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  1. It all depends what your budget is. There are good options from $1k to $50k For around $1-2k you can get a Primera AP362, which is a rock solid labeler, but it does have it's limitations.
  2. Will do. It's not scheduled to arrive for about a month.
  3. We've thrown in the towel on handling wet distillers grain and have now ordered a centrifugal dewatering machine. Trying different methods has been a waste of time. Trying to find a reliable farmer to take liquid has been a huge frustration. We want to expand into new markets, and having a true solution to dewatering is the only way to do it. It makes me queasy knowing how much I'm spending just to make it easier to get rid of my waste.
  4. That's a pretty dang good idea!
  5. Same, except we've also used it for moving boiling water and freshly distilled mash. The only thing I've done in about 4 years is replacing the two o-rings for a cost of about $2. We got the jabsco as part of a package and I was excited to get it as I had wanted a FIP for a while since they can completely pump out a tank and they make cleaning the line of mash very easy. At the end of pumpout bring the pump speed way down low, shut the valve and pop the triclamp and almost every bit of mash stays in the hose and not onto the floor. Begin filling the hose with water and just pump it all out. With the centrifugal there was always a gallon or two in the lines. Double valving at the fermenter helped, but you still always put the liquid between the two onto the floor. I've had friends running their USFIP hard, daily, and it seems an impeller each year is about the norm.
  6. So just to be clear, I shouldn't reverse the jabsco, I shouldn't run it anywhere near full speed (20gpm is already painfully slow), I shouldn't pump hot liquids, and I should spray lubricant in it daily? If that's how it should be operated, then I have no use for it. Nobody I know with a USFip has to do this kind of babying with their pump.
  7. It's rated for doing that, no? The owners manual states it is reversible .The owners manual only mentions lubricating the shaft on re-assembly of the pump head. The owners manual states it can run up to 1750RPM, so yes, but not typically that high as we wanted to avoid premature wear.
  8. Wheat mash and rum wash.
  9. I just picked up a new jabsco from a distillery liquidation and I also have experienced the same problem. I just pulled the impeller and this is how it looks after 2-3 hours of use. https://imgur.com/a/2NE7vCZ If someone wants a deal on a 1.5" triclamp jabsco pump with VFD on a SS cart, please PM me. Otherwise it will be on eBay shortly.
  10. Hmm. Are you oxygenating the wash? You don't need to pump in oxygen, but vigorous action to dissolve oxygen into the tank might help (yeast need oxygen at the beginning in order to make more yeast). I've talked to some distillers that try to boil off chlorine, which also reduces dissolved oxygen and that can result in slow ferment. I don't have the greatest understanding of yeast, but everything I've heard says they need oxygen to divide, and once oxygen is depleted then they start creating alcohol. I would imagine panela has plenty of nutrients, but you could try adding some. If you're already adding, you could try using less or none at all (I'd try either option in a much smaller batch first). Also, what gravity readings are you seeing throughout the ferment?
  11. That SG should be spot on. Your yeast is a bit light, but you shouldn't have as bad of a problem. I haven't used RM in a couple years, but I think 84 might be a little too low? Try it in the low 90s and see what happens. Do you add your yeast to warm or cold water? We pitch our yeast at around 95. Does it take off? You should have good action within a few hours of pitch.
  12. What starting gravity are you at? How much yeast into how much wash? We go from 1.080 to dry (1.015 to 1.025 depending on molasses amount) in about 30 hours. 2 weeks is way too long.
  13. Xpress fill is nice, but noisy. I don't believe there's any reason to have the gas option with spirits. We now have 2 different 6 spout fillers but still use the 4 spout Xpress for small runs as cleaning is super simple. If I'm only doing a couple hundred bottles of a flavored spirit it's not worth the time to break down and clean the 6 spout. If Xpress could make a 6 or 8 spout I'd be all over that.
  14. That sounds insane to me. Does that include any consulting time for once the course is over? Dehner is right that not everyone is going to have the same setup. While it's nice to get a feel for what running a distillery is like, one of the biggest problems people encounter are the million simple questions along the way that can add up to serious money and time. Which hoses to buy? Which connectors? Which pumps? Which filler to start with? Which labeler? Are my suppliers giving me a fair price? Do I need to buy this thing? Can I get by without that thing? Should I lay out the facility like this? I'm just a few hours north of Dehner. You can follow me around for a week at $3125 and then follow him around for the second week. I'm not kidding, you'll probably learn more and I'm sure both of us would happily include some phone time afterwards to answer some questions you have along the way.
  15. We have a 250L. Makes good vodka, but at a ridiculously slow pace.
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