20
answers
422
views
11
votes

I'm worried that getting clear growlers will let the light in and make my beer skunky. Am I being ridiculous, or are amber growlers more protective of the growler contents?

21
answers
372
views
5
votes

How many 64 oz growlers make up 1 pallet?

And how many cases of growlers constitute a pallet?

11
answers
279
views
7
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.

8
answers
140
views
4
votes

Can I put beer in PET bottles?

10
answers
217
views
2
votes

I own a beer filling station, and customers return their growlers to me. Is it safe for me to re-use the growlers (after sanitizing of course)

7
answers
176
views
3
votes

Are there benefits of using fliptops vs screwcaps on growlers?

6
answers
192
views
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.

5
answers
66
views
3
votes

I'm planning on distributing the beer I brew here in California to other states using growlers. Is it first legal to distribute beer in growlers, and will I also run into legal restrictions on interstate growler distribution?

4
answers
168
views
3
votes

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

6
answers
72
views
1
votes

What is the difference between etching and imprinting on growlers? Is there a big cost difference?

7
answers
53
views
0
votes

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

4
answers
22
views
3
votes

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

6
answers
29
views
1
votes

Has anyone ever seen 64oz growlers without handles? Is this pretty non-standard?

5
answers
38
views
1
votes

Is there a limit to the number of colors possible on a growler logo imprint? I have a (beautiful) logo which contains about 7 or 8 colors, not sure how much I'd need to doctor it to make it possible to imprint.

4
answers
59
views
2
votes

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
answers
77
views
1
votes

What are different sizes and shapes of growlers?

I hear a lot of people are starting to use growlers for their beer. I want to try it out myself. Are they expensive?

4
answers
41
views
1
votes

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!

3
answers
128
views
2
votes

How important is it to have a location/site for your brewery picked out before talking to equipment suppliers?

6
answers
66
views
-1
votes

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

4
answers
46
views
1
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?

3
answers
27
views
2
votes

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.

3
answers
12
views
2
votes

Is there a benefit to using specialized glasses for serving beer?

4
answers
33
views
1
votes

Advice on types of seals for growlers

We are opening a brewpub in Saskatchewan, Canada. Our provincial authority requires that we use a seal to show that the growler has not been opened b

3
answers
150
views
1
votes

For a nanobrewery (1 to 3 BBL system), what are the economics of selling beer retail vs. wholesale?

I have heard that selling beer wholesale at the nano-level is not profitable given small batch sizes and the man hours required. Is that true?

3
answers
35
views
1
votes

Are growlers usually only available in clear or amber color?

4
answers
72
views
0
votes

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

4
answers
120
views
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
answers
54
views
0
votes

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

3
answers
63
views
0
votes

Are grolsch style growlers popular in the US among consumers? I am thinking of purchasing growlers for my brewpub and I'm trying to decide between grolsch style and the standard screwcap style.

2
answers
75
views
1
votes

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

3
answers
147
views
0
votes

64oz and 2 liters are pretty similar in terms of volume. Is there a reason why some growler suppliers offer both sizes?

2
answers
64
views
1
votes

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
answers
74
views
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?

2
answers
51
views
1
votes

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

2
answers
43
views
1
votes

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
answers
15
views
0
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

2
answers
75
views
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

2
answers
192
views
0
votes

Are carboys used for different things than growlers, or are they just larger versions of growlers?

1
answers
105
views
1
votes

Why is type 304 stainless steel commonly used for brewhouse components?

1
answers
120
views
1
votes

What are some of the best options out there for financing a brewing system?

2
answers
120
views
0
votes

I'm looking to expand my brewery and buy a new system. What are the best options to get rid of my existing system?

2
answers
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
answers
36
views
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
14
views
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
15
views
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
answers
37
views
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
answers
64
views
0
votes

For any of you more experienced brewmasters out there, any suggestions on how much floor space I would need for a 15 BBL production brewery, with canning and bottling lines?

3
answers
52
views
-1
votes

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
answers
24
views
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
answers
22
views
0
votes

What are grain mills used for in a brewery context?

2
answers
86
views
0
votes

Looking for insight into opening 7bbl microbrewery.

Hi, I'm brand new here but am starting to get serious about opening a 7bbl microbrewery. I would like to have a 7bbl brewing capacity with 2 7bbl fer

1
answers
15
views
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
12
views
0
votes

What are the advantages of an amber growler vs. a transparent growler for my beer?

2
answers
10
views
0
votes

If I'm importing growlers into Canada from the U.S., what is the import duty?

Would it be different for stainless steel vs glass growlers?

2
answers
15
views
0
votes

Used Brewhouse Installation and Training

If I were to buy a used brewhouse from a Kinnek supplier, would they still offer installation and/or product training services for it?

1
answers
10
views
1
votes

What are the benefits of full-boiling?

2
answers
21
views
0
votes

Is plastic brewing equipment okay to use?

1
answers
62
views
0
votes

I don't hear of many brewmasters opting for indirect fire for their brewing systems. Why is that?

1
answers
63
views
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
168
views
0
votes

I'm planning on producing about 10k hectoliters of beer per year. Any recommendations on brewhouse capacity?

1
answers
75
views
0
votes

Generally how long does it take for brewhouse equipment to ship if you're importing from Asia vs buying domestic?

1
answers
63
views
0
votes

Is it difficult to expand capacity of a commercial brewing system? Would it be pretty modular, or would I have to purchase an entirely new system?

1
answers
168
views
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
answers
22
views
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
16
views
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
21
views
0
votes

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

1
answers
15
views
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
views
0
votes

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

1
answers
9
views
0
votes

Are double-elbow exhaust vents usually pretty standard on mash lauter tuns?

1
answers
8
views
0
votes

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

1
answers
22
views
0
votes

About how many barrels per month of beer does a nano brewery generally produce, vs a microbrewery and a large scale brewery?

1
answers
13
views
0
votes

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

Ask a question

Submit
Your question has been submitted.
Kinnek is reviewing your question and will post it to the community soon!

Sign up for Kinnek

Join our community of businesses and participate in industry conversation

Sign Up