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  1. Barrel Racks - Northeast

    If you dont mind sourcing on the other side of the border (Niagara), Watsons.ca were good to deal with and also carry used racks.
  2. Chiller Setup

    That's great, thanks - it makes me feel better. In the end, I cut open the supply line to install a check valve but left the manifold where the bleeder would go alone since I didn't have much room to play. If seems like it's going to work well.
  3. Steam Boiler

    I would check in with whoever is likely to install the boiler. We've had 99 problems with compliance, but our boiler wasn't one.
  4. Steam Boiler

    From our experience, it means first that you dealer is honest and isn't letting you find out upon delivery. Second, in Canada, it means that achieving compliance before a ticketed professional installs it. For example, we had to ship our CE motors away to be tested to get appropriate stickers for our electricians to even touch them as CE is not the same as UL. From what i understand, CE is effectively an honor system in Europe and regulatory inspection is not required (which is required for UL and CSA certification). We have no experience with ISO.
  5. Chiller Setup

    Our supply and our return from the chiller are 2" Copper. The recommended material options from the chiller company were industrial ABS (not available in our parts), stainless or copper. We chose to use copper and although necessary, it will feel like a crime to cover it in foam insulation. Our high point in the two inch is between the supply and return (think of a square of 2" copper square strapped to the wall) and any 3/4" offshoots to tanks would start too low for a bleeder to be of value (although those would have been easy to work with since they are pex).
  6. Chiller Setup

    My plumber just finished installing our manifold from the chiller (with runs to chill CLT, fermenters). We worked with manufacturers drawings and what is unfortunately my plumbers overconfidence with installing glycol loops. After finishing the 2" copper pipe, the steam fitter was quick to pick up that we didn't have an air release valve/bleeder valve or a check valve. Reluctant to cut into the copper in two places (check valve after chiller supply and air bleed valve at the high point) and resolder everything myself, I am looking for some feedback. Note: aside from the absolute hassle, it is quite the short and busy loop, so there are few places to easily cut and rework the fittings. 1) What are the implications of not having a bleeder valve? I am assuming a loss of efficiency and I'm assuming that I will have to recut this portion. 2) Why is a check valve required in a closed loop chiller? I am assuming that without a check valve, the worst that could happen is some chilled glycol return to the holding tank when the chiller is turned off. In my limited knowledge of these matters, I don't see this as being a big deal and worth reworking the system for. Thanks to all who give this their thoughts.
  7. Lead Time

    For us (so far) it was the city not knowing what to so with us (1st distillery in the area), contractors not completing work on time and our primary equipment supplier overshooting promised deadlines by 50%. Get deadlines in writing and with penalties, if possible.
  8. Used dairy equipment

    We have a very large chiller available to us that is pushing too much to reduce to the flow through a 3/8" infeed (with a 1/2" outfeed) as is on the chilling unit of our Mueller tank. We are considering puncturing the jacket to weld a 2" ferrule in and a 2" ferrule out (on opposing ends), but are uncertain whether there is a foam insulation or air within the jacket itself. We will take a chance on puncturing the tank to weld the ferrule but are curious if anyone has drilled into the jacket before and seen what is there. We obviously have no interest in running the glycol/water mix through the jacket if there is insulation present.
  9. Barrel Racking vs Drum Racking

    We are in an industrial town and we have many suppliers of racks for 50 gallon barrel drums. Local suppliers arent certain if they differ in sizing to wine / whisky barrel racks . By photo they look the same but was wonderkng if anyone out there could clarify this for us. We can order in wine barrel racks and pay shipping if needed, but are trying to source local for anything possible. Are drum barrel racks good to use? (or identical?). We are looking at the standard 2 barrel forkliftable racking most distilleries seem to use. Thanks in advance.
  10. iStill 250 For Sale

    CBSA told me 8% tariff for a still not manufactured in the US (maybe Eu trade agreement reduces it to 0% like stills covered by NAFTA?). However, CBSA told me tgat there is 0% tariffs on brewing equipment such as Mash Tuns, irrespective of source. So if the bill of lading says that that machine is used to make Mash..... All that said, Kannuk knows his stuff. I called the CBSA 1-800 number several times and found the folks I got on the line knew the material cold. You could always call again and hope for someone different.
  11. Figgins Reciprcator

    The theory as it was explained to me (or how my foggy mind recalls) is that both pots are charged with the same volume and heated at the same rate. Heating up time is supposed to be reduced due to the jacket to volume ratio realized by using two pots simultaneously. As each pot builds in temp, the vapour is pushed through the Lyne arms and these arms meet before going up the column forcing one vapour path to effectively retreat and reflux. That pot would then build pressure and force its vapour down the alternate Lyne arm and force a reflux on the other side, hence the reciprocating action . Apparently with a relatively few plates (<10?) you can reach sufficient concentration to satisfy Fed requirements for production of Vodka (ie 95%). Dragon distillery in Baltimore had their distillery (using this still) open for viewing to the Adi conference. I'm sure that Rusty Figgins (contact info in ADI directory?) would be happy to talk of his invention. I thought he had said Still Dragon was no longer the manufacturer, but I can't be sure.
  12. Brettanomyces and Whisky Barrels

    Thanks Just Andy, I appreciate it. With a new shipment of 30 or so barrels coming just after the foeder (s) make themselves at home, I would have been mad at myself if I infected them.
  13. Brettanomyces and Whisky Barrels

    A local brewer is hoping to use some of my space for some Foeder tanks holding Sour Beer. His process will be using Brettanomyces and I have read of some serious concerns with Bretta attacking the cellobiose of whisky barrels. Knowing that many of you are also brewers, I'd love to get your feedback on whether I should be concerned with airborne cross contamination. The brewers would use their own pumps, tanks, etc. but would be in close proximity to my mash tun, fermenters and barrels. Thanks
  14. Height of Bottle Storage

    Thanks, that makes perfect sense. I plan on reusing the boxes so will search out some used racking. I appreciate all of the feedback. Cheers.
  15. Height of Bottle Storage

    I may be looking at purchasing more bottles than I could use in a short period of time. Any suggestions on how many pallets high I could stack empty bottles? I'm thinking I could stack two pallets high without breakage or racking. Thoughts?