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Everything posted by indyspirits

  1. Assistant Distiller at Estate Distillery

    Surely this was written by committee. Am the only one that thinks Is unrealistic for an "assistant"?
  2. Motors for agitators and pumps

    Or just ask for forgiveness and not permission....
  3. Totes for grain disposal

    Same here. You'll go crazy dealing with that little 8" opening.
  4. DYE China?

    How exactly?
  5. 100% Flaked Grain Mash

    Out of curiosity, have you ever had a 100% wheat spirit?
  6. Trade BTC for Paypal USD

    That's sounds like a super honest and good deal. I can't think of a single way this coudl go wrong.
  7. 100% Flaked Grain Mash

    Well.... the good part w/ flaked grains is that the mash has already been done for you (there is a difference between steam rolled and flaked grains, the former is usually for animal feed) so they're easy to use. The bad part is that they're very expensive compared their whole-grain counterpart. For grains that gel in the beer-brewing temp range, I really don't think there is any advantage to flakes over grain but Im more than willing to be proven wrong.
  8. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    Backstory: On site we have a 2500 liter steam-jacketed mash cooker with wedge-wire bottom. Two drains -- one is a manifold style (a series of twelve 3/4" drains in a circular pattern to prevent wort from channeling through the grainbed) and the other a centrally positioned 3" triclamp drain for grain-in cooks. Agitator is top mounted to facilitate removal of WW false bottom. Facility has 2,500 gallon water/glycol reservoir chilled to 7° C ( 45° F). Our challenge is cooling. Currently we have a home-rolled "fold-back liebig" -- basically a tube in tube -- 2" copper over 1" copper. Total cost about $350 for just shy of 6 sq ft of cooling surface. It's neither fast nor the least bit convenient. My idea: TIG weld vertically oriented sections of 13/16" x 1-5/8" 304 stainless strut channels spaced approx 18" on the inside wall of the mash tun. Use stainless strut pipe clamps to hold 1 1/4" CSST gas pipe (plastic jacket removed). Terminate CSST with a MIP adapter for connected to glycol loop. Pump glycol through CSST to cool contents of mash cooker. The ID of the mashtun is about 5' 4" so circumference of 16.5 ft. I can pickup a 300' CSST roll for $1,050 which will get me 18 (ish) loops in the tun. If the tubing was smooth-walled that would be just shy of 100 sq ft of cooling surface area. Perhaps an increase of 25% due to corrugation?? Total cost will be around $2,000. What haven't I considered?? Backpressure? Cleaning issues? Interested in everyone's thought on this.
  9. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    $2k plus my time. A lot more if it doesn't work. I was the one who posted the "nooks and crannies" question. Still very valid. I just cant imagine cross contaminating boiler feed water and glycol/water mixture is a good thing if you went the cool-with-the-steam-jacket solution. Leaning toward a tube/shell solution as this point.
  10. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    I say your constant hijacking of threads to flog your equipment is offputting. If you have comments or thoughts on my CSST approach to cooling I'd like to hear them. I'll simply ignore non-related posts.
  11. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    I gotta hand it to you, you never miss the chance for the hard sell. But honestly, I don't give a toss about a new mash tun, I have one of those. Can we redirect responses to my OP?
  12. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    As they say, if there's no picture it didnt happen.
  13. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    Im curious how that's possible 500 gallons from corn gel temp to malt temp needs nearly a quarter-millon BTUs of cooling. In five mins that would be impressive.
  14. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    That's what I assumed, but, well, you know what happens when one assumes... About 2 seconds after I posted my "knooks and crannies" comment I remembers our tun has CIP ball in it which should take care of much (most?) of the cleaning.
  15. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    I can imagine that getting clogged w 3/4" tubes. What do you mean it's a "4 pass". If we go with my idea, I'm a bit concerned about cleaning as the corrugated tubing approach would introduce many knooks & crannies.
  16. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    Paul let me make sure I understand this... you charge $2,950 for 28 sq ft of cooling and my proposed solution will be $2,000 for a bare minimum (excluding area increase do to corrugation) 98 sq ft of cooling and I don't have to deal with a pump or cleaning. Cooling with the steam jacket is fraught with problems about which others have addresses ad infinitum.
  17. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    I certainly have not but I'm interested! Honestly never consider S&T as a mash cooler. How much cooling area does yours have? Are you running the mash on the inside or outside of the tubes? I assume you're able to cool grain-in mashes. How do you have it positioned re: your tun?
  18. Mash Tun Cooling: Part Deux

    We use the tun for both lautered (false bottom in) and grain-in mashes (false bottom out). We want a system that can cool both.
  19. InstaForex Company News

    Seriously. What the hell is wrong with the moderators??
  20. dephlegmator water temp

    What this guy said! However, we opted for a proportional valve rather than solenoid as our input water is 45 F and our initial solenoid valve resulted in herky-jerky temps.
  21. EDV 493 - where to buy?

    Call lallemand in milwaukee.
  22. Ice Machine / Ice Maker?

    For us that did not include cleaning out the storage bin which can be a truly nasty job. We clean ours monthly. Also never ever leave the scoop in the bin... you never know when the health dept might make a surprise visit. :-/
  23. Alcohol monitor - CO2 monitor

  24. Alcohol monitor - CO2 monitor

    Starsan give that soapy/sudsy appearance. I use it when brewing.