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Is it safe to buy Chinese equipment?

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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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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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votes

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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votes

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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votes

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

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How should I package my product?

7
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votes

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

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votes

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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3
votes

What is a counter pressure filler?

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votes

I'm setting up a small production distillery. What is the cost difference between going with a standard bottle vs a custom bottle? Is there a minimum production requirement?

6
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votes

What is the difference between a $150 barrel and a $750 one?

Is there a significant benefit to using more or less expensive barrels?

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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?

6
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votes

What irregular liquor bottle shapes are mass produced?

I'm looking for bottle shapes that stand out without having to pay for a custom mold.

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votes

We're starting a new distilling operation, should I add the entire wash to the still or separate the grain?

4
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votes

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

7
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0
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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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3
votes

Can foil labels be handled using typical labeling systems?

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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
answers
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1
votes

How does a net weight filler work?

4
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2
votes

What is the best way to clean and sanitize my stainless steel wine tanks?

4
answers
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2
votes

For whiskey production, are the oak casks used for maturation identical to oak barrels used for wine production? If not, how are they different?

4
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2
votes

How do you clean copper mugs?

3
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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

4
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1
votes

How can I find used equipment?

2
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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?

5
answers
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votes

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.

3
answers
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2
votes

Why are copper stills popular? Is there a reason you don't see many stills made from stainless steel? Are there any other common materials that stills are made out of?

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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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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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votes

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

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
votes

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
votes

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
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

3
answers
28
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1
votes

How frequently do copper stills require maintenance / repair work?

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2
votes

Can anyone explain briefly the energy consumption required for distillation? Was never very good at physics.

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
votes

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
votes

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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votes

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

4
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0
votes

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

2
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2
votes

What's the best way to gauge the size of distillation still I need?

Also, is there an easy way/formula to calculate my projected annual liquor production based on my distribution plans in order to correctly size the st

1
answers
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3
votes

I am in the early stages of exploring the opportunities of setting up a craft distillery. Can anyone give me tips on good resources on scale and type of stills to be used for a 1[phone number] bottle annual set up for production on evenings and weekends?

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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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

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?

3
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votes

I've been noticing some microdistilleries using a hybrid pot-column still nowadays. Are there any benefits to using this type of hybrid still, as opposed to a pot still or a column still?

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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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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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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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
votes

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

2
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1
votes

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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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?

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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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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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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

3
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0
votes

We don't serve much whiskey - what sort of whiskey glass should we purchase as 'standard'?

We don't serve much whiskey - what sort of whiskey glass should we purchase as 'standard'?

3
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0
votes

With new French Oak barrels running over a thousand dollars each, how does one go about finding good quality used barrels?

3
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votes

How much distillate can I get from a 100 L wheat/barley wash?

Where can I find info regarding approximately how much distillate one can get from a specific volume of wash? e.g. 100 liters of wheat/barley wash wi

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.

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1
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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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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
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0
votes

What is a ROPP capper?

2
answers
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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
answers
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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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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0
votes

Contract manufacturing vs. in-house?

I'm working on starting a premium vodka brand with organic flavors - what are the economics between contract manufacturing or starting to distill the

2
answers
105
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0
votes

Moonshine - market demand?

I've seen a lot of buzz about new craft moonshine distilleries - are there actually customers who will want to buy it in California?

2
answers
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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
answers
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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
answers
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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?

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What is the most common thing to do with hot liquor from the heat exchanger? Is it best to send to the floor (in a dump) or to a Hot Liquor Tank?

2
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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

What are grain mills used for in a brewery context?

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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
answers
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0
votes

When does it make sense to invest in a palletizer?

2
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0
votes

Which is better for distilling, a pot still or a reflex still?

2
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0
votes

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

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1
votes

Does pre-milled grain keep a lot worse than unmilled grain?

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0
votes

For my small kitchen, I've been recommended boilerless steamers over boiler-based steamers. Was this recommendation correct?

For my small kitchen, I've been recommended boilerless steamers over boiler-based steamers. Was this recommendation correct?

2
answers
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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
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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

2
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15
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0
votes

Can a glycol chiller be set up indoors?

2
answers
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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?

3
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votes

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

2
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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?

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?

2
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0
votes

Is plastic brewing equipment okay to use?

1
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24
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1
votes

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

2
answers
21
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0
votes

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

2
answers
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votes

What's the difference between inline and rotary filling?

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
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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
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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
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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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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
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0
votes

Can someone please explain the difference between batch distillation and continuous distillation?

1
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15
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0
votes

What is the best way to clean my copper distillery equipment?

I've read about people using wine and/or citric acid to do cleaning runs. I also have acsorbic acid available I could use.

1
answers
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0
votes

About how much water would I need to use for every 600 liters of batch?

1
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0
votes

Are reflex stills and column stills the same thing? I sometimes hear them used interchangeably.

1
answers
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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
answers
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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?

1
answers
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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

1
answers
21
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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
answers
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0
votes

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

1
answers
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0
votes

Is a mash tun used in the distillation process the same as the one used in brewing beer?

1
answers
21
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0
votes

What exactly is the sour mash process? Is it only used in the production of Bourbon whiskey, or even in Irish and Scotch varieties?

1
answers
21
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0
votes

What's the practical difference between oak chips and other oak alternatives? For example, oak staves, dust, and extracts?

1
answers
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0
votes

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?

1
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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

1
answers
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0
votes

Is stainless steel worth the investment for brewing?

1
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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

1
answers
13
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0
votes

Are there any advantages to all grain brewing?

1
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0
votes

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

1
answers
5
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0
votes

Should I be concerned about the viscosity of my product?

1
answers
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0
votes

If I go for a stainless steel fermenter, is there any way to get an oak flavor?

1
answers
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0
votes

How do I know whether I need to purchase "jacketed" wine tank?

1
answers
21
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0
votes

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

1
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21
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0
votes

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

1
answers
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

Can i use the same distiller for whiskey and rum?

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0
votes

Is it safe to buy a used filling machine?

1
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0
votes

Is it safe to purchase used wine/whiskey barrels, and what are the risks?

1
answers
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0
votes

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?

1
answers
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0
votes

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

1
answers
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0
votes

What are the advantages of a conical fermenter?

1
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0
votes

Why is oak fermentation not so popular these days?

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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

What are the typical code requirements for venting 300,000 Btu and 400,000 Btu burners?

What are the typical code requirements for venting 300,000 Btu and 400,000 Btu burners? We are looking at two Midco Int'l burners, one EC300 and one R

1
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2
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0
votes

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

1
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4
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0
votes

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

1
answers
3
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0
votes

What is the advantage of a monobloc?

1
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3
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0
votes

Should I choose a rotary filler or a linear filler?

1
answers
2
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0
votes

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

1
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2
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0
votes

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

1
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0
votes

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

1
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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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How many times can I re-use my oak casks for winemaking?

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Does a stainless steel cask work as well as an oak cask?

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Should I purchase American oak or French oak?

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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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What basic equipment do I need to get started?

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The water quality is fairly poor where my business operates. What can I do to fix this?

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How much money and time does it take to start a small distillery?

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How long can a wash last before it goes bad?

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Any beginner tips for the fermentation process?

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Is a pot still or a reflux still better for vodka?

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Stainless steel ok for my still?

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How much water consumption should I expect?

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How long is okay to store mill grain?

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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 best way to go about doing tank management?

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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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How do I calculate the right amount of space needed for my brewery? How many square feet should my facility be?

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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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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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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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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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What should I look out for when I buy used wine equipment (tanks, crusher/destemmers, and pumps)?

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