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Found 14 results

  1. kleclerc77

    Standard Operating Procedure

    I am looking to put together a Standard Operating Procedure document for our state, and for future employees (also possibly for the FDA?) Is DISCUS good place to get a template for this? Is anyone willing to share a template? It will be tweaked for our unique plant but am looking for somewhere to start. I put this in "Safety" because I would imagine that will/should be first and foremost in any SOP document. Thank you!
  2. nabtastic

    Column Leveling

    Hi All, Our columns don't have adjustable legs/feet on them. Anybody have recommendations for adjustable legs - preferably that can be permanently mounted into concrete? I'm looking for a safe/secure method of adjusting our columns because our concrete is uneven.. Would this adjustable foot work if we use a couple and then use separate anchor bolts to secure it to the concrete? Is there a cleaner / more streamlined option? Thanks
  3. highwood28

    Eye Wash Stations

    We are in the design phase and out architect brought up the the question or installing a plumbed eye wash station. Is this a code requirement in some locations for a DSP? Just wondering what everyone else has done here.
  4. Quinta Essentia Alchemy

    Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    I have been chewing over a question for nearly a decade now and, frankly can't come to a balanced conclusion. I would like to hear others' input on this: What is the benefit of a tube-in-jacket condenser system over a traditional worm/coil and tub setup? I have worked hands-on in dozens of distilleries over the years and beyond a doubt over-boil vapor release situations, that being where a loss of water pressure or similar coolant flow event, have been the most common and dramatic safety issue I have seen. I would bet that any distillery operating for more than 6 months has seen a vapor release of some sort due to the design of tube-in-jacket systems. I have brought this to numerous manufacturers and have been met with both incredulity and acknowledgement of the problem. A few have even offered reasonable, low-cost safety backup systems such as external vapor venting as a standard feature (looking at you, @Southernhighlander). For the most part, however, I don't see any system redundancy or failsafes in the vast majority of distilleries I visit or manufacturer designs I see. So back to my original question. What, if any, specific and unique benefit does tube-in-jacket have over a coil designed with the same throughput rate? Let's do this, nerds.
  5. omidmcdonald

    Explosion venting

    I'm in the process of building a new distillery in Ontario, Canada and the issue of explosion venting has come up. Has anyone encountered this before? Any guidance would be appreciated.
  6. zwithers

