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  1. Moonshiner11

    Explosion proof requirements

    Distilling is completely safe if YOU know what you are doing. Most the people "inspecting" writing codes such as 3ft off floor etc havent a clue about distilling. Flash arc will be an issue provided you have flammable vapor in the air. Having an emergency shut down, the knowledge to use ONLY the emergency shut down and the switch for the proper exhaust fan are things you should practice on a regular basis. As I posted in another post www.schnappstills.com is now making CERTAIN electric controllers, with explosion proof contactors that will shut the unit down. Nothing else other than the E switch and exhaust fan (located as far away as possible in the same room) and the switch preferably around the corner in another room) should be touched until the issue is cleared. Good luck and be safe.
  2. Moonshiner11

    Radiant Heat?

    Electric is a ton safer than gas. Comparable if not cheaper than natural gas and almost always cheaper than propane by a ton. However, that said there are only a couple good controllers out there that will hold up. Message me if you need a link to one.
  3. Moonshiner11

    How do you keep bugs away when distilling outdoors ?

    ^ this is the only thing I would allow to be sprayed around my still. Too much liability of transfer. Earthy taste LOL!
  4. Moonshiner11

    Condensation in Neck - Anyone doing this?

    ^^^^ This. Youll never prevent it.
  5. The yeast is producing enough CO2 that a hole (sized appropriately) and covered with cheese cloth is good enough to prevent bugs etc from getting in. Oxygen doesnt just mix itself back into your wash/mash. It has to be reintroduced. This is why you do not do anything but gently stir after 24 hours of the yeast is pitched. A 5 gallon bucket with a 1" hole is great. Sugar washes and turbo yeast will blow the lid off using only a single air lock, if you do not knock down the cap. Different subject altogether but one reason I stay away from air locks
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    Anyone using RO water for mashing?

    I recently switched to RO water in my house. I was considering using it for my mashing but wasnt sure if I would run into any issues using enzymes etc by using it. These are the enzymes I am referring to if it helps. There really wasnt any info on them other than a video how to use them. They have always worked great with my tap water. TIA http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sebstar-HTL-Sebamyl-GL-ENZYMES-Moonshine-still-brewery-mash-corn-grain-recipes-/191787403738?var=&hash=item2ca76b89da:m:mavG1_k6ge0jH4tDbilRRlA
  7. Moonshiner11

    Still Manufacture Issues

    Decided to join and comment here. I have a still craft controller kit. Really a relabeled www.schnappstills.com controller. I ordered a column from still craft and had to cancel after several weeks of nothing. Decided to look up the company who was on the relay in my controller. After talking with them I purchased a 26 gallon boiler w/ copper perforated plate column and a small copper pot still boiler for test recipes. I have to say this is some of the best equipment I have seen. Very close attention to detail, built from copper here in the states, instead of chinese imported stainless. Anyone looking for copper units and/or stainless should check them out. Very nicely priced. Website was under construction, so I had to call to order, but Im glad I did. The manufacturer was very knowledgeable on distilling and helped me with a couple recipes I was having issues with and got me the equipment I was looking for, that isnt easily found on the web. They had anything I was looking for as they custom build most everything per your specs. The still craft controller is great, never had an issue after years of use, but it is cheaper to buy direct from the website above.
  8. Moonshiner11

    Thanks for the add!

    Veteran distiller. Long time in the shadows, decided to join. Thanks for having me.
  9. Great company right next to you in St. Louis, if you need any equipment/advice etc. Give www.schnappstills.com a shout! Love my setup from them.