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

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Is there a way to use a glycol chiller to cool our space?

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It seems like with most glycol chillers, the glycol doesn't have to be chilled below 32?. Why not just use water as the coolant instead?

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What's the best size chiller for a growing brewery and/or a brewery with plans for expansion?

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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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What's the best way to clean (CIP) a mash-lauter tun containing a spray ball without getting stray grain particles everywhere - and/or stuck inside the spray ball itself?

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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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Can a glycol chiller be set up indoors?

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What are the two different types of glycol, and which of the two should be used for a glycol chiller?

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What does a Y strainer do?

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Is it okay to use automotive or RV antifreeze in chillers?

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We've been using CO2 to transfer our beer (through a 20" long hose) from the fermenter into the bright at our 2bbl brewhouse. This seems to take a bit longer than necessary and uses up a considerable amount of CO2 in the process. What's the way to move beer between vessels?

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Most breweries have a mix of the 2 principle keg sizes: 1/2 BBL & 1/6 BBL. Given our brewery's goals for expansion, specifically the type/number of businesses we ultimately want to be in, what's the appropriate mix of 1/2 & 1/6 BBL(s) for us to purchase?

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What are other brewers' experience of using kegs vs. serving (or "brite") tanks in order to satisfy your taproom/brewpub's sales demands?

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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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Back in January, I broke down a few of my corny kegs and noticed a good deal of build-up inside of the dip tube. I'm afraid that might be why my lines pour a bit foamy despite the fact that the system seems to be fairly well-balanced. My process for cleaning my kegs is, generally, always the same: once I've run empty on beer, I'll depressurize the keg, take off the lid, rinse it out, fill it about halfway with water and add a half scoop of OxiClean before soaking it. Afterwards, I put the lid back on before turning the keg upside down and allowing it to soak again. Add another thorough rinse-out before I dump about a gallon of Star San into the keg. Finally, I'll pressurize it and let the keg sit until filling it up again one last time. If the o-rings aren't damaged, I keep them on, and I never do anything with the posts. My question is this: how often should I be completely breaking-down my corny kegs?

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Is plastic brewing equipment okay to use?

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What's the difference between a Roller Mill and a Hammer Mill?

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Do you have any used brewery equipment for sale?

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What are the energy costs associated with running glycol chillers?

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Where can I find more information about the electrical requirements for a glycol chiller?

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What is glycol?

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What temperature should a glycol chiller be set to?

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What is the best ratio for glycol and water mixtures?

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How much glycol should be in the chiller while it’s running?

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Is there a certain type of piping material I should be using for my glycol chiller?

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What's a VFD?

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I want to increase my brewing capacity and was looking to buy a third fermentor. Someone suggested a bright tank instead. Should I?

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I'm considering purchasing a bright tank, and I'm curious to know why brewers use brites instead of fermenters? What's the temperature difference between the fermenter vs. a bright tank?

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How many fermenters and bright tanks would I need to have a 7BBL set up?

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What's the appropriate hose size and/or head pressure to use when transferring from a bright tank to a keg? Is one size more prone to creating foam than others?

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What's the best way to go about doing tank management?

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I’m opening a 15BBL brewpub and all my bright tanks are labeled and listed as tax tanks with the TTB. Nevertheless, we have a small system that will be used to test batches and this one is not registered. In other words, it will never reach the listed tax determination tanks. What should I do?

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We have a 30BBL bright tank that is positioned in a corner. What’s a good brush to use for reaching hard to get places?

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I have a 3BBL system, which I'm thinking about carbing. Would carbonating stone in the bright tank be the best way to go?

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What is the process for dealing with an empty bright tank? Can it be exposed to oxygen?

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Should I keep my bright tank completely sealed and do a water wash, acid wash and peracetic acid wash in-between refills? I plan on doing a complete breakdown after 5-10 refills, just FYI.

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I read somewhere that kegs should be carbonated slowly, for a few days and in low temperatures. How can brewpubs do it? If they produce about 50 kegs a week, isn't this a logistical nightmare?!

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On the topic of carbonation, how do commercial breweries accomplish this? Do they wait for days for a batch to become carbonated? Seems like an awfully long time to wait for a beer to carb up...

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On average, what's the general timeframe for carbing a batch of beer if using both a carb stone and brite tank?

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Do any small breweries out there have experience with using oversized bright tanks to carbonate batches? I'm in the process of arranging a 3-5BBL brewery and plan on brewing both single and double sized batches. Would using a 10BBL bright tank for a 5BBL batch run the risk of losing beer quality and/or aromas?

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How do you calculate the pressure in a bright tank when using a carb stone?

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There are crystalline sediment deposits on the line to the bright tank. Where do they come from and how do stop the deposits from forming?

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What does the fermentation process look like in some of the larger, commercial breweries? What type of equipment do they use?

