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  1. I am offering a hands on whiskey distilling class at the The Schenectady Distilling Company. It is a 3 day class scheduled for January 16, January 23, and January 30. Each day will focus on a specific part of the distilling process. Day one Mashing and fermentation, Day 2 stripping run, and Day 3 Finishing run. In between the time spent on production we will go over all the other systems in the distillery as well as other topics including Licensing, labeling, bottling, TTB reporting, NYS reporting, safety, aging, etc. Presently, I'm an instructor for SUNY SCCC for Craft Spirit Production I & II and the distillery uses an 800 gallon Mash Tun, 800 gallon stripping still, 800 gallon fermentors and a 300 gallon column still. Class Cost is $495.00. Please call if you are interested. 518-952-1211. If you are interested in the course, but the timing doesn't work please give me a call to check on future courses that might fit your schedule.
  2. Distillery Turns Stillage Waste Into Revenue With Centrifugal Sifter LEWISVILLE, TEXAS Bendt Distilling Company, a maker of handcrafted whiskeys, uses a centrifugal sifter to turn spent grain byproduct into saleable livestock feed while recovering the liquid sour mash, a valuable component in the distilling process. Founded in 2012 by Natasha and Ryan DeHart, Bendt Distilling currently produces 1200 barrels per year of straight whiskeys and whiskey blends, employing traditional distillation methods. Dewatering stillage centrifugally Grains including wheat, rye, barley malt, oats, corn and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye), are ground to the consistency of coarse flour, then mixed with water, cooked, mashed and fermented. After fermentation, the strip run (first round of distillation) separates out the alcohol from the fermented mash. The remaining grain/ water mixture called “stillage” consists of water containing 5 to 10 percent grain solids. In its watery state, the stillage is a waste product to the distillery but contains enough grain and nutrients to be useful to farmers as livestock feed. Originally, Bendt pumped the stillage into a 20-cubic yard disposal container for pick-up by farmers at no charge. This saved the company disposal costs as long as the stillage was collected. If it wasn’t, the company had to pay to have it hauled away. In researching a solution, DeHart read about another distillery’s use of a centrifugal sifter to dewater stillage. He contacted the manufacturer, who evaluated Bendt’s application and recommended a Kason model MO-3BRG. The stillage now accumulates in a 10,000 gal (38,000 l) holding tank, and is pumped about once a week into the centrifugal sifter. The water/ grain mixture passes into the sifter’s horizontally-oriented cylindrical screening chamber where rotating helical paddles accelerate the mixture against the screen by centrifugal force. Liquid passes through the screen, exits through a flanged discharge chute at the base of the sifter and flows into discharge piping. Oversize grain solids are propelled along the cylindrical housing until they exit the downstream end of the cylinder and gravity feed into a 20 cubic yard (15.3 cu m) enclosed container. The centrifugal sifter operates at a rate of 30-40 gal/min (114 to 151 l/min), so emptying the tank takes four to five hours. The unit is 74 in. (1880 mm) long, including its motor, and 32 in. (813 mm) high. The stainless steel wedge wire screen is sized at 140 mesh (105 micron). After dewatering, the grain still contains about 80% water but has a texture “you can hold in your hand,” DeHart says. A full container holds about 15 tons (13.6 m.t.) of grain, which is the yield of 20,000 gal (75,708 l) of stillage. The liquid, called sour mash, is recovered and stored to add to subsequent fermentation batches. “Using sour mash saves water, provides flavor consistency, and naturally adjusts the pH,” Ryan DeHart says. Customizing the solution Working with Kason’s applications engineers, Bendt Distilling Company identified solutions for problem areas, such as dealing with the sludgy consistency of the stillage at the bottom of the holding tank, which could cause the sifter to stall, and dealing with stillage containing corn (a byproduct of bourbon production), that holds more water than the other grains and tends to become spongy. Kason’s solution was to run the unstable 208 3-phase supply more efficiently at a higher voltage by adding a transformer to step up the voltage. For the corn stillage, changing the screen mesh size and installing a higher-pitch paddle assembly pulls the stillage across the screen cylinder effectively while maintaining the same throughput and de-watering performance without any clogging or imbalance, allowing unattended operation. Ease of cleanout was a big factor in choosing the sifter, DeHart says. “We can clean it quickly, getting to all the pieces. With the three-bearing design, the front of the sifter opens for cleaning and changing parts. Internal components slide freely from the shaft.” The sifter’s compact design was also important for the distillery, as was its low power requirements “with just a 3 hp (2.2 kW) motor,” DeHart says. Heavy duty construction also suited the distillery as the sifter is installed outdoors. Finally, DeHart appreciates that the unit is relatively quiet. “We’re really happy with the setup,” DeHart says. “It’s a good low-cost solution compared to what else is on the market for separating the grain at a fast speed.” Turning an expense into revenue Partnering with a national feed company, the distillery worked out an agreement with a local cutting horse farm to take the spent grain. Under a profit-sharing agreement with the feed company, the distillery receives income in addition to having the spent grain hauled away at no cost The Kason centrifugal sifter has provided a “win-win” solution, DeHart says. “A waste byproduct for us is a useful product for somebody else.” Kason Corporation (973) 467-8140 | info@kason.com | www.kason.com Jim Ling North American Sales Manager Kason Corporation – Regional Sales Office Southgate, KY 41071 Tel. / Fax 270-60-KASON Review my background on LinkedIn Kason-Bendt Distillery.pdf
