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Most folks out there making great whiskey reach a point fast where they realize their distillery is not making enough whiskey to meet future anticipated demand.

The vast majority of us have all started on batch or pot stills, which are difficult to grow production with as demand increases.

Any folks out there considering adding a single pass continuous column to their operation?

If your distillery and whiskey sales are growing is a continuous still and option you have considered?

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I have almost finished building a continuous column, to use for stripping run only, will still use pot for spirit run. Have done a few short test runs only.

They are so energy and space efficient. 

and a big bonus they don't need cooling water or chiller for condenser.

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I run a Vendome 12" Continuous. Most people cannot wrap their mind around it but columns can be "tuned" or run differently to get a taste you prefer.  

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Hi Toddy,

I have never encountered a 12" column from Vendome before. Is it a single pass or just a stripping column?

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Per Pete's post, you still need the chiller system for cooling mash. 

If you can't get the mash done fast enough, it will become a choke point for production.

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On 11/7/2018 at 6:00 AM, PeteB said:

I have almost finished building a continuous column, to use for stripping run only, will still use pot for spirit run. Have done a few short test runs only.

They are so energy and space efficient. 

and a big bonus they don't need cooling water or chiller for condenser.

Who's plans are you using Pete?  I am familiar with http://www.ferromit.com  He's in the Southern Hemisphere as well.

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I just finished up a Column here in Iowa. 30' tall 18" column, Insulated to 28" in dia. LED light via blue tooth. 17 GPM.

I specialize in continuous stills.

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11 hours ago, Thatch said:

Who's plans are you using Pete?  I am familiar with http://www.ferromit.com  He's in the Southern Hemisphere as well.

I designed it myself with 5 main things in mind.

1 to make whisky

2 cheap

3 easy to build

4 energy efficient

5 throughput of about 2,000 litres in 8 hours.

I had some help from meerkat with calculating number of plates, and have spent a bit of time talking to Dehner.

It runs on waste fryer oil, doesn't need any cooling water, in fact at the end of the day I have well over 1,000 litres of hot water at about 90 deg C

To date I have not run it for full 8 hours. Still playing with correct pump to control feed rate.

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1 hour ago, PeteB said:

I designed it myself with 5 main things in mind.

1 to make whisky

2 cheap

3 easy to build

4 energy efficient

5 throughput of about 2,000 litres in 8 hours.

I had some help from meerkat with calculating number of plates, and have spent a bit of time talking to Dehner.

It runs on waste fryer oil, doesn't need any cooling water, in fact at the end of the day I have well over 1,000 litres of hot water at about 90 deg C

To date I have not run it for full 8 hours. Still playing with correct pump to control feed rate.

Hi Pete,

I tried to PM you but your messaging is turned off.

We are somewhat similar to you.  I have a distillery inside a malt house and we deal directly with our farmers to grow a specific variety of barley for us.  We also will be making whiskey.  The 5 points you make are perfect for us.  The 2000 liters in 8 hours is the number I am looking for but I would want to do it with 480 volt 3 phase electricity.  Any idea who I could talk to about building such a still?  Or, where can I get plans for such a still.  Ferromit.com is not responding but I might purchase his plans online to get some ideas.

Cheers,

Thatch

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I have changed my settings, hope PM will work no but not convinced.

or email me pbignell@belgrovedistillery.com.au 

Except for a file for CNC cutting of simple plates the rest of the plans are in my head

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On 11/12/2018 at 6:21 PM, captnKB said:

Hi Toddy,

I have never encountered a 12" column from Vendome before. Is it a single pass or just a stripping column?

It is what they call a "bourbon still" or a column with a doubler. https://www.facebook.com/cdwhiskey/ you can see some pictures and videos on facebook. a couple of other people are running similar set ups Peerless distilling runs a 14", KO distilling in Manassas, VA runs a 12" i think, Silverback in Afton, VA runs a 12" with a thumper instead of a doubler. I think there are over a dozen in the wild just don't know who all has them. your need other equipment like a beerwell, constant steam pressure and controls are important. 

 

  https://www.headframestills.com/stills/  these look interesting too  

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24 minutes ago, HottyToddy77 said:

It is what they call a "bourbon still" or a column with a doubler. https://www.facebook.com/cdwhiskey/ you can see some pictures and videos on facebook. a couple of other people are running similar set ups Peerless distilling runs a 14", KO distilling in Manassas, VA runs a 12" i think, Silverback in Afton, VA runs a 12" with a thumper instead of a doubler. I think there are over a dozen in the wild just don't know who all has them. your need other equipment like a beerwell, constant steam pressure and controls are important. 

 

  https://www.headframestills.com/stills/  these look interesting too  

Just out of curiosity, how fast are you able to feed that thing? 5-8 gpm???

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56 minutes ago, Stumpy's said:

Just out of curiosity, how fast are you able to feed that thing? 5-8 gpm???

depending on how we are running it and weather 2.5-4 gpm

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@PeteB for your beer pump ive found that a standard centrifugal pump works best, and then meter your flow rate with a valve. This will yield the most consistent flow rate as long as you are pumping consistent mash.

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