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Looking for boiler input - Rite vs Parker vs Hurst vs ?


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We are in the process of building an new facility and eager to upgrade from all electric (direct fire, bain marie and steam generator) to a 15-20hp boiler. I am currently looking at tube boilers from Rite, Hurst and Parker. I would appreciate any insight that could be offer concerning these or other boilers. We currently have a 211 gallon pot, continuous still and a 211 gallon mash cooker (upgrading to 600 gallon).

Tom

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1 hour ago, Silk City Distillers said:

You may find there are regional preferences in boiler brands based on proximity (for freight reasons) and/or distributor preferences.  Suspect your plumber/steam fitter might have a preference too.

15-20hp seems a bit small in supporting the expansion.

Silk -

What does your gut say concerning size? 600 gal cooker, 200 gal pot, 8" continuous 2 gal beer per minute.

Tom

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25-30hp for simultaneous heat up.

We run a 530g (2000l) cooker and a 265g (1000l) still - but we can't run them at the same time on 15hp.

Sure, we can play around with staggering starts, but operationally it's a headache, especially since the cooker can consume every pound of steam the boiler can put out, meaning the steam header pressure will drop to nearly zero.  Running two devices means trying to balance across two steam valves, where adjustment in one, impacts the other.  We recently added a huge hot liquor tank to try to cut our mash heat up times.  Preheating the water gives us a little bit of leeway - mainly because we're shifting the bulk of the heating to the night before.

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5 hours ago, Silk City Distillers said:

25-30hp for simultaneous heat up.

We run a 530g (2000l) cooker and a 265g (1000l) still - but we can't run them at the same time on 15hp.

Sure, we can play around with staggering starts, but operationally it's a headache, especially since the cooker can consume every pound of steam the boiler can put out, meaning the steam header pressure will drop to nearly zero.  Running two devices means trying to balance across two steam valves, where adjustment in one, impacts the other.  We recently added a huge hot liquor tank to try to cut our mash heat up times.  Preheating the water gives us a little bit of leeway - mainly because we're shifting the bulk of the heating to the night before.

Thanks for the insight! I do appreciate it.

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I very rarely disagree with silk and I am not in this instance per se that would run it, but I would maybe even bump that up to a 50. To run all that, plus maintain constant header pressure, plus a little extra to put in a strahman hose and a steam wand (you can thank me later you got my number :) )

 

Edit: Forgot your original question, we run Miuras. We love them. Low Noxx lifeeeeeeeeee

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