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  1. Have a somewhat obscure question for anyone blending liqueurs, absinth, etc who may have to deal with unusual sediments. We're just getting started and are still working out a few kinks with the initial production. My product is a spiced honey liqueur with some colloidal sediments from the botanicals we use in the spice reduction. Essentially we get a gelatinous mass of pectins and other small solids that eventually settles to the bottom of the tank. I can extract the clear top ~90% of the product with no problem, but I'd like to recover as much as I can from the bottom 'sludge', and I'm curious if anyone else has dealt with a similar issue before. The main issue is that the sediments are colloidal and will quickly gum up most regular filters, at least for what I've used at home (coffee filters, cheescloth, fine mesh strainers). I'm hesitant to drop money on a plate and frame filter just because I don't know how well one of those would work. I'm also a bit worried about 'over filtering' and stripping out some flavors, because the product is pretty viscous to begin with. I'm afraid I don't know the exact micron size we want to filter at either. I'm leaning towards using a basket-type centrifuge, although those seem to be either designed for waste veggie oil (and generally not food-safe) or crazy expensive with large-scale beverage processing in mind. My DIY solution is a centrifugal juicer sealed up with food-grade silicone sealant, so we'll see if that pans out or not. I also bought a cheapo plate filter for homebrewing to test the other options. In any case, if y'all have any thoughts, I'd definitely like to hear them! Thanks!
  2. Hello, Had a lot of success looking for a used still, so thought I would give it a try for the other essentials. Looking for a smallish mash tun (<200 gallons), some simple fermenters, and a filtration unit. Also open to suggestions on cheap alternatives (i.e., is anyone actually using Brute food grade plastic containers for fermentation?). We are definitely bootstrapping this process, so open to all ideas or items you might have. Thanks for your creativity and your comments/items if you have them. Cheers,
  3. Water Filtration/RO Setup Help

    Hey Guys...Starting to look into our water treatment systems and have put together the systems below. Based on the water criteria we have here...attached...what is everyone's thoughts on this system? Water Info: City water that originates from 4 wells within the county. Considered "Hard" water. Main water inlet to building is 3/4" There are 2 main systems. The first system will be our process water with the 2nd system being our finishing water. Process water system-Flow: Sediment Filter-Softener Finishing Water System Flow: Sediment Filter-Softener--Additional carbon filtration-RO System Initial Sediment filter http://www.uswatersystems.com/us-water-big-blue-4-5-x-20-commercial-triple-filtration-system.html?fee=10&fep=5067&gclid=CPrP36PdpckCFdCPHwodsFQFyg Filters for sediment filter 20 micron, 5 micron, & Carbon Block for removing dirt, sediment, and chlorine Softener http://www.lowes.com/pd_416874-43353-WHES33_1z10xx4__?productId=3824563&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1 Additional carbon filtration http://www.amazon.com/Hydro-Logic-31027-Pre-Evolution-Pre-Filter-Evolution/dp/B004LO0HBS/ref=pd_bxgy_60_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1X6QQPSMBKB5NP3H9MTJ RO System http://www.amazon.com/Hydro-Logic-31023-1000-GPD-Evolution-RO1000/dp/B004LNUNKE Some major questions are: 1). if the additional carbon filtration prior to the RO system is necessary sense the water first passes through the carbon block within the sediment filter then the softener prior to even entering the RO system. 2). Should the softener be upgraded to output greater than 15gpm. Thanks for the advice guys...welcome any input or opinions. Best.
  4. Craft distillers have similar objectives as larger producers with regards to the quality of spirit produced and removal of haze. As such, filtration prior to bottling is vital to ensure long shelf life, stability and minimal turbidity. To this end, the removal of hazes and the precursors to haze formation is particularly important.
  5. Activated Carbon Regeneration

    Hey guys, I searched and could not find any information on regenerating activated Carbon. Is this something most small distilleries do? Or are you guys just using new carbon every few filtration runs? If so what is your technique how much how often do you replace it? I have found very technical literature(phd dissertations and what not) on regenerating activated carbon mostly by running steam through it. However, I am planning to install a low pressure steam generator 15psia. The literature I read says the steam should hit 145 C and according to steam tables 15 psi steam is only like 102 C. Anybody with any information on how they regenerate carbon or even if you do not regenerate carbon, please let me know it would be a big help. Jonathan Boozios Liquors
  6. Filtration Suggestions

    Hello, I'm a newbie at spirits filtration and have a few questions regarding filtration in general and also what's the best method to filter a cloudy gin in particular. Will a plate-and-frame filter out too much aroma/flavor? I've heard some use the Noryl plastic plates, but others recommend only using stainless steel plates to filter. Stainless steel is much more expensive and I'm wondering if it's necessary? Is a cartridge filter better or does it accomplish different goals than a plate-and-frame? Finally, what filter pad and/or cartridge filter manufacturers and types do you recommend? Thanks for the help!
  7. Hey guys, We picked up the old water filtration system from Bell's brewery here in Kalamazoo, MI. We intended to retrofit it and use it for our process water... But sadly have run out of time and decided to just purchase a new unit. Here's the info on the system. If you're interested or have questions feel free to email me at jon@gddistilling.com. Asking $500 obo. Buyer must pick up. We can help you load it, 2 guys can carry the whole rack. Come get a piece of brewing history... Would love to give it a new home. Email for pictures. Water filtration system Overall dimensions 103.5"high x 44"wide 19"deep from back of filter to front of front filter Upper pipe diameters 2"id Lower left pipe diameter 1" slightly oval ed so could be 1 1/8" cut copper pipe Lower right pipe diameter male threads 1.5"id 1.75"od 1 5/8" square tubing frame Filters are 20"long and the canisters measure approximately 5.5" in diameter so I assume the filters are 4.5".
  8. Custom Processing?

