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  1. Email me paul@distillery-equipment.com and we will help you with it.
  2. I hear you. We have destroyed some vessels in other types of testing. I agree that the trade offs are worth it depending on what you are doing. Good job and good luck moving forward.
  3. Sorry to hear that you have imploded some of your vacuum stills and about your challenges concerning cuts and efficiency. The info that you need to do the proper design calcs for your vacuum stills so that they won't implode is online, so there was no reason for that. Out of the 50 or so vacuum stills of various designs that we have built, none have ever imploded. Two of them are 500 gallon capacity and are currently being ran 2 shifts per day by a nutraceuticals company. Our beverage ethonal vacuum still 5-150 kits require a 300 series stainless vessel that has wall thicknesses of at least 1.65mm for vessels smaller than 48" in diameter and for vessels larger the requirement is 2mm. Our 5-150 beverage ethanol vacuum kits only pull enough vacuum to distill at 150 F at the lowest. They are not capable of pulling any more vacuum than that. They don't even use vacuum pumps. If the stills columns are copper a 2mm wall thickness is fine for up to an 8" column. If your still meets those requirements we will supply you a new still if yours implodes using our kit, but that will never happen. Our kit connects to the parrot connection of the still and the parrot connects to the output on the kit. Output comes right out of the parrot as it normally does I recommend doing the cuts by taste and smell for the first few runs while recording the proof then use that info but still taste and smell to be sure. We are currently selling 1 to 2 vacuum stills to the hemp to CBD processing facilities per week. Those stills have 3 mm and greater wall thicknesses and distill at as low as 80 F. They are incredibly fast with run times of 1hr for the smaller ones and 1.5hrs for a 500 gallon at 50 C (122 F). Our falling films will be even faster.
  4. One of the great things about vacuum stills is that they can be wood fired by a hydronic boiler. Hydronic hot water boilers are relatively inexpensive to buy compared to steam boilers. Also wood waste costs a great deal less than nat gas in many areas. Here you can buy a 17 yard dump truck load of end trim blocks from railroad ties and pallet squares that are 80% oak for $160.00 I have my own dump truck so it costs me around $75.00 per 17 cubic yard load from sawmills. Also these boilers go outdoors which can make things easier concerning compliance. Of course they are not allowed in some areas. I applied for and received a government grant to help pay for my last hydronic boiler which I used to fire one of my lumber drying kilns. The government considers wood a renewable resource, which is how I got the grant. https://earthoutdoorfurnaces.com/
  5. We do not have flooding/puking issues in our beverage ethanol vacuum stills because we are only pulling enough vacuum to distill at 150F. Also because of this our column functionality is preserved. Also our beverage ethanol vacuum stills are inexpensive when compared to most of our competitors stills that operate at 1 atmosphere. Our vacuum stills that operate at higher vacuum for producing CBD and other cannabinoids are also inexpensive. In fact our solvent reclamation vac stills are as little as 1/10th the cost of our competitors equipment and our quality is better. Equipment to create cannabis concentrates such as CBD are massively over priced, with some equipment being sold for as much as 2000% over production costs. I am already taking advantage of this, in a huge way. The growth curve in our business is incredible right now but we are dealing with it with very good results. We have gotten the run times on our high vacuum, solvent reclamation stills down to 1 hr. When we started the run times were 6.5 hrs. This really fast distillation does cause some bumping and surging and the still pot will shake a little, however we have never had to bolt our prototypes to the floor. We state that the ones that we sell must be bolted to the floor. I don't think they will walk or anything but better safe than sorry. We had some puking issues with our high vacuum stills during the original design phase and that is absolutely unacceptable for a solvent reclaim still but I solved that issue right away. The newest ones are set up like short paths with no columns and we have zero puking issues. The ethanol in the reclaim tank is free of any oils. Also with our new semi short path design we are staying above 188 proof for 10 to 15 runs re using the same solvent which starts at slightly above 190 proof.
