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  1. Yeah absolutely not. We're making what we can afford to give away (not hundreds of gallons) because I can't find anywhere that says we're even allowed to sell it. Is anyone aware of any literature stating we're allowed to sell it? If that were the case, we could produce a lot more. We don't even have our spirits available to the public yet, so definitely can't afford to just switch to a hand sanitizer production facility.
  2. I was wondering the same thing. We intend to give ours away to places that need it, and I thought that was the whole intention. I've seen a number of places selling it or starting GoFundMes, possibly as a way around selling it. Obviously there is a production cost on all our ends, but selling this stuff seems totally against the point.
  3. I like doing stripping runs and a polishing run vs. a single, plated run. It saves you time if you plan out your production schedule, and I am able to make better cuts doing a polishing run from low wines vs. from a wash/mash. Some distilleries appreciate the uniqueness every run from wash/mash brings, and prefer to do single passes with plates. I learned how to distill that way and looking back on it, frankly, it was a pain in the ass. I can't imagine doing it that way with grain in mashes.
  4. I thought Agricole was done with fresh pressed cane juice that starts fermenting almost immediately
  5. I had the pleasure of working with cane syrup some years ago. The distillate it yields is DELICIOUS! I'm not well versed in rum, but I found it less petrol-y if that makes any sense. The sweetness really carries over nicely. I think it is prohibitively expensive when compared to molasses, though. Really made an unforgettable spirit.
  6. We do a high (un-malted) rye (92%). We use a high temp alpha amylase that does its thing best around 180F, but we pitch it with our initial grain at around 110F, so it's in there for the whole cook. Really achieves a nice, workable consistency. After the crash we pitch a gluco amylase as we fill the fermenter. Great consistency, conversion, and overall results. I use a dab of no-foam right after the alpha add, and a bit on each stripping run. Foaming has not been an issue.
  7. If it's a stripping run, why engage any plates? Also, the plates won't work to their full potential if you're not using the dephlagmator to condense vapor to be trapped by the plates. Maybe a little bit at first because the column is cold, but definitely not their full potential. The ABV drop is pretty extreme from fores to the middle of the run, but nothing you're getting off a stripping run is really "hearts" quality/material, so don't worry about it. Is your final collection adding up? I say skip the plates and the deph and just scream it through there if it's a stripping run. If your yield isn't adding up, then something is off.
  8. you want the prop to be pushing down as opposed to pulling up to ensure proper agitation.
  9. kleclerc77

    Odin on Gin

    Are these stills approved for a class 1 div 2 (USA distillery standard) environment?
  10. Yep, that's exactly what we do. It draws a surprising amount of energy from the equipment but it certainly heats the place when we need it.
  11. 1100 liter (290 gallon) Zottel jacketed fermentation vessel and/or blending tank up for sale. This brand new, never been used stainless steel tank came as part of a package with our distillation equipment (Kothe), but we do not require its use for our production. Stainless steel, jacketed for cooling, temperature probe, three feet, flat bottom, high quality construction. Also includes the exit port ball valve with DIN 50 thread. DIN to triclamp adapters are inexpensive and readily available from a number of suppliers if you use triclamp fittings. Price is below retail value. Shipping from Boston, Massachusetts. $3,250 plus shipping
  12. Hey, look! A Kothe CIP support group! We should start a club. In the past I have used the ol' rinse, caustic, rinse, citric, rinse routine. However, there are so many nooks and crannies in this system that I really don't feel comfortable using a caustic in it, in fear that it may find a little pocket somewhere to stay behind. Doing all grain in stuff, the stripping runs leave a mess in the pot. I have resorted to a dinky pressure washer to blast off the crud so I can skip the caustic step. Also, after testing the pH of the water after a citric rinse, it was still very acidic. I now do two rinses after each citric cycle. I disassemble and drain all CIP lines after the citric cycle as well. You have to be very cognizant about all the potential places in the CIP path that stuff may be left behind, turning what you thought was a rinse into a kind of diluted second chemical cycle.
  13. Contact some suppliers. Let them know you're interested in buying their corn and request the grain analysis info. Most suppliers will have this info readily available for you.
  14. I would be wary of anyone that says the boiler water doesn't need treatment. Unless the boiler feed water is pre-boiled, which is a pretty old-school way to do it, boiler water is going to need treatment. We were sold partially on the same reasoning: you don't have to treat the feed water to this boiler! Well, two corroded tubes in a six week span (boiler is only a year old), it turns out we do have to treat the feed water. I would err on the side of caution and spend the $500 for a chemical feed tank, and save yourself the nightmare that is re-tubing a boiler.
  15. Do you have the ability to do it on-grain? That would be my first instinct.
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