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  1. I agree. I'm finding it difficult to locate a large enough "printing" area for the laser to accomodate a barrel head, as well as finding something made in the US.
  2. Does anyone looking at this have experience with the lasers? I also would prefer to use a laser, I'm just worried about having it shipped from overseas with poor return policies, and the time it will take to laser a barrel head. I figure the higher the wattage, the faster the laser should be able to make a valuable impact on the wood.
  3. I've been looking at something similar, but paint is a good backup plan in case the laser fails or takes too long. https://universalengraver.com/products/3000mw-blue-cnc-laser-engraving-machine-40x40
  4. I wasn't considering Hoochware based on previous comments from distillers. I know a few currently using it and all are planning on switching to a new system.
  5. Has anyone tried both software packages? They seem to have similar capabilities and I'm trying to choose between the two. I've heard only good things about Distill x 5 and mixed reviews of Whiskey Systems software.
  6. I have seen those, and am not interested in a gas pump style. I think that's where I'm having issues.
  7. Thanks for the reply Jedd. I'm still looking for a good barrel filler. Our local fire department is requiring us to have a "dead man's valve" for filling. I think GW Kent may have something that fits that bill, or I'll need to order a spring loaded valve to do the job. I've found a few bulldogs out there, or gas station style handles. I'm surprised I cannot find anything more than a couple of small online stores that carry such items.
  8. Hey everyone, I'm looking for a good source to purchase barrel tools. I'll need them for filling and removing bungs/sampling. I've looked at Union Jack and GW Kent but haven't found anything great from them. Any help is appreciated.
  9. What is the grain/water ratio in the rye ferment?
  10. I'm interested in this as well. Do you have a name brand you'd recommend?
  11. Hey everyone, I have a question for those selling an entire barrel as a means of drumming up investors. We're thinking about preselling maybe 100 barrels of whiskey (bourbon, single malt, rye, etc). We're toying with a couple ideas on what the consumer would get out of these, as well as developing a price structure. My initial thoughts are below. I'm just trying to get a feel for what is industry standard is, or what others are trying to work with. I don't feel like having to do a new recipe based on suggestions by a consumer, as this may lead to more than one barrel being produced wi
  12. I forgot to mention earlier... If you have a packed column e.g. just a column filled with glass beads or other packing material, your theoretically number of plates would be very high. If you could pack whatever is coming off the top of your pot you could have a lot of "plates" in there, theoretically. If you ran a recycle stream from your effluent back to one of your "plates" you'd change the composition of that area, and you'll get an even higher proof of of your system. There are a lot of ways to increase your separation with modification, which would put you into a hybrid system at that
  13. Also, number of plates doesn't always equal number of theoretical plates. Calling a pot=1 and each plate=1 isn't always correct. Every system is different and it can be calculated with proper measurement. I'm guessing Southerhighlander has enough info to state what he manufactures. Pot stills will have different necks, onions, lyne arm direct, etc and thus will have drastically different numbers. Your pot still might have 3-4 theoretically plates. But he's also correct saying you'd have to distill many times to approach what he's making in one pass, and your last charge would be very hig
  14. I would say that manufacturers only give you a couple pointers on how they "machine" operates. Especially with hybrids, because you're between two classic systems it's hard to know what the end user will make. A hybrid can be used to make just about anything. I haven't found a great resource for this either. I know distillers with hybrids that don't use the plates for whiskey, others that are to make a single pass product. I have some decent digital books that may have information. During the virus I'm trying to look back into more of that information, I'll let you know if I find som
  15. With pedio over time you should be able to see with platelets on the top of the ferment, right? Was this a grain on or off fermentation? Depending on how the sample was prepared with grain present, that could change the reading. Usually with hydrometers it's an error as many others have pointed out.
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