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Title: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
Post by: Bill on March 21, 2017, 03:10:26 PM
Hello brewing brothers!  I am going Pro with a winery and we have some dairy equipment we need to convert.  Are there any contacts or resources that I can use to help me do this.   I'm thinking of converting three 170 Gal upright dairy tanks into 2 mash tuns and 1 boil kettle.  Any ideas?

Title: Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
Post by: Frankenbrew on March 21, 2017, 06:01:27 PM
Dimensions?

I'm not an expert by any means, but I know that the geometry of the vessels are important to their function.
Title: Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 21, 2017, 06:48:27 PM
Winery?

When Sierra Nevada started, Ken Grossman modified some dairy equipment for the brewhouse. It can be done.
Title: Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
Post by: majorvices on March 21, 2017, 07:37:26 PM
I started with dairy equipment. We had everything welded in for us. Not sure how much help I can give you but I've definitely been there. The used dairy tank we had for a MT had a paddle installed when we got it and just had 2 screens designed for the false bottom.

The BK we used a burner attached through the side and had an an element that ran across the bottom 1/3 of the tank.

We did not used dairy equipment for fermentors, we used plastic conicals heat wrapped in a cold room to control fermentation temps.

I can honestly say that dairy tanks are a good way to get started when you are on a budget but no doubt it is a short term solution. Once you move onto professional equipment your life will be much, much better. and so will your product.
Title: Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
Post by: a10t2 on March 21, 2017, 11:00:50 PM
Here in Colorado I'd recommend Dairy Engineering. http://dairyengineering.com

I can honestly say that dairy tanks are a good way to get started when you are on a budget but no doubt it is a short term solution. Once you move onto professional equipment your life will be much, much better. and so will your product.

Can't second that enough.
Title: Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
Post by: wmbolling on March 22, 2017, 04:01:33 PM
Tom Hennessey of Colorado Boy Brewing Co. presented a seminar at last year's Homebrew Con in Baltimore on pieced-together brewing systems for homebrewers interested in going pro using equipment like that. I would definitely check it out:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/resources/conference-seminars/

"Frankenbrew: Are Pieced Together Systems Still Viable"