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  2. Just curious, for those using these "reusable filters" how much use are you getting out of them before they need replaced?
  3. Being able to adjust your reflux condenser temps on the fly makes exploring whiskey heads technique fairly interesting, especially if you have a few plates to play with. For example, running high reflux to stack heads, slow take off >190pf, then flipping off the reflux condenser entirely and shifting to quasi-pot mode. You can get the product yield efficiency of a column, and the flavor profile of a pot.
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  5. I 'll be one just give me your address and a time when your not around .
  6. I need 12 whiskey thiefs
  7. Looking for 20 53 gallon racks, 5-10 30 gallon racks and 5-10 15 gallon racks. New or used. Price conscious
  8. Let me know if you have a dealer in Illinois or NW Indiana.
  9. Should have also included the link to submit comments: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2019-0003-0616
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  11. Good Evening Everyone, I'm no longer in the business having sold out during the start-up phase, but I thought this might interest some members here. The US Trade Commission is considering a 100% ad valorem tariff on many copper, brass, cupro-nickel, and bronze products. Obviously, this will have a tremendous impact on many materials going into the manufacture of distillation equipment. If anyone is interested in submitting a letter, I have attached both a form letter to submit, and the letter from Olin Brass that started the issue. While I don't expect everyone to jump into action, I strongly advise that you contact your equipment manufacturers to make sure they are aware and that they have back-up plans in case lead times and prices explode this fall as a result of any tariff/duty assessments. Feel free to contact me via pm with any questions. Full disclosure: I am currently an employee/owner in another manufacturing business that stands to be negatively affected. I'm not trying to hide any intentions with this post, but I'm thinking distillers probably have a common interest in keeping copper products available to manufacturers. There has not been a lot of publicity in this hearing, which I find a bit concerning. Key dates: • July 24, 2019: Due date for submission of requests to appear at the public hearing and summary of testimony. • August 5, 2019: Due date for submission of written comments. • August 5, 2019: The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the Main Hearing Room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington DC 20436 beginning at 9:30 a.m. • August 12, 2019: Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments. Olin Letter Requesting Additional Tariffs.pdf COMMENT TEMPLATE Section 301 Written Comments from Distillers.docx
  12. I have edited my comment, wrote it in a rush without thinking through. Was sitting on a plane being told to switch to flight mode.
  13. Nice stack of dimes tig bead laid down by Steven Huffman. Steven is one of our 10 Sanitary Welder fabricators. Nice color.
  14. The key is the word "produced" in the definition. TTB defines it to mean: " Produced at. As used in 5.22 and 5.52 in conjunction with specific degrees of proof to describe the standards of identity, means the composite proof of the spirits after completion of distillation and before reduction in proof. " So you could start collecting as high as you want as long as the total distillate is no more than 160.
  15. TTB definition of Bourbon Whisky: Whisky produced in the U.S. at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn and stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers
  16. The proof in the tank at the end of hearts is not necessarily what gets barreled. In fact if your hearts tank is 145 at the end of hearts, that isn’t what gets barreled.... Not sure about Australian law, but in America we can’t barrel over 125proof for bourbon.
  17. Brewcraft USA is where I get mine from. https://shop.brewcraftusa.com/
  18. The 2020 Craft Malt Conference will take place at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Friday, February 7th, and Saturday, February 8th. The main focus of the Craft Malt Conference is providing knowledge and research relevant to those throughout our craft malt supply chain, from malthouses in production and development to growers to researchers to brewers and distillers. If there is a particular topic relating to craft malt about which you're interested in learning more or a particular speaker you'd like to hear, please take a moment to fill out the brief 2020 Craft Malt Conference Speaker/Topic Recommendation form found here.
  19. 850 Gallon Fermentors for sale (Have 2 for sale) Open Top Square 5'X5' and 6' Tall 2" Cam Lock Valve They have a jacket on the back side for cooling Asking $7,250/Tank OBO Contact me for any questions or Spec Sheet Tommy@jriegerco.com or call/text 913-439-9447
  20. For such a small chiller, if you can set it under a roof vent to take hot discharge air off it outside, you should be able to use it indoors unless it would be really close to any ethanol vapor- thats a no-no. The chiller should not suffer too much with glycol at the same temperature output, you may need a little more flow on the glycol to offset the friction loss and inherent loss from glycol thermo properties.
  21. For a 5 ton chiller, a brazed plate exchanger is about $900, new. Obviously there are a lot of used plate and frames out there, you just have to set flows.
