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Suggestions for inexpensive in-line flow meter?


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Good morning,

I am looking for a reasonably priced in-line flow meter that will meet the US Code of Federal Regulations (26 USC 5204, Section 19.188 Measuring devices and proofing instruments).

A direct quote:

"© Meters. A proprietor may use an accurate mass flow meter to measure the volume of bulk spirits. A mass flow meter used for tax determination of bulk spirits must be certified by the manufacturer or other qualified person as accurate within a tolerance of plus or minus 0.1 percent."

We use sanitary (1.5 inch) connections, and our pumps average anywhere from 2 to 20 gallons per minute, depending on what/where we're pumping. We're making vodka, so we don't need to meter anything with high viscosity...it's either water or GNS!

Any suggestions?



Cinco Vodka

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You'll need to define your idea of "reasonably priced." I've looked into flow meters and they seem to start around $3,000 and go up from there. Not sure what the accuracy level was, but I suspect 0.1% accuracy will be more.

Have you considered load cells as an alternative?

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You're right, I should have defined "reasonably priced," especially since everything in this business costs more than you think it should!

We were quoted a load cell system for about $11,000 installed. For an accurate (TTB flow meter, I would think anything in the $3000 to $6000 range would be acceptable.

And thanks for the links....i'll check them out now.


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