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Is it safe to buy Chinese equipment?

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European-made vs. American-made equipment?

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is a counter pressure filler?

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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?

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

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

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

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

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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?

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Can foil labels be handled using typical labeling systems?

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When providing logos to a packaging vendor, what's typically the best method to send the graphics?

An Adobe Illustrator file or PDF?

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What are the most important considerations for a powder filling machine?

We're looking into purchasing an introductory machine, what are the most crucial things to keep in mind?

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

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How does a net weight filler work?

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How can I find used equipment?

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What is an HTST pasteurizer?

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

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

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

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Bottling or canning beer?

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

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

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

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

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I'm a small business that is purchasing new shopping bags. Can glossy bags be printed on, or are they only able to be hot-stamped?

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

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

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

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How easy is it to clean juice bottle fillers?

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

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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)?

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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

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

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is the best flute grade for corrugated boxes if I'm shipping delicate items?

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

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How much does having a high recycled content in kraft shopping bags increase the price usually?

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What are the rules and regulations for refilling beer bottles?

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

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Do commercial bread slicer machines have thickness options?

I need to cut bread into slices of different thickness.

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For conveying small bottles, which conveyor system should I purchase?

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When does it make sense to invest in a palletizer?

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What is the benefit of a continuous feed processor?

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Pasteurizing with Ingredients

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

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I have a household vacuum packaging unit, and don’t really feel like investing in a commercial unit. Can I just use this one for my small shop?

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

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How do you apply labels to oval-shaped bottles?

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What's the difference between inline and rotary filling?

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

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For a production rate of about 1000 dozen/hr, what size donut tumbler would be recommended for me? I need to coat my donuts with a glaze.

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My consultant suggested I look into an Enoveneta grape elevating system. Is this a common/well-known brand? Any thoughts are welcome.

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

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

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What are the best aluminum can manufacturers besides Ball?

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

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

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

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

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For moving tiny chips of metal scrap, would you recommend using an hinged steel belt conveyor system?

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

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What are the benefits of a steel fusti tank for storing olive oil and/or wine?

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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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What items should I avoid putting in the disposal?

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How do I best maintain my new garbage disposal?

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Do trash canisters need to be cleaned regularly? In a kitchen.

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Our garbage disposal unit is running a bit less efficiently these days. Any ideas for how to improve things, besides buying a new one?

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How often should I be reseasoning my griddle?

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What steps should I take to properly season?

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Do I need to prepare anything specific for my equipment if I’m making sweet potato fries?

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What size stands do I need for my fustis?

What size stands do I need for my fustis? I have a 5 L fusti sized 8.66" tall x 7.95" wide, 12 L fusti sized 16/34" tall x 7/95" wide, and a 25 L fust

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Can I use an external strip vacuum packager for bagging liquids?

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For my restaurant, is it worth investing in a vacuum sealer versus just using ziplock or tupperware?

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I run a catering business, is a hand-held vacuum sealer unit okay to use, or are there problems with its use?

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

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

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

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

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

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Selling popcorn at a local stadium..should I go for butterfly or mushroom shape?

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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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At what point can I call something organic?

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What does the term all-natural really mean?

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Does it matter which halal certification our product has? Are they all the same?

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Is kosher different than halal?

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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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