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  1. Yes nothing beats constructive criticism that references exactly the problems, the efforts at resolution. In a respectful manner. that recognizes that sometimes service involves fixing mistakes or errors.
  2. There have been some good points made for and against overcapacity. For and against the new buildings with the best German stills vr. econo operations in a old warehouse. IMO a rising tide floats all boats.Mostly. "The spirits industry can raise a glass to yet another strong year. The volume of spirits sold at retail locations rose 2.4% in 2016. Alcohol suppliers said sales rose an even faster 4.5% last year to $25.2 billion in the United States, spirits advocate Distilled Spirits Council reported on Tuesday. Even more impressive, it was the seventh consecutive year that spirits stole more market share from brewers. The spirits industry now commands 35.9% of the total alcohol market vs. 47% for beer and 17.1% for wine. Beer made up close to 60% of the alcohol market in the 1990s.... The strong sales in the U.S. bode well for big industry players like Diageo (deo, +0.42%), Pernod Ricard (pdrdy, +0.69%), and Brown-Forman (bfb), as well as the emerging, fast-growing craft spirits industry that is mirroring the success craft brewers had in the beer world. Volume for U.S. whiskey—which includes bourbon, Tennessee, and rye—jumped 6.8%, with revenue up 7.7% to $3.1 billion. ... Distilled Spirits Council reports that volume for vodka, which represents about one out of every three spirits sold, was up 2.4%. Even flavored vodkas returned to growth. ... the industry buzzword that explains how liquor brands have had success selling consumers on the idea that they should drink less, but "better." ... Volume for "super premium" spirits jumped 10.8%, while the next-highest priced grouping "high end premium" posted a 5.5% increase. That made up for weakness on the bottom shelf, where volume actually decreased. http://fortune.com/2017/02/07/liquor-industry-strong-sales-2016/ " In a broad study backed by the American Craft Spirits Association that is being billed as a first-of-its-kind deep dive into the craft spirits movement, the industry has reportedly achieved $2.4 billion in retail sales in 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 27.4% in volume. The market share for craft spirits reached 2.2% in volume last year, up sharply from 0.8% in 2010. ... This growth—bolstered by the 1,315 craft distillers that are active in the U.S. today—is expected to get continued support from retailers and wholesalers, likely because they've seen the success craft brewers have achieved in the beer world. Within beer, craft producers now control about 12% of volume and are posting growth that far exceeds the total category. There are also well over 4,200 craft breweries today, far more than the amount of distilling peers. Interestingly, much of the craft spirits industry's growth is concentrated in just a handful of states. The top five states by number of craft distilleries—California, New York, Washington, Colorado and Texas—make up almost 36% of the industry's players. Those states were also popular destinations for craft brewers. That concentration implies that there is a lot of potential for the craft spirits industry to find firmer sales in regions where there isn't a lot of attention today. ... The big challenge for the craft spirits industry: spreading the wealth. Just 2% of producers today are responsible for 60% of the cases sold. The smaller producers have tiny distribution and are almost always bleeding cash. These young businesses will need to win shelf space at local bars, restaurants and retailers in order to hunt for growth, facing a similar battle that craft brewers confronted before their market got broad support. " http://fortune.com/2016/10/18/craft-liquor-growing-sales/ Better is where the craft distilling business enters the equation. Its the combination of taste, experience and the total marketing that puts your bottle on the liquor store shelf, or on the consumers table. Bleeding cash for a small producer can only go on for so long. For some the pain will become the death of the enterprise.
