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  1. Southernhighlander

    Rust in stainless tank

    You should do a google search on that. We never use citric. We use the wonder gel.
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    Rust in stainless tank

    There are lots of different ways to passivate, but I would rub a little bradford Durustit Wonder Gel on there and then remove it in 20 minutes with some soapy water and the rust will be gone and will probably never return. If you want to completely passivate the vessel then you will need to do that with nitric acid or citric. Just do a google search on passivating stainless steel and you will find a tun of info.
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    Pump safety

    I wouldn't use it. We have explosion proof ethanol pumps for less than $400 each they are great pumps and they use very little air. paul@distillery-equipment.com
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    Researching Startup Possibilities

    If you need info or quotes concerning equipment shoot me out an email paul@distillery-equipment.com http://distillery-equipment.com
  8. 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?
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    Electrical standards for control panels 409 or 508A

    Patio29, Thank you for the great feedback!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Barrels for distillations

    Tim, I just emailed you. Thanks
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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
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    Barrels for distillations

    Moonshiners in very poor parts of the world such as Haiti and some African countries use steel barrels that are lined on the inside with a spray on film that makes them food grade. over time heat breaks down the lining and people get poisoned. if you need 55 gallon stainless barrels just let me know. i have some new open heads at better prices than bubba's. They are made in the USA.
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    Whiskey Hypothetical

    Bourbon made from sweet mash is different and I don't care for it. I really like Jim Beam single barrel, Booker's, Four Roses single barrel, Blanton's single barrel, Elijah Craig barrel select, Pappy Van Winkle's, Wild Turkey Decades and the good old stand byes like, Evan Williams and Heaven Hill. Note that none of these are sweet mash bourbons. In fact, I don't think that there has been s a sweet mash bourbon in the top 10 or maybe even the top 50 best selling Bourbons in the US, in modern times. I have never had a sweet mash bourbon that I liked. I have had a few sweet mash corn whiskeys that I loved. I really like the buttery corn on the cob flavor of a good unaged sweet mash corn whiskey. Sour mashing has been around for far longer than James Crow and it has been used extensively for almost 200 years and that's traditional enough for me. Keep in mind that I'm a bourbon lover, Canadian blended whiskeys and light whiskeys are not my favorite, however I know some others love them, especially the Canadian blended whiskeys Please read the below from bourbanbantor.com " To this day, Crow is known as the father of modern bourbon, since nearly every widely available bourbon is produced via the sour mash process, even the ones that do not boast the fact on their labels. The very few sweet mash bourbons released in the last hundred years have been released as more of a novelty than anything else. " That being said, craft is all about doing different things, experimenting and pushing the limits to find something unique and wonderful. I will try other sweet mash bourbons as I run across them and if i find one that I like i will let you know.
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    Whiskey Hypothetical

    The first batch would be sweet mash.
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    Whiskey Hypothetical

    Bourbon is best made from sour mash and is traditionally made from sour mash because of the flavor profile. Corn whiskey is generally from sweet mash because is has a much better flavor profile right out of the still. If done correctly sweet mash corn whiskey will have a nice buttery corn on the cob flavor. Most people do not like sour mash as an unaged whiskey. It is said that you cannot improve sweet mash corn whiskey by aging it in a charred barrel, because the sweet mash flavors do not work well in the barrel. Using, sweet mash corn whiskey for bourbon is not a good idea in my opinion but it is just an opinion.
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    GNS Cost and Availability

    Bluestar that makes sense, thank you.
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    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    Just Andy, After a little thought I agree with you concerning the fact that spirits made from sorghum should not be considered whiskey, with that in mind, what do you think about Vodkas that have subtle flavors, like wheat vodkas with hints of vanilla. If we follow the TTB rules then any Vodka that has flavor that was carried over in the distillate, is not Vodka correct? The TTB states that Vodka must be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color.
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    GNS Cost and Availability

    According to the TTB, Vodka must "be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color." I have tried several craft vodka's made from scratch that do have flavor. For example, I have tasted wheat vodkas in 3 different distilleries that had a vanilla taste and smell. It was very light but easily detected. I have had other vodkas that have detectable flavors. If we follow the identity of Vodka laid down by the TTB those spirits are not really Vodkas, correct?
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