  6. We already have vacuum stills for sale if anyone is interested, including the flavor infusers, except ours are a lot prettier than 7 brothers. Except for our vacuum stripping stills and vacuum stills for hemp to CDB processing and our short path vac stills and our glass laboratory vac stills, they look just like our regular stills. In fact we have a design for a unit that is contained in a case that looks like and oversized computer tower that will connect to any stills parrot connection so that it becomes a vacuum still. Our first model 5-150 is good for stills up to 150 gallon. Our 2nd model 200-800 will be good for stills up to 800 gallons. Unlike some other vacuum stills we have a continuous output from the still. We are able to do this without breaking vacuum. This allows the cuts to be made using smell and taste. Vacuum beverage ethanol distillation has advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that copper vapor interaction is reduced under vacuum. If you pull -29.5 inHg gauge so that you are distilling at around 80 F then you will get very little sulfur removal. At least this is what our lab tests showed. If we pull enough vacuum to distill at around 150 F and we increased the amount of copper surface area inside the still by a certain percentage, we are able to get the same amount of sulfur removal as running under no vacuum. Another disadvantage is that you need more chilling capacity for the condensers. If you are distilling at -29.5 inHg gauge then the temp of the coolant going into your condensers must be -20 to -30 C. Distilling at 122 F (50 C) means your incoming coolant temp must be at least as low as 10 C. If you distill at 150F under vacuum then a standard chiller can be used. Well water can be used if it is below 55F when distilling at 155F The advantages of vacuum distilling are many. Higher proofs with less column. Hot water can be used to great advantage as a heat source so you don't need to buy that expensive steam boiler. A 100 gallon commercial hot water heater can be used to heat a 100 gallon vacuum still. Less heating BTUs are needed. Our lab tests showed that we were getting up to 90% less methanol under vacuum, so the heads cuts are smaller. We had faster run times as well. There are other advantages including spirit flavor improvements due to less volatilizations of positive flavor compounds. In my opinion flavor infusions come off better as well. Continuous column vacuum stills have been around for over 100 years. Below is a picture of a really huge industrial one. Any of our vacuum stills can be set up for continuous feed and our vacuum stripping stills are really fast.
  7. The is one of ours and we are glad to give the purchaser the unlimited phone and email support that comes with our stills.
  8. Hi Brian, Did I sell you this boiler 7 or 8 years ago? If so, this was the first piece of equipment that I sold to a distillery and I used the profit from the sale to start Affordable Distillery Equipment which has since sold over $17,000.000.00 worth of distilling equipment.
  9. Six or eight plates would be good for higher proof rums, light whiskey and light brandies among other things. You can do stripping runs and spirit runs for whiskey in the same or 2 different pot stills with no plates. You can run whiskey in one run with one plate. You could do whiskey in one run with 4 plates running low reflux. You can engage and disengage different plates in our columns for different results. A very few go so far as to have draw offs at different plates. You can distill under vacuum to reduce negative chemicals and to distill at high proofs with fewer or no plates. There are an almost unlimited number of ways to skin this cat.
  10. Give Mike at MG Thermal Consulting a call. He can help you size your tank etc. http://mgthermalconsultingco.com/Home_Page.html
  11. In my opinion the tube in tube heat exchanger would be better. We have them in stock. If you would like a quote please email paul@distillery-equipment.com Thank you.
  12. Some combination mash tun stills that we just finished yesterday. Also we just sold an Ultra Pro Whiskey System complete with mash pump, explosion proof ethanol pump,mash tun, fermenter, CIP system etc to the University of Illinois. We are currently working on a sale to another state University . We have sold 4 complete system just this week. If we do as well the rest of the year as we have done so far, our US sales this year should approach $7,000,000.00 I'm not certain but I think that we are currently number two in sales to US distilleries. Maybe next year we will be number one.
  13. We have what you need. I called and left a message on your service. Please call me back or email me. paul@distillery-equipment.com 417-778-6100 Thanks. Paul
  14. Please excuse me. I learned on a pot still doing white dog, rum and brandies from my father and grandfather. Neither of them ever ran a plated column as far as I know. My Granddad did long distillations to get good definition between the cuts. Of course I understand how bubble plate columns work because I design them. However, other than running prototypes to test for functionality and efficensy I haven't distilled in many years. Also my permits do not allow me to consume the spirits that we distill. Of course we get great feedback from our customers and our stills have produced lots of award winning spirits. For the last few years I had employees work in the equipment development and testing lab and I just receive the data and make changes to the systems to try and improve things or come up with new ideas. I've developed some vacuum stripping still designs that are incredibly fast and can be fired by 180 F hot water. The run times for redistilling GNS on these things is crazy fast at up to 1000 gallons per hour and you can run the smaller ones off commercial hot water heaters which cost a huge amount less than a steam boiler. We have been selling the 8 to 500 gallon vacuum reclamation stills like hot cakes to CBD producers. Extract with ethanol, distill off the ethanol under vacuum and concentrate the oil and you make 15 times per day more than making whiskey (at least for now). Adam what you say makes sense concerning your methods and the proof is in what you produce. If you produce good spirits that way and they sell well, then keep doing what you are doing. Thanks to all of you guys for the education on this. I have committed it to memory. I apologize for my error.
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