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Going Pro / Re: Rigging used dairy euipment for startup brewery
« on: November 16, 2011, 11:11:15 PM »
I would put two of these in one for grey water and the other for water you want pumped to be treated, plus a septic.  I would also plumb my drains to each one and put slice valves in so you can put the waste water where you want it.

good luck, todd

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Mechanicals
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:48:30 PM »
No, not the one you are thinking of that has a boiler out front. I could have put that baby together and made it work. My opinion relates to a guy that bought some stuff from Japan and then had me come do a bid then kicked me out to go to a party. Wasted over three hours on my time.  ::)

Going Pro / Brewery Mechanicals
« on: November 15, 2011, 03:15:55 PM »
I thought I would start a thread on how your brewery works. I've been in the trades for a long time and own a mechanical contracting company. We do steam boilers, HVAC and plumbing.

First Equipment.  When you get ready to start building a brewery is to know that what you use at home. Your not going to be able to use in the commercial world. Just because it works in WA doesn't mean in MN you can use it. The local inspectors will tell you what you can and can't do. They tell you what goes on, you tell them nothing.

Second. You get what you paid for. That really cheap boiler from south of the boarder isn't going to work when it comes off the ship and will take more time and money to fix than a new one.

Third. Contractors don't work for free and neither do their employees. Just because you want to work for next to nothing doesn't mean the guys welding the steam header do. It costs a lot to run a business, much more than you think.

Forth. Engineer, hire one if your building from scratch, the best way is to buy a complete system from a dealer. One that will provide what we call as shop drawings i.e.  schematics for piping and electrical.

Good Luck!

Classifieds / Re: 13 gal jacketed conicals
« on: November 14, 2011, 04:08:49 PM »
I must be blind because I don't see jacketed on their site. I see single wall, but nothing you could run glycol through. Todd

Classifieds / 13 gal jacketed conicals
« on: November 14, 2011, 03:45:27 PM »
I bought these to use in my basement brewery and now won't use them all. They come with a lid that has a hole for air lock. What you see is what you get.

shot of the inside.

I would like to get $907 each plus shipping for them. Thanks Todd

Going Pro / Re: Steam vs Electric vs Gas?
« on: November 13, 2011, 03:22:24 PM »
I'm a plumber who installs tankless and they aren't crapping out after a few years. Plumbers make more money selling you a tank every 10 years or less. I've put in Rinnai, Bosch and Navien all of which I'm certified to repair. I have a Navien in my basement just wanting for my brewery someday. I like it because it's the commercial model, all stainless heater exchanger and piping and will go to 185 F.  You will need to have good water for any tankless if you don't then don't buy one. Every manufacturer will list in the manual what they would like to see. I know many plumbers that won't read a manual so find one that does, and if your a cheap home brewer then you won't spend the dough anyway.

Gas direct fire up to 7bbl and then steam. Thats what I will use. Cheers Todd

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your Favorite Style of Beer?
« on: February 04, 2010, 03:03:44 AM »
porter, apa

Equipment and Software / stainless steel tubing
« on: February 01, 2010, 05:52:53 AM »
does anyone know where i can buy 1/2 od stainless steel tubing for a wort chiller? thanks todd

Equipment and Software / Re: Jet burner clearances
« on: February 01, 2010, 05:49:10 AM »
the reason for the yellow flame is incomplete combustion. you need more primary and/or secondary air. todd

Beer Recipes / cream ale
« on: January 16, 2010, 02:38:17 PM »
I want to brew a cream ale for my first AG. I was thinking of getting a AG kit from Midwest Supplies but I've been reading up on and was thinking I might want to do my own thing. This is what I have come up with for a 5 gal batch

7# 2 row barley
.5# caraplis
2.5 # flake corn

mash 154F

boil 75 min

liberty hops 1oz 60min and 1 oz last 5 min

wyeast 1056

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: January 02, 2010, 03:29:37 AM »
2 - 6.5 gallon and 4 - 5 gallon glass. soon to more 6.5 and hopefully the budget will allow a SS conical soon.

The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 22, 2009, 02:10:14 AM »
racing karts with my boys, cooking, snowboarding, reading (getting harder to find the time..... and to see)

The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: November 21, 2009, 08:35:54 PM »
Todd here and I will be sacrificing a virgin blue cooler soon to the brewing gods. I think it will be a cream ale. Have three children 18, 17 and 12. The 12 wants to inherit the brewing empire and is currently the head bottler. Currently working to many hours and it is cutting into my brewing.

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