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  1. The interesting thing about terpenes in cannabis is that now it is believed that they control the high in some way. THC has a great deal less affect without any terpenes. No one knows why yet, but they do seem to control the effects of THC in several different ways. The different ways being different psychactive effects and therefore different medical effects. Also, you can distill terpenes from ethanol after washing, however there are issues with that. The taste and smell of terpenes from ethanol extraction are nasty. The best way to distill off the terpenes is to use steam as the solvent and an oil water separator at the output of the final condenser. Steam distilled terpenes retain their wonderful taste and smell. Also cannabis has lost of different terpenes among the different strains. Sour Diesel gives you sour and diesel fuel flavors and smell while the Cat Piss strain smells just like cat piss. The Super Skunk strain smells like a skunk in a big way. Some hemp strains smell like orange or lemon while others smell like cherries. The fact that humans have a very well developed endocannabinoid system, tells us that humans have been using the plant for thousands of years. The medical benefits of the plant are extraordinary, and of course, overall, cannabis is much safer than drinking ethanol. I hope that someday THC can be added to spirits but I think that it's going to be a while. I like IPAs that are infused with hemp terpenes and I think that will continue to be a trend. It might be interesting to produce a distilled spirit that has been infused with hemp terpenes.
  2. Thank you. I'm glad you found the web site helpful. We like to be an open book about everything especially, our prices. Concerning steam verses electric, steam is almost always the best way to go, especially in a state like CA. 200 gallon ultra pro vodka still: 200,000 BTUs of low pressure steam boiler output per hr. Agitator & VFD drive -10 amps at 220v single phase condenser cooling: input temp 53°F, output temp 125°F, max flow = 2gpm 400 gallon mash tun: 400,000 BTUs of low pressure steam boiler output per hr Agitator and VFD drive 25 amps at 220v single phase crash cooling = input temp 45°F output temp 95°F average, flow rate 9gpm max, cooling time 35 minutes Four 400 gallon fermenters: cooling= 10,000 btus per day for all fermenters 20 gpm mash pump with cart Jabsco 20 GPM Flexible Impeller Pump: Specifications: • Motor and head are close-coupled drive with no belts or gear reducers for increased power and reliability over the belt-driven heads • Precision cast head manufactured from 316 stainless steel • Variable speed controls in a NEMA 4 enclosure with local speed control, start/stop, forward/reverse • 30’ power cord • Speeds up to 1800 RPM • 1.5” TC inlet and outlet ports • Either pipe can be used for suction or discharge • 30 PSI maximum output pressure • Mounted on a custom stainless-steel cart • All components in contact with liquid being pumped are AISI 3216 Stainless Steel • Sanitary mechanical seal • Requires single phase 230 volt breaker of a 10 amp capacity or 3 phase 240 volt breaker of a 10 amp capacity. Liquid outlet pressure: 30 PSI Max Liquid Flow Rate: 20 GPM Pump head material: 316 Stainless Steel Liquid Inlet/Outlet Port Size: 1.5” Tri Clamp Electrical specs for 20 GPM Mash Pump 220 Volts Single phase or 3 Phase 1.5 HP 2.4 AMP Continuous Duty Cycle Replacement impeller, part # 8981-0002 G70C ATEX Kalrez® Air Operated Diaphragm PumpThese little Explosion Proof Alcohol Pumps are the best for high proof beverage alcohol. All of the wetted parts are completely ethanol resistant. Please see the information below from the manufacturers web site.The Model G70C is designed to be the ultimate in performance and reliability. Our robust design combines innovative features and relentless testing to offer a pump that has a long, trouble free service life. The pump incorporates all the great features and benefits you expect with Flojet products and now it’s fitted with Kalrez®. The uniquely designed shuttle valve check valves, and its high performance capabilities have been combined to accomplish the ultimate in compact air operated double diaphragm pump technology. The Model G57C Pump can supply up to 5 GPM (18.9 /min.). A Air Regulator is used to control the flow rate (sold separately).Model No.: G70C SeriesATEX approvedExclusively from FlojetChemical resistant Kalrez® DiaphragmsCapable of Air or CO2 drive pressures up to 100PSI (2.2cfm)Robust Design with durable integral mountingPatented Shuttle Valve eliminates stallingCapable of passing solids up to 3.2mm diameter easily with large clog-free Check ValvesCorrosion Resistant materials capable of handling a wide range of chemicalsEase of Installation with all quick disconnect portsFlow Rate 5 (gpm)18.9 (lpm)Air Supply Pressure 20 - 100 (psi)1.4 - 6.9 (bar)Temperature Range 120 (°F)48.9 (°C)Self Priming Up to 15ft (4.5m).Port(s) Air Inlet & Outlet 1.4"(6.3mm);liquid Inlet & Outlet 3/8"(10-13mm) or or 1/2"(12.7mm) ;Weight 0.54 (kg)1.2 (lb) Rite 85 S 18Hp Low Pressure Steam Boiler. Electrical: 110v 15 amp breaker Fuel: Natural gas or propane
