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I was quite surprised by the high percentage of speciality malt in the mash bill at the Holyrood Distillery as personally I have never pushed it above 10%. I imagine they must have fun lautering with 30% chocolate in their mash bill.
How you been sleeping lately?
Here's the one @Smaug kitted up for me, I need to call and buy this one day.
I'd name her sweet little money maker. Gin Starship.
We've been in touch by e-mail already.
I always prefer to run gin through plates. My sweet spot is 3 plates, but the beauty of StillDragon kit is that you can add/remove plates to your liking.
I prefer the configuration to the right of this image.
350 litres will cost you more than £10k. Not much more though. A fraction of a Holstein type still.
Brand new here but not new to the spirits business. I own some spirit brands which have been marketed in the UK for some time. We currently have then contact distilled. We are opening a venue, gin school, tasting shows and distillery. The distillery will be for producing our own brands in house and as part of the distillery tour. I've never really distilled apart from having a go on some mini 2.5L alembic stills but I've read and understand the process - sort of.
We now need to spec and buy a 200L - 350L pot still. StillDragon has been recommended to me and I've been through the website. But I'm looking for a configuration of kit that will look special (copper head and columns), produce the gin and at a reasonable budget about £10k all in. I'm happy to put the kit together etc but the options are mind blowing therefore looking for suggestions or pointers or questions that will help me produce a spec and order.
At one point, we bought out all the mason jars from every Walmart, Target, and Michaels in North Jersey.
How tall is the 4" Crystal Dragon glass cylunder vs my 2" Baby Crystal Dragon's (80mm)?
I read in a 2013 post all are 100mm, is that still correct?
Okay, so it looks like they have given you a DN200 DIN11850 ferrule instead of an 8" ferrule.
Not a total train smash and not too expensive to fix.
A quick off the cuff thought is ..... cut the DN200 ferrule off and weld on an 8" ferrule. It will sort of fit (pipe diameter). You may need to work the end connection a bit for the correct diameter interface.
BUT..... go to a proper SS tubing / piping contractor in the UK and get a second opinion on it before you cut.
they replied with some crazy ukraine specs.
I know SD kit is awesome - I have a 100l kettle and some other bits and pieces.
The 8" to 3" reducer was made by the same people who made a big sized soxhlet extractor for me - they are in the ukraine and the quality is in my opinion better than china.
But let's not say everything coming out of china is bad, the Chinese make some amazing kit.
SD don't make custom kit - or if they do I wasn't aware so SD wasn't even an option for this.
I recently came across a connection at a facility that processes feild peas. The peas are milled to a fine flour and hulls removed, then starch and protein is separated.
Anyway we can buy this powdered starch for around 11 cents a pound, so my question is has anyone tried to mash pea starch or any kind of powdered starch?
I'm thinking cook it and convert it with enzymes. Seems like a cheap source of starch and no milling. Hydrating it may be a pain but I'm hoping the grist dehydrator will do the job.
Anyone got any thoughts?
so what on earth have they made me.. the flange looks factory made. just plain ol weird.
This is also a quite a nice small and quick selection of other types of connections
If you want the imperial sizes in metric then as below
I had a metric size somewhere but in principal, all the ferrule flange OD's are the same for a specific size range and its only the ID that changes as well as the wall thickness
I mean - any TC that is expressed in MM without a decimal place and some numbers following, is just wrong.
That image is also a great example of why China completely fails at Mini-TC (1/2 and 3/4) tc fittings.
They just downscale the 1-2" size, which is wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. Mini-TC is completely different.
Are you sure that it was a Tri-Clover
I think i've got Jinan, Larry (10-15 goes at it so far). Pork instead of lamb cause that's what i had.
Their sister product Bourbon Cask Vermont Maple Syrup, is amazing and is sold out in hours. Ugh! I want some more! Listen to the podcas...
Maybe nobody ELSE cares, but our coolant system failure was a "simple" pump motor seizure, and not a UV anti-microbe failure which can plug radiators and still condensers (ugh!). Even though we're mostly not at the distillery lately, we run the coolant recirculation AND UV irradiation continuously to stay uninfected. Just a goody: the new pump is 1/2 hp, twice the power and coolant as the old pump. No more airlocks in still condensers!