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Is it safe to buy Chinese equipment?

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What licenses do I need to start a cidery?

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I want some drink coasters for my brewpub which stand out from the crowd. Any creative ideas that are different than the run-of-the-mill circular and rectangular coasters?

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10
votes

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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When should I actually blend the fruit/juice in preparing to make the cider?

1
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Can I produce anything else with cider equipment?

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Should I produce cider using fresh fruit I've purchased or using juice?

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I already produce other beverages... can I use that equipment to produce cider?

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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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6
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Are there suppliers that sell both the label applicator/machine and the labels themselves?

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15
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What are ways for me to distinguish my cider from others?

1
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14
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If I'm purchasing apples; what type of contract should I look for with an apple supplier?

4
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11
votes

How should I package my product?

7
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7
votes

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

8
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6
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How do I decide what size vat / batch pasteurizer I need?

1
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12
votes

What type of funding do I need to start a cidery?

8
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4
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Can I put beer in PET bottles?

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8
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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?

6
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6
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Do any keg suppliers actually manufacture their kegs in the USA?

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10
votes

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

6
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5
votes

Do any suppliers rent bottle filling machines?

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

4
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6
votes

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

2
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votes

What is the difference between manual, semi-automatic, and automatic keg washers?

I'm looking for a keg machine where I can just press a button and not worry about manually switching over to each cleaning method (compressed air, rin

1
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9
votes

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

6
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3
votes

What is a counter pressure filler?

4
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5
votes

When filling kegs from the brite tank, what pressure should the keg be?

Should there be foam?

6
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2
votes

Is it risky to buy Chinese manufactured standard 12oz amber beer bottles?

I've heard horror stories about buying glass packaging from China. I want to know if it is safe.

6
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1
votes

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?

3
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5
votes

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?

5
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3
votes

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

4
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3
votes

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

7
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0
votes

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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3
votes

Can foil labels be handled using typical labeling systems?

7
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0
votes

What percentage glycol / water solution do brewmasters usually operate at? Trying to protect from freeze up to 1 degree Fahrenheit.

4
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3
votes

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

5
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2
votes

Who in USA manufactures tanks in USA or Canada? Who in USA supplies equipment not made in China?

4
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3
votes

Just bought new fermenters and debating the installation and service, what's a fair price to pay?

I got quoted roughly $700 per day AND on top of that they're asking me to pay for the technician's accommodations and meals and airfare. Is that stand

4
answers
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2
votes

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

5
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1
votes

How does a net weight filler work?

4
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2
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What is the minimum capacity recommended to have a full brewing filtration setup with all four clarification stages?

I've heard that for smaller brewpubs, one can simply use sheet filters for the entire filtration process, but for larger setups you'd want primary, tr

4
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2
votes

What are the most popular varieties of hops in use by US breweries?

I've heard of Cascade and Centennial being popular.

4
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2
votes

Is a lenticular filter worth the investment over plate filters?

3
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2
votes

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

4
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2
votes

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

They've been very difficult to come by!

4
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44
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1
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How can I find used equipment?

3
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40
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2
votes

What is an HTST pasteurizer?

2
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3
votes

Is there a shelf-life for corks? Once I purchase corks, do I need to use them for bottling within a certain period of time?

4
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1
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Can I store my beer in "antique green" colored bottles?

We are concerned that long term storage in anything other than Amber glass could result in unwanted flavor changes in beer. Please let me know!

5
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0
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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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168
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1
votes

What are the advantages of using a keg management company vs buying your own kegs?

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For my microbrewery system, what type of glycol is most recommended for my chiller?

4
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votes

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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1
votes

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?

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.

5
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0
votes

What are the major differences between a wine keg and a typical stainless steel beer keg?

4
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1
votes

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

4
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1
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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?

5
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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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0
votes

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

4
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0
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I am thinking of setting up a microbrewery. Is it recommended to sign a multi-year contract with a hops provider or farm?

4
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0
votes

How many 22oz beer bottles are usually packed in a pallet?

4
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0
votes

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

4
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0
votes

Anyone have any thoughts on using copper vs ABS for glycol piping?

3
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21
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1
votes

Are there significant benefits to using cross-flow filtration for wine?

4
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0
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Are most wine bottle shapes/colors available in both cork and screwcap styles, or is cork style much more prevalent?

4
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0
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What are some of the diffs between agglomerated and colmated corks?

3
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1
votes

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

4
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0
votes

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

1
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29
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3
votes

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

4
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0
votes

Do you have to use a Bright tank or can you go straight to kegs?

4
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0
votes

What are the pros and cons of different types of draft systems? What kind of cooler do I need?

