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Fermenters!
We got the fermenters out of the truck and lined up.. Seeing them in the room, we had to reconfigure things a bit.  but hey.. it all fits!

Fermenters!

We got the fermenters out of the truck and lined up.. Seeing them in the room, we had to reconfigure things a bit. but hey.. it all fits!

September 2018

We finally got the Still, we did not know it yet, but Corson Distilling Systems did not send everything they owed us, to the tune of about $25k in parts we had to purchase because they refused to send anything else.  They also cancelled our warranty and refused to come on site to setup the still so we were on our own.  The reason we got the still is we were filing a lawsuit for fraud, and we told them we were doing it unless they delivered by the end of the week.  Delivery over a year late.. 

Still in the truck!

Still in the truck!

Unloading the truck was a real task.  There was a lot of stuff and no easy way to get it out.  We managed, brute force and a lot of people.

Still and Columns, some assembly required.
I had no idea how heavy this stuff would be.  I could not even lift the end of these off the ground.  good thing the forklift did not have the issue.. They were so heavy I thought they were still bolted to the pallet!

Still and Columns, some assembly required.

I had no idea how heavy this stuff would be. I could not even lift the end of these off the ground. good thing the forklift did not have the issue.. They were so heavy I thought they were still bolted to the pallet!

The industrial control system for the still, I knew this was going to be fun to install, but wow.. there are a lot of wires to this one.. that happens later.

the still is pretty!  Nice and shiny.. but this was not to last, as soon as we fired it up, the shine went away, never to be seen again.. copper does not stay shiny.. but we do our best to keep the tarnish off.

Lots of stuff to deal with and NO instructions!  Anyone try to put an IKEA desk together without instructions?  Yeah this sucked.

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Assembly

Assembling this still took all my experience over the years to put this thing together properly.  Rick thought we would never piece it together with so many parts everywhere and no instructions.. How hard could this be?

Missing items

We were shorted almost all the electrical components for the 3 phase electrical system, the mash and high strength spirits pumps, the ethanol detector, many of the parts of the still itself and several damaged items.  In all Corson shorted us a lot, but I was able to find replacement parts and get us up and running.  

Moving stuff around

We had to figure out how to move this stuff where it needed to be.  No measurements were provided and we ended up just winging it.. It all worked out tho.

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Hooked up!

Someone had to climb into the still to hook up the mixer arm.. I got elected.. what a pain in the butt..  Good to know my fat butt fits..