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  2. GW Kent is another supplier....
  3. since you are driving on pavement you can just look for what is out there....there are really just a handful of makers that fit their machines for these ratings.....I bought a used EE
  4. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178(c)(2)(v) requires an approved DS, ES, GS, or LPS an approved power operated industrial truck. Opening the door to increase ventilation is not sufficient. $3,500 dollar fine proves the point.
  5. you need to pick the gas you want to track/alarm
  6. Affordable Distillery Equipment has some small agitators....could try a damper to reduce the level of heat being exhausted...
  7. Ward has always been helpful with any issue we have had.....have you sent the photos over to them? I think they would want to sell you a burner with a lot more jets or re-jet with what you do you adjust the flame once you do get to temperature? Does the control have a safety that will stop gas flow if the pilot or flame fails? Is the flame color mostly blue which would indicate good air/gas mix....
  8. Using NMR could be useful for tracking congeners in real time and if you are really flush with cash take a look at This little bit of kit can analyze in near real time both liquid and head space components and interpret them against your defined set of alcohols and congeners.....think mass spectrometer without hiring a PhD scientist to operate, maintain and interpret your in process congener targets creating an easily understood (by mere mortals) spider graph. The big boys have adopted these gorgeous toys. Two companies that I know of make electronic instruments capable of the TTB approved level of resolution: I think both of these instruments can be traced to international standards that are also referenced by the US TTB. My personal favorite is the Rudolf instrument as they have been extraordinarily supportive and have a solution that can resolve densities of beverages that have sugar added. I am located on the east coast and factory representatives have been to my location on several occasions. We were one of their first clients and bought the instrument around the point where the TTB approved the Rudolph for US Federal tax gauging. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford one of these instruments, they are truly a time saver and an "insurance policy" against any proofing error that could bring down the ire of your tax authority. The use of precision glass hydrometers is possible but because temperature becomes such a factor at the TTB required resolution it makes it very time consuming to perform the measurement. The Anton Paar DMA-35 is very useful in day to day operations. It will produce nearly instantaneous temperature compensated density (no sugar correction that I know of). This is very handy if you are one of the people that actually makes their own GNS (or are purchasing GNS from the Borg) this is very handy to keep around the still for day to day in process proofing.
  9. could use a closed loop heat exchanger to run to a cooling tower and "dump" the heated non-contact cooling water to ambient. To get below ambient you could run through an adsorption chiller ( . This thing isn't cheap but cools uses heat as an energy source but may net out using less energy than brute force (compressed Freon) chillers with glycol loop and helps with ur green backstory. could store this now chilled water in an insulated tank for your next condenser run in an A/B active one being chilled for the next distillation run could collect some of the non-contact cooling water out of the condensers for pre-heated water for the next mash send me a PM and I can send you a drawing.....
  10. these guys make a relatively inexpensive proportioning valve....will operate with low pressure steam and water (must check specification!!)...spring closing could present issues for running over temperature condenser if you buy the normally spring closed variant and loose power.....seems like jumper would allow 0-10VDC or 4-20ma control.....little tricky sorting out the valve body (from 1/2" on up) and the control sure of your specification. (me4840)
  12. The UK, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands have all converted coal burning plants to wood fired. By 2020, the EU, which has designated wood as carbon neutral for emissions, will generate 20% of it power from renewables. North Yorkshires, DRAX power plant is capable of 4000 Megawatts, half of which has already been converted to wood. Exports of wood from the southestern like states of North Carolina and Georgia have grown from nothing in 2005 to 6.5 million metric tons in 2015 and projected to be 9 million metric tons (Forisk Consulting in Athens GA) by 2020. Mono-culture forests for pellets will not focus on the relatively slow growth of white oak. (Science, 6 Jan 2017) This is not a settled issue in terms of the environment or the underlying carbon renewal economics but the trip to Europe for pellets is a short one. Something to think about the next time you drive through Asheville.
  13. not for BC....but should help
  14. your local propane vendor may be able to help set up gas manifold pressures
  15. if the condenser is over temperature then you are at risk of venting high proof vapor that can burn or explode. The boiler should be killed and an alarm set. the Danfoss AVTA will control water or glycol in the nominal range. the fail-safe should (must) work with a no power situation in your facility. this little puppy will get the emergency off switch away from the vapor filling the still house and switch your boiler off....$smthumb$&breadcrumbCatId=1000071