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  1. I do. We are using it again for the next two weeks and then it will be available again.
  2. We recently looked into getting a ~750 gallon stainless IBC for spirits--when full it basically exceeds the weight limit of any pallet jack scale (and most forklifts). It's the part of scaling up that requires a bit of extra thinking (and $).
  3. We have a 6 spout for sale, it will change your world compared to the Enolmatic. Xpress are good fillers, but they are loud and only go up to 4 spouts. We've used the following fillers here over the years: Enolmatic Xpress Mori VitnerVault Criveller Each has it's own advantage and disadvantage. Feel free to give me a call if you're interested in our filler.
  4. You want to send employees up a ladder and have them try to dump 50lb bags into a steaming tank? I get that many of us are true small businesses, with actual tight budgets, and that most of us WANT the best and safest equipment/processes but lack the funds to put those expensive things in place. However, regularly going up a traditional ladder, more than a step or two, with a 50lb bag is a serious injury or death just waiting to happen. You'll want a catwalk with a platform where you can set a pallet of grain for the worker to safely handle it. As far as dust goes, we used to mi
  5. Basically from what I was told, if it looks like something you wouldn't run in your old lawnmower then it's done. We had some heating elements that were not low watt density and the system was open to the air, so they had quite a bit of oil coked on them. Heatup and cooldown of the system caused air exchange, which greatly increased oxidation. The types of things learned years after building the still... The still ran fine for years, but you could tell performance was suffering. I did try replacing it with a non-oil based high performance heating fluid (glycol based if I remember righ
  6. Depends on the watt density per square inch of the heating elements used in the oil, and if there's active circulation. Thermal oil can and will break down over time, especially if exposed to oxygen and brought past it's thermal boundaries.
  7. Have used Hoochware for years and recently switched to Whiskey Systems. I'm happier now.
  8. I thought I listed this previously, but I couldn't find it. Looking to move our 6 spout gravity filler that we purchased new from Criveller. There's nothing wrong with it, we just don't use it anymore as we're upgrading to an automated filling line. This is the same unit GW Kent sells for $1750 (not including pump). This is the same unit: https://www.gwkent.com/6-spout-gravity-filling-machine.html Includes upgraded FloJet G70 diaphragm pump and some hoses without ends, includes user manual and original receipt. The standard unit comes with a flojet "beer" pump which is not rated for h
  9. Absolutely. It’s a small cost to help keep good people.
  10. I recently switched from hoochware to whiskey systems and I am very happy I did. Hoochware had a lot of bugs but the owner was usually quick to solve them over the years. However, about as soon as I told him I was switching to WS the Hoochware owner basically said I was on my own--even though I pointed out there were some errors in the TTB reports that I uncovered after doing a final audit.
  11. Good news. So it sounds like there’s still approval required from the FDA and then individual states, right? not trying to be a Debbie downer. Just want to ensure I am staying in full compliance.
  12. Edit on 23March2020. The information below is out dated due to new guidance and guidelines that have recently changed. I am leaving this post up as current regulation loosening may be temporary. Best to check with the proper authorities for anyone reading this after the covid-19 outbreak passes. Same with us. Those laws and regulations are there for a reason. You wouldn’t trust a distillery to make Baby Asprin, would you? It’s production is regulated no different. As a PROFESSIONAL distiller I am obligated to follow the rules and laws of what I can manufacture and how it’s to be m
  13. Further reading: Edit on 23March2020. The information below is out dated due to new guidance and guidelines that have recently changed. I am leaving this post up as current regulation loosening may be temporary. Best to check with the proper authorities for anyone reading this after the covid-19 outbreak passes. I am not entirely familiar with USP certification or grade. Is what we make USP grade? I'm guessing not. Ethanol, 80% vv denatured according to TTB. If you do not have the checkbox for denaturing operations, you can not legally do this. Mind "The compounder does not
  14. Edit on 23March2020. The information below is out dated due to new guidance and guidelines that have recently changed. I am leaving this post up as current regulation loosening may be temporary. Best to check with the proper authorities for anyone reading this after the covid-19 outbreak passes. Unless i'm reading this wrong, it does not say distillers can make hand sanitizer Disclaimer: I have not finished reading it yet.
  15. Edit on 23March2020. The information below is out dated due to new guidance and guidelines that have recently changed. I am leaving this post up as current regulation loosening may be temporary. Best to check with the proper authorities for anyone reading this after the covid-19 outbreak passes. Went over this already. Hand sanitizer is regulated by the FDA as a OTC drug. Unless you are licensed as a drug manufacturer and reseller you are treading in dangerous territory. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/topical-antiseptic-products-hand-sanitizers-and-antibacterial-
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