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  1. Thanks Dehner, It was a tote that contained GNS 95%, so we can call it brand new I guess. I will follow you advice and keep it simple. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for your input starcat. We use the 600v because that's what was available on-site. After tweaking everything, I can confirm that everything works as it should. Pumps, mixing motors, heating elements. All is good in the end. Obviously, we take your advice and we are very careful while operating any electrical components in our distillery. Thanks
  3. Hi, I am using an IBC tote to store my reverse osmosis water. I am looking in a way to attach a CIP spray ball on the lid to ease the cleaning process of the tote. My idea was to drill a 3 inch hole into the lid and attach a 3 inch TC to 3 inch male NPT and use one of my spare CIP ball. I can find the 3 inch TC to NPT 3 inch, but I can't find any 3 inch hex nut to lock the 3 inch NPT into place. Maybe I'm thinking it all wrong, so if anyone has a better idea or has a working solution, I'm all ears. Cheers!
  4. You are right, in the USA, 600v is not common at all. Though, We are located in Quebec Canada, where 600v is commonly available. All of our elements, pumps and agitator motors are currently wired in star except no neutral, only 3 wires. I obviously don't really understand all of it, but hey, you learn everyday. here is the motor from our rotary pump for example:
  5. Hi At our distillery, we are running on line-to-line 600v. All of our pumps, agitator motors and elements have been wired in star. Elements are 10KW and pumps and agitators are between 1hp to 2hp depending on the vessel. Would it have been better to wire them in delta or not? Our electrician didn't seem to know. Everything works fine as it is, but if anyone can give the pros and cons, that'd be appreciated. Thank you in advance,
  6. Thank you for your inputs guys. For peace of mind we went ahead and purchased our 3 missing VFDs, we will try to cut expense on something else. Which is not an easy thing to find 😉
  7. Hi, We have a VFD for our centrifugal pump and another one for the mixer in the still. Do we absolutely need VFD for the mixers on our fermenter and mashtun too? Is it only a crazy thought? Thanks,
  8. Thanks for the answer Captain, Yes it does have a CIP. Pot, gin basket and 4 plates column. It is a still manufactured by Dye. Can you enlighten me on what PBR stands for? I know PBW (from brewing) but PBR is new to me. Cheers.
  9. Hi, Is it OK to use TSP to clean a newly purchased still to remove oil and grease buildup from manufacturing? I know it is OK on stainless, but I wanted to know if it had any adverse effect on copper. I was planning running a full CIP with TSP. If it is not OK what could I use to clean it? Thanks. In advance
  10. Yes I took the screenshot from your website. Thank you for clarifying how the system actually work. That is interesting, we might want to go with only a 16 plates column instead. We will see in the future anyway. As for now we ordered only a 4 plates. It was for future expension I was asking. Thank you too @meerkat for the added infos.
  11. OK perfect, thank you guys for your replies. It comfort our initial thoughts. We will ask our manufacturer to proceed with three distinct lines return to the pot. Each line will have a dip low enough inside the pot to make sure they are always submerged. Our still is only 500L and will have 1 dephlegmator on each of the 3 column. I think it would be overkill with the pump setup on each column, this is good to know though. edit: re-reading your comment Meerkat, should I make sur they drill a hole of 3mm on each of the return line inside the pot as you suggested in your first reply?
  12. Hi, In a setup similar to this one, where you have 3 columns side by side, should each column has a it's own dedicated return line to the pot? Or they can all share the same return line? Thanks,
  13. Thank you Silk, much appreciated!
  14. Hi, I was wondering if it is imperative to filter Gin or this only depends on the type of receipe. To sum it up, can we get away from buying a cartdrige filter system? We're planning on doing vapour infusion only, no maceration. Thanks,
  15. Hi there, We are eyeing a place that has water well as source water. We've had the water analysed by a lab and it is turned out to be really good purity. Yesterday we've had the well throughput tested. results were a little disappointing, 180 gallon per hour. Not set in stone, but our setup would consist of a 340 Gallons still and 2 equally sized fermenters. We would also have a 800 Gallons water tank chilled by a 10HP chiller in closed loop to chill the still and the fermenters. We won't be mashing at first. Mainly we'll do gin with GNS and rum to start. Is 180GPH is enough
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