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I'm about to purchase a bright tank and I'm curious to know - does the maximum pressure of the bright determine the amount of time it will take for the beer inside to carbonate?

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How many bright tanks does a typical micro-brewery have? What sort of capacity does that amount of brights usually allow for?

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What should I know about purchasing a bright tank? I want to make sure I'm covering all of my bases so that I don't miss anything critical!

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I'm having trouble getting my beer properly carbonated in the bright tank in less than 6-7 days. I've heard other brewers are able to carb their batches in just one day - some in merely a few hours! What seems to be the problem here? Why does my carbonation process appear to be taking forever??

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For the last 5 years, I've been using a CIP re-circulation system, which has tanks equipped with 15psi pressure valve(s) and re-circulation under 10psi. After filling the FV (fermentation vessel) with the correct amount of hot water and caustic solution, I'd run the CIP for 15-20 minutes with all the vents closed. Does this lack of ventilation during the process put the tanks in jeopardy of exploding and/or imploding?

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I'm in the process of constructing my first 8.5 bbl brewery system, and have already run into the issue of my state's Health Department questioning me about how I plan on ensuring my brewery wastewater remains within the required pH range of 5.5 & 10. I'm currently using a double-tank CIP system with acid sanitizer in one tank, and a caustic cleaning solution in the other. Once this cleaning process is complete, what's the best way to ensure my sewer effluents are in the required pH range? I'd like to avoid installing a sump pump and/or purchasing a high-cost automatic pH adjuster, if possible.

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How does one go about designing a septic system for a smaller-scale brewery? Is it possible to run say, a 10bbl brewery with a sewage system to accommodate all the brewery's wastewater? If so, are holding tanks necessary?

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I'm currently setting up a brewery and have been sorting through the equipment that was purchased for this brew pub before I came on-board. In doing so, I've only identified a single-vessel CIP system (with 80L tank & skid-mounted pump) for cleaning, rather than a double-vessel CIP system, which is what I've always used (one for acid rinsing & one for caustic cleaning solutions). To my knowledge, caustic solutions are more beneficial at 70?. That being said, what's most optimal for this type of setup? Is using a cold caustic solution acceptable and, if so, should I increase both the time and concentration of the caustic for this process? Alternatively, should I purchase an additional tank equipped with temperature control (including a heating element) for caustic use only?

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What are the advantages (if any) to cleaning under pressure vs. not?

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The brewery I work at recently purchased a centrifuge, and since no one here seems to have any experience operating this type of system, my question is this: What is the proper CIP procedure with a centrifuge?

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We recently purchased a Premier 2-head manual keg washer for our brewery, which has a water flow rate of around 7 GPM (gallons per minute). I'm planning on using a diluted solution with a 5% PAA sanitizer to set-up a venturi-based system for the washer and would ideally like to avoid employing a reduction nipple. Since I've never assembled one of these dosing systems before, how do these venutri-style dosers work exactly? What's the best way to go about setting one up for a 2-Head Premier manual washer?

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I'm about to purchase a new Premier Stainless Systems 2-station keg washer and would like to know how the washer can be drained? Does it need to have a permanent connection or can I drain the washer into the floor drain and wheel it out of the way when not in use?

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I'm currently in the market for a single-head, automatic keg washer that's not BYO (I already have one of those). I have the budget for a new washer. At 20 kegs/week (with anticipated growth to do more), does anyone have any advice/recommendations?

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For manually cleaning kegs, what's the best method to use without wasting too much time and CO2? I'm currently purging with CO2 for a certain period before filling during my manual clean(s). I think I might be purging too much and/or for too long tho - any thoughts?

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After running a bunch of my "clean" kegs through our semi-auto Premier keg washer, I opened one up only to discover a bunch of build-up on the upper-part of the spear. Opened a few more and discovered the same thing in all of them. What's creating this gunk and how do I get rid of it?!

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We're currently in the process of installing our new keg washer and heard there are two ways to clean the kegs with this machine: using steam or caustic. What's the difference between the two?

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I'm currently in the process of planning a 30-seat brewpub with a 3.5 bbl system that includes 4 serving tanks and 3 fermenters. Trying to decide between purchasing glycol-cooled serving tanks vs. building-out a refrigerated room to store the serving tanks. Most likely I'll need a cold area for storing a few kegs and bottles anyway? What are the pros/cons of each option and how do the costs - both upfront and for routine maintenance - compare in each situation?

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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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For those of you using stainless-steel keg washers, what are some of the reasons you decided to purchase the semi-automatic version over the manual one? I'm currently trying to justify the extra cost of the semi-auto washer, and could definitely use some help....

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Since fermenters are so expensive, we're considering using plastic conicals instead to get our small start-up brewery off the ground. What are the pros and cons of using plastic conicals?

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Can milk really damage a beer glass' utility? How?

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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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