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  1. Southernhighlander

    What am I getting into?

    Hi Colonal, We are glad to answer any questions that you may have concerning which equipment is best for what you want to do. If you would like equipment suggestions, please see the questions below: What spirits you plan on producing? what inputs you will be using such as which grains etc? Also how many gallons do you want to produce per year? paul@distillery-equipment.com
  2. Southernhighlander

    Outlet size on mash tun

    Also if you use someone else's parts to make your 4" drain assembly, make sure that the conical reducer that you get is eccentric and not concentric.
  3. Southernhighlander

    Outlet size on mash tun

    First of all I would not use a butterfly valve at all with the 1" drain, as it is to restrictive. A sanitary tri clamp ball valve is a much better way to go because it is straight through, when it is open. Also, if it clogs you can put a bucket under it and rod it out with a dowel rod through the valve and as soon as you break the clog ,you withdraw the rod and close the valve and reconnect your pump. This is much better than getting in there and trying to dig it out with a trowel and bucket. Or you can drop your hose in from the top if you have a good self priming pump, however if it is an FIP pump you will get a lot of wear on your impellers doing it that way. We put 4" drain ports on all of our mash tuns and stills. I can sell you a kit with all of the necessary parts to put in a 4" drain 4" sanitary ball valve and 4"to 2" reducer. A good sanitary fabricator should be able to do the work in less than 1.5 hrs. If you would like a quote for the parts just shoot me out an email. Also in the email let me know where you are. My people deliver stills all over the US and if they are coming through your area they can stop in and do the fabricating for you. paul@distillery-equipment.com
  4. Southernhighlander

    Researching Startup Possibilities

    If you need info or quotes concerning equipment shoot me out an email paul@distillery-equipment.com http://distillery-equipment.com
  5. Southernhighlander

    Electrical standards for control panels 409 or 508A

    Patio29, Thank you for the great feedback!
  6. We have been building control panels for our Baine marie stills using the NEC 409 standards and all UL listed components for almost 6 years now. I am in the process of paying UL for the panels built in our shop to be recognized as 508A panels. Our panels will then have a single UL device listing, but this will cost several thousand up front and several thousand per year, so the price of our baine Marie stills will increase. I do think that it is worthwhile, however i see that many of my competitors are still using non UL listed and CE only components to build their panels which are therefore not NEC 409 compliant. In many situations where these non compliant panels are used, they are not inspected. In other situations these panels fail inspection and we have had some customers purchase our NEC 409 compliant panels to replace the sub quality panels supplied by their equipment vendors. One of the most dangerous things that I see, are panels that have cooling fans inside that pull air through the panels to cool the relays. Our panels are In NEMA4 wash down enclosures. They are not open to atmosphere and do not have or need cooling fans. I know of at least 4 well known distillery equipment vendors that supply control panels for stills that have cooling fans in either NEMA1 enclosures or they are using NEMA 4 panels that they have cut openings into, thus rendering them non compliant for NEMA 4 and non compliant for hazardous locations. Does anyone have any feedback concerning this?
  7. Southernhighlander

    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    Florida Cracker, sounds like planting a little cane is a good way to bait some hogs in your neck of the woods.
  8. Southernhighlander

    Whiskey Hypothetical

    Silk that's all very interesting and makes sense, but what about the flavor of the white dog. The sour mash white whiskeys that I have tasted, taste very different from the sweet mash white whiskeys. It has been my understanding that the sour flavor in sour mash works better with the barrel for Bourbon.
  9. Southernhighlander

    Whiskey Hypothetical

    I have only had 2 sweet mash bourbons. One was aged wrong somehow. It had a very strong tannic acid flavor. Also it had a lot of mouth burn and tasted and smelled of heads. The other seemed well made, but it was lighter and without the character that you typically get with bourbons. It reminded me of Crown Royal.
  10. Southernhighlander

    Barrels for distillations

    Tim, I just emailed you. Thanks
  11. Southernhighlander

    Barrels for distillations

    Some of those painted steel food grade drums have sprayed in LDPE lings which is great for food but it will leach in hi proof ethanol. Stainless is best for what you want to do and HDPE is 2nd best in my opinion.
  12. Southernhighlander

    Bringing back and old thread...What to do with all the d*** heads!?

    The best ethanol for extracting oils from cannabis is 200 proof GNS. 190 proof is 2nd best. Also you do not really want impurities in it like acetone and methanol. That is not to say that you could not use heads, but it would not be ideal.
  13. Southernhighlander

    Whiskey Hypothetical

    My grandfather made sweet mash corn whiskey using the method that you describe. I will probably also make a white rum using a similar method to get a butterscotch flavor.
  14. Southernhighlander

    Barrels for distillations

    Tim, is giving good advice. HDPE works great for ethanol receiving tanks. I have done business with Uline for over 20 years and they are fine folks. Are the drums with the sprayed in linings, painted steel drums?
  15. Southernhighlander

    Barrels for distillations

    If you are interested in an inespensive still made from a stainless barrel I can fix you up. paul@distillery-equipment.com