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  1. Pulse-air for whiskey blending

    If you are concerned with oxygen, just use nitrogen instead (it's cheaper than CO2). As an unexpected benefit, the bumping process would likely purge the tank of air.
  2. Opinions on this 1868 Still Patent

    Less of a patent for a new kind of distillation, seems to have more in common with a carter head. Combination carter head/thumper? He states that the still, thumper, and condenser are not part of the invention, and it's really the third chamber that's the innovation. It has a chamber for herbs, flavoring, or even activated carbon. It has an additional set of perforated plates, and some kind of variable thumper?
  3. Hillbilly Still 5500 Controller + Element

    By the way, this is false: I was also told that if i keep running my element on my current voltage i am starving the element and it will burn out fast.
  4. Hillbilly Still 5500 Controller + Element

    What he said, add another element. It doesn't need to be controlled, simple on/off for heat up. Once you approach target temp, shut down the auxiliary element and only use the control element. Welding on another ferrule and some additional wiring is going to be a whole lot cheaper than that step-up transformer. Not to mention, it's going to be a whole lot faster if you are throwing closer to 8kw at it.
  5. Barrel Filling Cane

    For what purpose? For gauging, TTB would require an accurate mass flowmeter like a high-precision coriolis flow meter, which would be ballpark around $5-10k. Accurate mass flow meter. A mass flow meter for making volume determinations of bulk distilled spirits. A mass flow meter used for tax determination of bulk spirits must be certified by the manufacturer of the meter or other qualified person as accurate within a tolerance of plus or minus 0.1 percent. A mass flow meter used for all other required volume determinations of bulk spirits must be certified by the manufacturer of the meter or other qualified person as accurate within a tolerance of plus or minus 0.5 percent.
  6. Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    Seems you made up your mind before you even posted the thread.
  7. Kothe K900N vodka production

    Bet you if you used pumped reflux from the second column bottoms to the top of the first column, instead of draining reflux to the boiler, you could hit 96% on that twin column Kothe. Dual dephlegmator design is a compromise in that it will result in a lower efficiency than would be expected.
  8. How do you sell your spirits?

    Off-time is generally the time after lunch service but before dinner service, it's a pretty narrow window usually, in my parts about 2-3, maybe a little wider. Before lunch service, you generally miss the beverage manager, don't even attempt coming in during service as you'll be ignored, and things are generally pretty busy leading up to dinner service starting, 4-5. You tend to have a little bit more leeway if it's a restaurant that doesn't open for lunch. Weekends are usually always off the table.
  9. Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    You can run caustic and acid through a stainless condenser/vapor path and get it pristinely clean, you can not do this with copper. In addition, copper is going to require more rinsing after aggressive cleaning to wash away any additional copper ion/particulate that will make its way into spirit.
  10. Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    Tons of folks seem to be anti-plastic, figured the anti-copper team needed some support. Copper is toxic after all.
  11. Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    So back to my original question. What, if any, specific and unique benefit does tube-in-jacket have over a coil designed with the same throughput rate? Higher efficiency - Countercurrent tube-in-shell heat exchangers will have a higher overall efficiency than tube-in-bath. Smaller Package - Tube-in-shell will be smaller, have more surface area, more efficient use of space. Safer design - Multiple vapor/liquid paths mean reduced risk of occluding the single-path design of tube-in-bath. Tube-in-bath designs are older, less-advanced designs, where the ability to create more efficient designs was not possible to to the manufacturing complexity involved. Fairly easy to make a crude tube-in-bath condenser with soft copper and any container you might have. Building a baffled tube-in-shell is going to require significant machining/welding. I am of the community that feels that you should not use copper on the downside vapor path, so for me, a copper worm would not represent a good option. The only advantage that a tube-in-bath/worm condenser has is that it can be easily/crudely made.
  12. What type of stills do you have?

