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  1. Avonak

    Hot vs Cold Water Barrel Prep

    Does anyone have a steam generator that they recommend?
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    Hot vs Cold Water Barrel Prep

    For those that are using steam, what is the recommended time? Do you need to adjust significantly for bigger barrels? Next batch: Tighten hoops Try some with steam, some in kiddie pool (can't wait to explain this on tours)
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    Hot vs Cold Water Barrel Prep

    Thanks for the replies. I like the steam idea, but how can you tell if the barrel is completely sealed? Also, will a home steamer generate enough steam, or is something industrial needed? If so, any recommendations? I will try to tighten the hoops next time as well.
  4. Avonak

    1,000 Gal Mash Tun and Fermenters

    What size boiler are you using to run this?
  5. I am looking for some help designing the correct size tube-in-tube heat exchanger. We would like to cool from mashing temp to fermentation temps in a few hours, 2-4 would be fine. Mash size is 1500 gal and we have a chiller with 48F water available for the coolant. Is it better to design for a single pass or simple recirculate the hot fluid until the lower temp is reached, The 2nd seems the easier way to handle lots of specs and not overshoot the temp. Also looking for reputable vendors, SS, sanitary connections, skid or wall mounting are both possible. Also would like to see some in action if you have pictures. Thanks!
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    Hot vs Cold Water Barrel Prep

    Hi everyone, looking for some more experienced advice on the subject. We are currently following the cooperage guidelines and using hot (120-140F) water to prep our barrels prior to filling, however, I would prefer cold since it requires the use of our still to heat the water. The main problem is our barrels have sat for a bit and leak like crazy. It takes 2-3 fills of hot water over a week to seal up completely. Anyone have experience switching and was cold water as effective? Additional question, how long can water sit in the barrels before some issue arises like mold or algae?
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    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Update: We did receive most of the barrels (remainder are being shipped at a later date). On a positive note, I do like that the barrels re individually wrapped, hope it will make barrel prep easier. On a negative note, the 10 gal barrels have a tiny bung, going to to have to get few new things in order to fill. Also, the silicone bungs we have will not fit.
  8. Avonak

    International Shipping

    Thanks Paul. I might not have made it clear, but we are a operating distillery, shipping bottles of product to a new customer overseas, so the departing port is USA.
  9. Avonak

    International Shipping

    Hey folks, I am looking for some help and guidance regarding international shipping. We have received an order from oversees (1st ever) and need some help: 1) Are there any additional permits that we need to ship? My hope is to transfer custody locally, so all transit is on them. 2) If the shipping has to be on us, what do I need to protect the shipment, ie. licenses, permits, insurance...? 3) Shipping recommendations. Options are to ship on pallets or stuff the container without pallets. What is the best way in terms of protecting the cargo? Do we need anything else such as padding, dividers...etc? 4) How are taxes handled on the TTB and local level (in TX, so TABC is the governing body) 5) What else am I missing? Thanks for any help.
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    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Update, I did receive a shipping notice (with invoice) this morning for the full order. I guess it takes some pushing and shoving to get things done. While I hope this was only a serious miscommunication, its concerning that it takes so much effort to get the product. I will keep this post updated with barrel quality once received.
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    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Update: after making a stink on many sites, I have been told most of the barrels are ready to ship on Monday (pretty convenient). They really did not want to provide a refund. I will update whether the barrels arrive and in what condition.
  12. Avonak

    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Warning, DO NOT buy from Atlas Barrel Company. We made a purchase in January of this year, paying 50% deposit. We have heard twice that the barrels would be sent soon, only nothing ever arrives. And now we cannot get a hold of anyone to request a refund. DO NOT use them!!
  13. This item is sold. If it falls through I will contact those listed. Thanks.
  14. For Sale: XpressFill XF460 with 4 Spouts Used 6 months, rigorously cleaned following XpressFill Manual. New price is $2795. Make offer. Buyer to arrange shipping.
  15. Avonak

    Analytical Labs

    Thanks, this is perfect.
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