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  1. It's only Quarantine if it's in the Quarantine province of France. Otherwise it's just sparkling isolation.
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  2. Wow. That was unexpected. Especially in an industry built around Pasteur's work.
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  3. The VFD is apparently single phase and converts to 3 phase for the motor. Perfectly normal.
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  4. Since you've got them in the tote, give them lots of oxygen and slowly proof them down over the course of a couple months and you might be able to better integrate some of the wood. I would probably put them back into used fullsize bourbon barrels at a relatively low proof for a year or two and see what happens.
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  5. oh jesus christ here's this "idiot again". What an "unbelievable dipshit".
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  6. We are running just shy of 30,000 gallons of keg beer per week all into sanitizer
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  7. This issue is a mess because both the FDA and the TTB guidelines are for hand sanitizers and only hand sanitizers. They did not address other sanitizers. Specifically, they do not address sanitzers used for cleaning surfaces, which is a common use when you sell sanitizer in spray bottles. Because I do not know squat about the issue, and because there is an emergency need, and because ... well, just because it is easier to be quiet sometimes and let things play out, I decided to shut up. I summarize the current situation as follows: Someone yelled "pandemic" (belatedly) in a
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  8. The guidance in the document is precisely worded. The excerpt you quote has three separate sentences, each describing a different set of circumstances. The three sentences are clear, but you have to carefully parse them. First Sentence - Part 19, 20, and 223 requirements Any existing DSP Can immediately commence production of; Hand sanitizer or Distilled spirits (ethanol) for use in hand sanitizer, As described below, Without having to first obtain authorization. What does that allow and prohibit? The sentence is relative
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  9. I have avoided getting further involved in this because it is a rats nest. The FDA guidance documents say that it contains nonbinding recommendations. WTF does that mean? The whole thing centers on FDA's concern about it GRAS ruies. Whai Would call the FD's overly cautious approach to covid 19 testing poked a stick into the spokes of an essential program. It put us way behind the wave. It's caution on hand sanitzers is having the same effect. In 1996 and 2009 and nine the FDA was prepared to recognize undenatured alcohol as GRAS in hand sanitizers, but in 2016 it reversed that, c
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  10. I'd personally have no issue using H2O2 regardless of supplier if I could get it. It should be cheaper to transport as well. I see it available still from many suppliers. It would be almost impossible for H2O2 not to fall into footnote 7 on the FDA document. https://www.fda.gov/media/136118/download "Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrate USP or Hydrogen Peroxide Topical Solution USP. Technical grade hydrogen peroxide falls within this policy if the concentration is within that of Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrate USP or Hydrogen Peroxide Topical Solution USP." It surely is when you dilute
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  11. Fuck off with that flat-earther/sovereign citizen/crisis actor/faked moon landing bullshit. You believe you know better than the thousands of doctors and scientists that are on the frontlines of this disease because you watched some Youtube videos made by people just as nutty as you. That's not enlightenment. It's narcissism.
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  12. You are an idiot.
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  13. I have a special denaturing wand I crafted from meteor fragments and banana peels. When I wave that in the general direction of a tank of alcohol or sanitizer it becomes denatured through the chaotic molecular bias inherent in the universe. And now I don't owe FET. damn those f'ing torpedoes, I agree.
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  14. I had a client inquire about this and I'll make this short and sweet. You can check references. To deal, as a distiller, in industrial alcohol, you must have a permit issued under part 19. This is in addition to the FAA Act basic permit that you hold. If all you are qualified to do is produce beverage alcohol, and that is probably at least 95% of you, then you also must amend your registrations to include industrial alcohol and must obtain a bond or post a cash bond - minimum $15 operatons and $1K withdrawals.. All of that is easily accomplished, but it takes time. By the time you do tha
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  15. If you think the world is over-reacting to COVID-19 you have not understood the problem. Comparing it to normal flu is irrelevant. You need to compare it to the 1918 Spanish Flu. The only good news so far is that the Chinese have proven that it can be beaten - using basically the same techniques that worked in 1918 and against SARS. If you are prepared to invest half an hour into understanding the process and the risks we face, have a read through this article. Our problem in the west is that we rank personal freedoms above those of the group and this makes it more difficult for us to imp
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  16. Foreshot, For just R&D purposes a backyard fire pit or BBQ grill and a a tin can (never used empty paint can or cookie tin to 5 gallon metal bucket) with a small hole punched in the top works. Lots of videos on Youtube on how to do this. Walmart sells "Western Premium BBQ Products Smoking Chips" in a range of wood types including apple, cherry, maple, mesquite & hickory and these seem to work well for R&D purposes and only about $3/bag or so that makes it easy to source for testing. This is what I've been using. Silk City Distillers, Wow, not sure where to begin.
