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  1. *shrugs* Proper brand creation is all about creating a product that will move off the shelve, and what segment of the market is rather irrelevant A premium branded table saw requires the exact process as a premium branded engagement ring. It's not like you're building a structural bridge and need a company that has a solid track record in bridge design. You need a company with a solid track record in creating a design which appeals to whatever market the widget is sold in. Also, Shinebox has done other alcohol branding/packaging, it's just not on their website.
  2. https://shinebox.com/ I won't discuss pricing, but we're very happy with our choice. But I will say a true premium brand costs premium money, how premium do you want to be?
  3. You'll also see a difference between summer/winter due to the amount of water being pulled from the ground. Summertime = much higher rates of water due to lawn watering. We see pH fluctuate substantially (not much with TDS) between summer and winter months and had some meetings with the public works managers as I was thoroughly confused when I first noticed it.
  4. If you are asking if it's for sale, It's not mine, so it's not for sale.
  5. The thread actually reminded me that it’s boxed up in the warehouse. I was going to send it back right as the pandemic started up, then 2020 went into full effect and I completely forgot until now.
  6. We worked with propak to do some testing right before the pandemic as we were interested in using their packing in our vodka still but wanted to find out if it was worth the extreme cost or not. the results were that it was an extremely good packing for achieving neutral, but it does require that you run the still considerably slower to avoid blow-through/flooding as it’s perforations are incredibly good at holding liquid. We tested their smaller size stainless variant, can’t remember which off the top of my head, maybe 5mm? in our old electric vodka still with a 5” column. We tried many variations of pure propak, propak in just the bottom of the column, and propak in just the final 8” of column. Bottom only showed no improvement. Top only was a slight improvement, of course best results being the entire column. Our final verdict was that for laboratory distillations where the utmost purity of whatever is being distilled is the goal, it’s a great packing. However, for a beverage alcohol distillery that needs to make money it’s probably not worth the $40,000 cost to fill a small column. I want to say it’s around $350 to $450 per liter of product, again just trying to remember off the top of my head. If you want easy math, an 8” diameter column is about 1 liter for every 1.25” of height, so about $3350 for every foot of pro-pak. again, full disclaimer on the cost and numbers, I’m going purely off memory from over a year ago.
  7. Many spirits brands that were using imported glass switched to domestic, so domestic is getting beyond hammered. I'd be quite surprised if a major glass company like Anchor went under during these times. What's probably happening is they're getting so flooded with emails and calls that they don't have time to respond. might have disabled their website for the time being just to hope people don't call? It's going to be rough getting glass for quite a while.
  8. Incorrect. Just look at water with a boiling point of 212, yet we have it coming off through the entire run from heads to tails.
  9. Get some nylon stock from McMaster and have a friend with a lathe and/or mill make you one?
  10. Hot water will work, kind of. Why "kind of"? Water of course boils at 212, but as your 211 degree water circulates through the jacket you'll have a heck of a time transferring enough heat through the jacket to say raise 190 degree mash water to 200 degrees since there's not a large difference in temperatures between the liquids to have a fast energy flow. With cheese hitting 145 degrees is not a problem with hot water, it's actually a pretty good energy source for doing that...but not for at or near water boiling. With steam you have 250ish degree steam hitting a 211 degree inner wall, which is of course will cause the steam to instantly condense on the jacket, and since the energy in that 250 degree steam can not be destroyed, only transferred, that extra energy basically gets 100% instantly transferred to the inner wall, which you won't get with hot water. I've had baine a bain marie style still and tested out heating oil, water based heating fluids, glycol, and water. Oil provided the best results since the temperature could be brought up to over 300 degrees, but changes to the heat input were delayed by 10 or so minutes due to the large thermal energy present in the oil (along with being a relatively poor thermal conductor). The water based heating fluids kind of worked, but suffered from rapid breakdown from oxygen in our open air system. The glycol, water, and mixes of the two were basically complete failures since they could not provide a high enough temperature to provide adequate heat transfer into the still, and the result was basically boiling of the solution inside the jacket instead of boiling inside the kettle. You can do things like raise the pressure inside the jacket to achieve a higher boiling point, but it's still not using the right tool for the job. A vice grips on a bolt kind of works, but everyone knows a proper wrench is a far superior tool. Steam is the far superior tool for working with temperatures closer to the boiling point of ethanol or water. With it being harder and more expensive to startup a *profitable* distillery every day, you need to start out on the right foot. Having the wrong equipment could doom an otherwise flawless business plan.
  11. Thanks for everything and happy retirement! I wouldn’t be in this business or where I’m at with the business without this forum and some of your posts. THANK YOU! -Tyson
  12. We are also looking for a replacement for Whiskey Systems due to the pricing.
  13. I have one of your regular stills. I appreciate the technical support you gave for what was wrong from the factory, but I'm good on future purchases.
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