  3. Doing production planning for next year and I realize I have some additional capacity in my equipment that might be helping someone else fill barrels and bottles. If you are looking for some additional production capacity or are looking for someone to put some spirit in barrels for you while you are starting up reach out and let me know. Here is a breakdown of my major equipment so you can see if we would be a fit for your needs: 500gal steam injection mash tun with cooling coil 4 x 300gal stainless open top fermenters 250 gal Vendome hybrid still with 4 plate column, dephlegmator, and gin basket send a PM or email to mike@paintedstave.com
  4. District Distilling Company (DDC) is seeking a motivated and hard-working individual to assist its Head Distiller in distilling, blending and aging operations in an award-winning craft distillery in one of the most dynamic markets in the United States. Job Responsibilities: · Assist in all aspects of distillery operations including but not limited to production, blending, aging, and bottling of distilled spirits. · Assist with equipment and facility maintenance. · Perform general warehousing such as moving barrels, palletizing cases, etc. · Maintain safe and clean distillery, including compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and standards. · Work with sales team and distributors to execute tastings and other offsite promotional events, as well as onsite private and promotional events. Qualifications: · 1-3 years of distillery, brewery, or winery experience with working knowledge of all aspects of distillery (brewery or winery) operations; candidates with a sufficient combination of work and relevant educational experience will be considered. · Understanding of general principles of fermentation and distillation · Must be able to lift +50lbs repeatedly throughout the workday. · Must be able to work nights and weekends when needed. · Experience in producing, blending, and aging multiple types of distilled spirits preferred. · Technical experience in pipe fitting, welding, process engineering, chemical or mechanical knowledge is preferred. · Background in chemistry and/or food service, is preferred. · Professional degree or certification course in distilling, or related field, is preferred. · Sensory tasting experience preferred. · Integrity and a demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards. · Patience, thoughtfulness and empathy required. · Ability to work in a team environment, or on a self-directed basis, as needed. · At least 21 years of age. Salary based upon previous work experience and expertise. Interesting candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: zsheldon@district-distilling.com
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  6. Calling all craft distilling leaders: Be part of the conversation and share your ideas on the art, business and science of craft spirits at the world's largest gathering of craft distillers! ........ ADI Conference & Vendor Expo March 18-21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado Submit Proposal Deadline to submit proposal: September 9, 2018
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    Calling all craft distilling leaders: Be part of the conversation and share your ideas on the art, business and science of craft spirits at the world's largest gathering of craft distillers! ........ ADI Conference & Vendor Expo March 18-21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado Submit Proposal Deadline to submit proposal: September 9, 2018
  8. Role Seeking: Distiller-in-Training / Production Assistant Compensation: Depending Upon Experience Description: Golden Moon is a small but rapidly growing distillery that produces premium hand-crafted whiskies, brandies and herbal liquors and liqueurs using the best available herbs, spices and botanicals, and made with the same type of artisan production processes utilized by distillers making premium products in the mid-to-late 1800s. We are currently going through an expansion that will greatly increase our yearly production and will require additional production and tasting room personnel. Position Responsibilities: · Assisting the Production Manager in all aspects of production at the distillery · Providing tours and tastings to customers that visit the distillery · Lead role in the entire packaging process with a keen eye for details to ensure high standards and consistency · Ensure that safety is a top priority when running the operations of the distillery and its equipment · Operational cleaning, maintenance and servicing of the distillery and its equipment General Responsibilities: · Timely and efficient execution of all work instructions, as reasonably requested · Respond to your managers requests promptly · Adherence to all stated OSHA procedures and practices · Cleaning of floors, bathrooms, Tasting Room and the production area so that the distillery is presentable and safety is maintained · Lifting up to ~50lbs, climbing and other physical activities required to complete distillery/warehouse operations · Preserve and protect the values of the company and support the mission of Golden Moon, while at work and off-duty · Laboratory work with a focus on quality assurance as required · Help develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for future production employees · Other general duties and actives as directed from time to time LOCAL CANDIDATES ARE PREFERRED (BUT WE WILL CONSIDER ANY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE)