I own a natural foods meat market that does a lot of craft beers. We are looking to install a 3 or 4 tap draft beer system to complement this.

4
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28
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0
votes

What is the top wine dispensing machine?

What is the top wine dispensing machine?

4
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0
votes

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

4
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views
0
votes

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?

2
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1
votes

What are the advantages and disadvantages of plastic v. stainless steel fermenters?

2
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1
votes

Should corks be soaked before bottling?

3
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0
votes

Is there a major difference with using pellets vs whole hops in the brewing process? For larger scale brewing operations, is one suggested over the other?

3
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168
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0
votes

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
votes

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
votes

I'm sorry, this may seem like a naive question. But what are the manway hatches used for on fermentation tanks?

2
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1
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My brewmaster friends have told me that hops usage doesn't scale linearly. If I currently have a 1 bbl system and want to scale to a 7 bbl system, how much more hops would I need to use?

2
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1
votes

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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0
votes

I'm trying to filter about 1200 Liters of wine per hour. I'm trying to pick a filtration system and tech that would work best. Thoughts?

3
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0
votes

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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28
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0
votes

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

2
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1
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What is to be done with the trub layer that accumulates at the bottom of the fermentation tanks?

2
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1
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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.

2
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1
votes

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

1
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2
votes

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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0
votes

I homebrew, and I want to conveniently transport my beer to parties -- is a bottle carrier a good option?

1
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2
votes

What's the advantage to a floating lid on a fermenter as opposed to a closed lid?

Will I need bigger capacities for tanks with floating lids (i.e., require a 20-BBL floating-lid tank with 15-BBLs of cider inside)?

3
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0
votes

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?

3
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0
votes

What's the largest size of fermenter I can store in a cold room?

I hear anything bigger than a 3-bbl tank isn't ideal for cold room-storage because of uneven coldness distribution. Is that accurate?

2
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1
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Would price breaks occur at the same quantities for kegs if I were to lease them versus own them?

Are per-unit leasing options cheaper by the pallet as they are with owning kegs?

3
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0
votes

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

3
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0
votes

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.

2
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1
votes

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?

3
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0
votes

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?

3
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0
votes

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

2
answers
105
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0
votes

What is a ROPP capper?

2
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19
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0
votes

What are some of the advantages of screwcap vs cork? Same goes for natural cork vs synthetic cork.

2
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75
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0
votes

Do you rinse or sanitize or both before bottling?

We are bottling some beer off of our 7bbl brewhouse and 15bbl fermenters. We are wondering what you recommend doing to prep the bottles. Do you rins

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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0
votes

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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147
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0
votes

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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45
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0
votes

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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105
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0
votes

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

2
answers
105
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0
votes

What's the difference between a brite tank and a mash tun?

2
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105
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0
votes

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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120
views
0
votes

Making chocolate stout with actual chocolate?

I currently use coffee beans but would like to use real chocolate (or cocoa extract or powder) - what would work best?

2
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36
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0
votes

What exactly does it mean for a FV to be jacketed? Is having a jacketed fermenter a necessity for commercial brewing?

2
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14
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0
votes

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?

2
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15
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0
votes

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?

2
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0
votes

I need my fermentation tanks to handle about 15 psi operating pressure. Is that pretty standard in the industry, or is it something I'll need to specifically mention to suppliers when trying to get quotes?

2
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24
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0
votes

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?

2
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0
votes

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

2
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0
votes

I’m considering adding citrus flavors to some of my brews. Any recommendations on how to obtain fresh zest?

2
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19
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0
votes

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

2
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10
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0
votes

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

2
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23
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0
votes

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?

2
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24
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0
votes

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

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15
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1
votes

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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13
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0
votes

When does it make sense to invest in a palletizer?

2
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0
votes

If I want to avoid skunk beer, will green bottles do the trick?

2
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0
votes

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

1
answers
43
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1
votes

UniTank vs BBT

I am struggling with the decision to have more Unitanks or to have 1 or 2 BBT in addition. I am looking at starting with all Ales and am going to do

1
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1
votes

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

2
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15
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0
votes

Can a glycol chiller be set up indoors?

2
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0
votes

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

2
answers
21
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0
votes

What does a Y strainer do?

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24
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Is it okay to use automotive or RV antifreeze in chillers?

2
answers
24
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0
votes

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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0
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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?

2
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0
votes

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

2
answers
24
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0
votes

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??

2
answers
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0
votes

How do you apply labels to oval-shaped bottles?

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24
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0
votes

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?

2
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0
votes

Is plastic brewing equipment okay to use?

