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Going Pro / Re: Trench Drain Plan
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:22:10 AM »
I've installed these drains in a brewery and other jobs I've done.

They are the cats meow and you can get grates that you can drive a forklift over. I've known lots of concrete guys over the years and you get what you pay for. Check references, write a good spec sheet and hold money in escrow. T

Going Pro / Re: Sewer ejector system
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:07:14 AM »
I would just call a plumber and see how much the cost will be to install the plumbing. He or she should be able to tell you what we in the business call the "Administrative Authority" will want and expect.
Sewage ejectors aren't that big of a deal until they don't work. I personally wouldn't want to deal with one and I work on them. Good Luck T

Homebrew Clubs / BN Army wins club of the year.
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:25:36 PM »
I read BN won the club of the year how'd that happen?

Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:14:27 PM »
I own a business and whenever I post an ad I get a few responses that they will work for me but have no experience.  Which means they have no skills and they expect me to provide the training.
My question to you is what skills do you have that makes you qualified to work at a brewery. Drinking beer isn't a qualification.
What skills do you have? Did you go to college or trade school. Do you really want a blue collar job that is hard work? Brewing is a small part of owning a brewery.
Maybe you change your approach and quit whining about why you can't get a job in a brewery as a brewer. I would put my name on the list at one of the brewing schools and get a degree in subject that is a good fit for a brewer.
Your only 24 and I hired kid your age last year and he couldn't keep up with one of my 36 hour days I get to do on occasion and I had to send him home to sleep while I finished up the job. Brewing like any other blue collar job is hard physical work.
I will be opening a brewery one day but I doubt I will be the brewer, there will be many other thinks like cleaning, welding, remodeling and repairing things that my life long resume will be better suited for.  Todd

Going Pro / Re: Cart before the horse? Maybe - meh...
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:44:23 PM »
I wouldn't use steam on it for a boil kettle. I wouldn't use steam on it for a step mash. You don't know how they put the jacket on and what type of insulation is in there.

It would be really good for a step mash with a hydronic boiler.

My rant on steam boilers is: They are expensive to install and maintain. Yes you can find a good used boiler but to pay a fitter to install it is very expensive. Most states require you to have a boiler operator license with yearly inspections. The inspection requires you to tear the boiler down. You will also have to have an insurance on it.

Now for my opinion on direct fire. The best and cheapest method for up to 10 bbls. Hands down.

Good Luck Todd

Going Pro / Re: Professional Brewing texts that you use
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:56:20 PM »
"hand book of Brewing". Wondered why I hadn't heard of that one. Then saw the price! $180 bucks! :o

I find that price to be a bargain. I have found out that you pay for knowledge in basically two ways. 1) College or 2) The world of hard knocks. I have found the second to be more costly, since it normally has reduced my working capital.


Going Pro / Re: Brewery Financing for someone with no wealth/collateral
« on: January 09, 2012, 07:43:26 PM »
As I always tell my new apprentices.... you have two ears and one mouth. Which means you need to listen twice as much as you talk. Work hard, don't complain and Thank them for the opportunity. This will allow you to decide if blue collar work is for you.
good luck.

Going Pro / Re: Mast tun sizing
« on: December 28, 2011, 01:36:18 PM »
Looking Good.

Just make sure that all your fittings are at least 1.5" TC.

Will you make me a new false bottom on my MLT?

Yes. Once I get my grove going and My youngest up to speed on the tig welder we will be over. I will let you know what I need for an outlet so I can plug the new welder into.

I have been looking into a man way on the GWkent and will most likely go that route. The cost of materials isn't the issue for me its  the time factor. That's why I'm teaching my son to weld, so when he comes to visit me next summer I can have him out in the garage welding up the equipment while I'm out herding the cats.

Going Pro / Re: Mast tun sizing
« on: December 28, 2011, 01:52:02 AM »
Thanks for the input.
My mash tun will be  just under 36" diameter and 36" tall. The liquid volume will be 159 gallons.
It will have a slight cone shaped bottom with a false bottom 3 inches off the highest point.
I will insulate it with one inch of rock wool and that should hold the temp constant for 90 minutes.
I will have a 1-1/2' long sweep 90 that will be at the center of the cone.
Once the prototype is build and tested I will post photo's. I ordered the stainless last week for the prototype and my new welder is sitting waiting for it.  ;D

Going Pro / Re: Mast tun sizing
« on: December 24, 2011, 04:18:45 AM »
Well I don't want it too large that the mash depth is going to be not very deep. I was thinking of 36" in diameter and 36" high with a slight tapered floor. This would be a pox 5 bbl in liquid volume.
Where I'm having trouble is figuring the volume of liquid and grains.

I was planning on insulating it and maybe doing a jacket that can use hot water to bring the temp up. Other wise I could do a herms set up pretty easy.

Going Pro / Mast tun sizing
« on: December 22, 2011, 06:05:44 PM »
I'm getting ready to fab up a 3 bbl system and trying to decide how big to make the mash tun. My thoughts are make it large enough for a high gravity beer. What do you pros think?  Todd

Going Pro / Re: You wanted to have two head keg washer.
« on: November 23, 2011, 06:21:37 AM »
$15k is a lot when you are working for $3.35 an hour like most business owners do.  :o

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewer Heat pads
« on: November 18, 2011, 11:02:15 PM »
okay here's a picture. none of the single wall stuff, your beer will thank you for this.....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewer Heat pads
« on: November 18, 2011, 10:12:21 PM »
Sorry check the classified section, if the ad is still up I have them.  I thought I could use them all but ran out of space in the laundry room. Todd

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewer Heat pads
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:09:49 PM »
you could buy one of my jacketed conicals i have for sale. then pump glycol through it and have the perfect fermentation temp.  todd 

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