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  1. Spirits Competitions

    Aint they all pay to play? I also see one gettin top honors one year and the next year they get bronze for the same stuff. How does that work? I bet I could submit 5 of the same soiurced vodka with different labels to the same competition and walk away with a bronze, silver and a gold.
  2. TTB Certified hydrometer

    Wasnt tryin to be rude. Just was short of time. I am not google and did provide help, it would have taken jrfalcon less time to write 'hydrometer' in the search bar and get the results he needed than it would have taken for me to copy and past all the links. There is more information in that search engine than in this entire thread so theres no point in going any further than the search.
  3. TTB Certified hydrometer

    search the forum.
  4. TTB Certified hydrometer

    You need calibrated hydrometers for everything in the distillery. If it aint calibrated then who knows if it's 120 proof or 130 proof? You also need to do it yearly.
  5. Digital ABV reader

    There's an inaccurate one for about $500 Anton Par handheld for about $2500 but it still aint ttb approved. Spend about $10,000 on a basic bench top anton par and you begin to get into the range of a TTB approved meter.
  6. Separating rye and corn into their own mashes

    I am sure it made for good television.
  7. Fermentation Open tank or Closed?

    I started off doing open top fermentation for whiskey and switched to closed years ago. I will never do open ever again because it's a complete pain. I don't notice much difference in fermentation temp with open vs closed. I think the difference is marginal. With open you can't direct the co2 or the smells and you'll die of old age before you ever get the fruit flies under control. I don't agree with southerns last statement of all fermentation areas should have proper venting with open top. The reason I disagree is that if the blowoff isn't vented outside that you'll have the exact same amount of co2 present in your facility if the tanks are open or closed. It's just tens of thousands of dollars cheaper to vent closed tanks outside the building than to turn over the air to create a safe workplace with open fermentation. If you are unfortunate enuf to be in the northern states you'll have to pay for all the heat you lose in the winter because you'll need to turn over the air in your distillery multiple times per day. Just because some places do a dirty ferment and think it's cool to stick their hands in the mash doesn't mean it's right. You'll also make a more consistant and probably better product by having a closed and clean fermentation which will also help your sales in the long run. but its yer business, if you want to stick various body parts into your mash then go right ahead. Disclose your practice on the label and I bet nobody will want to buy it!
  8. Loss in low-wines run

    No. No. No. You can't just take a scoop of carbon and throw it in a tank and expect results. Do you think the water treatment company takes a huge tank of water and chucks a handful of filters in there? No. Carbon is a filter just like any filter cartrige for your house, just a lot smaller. You need to pump your vodka THROUGH your carbon. 1/4 cup of carbon spinning around in 300 litrers of vodka aint gunna do anything either. Maybe if you used 20 cups it might filter somebut you are doing it all wrong and using not enough carbon.
  9. Citric acid wash for copper bubble plates

    Today I learned how I should be filling my CIP system with ketchup instead of citric. What brand do you recomend for a 300 gallon hybrid still? PBW and citric are quite different cleaners. For starters one has a pH of about 2 and the other has a pH of about 12. You can't clean a still with just acid and you cant get copper shiny with PBW.
  10. Bad tasting gin

    You have a lot of questions on basic distilling. You need to hire a consultant.
  11. Loss in low-wines run

    I'm surprised you haven't pitched (spammed) your company to him in this thread. Maybe he could use a new still?! I kid. Why don't you just stick to reselling equipment and let the distillers handle these responses so that the original poster arent wasting theie time?
  12. Loss in low-wines run

    15 gallons of raw ethanol leaking would be quite a serious and obvious leak. Your building would probably be on fire if that much was leaking out during one run.
  13. Small Scale Grain Liquid Separation

    You would probably need to drill about 10,000 holes for it to drain.
  14. Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    You're customer already solved his problem and has distilled a successful batch since last night? You're dang good! (Note to self: never reach out to Southernhighlander for any sort of distillery consulting)
  15. Possible Mash Infection, Need Help