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  1. Due to the thinness of the copper in your still your still pot may not be able to stand up to the torque of an agitator over time. In this situation you can use a pump that will handle temps up to 200F to circulate the mash around in your still. You would need an input port and output port on your still pot.
  2. Bluefish My IBC totes are 550 gallon and 750 gallon stainless steel and they have the rating to be used as above ground fuel tanks among other things. I will be using the plastic totes for spent mash that will be sold to hog farmers. I have large fuel tanks here for one of my other business's and I have never had to have a hazmet inspection for them. They do meet OSHA requirements though. We all have to deal with OSHA if we have employees. As far as anything running across the floor, this is a 3 sided shed we are talking about. If there were a leak from the stainless steel totes. It would just run out onto and into the ground. Some barrels in a racking house always leak a little. I have been in several distilleries where they rack their barrels in the same building where distillation takes place. I have seen barrels leaking all over the floor because the air was too dry in the building. I would think that 50 barrels of whiskey inside a distillery with a few of them leaking is a hell of a lot more dangerous, than me having 3000 gallons of ethanol stored outdoors in a 3 sided shed inside stainless totes that would never leak. I have owned manufacturing business's for most of my life. One involved very dangerous work. A distillery is just another manufacturing business. I am all about safety.
  3. JustAndy, I can certainly understand what you are getting at. As an equipment vendor who has equipment in well over 200 distilleries, I beleive that all rules should be fallowed and the codes met. So far, non of our equipment has failed inspection. We have several large stills and mash tuns in distilleries in Canada and Canada seems to have tougher inspectors than the US. They remind me of the Canadian border patrol guys. They are all business and they are serious. Anyway, I'm asking these questions because I am starting my own distillery and distilling school. I am in a very different position and have a different set of rules than people in municipalities and other counties. Where I live there are no plumbing or electrical inspections required. I do not have to get a building permit or any permit at all. I do not have to use a licensed contractor or be a licensed contractor. As far as the building goes, the only thing that I have to do is have a perc. test done on the soil for my septic. So I'm really lucky in that department and I know it and I am very thankful, because I know what many of my customers who have built their distilleries have gone through. Of course I have the drawback of not being in a high traffic area. Here is what I had planned to do. I plan own putting a couple of thousand gallons of GNS and aged spirits that I'm going to use for blending, in totes in a large 3 sided shed that has an iron cage around the spirits and across the front. The shed will be very well ventilated naturally. The locks and security should meet the requirements of the TTB. This way the totes, which are rated to hold ethanol for storage, should be looked at like above ground fuel tanks. This shed will probably be 150 yards from the distillery & distilling school. We will never have over 120 gallons of high proof stored in the distillery. I will also build racking houses into the sides of the hill. These racking houses will be built out of rough sawn oak which is cheap and plentiful here since we have 16 sawmills in our county of 5,000 people. I don't think that my fire marshell will have any problem with my 3 sided shed. What do you think? Just so everyone knows, my racking houses and ethanol storage shed will be over 3/4 of a mile from my closest neighbor. The guy that I mentioned earlier that had thousands of gallons of ethanol in his distillery with no sprinkler system, is in the middle of no where and the closest structure to his distillery is at least 2 miles away.
  4. Bluefish, I have been in several distilleries with large amounts of ethanol and no spill control and no sprinkler system. I was actually at a distillery when the fire marshal inspected them and there were three 270 gallon totes of NGS stacked in the store room and he passed them with no issues. I guess if a persons local fire marshal says that it is okay that is the end of it, right? I mean there is no higher authority in that jurisdiction, so who would bother you about it?
  5. I have another question. I plan on building wooden racking houses on the side of a big hill on my property. So if I have 300 barrels in a wooden barrel house that is on the side of my hill with no neighbors within 1 mile of me, am I going to have to have sprinklers in my barrel houses? I just don't see that being required here. It is nonsensical.
  6. So do these standards apply to distilleries in rural areas as well as municipalities? I know of several distilleries in rural areas with no sprinkler systems that store thousands of gallons of spirits in totes. Maybe this is a state by state thing, not a federal thing?
  7. Hi Purple Toad, Email me I can give you a better price and our units come complete with American Made electric heating systems. We have equipment in over 210 distilleries around the US.
  8. Email me privately at and I will tell you how to do it without a chiller and how to use all of the hot water that comes out of your condensers for all of the hot water needs around your distillery including mashing in. Running a close loop chiller to chill hot water that you could be using is a huge waste of energy and money.
  9. mendodistilling That's strange. All of the standard copper plumbing pipe and tubing that is used in the US is alloy c122. You should be able to get it in sizes up to 2" or 3" at your local hardware store, however the salesmen at the store probably do not know that it is alloy c122. They only know it as copper plumbing pipe and tube. Alloy 110 is never used as plumbing pipe and tube for obvious reasons.
  10. Hi A.S. If you need equipment please consider us. We have equipment in over 200 distilleries. We have quality equipment at some of the best prices in the industry: 417-778-6100 Come visit our booth at the Annual Craft Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo. in Baltimore.
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  12. Indyspirits, My grandfather raised hogs and he fed spent mash for years. His hogs loved it. They would slurp it right up and they always had a good buzz from the residual ethonal in the corn mash. Happy hogs make good bacon. I have some notes from my 6th great grandfather from 1794. He fed his hogs wet stillage. he found that if he fed it too them hot in the winter that it was a problem, so he would let it cool before he fed it. The best way to handle it is to pump it strait into 270 gallon plastic totes. When the farmer shows up unload the empty totes and load the full ones onto his trailer. You can do the same for row crop farmers using it as fertilizer. This is how we will be doing it at my distillery here in MO.
  13. DistillaMI, Everyone on here has given good advice. There is a very closely kept secret among a few vodka distillers. If you add 1lb of salt per every 100 gallons of mash it will help break the Aziotrope and you should be able to hit 190 proof no problem. Add the salt after fermentation is complete or it will kill your fermentation. The salt will increase the boiling point of water to 216°F It imports no flavor to the distillate. I think that you should use salt with no iodine or other additives. For everyone who wants tighter control on your dephlegmators we have thermostatic valves that will do that for you at a much better cost than PID, or computer control. Also the Thermostatic valves do not operate off of electricity so they are, in effect, explosion proof. Also, they give you proportional control instead on off control. We have used them to run up to 3 offset multiple plate columns with no issues. You just set the temperature slide on the valve and the valve will maintain the temperature selected. Including the price of our special thermowell these Swedish made valves cost between $450.00 and $500.00 For more info or to purchase call 417-778-6100 or email
  14. ThatDrunkenBird. Email me privately It may be something that we can fix for you. If the problem is what I think it is, it may only take a couple of hours to fix it. We run our own delivery trucks and we deliver and set up our stills all over the U.S., so I may be able to have one of my guys stop in and fix your issue on his way back from somewhere and there is no charge if it does not work. Both of my delivery guys are great welder fabricators and they carry everything on the trucks that they would need.
  15. ThatDrunkenBird, How many plates does your DYE still have? Our 4 plate column will do 80% from 8% mash no problem. Our 16 plate column will do 95% by itself.