    Strong Spirits is a contract bottling bottling company located in Bardstown KY. Recently we have completed expansions within our processing and bottling areas. We are fully equipped for a wide range of processing and filtration needs including, blending, mechanical, and chill-filtration. Please contact us for a custom quote! Brittany Centers 502-233-1232 cs1@strongspirits.com
  9. beta-Sitosterol in spirits

    Hey everybody, I want to give a big shout out to BDAS in Lexington, KY for their great lab work (I'm purely a customer and in no other way affiliated). Recently got results back regarding beta-sitosterol in spirits. I was wondering if anyone else has had issues with high levels of sterols or any other precipitation in the bottled? I know that I can filter down to 0.5 micron to solve it but I'd prefer to limit the amount of sterols coming across to the finished spirits because so much flavor is lost. I have a strong feeling that it is coming from our choice of cooperage but I'm not 100% and waiting for new barrels to arrive and fully mature a product isn't ideal given that I'd be waiting in excess of a year. I believe it the cooperage is the culprit because no sterols precipitate out in our white spirits - even though it's lower proof and I have left in the freezer to facilitate precipitation. Is it possible that the wood used in the barrels themselves have not been seasoned long enough? Any other options there? I still have several months before the barrels from a different source are ready for testing.. Thoughts? Thanks, NAB
  10. I have three items up for sale Pictures upon request, file size of each picture was to large Contact: Kyle, Gintern@watersheddistillery.com Shipping costs not included, prices are slightly negotiable 1. iSpring Reverse Osmosis- $200 -Paid $500 new -Specs: http://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCB4T-Tankless-Commercial-Electric/dp/B0040IOU5E 2. On the Go Tri-Bed Deionizer- $1250 -Paid $2300 new -Portable water softener -Picture of the quote and specs available through email 3. (2) Aquapure SS Filter Housings- $100 each -$209 each brand new -Will come with all the filters provided in the pictures -Will be just the separate metal housings, not the piping attaching the two housings -Specs: http://www.aquapurefilters.com/store/product/200092.200081/sst1ha.html?utm_source=google&utm_term=sst1ha&utm_campaign=Models+%28AP%29&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=sTgWo83Fn|pcrid|36199407727|pkw|sst1ha|pmt|p|&gclid=CjwKEAjwzuisBRClgJnI4_a96zwSJACAEZKecr5ApbbkgAUaIWEf1RG3t2nUD6CYtitaT-JewewToxoCULzw_wcB
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm using powdered activated carbon to carbon filter my spirits but we're having trouble removing all of the carbon. Currently we're using a Pentek 10" cartridge filter with a 0.5 micron filter. It appears to remove all of the carbon but after a period of time we notice black sediment in the bottom of our bottles. What are other people using to filter out PAC? Any pointers or specific filter types/models? Thanks!
  12. Finishing Filtration - How do you do it?

    So right off the bat, I'm talking vodka. When I make vodka, I filter it with intent of making it more neutral coming out than it was going in, with the explicit goal of making it as neutral as possible. I use a bed of activated charcoal in a fiberglass housing. Using a pneumatic pump, I push chilled vodka through the charcoal bottom-up, then collect it, and repeat until I'm happy with the outcome. The system is self designed using a mix of parts from our local water care provider and McMaster-Carr. This system works well enough to produce vodka that's won us some awards, but we're facing a couple issues that I'm tired of dealing with. Specifically, the volume this system can filter is limited, and the variability in time it takes to filter different batches to a point of neutrality we are happy with has become annoying. So I'm looking for options or alternatives to our current setup, and was curious to what others have implemented and found successful. Anyone have filter manufacturers, suppliers, or setup tricks that they'd like to share? Anyone using a plate filter imbedded with carbon that they are happy with? Anyone aware of any suppliers that will allow you to test the system before paying for it (like a test drive)? I'm pretty sure everyone deals with filtration in one form or the other, I'm eager to know what the field has to input. Thanks in advance for sharing you experience. -Scott
  13. Water filtration

    I am having a hard time getting info on the topic of water. What exactly do I need for the distillation process, and what do I need for the finishing process. A follow up, what filtration process do you all recommend. I have heard only use reverse osmosis, I've heard that this is unnecessary and overkill. Any info on what exactly I want in my water and how to get my municipal water filtered would be great. Thanks.
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