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  1. Ballpark $200 to $2,000 per month. You hardly need any space in order to store 20 barrels, but if your leasing secured commercial warehouse space with fire suppression and dock access, safe to assume they are going to want to rent you more than the 300 Sq/Ft you probably need. So thats my high end. Low end you rent/lease a shipping container for something like $200 a month.. Probably the easiest option would be to get an already existing DSP to store your barrels for you. I will happily store your 20 barrels for $500 per month. $25 per barrel, per month. Loading/unloading, insurance, TIB paperwork assistance, negotiable. Im sure others would do it for less.
  2. You are asking questions that are very broad in scope, making it difficult for anyone to be able to provide much of helpful response. Where are you located, do you own a building, are you renting a building, are you building a building, are you getting free space from your brother in law, will you have sprinklers, how much risk are you willing to accept, what does your location jurisdiction require code wise, does the building have a loading dock, does it have a garage door, is it accessible by truck, does it have heating/cooling, what is the leas term required -- these are just a few of the question that might determine the cost of barrel aging. I would also be inclined to say that the cost of barrel aging is probably (or at least should be) one of the smaller costs to be factored in when starting a small to medium sized spirits brand.
  3. Probably the fact that our chiller is located outside and subject to freezing temperatures so requires glycol. Even if it was inside, I also am not familiar enough with this stuff to know if we could take the chiller we have, that is currently running sub-freezing glycol and just change its temperature set-point to 50F and swap the glycol for water. My assumption is/was that making that change is not an option?? No one has suggested running glycol to the still or mash tun, only the fermenters. Currently the still and mash tun are plumbed to the cold water tank (our temp set to about 45F), and this is what MG mentions doing. Your points are probably all valid for someone setting up their system from scratch, but I am using an existing chiller purchased and used by a brewery in my building..
  4. This is basically what we would need to do to convert our Glycol circulating chiller to a water circulating chiller? I assume your thinking a cross flow type plate exchanger and can see how that would address the problem, but with the complication of an additional pump. (basically adds a cross flow plate exchanger and circulating pump, but eliminates the need for a jacketed cold water tank) This would also allow us to still run some things (fermenters perhaps) directly with glycol.. Makes sense.
  5. The chiller we have is glycol, so I dont think this is an option for us, unless we change chillers. Might need to start hunting for a brewers bright tank, as they typically have both jackets and insulation.
  6. Curious what type of tanks everyone is using for cold water reservoirs? We currently have a 300 gallon stainless tank with a built in stainless coil we feed the glycol from the chiller through . We wrapped it with a layer of rubber foam insulation, but its hardly what one would consider properly insulated. Tank was purchased used for salvage company. We need to upgrade to a larger reservoir (probably something along the lines of 600 gallons) Seems like there are options for insulated plastic water tanks, but they don't have heat exchanges, etc. Just curious if anyone has found a good solution.
  7. Hey Silk - Tried sending you a msg, but not able to via the forum email system. Would love to touch base on the phone if you have time...
  8. Just found this previous thread that seems to point me in the right directions.. Looks like the RKI Ps2 might be what I need.
  9. Looking for suggestions on alcohol vapor detectors/alarms. Ideally trying to find something that can automatically switch on an exhaust fan once a certain concentration of alcohol vapor is detected. Also curious if anyone has used something more sophisticated that can tie into an existing alarm panel (that monitors the smoke/heat/sprinkler vales) and would send an alarm or supervisory notice to my monitoring company at certain concentrations of alcohol. Also interested in simple detectors that just sound an audible alarm Thanks!
  10. Do you mind sharing what kind of pump you are using? We are using a pretty standard well pump to circulate our cooling water, so its kicks on/off when you open/close valves but it sounds like your pump may throttle itself to some extent? I think ours is just on or off.
  11. I have a 300 gallon mash tun with cooling jacket and agitator that I need to get moved out. I know its not what your looking for, but I am located close to you, and would part with this thing for scrap costs. Could also probably provide delivery to MD. Hit me up if curious..
  12. Also found this smart switch designed for dyers/pool pumps/etc that will get you up to 40amps at 220v .. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MBIRF5W/ref=asc_df_B00MBIRF5W5318399 and this one designed for stoves that gets you up to 50 amps.. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B074BT61NK/ref=sspa_mw_detail_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&th=1
  13. If you really wanted to do this I think you would need to get a relay that is sized for the power going to your still/elements and that is switched by 120v power. Then get a 120v wi-fi receptacle and use that to provide power to the relay switch.. I can see it now.. “Alexa, turn on the still!”
  14. So basically me, and every other craft distiller I know, have been successfully fooling ourselves for years now..
  15. Thanks for the great info Michael! Am I able to order 1/2 barb fittings from you guys? Really appreciate the input.
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