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  1. I suspect that UnFermentable's post may also...

    I suspect that UnFermentable's post may also contain your answer.

    Per the previous response, however, I've seen the gas check valves (thomas valves) stick closed before and totally prevent gas...
  2. I don't mean to hijack this thread! Eric - if...

    I don't mean to hijack this thread!

    Eric - if using Trypan Blue are there any other considerations that need to be taken (acidification, etc)? Or is it a straight replacement to Methylene Blue? We...
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    Haven't posted photos on here before...we'll see...

    Haven't posted photos on here before...we'll see how it goes.

    The first image is our sanitation loop on the brite tank for our CO2-pushed transfer. 5 foot line to our pump, block & bleed with a...
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    Matt - you got it, throw another tee inline...

    Matt - you got it, throw another tee inline between the tanks to allow you to add biofine. We use a bit of an odd setup, actually, at the 15bbl scale (15, 30 and 60bbl FV's and BBT's). We are...
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    A few points of control that we've learned matter...

    A few points of control that we've learned matter greatly with Biofine:

    1.) It must be mixed thoroughly with cold beer to maximize its impact. If you are dumping it in the brite tank and...
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    As a side note to my previous post - does the...

    As a side note to my previous post - does the sulfur arise only in the finished product? Is it present in your raw water? There are a few points in the process, fermentation especially, that sulfur...
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    Ward Labs is the most cost-effective and...

    Ward Labs is the most cost-effective and comprehensive that we've come across. Unless your municipality can supply you with this info for free, assuming you're not on well water.
  8. +1 to what Timm said. Only we've done it in the...

    +1 to what Timm said. Only we've done it in the other direction...crack the purged and pressurized tank valve while keeping the fitting loose so a bunch of CO2 flows through the fittings, then...
  9. When we clean our brite tanks under pressure we...

    When we clean our brite tanks under pressure we put a butterfly valve behind the perlick - this allows us to keep that port closed, remove and disassemble the perlick for a good soaking, and get it...
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    Yep - I guess I was only referring to the...

    Yep - I guess I was only referring to the build-out portion @ 30k not your entire startup budget as being shy of reality. Another thing to consider is if the building has a sprinkler system or not....
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    30K seems WAY low for a buildout of a new brewery...

    30K seems WAY low for a buildout of a new brewery and restaurant. Does this include furniture and fixtures, cash registers, office equipment, security system, floor coverings, lighting, glassware,...
  12. Ah, I see. A lot of folks make this same...

    Ah, I see.

    A lot of folks make this same decision - we fully disassemble any barb + clamp assembly everytime we use it. It really is the only way to ensure that it is clean and able to be...
  13. It's spendy, but braided silicone is probably...

    It's spendy, but braided silicone is probably your best bet if you're using heat. I'd double check the operating pressure at those temps, though.

    GWKent sells it, but I'm sure you can find it...
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    Our preference is to harvest our house yeast,...

    Our preference is to harvest our house yeast, 1056/Chico/A-56, from our Blonde...low IBU, low ABV, nice clean yeast that is pretty much always available and healthy. BUT, when the production schedule...
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    +1 on everything UnFermentable said. We used...

    +1 on everything UnFermentable said.

    We used to do a mix of yeast propagation plus harvesting when we were at the 3bbl scale. As we grew, we adopted cell staining and counting and our beers are...
  16. Assistant Brewer - Bemidji Brewing Co. in Northern MN

    Our production team is growing! This position is a great opportunity to break into the industry with potential for career growth.

    Please send applications and resumes to Megan Hill at...
  17. Very interesting...we've got a handfull of these...

    Very interesting...we've got a handfull of these same check valves inline for various stones and other connections around the brewery, some from GWKent and some from Foxx. We've seen very low DO...
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    I can credit Dan at Junkyard for his direct...

    I can credit Dan at Junkyard for his direct guidance with improving our experience with this yeast, and subsequently our beers! As he said, top cropping would be ideal. Similar to you, we are unable...
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    Drill a hole first - then insert the nail! ...

    Drill a hole first - then insert the nail!

    Also, check the fit of your bit diameter + the nail you are going to use in a scrap piece of wood first, just to make sure it is snug.

    And lastly -...
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    I'm sure others will respond on here as well...

    I'm sure others will respond on here as well regarding this yeast, as it can be a bit of a harvesting/re-use challenge. Before I offer a possible solution, it should also be said that most, if not...
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    Nitro Infuser feedback

    Hi All,

    I'm curious if anyone has used an inline nitrogen infuser such as this offered by Keg Outlet?

    We've always offered a nitro beer or two in our taproom but have just been carbing low and...
  22. We've had the same issues with the Z&N pressure...

    We've had the same issues with the Z&N pressure gauges. We switched to the cheaper gauges over a year ago and haven't looked back. Basically, I buy an inexpensive 0 - 15psi or 0 - 30psi gauge and use...
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    We opted for pre-milled when we were brewing at...

    We opted for pre-milled when we were brewing at the 3bbl scale. It certainly saves a step but also costs ~$.05 more per pound (maybe it's increased since?). Our two biggest concerns were freshness of...
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    You are correct that you will need to vent the...

    You are correct that you will need to vent the tank as you are pushing the beer in with CO2. However, being you aren't bubbling CO2 through the beer or foaming the beer (hopefully not) then the...
  25. We canned for a bit on a Goose when we were doing...

    We canned for a bit on a Goose when we were doing mobile canning last summer. The silicone lines run through "compression" plates on the front of the machine - these allow the user to fine tune the...
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