    Back from the dead, nearly 10 years later.
  13. TTB Certified hydrometer

    Cole-Parmer is currently the cheapest source, they are much cheaper than Nova-tech now. I bought a couple of the H-B Durac stems as spares from Walmart.com once, of all places, at something like $25 each. Every once in a while they'll send customers a 20% coupon, which does apply to calibration costs, which is a pretty big deal. Only thing, who knows about the timing.
  14. Solera Aging Whiskey

    Why is it an issue? It's the age of the youngest whiskey added.
  15. Yeast recommendation for honey

    Just as the title says, looking for a recommendation on a yeast strain for a honey distillate. Racking my brain over this one. If you don't want to share what strains you use successfully, please share the ones that didn't work well.
  16. Canned Cocktails?

    Just use a mobile canning line - who cares if you don’t meet the minimums, work it in. Packaging is easy, formulation is another matter entirely. Try making tonic from water and trying to carbonate a G&T in a Sodastream. Not so easy, lots of mopping. Force carbonation will require pressure tanks and very cold temps.
  17. Canned Cocktails?

    Why not just DSS? Rock and Cola, Agave-spirit Margarita, Can-of-Stormy, etc etc etc. Somebody want to look up the COLA for Fore Loco or whatever the heck that crap was?
  18. Canned Cocktails?

    Inquiring minds want to know. Canned microbrews are out of control these days, is this a trend worth jumping on?
  19. Point of Sale System

  20. Looking for this camlock adapter...

    Speaking of screaming deals on cam lock adapters: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Dixon-Valve-RE200SE-cam-and-groove-camlock-to-sanitary-clamp-adapter-316SS/263475092630?hash=item3d5856dc96:g:0GQAAOSwPGpaddGL https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Dixon-Valve-RC200SE-cam-and-groove-camlock-to-sanitary-clamp-adapter-316SS/263475097652?hash=item3d5856f034:g:jUQAAOSwbPNaddJ1
  21. Looking for this camlock adapter...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/PT-Coupling-64162015-Cam-Groove-Hose-20X15F-F-Reducer-2-Adapter-x-1-1-2-MALE/292072498999?hash=item4400e0a737:g:oHwAAOSwIWVY-Owi Bet if you offered 35-40 bucks, they'd take it.
  22. Fermentation Open tank or Closed?

  23. What to do with inventory when Distillery closes

    No simple answer because this crosses both state and federal jurisdiction, so the laws of the state you are in are going to apply as well. Even if you are the business owner, keep in mind that you are selling the inventory from the business entity, to yourself, if even for a penny (fun legal history on monetary consideration - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppercorn_(legal) ). Federal, in that you can't sell bulk spirits (barrels, tanks) to a non-DSP. So you as a private individual can not buy bulk spirits from the distillery going out of business. It would need to be bottled for a non-DSP to "buy". Once withdrawn, you'd pay taxes as normal. State, in that are there any state laws that would prohibit the distillery from selling a large volume of bottled spirits to a private individual. For example, in our state, there is a relatively small daily limit. So, while I could technically sell the entire inventory to myself, it would need to be in daily transactions over the course of months. Once sold, you'd pay state excise taxes as normal. If you were in a control state where you were not permitted to sell directly to the public, then you don't have much of a choice to keep the spirits once the license is gone. Why, more commonly, it either gets destroyed (yes, destroyed) or transferred-in-bond to another distillery. Previously, this would have meant dumping bottles back into bulk, however the law has recently changed to allow bottles to be transferred in bond as well. Also keep in mind that if you have creditors who are going to get stiffed, if you sell the inventory to yourself at a discount, you are likely committing fraud. You wouldn't, and you aren't, I know, but it's worth mentioning just to cover bases for someone who might find this thread in the future. @dhdunbar likely has a much better answer than I do.
  24. Fermentation Open tank or Closed?

    Not to mention that mixers cut my crash cooling time in half.
  25. Fermentation Open tank or Closed?

    The agitators are fairly simplistic low speed mixers. They are 1/2hp geared to 40 or 50rpm, and use a directly coupled shaft. I don't have the impeller measurements handy, but it's flat stock that was machine bent into a pitch blade design. It only provides enough agitation to suspend grain solids that are on the bottom of the tank, rouse yeast off the tank bottom, or to be able to break up the cap during fermentation (automatic punch-down).