  9. My wife and I recently had our farm distillery in New York acquired by a group out of state. Prior to the acquisition, we were producing (3) types of vodkas, a Premium vodka, Raspberry Vodka, and Vanilla Vodka. Our most popular product was Disco Lemonade, a raspberry based canned cocktail that caught fire in the northeast. We used a very small equipment set-up to get started in our business in an 800 sq. ft. space in the back of a warehouse with no tasting room. At this point, I am offering my expertise as a consultant to smaller distilleries and start ups in equipment selection, production processes, mash bill formulation, product development, and financing considerations. Please email me at ben@lifeofreilley.net if I can be of any assistance either formally or just to book an informal call to discuss your project. Cheers and thank you, Ben Reilley Life of Reilley
  10. I was recently reading a different post from a few years back and hoped to get some info on this. A large batch of pear cider sorta feel into our lap recently (Aprx. 2,000 gal). We planned to take a similar approach to most of our apple brandy runs we have done in the past and do a two run/ strip and finish distillation. The initial pH of the cider when we received it was measured around 3.5. Our stripping runs are tasting great with a decent yield but we have noticed a definite acidity to the distillate itself (pH aprx. 2.9-3) as well as noting a general blueish hue (we have a copper condenser so no surprise there). But due to the high acidity after the stripping runs even, we are thinking of adjusting the pH of the distillate prior to our second/ finishing distillation. Should pH adjustment be happening prior to stripping runs?
  11. Any advice on cleaning bubble plates without CIP? I just got a new 4 bubble plate column and am wondering best way to clean it between runs? I will be running the same product (whiskey off grain) almost daily so not worried about taste of the product coming through in the next batch. Do I need to take the plates off to remove the liquid in the bottom and clean each time? I talked to some folks who said they dismantle and run theirs in a dishwasher. Would running water with cleaner (caustic or acid) through the column following the run and then running clean water through the column to rinse it suffice? If so, how do I ensure no residual cleaning solution from the pot ends up in the plates? Thanks!
  12. A growing distillery in the Peruvian Andes is looking for distillers interested in a 2-3 month work exchange for a distiller or beginning distiller. We are a craft distillery working with small scale sugar cane growers to produce Caña Alta, Peru's finest Cañazo (similar to Rhum Agricole), as well as our own botanicals for macerations and beyond. Destilería Andina is located in Ollantaytambo, half-way between Cusco and Machu Picchu, a perfect location for exploring Andean culture, archaeological sites and hiking on your days off. Looking for a demonstrated interest in fermentation, botanicals, blending, aging, spirits/product development, spirits marketing and of course distillation. We provide housing and a small stipend. Spanish not required. For more information write haresh@destileriaandina.com. Visit our website www.destileriaandina.com.
  13. Early Bird Registration Open Through December 15! The 2018 Craft Malt Conference will take place February 3rd and 4th, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina. Early bird registration is open through December 15, 2017. Early bird registration is $350 for Craft Maltsters Guild members and $400 for non-members. Registration fee includes access to all workshops, meals, and beer. Register here. Registration is limited to 125 attendees. What can you expect to get out of the conference? An overview of the current state of craft malt, including malting technology, handling and storage, marketing, and agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic Useful information you can use in areas such as equipment, social media, digital marketing, brewing, and distilling Sensory training designed to increase awareness of diverse craft malt flavors Participation in the Craft Maltsters Guild Annual Meeting Networking opportunities during session, meals, trade show, and events Breakfast and lunch both days of the conference included in the conference price Educational Sessions Include: Choosing the best malting equipment for your needs Learning how to properly handle and store your raw materials Accounting for distillers Developing effective marketing and social media plans New and developing agronomy and seed research in the Mid-Atlantic The science of distilling and whiskey sensory techniques Distiller requirements for craft malt Malt sensory techniques Visit http://craftmalting.com/2018-craft-malt-conference/ for more information and to register
  14. I use pot still to make distillation . Head finished 83%, hearts 79% end. How could you get lower degree than I collected by using flute still. I dont get it, could you answer me... My Calculation cuts: %14 head, %65 hearts ex:7:25 chapter: Thanks...
