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  1. Yep, Teton imported them and sold them to a couple places.
  2. Picked up some awesome cognac barrels from Rocky Mountain recently. Got an apple brandy from Keystone that we finished bourbon in that was really nice as well.
  3. Why not just buy ex-brandy/cognac barrels from someone like Northeast Barrel, Rocky Mountain Barrel, Keystone or others and just cut them down to what you need?
  4. There are already a number of low cost and even “free” open source solutions for controlling mashing and fermenting processes - so 2/3 of the “problem” have already been solved. Many of these platforms can be easily used to allow for monitoring of the still as well. Plenty of folks here already using them. You’ll find that many here, and in the industry in general, are strongly against remote still control, because it enables reckless behaviors, that when go bad, impact all of us from a liability, regulatory, and scrutiny perspective.
  5. You will occasionally see this in rum or brandy production, where it's fairly easy to rack off the yeast bed, or pump off in a way that doesn't significantly disturb the yeast bed at the bottom of the fermenter. But, you don't see this with grain-based ferments, as it's near impossible. While some might separate gross solids prior to distillation (for workflow reasons), they aren't really separating yeast, which is what clearing is all about. There is a flavor profile difference, yes, absolutely. Is it always positive? No, actually it's not.Nyk-nen_et_al-1977-Journal_of_the_Institute_
  6. Good intel, thanks Paul. On another note, I cringe at worm condensers. More and more I don’t think they belong in modern commercial distilling. Their design is a hazard - long narrow vapor path, narrow diameter soft copper prone to kinking. It becomes very easy to overwhelm and easily achieve vapor speeds high enough to blow vapor through a cool tank. In a puke scenario, clogging is a very real possibility, and cleaning them afterwards is difficult. Shotgun style condensers offer redundancy and a far larger vapor path, easy to clean, incredibly difficult to clog when properly sized.
  7. Could have been diatomaceous earth. It’s what I would recommend, along with sub-micron filtration, ideally 0.1 micron. Pitch enough it would look like milk, fine DE powder looks like milk powder. DE is commonly used in spirits filtration, it's customary, nobody would raise a concern about additives.
  8. This is true, some recent photos show more than one still - one of the old ones doesn’t even appear to be plumbed.
  9. Google the name and use the Images tab, you’ll find photos there. Appears to be “home” built or some mashup of components.
  10. Prayers go out to the individual air lifted to a burn center. That's never, ever positive. I hear one other individual was subsequently transferred to the burn center, guessing that person was a bit more stable after the incident, but again, having to go to a burn center is never a positive. There were a total of 3 people treated, so it wasn't a matter of an empty facility. There are some other photos online, the damage to the building appear fairly substantial, clearly we're talking damage sustained from explosion and not necessarily from fire, so again, prayers for the two folks in b
  11. Perhaps the issue is the same - they expect the ingredients to be only gin and tonic?
  12. Interesting, there are a number of Manhattan RTDs that I would have guessed contained Vermouth.
  13. Lol, you need to call.
  14. Try Greenfield Global/Pharmco. https://www.pharmco.com
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