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  1. Birster, That is one of my stills. It has 3 pumps to pump the column condensate (not shown in the pic). Without the pumps you would never reach 190 proof. I build these stills for customers who have lower height restrictions. Also we use thermostatic valves on these stills to control the coolant flow to the final condenser and dephlegmators.
  2. I think that your best option is a stand alone tube in tube heat exchanger, or one of my mash tuns with the internal cooling coil. Email or call for pricing. 417-778-6100 paul@distillery-equipment.com
  3. SteelB, How far in can a 12" diameter coil go below the top of the mash?
  4. SteelB. Is your pot open to or closed top with a manway? If it has a manway, what is the size of the opening? Thanks.
  5. We experimented a lot figuring out the best control point, using a thermostatic valve for coolant control. We tried every scenario we could think of. We found that if we plumbed the system so that the coolant from the final condenser goes to the last dephleg in line then from the last dephleg to the 2nd to last dephleg in line and so on, this worked best. We found that the best placement for the Danfoss probe is at the coolant output of the final condenser and the best place for the valve was at the coolant input of the final condenser. Also we found that you need to have just a little bypass at the valve to make things work smoothly. We tried every other possible position and this worked best. We have used this method to operate up to four dephlegmators and the final condenser on one danfoss valve. We found that we get a much steadier output than using a PID with non proportional on off solenoid valve. The first thing we tried was having the probe of the thermostatic valve at the coolant output of the dephleg and the valve at the input of the dephleg and this did not work well at all. We also tried plumbing the dephlegs separately and the final condenser separately using multiple danfoss valves and this did not work well either. We also tried putting the probe in the vapor path and that caused a very irregular output. The input temp going into the last dephlg in line is the best control point.
  6. I would run three 5,500 watt elements for a total of 16.5kW and the 6" column. Even if you have to stay with 14kW, you should still run the 6" column, as it will still be faster than the 4" with that much power.
  7. You need 16 kW to 24kW. You may be able to run it off of 14kw but I've never tried that. The size of your still pot is just as important for sizing your column correctly. What size is your pot? Also, are your elements in the mash or is your still a Baine Marie?
  8. If you don't mind switching to 5,500 watt elements, we have a panel for you. Email me: paul@distillery-equipment.com Thanks.
  9. I think that Musk's Starships will make it to Mars in the next few years. His Starship is super cheap to build and launch. His new Raptor engines run off of natural gas which is almost free, compared to the other rocket fuels being used. The skin of the Starships is stainless. These are the first stainless skinned rockets, since the 1950s. They are hugely cheaper than the heavily machined aluminum that everyone else is using. In fact you can't build an aluminum rocket that big using todays methods. The Russians charge $9,000,000.00 per seat. It will cost as little as $25,000.00 to $50,000 per seat on Starship. Starship is almost 30' in diameter and can carry over 200,000 lbs of cargo. That is over 4 tractor trailer loads. Also NASA has picked Starship for the Artimis program, meaning Starship is the next moon rocket. Also Starship can land on its tail and take off again, meaning there will not be a need for a lander on the moon, Mars or Io. Starship can be used time after time and in a few decades they will probably be hualing cargo out to colonies, not just on Mars, but on some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn as well Musk is launching the first manned NASA launch from US soil, in almost a decade. Musk beat Boeing and all other challengers in a huge way, in the latest race to launch Americans into space from US soil, in a US rocket, made by an American company. That's right, he stomped Boeing in a race that no one said he could win because Boeing had been building and launching rockets for decades while Musk started from scratch. I've made a lot of money betting on Musk and his companies. When Musk smoked that big joint on video and Tesla stock dropped, I bought as much as I could and made a chunk. So yes, Musk's Starships are going to Mars. He already has one or two of them built and they are the first of hundreds. If he ever takes SpaceX public, I'm a buyer for sure. I'm sure that someday someone is going to start a distillery outside of earths gravity well. Maybe the equipment will be hauled on one of Musk's Starships. I'm sure that a Starship will carry some great distilled spirits to some were. Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has ever been drunk in space? If not, I'm sure that it will happen sooner or later. I would love to have a drink while taking a paid flight in a Starship. I'm ready to go as soon as the seat becomes available. Maybe they will let me bring along a little bottle of Pappy VanWinkle's.
  10. We've built some really big soxhlets from stainless. If anyone needs one just let me know paul@distillery-equipment.com Thanks.
  11. The below is from Keith at Grazin Spirits concerning the Danfoss thermostatic valve and our method for using it to automate coolant control for all of the dephlegmators and final condenser for vodka stills " Wanted to let you both know that the danfoss valve is installed and making it so so easy to run the vodka still. Excellent product and has changed my entire work flow for the better. Amazing!"
  12. Galapadoc, I will set you up with getting a quote for the Sunshiner system. Thanks.
  13. Hi Galapadoc, You sure live in a beautiful place. My wife's sister and her husband went there and really loved it. Your question is a good one. My customer and his freight forwarder seemed really stressed concerning Ecuadorian customs. I made sure that all of the documentation was perfect because the customer's Ecuadorian freight forwarder said that customs would use any excuse to hold the equipment. The still ended up clearing customs quickly with no issues, however, I don't know if palms had to be greased or not, because the Ecuadorian freight forwarder and my customer dealt with customs on their end. I sent one of my employees down their to help them install the still and do the first run or two. The still was installed at a facility in Quito. My employee said that the customer took him to parties where he met TV personalities and government officials, so maybe the customer knew the right people. That's been a few years ago, but I should still have all of the emails, so if you want, I could dig up the contact info for the freight forwarder. If I sold you a still. My freight forwarder and I would handle all of the required documentation on our end. We would handle everything all of the way to Guayaquil and your freight forwarder would handle things from there. It would take around 3 weeks for the equipment to get from my location to Guayaquil. It would take time to build the equipment if we don't have it in stock. Build time would depend on what you order. If you would like a quote email me paul@distillery-equipment.com Thanks.
  14. Okay I understand. Our 8 gallon and larger vacuum stills have tube and shell condensers and are easy to disassemble and clean. Your advice is good advice. The other thing about lab glass is if you drop it or bump it, it is gone.
  15. We have spare parts for all of our lab equipment in stock. We have a wide selection of roto vaps up to 100 Liters. We have a huge selection of vacuum stills from 8 gallons to 2,500 gallons. We have lab chillers of all sizes at really great prices. We sell all models of Welch and Edwards vacuum pumps as well as some good Chinese and South Korean vacuum pumps that give you a lot of bang for your buck. We also have short path stills up to 20 liters. We also sell wiped film evaporators. We use a Rotovap for hemp to CBD processing. We use it to remove residual ethanol from our CBD oil befor further processing in our short path. In that application there is no need to clean the condenser every day. If you are just running ethanol through a glass condenser why would you need to clean it everyday?
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