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Found 14 results

  1. Cleaning Bubble Plates - no CIP

    Any advice on cleaning bubble plates without CIP? I just got a new 4 bubble plate column and am wondering best way to clean it between runs? I will be running the same product (whiskey off grain) almost daily so not worried about taste of the product coming through in the next batch. Do I need to take the plates off to remove the liquid in the bottom and clean each time? I talked to some folks who said they dismantle and run theirs in a dishwasher. Would running water with cleaner (caustic or acid) through the column following the run and then running clean water through the column to rinse it suffice? If so, how do I ensure no residual cleaning solution from the pot ends up in the plates? Thanks!
  2. Cleaning Copper Still

    Just bought my first column! Very exciting, but it's used so it needs a good cleaning as it has quite a bit of build up inside. What's the best way to clean/refurb? Just the usual rinse/caustic/rinse/acid/rinse? I've seen some people recommend scrubbing with steel wool - bad/good idea?
  3. I've tried making gin on a whisky still and the resulting product has a whisky still taint/flavour/characteristic undertone. The same gin made on a still that's never made whisky, results in a lovely clean gin profile. My question to everyone is: Is it possible to clean sufficiently following a whisky run to remove the whisky flavour characteristics? The reason I'm asking is I'm trying to decide if I'll risk making whisky in my gin still. If I'm not 100% confident I can return the still to a clean state I won't risk it. I don't know anyone with a copper pot still with any experience in making both gin and whisky on the same still. All assistance greatly appreciated. Cheers, Mech.
  4. Sweeping

    So I have a question that's probably ridiculous but I'll ask anyways. Do you guys sweep your floors? Now before I'm castrated hear me out. I'm setting up shop in Peru. Which quite possibly is the dustiest place on earth. Now currently we are winding down construction. So yes there is significantly more dirt than is usual. But as I dust i am wearing a dust mask because if I didn't I would be coughing. Now to my question, as I try not to Gag in the cloud of dust, I am cringing at the thought of the amount of possible contaminants and bacteria I'm putting in the air that could and will in the future get in my fermenters. (Closes top fermenters, which I chose knowing Peru is dusty, but still it will get in) So I ask again, do you guys sweep the floor? I'm wondering if mopping twice is a better idea. Please let me know what you guys do and think.
  5. Cleaning filling equipment

    Hi guys, We were wondering what kind of cleaning agents/chemicals everybody is using to get there filling equipment odour free after filling. We would like to fill vodka after we used the filler for gin or whisky. We want a fast and efficient cleaning solution, does someone has a suggestion? Cheers, Pascal
  6. Cleaning Molasses Stained Hoses

    We're using 2" Glidetech Butyl hoses for transferring mash/wash and over time they've become stained from the molasses washes. We use 100% molasses for our rum, and the same type of "film" or "dirt" that is left behind in the fermentation tanks is what seems to be in the hoses as well. We are able to easily clean the fermentation tanks with PBW and a brush ... but not so much the hoses. Anybody have any suggestions as to what chemicals or "pipe cleaner" of sorts that we could run through the hoses to scrub them a bit? Thanks in advance.
  7. Deep cleaning a still

    I am getting ready to disassemble and deep clean my still. One question I have is what would be the best way to clean my condenser. It doesn't disassemble so I can only fill will a liquid and let it sit for a while before rinsing so what is good to add to water to clean the surface without scrubbing or wiping the surface. The condenser is stainless steel. I have used citric acid to clean (so so) and PBW (okay). Is there anything better?
  8. cleaning stainless

    Hi What is the best method for cleaning the inside of a 100 gallon , bain marie stainless steel pot. Thank You Bernie
  9. lacquer your still

    Has anyone lacquered their still? I know the do in the UK. What are you thoughts on it and what product did you use?
  10. new still clean out run?

    What do you run through new, from factory, equipment for best cleaning before your first production run? I've heard water vinegar or citric acid mixture, what did you use and how did you do it? Thanks!
  11. Rust in stainless still

    We have an old stainless steel jacketed tank we bought some time ago that has some rust in it. We're hoping to use it as the base of a pot still. I've tried Bar Keeper's Friend, and a rust removing gel and both have helped but I still can't remove all the rust. The photo shows the bottom of the pot. First, any other ideas on removing the rust? Second, is it usable? What would happen it we ran it with the rust in it? Thanks, Ron
  12. Never used, brand new CIP cleaning system for high pressure cleans on all your distillery equipment. Also provided is the heat exchanger to heat the solution and water. email for photos at patrick@ontherockscocktails.com
  13. proper way to drain

    Curious here, what is the proper way to evacuate a still - post distillation? To my understanding, we are supposed to capture all distillate, but some stills requiring the manway or a pressure release to be drained releasing what could be potentially hazardous vapors right? I don't think I've heard anyone talk about this and haven't came across it anywhere. Also, are people actually checking and recording each batch to verify that their waste distillates are actually below 10%?
  14. Cleaning up after gin production

    What's the best way to neutralize residual botanical aromas after a gin batch? Is there a particular product or compound etc. producers use to effectively clean a still after gin batches?
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