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What are the different materials for gaskets?

What are the different materials for gaskets?

There are several popular elastomers and plastics used in food and beverage facilities, but which one is right for you? Each has several advantages and disadvantages. The main challenge is to institute a regular maintenance program to ensure that gaskets and valve seats get replaced on a regular schedule, every 6-24 months depending on production volumes, and that they are used within 5-10 years from their manufacturing date. Hopefully, this guide will help you select the best material for your application. Buna-N Refers to a large family of nitrile rubbers, a popular choice for automotive applications that come into contact...

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Should I passivate my homebrew equipment?

Should I passivate my homebrew equipment?

So you have just bought a brand-new homebrew set up and are looking to make sure you take care of it as best as possible. Amazing! Congratulations on your new tasty beverages! If you’ve been doing your homework, you have probably come across something that is called passivation. You can find some information here: https://www.gormansmith.com/blogs/news/passivating-stainless-steel Well, if commercial brewers need to do it, should homebrewers do it? The short answer is no. The long answer is that it may be detrimental to your homebrew system as a whole and it may be better for you to not passivate your equipment....

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What are shipping terms and how do they affect me?

What are shipping terms and how do they affect me?

When you are buying new equipment there should be something that you pay close attention to. Next to the price listed on your quotation, there may be a three-letter acronym. Those three letters can cost you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars if you’re not careful! Fortunately, there’s a short list of terms that have been internationally agreed upon to make international contracts and shipping easier to understand. They’re called the Incoterms, or International Commercial Terms, and they have been around since 1936 and help make the responsibilities between the buyer and the seller crystal clear. You’ve gotten your...

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Passivating Stainless Steel

It’s no secret, stainless steel isn't quite stainless. Parts of the alloy are, but it can be subject to rust, discoloration, and other slightly unappealing visual properties. Food and beverage grade stainless steel can be made from plenty of elements: chromium, nickel, molybdenum, silicon, aluminum, iron, and carbon. But for right now, let’s focus on iron and chromium. This brings us to passivation. This is the establishment of an oxide barrier to provide a protective layer to the stainless steel from corrosion.  During the manufacturing and plant installation process, many things happen on the microscopic scale to the stainless steel. Scratches, bumps,...

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The Road Not Taken

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with...

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