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Old 02-19-2010, 09:17 PM   #21
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Interesting thread.. while I'm not going pro (yet), my new brewery will be very similar in size to yours.. I plan on ~47 gallon batches to fill 3 sankeys. What are you using to ferment? I haven't seen many options this size except to split the batches.
I make 40 gallon batches and put the majority into one of these http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=11163 . Its not cheap, but if you're brewing on this scale on a regular basis it is well worth it. I'll usually put about 35 gallons in mine and put the remainder into a carboy with a different yeast for experimentation purposes. I bought mine on the 50 State Sale that Austinhomebrew had recently and I saved over $120.

Another option is to use a 55 gallon food grade Brute trash barrel. This would handle your 47 gallon batches, just don't leave your beer in it for more than a couple weeks because since its plastic it is oxygen permeable.

I think I have pictures of both at our thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/squa...ctures-144764/
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:32 PM   #22
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I haven't tried them, but at the cost, I'd be tempted to go this route for fermenting ~47 gallon batches..

http://www.tank-depot.com/productdet...?part=TN2442IN

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Old 02-20-2010, 02:22 AM   #23
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(not intending to hijack this thread....but might be relevant to some who are reading it)

For those of you in the 45-50 gal batch club, I will give a shout-out to a local (Willamette Valley) welder who specializes in sanitary welding on brewing and food service tanks who made this custom bad boy for me. 85 gal (plenty of head space), tri-clover outlet, open top with ss lid. The bottom is flat (a lot cheaper than a conical bottom). After draining finished brew into sanke or corny kegs, the remaining 2-3 gal are agitated to re-suspend the yeast slurry which is collected for re-use.

He does custom jobs up to macro brewery sized tanks. I have seen his stellar work for a local micro.

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Old 02-20-2010, 02:59 AM   #24
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(not intending to hijack this thread....but might be relevant to some who are reading it)

For those of you in the 45-50 gal batch club, I will give a shout-out to a local (Willamette Valley) welder who specializes in sanitary welding on brewing and food service tanks who made this custom bad boy for me.

He does custom jobs up to macro brewery sized tanks. I have seen his stellar work for a local micro.

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How about an inside shot?

He is better then most I have seen.
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:19 AM   #25
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what does the side weld on that monster look like? if their is one.

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Old 02-20-2010, 03:21 AM   #26
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what does the side weld on that monster look like? if their is one.

Side weld? The seam weld? Is that what you mean?
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Old 02-20-2010, 04:06 AM   #27
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I'm going with two of these:
http://www.plastic-mart.com/class.php?item=2803

and one of these:
http://www.plastic-mart.com/class.php?item=3152

The plan is to double batch brew, putting one each into the 60's, then after fermentation is complete, pump them both over into the 110, which will be in the cold room, to 'brite' the beer, and keg from there after 3-5 days.

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Old 02-20-2010, 01:57 PM   #28
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Ah, I see.. good idea. 'BrewPal', those are definitely awesome as well.. might have to contact you about that.

Mike, what are you using for kegging equipment? To wash and fill sankes.. Sabco makes a sanke keg with a 4" port on top to clean and fill, but they are $370 each.

Also, what are you using for CO2? I'm really curious if my best option would be to get one of those large CO2 cylinders you see at fast food joints..

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I'm going with two of these:
http://www.plastic-mart.com/class.php?item=2803

and one of these:
http://www.plastic-mart.com/class.php?item=3152

The plan is to double batch brew, putting one each into the 60's, then after fermentation is complete, pump them both over into the 110, which will be in the cold room, to 'brite' the beer, and keg from there after 3-5 days.
Those are very affordable alternatives to the SS fermenters we usually see. I noticed that the website said the tops are not vented. Do you plan on modifying them at all to vent them or for blow off?
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I'm getting about ready to weld this up, so I thought I'd check through here for commentary and have another set or a hundred sets of eyes to look it over first.

This is for my new licensed nano-brewery in San Diego, Hess Brewing. For those interested in going pro, we've put a lot up on our blog at blogspot.hessbrewing.com.

This is a system designed like a MoreBeer 2100 but with 65 gallon kettles so I can net out 51 gallons per batch - two standard 1/2 bbls and 4 sixtels per batch, and with an extra kettle - whirlpool - so I can get two batches out just a couple hours after the first.

This is the schematic showing the top down and front view. The piping is not quite done, but the 2x2 is all in place.
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/341/brewerystand.png

And this is detail of the tippy dump bracket and journal (and casters).
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In this photo, I put a white translucent box over the top of the tippy junction - that will be milled out and the half round welded in place.

Thanks!
Just curious, what 65 gallon kettles are you using? I was looking for a larger kettle and havent come across anything bigger than the blichmann. Thanks and good luck, looks awesome!
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