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  2. I'm acquainted with some folks that started a vodka brand in NYC as a part-time side project. They've had some decent placements in high visibility New York City on-premise accounts, and a few in the Los Angeles area as well. However a lack of available time has them questioning how much longer they want to manage it, and curious if anyone else is interested in taking it over. PM me if this might be something you'd be interested in.
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  4. captnKB

    Continuous Column Distillation

    Hi Toddy, I have never encountered a 12" column from Vendome before. Is it a single pass or just a stripping column?
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  6. PeteB

    Sediment in finished bottles

    Firstly I am not concerned about the Flocc or whatever it is. Jim Murray's Whisky Bible has scored 7 of my whiskies Liquid Gold in the last 4 years including best whisky in Southern Hemisphere this year. I don't plan to change my production methods. That is not quite right because I am continually developing new products. I was intrigued when Bluestar said the flocc was caused by barrels only, but from what he said since, I think the reason I get Flocc in white spirits is because I cut further into tails than most people. I have not tested the pH of my rainwater, but whatever it is I doubt that I will attempt to correct it because if it "aint broke dont fix it" Thanks for the discussion, we should never stop learning. Pete
  7. PeteB

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Maybe we speak a different language in Australia, to me what you have described is foaming in the still pot that rises up into the helmet then eventually into the column, but in your reply you said no foaming in the pot. What do you mean by "puke"? With all these tests you are running I assume you have alcohol in the pot and not just water? I know very little about this type of still but wondering if trays will fill with just water. How much heat are you putting into your pot? Too few Kw. could cause some of the symptoms you have.
  8. Southernhighlander

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Jen, The above is a very good explanation of what you need to do.
  9. bluestar

    from Copper to Cooper to Copper still

    If you are in Illinois, I suggest you join the Illinois Craft Distillers Association. You might want to do that even as a regional cooperage, or associate member in any case. And I would be happy to give you some feedback, just visit our distillery. We are very small, and I don't know how much you intend as a small amount to put toward start up, but even a very small distillery will require 100s of K dollars, especially in Illinois. Good luck!
  10. bluestar

    Sediment in finished bottles

    Yup, that could be it, the concrete will provide calcium and some magnesium salts, and may be alkaline (check the pH). Generally, those salts will cause precipitation of organic salts or general cloudiness. If you are going to use that water, you need to do reverse osmosis.
  11. meerkat

    Dephleg hotter than column

    The liquid flow to the trays can only come from the dephlegs. With moderate heat on the still pot, open the water to the condenser and second dephleg. I would close the water to the 1st dephleg and get the trays in the second column loaded first. The aim is to get the 2nd column on total reflux to start with, but have water open to the condenser in case the vapor load is too much for the 2nd dephleg. At this stage the 1st column and dephleg is just a pipe to get the vapor to the 2nd column. Once you see that you have the trays in the second column loaded and bubbling then you can bring the 1st column on line. Open the water to the 1st dephleg a bit to start the liquid flow to the trays in column 1, and maybe a bit more heat to the still, and get the trays in this column loaded. If this causes the trays in the second column to run dry you have too much water on the 1st dephleg (or not enough heat in the still). Run the unit like this on total reflux with all the trays loaded for a while to get a feel for what is happening, and then you can gradually decrease the cooling water flow to the dephlegs so that some product goes over to the main condenser. Its hard to summarize all this in a few words. I am sure that a chat with Mike will give you a chance to ask the questions that are difficult here.
  12. Southernhighlander

    Dephleg hotter than column

    If your vapor is for sure passing through that column, you increase the coolant flow to that dephlegmator to load the trays. Once you get on the phone with my guy Mike he will have you check some things and then he will walk you through how to run your still correctly and this will solve most of your issues, as long as the still was built correctly. When you and I talk on the phone I can tell you how to gain full plate functionality on column 1. I am ready to send you the non disclosure agreement as soon as you email me. paul@distillery-equipment.com
  13. Nelson Dilbert

    Looking to buy used bourbon barrels

    Looking to buy 5 gallon, 25 gallon and 50 gallon used bourbon barrels. Please send pricing to nelson@rum.ky any quantity will be fine.
  14. Nelson Dilbert

    Distiller Needed in the Cayman Islands

    Cayman Spirits Company is a full production distillery in The Cayman Islands. Specializing in Rum, Vodka and Liquors, we operate a 1000 gallon washhouse and fermenter batch size with wash and spirit distillations running every day Monday through Saturday. POSITION We are currently looking for someone to fill a position that will work on all facets of our spirits production from wash production and distilling operations to warehousing and packaging in addition to palate development. Candidates MUST be serious about safety, quality, and attention to detail. Candidates must also be available to work Monday through Saturday in the morning and during the day as well as some evenings. The candidate will work with and report any mechanical issues to the Plant Manager. An ideal candidate would have: · An eagerness to learn and accept direction · Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills · Strong written and verbal communication ability · A flexible schedule · The ability to operate a forklift and pallet jack safely · A willingness to perform other jobs and help other employees in the distillery as needed · A college degree in chemistry, microbiology, or food science; or applicable experience in a related field. · Production brewing or production distilling experience of some kind. COMPENSATION Competitive wage based on previous work experience and expertise. TO APPLY Send cover letter, resume, and references to: nelson@rum.ky or call 345-926-8186
  15. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Hi! The trays appear quite dry as far as I can see. I can see the odd drip in a couple of them, but the base of each tray is quite dry. How do I fix this?
  16. fstmatt

