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Is it safe to buy Chinese equipment?

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European-made vs. American-made equipment?

There is a lot of discussion between Chinese-made and American-made equipment. What about machines and equipment made in Italy or Germany versus ones

17
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10
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Do manual and semi-auto bottle-fillers gauge a liquid's volume automatically? Can I set my filler to fill only 750 ml of wine and have it gauge that amount without me having to eye-ball the level?

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What's the best entry level beer bottle filling machine out there?

Looking for a legit machine, not a Beer Gun or a MoreBeer counter pressure filler.

11
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Is it safe to buy used equipment?

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Are there suppliers that sell both the label applicator/machine and the labels themselves?

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How should I package my product?

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What are gravity vs. overflow vs. pump liquid fillers?

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How do I decide what size vat / batch pasteurizer I need?

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Can I put beer in PET bottles?

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Do most batch/vat pasteurizers also have the capability to also be a mixer? Also, are most pasteurizers powered electrically? And finally, do most pasteurizers also include their own water cool-down system?

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Should I pasteurize on-site or use a dairy processing plant?

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Do any suppliers rent bottle filling machines?

My business is interested in renting a bottle filler for a couple months.

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What type of equipment do I need to begin a commercial Kombucha company?

I would like to start a Kombucha brewing company here in Hawaii. Please give me advice on what equipment I need to begin a commercial business. Thank

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What are the most important things to know about pasteurizing milk?

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What is a counter pressure filler?

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In terms of bottles-per-hour, what's a rule of thumb for the max BPH that I could handle using a manual powered labeler?

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I have a product to be pasteurized with a shelf life of at least 9 months and need an ultra-pasteurizer to accomplish that. Can an HTST pasteurizer, which takes slightly longer to pasteurize and cool the product, still allow the product to have a 9-month shelf life?

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Do the pasteurizer equipment suppliers on Kinnek meet 3-A sanitary standards?

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When it comes to bottling beer, what is double pre-evacuation?

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Where can I get plastic or PET growlers?

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Hi all, I'm in the early stages of planning a craft brewery. When purchasing a fully automated bottling line, will the seller usually help with the setup, installation, and post-installation testing of the system?

4
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Can foil labels be handled using typical labeling systems?

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What's the major difference between short tube and long-tube bottle filling systems?

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What are some fun, out of the ordinary promotional items for an independent brewery?

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What's the difference between a turnkey system vs. a monoblock machine?

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1
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How does a net weight filler work?

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Can anyone help me with assembling a bottle filling unit?

I'm located out of St. Petersburg, FL and need help putting together my new bottle filler, capper, and heat reduction unit. Any help or direction woul

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What suppliers have 22 oz amber plastic / PET beer bottles?

They've been very difficult to come by!

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How can I find used equipment?

3
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What is an HTST pasteurizer?

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I need to place labels on both glass and cardboard containers. Would I need to get two separate machines for this, or could this be done using the same system? I'm roughly thinking of handling about 1000 containers per hour each for the glass and cardboard containers.

4
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I see a lot of filling systems listed as 'automated'. Sorry for my ignorance, but exactly how automated is 'automated'? How many people would be needed to man a shift for bottling about 600 cases of beer (each shift) using an automatic filler?

4
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I'm in the beginning phase of researching how to bottle my own cold brewed coffee for my cafe in Hawaii on a relatively small scale to start. Can anyone offer advice or resources on everything from how to bottle, shelf life, food safety, and labeling vs. silk screen?

4
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1
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What's the cost of custom liquor bottles?

I'm looking to purchase custom bottles for a new liquor business and I wanted to get a general sense of the cost and lead time. Is there a flat fee fo

3
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2
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Are PET plastic beer bottles a viable alternative to glass bottles?

We want our product to be different and stand out, but we'd like to get some opinions on the pros/cons.

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1
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For an entry level machine (small business), is rotary or inline a better choice?

4
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Do government warning labels come standard on growlers, or do we have to request for those specifically and perhaps pay extra for the inclusion of such labels?

Would there be a charge for additional labels and disclaimers that a specific state might require for growlers?

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0
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Why are both the size and shape of my label important to consider?

4
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120
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0
votes

What's the difference between a volumetric filling machine and a liquid level filling machine?

4
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120
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0
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Bottling or canning beer?

We are currently exploring going beyond kegging beer and serving from brite tanks - what are the advantages and disadvantages of canning and bottling

3
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1
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At what volume production does it make sense to get a case packer?

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My labor costs are around $30/hr - when should I think about investing in an automatic labeling machine?

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What are the most affordable manual canning machine options for my business?

I need a manually operated canning machine for powdered milk that seals one can at a time because I only have two workers, which includes me and at re

1
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3
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What are the main benefits of a masticating juicer versus a centrifugal juicer?

What are the main benefits of a masticating juicer versus a centrifugal juicer?

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0
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What is the top wine dispensing machine?

What is the top wine dispensing machine?

