SPECIFIC MECHANICAL SYSTEMS WRITTEN BY CHRIS LOZIER
PHOTOS BY AMANDA JOY CHRISTENSEN
ost distillers buy a still from one manufacturer, tanks from another, controls from someone else and so on. You can build yourself a custom distillery this way and typically get exactly what you want. But Reo Phillips of Specific Mechanical Systems of Victoria, B.C. says getting those separate components to work together and getting support when they donâ€™t can be stressful, expensive and time-consuming. Phillips says Specific saw an opportunity to simplify this process, and with the help of Robert Cassell of New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia, the team at Specific spent two years engineering, testing and building a standalone distillery that is self-contained on a skid.
The 240 gallon system is pre-plumbed, pre-wired and includes pumps and a control panel. Two standing platforms connect a fermenter/mash vessel, pot still, lyne arm, condenser, spirits safe, one 240 gallon low wines collection tank, one 90 gallon spirit collection tank and one 40 gallon heads/tails collection tank. Modeled after brewpub skid systems, it is a new concept in distilling. Two people with power pallet jacks unload the skid distillery out of a semi and put it where you want it. A local electrician supplies power to one connection and the whole unit runs off of that supply. You need an external boiler and chiller (a building is preferable, as well), but once you connect these WWW.ARTISANSPIRITMAG.COM