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  1. ViolentBlue

    Equipment Vendors Selling Stills with Design Flaws

    i can be reached at steven@cageandsons.com
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    Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    its easier to get the same surface are for cooling in a smaller package
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    Steven Cage

    Just a brief notice to you all out there that know me. as of September 11 2017, I have left Artisan Still Design Please direct any questions or communication for ASD to neil@atrisanstilldesign.com Thanks
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    Steven Cage

    New company, and new line of equipment www.cageandsons.com
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    Semi - Automation of hybrid still

    MGL is correct, flow in the bottom and out the top in order to automatically purge the air. how it is currently set up 75% of your cooling surface are will not be used
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    Vapor in Column Backflow

    a p-trap is helpful, but there needs to be sufficient height separating the column bottoms, P-trap and fluid level of the boiler. otherwise you wont have enough head for gravity to do its thing and overcome the micro pressures in the kettle. 12" of height difference between kettle fluid levels and the bottom of your column only gives you a gravity/pressure difference of 0.375 PSI. this is well within the range of pressures you can build in the kettle, even with an open vapor path. Many of the newcomers to the equipment market are using 12" or less height difference, realistically 24" or more would be ideal, but then height becomes a concern. throw in Dual columns, and your troubles double. individual plate flooding is another issue, it can either be bad plate design, or a combination of running too much heat and too much reflux, in which case back off on the heat, back off on dephlegmater flow and you will have the same results out of your parrot with fewer column flooding problems.
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    Column Diameter and collection rate

    its not just a matter of column diameter, but also plate design. a poorly designed plate will need to be bigger in order to get the throughput, but then the vapor velocity suffers. a perforated plate column, should be slightly smaller in diameter in order to drive the velocity higher, or else you wont achieve balance in the column and the fluid will fall out. it is a balancing act to make one of these systems work, there are some rules of thumb, tricks and workarounds, but it all comes back to the math.
  8. So Its official, Just launched the website for this new Venture.I've been working hard for these past months creating all new designs, at competitive prices.https://www.cageandsons.comhttps://www.facebook.com/cageandsons most around here know me, and Know that I have been in the industry for many years Designing and Manufacturing equipment in partnership with another company. I have set out on my own, going back to the roots of what I do, unencumbered and uncompromised. This new line has been designed specifically to compete dollar for dollar while delivering a system designed from the ground up to a higher standard. check us out on our website and facebook
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    How to keep cooling water from going bad

    you will have to follow instructions on the container, I believe they have a chart for rough PH correction.
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    Black deposit on inside of copper still

    the black build up would most likely be copper salts, nothing to be afraid of. not likely they are remnants of the manufacturing process, but if you are really concerned do a full cleaning regiment, start with a hot caustic (PBW) wash to remove any residual oils, rinse with clean water then a cold acid to break down the copper salts. if you have a CIP recirculate it, if not, glove up and get scrubbing by hand. if you heat the acid it becomes more effective, but even a mild a acid solution can do a lot of damage to the skin when hot, so be very careful.
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    Black deposit on inside of copper still

    once you do your first run, the hot acidic wash will clean that right off
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    How to keep cooling water from going bad

    if you have the cooling water in contact with stainless alt all, do not use bleach or any chlorine. Star Sans acid #5, just push the ph to 6 or a hair under and no algae will grow and it will keep your stainless rust free, as well it will be much less harsh on your copper than citric acid.
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    Stillhouse Vs. Whiskey Systems

    been working with Donald for years now, I was playing with whiskey systems in its alpha stages. I believe it carries some of its DNA over from Donalds time with Buffalo Trace (before the pappy was stolen) so there is a lot of tested professional development in its core. so I am a bit biased towards WS. in my experince , to the average user the two systems are about the same, I believe WS has some deeper levels you could delve into that offer more. where WS really shines, is access to people knowledgeable in the industry, turn around time for new features to be added when something new is requested and of course price.
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    Electric Steam Generator

    Sussman Boilers work well, I've worked with them on several stills. cost of operation is a bit higher than gas boilers, piping is the same, but requirements for firewalls and such are much less stringent than with gas fired. you will find the law of diminishing returns applies the larger you go. but for smaller distilleries 0-150 gallons electric bain marie works welll and is cheaper, I would use an electric boiler for anything larger.
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    Malting Equipment

    I have a Malting System that is currently being prototyped. until it is proven out, wont quite be ready for prime time.
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    300 gallon new Still for sale

    Nope, definately not ASD's manufacturer. Makes you wonder why they would make that claim though.
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    500L Artisan Still

    I have a design we've been working on, just a little more work and its ready to go into production. a few things are missing on this design, but I won't point them all out at this time. I invite your comments and questions.
  18. Well many of you have been waiting with anticipation for the production run of our 30 gallon glass column still you saw at the ADI conference. good news, boilers have arrive and production has begun on the columns. we're just about ready to take your order. this new unit is a co-operative effort of Artisan Still Design and Paradise Lost Bev Co. kits as shown in the pictures below will sell for $5000. Includes: Boiler, Glass Column, Dephleg, product condenser, electric heat control system and element adapters. please direct order inquiries to lurch@paradiselostbevco.com Photos generously provided by Appalachian Mountain Spirits LLC, who owns our prototype unit.
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    Try before you buy stills?

    Discussing with my business partner the direction we'll be growing the company, and thought I'd get some feedback from you folks here. I had the idea to build a building to house one or two of our stills and set it up so folks can come out and get some hands on before their still arrives. with the licencing we have in place, you won't be allowed to keep any of the distilled spirits, but you will be able to run the system and get an understanding for its operation with the guidance of someone who's familiar with the unit and is a competent distiller. Wouldn't call it a distilling school or anything like that, just the opportunity to get some hands on before you're Still is delivered. Your thoughts?
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    Does the Chat Feature work?

    or am I the only one that gets an error?
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    Hello from NE Texas

    sent you contact info for Dallas Distilleries. the other folks aren't ready to go public just yet.
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    Distiller NE Texas

    Talk to Sherman Owens he has helped a lot of distilleries, all the way from ground breaking to developing award wining whiskey. http://adiforums.com/index.php?showuser=108
  23. that is some very nice work I'd like to talk with you about some lights for our showroom distillery. and I can maybe point you in the right direction towards getting registered with FDA and TTB as a manufacturer of distillation equipment. shoot me an email Steven@artisanstilldesign.com Steve
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    what still would you recommend for white rum?

    you would want some type of plated column still, whit rum is usually distilled to a higher proof then an aged or navy rum. I can certianly help you out with pricing and design. Drop me a PM r shoot an email off to steven@artisanstilldesign.com
  25. Everyone that attended the ADI conference this last spring got to see our 60 gallon prototype while perhaps a little rough around the edges, it functioned better than expected, and is now in Dallas Texas Making Whiskey. Figured I'd like to show off Generation 2 of this design. Factory is finishing of 4 units in the next few days 2 with gin baskets in the head, and another 2 with Scotch Whisky style heads.