middleofnowhere Posted September 29, 2014 Share Posted September 29, 2014 Right now a partner and I are hoping to start a distillery as cheaply as possible, get a product on a few shelves, and see how things go from there. We weren't planning on buying a ton of equipment, but I just found this surplus dairy equipment and am wondering if it's a deal I shouldn't pass up. As of right now we are planning on using a 55 gallon SS drum and a 4", 4 plate column still. We were going to mash in the same SS drum, but now there's this beast. I've been a beer homebrewer for awhile, and understand the mashing process. I'm not sure what mods I'd need to do, and how much they'd be. No idea if the motor works or not. Any idea how easy it is to replace? Here's the whole thing, can I just put a burner underneath if the agitator does it's job? Here's where I get nervous, I don't know a ton about heat exchangers or agitators. 1. Can I head and cool ~150 gallons of mash with a heat exchanger like this? If so what other equipment do I need? I assume circulating boiling or cold water through that would be very slow. 2. That agitator doesn't cover the entire bottom. Will this work for grain, or would I need to replace it with a larger one? This bottom seems pretty wide/nice. I assume as long as my mash isn't super thick I would be able to let gravity do it's work on draining the tank? I'm planning on fermenting and distilling on the grain. Any thoughts or advice would be great. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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