« on: July 20, 2011, 06:25:39 PM »
Tomorrow I will brew 165 gal of Bohemian Dark Lager.
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I do not think it will get sticky.He's talking about an electric pump. Some brewpubs use them instead of CO2 to push beer when the serving tank is a good distance from the tap.I know conversation moved on but you could use a beer pump to deliver beer longer distances without overcarbonating beer.
Beer pump meaning beer engine?
Ah, hrm. If I were doing a real bar, yeah, why not - but I'd be worried about the pump getting sticky because I'd only be pulling a pint or two per day.
I fill growlers in advance and then distribute them to the stores.not sure what you are seeing there. There are federal labeling laws for SEALED containers but it says that a growler filled to order is treated like a large glass thus no labeling requirements
Right, so this would work for breweries *if* they fill growlers exclusively at the time or purchase, but it still wouldn't allow anyone to fill another brewery's growler.
What is your average fermentation to keg/bottle time?
The average is ~14 days for an ale, 6 weeks for a lager (4 weeks at <40°F). That's assuming there's no secondary fermentation or dry-hopping, either of which would add about a week.
And probably bought the same day when it was posted.There is no used equipment market out there right now.
How do you figure? There have been five conicals in our size range posted on ProBrewer in the past month.
Most commercial brewers looked down when you mention plastic fermenters (Most of the time these brewers did not foot the bill for SS fermenters). There is no used equipment market out there right now. So compare 10 BBL fully outfitted plastic fermenter $1000 vs. nice 10 BBL SS fermenter $10,000 http://breweryparts.com/index.php/fermenters-and-tanks/beer-fermenter/fermenter-1.html (I know GW Kent is top of the price range but other importers are not much cheaper).I have been fermenting in plastic conical with threaded fittings for years.
I also have 350 Gal plastic fermenters in the brewery.
Those are fitted with CIP ball for cleaning.
To answer your question. They do work just fine. How do you plan controlling the temperature?
I am in Hawaii. At elevation 2000 ft. MSL ambient air temp fermentation is no problem year round. A shaded building with interior walls in the fermentation room should hold steady in the low 70s F. Maybe a couple of window unit type ACs for hot days. Lucky thing... residential electricty cost 48 cents per kWh on my last home electric bill. Commercial power is even higher. We are going with PV panels ASAP. The payback period for PV is very short here, especially with the tax credits available.
I remember seeing pictures posted here a few months ago of someone's brewery. I think they had something to do with the construction of a walk in cooler. In those pictures I saw ar least one of these MDPE cylindroconical type of fermenters. I was hoping that someone who uses them would respond.
Are there any flavor problems with the first batch(es)? Do they need curing prior to production? The spec sheet lists MDPE and HDPE as having "suspected" stress cracking possible with long term exposure to ethanol containing liquids. Have you seen any of that?
Thank you for responding. Your input is greatly appreciated!