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Absinthe Pete

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  1. Lots to say here. First off no one should be using a Pressure Relief Valve made for a water heater. They make ones specifically for this purpose. Not to mention made with materials that, 1. Won't taint your product and 2. Are hot alcohol tolerant. As far as through put you'll have to engineer that. Also they should be plumbed to go into a barrel fill with water thereby knocking down the steam and making the alcohol inert to flammability. They PRV and pressure gauge should be checked regularly. I use an air hose with an air gun with a rubber tip and set the PSI to only 2 or 3 psi. For the PRV set the PSI to what the blow off point it. NEVER fill a still with compressed air to test ANYTHING. If you need to check for leaks or any test of that sort use water. Water is not compressible, air is. On my PSI gauge I have a big circular sign I made that says this should never read anything but zero! Just for posterity a still should never be filled more than 75% full and maybe less so based on the shape of the pot. If you're distilling on mash, such as corn, that corn can block the lyne arm and that can leak to an explosion.
  2. All true what you all said. Sad to see home built with no safety devices. You at least need a pressure gauge front and center to avoid explosion. Making a still explode is not that easy so I'm very curious of what went wrong. Plugged Lyne arm I would expect.
  3. LOL No worries. I miss stuff all the time. Wish I could help. This stuff is useless to me too.
  4. Happens more than people like to admit. Absolutely like playing Russian Roulette with 6 cartridges in the chamber. When I'm distilling I don't even go to the bathroom unless someone else is there or else I leave the bathroom door open. I know distillers who would start the still and then go out making sales all day long. Utterly stupid. It gives us all a bad name and in the end they'll just make more regulations for us to follow because of a few bad apples. I still love the people who don't do any research and don't go work for someone else to see what's required as far as skill level. Then they get their DSP, come on here and then ask, "can I use a garden hose from Home Depot to transfer high proof?".
  5. Nope, but I'm curious as well. I hope it's not another, "Oh we let the still run unattended for 6 hours while we went to take a nap".
  6. Ok how much are you looking for and where are you located, zip code, commercial location?, forklift or loading dock?
  7. Yes I do. Do you have any type of liquor license or distillery permit?
  8. What's reasonable to you? I do all my own work so I searched for a chiller that was affordable, but not expensive, but reliable. I went with Chill King. $35K or so delivered, $7000 for electrical install (most of which was the copper wire to handle 200 amp 150 feet from the breaker panel.) If you can operate a hammer drill then install is easy. The compressor need to run in the correct directly and if you're not handy and know electrical that part might cost more. Everything else out there was way more expensive. Oh, mine is a 30 ton chiller.
  9. Best thing to do would be calling a company that either makes filters or filter pads and ask them. You can try TCW the complete winemaker as they have lot of good people there who can recommend the right product.
  10. Have you tried cooling it? Clearing agents might pull other stuff out, but if you try a batch in a carboy so you can see it and put it in a fridge that might work. When you cool spirits, wine or beer down stuff settles to the bottom. You can also look into a vortex/centrifuge type system. They make them for the food industry so they can handle a lot of volume. These systems will pull any particulate out and then you filter as you're bottling.
  11. Hi, I've got about 10 totes and the other chemicals to make hand sanitizer for sale in San Francisco. They're in IBC totes. Our hand sanitizer production dropped off considerable. I think I paid $7.00 a gallon including shipping. As I said I also have the hydrogen peroxide and glycerin if you're still in hand sanitizer production. Drop me a line if interested.
  12. They are getting very creative and are the scum of the earth. I got a call last Friday saying it was PG&E and my power to the distillery was going to be cut off in 30 min. I said, let me guess you need a credit card. He said NO! He had NO IDEA why the disconnect order was issued, but I should call another number and find out. Of course I'm sure they would have asked for one. I knew it was a scam a few seconds into the call, but at first I was like WHAT!!! we've opening the tasting room soon we need power. So they are getting very creative. For PG&E though it's pretty easy to spot the fake. One, a disconnect technician would never call unless he needs access to the building. Two, you'd have to be like 8 months late on payments, and three it's illegal for PG&E to disconnect power for any reason with out some kind of legal document for businesses. Residences are different. At least that's what I've been told. So I have a fairly young lady working my tasting room and this scam made me realize I had to have a talk with her. Now she knew better, but I wanted to let her know. Unless I tell her someone is coming by, insert specific reason, no one is allowed in the distillery proper. I told her if someone shows up and says they're so and so and have to get in to check something, insert Comcast - PG&E - Etc.., do not let them in. Call me. If I'm not available tell them they can't enter. If they give her a hard time I told her call the police. You will never get in trouble if you call the police for legitimate reason.
  13. Thanks. Good to know. Personally, I never take credit cards. If it's a legit business they will have other forms of payment. Credit cards take a fee and we're not a retail store, aside from the tasting room of course. Plus, as said above CC charges can be reversed. Second, if it's a new customer I wait until the payment completely clears. That might mean a month of more if it's some weird foreign bank. If the customer is concerned, they can make a wire transfer from their bank to mine. No harm in that and once money is sent via a real wire transfer, not western union which most scammers use, it's your money it can't be recalled. And never take money orders or cashiers checks because they can be fake too. I mean you can take them, but make sure they clear as well. And to reiterate if it's a weird foreign bank and a money order it WILL take like 2 months to clear. Money orders might be accepted by your bank and some people think a money order is as good as cash, but they're not. What they are is a check just like any other check, but a check drawn from the bank itself, instead of the individual drawing it from their own account which could be fake or they could have no money in it by the time the bank goes to cash it. Also, I almost never arrange shipping. Most distributors are happy to arrange shipping. Maybe it's not always this way, but I've been lucky as working out alcohol shipping can be a PITA. But as stated above don't prepay anything unless you know the company. Now having said that I have taken a half payment from a distributor before that was new to me. What I did was do my research make sure they seem legit, they happen to be in the Grand Caymans, and take a half payment of the first large order which more than covered the production cost of the product.I took half payment not because I thought it was a scam, but just because they are a legit distributor they're not SGWS and therefore they still might not pay if they run out of money or don't sell the entire stock of product they bought from you. It happens. Distributors get in way over their heads sometimes like any other business or are living pay check to pay check and you're the one who doesn't get paid. And being on foreign soil it would be very hard to collect.
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