|Choosing the right distillation equipment|
Purchasing durable alcohol distillation equipment is the foundation of a successful craft brewery. To find the right process distillation equipment, you must first have a general understanding of what distillation is and where the process is performed in the equipment.
Distillation usually takes place in a column, using multiple condensation and evaporation cycles to separate the alcohol from the scrubbing liquid. The alcohol vapor produced by the heating kettle rises to the column, where it passes through the bubble cap and, depending on where you are running, encounters a lower standard alcohol bed on the board. When the hot steam meets the liquid bed, the heat is dispersed, thereby increasing the temperature of the liquid bed and generating more steam.
This heat transfer phenomenon occurs on each board. The liquid temperature is low. Steam has a higher temperature. The higher purity ethanol becomes steam to be condensed in the next cycle (each plate is considered a cycle). The more plate parts of each column, the higher the degree of purification.
|Choose the number of boards|
If you want to make vodka, DEGONG recommends using at least 18 slabs. More plates allow more phase changes, creating authentic and pure vodka. However, more boards do require longer runtimes.
For whiskey manufacturers, the fewer plates the better, because whiskey needs more flavor than purity.
Note: There are no factual studies that prove that the final product flavor in a larger system is larger or smaller than a smaller distillation unit.
|Identify the type of distiller|
Did you know that there are many types of stills? Differentiating these types of stills can provide insight into which alcohol distillation equipment will produce the spirits you want:
Pot distiller-consists of a large pot, swan neck (also known as Lane arm) and condenser. The distiller heats the alcohol in the pot, forcing the steam through the swan neck, where some liquid drips back into the pot and some steam flows to the condenser. A taller swan neck will produce more reflux during the distillation process, creating a lighter alcohol for the final product. The shorter swan neck has a lower temperature difference during reflux, resulting in a more natural and full-bodied alcohol.
Reflux column-consists of a tank, a column with copper plates, a Lane arm and a condenser. The more plates you have, the purer the alcohol. The fewer plates you have, the better the alcohol. There are many types of reflux distiller, but the main three are:
Liquid Management (LM) Reflux Distiller-Needle valve usually controls the release of liquid returning to the column.
Vapor Management (VM) Reflux Distiller-The tee is placed under the reflux condenser and leads to the valve and product condenser.
Cooling management (CM) reflux is still-the fractionator at the top of the tower decomposes some steam while allowing some steam to continue to enter the product shotgun. CM reflux is also affected by the power or heat applied to the kettle.
|Consider your craft brewery equipment budget|
When planning all the accessories, the alcohol distillation equipment budget can be very time-consuming: irrigation accessories, heating elements, additional washers and clamps, etc. Time is money, so hesitate when the price seems too low. This may mean poor weld quality, problems in the future, and increased costs for repairing equipment in the future.
Don't forget to perform some numerical calculations to find the best size per liter of equipment. Sometimes, a smaller investment may make the cost per liter higher, while a larger system can produce a better bottom line if the upfront cost is slightly higher. Balancing equipment price and quality is important to success!
|Find a supplier you trust|
Having an excellent supplier of craft brewing equipment is another important step towards success. A good supplier has extensive knowledge of their equipment and the entire distillation. DEGONG is able to answer any technical questions and advise you on the proper alcohol distillation equipment required by your craft brewery.
The special attention we give in the final quality inspection of each work is also a guarantee of unparalleled reliability and robustness. If you have any needs or questions, please contact us.