    hoga still questions

    Been working on setting up a small farm distillery for a couple years now and ran across a hoga still that seems like a potentially good fit for what I want to eventually do (brandy mostly) The still appears to have a steam coil in the jacket and the original posting listed the heat source as a steam coil but when I spoke with the owner she said they were planning on bricking it in and running direct flame. Two main questions: is their increased risk with running direct flame under a pot with a jacket and a coil in it? Would it even work? My gut says yes and no, but maybe I'm off. Guess I don't know all that much about steam coils on an alembic. Last place I worked had a steam jacket that covered the bottom as well as the bottom half of the still walls. I would think that the space would insulate against heat transfer from a direct heat source, and could also increase risk of still failure leading to leaks and other bad things by heating air in a confined space and other fun physics stuff. (I do not mean to spark the 'is direct fire safe?' argument all over again. I know there are lots of divisions on the subject. I know the guy in ky got killed running direct heat on an electric still, and was wondering if the same issues would exist with a steam coil?) Second question: Assuming I dont want to try to run a mash tun or anything else and just focus on brandies and fruit or sugar based spirits what kind of steam boiler would I need for a 500l heat up in say 1.5 hrs or 2 hrs? Would guess a minimum of 250,000 btu? If there is a good forum I have not seen on here on this topic please do tell. Thanks z
  7. Hello everyone. Very limited background in distillery safety requirements. I work in a brewery right now and was recently asked what osha standards were for a distellery as far as the lab and chemical side goes. I'm trying to do some research to help out a friend in the business and any suggestions on reading material or what signs and material are needed for safety requirements would be so much help.... Thanks guys...
  8. OSHA has made it clear that it will enforce its jurisdiction over the micro-distillers (DSPs) nation wide. Below is a URL for actions taken across the nation by OSHA that includes giants of the industry and micros such as Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/industry.search?p_logger=1&sic=&naics=312140&State=All&officetype=All&Office=All&endmonth=02&endday=27&endyear=2011&startmonth=02&startday=27&startyear=2016&owner=&scope=&FedAgnCode= What can you do: 1) Review OSHA rules in your state. There are FREE Federal and State level programs that can bring you into compliance and “protect” you from citations. Read the New York State documents below for further details and requirements. https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html New York State has this program: Division of Safety and Health - DOSH - New York State Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm Oregon’s Fact Sheet: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs57.pdf 2) Do not assume that safety consultants working with OSHA rules will be able to give you effective advice on rules that relate to the operation of DSPs. DSPs are not “standard” manufacturing entities. They have unique requirements based on the explosive nature of ethanol and dust from grain operations. 3) Do not assume that your location, size, agricultural or rural location or ownership structure absolve your operation from compliance. Ethanol manufacturing is regulated despite the fact than many (all?!?!?) local code authorities have no understanding of the safety requirements that you as an owner or employee need to resolve for compliance. Generally the lack of a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will mean your DSP will operate under your State's interpretation of Federal regulations. Each State has it’s own interaction/interpretation with Federal OSHA rules. 4) Join DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) and get this document. Read and conform to the guidance provided. http://www.discus.org/ Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities Tuthilltown’s OSHA investigator used this document as the reference to cite Tuthilltown’s operation. In the absence of specific Federal OSHA guidance for beverage alcohol production (DSPs), expect that your OSHA investigator will defer to this document as the INDUSTRY STANDARD. Expect to be held to this guidance standard!!! 5) Do NOT assume that other CODE (NEC, IBC, etc.) authorities have no jurisdiction on your operation because you are agricultural, small, family/privately owned or just plain nice folks. 6) When you buy a forklift, make sure that it is safety (OSHA) rated for moving ANY high proof containers.
  9. OSHA has made it clear that it will enforce its jurisdiction over the micro-distillers (DSPs) nation wide. Below is a URL for actions taken across the nation by OSHA that includes giants of the industry and micros such as Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/industry.search?p_logger=1&sic=&naics=312140&State=All&officetype=All&Office=All&endmonth=02&endday=27&endyear=2011&startmonth=02&startday=27&startyear=2016&owner=&scope=&FedAgnCode= What can you do: 1) Review OSHA rules in your state. There are FREE Federal and State level programs that can bring you into compliance and “protect” you from citations. Read the New York State documents below for further details. https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html New York State has this program: Division of Safety and Health - DOSH - New York State Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm Oregon’s Fact Sheet: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs57.pdf 2) Do not assume that safety consultants working with OSHA rules will be able to give you effective advice on rules that relate to the operation of DSPs. DSPs are not “standard” manufacturing entities. They have unique requirements based on the explosive nature of ethanol and dust from grain operations. 3) Do not assume that your location, size, agricultural or rural location or ownership structure absolve your operation from compliance. Ethanol manufacturing is regulated despite the fact than many (all?!?!?) local code authorities have no understanding of the safety requirements you as an owner or employee need to resolve for compliance. Generally the lack of a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will mean your DSP will operate under State interpretations of Federal regulations. Each State has it’s own interaction/interpretation with Federal OSHA rules. 4) Join DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) and get this document read and conform to the guidance provided. http://www.discus.org/ Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities Tuthilltown’s OSHA investigator used this document as the reference to cite Tuthilltown’s operation. In the absence of specific Federal OSHA guidance for beverage alcohol production (DSPs), expect that your OSHA investigator will defer to this document as the INDUSTRY STANDARD. Expect to be held to this guidance standard!!! 5) Do NOT assume that other CODE (NEC, IBC, etc.) authorities have no jurisdiction on your operation because you are agricultural, small, family/privately owned or just plain nice folks. 6) When you buy a forklift, make sure that it is safety rated for moving ANY high proof containers.
  10. Good morning, The Silver Trail Explosion Fire Marshall's report is available online at https://www.scribd.com/doc/272493968/Silver-Trail-Distillery-Accident-Investigation-Response-Report#fullscreen Please take time to read it today and think about safety in your facility. This report is not the final definitive answer, the engineering report from the insurance company will be the final answer of what went wrong. Try to leave the armchair engineering out of the discussion and just read the report...think about safety in your distillery in all aspects, not just your still. Go look at photos of the facility online, think about your facility. What can you change today to make it more safe? Operational change, extra fire extinguisher, anything. Think about yourself, your people and their families. Be safe, McKee
  11. Hey distillers, please sign up for the webinar next week! There will be more to come in August. The American Craft Spirits Association present the first installment of our Education Webinar Series. The first few webinars of this series will be present for free to give you a taste of what’s to come. The topic: Barrel Exemptions The time: August 5th, 2015 at 3pm ET Please register for the webinar at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/3407696964974900226 Get to know all of the ins and outs of Barrel Exemptions with us! This presentation will cover the details of the TTB's barrel exemption to MAQs (maximum allowable quantities) in the distilling space. You will be able to submit questions throughout the webinar and they will be passed on to the presenter at the end of the session during the Q&A. Cheers and thanks, The ACSA Education Committee
  12. Hey all, Sorry to bring another story of an incident at a distillery. This time the incident appears to be in San Antonio, TX at Azar Distilling, LLC or http://www.cincovodka.com/Home.aspx Article from http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2014/10/24/explosion-sparks-fire-at-vodka-distillery.html Not much info other than the wall of the building was blown off and the operator was blown through the wall. I truly hope everyone is ok. I would ask if anyone knows the group at Azar if they would be willing to share more information about the incident, especially as it relates to what happened and to distillery safety in general. However, I will say, regardless of how the incident occurred, our industry just had another serious accident that seems to have dodged a bullet in killing someone. How many more bullets is our industry going to have to dodge before someone dies? Safety, safety, safety. Cheers, McKee
  13. Michaelangelo

    The Restaurant Next Door

    I have a restaurant moving in next door. There is a brick wall separating the spaces, and both units are sprinklered. Should I be concerned about their emissions, venting from their exhaust hoods, flames on their ranges, etc.....?
  14. Michaelangelo

    The Restaurant Next Door

    I have a restaurant moving in next door. There is a brick wall separating the spaces, and both units are sprinklered. Should I be concerned about their emissions, venting from their exhaust hoods, flames on their ranges, etc.....?
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