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  1. That's a brilliant idea. How does that work on the records side? You say how much is to be discarded and then...?
  2. I understand that mead requires lots of nitrogen, usually in the form of DAP... maybe a different N source would help clear it up?
  3. 3.6pH shouldn't cause a problem and with unpasteurized cane juice, a lower pH helps to stave off the wild flora.
  4. not trying to be a smart*** but check for leaks too. you'll lose some liquid that would have formed condensate on a cover as well
  5. $10-25/hr depending on what your role really is. If you're stepping into a larger company and they have strong workers union or something like that, you could be on the upper end. If you work at a mom n pop type shop and you have little mgr experience and relatively no distilling experience, probably closer to the bottom. Education? Benefits? Rural or downtown in a big city? Bottom line, unless you bringing something extra to the table, consider the next few years as if you are in a low-paid internship..
  6. tons of options available for plastic (MDPE or HDPE most likely). Cons will be: cleaning - many will color stain, impart some flavor from a previously used batch, and they scratch really easily. Probably won't have a cooling option but heating can be done with blankets (although 0 chance the blankets are XP unless its the hot/cold water bladders). Difficult to find one that you can airlock if you go that route. They also will leach plasticizers (phthalates) but that's a null point if you aren't opposed to using plastics in other capacities. I've used them and they work if you're boot strappin' it but plan to upgrade as soon as you can. Pros: light-weight (moving around distillery and shipping to/from), generally easily portable, readily available can customize with a sawsall.. all I can think of.
  7. not sure what "a lot of coin" actually means but Spokane appears to have quality tanks and they are very reasonably priced. Remember to have a "permanently attached gauging method" for any spirit tanks larger than 60 gallons. Essentially, you need a dedicated scale for the proofing/blending/bottling tank.
  8. I wouldn't see it is as any more of a threaten than a regular open-air fermentation. If it's a big concern, maybe install a layer of vinyl refrigerator door curtains?
  9. Is any of the equipment still available? tanks, both sizes: do they have CIP? sloped bottoms? pallet scales: XP rated? I assume these were under the existing spirit holding tanks?
  10. shouldnt the bottling machines be pneumatic or do you have an XP 110v outlet? (referencing enolmaster)
  11. I used direct flame on an alembic (Hoga - which I think is iberian now) 100 gal. No problems expect when the grain boiled over and plugged the parrot...that was scary. We had a $80 burner from glacier tanks I think - was a few years ago. I'd probably encase the bottom and use a jet burner these days but you shouldn't have any issues as long as the fire marshal is cool with it. As for size, can't answer exactly but the pot was about 3' diameter If memory serves
  12. Don't get me wrong, it's good equipment and in a specialized industry . The price is fair I just still get sticker shock sometimes lol
  13. Wow my apologies, maybe I was looking around their website when I saw it...
  14. It's in the link
  15. jeffw - we move our 625 gallon tanks around using a pallet jack for every ferment. Gotta pull/push it about 40 yards from the crush room (processing raw sugarcane) to the distillery. It's mofo.. forklift is quite good at it though. Spokane - do these have CIP or ports to allow an install of them?