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    30gL barrel racks

    Sorry, we decided to move to 53 gal. Thanks, Adam
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    50ml Contract Packaging

    I believe @Dehner Distillery contract bottles 50ml. You might try giving Joe a call! Cheers! Adam
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    Distillery Controls

    Hey Lorenzo, I can help you out. We built our own and are currently automating our entire process, including stills. Feel free to shoot me an email at adam.stumpf at stumpysspirits.com Cheers! Adam
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    Getting Rolling, Highwood, IL

    Awesome! Congrats Matt! I'd love to come check out your operation once you get rolling. Likewise, if you're ever in the St. Louis area, swing by! Cheers! Adam
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    Closed Chiller Loop Water Treatment

    If you're not plumbed through PVC, just dump a bunch of your heads in there! It will keep your water clean, it's easier to pump than water, and will exchange heat nicely. Oh yeah....and it's basically free! Haha. We've been doing this since last October and have had some pretty good luck with it. We even installed an outdoor condensing unit off an old chiller to pump our cooling water through it from Fall>Spring. We had some pretty cold spells here this winter and the heads dropped the freezing point enough to where nothing ever froze up on us. Glycol would probably be the best solution but I was too cheap for that. P.S. that outdoor cooling unit dropped our electric bill from $1,100 per month to $350 per month.
  6. Hey Guys, We are going to be expanding our distillery's heirloom corn program this spring and will be planting some additional Bloody Butcher acres in a few weeks. I was wondering if there was any interest in purchasing some Bloody Butcher futures for delivery this fall. If there are a few interested buyers, we will be sure to plant some additional acres for you! Here is how it would work: $0.35 per pound F.O.B Columbia, IL 62236 Q4 2018 Delivery Grain will be whole kernel and cleaned prior to shipping. 1/2 payment up front, 1/2 payment upon delivery Minimum order 1,000 pounds If you would like to learn more or purchase, please email adam.stumpf at stumpysspirits.com
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    Hammer Mill w/ Blower

    Hi All, Does anyone know of a good source for a hammer mill with a blower that we can hook up directly to our mash tun at a reasonable price? We currently use corn, wheat, barley, and rye. I think I'm looking for something in the neighborhood of 2,000 lb/hr. Any suggestions? Thanks, Adam
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    My experience with Corson Distilling

    Yes, I know....it was my still. Unfortunately, we cannot comment too much because of legal proceedings. What I will say is that Josh Corson and one of his welders showed up about an hour after it happened and ended up correcting/band-aiding SOME OF the manufacturing and design issues. Since then, we have continued to dump money into this still to get it to operate properly and still have several thousand dollars left to spend to get to 100%. We have been so disappointed that we are actually bringing in another still to install as a fail-safe, just in case this one ends up crapping out all together....which at this point seems inevitable.
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    Bloody Butcher Red Corn

    Just about full on this contract. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested. Corn is going in the ground in the next 2 weeks. Cheers! Adam
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    Vapor Prevention in 4 inch grain drop

    We use a 4" grist hydrator that has a gate valve on it, like many of the brewing guys...works like a charm. Picked ours up off ProBrewer for $250. Looks like there is a similar one listed on this ad for the same price! http://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?65909-Grist-hydrator Cheers! Adam
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    Waste Water -- Anyone use Septic Tanks?

    We separate our spent stillage and used to send the liquid/fines down the drain....miserable. We would have to get the 1k gal septic tank pumped every couple of months and the septic cleaning guys HATED us. We've since gone to a "settling pond" type operation (which was fun to get approved by the county)...similar to what cattle and hog farms use. This works very well as long as we keep pH neutral enough to promote healthy digestion of the fines in the settling pond. We do drain the pond every once and awhile to dig it out and apply to land with a manure spreader....works pretty well but obviously doesn't always smell the best!
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    Barreling Question

    Dumped, as in dumped the barrel and packaged...sorry. haha.
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    Barreling Question

    We've barreled some as low as 88 proof....some of the best stuff we've dumped.
  14. That seems like a really high ABV for pure pot w/ low dephleg interaction. What type of hydrometer are you using to check your proof and are you temp correcting? Sorry for the basic questions but those seem like crazy numbers. If you're using a calibrated hydrometer and temp correcting, you've got once heck of a pot on your hands!!!
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    Chiller sizing

    Ballparking without doing thermal calcs and knowing flows....30-40 tons with a 3k gal buffer tank should do the trick.
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    Anyone running a Dragon Still?

    I'll toss in my +1 for SD. They've been great to work with!
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    My experience with Corson Distilling

    That gets a bit into the "design" aspect so I can't go into great deal about it, but what I can say is that in the condition the still was sent to us (manufacturing flaw, design flaw, however you want to cut it up), it operated in a way that the pot shoved a portion of its contents into the base of the column, plugging the column and making the vapor path impassable (or largely impassable) for new vapor being generated in the pot.
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    My experience with Corson Distilling

    I've been incredibly reluctant to post in this topic or any other topic regarding this company, but the time has come. We had a very bad dealing with Corson Distilling and are still working through issues and problems that this particular transaction has inflicted upon our business. Below is an article that was just posted by the Idaho Statesman....the same news source that posted a gleaming article about Corson a year ago (original article referenced in the link). I am the "Adam Stumpf" and "Stumpy's Spirits" referenced in the article, and the video they posted was taken right after our Corson still blew the hatch off on the first full production run...please excuse my frantic nature in the video. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the situation I cannot say much more, but would caution distillers and potential distillers who are considering purchasing equipment from this group to complete a bit of extra due diligence prior to committing to anything. I hope this post will save someone the trouble that we have had, and are continuing to struggle through. http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article187541748.html Adam
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    480 Gallon Proofing Tank on Load Cells

    We got the load cell/weighing modules directly from Rice Lake...they have a bunch available here: https://www.ricelake.com/en-us/products/load-cells-weigh-modules/weigh-modules I purchased the GSE digital readout from Ebay.
  20. We are selling our proofing tank. It is a great, easy-to-use setup. The sale includes a 480 gallon single wall stainless tank with 1.5" sanitary drain and valve, a GSE 335 digital readout with a relay (to turn water on/off), and 4x 2,500 lb load cells. We currently weight out to 0.01 but that can be adjusted for your preferred resolution. $3,500 F.O.B Columbia, Illinois 62236 For more info, please email adam dot stumpf at stumpysspirits dot com
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    480 Gallon Proofing Tank on Load Cells

    Forgot to mention...tank is single wall and open top with a dished bottom.
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    Stillhouse Vs. Whiskey Systems

    I'll give Hoochware another big +1. We use it for everything and love it.
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    Leaking still agitator shaft seal

    Our Corson still had similar issues. Bottom seal on the gearbox was junk and all the oil ran out. We applied a "farm fix" to it and it has worked like a charm so far. I pulled out one of the oil sight plugs and put a grease zerk in its place. We packed the gearbox full of food grade grease and it has been working like a charm. Even if the seal junks itself again, being the correct material the "leak" issue will take a lot longer to show itself. We've done this on a bunch of gb's on the farm...the ones on the mower have been running for years like this. Just hit them with a few pumps every now and then. It also makes me feel MUCH better having something food grade in that box instead of gear oil in case of another failure...nothing nasty can make its way into the pot.