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    What I'm saying is if you are working with rye and wheat in high percentages, or unmalted grains in high percentages, going in hot, even if you are able to easily do it, is less ideal because you can't take advantage of glucanase and protease enzymes and/or rests. So your rye-dominant workflow is going to be very different from your corn-dominant workflows. Why not just deal with one cereal mash workflow and optimize it based on the equipment? Document your optimal cereal mash workflow and it becomes much easier when dealing with assistants, training new brewers on the system, etc. Your dosages, hold times, wait times, heat times, pH adjustments, etc - all become very very predictable and repeatable. I don't see how there is time savings, waiting for the mash tun to heat up to add the grain, versus adding grain at a cooler temperature and then heating. Either way he will have to wait for the tun to heat up. I've actually found that going in cool, and allowing some time for the grist to hydrate and swell during the heatup, actually results in reduction of time spent at temperature. Think about it, if it takes you 1hr to go from 70 to 190f. If you add the grist at 70, you have an additional hour in the water and at least near gelatinization temperatures. So you'll either have higher yield, or a shorter gelatinization hold. That's a great decision to have to make. The point of this thread isn't about optimal/efficient/time saving mash processes, it's about getting this guy a process that'll give him an easy workflow with very high probability of success, with the equipment he's got (shared on another thread). That's all I documented above. It's overkill on many levels, but that's not the point. That's not the process I use, but then again, I've got my process dialed in for my equipment, and my equipment is different from his.
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    great thread you guys , in my mind nailing down a process is like building a knife first get the basic shape and then keep sharpening it till its as sharp as it needs to be to do the job that intend to use it for . tim
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    The high temperature amylase I use is Spezyme Alpha, liquid Amalyse
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    I have tried adding grain before high temp enzymes (accidentally) and have "spent the afternoon spear fishing with a mash paddle" The high temperature enzymes (amylase) I use are designed to add to the hot water before the grain, we end up with way less balling, and they are much easier to break up, and the yield is significantly higher. My oats and rye are hammer-milled fine, looks like flour but has a slight coarse feel. I will try a lower strike temperature then raise the temperature to see if there is any improvement. I hope it is not better because it is a bit time consuming with my setup.
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    The way I see it, you have at least two options depending on when you submitted the original amendment. If you submitted that amendment a while back, wait and then apply for the TIB (along with any other changes you may need to make that are priority). If you don't want to wait and then apply for the TIB, do this: call the NRC, provide the amendment ID from PONL, the NRC rep will give you the name and contact info for whoever the amendment has been assigned to, e-mail that specialist with the ID number in the body of the e-mail and ask that it be withdrawn. The specialist then should (in pretty short order because it helps their clearance rate) withdraw your application for amendment on your behalf. That's worked for me in the past. Good luck and, if you don't mind, please update this thread with how long the amendment took to get processed.
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    The devil does not like being cheated his fair share by smart folks who try to double their budget and time estimates from the start. If you put your doubled numbers down on paper in your business plan hes going to know; and make you double again. The only way to trick him is to leave your budget at $1 and know in your head its going to cost $2.
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    Patio - I understand your commentary, but this is not a cookie cutter franchise industry. It is a field of expertise steeped in years of learned technique, nuance, experimentation, errors that return results better than imagined, individuality, etc.., If we all do the same things in the same way, we are little more than a commodity with a bunch of fake stories. But your point is well taken. I shall only chime in when I can help. Prost/Roger
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    Roger dude... really? Personally I get something out of posts like Georgeous’s. Note all the variables. There is no right way. And any distillery should have a mindset that he/she will be learning about a better way until they are no longer distilling.
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    So thermostability means that the protein does not unfold (e.g., cooked egg whites don't uncook when cooled). Generally speaking reactions happen faster at higher temp, but it if the fold gets slightly floppy the catalysis might not work as well. Related, but not identical concepts. And yeah, mash can still be gummy at high temps, but the gummy is the issue more than the beta glucans. So if you can pump and ferment it with no issues, the tiny loss of sugar isn't always worth chasing.
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    Two options whichever you feel more comfortable with ... 1. Swop two wires around of your three phase or, .. 2. Change direction of your VSD around in its setup.
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    Below are some pics of our new high flow double cartridge filter housing on a cart.. The price for the ones that we are currently building here is $3,620.00 We will have some made exactly the same as the ones made here in china in 3 months for considerably less. We are working on several other design variations that i will let everyone know about once we build and test them and they are ready for sale to the public. The plumbing on the bottom can be configured several different ways. it can be configured so that the spirit is ran through both filters or one individual filter.
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    Now that's funny :). Heat it back to 145f, throw in 250 ml Alpha and 250 ml beta, stir, let it sit for a few hours. It should break out.
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    Oh damn, there is a Canada forum???
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    Just for info, Those supplied safety valves are combination over pressure relief as well as vacuum relief. w.r.t over pressure relief their standard is generally 1 bar (~15 PSI) BUT I have seen some with lower values. This is all to do with internal spring sizing. That said, these are not calibrated valves and are at best approximate. The big danger with these valves is that the vented product exits from the side ports and is a danger to anyone in close proximity. The vent needs to be directed down to a safe area.
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    Talk to Norit (which appears to now be called Cabot). Cabot Norit Activated Carbon Americas 3200 University Avenue Marshall, Texas 75670 United States Phone+1 903 923 1000 http://www.cabotcorp.com/company/worldwide-locations/north-america
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    Looks like Trump just struck a deal with them, stock market soaring upwards today
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    Sadly, stolen intellectual property is the largest Chinese import, and knocked off designs are their biggest export. It's the primary negotiating point in the US / China trade negotiations. I have a friend who is the chief metallurgist for a company I can't name, and he says the problem is that china will not allow US goods to be manufactured over there (US part ownership) unless they turn over the entire design to the state run "commercial enterprise" division. So we essentially give away years of hard fought technology, for the sole purpose of employing cheap labor to take our jobs. Sweet ! Do we get a free fortune cookie with every imported piece of shit ? America - your fortune: You're screwed !
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    I would suggest looking at Affordable Distilling (Paul), Cage and Sons, and Stilldragon. I know AFD and Cage offer systems like you are looking for.
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    I've been happy with the WEG wash duty VFD I purchased from Paul at Distillery Equipment and it was competitively priced.
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    After using a standard cider press for 8 months, I decided I needed to look into a better way to dewater my grains (took most of a day to do it with the press on 60 gallon mashes) I do on grain fermentation's and have a small electric still so what ever I did, needed to be fairly clean. After much research I finally bought 2 pieces of equipment direct form China via Alibaba, cause US prices were WAY out of reach. For around $5000 (total for equipment and shipping) shipped direct to my door (shipping was almost as much as the equipment) I now have a small screw press that I run all my grain through first (is also a fruit press and we did 3000lb of apples with it this year) and then I run the screw press liquid (to many particles for the electric still) through a 24 inch vibratory sieve with a 200 micron screen. The combination works well for me and is much easier on me. Now I have 2 more pieces of equipment to clean but the trade off I think is worth it.
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    I had a really good experience with Trysk Print Solutions. Honest people, great price/value, and even better customer service/communication. I worked with Rob Griswold and Stephan Martinez (owner) directly. They were at my every need... and this is an honest review, non-solicited. Great quality labels. (877) 630-7478