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Paul. So you are pumping your spent wash (after distillation) strait into totes or another container for hogs and do you strain it some how for cattle so its more dry?

 

 

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No straining or anything is necessary for hogs.  Hogs actually get nutrients from the liquid as well as the solids.  My dad and grandfather raised hogs to feed the spent mash from their moonshine operations. Hogs love it and getting a little buzz from the residual ethanol seems to make them happy.  However hogs should not be fed hot mash in cold weather.  The hog farmer should pick up the mash everyday in warm weather so that the mash does not start to rot.  Cattle are different because their digestive systems are different.  Cattle can be fed mash with the liquid in if it is fresh however most cattlemen just want to feed the grain.  Row crop farmers put it in their manure spreaders and spread it a fertilizer.    I would not sell it to cattle farmers because of the hassle of separating out the liquid.  i would either sell to hog farmers or give it to row crop farmers.

Find a farmer that will buy it.  Get some used plastic totes.  When the farmer picks up, unload the empty tote or totes and load up full ones.  It's that simple.  Small hog farmers are best.

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15 hours ago, whiskeytango said:

How do you deal with a spent grain in wash after distillation?  Do you just dump it down the local sewer? 

You might be able to do that while running a stream of water in your drain while you slowing drain the mash, but it depends on your locality and their waster water treatment capacity. 

I ordered a self-dumping de-watering hopper for our start-up.  Plan is to fill it with the spend on-grain stillage and let it drain overnight.  In the morning we should have minimal waste material to deal with.  It might be dry enough for cattle feed at that point. But composting people will take it if not... assuming you don't find any pig ranchers to take it.  

Someone else on this forum posted the idea of big filter bags for $25 each that would do the same as a de-watering dumper.

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I own a brewery and we separate the mash (usually) even with 51% corn (and up) plus rye. The trick is running the rakes while you sparge/lauter. I have done corn whiskey fermented in the still then distilled on the grain and I like the product but, being set up as a brewery, it is far easier for us to separate the wash from the grain.

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I am in the process of building my shed for my distillery but I do fermentations at 200 l volumes and all on grain. I just did a corn90% and 10% wheat wash that the low wines are really really nice.  On grain is the best in my opinion but by far the messiest and most difficult to deal with. 

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