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Hello, I’m working to build a list of equipment for a business plan. My approach is to start with the still capacity, and then estimating the optimal capacity of the mashing tank, fermenters and low-wine receivers. The following numbers are based on my theoretical understanding of the whole process and observations in other small distilleries, I want to be challenged by people who own distilling equipment. Assuming I’m working with a 400 litres pot still, I’m figuring a 1200 litres mash tank would be convenient since it’s a 3-for-1 ratio. A full batch of mash with this equipment would require approx. 1000 lbs of grain. I’m estimating that this mash tank of 1200 litres would yield approximately 70% of its volume in strained mash ready for fermentation, therefore 1200 x .7 = 840 litres. Assuming that a fermenter can be loaded at 75% capacity (leaving room for bubbling), I would require 3 fermenters of 400 litres each for instance (or 2 of 600 litres, but I hear that a smaller fermenters are best). After the fermentation has been done, I would have 840 litres @ 8.5% abv for instance. The beer-stripping run would yield 25% of the original volume (840 litres x 0.25 = 210 litres @ 40-50% abv). If my low-wine receiver has a capacity of 450-500 litres, I could do 2 beer-stripping run (for a total of 400-420 litres) ready for the spirits run. Do these numbers make sense ? Thanks.
Sixdegrees posted a topic in Business OpportunitiesWe are a Louisville based Company looking for Micro distillers that can/want to offer a brand new whisky experience for their local/regional customers. We are setting up meetings in Louisville during this years ADI conference to discuss our product and how we can work with you and your distillery to successfully launch a new product in your region. We have a track record of success with this product. We are looking for 1 distillery for each state. We can meet anytime during your visit to Louisville, mornings, noon or night and we have a downtown location to meet with you, just a few blocks from the Brown Hotel, the conference host hotel. If you would like to meet with us, reply in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org with you contact information and the date/time you'd like to meet. We can also set up a call in advance to introduce ourselves and give you a little more background on who we are. Looking forward to talking with you all and if we don't meet, enjoy your visit to the Bourbon Capital of the World! Sixdegrees