3
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0
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I'm trying to plan out a system I'll need to use to applesauce at a commercial scale. Any recommendations on a pasteurization system or type of pasteurization tech to use?

3
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0
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For automated can labeling, are there other systems out there besides the Krones Canmatic Labeler? It seems this is by far the most popular one being used.

2
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1
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I'm trying to setup a 20 barrel brewing operation, with a bottling operation. Based on my own business plan and from speaking with friends, I figure I'm gonna need about $500K to get things started. Can anyone help me with a sanity check on this?

3
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Is it pretty common to incorporate a thermal print engine into a wine bottle labeling setup for printing UPC bar codes?

3
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At what production levels does it make sense to move from a manual labeling machine to an automatic machine?

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What is an economical way to bottle 750ml bottles from a brite tank?

Looking for about 10-20 bpm, counter pressure filler. Cap finish.

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1
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What's the most accurate way to measure the viscosity of the liquid I need to fill?

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How easy is it to clean juice bottle fillers?

How often should they be cleaned? Are Are there special cleaners or solvents that I'll need to purchase?

3
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Are the amber PET growlers lined on the inside?

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Can a bottle paper labeling machine be converted or used to label plastic labels on bottles or is a completely separate bottle labeling machine needed?

2
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1
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Brewhouse Palletization

Is it possible to have a brewhouse palletized on a single skid to make installation easier? What is the typical price increase for brewhouse palletizi

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We recently upgraded to a Meheen 4-head filler, and would like to know what other brewers out there have done to set up automatic labeling with this particular system. Previously, we were bottling using a single-head filler, hand-labeling with pressure sensitive labels, which was all we needed at the time. Now that we have this new system tho, we'd like to know what our labeling options are to create a more streamlined system.

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Unfortunately, our printer designed a label for our bottles that makes it difficult to figure out what type of labeler we need to purchase to apply them. Just to give you an idea of the current layout of these labels: the bottom (or "bikini") part wraps almost all the way around the bottle, while the top label (so essentially, the main one) only covers the front part of the bottle. Any ideas/recommendations for a labeler that would correctly align these labels each time, despite their unique design?

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Why do the corks keep popping out of my bottles? What am I doing wrong?!

2
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What is a ROPP capper?

3
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For pasteurizing milk, is it recommended to use HTST, ESL, or UHT pasteurization? I've heard different things from different people. Is the type of equipment and financial cost comparable?

2
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Does anyone know anything about UV pasteurization? Apparently it was developed from research out of Cornell, but there's not much documentation out there. All I've heard is that it is it can be more cost-effective vs traditional methods.

2
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0
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I'm working on a business plan for a medium-sized organic soda factory. Is there special consideration to be made for bottling equipment for carbonated beverages?

2
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I need to add tamper-evident bands to my bottles. Would this require a separate system altogether, or could I incorporate something into my existing labeler?

2
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Trying to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of cold glue labeling system vs hot melt system. Any thoughts?

2
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Anyone have any experience with mobile bottling services?

2
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For bottle fillers, what's the difference between a semi-automatic and automatic line?

We are negotiating new distribution in 5 states so we need to expand from a manual gravity filler to something with more capacity. What are the econom

2
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0
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For beer filling on a commercial scale, is it highly recommended to use a double pre-evacuation filling setup? Are there major downsides to not using double pre-evac?

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A lot of my more experienced brewmaster friends have told me that using tunnel pasteurization is considerably more expensive than using flash pasteurization. Given the extra costs, what are the big benefits of using the tunnel method?

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How feasible is it to upgrade bottle filling machinery? I'm currently thinking of getting a 600 BPM beer filling machine. Once my brewery gains traction, would it be easy to upgrade my system to a bigger and faster system using some of the components of the existing system?

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Does anyone know what type of pasteurization almond milk would require?

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I want to open a drinking water business in our small town, how do I start, and what kind of bottling machines I can use?

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Is it possible to make cans in the shape of a bottle with a twisted cap?

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Are the caps usually included in the price of the growlers when purchasing screwcap growlers?

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Is it common for artwork / logos to be printed on the caps of bottles?

I'm referring to Boston Rounds and glass growlers. Would that be cost prohibitive?

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I'm looking for milk bottles and need help deciding between PET, white plastic, and disposable glass. Any have pros/cons or suggestions on which to get?

I need various sizes from 16 oz - gallon and would prefer a snap screw hat.

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Is there an option to put a metal screw-cap on an amber PET growler?

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What are the rules and regulations for refilling beer bottles?

I know there are certain regulations about the types of bottles you can use and can't use.

2
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When does it make sense to invest in a palletizer?

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For returnable goods, do I need separate palletizer and depalletizers?

2
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Hoses for XPRESS FILL XF2500?

I PURCHASED THE XPRESS FILL XF2500. What hoses do I neeed: How do I attach them to the machine: What attachments do I need to attach hoses. Where

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Pasteurizing with Ingredients

can i add my ingredients into a vat pasteurizer (milk, cream, eggs, tea,) and pasteurizer it, or can i only pasteurize milk and than cook it again wit

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Does anyone know of a labeler that can be used for "sqround" bottles (square bottles with tapered edges and a round facade)? Does this type of labeler even exist??