  22. Hedge, More often than not, clients just fill the whole inside portion with water (treated) which simplifies it. The only reason glycol is added is to: 1) prevent winter free-ups, and 2) if you want to chill water below 45F, many manufacturers tell you to. Tapping off the glycol line allows you to lower the glycol temperature- handy for chill filtering- but you must valve the line off so the sub-freezing glycol doesn't pass through the heat exchanger (if you have one) and freeze the water in the water loop of the heat -x. You certainly can have the chiller set lower, again depending on whose you have, but you should be able to get to 40F by adding glycol and re-setting thermostat. "Raw" water is often used in critical situations as a backup, only, situation like at hospitals, but it needs to have a rugged filter to keep silt out of the loop which will inevitably end up inside the chiller evaporator. If you have a chiller that has a "coil inside a tank" design, this is not as critical because the water is outside of the tubing, settling in the tank.
  23. Yeah, moving to roof-mounted dry coolers is going to be a big shift for us. We would need to do closed-loop glycol and HX to the existing water system, or bite the bullet and shift. Our chillers are inside - great during the winter. Awful during the summer, especially with 100f degrees expected this weekend. Don't mind me, I like to argue.
  24. Probably the fact that our chiller is located outside and subject to freezing temperatures so requires glycol. Even if it was inside, I also am not familiar enough with this stuff to know if we could take the chiller we have, that is currently running sub-freezing glycol and just change its temperature set-point to 50F and swap the glycol for water. My assumption is/was that making that change is not an option?? No one has suggested running glycol to the still or mash tun, only the fermenters. Currently the still and mash tun are plumbed to the cold water tank (our temp set to about 45F), and this is what MG mentions doing. Your points are probably all valid for someone setting up their system from scratch, but I am using an existing chiller purchased and used by a brewery in my building..
  25. Finding Enolmatic filters for our bottling machine is difficult but even more difficult trying to reasonably priced filters! Can anyone suggest where to purchase? St Pats doesn't sell them anymore and it doesn't look like they even sell the off brand version anymore either.
  26. If I'm running my chillers at 50f set points - what's the difference between water and glycol? Both cause corrosion without inhibitors - arguable that uninhibited glycol is far worse due to decomposition. Yet, I know plenty of brewers running uninhibited glycol. Every day we talk about people using their condensers to heat straight water, or just use city water for cooling. What's the benefit of running sub-freezing temperatures and using glycol? My jackets and condensers all operate just fine with 50f coolant. Good luck controlling a dephlegmator with sub-freezing coolant - all it takes it a tiny PID/Control upset, and the column goes full reflux with sub-cooled reflux - a serious PITA. Having to feed the dephleg coolant through the product condenser to temper it seems like a major compromise, because it links control of both condensers. Trying to run high reflux and slow product rate will almost always result in overcooled product (wasted energy). Sure, warmer coolant likely needs higher flow rates, get it. But water is a better coolant than glycol mix, so it's got slightly better heat transfer, which likely reduces the necessary flow rate. I have city water plumbed into my cooling system, so if my chillers fail, or I run out of capacity, I can just backup with regular water, with no worry about losing glycol down the drain. I mean, if I was running lagering tanks, I get it. If I was using the chillers to cool a cold box, I get it. If I had an undersized coolant reservoir, thus need to run a lower temperature to increase my cooling capacity, I get it. If my fermenter jackets were minimal, I get it. My Rotovap chiller runs at -25c fixed, so that's running glycol/water, so I get it. What am I missing?
  27. TexCF has it pegged. The citation for allowable returns is §19.452, which lists the reasons you can return something to bond.. :The reasons do not include accepting product back with the intent of removing it again to another customer without first redistilling,, reconditioning or rebottling the spirits, When you make a return for a purpose authorized by §19.452, you may, bjut need not, file a claim for refund of the taxes you had paid 19.452(c). Once the spirits are returned to bond, you treat them in the same manner as any spirits held on the boned premises, i.e., you must withdraw them on determination of tax unless you withdraw them as authorized without payment of tax or free of tax. 19.452(d). So if you don't file a claim, you will pay taxes twice. If you file a claim, you do so under 19.264. You must file that claim within six months of the return to bond. You may file either for a credit or a refund. You must wait for the refund, but you may not anticipate a credit. You may not take it on your tax return until TTB approves the claim (19.266). You take the credit on the next return you file after TTB approves the claim. You annotate the adjustment decreasing taxes as required by 19.267. Note that you can return spirits to the bonded premises for relabelling or reclosing (19.453). If you do that, you do not make a claim. You do not return them to bond. No tax is due on the subsequent removal. You must relabel or close immediately and promptly remove from the bonded premises. The rules at 19.363 apply and you must keep the record required by 19.604. also, you must make a record of the disposition of the spirits after you remove them. It should not be an invoice out of the sequence you are using as your record of tax determination. If you do not know what I'm talking about here, see 19.611 and 19.622. This is already getting too long. Also note that you can find all of this information for yourself by first looking at the rules for returns to bond in the table of contents of part 19, then following that to where it leads,. The sections are usually linked. When you move from one section to the next, look at other sections in the immediate vicinity of both. A word copy of the regulations works wonders when used with "find" functions.
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