Skaalvenn

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  1. Selling only because we upgraded to an automatic labeler. Model is Race RL1. We purchased this about 2 years ago. It's a great labeler and there is nothing wrong with it. What you see is what you get, and it's everything you need to start labeling anything round from very small bottles, beer bottles, spirit bottles etc. Looking to get $900. Original price was $1,495. Located just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. Will ship. http://www.racelabel.com/rl-1/
  2. You and I both, brother. Sticker shock every time I need or want to spend money!
  3. We ran into the same thing and consulted with our creative agency on what we could do. We decided on and were approved with "awkwardly hugged by oak" (I really should trademark that).
  4. If you have access to your own truck, I'd do it. If you are paying a trucking company to do it, I'd look at the costs per batch because it will add up over a year. Before we got our vodka mashing process down I had another local distillery contract a few batches. I think it cost me about $70 one way to move the totes, and I pitched the yeast once they hit my loading dock just to make sure I was compliant with the regulations. If we continued that process it would have been about $140/week which quickly adds up to $7200 in yearly production costs.
  5. Sale pending. Yeah, but like all things you pay for the time that goes into developing and engineering a product. I've always been really impressed with how well thought out Race products are made. Their customer service is top notch as well. I upgraded to a primera labeler to speed up the bottling line. It does a fine job, but there's a couple things that are not well thought out. For instance, the guides holding the spool of labels are held in place by a couple of weak magnets. I'm also not a fan of the foot switch to activate it, there should be a button built into the body of the thing!
  6. That reminds me...This summer I did have an issue of a few pallets of hazy bottles that I bought from a company that had over estimated their sales and the pallets had been in cold storage for a year or so. The top few layers of the bottles on the pallets had some sort of hazy residue on/in them. The supplier I purchased from came out and took some samples, sent them to a lab and it came back with something like atmospheric residue, likely due to the cold/warm with dust and humidity up here in the North. I refused the hazed bottles so I don't know much beyond that.
  7. I'd be willing to wager on their proofing water was not purified, or there was a problem in their process. My tap water is extremely hard (over 600ppm), and if I don't use RO it gets milky and will almost appear to "etch" the glass so that it looks frosted. Are they a new company?
  8. Bump, Edited to include model number.
  9. You will need to mail in paper copies of your production/processing/storage reports showing zero (assuming you have not produced anything) until your pay.gov account is approved.
  10. The one major thing I'd change is to have the steam jacket located on the lower portion of the tank--unless you like cleaning off baked on mash from when the liquid level drops.
  11. PM sent.
  12. Minnesota requires all control panels to either be UL approved (with sticker) or be inspected by an electrical engineer and their sticker placed before the state will sign off on it. Most people don't realize this, and it was the most expensive few minutes of the entire buildout. Engineer opens the panel and writes stuff down for about 3 minutes while he writes stuff down on his paper, says "Yup." while slapping a sticker (probably a mailing label saying John Doe Engineering inspected) on the panel and handing you a bill which ranges from about $1,000-3,000. I'm in the wrong industry.
  13. 2 condensers is your easiest and cheapest option. First one being glycol and 2nd one being water. Flow meter and temp sensor on the glycol/ distillate output. Flow drops to X or temp rises to X and it opens the water valve to the 2nd condenser. That way you eliminate contamination of either system.
  14. I can vouch for that statement. Early on we had a small batch which got a slight infection and the end result was rum that had a gross plastic/band-aid odor. Now that all our vessels are stainless and have CIP it hasn't occured again *knocks on wood*.
  15. You've got yourself a nice infection going there, maybe lacto? Probably something in your process was less than sanitary, your ferment was taking too long, pH too high, or all of the above? I'd run it and see how it turns out, but I'd be absolutely sure to give everything a proper clean/sanitize before starting the next batch.
  16. Also using Hoochware and liking it. It's not perfect, and there's a few things that need improving so the user has less headaches, but for the price we are happy. There are some things Whiskey Systems does better, but not worth the price. There's some things Distillery Solutions/Stillhouse does better, but I could hire another employee to take care of it (and more!) for what DS charges.
  17. They might be able to sell it as there's really only a couple parts to an agitator. A shaft, blade, gearbox, motor, and seal/bearing.
  18. Call Brawn mixer. I'm very satisfied with my new agitator from them. My local Brawn rep was Bill at Winger Inc. http://www.wingerinc.com/ He's been doing mixers for over 30 years and really knows the mixing industry and even more important--distillery mixers. I would steer clear of MXD/Mixers Direct--they will gladly take your money and give you something which should never go on a still.
  19. We are looking to upgrade our bottling line and are seeking out an automatic labeler for round bottles and single label application. Would consider a labeler capable of 2x labels per bottle. We're also looking to upgrade our 2 spout bottler to a 4-6 spout. Got a corker you're looking to upgrade? We'd be interested as well. Located in Minnesota. Skål
  20. Hmm it appears I'm wrong, I could have sworn that it said treated with carbon was a requirement. Learn something new each day! http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=5ea7acdd54dff93dbce97e668013dfd8;rgn=div8;view=text;node=27%3A1.0.1.1.3.3.25.2;idno=27;cc=ecfr https://www.ttb.gov/spirits/bam/chapter4.pdf
  21. I'm talking vodka, so yes the spirit was neutral coming off the still. (*edit* See recent post on 11/23/16 - It appears I was wrong and have thus deleted misinformation in this post.)
  22. " We're able to filter about 6G of 100 proof using 5.5lb of carbon. Up until the 5th or 6th gallon, the product is tasting very neutral and towards the end, the flavor from our grain bill starts to pull thru." No offense, but if 5 pounds of carbon is only lasting you 5 gallons of vodka you probably need to look at your distilling operations. I run about 100 gallons through a few cups worth of carbon before I change it out. And I don't need to change it out, it's just that carbon is cheap enough that it's not worth the hassle of having to run it twice if the spirit output is not clean enough.
  23. idodine

    You need a clean sample of liquid, any solids (which I see there are quite a bit) will give a false negative. You'll need to let it sit for a few minutes and then just barely skim the surface to collect a couple drops of mash. I prefer to use an eyedropper to grab mash samples when I do a test (which is rare, I know my process and enzymes are working). Is your S/G or Brix where you expect it?
  24. Hi Paulo, Do you know the temperature that SAN Extra L begins to denature? That's the one thing I've seen missing from the Novozymes data sheets, it says "high temperature" but that's all relative. The Termamyl has a great sheet which shows the efficiency curves along temperature and pH, which is very helpful--the SAN Extra sheet isn't quite as detailed. Thanks!