  15. Golden Moon Distillery will be hiring several additional production personnel within the next six months to support our expansion. We are looking for entry level personal and more experienced personnel. Candidates should have some experience in either brewing or distilling, with a basic knowledge of mashing and an basic understanding of what distilling is. Candidates with professional training and/or past experience working in a distillery are most welcome to apply as well. Please send resumes and inquiries to s.gould@gouldglobal.com Please DO NOT call the distillery asking questions.
  16. Golden Moon Distillery is seeking a CFO or business operations manager with a strong background in finance and accounting. Please send resumes to s.gould@gouldglobal.com
  17. Hi Jake Norris here, I am available for consulting on your distillery project. I specialize in whiskey, but can help with distillery design, equipment selection, process flow, recipe development, marketing and most things distillery related. Please drop me an email and introduce yourself. DistillerJakeNorris@gmail.com Jake
  18. If your looking for new equipment please give us a opperitunity to work for you. Give us a call at 270-334-3400
  19. 300gallon(1000L) size seems always popular with customers to start up their distillery. This distillery has 9plates,and each plate can be bypass.So,it ensures you to make diff content of spirit. Contact me if you want to know more details about our still. Best Regards Penny Email: daey010@dayuwz.com Cell: 86-18966261388 Skype: pennyhe211 Facebook: pennyj2011@msn.cn
  20. Over the last two years, I’ve brought our concept to reality - - and we are a turnkey operation. To date, I (plus a few friends and family) have invested over $1M and 25 months of effort to create Los Angeles’ first combination distillery and brewery. Three others exist in the state (Bay Area and San Diego); all are successful. Currently, I’m seeking someone passionate about craft distilling / brewing who will help shape the business and brand. That person has to have unwavering perseverance, tenacity, and a level demeanor to interface with customers and accounts. We have already done the time consuming work of getting a physical location, legal authorization, and licensing (federal and state). We need help branding and bringing new products to market. We are looking to move quickly. If you’d be interested in discussing it further and becoming a part of it, please shoot me an email to discuss this opportunity. Link to photos This is not a solicitation to buy shares in our company. We are seeking interested parties to hear more about opportunities in distilling. Solicitations will only be made privately to qualified investors.
  21. Hi folks We're looking at multi shot production of gin on the smaller of our stills. My understanding is that for a x2 concentration multishot you would add twice the amount of botanicals to your standard charge (say 100 litres at 50% ABV). Once the new make spirit is collected this is diluted down with more alcohol before proofing to bottling strength. My instinct tells me that if the total spirit collected from our still was say 40 litres at 75% then we would add a further 30 litres of alcohol before proofing (40/100 x 75). Could anyone elaborate/confirm/deny. we are aware of other issue such as proportional scaling of ingredients etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers - a cold distiller hugging his still to stay warm!
  22. Double boiler system is always a preference for some customers who try to get some unique spirit. Contact me for more details if you are interested in it. Penny/sales manager Email: daey010@dayuwz.com Skype: pennyhe211 Facebook: pennyj2011@msn.cn Cell:+86-18966261388
  23. Hey Everyone! Wanted to keep you updated once again share with you the Black Water Barrels Production Process!! We are still taking orders for bourbon barrels 30,53,60 gallons so visit our website to learn more and to place your order!! BlackWaterBarrels.com Cheers!!
  24. Golden Moon is expanding and we are seeking individuals with brewing or distilling experience to join our production staff. These positions will be located at our distillery in Golden Colorado. Interested candidates should send their resume to s.gould@gouldglobal.com
  25. Hey Everyone! Wanted to share with you all Black Water Barrels Production Process!! Check it out and see some behind the scenes footage of what goes into creating a Black Water Barrels. #BWBSC Cheers!!
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