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  1. Flow Meters

    https://www.zoro.com/search?q=flowmeter&page=3 zoro has a bunch to consider depending on your needs
  2. Flow Meters

    http://www.omega.com/pptst/FP2001-R.html Grainger... FILL-RITE 6 to 40 gpm Liquid Mechanical Flowmeter Item # 30J080 Mfr. Model # 900CDBSPT Catalog Page # N/A UNSPSC # 41112501 Make sure you have approval for all wetted parts to ethanol (solvent).....you should consider EX or ATEX rated considering you have a potentially flammable/explosive situation
  3. Steam Control

    Steam is not a popular as it once was and it may be hard to find a local plumber or PE that can guide you through the layers to build a safe, inspected, code compliant and efficient system. Probably could be looking at efficiency as the underlying factor. How fast can you get to operating pressure? Is your code compliant boiler room large enough to service the tubes? Can they be changed out by a local company (or on site engineer) or would the re-tubing require fairly exotic tools and factory support and re-certification inspection? Look at the used market. We found a great boiler nearly new but it was 2500 miles away.... You could consider hiring a chemical treatment company to come in a add boiler/steam (buffering) chemicals and perform monthly testing to reduce the corrosion of the tubes and steam lines with controlled blow down systems. Boilers need combustion air supplied from the outside of the building and isolation from sources of fuel. Are you going with low pressure steam or high pressure steam? High pressure steam is quite a bit hotter and may allow you do do cool stuff like generate clean steam for direct injection or flash cooking but may require a higher hurdle for licensing, operation and inspection. So what is your time line and expansion plan or are you just trying to get out of the dirt? You might want to review the inspection/operating/pressure certification (AHJ) license requirements for what ever system you use.
  4. Steam Control

    http://www.spiraxsarco.com/Pages/Applications-Overview.aspx bottom of page....your local library may have reference material or you can sign up for their "bible" http://info.spiraxsarco.com/access-our-product-handbook-gateway
  5. Steam Control

  6. Steam Control

    You can use two smaller boilers each with its own set point so only one will run when you are in the 'heart' or the low demand portion of the day and both will operate under startup conditions like the start of the day or a mash cook. There are modulating burners (powerflame, etc.) that can be set to a given PSI and hold that PSI over the course of the day. Honeywell has a boiler control that has high and low set points and a sensitivity band to control within a smaller (+,-) differential range so there is less of a steam impulse. I set up a PSI meter that allowed the distillers to monitor the steam pressure and control the gate valves against their demand around the available PSI, this could be a simple low pressure steam gauge your plumber can add to the steam line.
  7. Still design

  8. Triclamp accesories

    GW Kent is another supplier....
  9. Forklift-Electric vs. Gas vs. EX

    since you are driving on pavement you can just look for what is out there....there are really just a handful of makers that fit their machines for these ratings.....I bought a used EE
  10. Forklift-Electric vs. Gas vs. EX

    OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178(c)(2)(v) requires an approved DS, ES, GS, or LPS an approved power operated industrial truck. Opening the door to increase ventilation is not sufficient. $3,500 dollar fine proves the point.
  11. CO2/Explosion Monitoring

    http://www.rkiinstruments.com/product/beacon-200/ you need to pick the gas you want to track/alarm
  12. Direct Fire Heat Up Problem

    Affordable Distillery Equipment has some small agitators....could try a damper to reduce the level of heat being exhausted...
  13. Direct Fire Heat Up Problem

    Ward has always been helpful with any issue we have had.....have you sent the photos over to them? I think they would want to sell you a burner with a lot more jets or re-jet with what you have.....how do you adjust the flame once you do get to temperature? Does the control have a safety that will stop gas flow if the pilot or flame fails? Is the flame color mostly blue which would indicate good air/gas mix....
  14. NMR for use in distilleries

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2012-title27-vol1/xml/CFR-2012-title27-vol1-part30-subpartC.xml Using NMR could be useful for tracking congeners in real time and if you are really flush with cash take a look at https://www.alpha-mos.com/. This little bit of kit can analyze in near real time both liquid and head space components and interpret them against your defined set of alcohols and congeners.....think mass spectrometer without hiring a PhD scientist to operate, maintain and interpret your in process congener targets creating an easily understood (by mere mortals) spider graph. The big boys have adopted these gorgeous toys. Two companies that I know of make electronic instruments capable of the TTB approved level of resolution: www.rudolphresearch.com http://www.anton-paar.com/corp-en/products/group/density-meter/ I think both of these instruments can be traced to international standards that are also referenced by the US TTB. My personal favorite is the Rudolf instrument as they have been extraordinarily supportive and have a solution that can resolve densities of beverages that have sugar added. I am located on the east coast and factory representatives have been to my location on several occasions. We were one of their first clients and bought the instrument around the point where the TTB approved the Rudolph for US Federal tax gauging. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford one of these instruments, they are truly a time saver and an "insurance policy" against any proofing error that could bring down the ire of your tax authority. The use of precision glass hydrometers is possible but because temperature becomes such a factor at the TTB required resolution it makes it very time consuming to perform the measurement. The Anton Paar DMA-35 is very useful in day to day operations. It will produce nearly instantaneous temperature compensated density (no sugar correction that I know of). This is very handy if you are one of the people that actually makes their own GNS (or are purchasing GNS from the Borg) this is very handy to keep around the still for day to day in process proofing.
  15. waste heat

    could use a closed loop heat exchanger to run to a cooling tower and "dump" the heated non-contact cooling water to ambient. To get below ambient you could run through an adsorption chiller (http://yazakienergy.com/) . This thing isn't cheap but cools uses heat as an energy source but may net out using less energy than brute force (compressed Freon) chillers with glycol loop and helps with ur green backstory. could store this now chilled water in an insulated tank for your next condenser run in an A/B system....one active one being chilled for the next distillation run could collect some of the non-contact cooling water out of the condensers for pre-heated water for the next mash send me a PM and I can send you a drawing.....