1
answers
24
views
1
votes

What type of fermentation tank should I get if I'm planning on increasing my batch size?

2
answers
75
views
-1
votes

What's the difference between inline and rotary filling?

1
answers
45
views
0
votes

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.

1
answers
72
views
0
votes

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

1
answers
63
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0
votes

For a brewing operation in Hawaii, what is the most cost effective way of bringing beer bottles here? Is shipping cost-prohibitive to ship from the mainland?

1
answers
120
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0
votes

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?

1
answers
120
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0
votes

Some people have told me that Sulphide Like Odors could be a problem if I use screwcaps for my wine bottling instead of corks. Anyone have similar issues, or disagree?

1
answers
120
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0
votes

We're worried about our wines tasting corky. Are there any types of closures we can use in our bottling process that would prevent the presence of TCA later on?

1
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0
votes

Could someone please briefly explain the cork grading system for me? It's a little confusing, seems like different companies have slightly different scales and standards.

1
answers
35
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0
votes

Are certain closures considered better if you know your wine is produced to drink in the shorter term rather than for long-term storage?

1
answers
75
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0
votes

Anyone have thoughts on screwcap vs crown cap for beer bottles? Which one is more popular these days? Does one have any big advantage over the other?

1
answers
147
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0
votes

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

1
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72
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0
votes

At my brewing site, I have some 100 BBL fermenters with a 6 ft clearance between the top of the ceiling and the top of the fermenters. Any suggestions on the best way of getting the fermenters upright?

1
answers
168
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0
votes

I'd like to make pumpkin ale - any recipe suggestions?

Since pumpkin spice lattes are so popular nowadays, I'm thinking about jumping on the bandwagon. Should I put actual pumpkin into the mash or use some

1
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0
votes

Does every fermentation vessel come with CIP setup? Or do I need to purchase a separate sprayball for clean-in-place functionality?

1
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0
votes

Is there a big difference in the features needed in a vessel used for fermentation as opposed to one used for lagering?

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Are there disadvantages to using liquid yeast over dry yeast for a medium-sized brewery?

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Are top-fermenting and bottom-fermenting yeasts perfect substitutes for each other, or are they each better suited to different situations?

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Why are some SS tanks sloped-bottom and some conical? Any practical differences?

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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?

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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 are the best aluminum can manufacturers besides Ball?

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My partner and I really want to produce gluten-free beers in the near future. Will we need entirely new equipment or can we use what we have now?

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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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I'm looking into 40 oz beer bottles. How much do they weigh and how many are normally in a pallet?

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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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Is stainless steel worth the investment for brewing?

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For making red wine, what kind of fermenter is recommended?

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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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Carbonating in oversized brite tanks

I'm looking to scale up my kombucha production and move from carbonating in kegs to carbonating in brite tanks. If my batches are usually around 3bbl,

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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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How do i take the impeller off my pump to replace it?

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I'm looking for 40oz crown top bottles ... anybody know where to get them?

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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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How many 12 ounce glasses can you get from a keg?

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Is brewers yeast and the brewers yeast from the health food stores the same?

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What is the typical production season for cider?

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What type of bottles should I use for the cider I produce?

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How should I plan to store the cider I produce?

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What are the advantages of a conical fermenter?

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I'm getting started with brewing and am looking into hops. Are pellet hops a good choice?

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Why is oak fermentation not so popular these days?

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I’m considering making a fruity beer. Any help?

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I want to start brewing some cider to serve at my pub. Will my existing brewing equipment be ok for the job?

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How should I best balance the acidity of my cider?

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Presentation not an issue. Need a nice beverage carrier that can also serve.

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How do I clean my grease filter properly?

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Any advice for good grease filter maintenance?

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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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Do I need an airlocked fermenter for winemaking?

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I’m a beginner winemaker. Is a plastic fermentation tank ok?

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Are fermentation tanks much cheaper if I buy from an Asian supplier?

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Do customers expect oak fermentation tanks, or can I go ahead and purchase stainless steel tanks?

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What’s a sample valve? I see it being offered as a customization for some tanks.

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Conical or flat bottom tanks?

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How long can I store brewer’s yeast?

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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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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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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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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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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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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 flat-bottom tanks compare to those with conical bottoms?

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I’m confused about the relationship between wine and oxygen. When can oxygen be good for wine, and when can it be bad?

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What's the best type of wine fermenter to use?

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How often can I reuse my yeast?

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What is wild yeast? I hear it can ruin my production yeast.

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How do I test for contamination?

yeast contamination thanks

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Can I use maple sugar as a white sugar substitute for baking?

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What is a good alternative to honey?

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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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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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