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  1. Galapadoc, I'm currently finishing up Fridays emails. I saw your email and will answer it shortly. The problem with a vacuum still at your location is that your cooling water temp is too high. You would need coolant that is 53F or colder. Colder would be better, so you will need a chiller if you run a vacuum still. When you lower the boiling point of ethanol under vacuum you also lower the temperature at which ethanol will condense which means you need colder condenser coolant.
  2. We have a system that gives the best of both worlds: a vacuum still for stripping and a conventional spirit still for the final run. Our vacuum stripping stills are fast and cost only a little more than our conventional stills. Our vacuum stills can be fired by a hot water heater, hot water boiler or wood fired hydronic boiler. If you are in the right area, firing a vacuum still with wood is the most economical way to go. paul@distillery-equipment.com
  3. Galapadoc, They aren't on the web site. For information and or a quote email: paul@distillery-equipment.com. We have several sizes of vacuum stripping stills in stock. We also have short path stills and rotary evaporators that operate under vacuum as well as lab chillers that go down to -40 C, heat sources and vacuum pumps.
  4. To Silk's point. I don't understand why so many manufacturers produce stills with no insulation layer. All of our Pro Series and Signature series stills have an insulation jacket over the steam jacket on the pot. As a side note we have vacuum stripping stills that are as efficient as continuous column stills and they are also very fast and produce a great tasting spirit. Distillation takes place at 150 F so a conventional chiller or well water can be used to cool the condenser. The insulation layers on these are simple, empty jackets that we pull vacuum on. There is no actual insula
  5. Thatch, I hear you. Navanjohnson, Propane is not considered a green house gas. https://www.diversifiedenergy.com/news/how-does-propane-gas-affect-the-environment/ So it is a green solution. One of my customers has a 2,500 gallon still, 2,500 gallon mash tun, 800 gallon still, two 800 gallon mash tuns, 300 gallon still and a 300 gallon mash tun that are all fired with the steam from a 10,000,000 BTU, propane fired, low pressure steam boiler. His propane tanks are huge but everything works great. He uses well water for his condenser cooling. His well also supplies
  6. Thatch, He's saying that his power comes from coal fired power plants. As far as wind and solar, a 1000 gallon stripping still, 1000 gallon mash tun and 300 gallon spirit still need at least 500,000 watts of power. With solar panels at 400 watts per panel that would be 1,250 solar panels. There are no small to mid size windmills available (that I know of) that will produce that amount of power. This is enough power for 30 to 50 homes. also you would need enough batteries to store at least 3 days of energy for the distillery for when the wind isn't blowing and the sun isn't
  7. I agree with Golden Beaver. Circulate the pond water through your condensers and back into the pond. You can handle the crash cooling the same way. No chiller needed. Get you a 30 gpm pump. No engineering is needed. For heating a natural gas fired low pressure steam boiler is the best and propane second best, from a cost prospect.
  8. If you want a good neutral and to get the most 190 or above spirit out of the low wines, run 40% to 50% low wines through 20 plates.
  9. Silk, I agree with all of your points concerning worm condensers. We do not offer them on any of our stills and when someone asks about a worm condenser, I try to talk them out of it and if I can't then I accept no liability and I have the purchaser sign an agreement releasing me of all liability, in case an accident occurs.
  10. Throughput is just the term that I use and it is the volume of steam that can pass through the valve in a given span of time. For pressure relief valves for steam, it is given in lbs of steam per hr and it is on the valve's tag. For a steam jacket, the valve must be a section VIII ASME rated valve of the proper PSI and lbs of steam per hr capacity. Most steam fired stills are fired with low pressure steam so the PRVs for the steam jacket pop at 15psi. The steam jackets on stills generally operate at around 14 PSI or less. To size, you calculate the lbs of steam per hr that the jacket is
  11. Hi Doc, It is 13'6" tall with the vodka column set up like the pic. If we offset the 6' vodka section and increase it's height to 7' add then add a dephlegmator, we can get the height down to 8'5" but we would need a column condensate pump kit to get the correct functionality, and that being the case we can could lower the Vodka column so that the height would be 7'6". The column condensate pup kit would cost an extra $2,500.00. The still would be 28" deep by 5'10" wide.
  12. They may very well have a PRV on the top of the pot in the back but that would not be enough, in my opinion. Also I have seen hot water heater PRVs on most of the homemade stills that I have encountered. A pressure relief valve for a 50 gallon hot water heater does not have the throughput for a 100 gallon still's contents. There is more involved in PRV sizing than just psi but many people do not know that. I'm not saying this accident was caused by a lack of PRVs or VRVs. I have no idea what went wrong with their still. I will say however that the last 4 out of 5 distillery acci
  13. Thanks Silk, I found the pics. It certainly looks home built and I don't see any safety devices on it, in the pics. It's really a sad situation that could have probably been avoided. I hope those guys are going to be okay. Prayers for them and their families.
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