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  1. Interesting article on Sherry Barrels

    that is a very interesting article thanks for posting it . there are so many marketing twists in the whisky industry it is amazing and ton in the vodka world i cant believe it , most come from a necessary process from days gone by makes for great history . my favorite is the vodka distilled 10 ten times lol if every plate is a distillation guess that's true but if your running your vodka thru the still 10 times then you better call paul and get a better still and colum lol . there may have been a time in history that people needed to do that and now the public thinks it must be the good stuff cuz it was distilled 10 times .....i love it history adds such romance to the industry . romance with a touch of bullshit makes for great labelling . kim
  2. grain cleaner

    mjdeheme that sucks that you cant grow barley in your area it is a great source of cost effective starch . your exactly right about no secondary market for barley , the best malt quality barley in the world is jus feed if the malt plant wont buy it . i jus came home from having a visit with a neighbor who grows harrington metcalf barley for the malt plant he is sitting on 20 thousand bushels of barley that is approved malt but his contract is full and only place he can sell it is as feed he offered me all i want for 3.50 a bushel . now that sucks as a farmer but as a distillery thats jus affordable starch . pete never thought of grass hopper as a flavor but you may be right lol . our cleaner cleaned it completely clean it was a seed cleaner there was no weeds or broken or small grain and all the chaff and straw gone . i used to keep an eye on the discharge and yup there was some grasshopper in the mix lol . i also agree there no mouse poop coming off the field , stored in steel bins with hopper bottoms or cement floors mice should never be a issue . over the years i have been in enough food plants that handle grain to know mouse crap is the least of there worries lol . my wife is laughing about the mouse poop and she said have you ever been in a grain elevator where do you think that grain is going , somebody is obviously eating it lol . there are grain screaners out there that are less complicated than a full fledge seed cleaner it some thing im looking into . im thinking they may have an advantage as they leave straw bits and chaff in the grain save buying rice hulls . here is apic of a old hand cranked 2 tray fanning mill you can have it for free pete if you come get it it will get those grass hoppers out of your grain , doubt it has been used for fifty years but its complete lol . tim
  3. grain cleaner

    hello i was curious when useing raw unmalted feild grain are others runing it thru grain cleaner before grist mill or jus a basic screaning and magnet to remove big rocks and metal combine parts . any pros and cons to cleaning or not cleaning . thanks tim
  4. How to keep cooling water from going bad

    years ago we toured a place that had a huge tank filled with exotic water plants as a cooling reservoir , the plants were not only very cool but each one had a job to do to clean and purify the water , very cool addition to a eco friendly tasting room . we were also in a hotel in montana a few years back that had a moat all thru the lobby and restaurant full of fish , my first thought was that would make a cool cooling system lol . tim
  5. Distillary Equipment needed

    you may want to be more specific as to the size and use, are you talking commercial batch equipment or home distilling use . also may help if you specify what product you plan on making also where your located this forum has a huge following covering the entire globe . there are some very well stocked vendors that im sure can help you as well as some very good used goodies that show up . hope find what your looking for . tim
  6. bulk milk tank

    hello i was wondering if there anyone with experience useing bulk milk coolers could explain to me how to interpret the numbers on the dipstick . the tank is 425 gallons and the dipstick goes up by small increments of 4 till 32 then starts again . as in 2,4,6,8 and so on till it reaches 32 , then it marks one and then starts over again and marks 2 ect ect till the top where it ends on 27 . the tank is a john wood insulated tank with a refrigeration unit attached .
  7. bulk milk tank

    so now im curious would that chart still work seeing as milk weighs different than mash and mash weighs different depending on its grain content . cuz i see the chart is calibrated on milk weighing 8 lbs per gallon .
  8. bulk milk tank

    thanks silk that makes sense its really not a big deal its worked this long with out knowing exact measurements lol jus was figuring some one in the group would know about these tanks . tim
  9. bulk milk tank

    thanks guys we got the tank from a brewery that was using it for propagating yeast and they never had any info on it , i ll try that link see what i can find out . tim
  10. bulk milk tank

    here a pic of the inside of the tank if that helps
  11. grain cleaner

    i think ur bang on the answer tom , around here i have never heard of some ones barley being rejected because of it nor have i heard of anyone testing there grain before using it for cattle or hog feed . often grain will be rejected due to high protein count or poor germination ability , this drops the grain from raw malt price to feed price . we have mashed barley that has to high of protein and its a foaming night mare . grain rejected because of poor germination does not affect us . anyway back to the original question screener vs cleaner i think were just going to replace the cleaner . best as i can tell there not much time saving between the two . so new question you guys out there that are buying field grain or utilizing grain off your own farms (farm distillery) what brand of cleaners are you using and are you happy with it or what brands are best . the one we had was a premier made by defasco . it lasted good done good job but maybe there are better ones out there . tim
  12. grain cleaner

