    A call to your A-L tech seems to be in order. We've had great responses from them.
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    Your condensate return pump may not be pushing...

    Your condensate return pump may not be pushing enough pressure anymore. If it can't get up the oomph to push condensate at full boiler pressure, it will do just about what you describe. Time to open...
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    When you shut down on Sat night, reduce the keg...

    When you shut down on Sat night, reduce the keg reg to your eq. pressure for your cooler temp, and then release the pressure in the keg. There's a check-valve in the coupler that prevents CO2 (an...
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    What is the carbonation level of your beer? What...

    What is the carbonation level of your beer? What CO2 pressure are you using?

    With the beer sitting for three days without use, and probably longer before the keg is empty, any CO2 pressure above...
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    Brain: I had this problem when I bought hose...

    Brain:

    I had this problem when I bought hose couplers at the local hdwre store. I was two couplers short in my order from my draught system supplier. It took me forever to narrow the problem down...
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    D'oh! That looks great for our smaller one......

    D'oh! That looks great for our smaller one... maybe for the big house, too.
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    I like the suggestion above: Isolate the problem....

    I like the suggestion above: Isolate the problem.

    One thing you did not list: Carb level. @35F, 11psi is good for ~2.6 v/v. @37, it's good for ~2.5 v/v.

    You say "exposed lines" for 12' in the...
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    Where to buy a CIP Grant?

    We need another CIP grant. I don't seem to be able to find anything like this, but maybe I'm searching for the wrong terms.

    Here's what one of our current grants looks like:

    63314

    It's...
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    Contact your local OSHA office and ask for a...

    Contact your local OSHA office and ask for a consult. This really is the only way to know what they will want.

    When asked for a consult, OSHA will not issue any violations, just tell you what...
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    We tried plastic sight glasses. They lasted a...

    We tried plastic sight glasses. They lasted a couple of months under our cleaning regime, then started to crack and break down. Stick with glass.

    The gasket in that photo is far past its time. No...
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    Use your Pressure/Temperature chart for CO2 to...

    Use your Pressure/Temperature chart for CO2 to determine the equilibrium pressure for the temperature of your tank and your desired level of carbonation. After kegging, reduce the pressure to this...
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    One thing to be aware of with the beer line...

    One thing to be aware of with the beer line chillers: The pump is a positive-displacement pump, with no pressure switch or bypass. If your system isn't well designed, particularly with a bypass...
  22. Would someone please explain to me how the hot...

    Would someone please explain to me how the hot side of an air conditioner/chiller could possibly cause high humidity? I guess if you have pools of water on the floor, the heat will put more of it...
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    Our sign, with arrow and hours, needed to be on...

    Our sign, with arrow and hours, needed to be on an Oregon state highway. No way that was happening. But the city owns the property adjacent to the highway, and they had no problem with our erecting a...
  24. Condensation occurs at the evaporator--the cold...

    Condensation occurs at the evaporator--the cold side. The condensate is removed from the air, so it actually dehumidifies the cooled space. You should have a catchtray and drain for the condensate so...
  25. Condensation occurs at the evaporator--the cold...

    Condensation occurs at the evaporator--the cold side. The condensate is removed from the air, so it actually dehumidifies the cooled space. You should have a catchtray and drain for the condensate so...
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