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  1. How far does the probe go into the tank? I've got a still/mashtun and the probe is too short so the port gets full of grain resulting in unreliable readings. I've got a batch fermenting in it right now. Digital handheld probes said 93 degrees while the tank thermometer said 80.
  2. Hmm it seems like you learn something every day. Thanks!! http://www.ferrinoxsnc.it/en/labelling-machines/fx-10 https://store.tcwequipment.com/products/fx-10-labeler?taxon_id=14 It doesn't look like they've changed too much. At $6,500 for a new one, maybe I should raise my price
  3. Bump. Race labeler is sold. feel free to make an offer on what’s left.
  4. Do you have a picture of the bottle? I have a semi automatic labeler for sale, you’ll see it in the classifieds. For a pedestal base there’s not a lot of options in the entry level as the primera and race labelers (and most others in that price range) rely on a round cylinder with no taper or other shapes.
  5. I'm very interested. I'm currently insured by Tricare with the military, but as I begin to think about transitioning out of wearing a uniform I need to have something to cover me for when I break. I'd also like to have better options for my employees as we firmly believe that getting the best employees means providing the the best work environment and benefits which they can find.
  6. I looked into this a little more (briefly) and it appears you are right (albeit, exaggerating). "In 2010 the FDA collected samples from 46 dried distillers grains sources--18 imported, 28 domestic. 4 of the 46 samples tested positive. 3 domestic, 1 foreign. 0.16PPM Virginiamycin M1 on a dry weight basis in one sample 0.58 ppm Erythromycin was detected at ~ on a dry weight basis in another sample. The final positive domestic sample contained virginiamycin M1 at ~0.15 ppm on a dry weight basis and penicillin G at ~0.24 ppm on a dry weight basis. Although the amount of penicillin found (0.24 ppm) is lower than the LOQ for penicillin, the laboratory was able to accurately quantify this sample for penicillin below 1 ppm. Source: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/biological-chemical-and-physical-contaminants-animal-food/report-fy-2010-nationwide-survey-distillers-products-antibiotic-residues At the same time, the FDA reports that many ethanol distillers are(were?) looking for alternatives to antibiotics. All this data is pretty old, it would be nice to see some further, unbiased studies. In my brief search I also found a few articles suggesting that they had tested samples and the antibiotics found were not biologically active. However, I did not find a FDA article backing this up. Your COLA was likely rejected because the likeliness of antibiotics being present in distilled products is slim to none, and your label was an attempt to convince consumers that antibiotics are common in everyone else's spirits but yours. I'd imagine the TTB would give you the same rejection if you put "LEAD FREE" on your label.
  7. Can you provide a source on that? I was unsuccessful in googling anything where antibiotics were used in the production of neutral spirits (other than lowering of the pH to prevent bacterial growth in the short ~30 hours of ferment). Really the only thing that popped up was: adiforums.com/topic/8274-gns-quality/ If you're going to trash an entire industry, please back it up with facts.
  8. Possibly, it all depends on the label dimensions. If you'd like to send me a small roll of labels and a couple bottles I can test it out for you, send you the video, and the bottles back.
  9. Cleaning out the distillery and looking to move some stuff. I can be contacted by direct message, or if you google "Skaalvenn Distillery" you can call that number. RACE LABELER IS SOLD! The first item is a Race RL1 labeler. It's a good hand labeler that will put the label on straight every single time. Race labelers are extremely well designed, built, and their customer service is amazing. These new are about $1600, selling this one for $950 plus shipping. https://www.racelabel.com/rl-1/ RACE LABELER IS SOLD! RACE LABELER IS SOLD! Next is a MEB semi-automatic labeler. This company is either out of business, or has been bought out. However, the thing is built like a friggin tank and should last for many more years. We had the rubber drive rollers re-rubbered a couple years ago (cost us about $400). We have had some trouble with getting this to apply labels straight, but we have an extremely large label measuring 4.25" high x 9.00" long. We also could never get the auto-winder to work right on the waste paper reel, but I think that was also due to our large label (with the long label it means any labeler we have must operate completely straight or else issues happen). We have used this for labeling around 20,000 bottles, we since upgraded to a fully-automatic line. The operation of this is simple, stick the bottle in the rollers and it hits a microswitch which starts the action. It is capable of doing a front/back label, but I have never used it for that. Feel free to mail us some labels and a few bottles and we'll send video if it in operation. Price is $1500 FOB 55428, weight is about 140 pounds so it has to go freight. Next is a Schneider Electric 2510KR2H explosion proof switch that we ended up not using. It's brand new, has never been installed. Retails on Amazon for $385, selling for $300 shipped to lower 48 https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/product/2510KR2H/manual-switch---nema-7%269---3p---toggle-operated---no-indicator---600vac-/ Finally we have an unused 30" .22 micron cartridge filter. These are $90 from St Pats. Open to offers.
  10. Any reason a traditional piston compressor wouldn’t work? We have our compressor with a belt guard aftercooler and auto drain, that gets most of the water out. Outside the compressor is a coalescing filter, a refrigerated air drier, and then a water drop and another coalescing filter at each machine. the coalescing at the compressor has needed to be emptied three times in 60 hours of run time, I don’t even bother having the refrigerated dryer drain to a container because there’s so little moisture at that stage, and I haven’t seen a drop at any of the tool hookups. Granted, half of the run time has been during cold winter, but it has been a very humid summer. We are looking at getting an automated bottle filler with air rinser, so that’s why I wonder why you say it needs to be a screw compressor. thanks
  11. Probably so you don't get a ton of mash burned onto the steam jacket. Most of the stills I see are built with the idea in mind that scrubbing burned on mash is both pleasant and profitable for the distiller. I understand wanting maximum jacket surface area for heat up, but I'd sacrifice 10 minutes of longer heatup time if it meant I'd spend 15 minutes less time cleaning. Huffy2k is 100% right as well, I have pictures of a nice vendome still where the 1.25" shaft bent and send the mixing blade through the steam jacket. You can run the agitator while draining, but you must be sure that it's turning slow enough to not self destruct when the liquid level gets low.
  12. I'm not entirely sure either. We use the Snap to get us to bottling proof, as its far faster. We then verify it's reading is accurate by approved TTB methods and equipment, and proceed to bottle. We have not seen any sway in the reading from the Snap. What's your issue with this?
  13. *sigh* I'll just quote myself here. I will agree with you that some people don't understand how to properly proof a spirit, heck, I've taken calls from distillers having trouble mashing and and find out they don't even own a thermometer...
  14. My point was that I know how to proof spirits, I know the procedures, I know what the equipment costs, and that it takes a long time to do correctly. It's not rocket science, it's the elementary (and required) part of our industry that we should all know how to do, and do very well. I'm also saying, that I test it against my Snap51 multiple times per week, I test it against known samples, and my Snap51 is always dead on. Would I trust it if I were proofed to 79.99 proof on an 80.00 proof label? Absolutely not, would I trust it saying 79.90 proof on an 80 proof label? Absolutely.
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