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  1. Our equipment is engineered and designed in the US. Also all of our electrical systems and electric motors are made in the US. All of our safety devices and most of our pumps are made in the US. Around 80% of our structural components are made in China to our specs and standards and the other 20% are done in the US here at our shop. All of the assembly and quality control is done in the US. Our prices are some of the best in the industry and our stills are in over 460 distilleries in the US and many other distilleries around the world. With any purchase of over $10,000.00 you get a free
  2. NotSure We do equipment consulting for free. If you would like to set up a phone appointment for an equipment consultation and quote just email paul@distillery-equipment.com Our stills are in over 460 US distilleries and the majority of those distilleries also purchased some if not all of their other distillery equipment from us such as mash tuns fermenters, mash pumps, receiving tanks, high proof ethanal pumps, blending tanks, UL listed ethanol storage tanks, steam boilers and chillers. Our largest stills are 2500 gallon pot stills that put out over 75 gallons of whiskey per hour. Our
  3. I can build an all stainless still, by outward appearance, with my copper catalyzers inside that will result in spirits with no detectable sulfur taste. In fact my catalyzers in a stainless still, will have interaction with more vapor than an all copper pot still with no plates or copper packing, because my catalyzers insure that 100% of the ethanol vapor comes in contact with copper. In an all copper pot still with no copper plates, packing or catalyzers, you never get 100% copper vapor interaction. Years ago, I designed 2 types of copper catalyzers for my stills. I call the first t
  4. Your system is very well thought out and it sounds very efficient. Also the way you have your condensers laid out is very unique. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do it that way before. Did you see a similar set up of multiple Liebig condensers ran in series somewhere, or was this an original idea of yours? They say original ideas are as rare as hens teeth https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/02/060223083601.htm Very Impressive.
  5. Sorry, I thought you meant that you used something other than a liquid coolant. Yes we use feedstock for the pre condensers on our continuous column stripping stills (they also have small tube and shell final condensers that use water or a glycol/water mixture). Pre-condensers using feed stock in this way also preheat the mash. It's a great idea, very efficient and preheaters like this have been used on pot stills here in the USA for at least 180 years. My great uncle used a preheater on one of his stills. It was a simple stainless 150 gallon submarine tank with oak sides put toget
  6. Pete B. I have built distilling columns for oil refining that did not have liquid cooled condensers but those columns operated at over 600 degrees F. I also have short path stills that separate CBD and THC and fraction out terpenes by boiling point. These stills operate under vacuum and they use liquid coolant in the condensers but the coolant is heated before in goes into the condenser so that the temp differential is not too great. The boiling points of THC CBD and Terpenes, from Marijuana, fall between 156 C and 250 C. I think that an air cooled condenser could be used in
  7. Pete B. I have never seen a continuous stripping still that did not need liquid condenser cooling, How does that work? I have seen a pot still condenser set up that had both an air cooled condenser and then a liquid cooled condenser. Maybe my friend Alexander has seen designs without liquid cooled condensers. Alexander, if you see this post, let us know if any of the old industrial Soviet continuous still designs worked without liquid cooled condensers and if so, were air cooled condensers used?
  8. Pete B Said >Paul, I am not quite sure, I think you are describing what I know as shotgun condensers, many tubes inside one shell.< Pete, I'm not sure why I didn't catch the tube in tube thing. Yes, my condensers on all of our large stills are either shell side tube in shell or tube side tube in shell.
  9. Our condensers are stainless tube in tube, counter flow. Some are shell side and some are tube side. On our Ultra Pro Vodka Stills, the coolant coming from the final condenser is around 120 F during a Vodka run. The water comes out of the final condenser at 120 F into the dephlegs where it comes out at around 140F. If there are no dephlegs being ran and it is a stripping run then the water generally comes out of the final condenser around 130 to 140F on the average throughout the run. If the water is cool enough then my 500 gallon stills will only use around 500 gallons of cooling water.
  10. Water being scarce does not matter when using my method for condenser water because the water and the heat put into it by the condensers is reclaimed. Since the hot condenser water is reclaimed for mashing and cleaning, there is zero to very little waste water created from the condensers. If the tap water is too warm for cooling the condensers, the best alternative is to have a single chilled water tank and small chiller. Use the chiller to chill your 70 F or so tap water in the chilled water tank down to 52 degrees F overnight then run the chilled water from the chilled water tank thro
  11. Pour Decisions, You use your municipal water pressure or your well pump water pressure to pass the water through your final condenser then out of your final condenser through your dephlegmator and from your dephlegmator to 2 hot water holding tanks. One hot water holding tank is for your next mashing in and the other is for all of your cleaning needs. If you have a CIP pump connect it to the 2nd hot water holding tank and use that hot water for all of your CIP cleaning. The hot water holding tanks can be cheap HDPE and you can insulate them with some blanket insulation. The water from
  12. nogoodoutlaw1 If you are on a well or if your tap water temp is below 65 F then l can tell you how to do all of your cooling processes without a chiller and you can reclaim the hot water from your condenser for all of your hot water needs including mashing in and cleaning and you won't waste any water. If your tap water is over 65F, I can tell you how to set things up so that you can use a much smaller chiller than would normally be needed and you can still reclaim all of the free hot water that your condensers put out. We have the chillers if it turns out that you need one except we wi
  13. That's a good idea, which should work fine.
  14. We usually have copper tri clamp ferrules in 2", 3" and 4". Our 2" size is currently out of stock and we don't carry the 1.5" copper tri clamp ferrules. We can weld a 1.5" piece of type L copper pipe to a 304 stainless ferrule but I can understand why you don't want to do that with your copper column. These guys have 2" ones https://www.hobbyhomebrew.com/product/2-inch-copper-flange-ferrule-for-beer-keg-still-triclover-triclamp-tri-clover-tri-clamp-compatible-one-of-the-hard-bits/ We have 2" tri clamp to 1/2" female NPT adapters on our web store: https://shop.distillery-equipment.com/prod
  15. We have them, however if it's a larger diameter ferrule it's better if we weld a stainless ferrule on to a piece of our copper pipe and sell it to you. What size and type of copper pipe do you have?
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