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  1. What you did not say was how you were handling the introduction of the botanicals. Is this a compound gin, distilled gin, or redistilled gin? What botanicals? No one has even a chance of suggesting a solution with so little info, I would think.
  2. Tasting room is M, distilling is F1. Separated by walls, doors, windows, locked. Entrance into distillery is through tasting room.
  3. Violets are blue (although roses aren't quite red), but you will get the flavor with that too, and it is very distinctive.
  4. Sage can have very high levels of thujone.
  5. We have had both for years. Initially, the Living Social outperformed. But then they kept changing their algorithm. Each time, it got less response. Most recently, Groupon was outperforming Living Social 20:1 for us. They clearly are addressing different parts of the market, but whatever Living Social was doing to make things better, it just made it worthless. When the most recent campaign ended, we decided to through in the towel on Living Social. Also, Groupon was more flexible on the margin terms than Living Social, by more than a factor of 2. Living Social also had an advantage that it ran Amazon in parallel, but then Amazon dropped out. Groupon has since bought Living Social, so we won't consider Living Social until we see it integrated.
  6. Charcoal filter.
  7. True, unless extreme fractionation is going on, like in a 40 plate vodka still!
  8. The equilibrium vapour pressures of water and benzene at 100 oF (37.8 oC) are 0.95 and 3.30 psia respectively. The total pressure exerted is therefore (0.95 + 3.30) = 4.25 psia. Note here that in the calculations of total pressure, the actual amount of each is immaterial. An important outcome is that the boiling point of an immiscible mixture must be lower than that of either of its components. Again, using water-benzene mixture, we note that the mixture will boil when the total pressure exerted by the mixture equals the atmospheric pressure, 14.7 psia. This temperature is 156 oF (68.9 oC), when the equilibrium vapour pressures of water and benzene are 4.45 and 10.25 psia respectively (thus, total 14.7 psia). Note that the mixture boiling point is lower than that for pure water 212 oF (100 oC) and pure benzene 176 oF (80.2 oC). True for a true immiscible liquid system. Some oils in water obey this well. But many are slightly miscible, so they don't obey this rule exactly. And some are immiscible as liquids, but not as gases, and then this rule breaks down again. In the case of oils during gin or absinthe distillation, it is further complicated by it not be a two component immiscible system, since there is significant alcohol in the system, and the oils are soluble in the alcohol. So, oils that come across with heads are usually not showing the "steam distillation" effect, in which case they could raise, not lower, the boiling point. Actually, the oils coming across in the end of tails, as I described above, are much closer to "steam distillation" as you describe above, because most of the alcohol is gone. Usually, oil partial pressure is so much lower than the water in this case, that it only depresses the boiling point a small amount, and only small quantities of oil are carried with the water.
  9. Not quite right, glisade. The actual boiling point of immiscible liquids are not really affected if they are truly immiscible. Miscible liquids will have a depressed boiling point from the value of the weighted average of the two constituents. In addition to the affect I described above, however, there is also the fact that it can be energetically favorable for an immiscible liquid in a poor solvent (like oil in water) to be in the vapor (steam) rather than the boiling solvent, at the boiling temperature of the solvent. In that case, some of the oil will be carried with the steam, even though it is not soluble, and then will separate out again as the steam condenses. This is common toward the end of tail runs of oil-containing mashes, like corn, for example.
  10. Oak, charred, new, period. Level and pretoasting not specified. Other mods need approval letter from TTB. You could use red oak by law, but you wouldn't want to drink the stuff.
  11. Oversimplified and wrong. Many chemicals can be carried in trace quantities during distillation far below their boiling points. Remember, boiling point is the temperature at which the chemical has a vapor pressure of one atmosphere. At lower temperatures, it will have a partial pressure below that. Even something with a boiling point 100s of degrees higher might have a very low but some vapor pressure at 174°, but it would only take very low pressure to get ppm in the distillate. Thujone has to be below detectable limits, or 10 ppm. If you are distilling with wormwood, they will require a lab sample. Luckily, they usually can get the measurement completed rather quickly these days.
  12. Shoot that as a question to your local field rep.
  13. Bluestar,

    We are permitted (DSP), bonded Fed/State, will apply for IL Craft Distller's permit in Sept and have building in process of being remodeled and hope to turn first batch in Dec 2017. 

    Do you know if we purchase GNS, reduce proof, flavor, bottle and sell if this is allowable under IL CDP?  Or is this considered "rectifying"?


  14. John, Have you an estimate yet for crating and shipping? We are thinking of shipping to Holland MI 49424 or nearby. Also, extensive list of what is included, but can you say what is NOT included, that is, needed to start operation. Thanks, Derrick, Blue Star Distillery, MI. Email me
  15. We use the manual pallet lift as well. Biggest disadvantage is they require a bit of navigating because of the front supports, and the small batteries need nightly recharge, have limited lifetime, and must be carefully maintained (rehydrated).