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  1. Yes the oil must be removed from the stills jacket. So far, none of our 20 or so customers, who converted their baine maire stills to steam, have reported any issues.
  2. Yes, We have a conversion kit for our own baine marie stills. First you must have inner pot and jacket wall thicknesses of at least 3 mm for 6 psi steam and at least 4mm for up to 15 PSI steam. Our kits consist of high pressure clamps, Teflon gaskets and end caps for your heating element ports as well as an appropriately sized Apollo ASME rated section VIII pressure relief valve for your steam jacket and the appropriately sized Apollo vacuum relief valve for your steam jacket. paul@distillery-equipment.com
  3. I call the device an Open System Pressurization Module (OSPM) Basically the OSPM uses water column to maintain pressure in an open system. Your still's current baine marie heating system heats water in the jacket. The OSPM is connected to the jacket. The water column in the OSPM holds pressure that is created by the immersion heaters creating steam in the jacket. If the rated pressure of the OSPM is exceeded, then a little water is pushed out of the OSPM into your drain, so the system is very safe. Since the only thing between atmosphere and the steam in the jacket is water, it is technically an open system and therefore, just like a baine marie still, it does not fall under the rules of a closed pressurized system. We have 2 OSPM designs. One operates at 6 PSI max and the other at 12 PSI max. The metal thicknesses of your inner pot and jacket dictate if your still can be utilized in this way and if so, which OSPM is best for your still. If your still pot is constructed of 304 stainless the jacket and pot walls must be at least 3mm thick for the 6psi model and at least 4mm thick for the 12 PSI model.
  4. The device requires no power. To learn more email me paul@distillery-equipment.com
  5. We suggest vegetable oil for our baine marie stills. We also have a device that allows you to convert your baine marie still to a self fired electric steam still. Basically the device allows you to create steam under pressure in your heating jacket while maintaining the jacket as an open system.
  6. I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you were in the UK. In that situation I'm sure that Stilldragon Europe would be the best way to go because of the incredibly expensive shipping costs for us to ship to the UK. Also Silk's advice is very good and may be the best way for you to proceed considering that you have already purchased the still.
  7. Before you make a final decision, you should check out our products and do some comparisons in price etc. https://shop.distillery-equipment.com/ If you want you could email me paul@distillery-equipment.com and I will put a package together for you. We have packed column sections in stock as well as everything else that you need + we actually have complete American made electric heating systems with controllers. We also have agitators, which unlike the ones on Chinese stills, have American made UL listed explosion proof agitator motors. We also have ASME rated American made safety valves. Typically the Chinese use non ASME rated safety devices that are not up to code in many situations. The Chinese typically use CE listed motors that say EX on them. CE is not up to code in the US, so many times the Chinese CE listed motors will not pass electrical and or safety inspections. Also if you will be running Vodka in an electric still, a jacketed pot for running 50% low wines is safer. We have 100 liter jacketed still pots that are inexpensive compared to our competitors and we sell American made heating systems with them.
  8. needmorstuff, Below is a picture of one of the many stills that we have built for customers with height restrictions. This 300 gallon Ultra Pro Vodka Still with Gin Basket is less than 9 ft tall. The still is easy to operate and runs as smoothly as any 20 plate still. You can run any individual plate column and any number of individual plates in the system or bypass the bubble plate columns altogether with a turn of a handle. The dephlegmator and final condenser coolant flow is semi automated using a single thermostatic valve (not shown). The gin basket can be bypassed with the turn of a handle. Unlike certain continuous bubble plate columns, which must be torn down to remove plates to disengage them and then reassembled, no tearing down is necessary to reconfigure our Pro Series and Signature Series stills. Just the turn of the handle is all that's needed. Our fastest stills put out 75 gallons of white dog per hour and cost less than any new continuous column still that we have seen with the same output. This still can also be used as a mash tun if needed. If you would like a quote for a still that would be designed specifically to fit your needs email paul@distillery-equipment.com and we will set up a phone conference.
  9. The pump setup, as silk describes it will work fine, However, I would lower the columns to the floor, add a 3rd pump and have 20 total plates. We have dealt with similar height restrictions in this way with great results.
  10. Your retort should be at least 1/3 the size of your still pot for the best results.
  11. Okay I gotcha. I didn't realize you were referencing backset. You said the stillage was screened. Generally stillage means spent mash but I've seen some that use it to mean mash in general. Not knowing your background I thought that you meant the latter. Now that I understand, you gave a nice explanation.
  12. What big distillery was that? With corn based spirits it's best to ferment and distill with the solids left in, which is why Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and the other big distilleries do it that way. Our mash tuns, stills and fermenters, for grain bills that are mostly corn, are all set up for on the grain mashing, fermenting and distilling and that equipment is in around 300 distilleries. On the grain is best for Bourbon and other corn based distilled spirits because it is so much easier and less time consuming than trying to remove the solids. Also many of my customers sell the grain in, spent mash with the liquid left in to hog farmers. One of the main reasons that the vast majority of corn derived spirts are done on the grain is because the corn for corn spirits is not malted. You can put 500 gallons of cooked bourbon mash above a false bottom screen and you may drip out 10 gallons of wort. The only way to get penetration with a sparge on corn mash is to add 20% rice hulls which is a huge waste. It is so much easier to just do it on the grain. For spirits distilled from malted grains such as Barley and Wheat etc, fermenting and distilling off of the grain works great.
  13. SlickFloss I'm glad to sell you a little still however I do not promote any illegal distilling activity. If you would like to order a small still by phone: call 417-778-6100 and ask for Kathy. If you would like to speak to me directly call 417-778-6908. The below is on all of our small still listings: "These products may not be legal to operate in some areas. Affordable Distillery Equipment, LLC strongly discourages any unlawful use of these products and is not responsible for any damage or injury caused by the misuse or unlawful use of these products. Any person or entity that uses information or equipment provided by Affordable Distillery Equipment, LLC does so entirely at their own risk and accepts all liability concerning the use of the aforementioned equipment and information."
  14. We can add a 5 psi pressure relief valve for $55.00 We have German Helmets and Scotch Columns for the 26 gallon, but they are not listed on the web site.
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