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  17. Ask the cooper for references, find people who use them years ago and still use them. We prefer The Barrel Mill, they are local to us, make a good barrel, and I don't think I've ever heard a negative thing about them.
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  18. Thanks so much--that saves me some time! Right now we have 2x 6 spout fillers, a Mori from TCW and a 6 spout from Criveller that we use regularly https://store.tcwequipment.com/products/mori-filler http://www.criveller.com/products/winery/bottling-solutions/manual-bottling-systems/fillers/ Both are good fillers, and both have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on the bottle shape and how you use it. I have less headaches with the Mori, and Michael at TCW has been great to work with. The only real headache with the TCW unit was that the fill height is only adjusta
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  19. Wait you mean something made by Corson wasn't made correctly? Thats a shocker!!!
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  20. Georgeous - The American whiskey industry uses the term "beer gallons" to describe mash thickness for grain-in fermentation and distillation of things like corn, rye, wheat and malt. The reason for this, is most equipment and process can handle one level of mash thickness, and scaling up or down or comparing yields from plant to plant or recipe to recipe is much easier done this way. A beer gallon is the total volume of liquid per bushel. Big distilleries typically run a 28 to 35 gallon beer. We run a 30 gallon beer, and hit a starting gravity around 1.065. So, for 500 gallons of fi
    2 points
  21. Slightly off topic, but I have done a few runs now of hammer milled grain-in malt whiskey, and I was very, very pleasantly surprised with the flavor of the distillate. Give it a go, you might like the result. I generally go out of my way to try to challenge the status quo. I continually hear that you can't make malt whiskey grain in. So I said, that sounds like the perfect thing to try out. Tannin astringency? Huh? We tried roller mill variants, that created real headache in pump overs from the tun to the fermenters, from the fermenters to the still, and on still cleanout. Roller mil
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  22. I don't know about varieties but I do know that they take around 7 years to produce their first crop of berries.
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  23. New price - $4,900
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  24. I just take my shirt off. Everyone's a winner
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  25. This is exactly how our 3 plate Kothe still is setup. The manual bypass valve is important, as you need to be able to flow water to make sure the water retained in the dephleg is starting out cold and not hot from a previous run.
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  26. Ok... here is the basic design of the 6x manual tapered bottle labeling jig. Cut the diameter of the half circles to match your bottle size at the base where it will sit in the jig, and the neck. If you get a board twice as wide as you need, then cut with a hole saw and rip down the middle and you will have two of these so you can make two jigs. You don't want the bottle too snug, but you also don't want too much wiggle room. the spools for the labels are just plumbing parts. I used a couple of drawer pulls with a string across to line up where the bottom of the label goes. The only othe
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  27. Here you go. Like I said, I went for usability and cost over looks.
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  28. whoa your going to tell the hell out of this!!!
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  29. I bought the iStill 2000 early last year and got my distiller's license 1/1/2020. It was the best decision I made and it has been verified now that I'm producing high proof ethanol for hand sanitizers! Having absolute control over the distillation process to the point where I can decide what ABV I want out of the still and the iStill delivers! Reliability, the lowest production cost per liter product and outstanding flexibility. Oh! did I mention low maintenance cost? Especially now that everyones making hadnsanitizer, being able to produce 94-96% ABV alcohol is such an advantage!!
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  30. I've never really had much success in trying to directly control vapor temperature. While controlling vapor temperature would be the ideal case, I've found that the control logic would need to be much more complex than simple PID control - mostly due to dead time and the fact that the control function is likely nonlinear. Consider that what you are really controlling is the column reflux ratio, and it takes time for the column to equalize to the new reflux ratio - and then be reflected in the vapor temperature. Controlling dephlegmator temperature via flow rate is far easier from
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  31. The karmic value of giving all of ours away far exceeds any profit we could have made. Distilled spirits are all about sharing a drink with friends and family, the very thing we can't ever do with social distancing. So, the quicker we win over the virus, the quicker we can come together again, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be over a drink.
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  32. https://www.dalkita.com/portfolio/ Distilleries are their specialty, very knowledgeable about all building and fire codes concerning distilleries.
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  33. You should post a pic of your set up so we can see how / where it might fit in
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  34. I have about 3 distilleries worth of hardware (stills ferms cookers) no infrastructure support for it though (chillers, heat Xs, etc) hit me if you want something.
