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


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It is not necessary to use a bright tank -- you can go straight to the keg from your fermenter.  Straight-to-keg is quite common among homebrewers, where beer is carbonated naturally in the fermentor using carbon dioxide from the yeast.  Bright tanks are useful for commercial breweries to do forced carbonation and as a storage system so that the fermentors can be freed up earlier (improving production).  Useful, but unnecessary.

Apr 5, 2014

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Rich Nesheim at Triplehorn Brewing Co

I would add, if you simply have fermenters and not Uni-Tanks, you'll be hard pressed to force carb and clarify the beer. Cold crash only eliminates a majority of the suspension, and you'd serve yourself better with bright tanks. They do exactly as the name suggests, "brighten" the finished product, and allow forced carbonation to give a more finished product.

Oct 13, 2014

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Joe Fredrickson from Apex Brewing Supply

The third option is simply adding a carb stone to the fermenter. Carbonation in the keg adds time and cost, carbonating in the fermenter makes it good to go when it hits the brite tank or keg.

Jan 15, 2016

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William McEttrick at Totally Brewed Co

can you explain this more or add a link for reference as to how this works?

Jan 21, 2016

Joe Fredrickson at Apex Brewing Supply

A fermenter can be a uni-tank. A tank with a steep cone and capable of holding high pressure. Also, with a port for a carbstone. Yeast is removed through the bottom outlet and the tank is crashed. Co2 is used to pressurize the tank and in a matter of hours (varies by tank and carbstone size) your beer is carbonated and keg, bottle, serving tank or can ready. Carbstones emit tiny bubbles of co2 that are absorbed by beer when held under pressure at low temperature (near freezing).

Jan 21, 2016

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Robert Wickland from Glacier Brewing Co.

there are also , smaller bright tanks that can be placed in your cold storage in place of kegs for your most popular beers  on tap ..that reduces the amount of kegs you have on hand and also reduces the man hours used in cleaning a ton of kegs ...that at least has been my experience , hope that helps 

Sep 15, 2014

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Ruian Aobaosi Machinery Co., Ltd.

yes

Apr 28, 2014

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Chris Karraker at Blue Holler Brew Supplies

Most states use the bright tank for tax determination

Mar 13, 2016

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