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Everything posted by Skaalvenn

  1. Barrel Mill barrel quality

    The Barrel Mill is a reputable cooperage. I've met the owners and toured their facility as it's located about an hour away. They are a dedicated cooper, not a carpentry shop that happens to make barrels for extra cash.
  2. reducing mixer noise

    Mixer should be nearly completely silent. I put a black mark on the shaft in the air gap so that I can visually see it turning (electric brawn mixer). If it's 3ph hooked up to a frequency drive you might get noise if the drive is not configured right. Other than that, you need to post a lot more data other than "noise" because we don't know if it's air or electric powered, if its a grinding, squealing or electrical buzz or what.
  3. Biggest surprise

    How long it takes and how difficult it is to truly start making money worth writing home about.
  4. Electric Stripping Still?

    I have a 570 liter electric bain marie still. 27kW and it's heatup time alone is 2 hours, so at 1000L you're looking at closer to 4 hours wasted each work day of just heating--unless you have a ton of heating power available. Also, if you start moving product you'll need to plan on having some very high electric bills. I'd save $500-600 every single month just by upgrading to steam.
  5. Electric Stripping Still?

    I don't understand why you wouldn't want bain marie for stripping. You are just asking yourself for a headache and for problems by using direct elements.
  6. spirit scales

    That post needs to be pinned to the top of the forums. Thanks for that! Here's the direct link to the post for anyone. http://adiforums.com/index.php?/topic/8376-bottle-filling-calibration/#comment-46887
  7. Bar top Corking maching

    Wow that sucks! I had the top of a bottle cave in a few months back when hand bottling, and it only gave me a scare. Tens of thousands of bottles and that's the only time it ever happened. With the CCR corker I require anyone using it to wear eye protection due to the possibility of glass shattering or the occasional T-top that bounces out due to something being out of alignment upon activation.
  8. Bar top Corking maching

    I highly recommend the CCR corkers. It's not easy for a smaller guy to stomach spending +$3k on something just to put corks in, but it's by far my favorite piece of equipment I've purchased to date.
  9. SOLD! PRICE DROP TO $950. Selling our two spout filler. It's a little over 2 years old. It's clean and in great shape. Has 1.5" tri-clamp inlet which we used a camlock hose adapter with. Electric float automatically starts and stops pump (PUMP NOT INCLUDED). http://www.thevintnervault.com/index.php?p=view_product&product_id=4208 Originally $1565 plus freight. Selling for $950 (buyer pays shipping) or best offer. Located in Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 Selling it because we upgraded. SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD! SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!
  10. Bump. Price dropped from $1100 to $950. I got a few people asking questions about it, but nobody pulling the trigger.
  11. Hello from MN

    Welcome! Let me know if you'd like to stop by for a visit sometime.
  12. Electric Boiler

    Same here. I have one direct element still and one baine marie.
  13. Electric Boiler

    The only reason I can understand going electric fired boiler is that you don't have to buy each piece of equipment as electric, which in itself saves a ton of money. If I purchased 3 electric stills and an electric mash tun, I'd need 4 control panels (which are not cheap) to run them, plus the cost of electric heated stills is typically greater than a steam jacket, and your options for electric stills/tuns are pretty limited as well. I'm just confused as to why not go natural gas. If it's simply not available, or ridiculously expensive I can understand that totally.
  14. Bottle Suppliers

    Talk to Packaging Logistics. I've used them, then tried switching to a couple different suppliers, but in the end I went back. http://packlogic.com/ If you could, do me a favor and tell them I referred you. I don't get a bonus or anything, but it's always nice to know one of your customers is sending referrals.
  15. Electric Boiler

    Any reason why you would want to go electric instead of gas fired? My 150g runs off 27kw and waiting two hours for it to heat up once or twice a day is a real bear. Electric was cheaper to start off, but these $500-700 monthly electric bills are starting to add up and will eventually cost more to run than switching everything over to steam.
  16. Try again, except select "electric float" under additional options. The base model is a grand and has no float to turn a motor on/off. Thanks.
  17. Edrometer