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  35. Our Ultra Pro Vodka stills can distill from 25% to above 190 proof and everything in between. Running low wines from a stripping run you can distill to 120 proof, 130 proof whatever you like 120 or above. Our Ultra Pro Whiskeys stills will do the same as the above with the upper limit from two runs being 180 proof. Below is one of our Signature Series, Ultra Pro Vodka Stills with Gin Basket.
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  36. Wow - great stuff. Thanks. LCP - right - I don't often think of TN Whiskey, tho' I have some Dickel here somewhere. It is diferent way to impart wood flavors.
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  37. Sort of true. Any locality might have the FM limiting their scope. But state law usually gives the authority to the local FM to do more if they choose to, and bear responsibility if the required things are not done. And they can choose to exercise that authority later, and again, you are left in the lurch. So it is not even enough if the policy is supposedly fine now: that happened not long ago in the city of Chicago, when they realized after the first few distilleries were already in place that the FM were not sufficiently conservative with regards to local code. Effectively, rules changed on
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  38. Why wouldn't you just use something like of Hoffman Watchman returning to a larger condensate tank? Or directly back to the boiler if it's the only condensate generating device (it doesn't have a water feeder, not ideal). It's about 6" off the deck, or you could plumb a tee into the lower drain port, which is at ground level.
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  39. ADI uses a licensed importer to receive all of our competition entries which allows entrants to ship from licensee to licensee.
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  40. " Wired line to neutral for 3 phase for each heating element, the current draw is 11.8A . " Three phase power at 208V for heating elements does not involve " NEUTRAL CONDUCTORS." If you have Neutral landed on your elements this is wrong. If you have actual 3 phase elements you land the 3 line conductors. Most systems use single phase elements which require single phase 208 which is 2 line conductors from alternate phases. Your 3 phase power is distributed among your elemnts in a balanced fashion in this manner with contactors and so forth. If you have 1 208V phase and one neutral landed o
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  41. Hand tight is ok. Youre just making a slightly compressed seal. Think capping a thermos. If it leaks it'll dribble down the side and or may make a noise or slightly lose suction (if I remember right). Try to tighten the knobs uniformly (like a star pattern). I think I remember the acorn caps at the end (countersunk nuts at the bottom) becoming lose, as well as some of the other nuts on the tie rods (those threaded long bolts on the sides). You have to watch those and make sure they stay tightened and uniform. If they come lose, it will leak and not hold a seal. Its been a few years
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  42. Yeah and expect some confusion on the formula submission. I don’t think many people are thumping through Apple sauce.
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  43. Smaller (tighter) the filter, the prettier the spirit looks. Something about the sparkle, clarity, brightness you get from sub-micron filtration that makes the spirit way more visually appealing. We are totally crazy, because we see nothing wrong with going as low as .22, or .1, with brown spirits.
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  44. Appeals to tradition usually make me laugh. While I certainly enjoy studying traditional methods and means and even own a few great traditional tools across the various trades I’ve studied, they are almost always made better with application of new technology and knowledge. Sure, I might like a Brown Bess musket and respect her place in history and her capabilities but even in that same form factor I can now have better barrel steel, stronger lock and trigger, better more efficient projectiles, cleaner faster powders, better sighting systems, and stronger more durable stocks.
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  45. Jason schnapp is a complete jackass. Most of his stuff is resale Still Dragon parts. Some of the pieces we got were clearly already used and damaged/ broken. I generally would not make such a poor review of anyone, but he screwed us out of a lot of money when we made an accidental overpayment on an expensive two column system that we bought from him. Instead of refunding the obvious overpayment back to us, he actually told us to go f*** ourselves. We have copies of checks and invoices to prove the error was his, but we don't have an attorney in Missouri. We have had problems with nearly ever
    1 point
  46. My other mixers work fine. I will be selling most major brands of mixers, that are applicable, not just Brawn. I'm doing the same with pumps, safety valves etc. I want my customers to have lots of options, at better prices than my competitors, apples to apples. We have the deepest sanitary parts catalog in the distilling equipment industry. I currently supply parts to other still and brewery equipment manufacturers as well as food processing equipment and winery equipment manufacturers. If you need quality parts at the best prices let me know. Since you build equipment. I can will give
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  47. I have a dream that one day we can strike the word "infection" from the distilling vocabulary. We love mixed bacterial fermentation, and routinely use at least a half dozen strains of non-yeast microbes in fermentation. Even the brewing community has begun to embrace mixed-culture fermentation in a big way. Yesterday's infection is today's purposeful inoculation. Keep in mind that a whiskey wash that doesn't go through a boil post saccharification is going to be absolutely loaded with a plethora of non-yeast bacteria that will flourish during fermentation, especially protracted dur
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