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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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/
  11. I can't believe that a German still manufacturer was still using solder even 13 years ago. We have been tigging everything from the beginning. We never used solder on any of our equipment that has gone to a distillery. Trying to tig weld it now would be a nightmare unless every speck of that solder is removed. The impurities from the solder will create porosities in the weld otherwise. If you would like to talk to one of my welders about it call 417-778-6100 and tell whoever answers that you would like to talk to Jonathan. He has decades of sanitary welding experience. Don't use JB weld. We have stills out there that have been in service for 8 years and the welds look pristine and they cost 1/3rd the price of a German made still. We had a German built still here about three years ago. The customer had us add a 4 plate copper column and make some other changes. We had to be really careful because it was soldered. It actually appeared to be spelter solder that had been poured. This is a very old method dating back centuries that you don't see anymore. Anyway, we had to be very careful not to melt the solder. This still had a massive brass manway that tested positive for lead on the outside but not on the inside (it had probably leached out years ago). The solder joints tested negative for lead. Judging from the way it was built, this still was anywhere between 30 and 80 years old. The solder had held up very well for the most part, however I was not impressed by the thickness of the copper on the helmet as it was a great deal thinner than mine. The newer German stills that I have seen have all appeared to be tig welded.
  12. Huffy, I have a customer that is a contract distiller. He started off with one of our 300 gallon Ultra Pro Vodka Stills, almost 8 years ago. He purchased his steam boiler, mash tun and fermenters from us as well. Within 2 years his orders were surpassing his production capacity, so he ordered an 800 gallon Ultra Pro Whiskey still and seven 800 gallon fermenters and two 800 gallon mash tuns. Then a little over a year ago his orders surpassed his production capacity again and he ordered a 2,500 gallon Ultra Pro Whiskey Still, 2,500 gallon mash tun and seven 2,500 gallon fermenters with agitators as well as some receiving tanks. He also ordered a 10,000,000 BTU low pressure steam boiler. He says that by the end of next year he will be ordering another 2,500 gallon complete system from us. He is one of the most successful distillers that I know. The 2,500 gallon still alone produces 75 gallons of white dog per hour. Contract distilling can be extremely profitable however it takes a lot of production capacity and you must find all of the advantages that you can. The guy above grows his own corn and grows large amounts in a very economical way. This is just one of the advantages that he has created over his competitors. Anyway, If you decide that you can't help the people down the road, below is the gentleman that I mentioned aboves contact info. He can give them great spirits at a great price. Rusty Cox 1167 Davis Valley Road Rural Retreat VA 24368 Cell: 757-593-1055 Email: davisvalleywinery@hotmail.com Thanks.
  13. For corn mashes, one of our 1,000 gallon working capacity ( 1,250 gallon total capacity) mash tuns will do the job. Ours have a built in crash cooling coil that will do your crash cools in 30 minutes. Our agitators are heavy duty geared agitators with very large paddles. Our agitator motors are US made Baldor motors that are good for up to a C1D1 hazardous environment. Our mash tuns are in hundreds of distilleries nationwide. paul@distillery-equipment.com http://distillery-equipment.com
  14. California Distiller’s: $20,000 Rebate Available Time is running out. The State of California is providing significant rebates to distilleries using natural gas (SDG&E, PG&E, SCE, SoCal Gas) that implement solar thermal systems to replace or augment their use of natural gas. The California CSI Thermal Rebate Program https://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/solarwater/ has been extended for an additional 6 months with unused funds needing to be distributed IMMEDIATELY. In its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the State’s commitment to supporting clean and sustainable business, California is providing significant rebates to adaptors of clean and efficient solar thermal technology. Recent developments in small scale distillation technology now put these significant rebates within reach of craft distilleries. The CSI rebate qualified Sunshiner® is a zero carbon emitting, solar powered, low temperature distillation system (125°- 155°F at ambient pressure) now available to California distillers. The Sunshiner Natural Distillation System, capable of doubling the output of your current traditional distillation equipment, provides an onsite solar thermal and electric energy system, a Sunshiner® low temperature still (utility patent # 10421030) and real time app accessible carbon/ghg monitoring. For distilleries interested in becoming a quantifiable leader in clean and climate conscious distilling, The Sunshiner system is available to qualified distilleries with no money down for a limited time. (limited 2 systems per utility) For more information contact: paul@distillery-equipment.com
  15. These receiving tanks actually hold 55 gallons, if filled up all of the way. We advertise them as 50 gallons because we believe that is the operating capacity if they are rolled across the floor. Some of our competitors are selling these for as much as $300.00 per tank more than us. The only difference is that we have an extra port on our tanks. This 50 gallon receiving tank/transfer barrel, is great for moving your whiskey or vodka throughout your distillery.The receiving tank comes with: (3) Wheels with breaks (1) Lid (1) Handle (2) 1.5" Tri clamps (2) 1.5" Silicone gaskets (1) 1.5" End caps (1) 1.5" Drain Valve This receiving tank has a 50 gallon capacity.
  16. Concerning the condensate return connections on stills. We raised ours, on most stills, from 12" to 15" to 18", sometime back. I would love to make them 24", however, if I standardize that in my designs it would lead to lots of other issues, with most customers. Most of the time we barely meet the customers height restrictions as it is. Raising the condensate return connect higher would mean that we could not meet the height requirements that many of our customers have. Also if the still is a 200 gallon or larger, it makes the manway much harder to access because of the height. Also with stills with offset columns, the base of the offset column must be high enough above the liquid level in the pot, so that gravity will overcome the pressure created by the liquid level above each plate. On our ultra pro vodka stills, this means that the base of the column must be 18" to 20" above the liquid level in the pot because there is 17" of juice above the plates at high reflux. Anyway, these are the reasons why most still manufacturers have their condensate returns at around 12" above the floor. I would appreciate any suggestions that anyone has concerning how to overcome these issues to standardize a higher condensate return connection. Thank you.
  17. Patio Daddio Good post on boilers. One little thing though. You can use sanitary filters to steam inject from a regular boiler.
  18. No Joke. I didn't realize that Sager was a vendor. Duh, it says vendor just below his image. Anyway, I thought that he was someone selling used equipment and I didn't see any manways on his listing so I posted that I have them in stock. Since he is a vendor who sells manways it was rude of me to post manways for sale on his topic/listing, so I removed my post and sent him an apology, in a private email.
  19. Within the next 2 weeks we will be offering a solar powered still that will do a whiskey run in around 5 hrs. This still is very unique and is patented. It distills at 140F at sea level without pulling vacuum. Because of the lower distilling temp the flavor profile is better as more of the nasties are left behind. The still comes with all of the solar equipment. This still has carbon monitoring and can be operated with a zero carbon footprint. We will post more info in around 1 week. We will also have solar mash cookers available and solar power options for all of our stills up to 300 gallons.
  20. Yep, On the grain is best for corn mashes, and if you are going to Bourbon, I would sour mash it for sure.
  21. bluestar, Brass is used on most steam boilers and hot water heaters that are built in the US and around the world. That brass goes through years of thermal cycling and pressure without failure. We and our competitors put brass components on stills everyday, and those stills get really hot and then cold and operate under pressure and there are no issues with those components even after many years of use. I would not put a brass column on a still but if I did, I would have zero worries about it failing from thermal cycling.
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