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  1. Consider B&Bs or AirBnB

    The DC Metro is a dumpster fire from when I lived there, but consider staying a little ways away and either walking/taking bus/taking Metro to the Convention Center. Just avoid the "bargain" places...
  2. Gauging interest in a BYO/complete keg washer solution for nanobreweries

    Hey all,

    I wanted to see what interest would be, especially in the nanobrewery community, for a semi-automatic keg washer that would be available in a kit form versus interest in a pre-packaged...
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    If this makes you uncomfortable, have 100%...

    If this makes you uncomfortable, have 100% funding and be ready to buy used equipment at the drop of a dime.

    There's a lot of used equipment that's floating around that you can have in a very...
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    I am a Registered Architect. Keep in mind that...

    I am a Registered Architect. Keep in mind that any drawings come with liability to their author. If a company is willing to provide them for you, that's great, but don't expect any real professional...
  5. Make good beer and it will be nothing but an...

    Make good beer and it will be nothing but an asset. Customers will relish the opportunity to be able to patronize multiple establishments in a single visit. It all just has to make financial sense...
  6. We found it helpful to have each because...

    We found it helpful to have each because depending on how many kegs we were filling, our daisy-chained system didn't always require each output. YMMV.
  7. Keg filler manifold

    Here you go... You can also daisy-chain multiple kegs between the manifold and the GW Kent filler if you want. We're selling this setup for $1400 (plus shipping) if you're interested.

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    Square

    We use Square and are very, very satisfied with it. The software itself is free. You can run tabs with it, too. We tried TouchBistro and were very unhappy with their integration with PayPal, one of...
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    I'm so glad to know we're not crazy... we're a...

    I'm so glad to know we're not crazy... we're a 3bbl place and keeping everything in-house until we dial in our operations. That's been my concern -- first impressions. Feedback on our beer has been...
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    I agree 100% with this. After having heard...

    I agree 100% with this. After having heard nothing but woes from my (former) brewer, I kegged out a batch with our GW Kent fillers last week. Almost no loss and minor foam. I set it to where it was a...
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    I agree 100%. People tend to count number of...

    I agree 100%. People tend to count number of beers than volume of fluid ounces. Here in MD I can be held liable for over-serving someone out of our tasting room. We've only been open to the public...
  12. 3bbl brewery here. We use a sight gauge hose...

    3bbl brewery here. We use a sight gauge hose connected between the bottom and top of tank on hose barbs that is calibrated with the amount of liquid in five gallon increments. Easy peasy. Just fill...
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    I have a 3bbl brewery in a 24x34 space with a...

    I have a 3bbl brewery in a 24x34 space with a 10x14 walk-in cooler inside. We have a 3-vessel brewhouse, 4 fermenters, and 2 brites. Your space size could definitely work so long as you're willing to...
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    We have a 3bbl system and a 50lb cylynder we...

    We have a 3bbl system and a 50lb cylynder we haven't even used yet. We transfer into the fermenter through the sprayball at the top of the tank and all of our fermentations so far have taken off...
  15. The power upgrades are worth doing at the start...

    The power upgrades are worth doing at the start and it may be possible to have the upgrade performed with little to no cost. Our power company upgraded us at no cost. It's worth asking them if you...
  16. We have a hand dryer. It's really loud. I do like...

    We have a hand dryer. It's really loud. I do like having to have less paper products to have to stock, but if I had known it would be so noisy in our bathroom, I probably would have gone with paper...
  17. So basically I need to believe you or my lying...

    So basically I need to believe you or my lying eyes. My experience: If your reservoir level gets too low (ours happened because of a leak at our old thermowell, which we just replaced) it will cause...
  18. Have you bled off air in the system? We've had...

    Have you bled off air in the system? We've had our system down recently to fix some leaks and had a problem where an air bubble trapped in the system lines meant we had no flow and our chiller's...
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    Just go on eBay and see what's listed as new...

    Just go on eBay and see what's listed as new equipment in the SF range you desire.
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    We use a shovel on our 3bbl system into...

    We use a shovel on our 3bbl system into Rubbermaid trash cans. Very straightforward.
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    Drain material is only part of the equation. If...

    Drain material is only part of the equation. If the rest of your drainage piping is plumbed with plastic downstream (pretty common in newer construction) going with SS drains isn't a silver bullet.
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    A properly maintained and passivized stainless...

    A properly maintained and passivized stainless steel vessel will have decades of viability at the very least. I'd expect you'd get a year out of a plastic vessel. Which is why we bit the bullet and...
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    Or operate at 154F-ish on a constant basis.

    Or operate at 154F-ish on a constant basis.
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    Honestly, every situation is a little different....

    Honestly, every situation is a little different. I'm a Registered Architect, and a brewery owner, so I feel qualified to comment on this.

    Your build-out costs can vary greatly given the fit and...
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    You can buy tri-clamp fitting gaskets with a mesh...

    You can buy tri-clamp fitting gaskets with a mesh screen. We whirlpool and let the trub settle, and don't find a need for them, but they are an option if you find it to be a problem.
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