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  1. We are upgrading our system and selling our 615 gallon combination pot/column still. We used this to make everything from vodka to whiskey. It is all currently dissembled and being cleaned. This still was used for 1.5 years. All of the parts are marked with a corresponding diagram of the still. We are currently asking $60,000 for the complete still. Please PM me if you are interested. Cheers, Winston
  2. Thank you to everyone for the interest, however this piece of equipment has sold. Cheers, Winston
  3. We currently have two 550 Gallon jacketed open top tanks for sale. They were produced by Custom Metalcraft in MO and are jacketed on one side. We are asking $4,500 per tank OBO. Please PM me if you are interested. Cheers, Winston
  4. Hey Jerome. The still his jacketed for a low pressure steam boiler. We only distill grain in and this still is great for that, though you can also distill grain out very well in this equipment. Please feel free to ask any questions. Cheers, Winston
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    Potatoe vodka recipe

    Mike. Do you have a potato processor?
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    Potatoe vodka recipe

    I have worked with potatos before. They can get a little interesting if you don't handle them correctly. To give you a good direction, can you provide some more details other than potato and 160 gal? What type of potatoes do you want to work with?(flaked, whole, sweet, etc) What type of cooker do you use? What is your heat source? I am sure that I am missing some stuff. Would love to help.
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    Metal Closure/Stopper- Can't find good source

    We currently use TricoreBraun for our closures. Ours are just a single color synthetic, but I do remember seeing custom branded metal type closures. PM me if you want my specific contact there.
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    Margins and Laid in Costs

    Stillcreek, we have found anywhere from 28% to 35% between us and the distributor and between them and the retailer. It is very market dependent. I have one state with 4 different FOBs and the same shelf price. Our goal is to keep the shelf price the same across different markets. In order to do this, we have had to sacrifice in some markets on our margins. We have found that the smaller markets require less of a margin and are easier to negotiate with than the larger markets. Hope this helps. Cheers, Winston.
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    Vodka Filtering Equipment

    We actually built our own with SS piping and a small pump to move the product. It is based on the concept of "the solution to pollution is dilution". We recirculate our vodka through 12x30 mesh activated carbon until we reach our desired flavor profile. If you use this method, I would suggest to flood the pipes from the bottom instead of the top. If you go from the top, you will ether compact or channel your carbon slowing you down and reducing the effectiveness of not having contact with all of your carbon. Hope that helps. Cheers, Winston
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    Tips on making rough vodka smooth?

    We use the acid washed. We have found that it performs a little better and our set-up allows our filter to remain flooded so the carbon does not dry out. Also if you use multiple pipes like we do, a 40 mesh screen gasket is adequate to keep the carbon in place.
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    Tips on making rough vodka smooth?

    We use a 12x30 mesh granular carbon. buyactivatedcharcoal.com is a great source as they can do 50# sacks and 2,000# super sacks. They have the best pricing that I have been able to find. Hope this helps. Cheers, Winston
  12. If you are doing close top fermentation with an airlock, bugs should not be a problem. However if you are doing it open top, porch screening material can be easily cut to fit and provide an excellent bug barrier.
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    Tips on making rough vodka smooth?

    It is basically a cascade system pumped into the bottom of one pipe out of the top and then into the bottom of the next. Don't skimp on quality hoses and clamps. A good deal of pressure can build up and the last thing you want is to have vodka running down the drain.
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    Changing pH of wash

    Bulk Apocraphy has the best priced food grade small order citric acid we have found.
  15. We are a vodka distillery that opened our doors in 2014.
  16. If this was really true Ketel One would taste like Dark Eyes...... just saying
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    What type of filter are you using?

    We use a very fine coconut shell charcoal. We built a pretty awesome vodka filtration system that basically floods ss pipes filled with the carbon. We let it recirculate a tote tank until our flavor profile is achieved. In our experience, it is much easier to ensure a consistent flavor profile by proofing it down to your bottle proof prior to filtering, or proof out your samples. The higher alcohol contents are just too overwhelming to test for quality/consistency.
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    Changing pH of wash

    We use food grade citric acid. It does not take much at all.
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    Too Much Square footage

    We started out with a 25k sqft building. Right now it is too big, but it is easier to grow into a space than have to move. Our building is relatively old and was vacant for about six years before we moved in. Getting an old building back in shape is a chore. You will have plumbing, electrical, fire safety,etc. the list goes on and on for old buildings. Also, if you are in a metropolitan area, be prepared for code enforcement. It is a good idea to learn what building codes that are applicable to a distillery. Most of our inspectors here have not ever seen one. They tried to require us to be a H-1 building which would have cost a significant amount. However, because we were educated, we were able to demonstrate how we were actually a F-1 building which we were built out to be.
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    Microns...a tiny question(S)

    Hey Spirited We are currently using both Poly and stainless tanks. They definately have a lifespan longer than three years, but I do see the wear on the poly tanks much more than the ss ones. Wit a clear spirit, I would suggest a 1 micron filter because you will see some cloudiness with anything much larger.
  21. Back in the fall of 2014 it took us 36 days from submission.
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    Vodka mash separation

    Have you thought about fermenting and distilling grain in? This works excellent for us.
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    Tips on making rough vodka smooth?

    The biggest difficulties with small scale charcoal filtering is compacting and channeling. You can easily solve that problem, get a better flow rate, and maximize your charcoal's usability by forcing the vodka up from the bottom instead of the top of your filter.