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  1. HDPE is fine for H2O2 and is easy enough to find.
  2. It's not nice stuff, but that website gets a bit dramatic. It is easy enough to handle with proper precautions. The main precaution I drum into my staff is to keep organic substances away from it. Paper can (and has in my lab) spontaneously combust after contact with 15% H2O2. This also applies to the disposal of hand protection - ensure a separate bin is available for H2O2 waste items.
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    Mash tun size

    Thanks guys, that's the info I needed.
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    Mash tun size

    The only sizing certainty I have so far is the still, which is an ex-milk vat pot still at 1130L, so will hold a 1000L charge comfortably. I'm going in circles a little bit with the size of the mash tun. If I wash twice, would something like 700L work?
  5. Hmm, I hadn't considered a boiler but I can see how nice it would be. What size boiler would I need? I planned on 36kw of heating elements so does that translate directly to boiler size?
  6. Thanks Tim. It felt like I found an untapped resource when I first thought of using a stainless steel vat - there didn't appear to be anyone out there using them and they were purchasing their stills complete. I've since heard of quite a few that have used them, particularly in the USA. Luckily I grew up on a farm so have enough ability to be able to construct my own still and save a bunch of money.
  7. Hi All. I am in the process of planning a whisky and gin distillery on the West Coast of Tasmania. So far, my plan is to repurpose a jacketed 1100L milk vat into a boiler with an 200mm packed column with 1000mm shotgun condensor on top and reflux controlled by liquid take off. I'll be using 4 x 9kw elements for boiling and pumping water through the jacket to use for the mashing - maybe. I'll be getting several 1000L wine fermenter vats for fermenting the mash, but my mash tun is an unknown. I can get another milk vat the same size, but given I'll probably be doing 2 washes of the grist, I should be able to get away with using something a little smaller, such as 700L. Does this sound about right? I plan on creating a Scotch style whisky and initially I'll be purchasing malted barley for whisky and molasses for gin but I would like to eventually malt the grain (barley and probably wheat) myself. I'm not sure yet how the maturing will go with the high humidity and cold climate in this part of the world, but it should make for a unique Tasmanian whisky! Wayne
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