    I have one that I bought directly from the manufacturer. It's an OK instrument. The company says it never needs calibration, but (in their words) "you have to tare it out just like a scale." In plain english, it requires calibration before every use with a known 80 proof spirit. It's "tare" can wander by a large margin, far beyond what the TTB allows (not that the thing is legal to use for tax determination anyways). If you use it a few times a day you'll have to recalibrate often as the slightest temperature change will throw it off. It can be very accurate, and I've tested it against a very expensive TTB approved bench meter and it was spot on, until the calibration wanders again. It also doesn't have an auto-off function, which has cost me about $15 in batteries. My Pocket calculator had an auto-off back in like 1990 but this doesn't?! Not to say that I'm not happy with it. I'd buy it again, but if the price were higher I'd save money until you can justify a TTB approved one. It's just not everything the manufacturer claims it to be.
  18. Insurance

    This should be it: https://www.hubinternational.com/offices/us/wyoming/sheridan/ 800.300.4370 I too have gotten a call from his team saying "We got you much better coverage for a whole lot less!"
  19. Insurance

    Aaron Linden at Hub International of Sheridan WY. There's a very good reason most microdistillers trust him to handle their insurance. He's the best.
  20. Finding the right alcohol-proof rubber

    This reminds me, I put a couple gaskets (viton I think?) in a jar of pure heads a year or more ago. It's still sitting in the back of my storage cabinet. I'll post the results. Also, there's a lot more to the science of what happens to X material when it's in contact with X chemical. Is the chemical capable of permeating and softening the gasket? Does that chemical dissolve or leach chemicals out of the gasket? A very simple example: A latex balloon is not an acceptable storage device for helium because helium molecules will pass through the latex wall of the balloon. The latex does not contaminate the helium. Now, would latex receive an "Excellent" score because it doesn't contaminate the helium? Or would it receive a "poor" score because it's not a good container for storing helium? @Silk City. I'd be cautious with the "it's a small surface area" argument. While 100% true, we as craft distillers should be trying to make the best, and safest product we possibly can. You are exactly right about platinum cured and reputable sellers, it's like trusting your eyes to a pair of $1 sunglasses that say "100% UV blocking". Platinum cured costs an arm and a leg, but it's worth using.
  21. Finding the right alcohol-proof rubber

    A. https://www.coleparmer.com/Chemical-Resistance B. http://www.mossrubber.com/pdfs/Chem_Res.pdf C. http://mykin.com/rubber-chemical-resistance-chart-3 D. https://www.calpaclab.com/viton-chemical-compatibility-chart/ For Viton, A. D and C are conflicting between "Excellent" and "doubtful" For Teflon/PTFE, A and B are conflicting between "Excellent" and "Conditional". I noticed this long ago when I was researching materials. There's a lot more examples out there, I just don't have the time to find more.
  22. Finding the right alcohol-proof rubber

    One thing I've noted is that it seems no two websites give the same data for all the materials and I'm not sure why. Are they rating it at room temperature 95% ethanol? High temperature? High temperature for very long periods of time? One website will say Viton is excellent, the next will say moderate. Same goes for silicone and the other common gasket materials.
  23. Stillhouse vs. Whiskey Systems

    Another recommendation for Hoochware. We've been using it almost daily for about a year and it has almost entirely eliminated the headaches of TTB paperwork and inventory management.
  24. Steam Generator Option

    Just remember though that the still was under pressure thus the boiling point of the ethanol inside the still was also under pressure. A rupture would potentially cause all of the alcohol in the still to flash into steam, which is probably what happened as the report states the still launched out of the building. With that much ethanol steam entering a facility, it's going to find an ignition source somewhere.
  25. Steam Generator Option

    I wasn't replying in hopes for a lecture about safety. Just pointing out that the distillery you mentioned didn't blow up due to an ignition source. The still itself blew up from over pressurization due to a couple terrible design flaws, and possibly operator error as well. I think ignition with that magnitude of an accident is basically inevitable. You can't say "this is what happens if you have an open ignition" and then cite an accident which was not caused by open ignition.