  3. Concerning stills: None of our electric stills operate off of 110v single phase. Our 100 gallon standard series still has a 22kW heating system that draws 91.67 amps at 240v single phase and of course it requires a 115 amp fused disconnect or breaker as per the NEC. A 125 Amp breaker or fused disconnect is allowable. The agitator draws around 5 amps but the VFD drive will draw another 3 amps when wired in single phase out 3 phase. We have sold some large single phase stills with the largest being 300 gallons becouse the customer did not have access to 3 phase power or natural gas. We do 208v, 220v, 230v,240v,480v heating systems in single and 3 phase. All of our electric heating systems use single phase 240v elements for single and 3 phase power, except for the 480v systems which have 480v single phase elements. In general, it is my recommendation that a small distillery have at least a 200 amp 240v 3 phase system, if they are running electric stills. Medium and large distilleries should have a steam boiler to fire their stills and mash tuns. In that situation a 200 amp 3 phase electrical system is fine but a 200 amp single phase system will work with our agitators and pumps and be more than enough. All of our agitators and pumps have 3 phase motors, however the VFDs will convert the single phase power to 3 phase power.
  4. Removing the solder is easy. Removing the flux on the other hand is a little harder but we have a method that removes it. Once the flux is removed then tigging it is no problem. A few years ago I had an engineer tell me that copper and stainless could not be tiged together. We tig stainless to copper all of the time. It's not a joint that should be used where there is a lot of vibration however we have not had any issues with copper to stainless welds on stills.
  5. We have them for our glass bubble plate columns, however our largest is 10". I think Still Dragon has them in 12".
  6. We carry a large number of different sized gaskets in different materials. What is the gasket for and what size do you need and what type of material?
  7. The engineer that did most of the design work with me lives in Ukraine. We are 8 months into the process to get his work visa. He should be over here in 3 to 4 months, then we will move ahead with the continuous stills and some other fascinating things. We have a prototype that works really well, however I decided that we should wait until the designer is here before we move forward. Also currently our equipment testing lab is being used as a hemp to CBD processing facility until we get our large process facility completed, which will take another 2 to 3 months. I had to decide a few months back on whether to continue to develop the continuous columns or start to produce CBD in that space. The profitability of the CBD is such that I felt that my only choice was to start producing CBD and put continuous column stills on the back burner. We do have vacuum stripping stills for sell. They are incredibly fast and are almost exactly like our Oil King reclaim stills. They can be heated with a hot water boiler that can be fired by lots of different fuel sources including wood, natural gas, propane, electricity or even solar, if you are in the right area. We run the oil king still for reclaiming ethanol from our CBD process. We can do a demo in our CBD lab of the reclaim still doing a stripping run so that you can come here and see it, if you like. We simply put an 8% wash in there and strip it out to low wines. We have the industrial ethanol permits that allow us to do that. Below is a picture of the Oil King which also makes a great vacuum stripping still.
  8. Hi Everyone. We have been crazy busy so I haven't posted on this topic for a while. Anyway, below are just a few of the stills and other devices that we have completed or are working on in the last few weeks. Below is a 20 gallon Baine Marie R&D still with one of our filtering systems on a cart. The still below is for hemp processing. It distills valuable terpenes while decarboxylating the CBD oil. Below is another filter housing. The Signature series still below will look incredible when it is complete. Below is one of our Oil King Hemp processing stills. These are selling like hot cakes. They cost as little as 1/10 the price of a CO2 system and do a better job. We have them in sizes ranging from 8 gallon to 2,500 gallon. No matter the size the little stills will do a run in 1.5hrs. They also make great stripping stills and are faster and more efficient than most continuous column stripping stills
  9. Roller mills do not work well for corn. You will constantly have problems with it. Hammer mills are typically used for corn. Makers Mark has a lot of money so they may have some kind of special roller mill. The roller mills that are typically used by brewers etc for barley will give you fits trying to do corn. I have a tube in tube heat exchanger that will crash cool 300 gallons of mash in around 30 minutes for less than $3,000.00. If your mash tun uses steam and is well built, then I can give you a plumbing design that will allow you to use your steam jacket as a crash cooling jacket, however I would need to see a drawing of the vessel first. If your still is a baine marie and you use oil in your jacket, then I have a device that for less than $1,000.00 will turn your baine marie still into a self contained steam still. You can then use the jacket for crash cooling as well as steam heat. I also have relatively inexpensive mash pumps that can handle thick viscus corn mashes. If you have a strong agitator you can crash cool by leaving some of the water out of the recipe. Do you have jacket or cooling coils in your fermenters? If so you can crash cool in them using an agitator. We have some great prices on agitators. If you need anything at all just email me paul@distillery-equipment.com or call me 417-778-6100 Emailing me is best as we stay very busy so I'm on the phone alot but I will call you back if you leave a message.