    Ice Machines and "Cold Mold"

    https://www.google.com/search?q=ice+machine+black+mold&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS771US771&oq=ice+machine+black&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.2590j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 . What we found to be the most cost effective is to burn the ice once a week and then spray down everything with sani. And learn how to tear down the machine for a deep clean because it will go down when you least want it to.
  17. meerkat

    Dephleg hotter than column

    The valves in the vapor line certainly look like they are correctly set, so that just adds to the mystery. You did not say whether the trays in the 2nd column were behaving correctly. Their behavior will be a good indicator of whether the vapors are following the correct path.
  18. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Hi Paul, Yes absolutely I would sign that disclosure agreement. We wont be speaking to Hawke again anyhow. I will be calling. Thank you very much
  19. Southernhighlander

    Dephleg hotter than column

    It would have been better in this situation if it were plumbed the other way that I described, however we can make it work this way. When you are running the coolant flow to the dephlegmator on column one, it should be turned down very very low and the dephlegmator on column 2 should have a higher coolant flow and a lower head temp than column 1. As far as loading the plates and everything it is best if my head distiller walks you through it on the phone. His name is Mike. If you call my number during business hours I will put you on the phone with him and he will walk you through everything and get you lined out. I won't charge you anything for that. If you want to increase the plate functionality from 3 plates to 6 plates on column 1 I can help you with that. The only thing that I ask is that you sign a non disclosure agreement. I certainly don't want Hawke to learn my secrets. Please email me for a copy of the non disclosure agreement. paul@distillery-equipment.com
  20. distillingcraft

    Ultimate New Distillery Guide

    Hey everyone, We've been woking for a few months on a guide that we are hoping will be the ultimate guide for newbies starting their very first craft distillery. We'd love to get some outside eyes to let us know if we missed anything that you wish you knew during the startup phase or if there are any areas in which we need to expound upon so that there's sufficient education. Again, we're hoping this will be the go-to guide for new craft distillers. It's lengthy, just FYI - http://distillingcraft.com/starting-a-craft-distillery/ Thanks and looking forward to hearing some feedback!
  21. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Those are aquatherm pipes for the glycol cooling system. They aren't insulated yet so for now they are exposed.
  22. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Hi Tom, I have pulled all the valves out and they are properly pointed. Where the handle is pointing on the 3 way is where it is closed off.
  23. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Hi! Thank you so much for your reply. It appears the coolant is piped individually. Here is a pic
  24. jenschmunk@gmail.com

    Dephleg hotter than column

    The temperature of the first dephlag was around 50 deg celcius. Here are images of the ways my calves were opened. The first image is the 1st column. The 3 way valve is closed to the right, forcing the steam downward to the base of the first column. The valve that opens/closed at the top of the dephleg to the main steam pipe is open. The second image is of the second column. I have the valve closed to the right, thus pushing the steam returned from the 1st column, downward toward the base of the second column. The valve at the top of the second dephleg is open as well direction steam back to the main steam pipe. I have the valve to the gin basket closed off and the exit valve is open so the steam that has built up inside the basket from the backflow can exit. There are no shut off valves on the back of the backflow to prevent this. I have a backflow pipe that is attached at the base of each column and the gun basket that is open as well. Does anything look off?
  25. Tom Lenerz

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Could be way off base, but did you check the flow of your 3 way valves and make sure they are set right? It is tough to see but it looks like it could be possible to have the first 3 way valve bypassing the column, but the top of the column open, forcing hot vapor into the top of the column, instead of the bottom.
  26. Southernhighlander

    Dephleg hotter than column

    I have designed and built over 30 systems with multiple columns with some having as many as 4 bubble plate columns. They all work great. If you give me a call at 417-778-6100 when you are getting ready to do a run we can walk you through what you need to do to get your still to function properly. I can help you some here. First of all when you have 2 bubble plate columns split like that you are only getting 50% plate functionality on column one. I can help you get full functionality of column one. There are several distillery equipment venders selling stills with split columns that don't seem to have a clue concerning how to get full functionality of all plates As far as getting things up to where you can at least do a run. First I need to know how you have your final condenser and dephlegmators plumbed. Did you plumb your coolant into the final condenser then out of the final condenser and into the dephlegmator of column 2 and then out of the dephlegmator of column 2 into column 1? and if so, do you have a thermostatic valve to control your coolant. Or did you plumb each dephlegmator and the final condenser independently in the bottom out the top?
  27. HedgeBird

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Just curious, what type of material is the blue/green piping you are using for your cooling water? I cant tell if its painted cast iron pipe, or some type of plastic.
  28. meerkat

    Dephleg hotter than column

    When the dephleg is so hot and the 2nd column so cold are the trays in the second column bubbling normally? The only way I can see that you could get the dephleg so hot is if the vapor valve that is intended to isolate the 2nd dephleg (and main condenser) from the pot is passing hot vapor that should be going via all the trays and this vapor is going directly to the 2nd dephleg. If this valve is passing then the trays will not bubble properly. What is the temperature of the 1st dephleg when the second is at 90?
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