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  1. We normally recommend Butyl or UPE (a.k.a. Distillery Hose) for anything above about 20% alcohol. It's not a hard and fast rule, though. The manufacturer doesn't provide any specific guidance about the alcohol-% cutoff point, but based on ethanol's fair-to-marginal compatibility with PVC, it's a safe number. Still, I completely understand that the price of the Kanaflex/Line hoses is very attractive relative to premium hoses like GlideTech Butyl or Distillery.
  2. I wrote an article on cleaning hoses that may be of some use, and here's a link that outlines different cleaning formulas and typical max temps/concentrations for different hose liner materials. Any time you have an oily product and a non-oily product it's best to keep the hoses separate. Clean the hose, scrub it, and keep it in good shape, but the oil will stick and—depending on what type of oil it is—will typically shorten the hose's lifespan. Some fats and oils are quite aggressive on hose elastomers. Folks that work with both oils and spirits—say, a facility that produces both wine an
  3. 3 plates is not much surface area for solids, so it does stand to reason that it would load up quickly. Depending on the size of the pads, even a 10" pleated P7 cartridge may have more surface area. We have a few herbal liqueur producers who ended up with our triple column filter housings and say it's been life-changing, as it allows them to run from coarse to fine in a single pass. But they are definitely out of the price range you're looking for. Generally, we advise people with high-solids products to start with bag, lenticular, or plate & frame filtration. They tend to be the
  4. A paddle flow meter with a totalizer will work. They work best with pumps that have a smooth flow without much turbulence (flexible impeller, RPD, or centrifugal). You must ensure that there is relatively straight path in the run-up to the meter itself. No elbows or twists. We sell flow meters from Burkert, and include a length of stainless Tri Clamp spool for the entrance and outlet that match the manufacturer's recommendations for straight, hard-piped tubing to the entrance of the meter.
  5. Magnetic flowmeters require the passing liquid to be conductive. Distilled spirits that have been proofed down with RO or otherwise deionized water are typically non-conductive. So while a mag flowmeter may work in some cases, it might be touch-and-go or inaccurate depending on how conductive the liquid is. Just a heads-up.
  6. We sell a ton of filtration products for distilleries: Lenticular Bag Cartridge Filtration Plate & Frame And the pumps too. Give us a call if you have any questions: 707-963-9681
  7. There is no question that it is an international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
  8. Assuming you're in the US, Tri Clamp will be way cheaper, and way the heck more common. Hoses, valves, pumps, etc., will all be tri clamp by default, and you'll have to search or adapt to DIN, and pay more in the process. DIN is nice in that you can put it on one handed (till you have to tighten it down), but in all other senses doesn't make much sense. Again, assuming you are based in the US. If you're in Europe, perhaps it's more common.
  9. The elements that contribute to the flavor and color of your product are typically in solution, and won't be removed with barrier filtration unless that filtration is very, very, very fine. Whiskey and spirits are very low-solids products. Most of my filter customers can go a long time on a single set of filters. Months or more depending on how they take care of them. All that being said, the difference between 1 micron and 1.2 microns is extremely minute for most spirits. I would be very surprised if changing from a filter size of 1.0 vs 1.2 microns had any perceptible effect whatsoever, eith
  10. Sounds like the question is whether leaving the cardboard and dust in the spirits would have any deleterious effects on quality. I'll leave that question to the taste testers. But if the goal is to lower the cost of the rinser, I don't think removing the keg and filter would have the desired effect. The keg and the filter aren't big factors in the overall cost of the unit, and since you'd have to add a second pump downstream to pump it'd pretty much be a wash (no pun intended). That said, I've been thinking about it and may have some ideas on things we could do for an economy version…
  11. That's it. Keep in mind that the crud coming out of your rinsed bottles would be headed back to your product tank. If it's closed loop and recirculating, you'll need a filter somewhere in the mix. Otherwise you're rinsing with dirty liquid (or sending dirty product back to the tank). If I were to make a lower-cost version of the MiniMax, I would probably leave off the pump and let users connect their own AODD. The pump is the biggest single line-item on the bill of materials, and I'm guessing many distilleries have an AODD they could use. We could also remove the pneumatic timer, and only
  12. McFinn makes a few models of pump. Is it a US-FIP? No suction of liquid could indicate an air leak somewhere, which would typically be fixed by changing o-rings & seals until the culprit is found. If it is a flexible impeller pump I would try introducing some head pressure by partially closing a valve somewhere downstream. Try this in both directions if possible. This assumes you can get liquid to the pump inlet somehow. If it can pump at all and you introduce pressure downstream, any leaks may become visible. If possible, use different hoses, gaskets, valves, etc. so that the source
  13. $2,795 for the Four Head.
  14. For those who'd rather outsource tool building so they can focus on their product, we make a ready-to-use automatic recirculating rinser that's in tons of distilleries: The MiniMax. We just finished work on a four head version, by popular demand. The top and bottom sets of heads operate completely independently—they each rinse on their own timed cycles. This allows the user to get a good rinsing rhythm going for bottling. Two bottles rinse while the others are being taken off and a new set of bottles is put on. Two bottles on, two bottles off, two bottles on…
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    Molasses Pump

    This has been discussed a few times: I would recommend something like a Ragazzini Peristaltic Pump or Ampco ZP1. Molasses is around 5-10k centipoise, which is not anywhere near the highest viscosity either pump is capable of pumping. In any case, you can't run the pumps at full speed when pumping viscous materials. You must run them at lower RPMs so that material can be pulled into the inlet. Running more slowly means that the flow rates will be lower, so you typically have to oversize the pump. E.g. if you need 10 GPM of flow rate, you would need a pump with a max flow rate of 20-30 GPM
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