Configurable Vendome 50 gallon electric still
Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:14 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:19 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:32 PM
You can see a multitude of pictures, including the construction at Vendome, on our Facebook page: http://Facebook.com/...treetDistillery, so I won't repeat them all here, but I will include one overall shot:
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:05 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:01 AM
Here is the very interesting thing about this configuration: during start up, we use the still as the mash cooker. Obviously, this is not what we want to do when the still becomes busy, but it is an advantage of a bain marie heated pot in the beginning or if you have very limited space. We are making our whiskey using the still as the mash tun, moving the mash to fermenters, moving it back for strip runs, etc. So, the next stage of expansion will be buying a mash tun with about 3x the capacity of the current still. That would about double our throughput capability.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:04 AM
Sure, you can ask. But since pricing probably varies a lot with the market conditions, etc., I would prefer to indicate the range and suggest you contact Vendome directly if you want a quote for something similar. As configured, including removable features like the dephlegmator and a 4-stack of bubble plates, it was in the low-to-mid 5 figure range.
Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:27 AM
Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:31 PM
Our mashing equipment is nearly finished, just waiting on a couple agitator parts and the welder to install. I'm quite familiar with this scenario. Don't try to pull off a stripping run and a mash in the same day... (yawn).
Your pictures look great, good luck!
Posted 29 July 2012 - 12:34 PM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:43 PM
Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:12 AM
OK, completed first couple of gin runs, and we are very happy with the results. We also switched over the cooling scheme for the dephlegmator, direct cold water with a needle valve. The result is a very high degree of separation with the dephlegmator properly adjusted, heads starting out over 180 and hearts around 150, starting from corn mash and the feints from the prior gin run. The gin botanicals suspended in the head under the dephlegmator provided a very efficient extraction of flavors.
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