I'm in the process of putting together a brewery using old dairy equipment and have an old steam jacketed "processor" for my kettle. It is 400 gallons, rated for high pressure and has three zones. I intend to run it on low pressure steam.
Problem is contractors (other than ones out in the sticks that have done dairy processing plants before) are scared to touch it and want me to hire an engineer to design the steam system...for one little kettle! Estimates of what I'll need in terms of a boiler (which will be located about 60-75 feet away) are 350K-500K. Once you get up to 500K it involves a different license to install and run the boiler in WI (so I've been told).
My question is did those of you who may have put together your own system have to hire an engineer to design your steam system for you in order to get it installed?
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