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I would like to notify you of new opportunities we have opening up here at Grand Traverse Distillery in terms of whiskey production. Located in Traverse City we have been distilling Michigan grown grains since January of 2007. Starting with rye vodka we then expanded the line to include a variety of vodka products, whiskey, gin and rum. The past four years we have invested heavily in whiskey production, (100% straight rye whiskey and bourbon). Our Ole George 100% Straight Rye Whiskey is all rye, no corn or malted barley in the mash bill and has been awarded many top metals and best of category several years at the annual ADI meeting. Our current operation can supply all our clear spirit needs and we can put up around 200 53-gallon barrels of whiskey per year. In 2018 we have a new 2,500L whiskey still coming in from Holstein. This still can increase our production of whiskey well beyond our needs at this time and if we pick up five more fermentation tanks we would be able to distill around 600 53-gallon barrels per year. We have local farms that can supply our current and future grain requirements and with a local malting house only three miles from our distillery malted barley and malted rye needs are taken care of. What’s the bottom line? In 2018 and into the near future we have excess capacity for whiskey production. Are there distilleries that would be interested in contract whiskey distillation? If so let’s talk and see if we can help you increase your craft whiskey inventories. Just last fall we acquired an additional 5,000sf of barrel storage. Currently, we are aging over 650 barrels of whiskey and have room to age your spirit. If you choose we can also help your operation with aged product along with custom whiskey production. The advantage in doing this is you can have today the same spirit that in going into your new barrels. You are welcome to develop your own mash bill. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing possibilities. Kent Rabish KR@GrandTraverseDistillery.com
Kason Corporation posted a topic in Welcome & Introduce YourselfKASON CORPORATION 67-71 East Willow Street Millburn, NJ 07041 Tel: 973-467-8140, ext 211 Fax: 973-258-9533 Website: http://www.Kason.com E-Mail: JLing@Kason.com Model MO-SS Centri-Sifter in 8 Feathers Distillery The best equipment to remove spent grains from their distillery’s discharge stream was found by 8 Feathers Distillery to be Kason Corporation’s Centri-Sifter. Substantially less expensive than alternatives from other manufacturers, the solution simplified equipment needs. Once grain is fermented or distilled, it requires disposal by a means acceptable to the local community. Craft distilleries, often located within a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) service area, require strict limits on solids discharged in the waste stream. Since many craft whiskey distilleries use hammer mills to grind grains, the resulting byproduct is too fine to allow lautering as the grain removal method, so an aggressive process like the Centri-Sifter must be used. When originally presented with 8 Feathers process challenge, Kason Corporation offered the MOS Centri-Sifter with a heavy duty screen as the best separation option – though possible to accomplish with a traditional Vibroscreen, the Centri-Sifter allows higher flow rates while also producing a discharge of spent grain with less remaining free water. After sending a sample of the material to be separated, Kason Corporation conducted a free process test and suggested a screen mesh and paddle design to separate material and minimize the risk of screen blinding. For a small distillery facing these restrictions, the challenge to economically remove spent grains becomes limited and daunting. Trucking of stillage discharge is cost prohibitive with high water content so producers seek solutions to separate grain from liquid for efficient disposal. Before choosing Kason Corporation’s Centri-Sifter, other separation methods identified included passive settling systems, chemical flocculation, or mechanical separation. Among mechanical separation options considered were filter presses, screw presses, and centrifugal separators. Initial studies indicated all these as viable choices where presses are the most expensive and centrifugal sifters are the most cost effective solutions. 8 Feathers Distillery studied these options and concluded that mechanical separation using Kason Corporation’s Centri-Sifter offered the best combination of cost, function and efficiency. Though settling tanks provide effective separation, the process requires multiple holding tanks with excessive time and space requirements. Use of chemical flocculation renders the spent grains unfit for use as animal feed – instead they become solid waste which must be disposed of in landfills. A filter press sized to meet distillery needs requires a large compressor to drive air diaphragm pumps. Without adding some form of solids coagulant to the process stream, the filter cloths require extensive cleaning after each use. The chemicals which enhance the solids collection render the collected grains unacceptable for use as animal feed. These additional equipment and chemical needs make filter presses, though effective, the most expensive option. Screw presses are appropriate for general industrial use but lack features to clean adequately for a distillery. No press fit within budget, flowrate and footprint constraints of 8 Feathers. While mechanical separation is the best solids removal method, Kason Corporation’s Centri Sifter minimizes cost, time, space, and environmental impacts best within the types considered. After purchase and prior to installation, Kason Corporation supplied mechanical drawings to allow 8 Feathers to construct the necessary platform to house the Centri-sifter. Once the unit arrived it was installed without issue and began initial testing immediately. The results were as good, or better, than expected. The unit processed a 1500 gallon, 40% solid test sample fed at 40gpm, without any screen blinding or degradation of performance. The separated grain was suitably dry for transport by truck. Now, the MOS Centri Sifter provided by Kason Corporation is in production at 8 Feathers Distillery and provides a key function in POTW compliance while still allowing captured solids to be used for animal feed in an efficient and cost effective grain separation solution. Links to Videos: Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 1 Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 2 Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 3 Kason at 8 Feathers - Video 4 Kason Centri-Sifter in 8 Feathers Distillery.pdf
whiskeydoc posted a topic in Welcome & Introduce YourselfHello to all. It gives me great pleasure to see all the enthusiasm and success of the craft distilling movement. If anyone out there needs help with their marketing strategy and tools needed to succeed in today's beverage alcohol market please reach my way. Bulleit wasn't built in a day and either will your brand but it helps to have the right vision and understanding of how your product can compete in today's landscape. Warm Regards, Chris Musumeci firstname.lastname@example.org