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  1. When your sparge is complete and it's time to...

    When your sparge is complete and it's time to drain the last runnings from your mash tun, don't accidentally open the kettle dump and be left wondering why it's taking so long to drain the mash tun....
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    Generally speaking, if you are going to use...

    Generally speaking, if you are going to use software, use the latest version. It has been updated and corrected and may offer better features. I have not used BeerSmith 1 but have used 2 and just...
  3. If you don't have an actual carbonation tester...

    If you don't have an actual carbonation tester (ie. Zahm), you can also use a counter-pressure bottling gun. Note - a Blichman beer gun is not a counter-pressure filler.

    For best results. Cold...
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    It comes down to being able to close off and...

    It comes down to being able to close off and fully seal the can without damaging it.

    If you can create a gasket/stopper to do that you can give it a go.
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    When switching to LED be sure to get bulbs suited...

    When switching to LED be sure to get bulbs suited to the fixture capabilities. Dimmable bulbs if there is a dimmer (non-dimmer bulbs cost less but will have nasty electrical humming). Enclosure-safe...
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    I've cooled two small scale fermenter rooms and a...

    I've cooled two small scale fermenter rooms and a trailer with coolbots and A/C units (10C, 3C, 3C). It's a reasonable way to start. You need the coolbot to manage the A/C unit (force it to run to...
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    Recycling?

    Recycling?
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    what is the setup of your condensate return? ...

    what is the setup of your condensate return?

    When our brewhouse supplier laid out what we needed and "designed" the system, the didn't account for proper condensate return from the jacketed tanks...
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    For starters, get the flow meter. After the...

    For starters, get the flow meter.

    After the brite is filled...

    CO2 into headspace to roughly 2/3 final pressure (ie. I go to 10psi initial with a 15psi final target)

    CO2 into rotameter...
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    I would recommend at least one 1Bbl brite tank...

    I would recommend at least one 1Bbl brite tank which you use as your packaging tank. Transfer cider in (filtered or not). Adjust carbonation using suitable brite tank methods. Allow for continued...
  11. You can order a thermocouple and customized probe...

    You can order a thermocouple and customized probe from Omega.com. I purchased on through the Canadian arm, omega.ca, Thermocouple was a under $200 and the probe under $100. We have had some issues...
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    Some festivals will require fire resistant...

    Some festivals will require fire resistant certification. $30 at Costco isn't going to get you that; quite the opposite in fact. Consider too that a $30 tent will look like crap after a couple uses....
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    We bottle all of our small system beer using...

    We bottle all of our small system beer using counter-pressure hand fillers. From a quantity perspective it's doable but it does consume lots of time (ie. one person can fill 1Bbl worth of bottles in...
  14. What temperature steps are you trying to hit?

    What temperature steps are you trying to hit?
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    Wasn't able to follow your link. I'll have to...

    Wasn't able to follow your link. I'll have to take a picture tonight or tomorrow when I'm in next. They are essentially nylon or plastic nuts with a gripper center that tightens as the nut is...
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    Yes, I should correct my number. A while back I...

    Yes, I should correct my number. A while back I adjusted my chiller temp to the -4 range.
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    While each setup is going to be different, we...

    While each setup is going to be different, we have our glycol set at -10C. It's going to depend on the size of the jacket and the flow rate through the jacket.
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    Just wanted to point out that TEFC does not equal...

    Just wanted to point out that TEFC does not equal explosion proof.

    Totally
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    From wikipedia - The enclosure is "Totally Enclosed". This means that the motor is dust tight,...
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    My single chiller unit can handle more than 10...

    My single chiller unit can handle more than 10 tanks. Yes it's possible.

    It entirely depends on how the cooling fluid is delivered to the tanks. Do you have pictures or a sketch of the piping that...
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    Yes, clean the spears. Doesn't matter how many....

    Yes, clean the spears. Doesn't matter how many. If you buy something used, you owe it to yourself and your customers to go the extra mile and make sure it's in top quality condition. Cleaning and...
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    don't forget to add in appropriate compressed air...

    don't forget to add in appropriate compressed air dryers and filters. Don't want to be spraying compressor air and water directly into your kegs.
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    If the probe isn't getting a good contact with...

    If the probe isn't getting a good contact with the end of the thermowell you can apply some thermal paste. As the thermowell heats up, the paste heats up and should be in solid contact with the...
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    Our fermenters have welded in thermowells with...

    Our fermenters have welded in thermowells with threaded fittings on the exterior. Probes are inserted and secured with the threads. Probes run back to 24V Ranco controllers.
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    MBAA recently did a webinar which may be online....

    MBAA recently did a webinar which may be online. Good overview introducing distilling to brewers. Free for members.
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    We have a 1Bbl stout as our pilot and have no...

    We have a 1Bbl stout as our pilot and have no issue with the screen and vorlauf. Clear in mere minutes. Your mash should be doing most of the filter work and could benefit from rice hulls if you need...
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