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Posts posted by Jwalsh77

  1. 2 minutes ago, captnKB said:

    if you are producing whiskey do you plan to get a dedicated cooker or mash tun?

    Eventually a cooker.  However, we are currently located next-door to a brewery with brand new equipment, so we will utilize them for now.   

  2. So, we have stills (700 Gallon Stripping/300 Gallon Hybrid Pot Still), a boiler, fermentation tanks, a diaphragm pump, a small bottling line and an RO system. But really, that’s all we have at this point. We’re going to be primarily focused on whiskey production. I’m a very recent (about a month) crossover from the brewing world and have set up quite a few breweries in the past, but this isn’t very similar in my experience thus far. I could literally set up a brewery in no time, but I feel like I’m struggling here a bit with the task of identifying everything we need.  If anyone has any time, I would greatly appreciate any feedback you’re willing to provide on the following list of things that I believe we still need.  Here goes – 

    ·     Air Compressor/Air Dryer/Filters. 

    ·     Collection/Holding tanks -Low wines, Hearts, Tails, Blending?

    ·     Floor Scale (?).

    ·     Hoses (Distillery specific?).

    ·     Barrels.

    ·     Barrel Racking equipment.

    ·     Assorted Clamps, Gaskets, Valves, etc. 

    ·     Thermometers (glass/digital).

    ·     Hydrometer/Alcometers.

    ·     Filtration system – Depth or Cartridge or both?

    ·     Flowmeters(?).

    ·     Cold Liquor Tank/ Chiller(?) (Unsure if Midwest city water is cool enough year-round). 

    ·     Ethanol Detectors(s). 

    ·     Forklift/Pallet Jack

    ·     Distillery Software.


    That’s where I’m currently at with this list. What did I miss? What don’t I need?  I’ve generated this list by reading hours and years’ worth of this forum, independent research and insight from the very few folks I know in the industry. I’ve done my best to do my homework before asking for your collective assistance, so hopefully this doesn’t come across as a request to be “baby birded” the info. Thanks again. 

  3. Good Morning.  I am recent cross over to spirits after almost 14 years in the brewing industry.   I would love to hear from other cross overs or anyone who has any good advice for someone in my position.   Sure seems like a lot of what I know from brewing can be applied to spirits, but I bet there's a lot to learn.   I've heard good things about this forum and I look forward to learning and participating.  

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