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  1. Wanted: Stainless Steel Totes

    I assume you mean second hand? Where are you located?
  2. Carbon Filtering Redux...

    Thanks @Rum! I've stopped worrying about making it perfect the first go around. We'll collect flow-rate info and our organoleptic evaluation and if it needs more filtering we'll swap tote positions and run it again. Thanks for your thoughts.
  3. New-Make Bourbon for sale

    Slightly off topic but we found that single malt in a third fill barrel is over-oaked after 24 months. Edit: at 6 gallons
  4. Carbon Filtering Redux...

    @Rum @Natrat This will be gravity fed one tote positioned directly above another. I do believe I can prep the carbon bed to eliminate most air pockets. Not sure how I'd calculate contact time with the bed. Perhaps derive from flow rate?
  5. NYS Bottle Size Restrictions

    Are you referring to 1 liter bottles? Do you have marketing data showing your target consumers want 1 or 1.75 liter bottles? I don't recall ever seeing craft spirits in large(r) format bottles.
  6. Carbon Filtering Redux...

    We've build a filter for our neutral spirits which we either make or buy (The Horror!!). Previously we've run it through our column and taken a wee heads & tails cut. We simply don't have that many hours in the day. We had our local metal fab shop make a tote platform; source tote on top, destination tote beneath. Filter setup like this: We have around $700 in stainless triclamp pieces and parts. I've read, researched, and gleaned all info both factual and anecdotal. What I can't exactly determine is: Is the filter bed of sufficient depth (it's 36")? What flow rate should we run at (? Is 12x40 coconut husk based carbon appropriate for this task? TIA!
  7. Recommendations for freight forwarder in California

    Just pick one anywhere. Final landing point has nothing to do with, well, anything. I used a place out of NOLA and had my equipment delivered to the midwest.
  8. Mile High vs. Hillbilly

    We buy nearly all of our parts / components from StillDragon. Very pleased with their service / support.
  9. InstaForex Company News

    Where are the moderators when you need them.
  10. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    @Southernhighlander -- help me understand this. Let's say you have a still charge of 2000 gallons @ 50% abv. And let's just say for shits & giggles the latent heat evaporation of this mixture is 600 BTU/lb. Let's further assume we're going to vaporize 1000 gallons and a gallon of the mixture weight 7 lbs. That means we're going to need (600 * 1000 * 7) 4.2M BTUs to vaporize it. And that doesnt even count the BTUs needed to get it from ambient to boiling. When that steam condenses, it's going to introduce (4.2M / 970 / 8.34) 520 gallons of water into the still. For the life of me I can't imagine how you're going make that tails cut let. Of course there's so much additional water maybe you simply dont. Or cant. P.S. Please fix any math errors.
  11. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    I simply cant see that being a good idea. I've always found the tails cut to be fiddly; a process that I don't see being made more straight-forward by constantly diluting the still charge. Seems like a great idea for an inexpensive stripping still.
  12. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    I assume you wouldn't use steam injection for a spirits run or you'd forever be chasing your tails. For every 8,000 BTUs you're adding a gallon of water to the mash.
  13. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    Wow. That seems exactly what we need. How big is your boiler? tank? What are you doing for a condenser? I've seen folks who wrap 2" thin wall copper tubing around a utility cable spool and then lower it into a smaller tote and continuously run water. Might be less expensive to build (buy?) a shotgun condenser.
  14. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    Pretend for a moment I have no experience with eductors or steam wands or anything else other than jacketed stills... :-)
  15. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    RO water has about zero alkalinity and no hardenss to buffer pH. It's fairly aggressive in terms of corrosiveness. That being said, if I could found a second-hand 500k boiler and piped it for steam injection, with softened muni water, I could probably get a decade out of it. I'm being penny wise and pound foolish. How would you fabricate the "steam wand"? Would a 1" copper manifold do it? Hmm, thinking out loud here... is there any reason I couldnt pipe the feed water through the product condenser and reclaim a bit of that heat??