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  1. Have you thought about using CO2 operated pumps?...

    Have you thought about using CO2 operated pumps?

    If the only thing you are using air for is to run the pumps it might be worth the cost of the extra CO2. Then you don't have to deal with the...
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    We use a non-caustic foaming wash. (The specific...

    We use a non-caustic foaming wash. (The specific product is called "Wallop" from Alpha Chemical.)

    We run it though a spray foamer (like this one ) - I'm sure cheaper ones would work, but I like...
  3. Thanks Timm. And thanks for all the other...

    Thanks Timm.

    And thanks for all the other stuff I've learned from you on this forum. (q.v.: The TGTimm calibration rig!)

    I'll give that regimen a go on the one I just switched out. I have...
  4. Better replacement gauges for Zahm and Nagle piercer?

    Hello all-

    Does anyone know of a decent, adjustable 1/8"NPT pressure gauge to replace the one on our 6000 series Zahm piercer?

    I have been buying replacements directly from Z&N. The thing is,...
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    I say change it, as well. In addition to the...

    I say change it, as well.

    In addition to the legal matters already addressed, what happens if they make really crappy beer? Do you want potential customers turned away because of some other...
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    I had a similar problem with a 10bbl Premier...

    I had a similar problem with a 10bbl Premier system a few years ago. It turned out it was the mill going out of adjustment.

    It was counterintuitive in that the issue was that the mill gap had...
  7. Industry Workhorse

    I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't used a Top Line C114!

    Pretty much industry standard. And lots of other brands are based on the same model, use the same seals, etc.
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    You don't mention what size cask you are using,...

    You don't mention what size cask you are using, but if you are currently using firkins (10.8 US gal) I highly recommend switching to pins (5.4 US gal.)

    I've found that even with an enthusiastic...
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    Thanks Jake- Interesting. We could very...

    Thanks Jake-

    Interesting. We could very easily be using them wrong...

    In this particular case, we put the valve on after dry hopping. But... this particular beer is dry hopped two points...
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    Quieter Spunding Valves?

    Hello All-

    We are experimenting with using spunding valves on some of our fermenters. I purchased a couple of Barby-Kuhner Picolino valves (the "entry level" valves.)

    We are happy with them...
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    Thanks Timm and BB. Those look like great...

    Thanks Timm and BB. Those look like great avenues to explore.

    Any other suggestions out there?

    Thanks - Mike
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    Tank Inspection Lights - What are you using?

    Hello All-

    I have been tasked with finding a better solution for handheld lights around the brewery.

    We are currently using general purpose Ryobi lights that take the standard rechargeable...
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    I bet most of the outfits who could/would do this...

    I bet most of the outfits who could/would do this are exhibiting at CBC right now... Walking around the expo floor would be the best way to figure out who'd do what.

    You may want to check out...
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    Have you lubed the piston? If that is sticky it...

    Have you lubed the piston? If that is sticky it might not slide out all the way and give you high readings.

    You probably already checked, but that piston should slide in and out like butter.
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    Have you tried yeast nutrient? I know...

    Have you tried yeast nutrient?

    I know everyone says that with all malt beer a nutrient shouldn't be necessary, but my personal experience runs counter to this. I think that particularly with a...
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    Plumbed properly?

    Sorry if I'm stating the obvious here, but it's not mentioned in your initial query:

    Are you sure you have the water going in the right direction? It should be flowing through the exchanger in the...
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    CBC opening reception ticket wanted

    Yup, I know it's last minute, but I need a single ticket to tomorrow's opening reception.

    If anyone has one to spare, please shoot me a line at beewak@gmail.com

    Thanks- Mike
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    This is a real bummer. Has anyone found an...

    This is a real bummer. Has anyone found an alternative to the newer Kent units? Or a good, effective DYI solution?

    -Mike
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    No problem: sterilize it, though

    We used to routinely use fermcap and repitch from those tanks at the large regional production brewery I used to work at.

    One thing to note is that we plated some out once and found it was far...
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    Adjust the whole drive shaft

    Timm-

    I had a similar issue with a C114 pump.

    I solved it by shifting the whole shaft assembly forward by a hair. If you look at the second picture (part diagram) on the link in message #8...
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    Flow meter?

    How about a flow meter?

    Measure the volume going into the tank, reset, measure it going out. Leave it in line during CIP.

    Might be the easiest, less expensive option.

    Cheers- Mike
  22. Thread: US-05 Issue?

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    I think you might be on to something there... ...

    I think you might be on to something there...

    However, I have taken apart HXs that were dirtier than that but never led to contamination issues. (And I'm not suggesting that that is OK. Good on...
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    Bumping this up. Thanks for looking. -Mike

    Bumping this up. Thanks for looking.

    -Mike
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    Bumping this up. Move is happening in a month...

    Bumping this up. Move is happening in a month and would love to talk.

    -Mike
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    Cut your losses and dump it. Chalk it up to...

    Cut your losses and dump it. Chalk it up to experience (but give yourself a demerit for not checking in the first place... Attention. To. Detail.) No use tying up tank space, chilling, etc. on a...
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