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  1. welcome Nick! I am just south of you in Washington. Once you get started i would love to make the trip up and check t out. you live in a beautiful area. Have you talked to Specific Mechanical, i think they are in your neck of the woods.
  2. would not discount the micro turbine option until you price it out for your scale. It was a couple years ago but i remember it being a surprisingly economic option per unit, especially if you can get some tax credits or other incentives from your utility. If you have a cool source like a pond or geothermal well you can use that with a heat pump style heating cooling system. Depending on the size of your setup you could even use condenser water or pond water through heat exchangers to heat/cool your production space. I think an in slab hydronic piping system could be used for heati
  3. out of curiosity how do you get the second row barrels to the back? two long 4x4's and roll them in? also was there any venting requirements needed?
  4. another option if you want to be green is look into a co-gen type of facility. Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico has micro turbines that produce electricity from bio gas (they have their own digester) or NG via the micro turbine then used the exhaust waste heat to have a supply of steam and hot water for the brewery. obviously there scale was a lot larger than yours but the equipment was very scaleable. the project would not have had a good ROI except there were some tax credits and incentives that helped make it favorable.
  5. When i worked for a process mechanical contractor we did a lot of equipment anchoring in many different jurisdictions. Everyone was different based on seismic zone, and the local jurisdiction requirements. I highly suggest using stainless anchors in a wash-down environment to avoid rust stains around the bases of your shiny stainless. the rule of thumb i was told by one structural engineer was that any stationary equipment with a center of gravity over 4 feet and 400 pounds should be anchored. this is probably worst case, as California and Alaska are the two worst states i have worked in for a
  6. Subscribed. I too am planning a small farm distillery in Washington. I am in the Yakima area and zoned Agricultural.
  7. Thanks Alex, I figured the continuous column in my desired flow rates would be a fully custom design. I am assuming it will be using parts i specify from different locations. I will definitely share my adventures once they get moving.
  8. Thanks Alex. I am still working on those details but I will probably buy a small ready made unit to get started and then come up with an expansion plan consisting of some home built equipment and purchased components that are just not cost effective for me to produce. I am working with a greenfield project so I plan on sizing the building to have space for growth and space for additions in the future for additional growth. I really like the idea of using a stripping still and polishing still for maximizing output with minimal labor. I am also a big believer in data logging and automation to
  9. Hello all! My name is Ryan and I have been lurking for a long time and I thought It was time to finally said hello. I am a Mechanical Engineer by training and for the last eight years my specialty has been food and beverage process integration and design. The majority of my experience has been in the craft brewing industry. I am currently living in Naches Wa, just outside Yakima right in the heart of Washington's apple region and have 10 acres of property right along Hwy 12. I am currently doing my due diligence into opening a small craft distillery on the highway frontage
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