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How do you apply labels to oval-shaped bottles?

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What's the difference between inline and rotary filling?

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What are some of the major differences between PVC/heat shrink capsules vs aluminum capsules? I will be bottling wine in Burgundy shaped bottles for my operation.

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Is there a limit to how many colors can be used in printing a logo or text on a bottle capsule?

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I was reading that for a small producer like myself, Micro-Flash Pasteurization might be an affordable option for me. Anyone have any experience with these type of MFP systems, or know about them?

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0
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For an operation of 2000 BPH, would you recommend a rotary bottle washer or a linear washer?

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I'm seriously considering upgrading my champagne corking system from manual to a more automated setup. What's the minimum recommended bottling capacity that makes sense for a semi-automatic champagne corker?

1
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Could someone please explain the importance of the neck freezer when bottling champagne?

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Is there a big difference in the price and complexity between regular HTD (heat transfer decorating) and FSHTD (flat-sided heat transfer decorating) labeling machines?

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What binding agent is recommended for commercial production of licorice candy?

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What are the best aluminum can manufacturers besides Ball?

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I'm developing a milk liqueur and I need to decide between HTST and vat pasteurization. What effect would the lower temperature of vat pasteurization have on the shelf life of my product?

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Can someone tell me more about machines that hot fill little foil packets (think little ketchup packets like at fast food stores). I think someone once referred to this as a fold, fill, and seal machine.

I'm looking for a small, entry-level machine that does hot fill. Any information would be helpful!

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Are there certain regulations that specify the types of bags I can use for packing processed foods?

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For growlers, are the caps usually made of metal or plastic?

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Are there semi-auto machines which can handle both bottle corking and crowning?

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What is the lowest BPM rating for a Borelli Tecna bottle washing line?

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Do gravity fillers make good wine fillers for a relatively small winery?

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Should I go for a bench bottle capper or a wing bottle capper? Small brewery here.

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For filling soda bottles, is a liquid level filler a good choice?

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Should I be concerned about the viscosity of my product?

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Do bottle-filler machines that can handle multiple products include self-cleaning systems?

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Do wine bottle filling machines come w/ filtration systems or have the capacity to have a filtration system added later?

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Can a bottle filling machine fill both glass and plastic bottles?

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Do flash pasteurizers for milk come with cream separators, too? Do they also come with glycol-cooled trim-coolers?

I am looking for a flash pasteurizer for dairy for the process of making various cheeses. I was curious if it was necessary to source the cream separa

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Is it safe to buy a used filling machine?

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If oxidation isn't an issue, is it possible to avoid purchasing a counter-pressure bottle filler?

What type of filler would work for a product that needs light carbonation (coming from BBT) pushed with Co2?

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Does it matter whether my label maker can be used with different software?

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Which is better between a direct thermal and thermal transfer machine?

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What thickness should my label tape be?

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What do I need if I’m filling carbonated drinks?

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At what point do I have to move up from semi-automatic to automatic?

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What is the advantage of a monobloc?

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Should I choose a rotary filler or a linear filler?

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Are filling machines suitable for different categories of beverages, like juice and soda?

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What hygiene standard do I need my machine to meet for bottling juice?

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We have small batches of home-brewed beer and are looking for tips on bottle capping.

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At what point should I step up from a semi-automatic capping machine to an automatic capping machine?

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We're currently trying to decide between an in-line rotary labeler or pre-printed bottles. The printed bottles are pretty neat plus we could use our glass blower to make custom glasses from the enameled bottles. The in-line labeler, which we'd most likely use with pressure-sensitive labels, obviously allows for much more flexibility though. How do these two options compare cost-wise? What are the pros and cons of both the labeler vs. the printed bottles?

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Has anyone out there ever built their own counter-pressure bottle filler? If so, how easy/difficult is it to construct one?

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How do I build my own automatic beer bottling system at home? Is it even possible to do so??

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I'm planning on bottling several 12 oz. beer bottles from every home-brewed batch I keg, and I'm trying to decide between buying a beer gun or a counter-pressure filler to use for this process. Which works better and/or is easier to operate?

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Do I need a beer gun to flush the air out of bottles I'm filling straight from the keg, or is that slightly unnecessary?

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Any good tips to streamline/speed-up the bottling process for a 5 gallon batch?

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Are there any tools that make it easier to bottle a brew?

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Can the filling machine I'm planning on purchasing be used with my existing packaging equipment?

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how do I get consistent carbonation bottle conditioned kombucha?

how do I get consistent carbonation bottle conditioned kombucha?

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We distill on the grain. What are others using to strain out the spent grain after a run?

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At what point can I call something organic?

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What does the term all-natural really mean?

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Is there a big difference between the type of pasteurization system that a juice/cider production facility would need to use as compared to a dairy operation?

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