  10. We have lab chillers of all sizes in stock. https://www.emeraldgoldextractors.com/search?type=product&q=chiller We will have the 5L -10C chiller back in stock in 2 weeks or so.
  11. All of your plated columns have dephlegmators correct? If so you just need one of our column condensate pump kits. We have them in stock. Because your plated columns are split, your 19 plates have the functionality of only 13.5 plates. The two plated columns need to function just like a single vertical column. My column condensate pump kit will do that for you. You will have the full functionality of all 19 plates once the pump kit has been installed. Along with the pump kit you get unlimited phone and email support with my best distiller, Mike Osborn. Also, if you would like to automate the dephlegmator and final condenser control we can sell you a kit for that for only a little more than $500.00 Email me: paul@distillery-equipment.com and we will quote the column condensate pump kit for you.
  12. Using my recollections of the amount of whiskey my grandfather was producing, his fermentation had to be between 7% and 9% ethanol. The large kernel, white, hickory king corn malted extremely well, with lots of sprouts and zero mold. Dillard Hall's primary corn whiskey recipe consisted of his malted corn and our families yeast strain and that was it. Keep in mind that my people made corn whiskey from malted corn for centuries and they were the progenitors of American style whiskies that utilize corn. Growing up, I knew a lot of old timers who had made corn whiskey. I knew them because of my grandfather and all of them, except for a few, who were his close friends, called him Uncle Dillard. Uncle was a term of respect among the Southern Mountaineers. These old timers where mostly born just before or just after the turn of the 20th century. Before cheap sugar came along, they all used malted corn that they malted themselves using the same corn strains and methods that my grandfather used, as well as the same kind of indirectly fired copper still. They all distilled their malted corn whiskies on the grain. Many times the stills they used had copper pots, copper line arms and copper coils with the head, thumper and flake stand made from barrels. Add the fermented mash, stir like hell with a wooden paddle until the mash starts to boil then put on the cap/head and line arm and you are off and running.
  13. My Grandfather used malted corn to make his Charter Whiskey (Bourbon). He did his first run of whiskey with his grandfather in 1894 and he never strayed from the recipe. When I was a kid, I helped him malt his corn. He said that only Hickory Cane and Hickory King Corn where fit to malt. He said "yeller corn haint fit to malt, it'll mold on ye." Hickory Cane and Hickory King were used throughout the southern Appalachians for making Whiskey. Most of the big distilleries stopped using these varieties years ago because of the expense. Jack Daniels distillery used them until Lem Motlow started using dent corn to save money. Where and when I grew up in the Great Smoky Mountains, we used Hickory King for making corn meal, for the table, making whiskey and for feeding our livestock. I remember the stalks growing up to 13' tall in good soil. I have asked a couple of malting houses about it and they said they never heard of it. If you are going to pulverize corn you need to use a hammer mill. Roller mills don't work well with corn. I don't remember enough to answer your other two questions. Good luck.
  14. Hi Jim, A 600 gallon stripping still will give you approximately 182.4 gallons of 25% low wines if the mash is 8%. For another quote email Susan at susan@distillery-equipment.com I'm glad to help with getting your still to produce 190 proof and above. First I have a couple of questions. How many plates do you have? Are all of your plates in one vertical column or in multiple columns? If your plates are in multiple columns, how many columns are there and how many plates in each column? Thanks
  15. From my experience JB weld leaches into solvents. I can't say for sure that it is not safe, but I can't say for sure if it is safe. I talked to Jonathan about your issue. He said that for it to be welded all of the solder must be removed. If you guys do decide to have it repaired with solder, I suggest you contact Col. Vaughn Wilson. Here is a link to his web site. He is an Arkansawyer who builds traditional copper stills, using traditional methods. The guy is incredibly intelligent and really knows his stuff about traditional copper stills. http://www.coppermoonshinestills.com/
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