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  2. Hi Denise - We specialize in small to medium sized bottling lines. Our 4 nozzle Bottle Filler is semi-automatic and runs 800+ bottles an hour. Every fill is fast and EXTREMELY accurate. We also offer Rinsing, Labeling, Capping and Heat Shrinking as well. Professional, affordable equipment - and NOTHING made in China. Please visit us at crusystems.com for videos, pricing and more info. Or feel free to send me an email steve@crusystems.com Cheers! Steve
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  9. This is the answer. If you think you want any more expansions or just increased steam load in the future this is a place to save some time and money!
  10. I very rarely disagree with silk and I am not in this instance per se that would run it, but I would maybe even bump that up to a 50. To run all that, plus maintain constant header pressure, plus a little extra to put in a strahman hose and a steam wand (you can thank me later you got my number :) ) Edit: Forgot your original question, we run Miuras. We love them. Low Noxx lifeeeeeeeeee
  11. I think it depends on how good you are at storing ground grain and how good your milling partners are at milling and bagging grain. All ingredients are always best fresh but if you have a highly tuned production schedule with few hiccoughs and missed cooks, and you are using JIT or a structure close to or similar to JIT (like a few weeks worth of grain being delivered at a time, not months worth), and your facility and employees have been optimized for the storage of grain, I don't see a problem with it, we bring in 2 weeks worth of cooks in ground super sacks at a time and we don't have any problems. I have dedicated grain storage areas with humidity control, special sanitation protocols, and an exhaustive raw material intake process. You need to look out for respiration, mold, bugs, etc. For we have seen no or negligible difference in flavor, GC, or yields with our process (2 weeks grain brought in at a time).
  12. we use a biomass boiler to run our distillery with our own sugar cane bagasse. We run a 5000 liter and 2000 liter pot still on a 1/2 ton biomass boiler. Works fantastically well. The only thing we have noticed is that we do need to supplment at with wood to get it going or else it takes forever to heat up
  13. If withdrawn tax free, they should have been recorded as withdrawn for research and development, and the disposition to the "library." There is a section in 27 CFR that explains the data that needs to be recorded in the daily records for these samples. You don't have to pay taxes on library samples, but you do need to document the withdrawal. Once they're withdrawn, the are no longer part of your inventory. If the samples were withdrawn tax determined, then once again they are no longer part of your inventory. In that situation, I would suggest marking the bottles as "tax paid" along with the date of withdrawal and other supporting details as needed.
  14. It looks like they are another one of these unlicensed sites that sells through 3rd party local liquor stores. They list products and take a fee for placing the order. Some of them just add products without permission, apparently in the hope that distilleries will pay advertising fees to them. You can take them down with a DCMA request.
  15. I regularly google our brand name. Today I found a company that claims to have two of our products. They have what looks like the images from the TTB COLA website. We have never spoken to them nor did we give them permission to list our products. You may want to look up your brand names on there too. I couldn't find it on their website but you can find it via google: https://www.google.com/search?q=Site%3Acraftshack.com++"Company Name" I am not quite sure how to proceed as we don't have the money to engage in any kind of lawsuit with them. I figure they won't do anything if I email and complain. https://craftshack.com
  16. 25-30hp for simultaneous heat up. We run a 530g (2000l) cooker and a 265g (1000l) still - but we can't run them at the same time on 15hp. Sure, we can play around with staggering starts, but operationally it's a headache, especially since the cooker can consume every pound of steam the boiler can put out, meaning the steam header pressure will drop to nearly zero. Running two devices means trying to balance across two steam valves, where adjustment in one, impacts the other. We recently added a huge hot liquor tank to try to cut our mash heat up times. Preheating the water gives us a little bit of leeway - mainly because we're shifting the bulk of the heating to the night before.
  17. What's everyone's take on the importance of grinding right before mashing vs grinding and storing corn in bags for future use?
  18. *shrugs* Proper brand creation is all about creating a product that will move off the shelve, and what segment of the market is rather irrelevant A premium branded table saw requires the exact process as a premium branded engagement ring. It's not like you're building a structural bridge and need a company that has a solid track record in bridge design. You need a company with a solid track record in creating a design which appeals to whatever market the widget is sold in. Also, Shinebox has done other alcohol branding/packaging, it's just not on their website.
  19. Just checking to see what equipment folks are using for fire arresting in their vapor exhaust system. Our AHJ mentioned needing an arrester in our alcohol vapor exhaust path. Currently, there is an explosion proof exhaust fan in the high hat area to withdraw alcohol vapor during distillation. Stills have pressure relief valves and our alcohol storage tanks (Letina) have Vent-211 valves. Feedback appreciated....
  20. Silk - What does your gut say concerning size? 600 gal cooker, 200 gal pot, 8" continuous 2 gal beer per minute. Tom
  21. You may find there are regional preferences in boiler brands based on proximity (for freight reasons) and/or distributor preferences. Suspect your plumber/steam fitter might have a preference too. 15-20hp seems a bit small in supporting the expansion.
  22. I use Spanish oak extensively but not cedar. Would love to try it myself.
  23. Hi All, For sale is a three segment heat exchanger with 1” tri-clamp fittings and about 60 feet of 1” copper pipe per section. The copper was brazed at all joints and has bar stock reinforcement on the coils. We used this mostly in an open cooling loop - meaning cooling water came from our well and was dumped to free flowing irrigation. We also used it with a closed loop cooling system, but to do that you have to use a return pump to avoid pressurizing the drums - the lids will pop off at a few psi. We were able to cool 185F mash to 80F at between 8 gpm and 15gpm depending on incoming water temp. We went to a larger jacketed pipe heat exchanger a few years ago. One of the bourbons we made with this won a gold medal at San Francisco, beating Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and several other big names. If you are looking to start a bourbon operation on a budget, this is a nice choice. Should be paired with a stout positive displacement pump (I’m a Waukesha man myself), as this is a long way to pump mash. We went through this and up a 2” pipe to the top of a 13’ tall fermenter with no issues. There are clear braided hose sections between the drums so you can see where the mash is, and the coils are tri-clamped into the drums for removal and cleaning. We would simply purge it out with clean hot water after draining the drums You can come by and look at it if you’re in the area - this is located in Durham, NC. Asking $2,750. It would cost you more than that just to buy the drums and copper tubing. DM if interested.
  24. If it was me I would pay taxes on them when I put them into the cabinet and report them as "tax determined" on the second column of the Processing Report (line 33). I'm not sure if they would qualify as "withdrawn for research" (line 38), but I would imagine they would. If he didn't enter them on on the processing report in one of those ways, they should still "exist" in the processing account, and would need to be inventoried every quarter.
  25. We are in the process of building an new facility and eager to upgrade from all electric (direct fire, bain marie and steam generator) to a 15-20hp boiler. I am currently looking at tube boilers from Rite, Hurst and Parker. I would appreciate any insight that could be offer concerning these or other boilers. We currently have a 211 gallon pot, continuous still and a 211 gallon mash cooker (upgrading to 600 gallon). Tom
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