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If you’ve been following alon g with us, you should have created two critical docum ents that will he lp inform your eq uipment choice s going forward. A detailed proc ess flow diagram (PFD) will give yo u an outline of exac tly which piec es of equipment yo u’ll need for di st ill ing your spirit(s) of choice, whi le the rough order of magnitude (R OM) will dictate yo ur ballpark bu dg et for each critica l element. Arm ed with these tw o guides, your next step is to dete rmine which pi eces of equipment on your list w ill require the lo ngest lead tim es. Hint: It’s prob ably the stills.
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a series for Artisan Spir it Magazine featu ring insights from H askell, a Jacksonville , Floridabased architec ture, construction a nd engineering firm .
“Your stills, w hich are the sh owpieces of any distiller y, typically ha ve the longest lead tim es to manufac ture,” says Mitchell Hall, Project M an ager at Haskell. “T here are only a handful of reputable st ill manufactu re rs and they all ha ve long backlo gs of orders waiting to be satisfied. ” Mitchell has le d several Engi neerProcure-Cons truct (EPC) sp iri ts projects and ha s seen lead tim es in excess of tw o years “Certa in spirits are trad itionally distill ed in very specific ty pes of stills, so when you’re trying to follow tradition al distillation met hods you will also limit your sele ction of availa ble manufacturers and increase your lead times,” sa ys Mitchell.
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