    im sure the malt plant does test for DON why wouldnt they lol but im positive farmers feeding cattle sure dont . as i said before the grain im talking about is grain that has bin passed and approved by the malt plant , see if a producer has a contract for 10 000 bushels but he combined 15 ooo bushels he is stuck with 5000 bushels of grain the malt plant wont buy . that grain is either going to sell as unmalted malt barley or as regular open market barley ...this is what makes it a cheep commodity some years as low as 4 bucks a bushel . its all about contract grain . tim
  13. Malted vs unmalted wheat for whiskey

    http://westernmalt.webs.com/brochure.htm check these guys out charles . good outfit to deal with by the bag or by the ton . if iwas you i would run a test batch one with malted wheat and one with raw wheat converted with enzymes , to see if the extra expense of malting changes anything to the taste your looking for . last mountain distillers in lumbsden sask has a incredible wheat whisky but im not sure of there grain bill , great western brewery in saskatoon sask uses malted wheat for a all grain beer , and im guessing there both getting it from western malt . i guess it all depends on where you are located lol . tim
  14. grain cleaner

    ok not sure what i did to make it post that twice but anyway . glad to hear your getting urs cleaned tom maybe delivered clean would be a option have to check into it . thatch the cheep grain im talking about isnt cheep quality it is overage on malt barley contracts to the malt plant it has already been tested and approved by the malt plant it jus has not been malted or cleaned .some years there is alot of extra over and above the contract that makes the raw grain price drop making it very affordable grain . the issue ur talking about may appear in feed barley but i have never even heard of this being a issue even in feed barley or feed wheat . there would be dead cattle everywhere if it showed up in feed grain cuz nobody tests there feed grain for anything . so back to original question thatch do u run ur grain thru a cleaner before milling . thanks tim
  15. grain cleaner

    hey guys in response , my grain cleaner crapped out just plain wore out . not sure of the cost per bottle to clean grain that's not the issue its time in a day issue . and now replacing the cleaner issue . some have said they dont clean there field grain other than screening out things that will damage the mill , so i'm thinking am i wasting my time and money replacing and running the cleaner . as far using unmalted field grain GR it is definitely a cost plus bonus to stick with a grain bill of 30 % malted grain and 70 % unmalted field grain no matter if its harrington barley or wheat . some years grain right out of the field is dirt cheep and we can buy it on its way to the malt plant , however the price of malt doesnt seem to drop . lots of local producers have contracts to the malt plant but are willing to sell off anything over and above there contract for cash verses selling it on open market for less than contract price . im sure most distilleries use unmalted grain in there mash bill other than single malt or scotch styles . the question is are they runing it thru a cleaner first lol thanks tim
  16. grain cleaner

    hey guys in response , my grain cleaner crapped out just plain wore out . not sure of the cost per bottle to clean grain that's not the issue its time in a day issue . and now replacing the cleaner issue . some have said they dont clean there field grain other than screening out things that will damage the mill , so i'm thinking am i wasting my time and money replacing and running the cleaner . as far using unmalted field grain GR it is definitely a cost plus bonus to stick with a grain bill of 30 % malted grain and 70 % unmalted field grain no matter if its harrington barley or wheat . some years grain right out of the field is dirt cheep and we can buy it on its way to the malt plant , however the price of malt doesnt seem to drop . lots of local producers have contracts to the malt plant but are willing to sell off anything over and above there contract for cash verses selling it on open market for less than contract price . im sure most distilleries use unmalted grain in there mash bill other than single malt or scotch styles . the question is are they runing it thru a cleaner first lol thanks tim
  17. Spent Grains after on-grain distillation

    ya for sure cattle will drink stillage so do pigs ......google poundmakers agventures
  18. Spent Grains after on-grain distillation

    dont worry they will eat the spent grain and drink the stillage just fine , spent grain is usually mixed with fresh grain and silage they wont even notice the difference . tim
  19. BLOOM in bottle???

    im curious if ur product is 65 percent it should burn ....dump a bottle and lite the empty bottle it should burn off the alcohol in the bottle does the film on the glass remain or is it gone tim
  20. electric parrot

    hello i was wondering if any one has and experience or review of the electric parrot tha still dragon sells , thanks tim
  21. Ventilation

    our engineer told us that 6 air changes per hour is the base line for sizing ventilation fans . not sure if that helps . tim
  22. Spirit Still Cooling System

    MG you sure know your stuff ,,,,huge asset to this forum tim
  23. Wiring Control Box

    personally i cant afford an electrician so we raised one lol he has his red seal i ll forward him this thread and see if he can venture a guess . tim
  24. Rice Whiskey

    did u test the gravity with a refractometer or hydrometer . bear in mind tasting sweet can be deceptive to determine conversion the same enzymes that convert starch in your mash is also in your mouth so are you tasting sweet because its converted or are u tasting sweet because it converting in your mouth lol . tim
  25. Spirit Still Cooling System

    there ya go tons of good info .....where in canada are you from
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