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  1. Keep in mind that Gin is not made from a "mash" be it the first, second, or 20th distillation. So the question as presented is a bit inane. if one were to add botanicals into the mash (I.e carbohydrates to be consumed by yeast) and then dump that into a still after fermentation, be it a pot or patent, my sense is that it would be folly. So the answer is, no.
  2. Looks great. How are the stripped low wines handled in the doubler ? I see how the low wines go in, the heads and hearts come off, but what about the completely stripped (prob under 10proof) liquid that is left in the pot still/doubler. How does that flow ?
  3. Roger

    Mash Pumping

    We have used our centrifugal pump exclusively for years running : bourbon mash, wheat mash, malt mash, grape concentrate, molasses......, from tun to fermenters, through tube and shell exchangers, from fermenter to stills, etc.... Temps from 50f to 185f. So far are maintenance and repair has amounted to: zero. The only reason I could see for running an impeller is for the self priming aspect.
  4. Sadly, it is entirely correct that the Tax Break primarily goes to millionaires and billionaires. It should have been stepped, 100% reduction for first 5000pg, 90% for the next 5000, then 10% less reduction for each following 10,000 pg, until at full FET. DISCS and ACSA refused to sign onto any FET reduction legislation unless Big Liquor was rewarded. A stepped DSP FET reduction would have been a viable offset to the economy of scale provided by bulk producers. As if now stands it actually encourages BIG Liquor to push for the devleopment of more fake brands run by NDP's, putting more pressure on True Craft DSP's.
  5. My Flux Capacitor will not energize. More alcohol consumed internally is needed !
  6. Richard - Even if there was air entrapment in a non-sealed system that somehow could not escape, it would at the very least cause turbulence in the laminar flow of the liquid. Now what is the net effect of turbulence in heat exchanging fluids ? Paul - I would recommend you look at increasing the amount of space between the coolant returns and the ends of the shells, to increase air entrapment turbulence (if there actually is any) so as to increase the efficiency of the heat exchanger.
  7. Just ran a complete yield analysis for the past 5 months. We are averaging $1.35 in propane usage per barrel put way.
  8. It makes sense to "right size" a process boiler for continuous operation if you always have the same demand, but that's not necessarily the case in many situation. We have 3 stills and a mash tun and very seldom run them all in the same sequence, and/or at the same time.
  9. My boiler runs less than 50% of the time. I have it set to come on at 6# and off at 14#. My stills running full on (morning heat up) at 3#. Once up to temp they run at aprox 2# all day long. I believe you are way over thinking this.
  10. If you currently use a CPA, talk to them. Most decent accountants are quite adept at appraising and brokering businesses, and or are able to put you in contact with the appropriate people. However you can rough it out in about 30 minutes by yourself.
  11. You have a few variables: 1 - Your real-estate is worth whatever it is worth, based on the 3 rules of real-estate: Location, Location, Location. 2 - Your equipment is worth replacement cost. That means if it is brand spanking new, what is would cost brand spanking new. It it is used and beat to shit, it is worth used price. 3 - your debt, is your debt. It doesn't belong to anyone else, and you can't monetize it. Whatever you get for whatever and however you sell your company (or component parts) is less that debt. 4 - your barreled inventory is valued at cost, plus appreciation for age. 5 - your trademarks and IP have no value, other than if sold alongside the operating business, to monetize brand loyalty. 6 - your operation as an ongoing enterprise is worth 5-6x net (sometimes the same as 1x revenue) with some negotiation for key-man wage/value. (note) you can also typically add 1 & 2 to that number, if the buyer wants to keep it where is, as is. But remember, 3 is yours to eliminate. This basic formula is across all industries, and does not typically deviate by more than 30% +/-. Prost
  12. I believe what Paul is saying is, running equipment that is not up to all codes is both dangerous to the operator, as well as to our industry overall. The next time some yahoo blows themselves up or kills a tour group of tourists we will all be in a world of hurt. Nobody is going to drill down deep enough, nor will anyone really care to find out what shortcuts the still manufacturer or operator took to keep their cost of entry down. Our insurances will skyrocket and some political hack will no doubt put a bill in motion that prevents non-employees from entering production facilities. Smarten up !
  13. The issue about turning elements on sequentially over time is in reference to a demand meter. Depending on your service, once you hit your "maximum daily demand" which I believe is over a 15 minute period, you will thereafter be charged that "demand" every day for the rest of your operational life. However your cost per KW will be lower, billed on top of that flat demand charge. As for remote start up, perhaps you could run a feed back loop program to your iPad that is lying beside you in bed, that also activates a remote wire clipped to your nuts. Then when your still starts at the distillery you will simutaneosly gets zapped in the nuts to force you to get up to protect your investment. All of course at a lower cost per KWH.
  14. Just run your water at sufficient flow to create complete reflux (i.e. nothing is coming over). Hold it for 30-40 minutes, then cut back your water slowly until your spirit starts to flow out the parrot. Run that out for 5-10 minutes at a slow rate, and then open your water valve again to create complete re-flux. hold for 10-15 minutes and release again by cutting back water flow. Run that for 2-3 minutes (keep all of those runs separate). After that double head tap your spirit will be about as clean (and high) as you are going to get, but that will be determined by threading a needle with the water into your defleg.
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