  3. "An unsatisfied customer in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., singlehandedly tipped off the liquor sales industry to a batch of wildly potent gin circulating in Canada, forcing a recall of 6,000 bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin across seven provinces, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario said Wednesday. Despite a nationwide effort to destroy the bottles, more than 1,000 remained unaccounted for in Ontario alone, according to estimates released Wednesday evening. “A regular connoisseur of Bombay Sapphire gin realized that the taste profile was off,”a Bombay spokesperson said Thursday. And no wonder, since the LCBO’s quality assurance lab found the gin had 77 per cent alcohol content — nearly double the 40 per cent advertised on the bottle... The lab’s finding led to a recall of a single “lot” the 1.14L bottles Bombay Sapphire (1,000 cases with six bottles per case) distributed across Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, according to Bacardi Ltd., which owns Bombay. The over proof gin “inadvertently” entered the bottling line at a third-party bottling plant in the United Kingdom when “they were switching from one bottling tank to another bottling tank,” Bacardi spokeswoman Amy Federman said in an email. The problem gin was used in the bottling line for no more than 45 minutes, “a short period of time,” she said. Bacardi expects only “a few” of the 1,000 recalled cases actually contain bottles with 77 per cent alcohol. The batch was shipped to Canada sometime late last year, she said... “Remember, the product isn’t unsafe,” Federman said, “it just was recalled because the label says 40 per cent and it didn’t in fact contain 40 per cent…. There’s much higher proof alcohol out there that people drink and buy everyday — but it’s labelled properly.” http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/bombay-sapphire-gin-recalled-across-canada-for-having-nearly-twice-as-much-alcohol-as-usual
  4. Bombay Sapphire: Canada recalls gin over too strong alcohol content Officials said the 1.14 litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin should have had 40% alcohol content by volume when the actual figure was 77%. They said the problem had been traced back to the production line. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said no illnesses associated with the gin had been reported. Drinks giant Bacardi, which distributes Bombay Sapphire, said the affected batch was believed to have only been sold in Canada. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39802317
  5. I agree. I love to read constructive criticism. It should be personal experience, not hearsay and specific. Either design, materials, craftsmanship or service in nature.
  6. Exact same design as Kothe stills http://www.kothe-distilling.com/newsite/stills/vodka
  7. Just be careful using the manual ones when loading or unloading at full elevation. They don't have the weight in a low c/g that a conventional forklift has.
  8. I have not but i looked into it. For US importers, covered by free trade NAFTA, at least for a while, re Trump. https://www.ttb.gov/itd/agreement.shtml Forms: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/211/~/requirements-for-importing-alcohol-for-resale Look at Mexican producers and start taste testing:http://wholesale-food-and-beverage.hktdc.com/manufacturers/Wholesale-Tequila-Manufacturers/en/13182-1/ I tried to pm you but got a message that you cannot receive them.
  9. Public domain: http://bourbonr.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/AGING-OF-WHISKEY-SPIRITS-IN-BARRELS-OF-NON-TRADITIONAL-VOLUME.pdf
  10. http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/09/04/Video-shows-bourbon-fueled-firenado-after-Jim-Beam-lightning-strike/2071441384745/ The Jim Beam fire should be a reminder of what can happen when wood, alcohol and an ignition source go to work.
  11. 200L vodka gin still, stainless steel distilling boiler, copper boiler around of boiler and column(4 plates), each plate mounted with drain valve and CIP, with a gin basket, a condenser Electric heating(15kw), with a controller, and a pump for cleaning the still, the price is $14,210usd. Is the quote i got today as I had the same question.
  12. "An Ontario-made brand of vodka is being pulled from store shelves in the province because of a faulty batch that contained double the alcohol content shown on the label. Christine Bujold of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario says one batch of Georgian Bay brand vodka was not properly diluted prior to bottling. She says the 654 bottles in batch 19 are labelled as containing 40 per cent alcohol by volume, but says the contents are actually 81 per cent alcohol". http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/batch-of-vodka-recalled-in-ontario-because-alcohol-level-is-too-high/article34199725/ Mistakes, anyone can make them, they cost money and damage reputations. Checklists can be useful.
  13. Agree http://www.thedrinksreport.com/news/2015/16232-special-report-bourbon-ageing-warehouses.html http://buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-008-the-building-science-of-bourbon http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/11/the-new-science-of-old-whiskey/309522/ http://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/8/13/9113965/whiskey-guide
  14. +1 on a power washer and detergents, heat, etc. all assist on the cleaning. A concern about the slotted drain is plugging of the slot with solids, semi-solids and slow drainage if a large amount of material needs to be flushed from the floor. The small volume of the evacuation channel will not allow the same drainage as a regular grated channel. They do look nice.
  15. TTB will define the labeling of the product for the US market. Years of ageing as listed on the bottle are an important reference factor for a new consumer considering the purchase of a otherwise unknown product. At the same time a disclosure to comply with the regulations in an appropriately designed label. Shouldn't affect a consumers purchasing decisions. Just disclose it along with other marketing language-verbage to sell the product. " The first regulation requiring label disclosure for distilled spirits treated with wood was issued in 1938 and applied only to whisky. In 1941, the regulations were amended to extend the disclosure requirement to brandy treated with wood. According to the rulemaking record, wood (oak) chips impart character (i.e. flavor, aroma, etc.) to the product and, therefore, label disclosure was considered necessary and warranted, to inform the consumer, that not all of the brandy's (whisky's) character was derived from aging in the oak barrel. " Above from US TTB regs. https://www.ttb.gov/rulings/87-3.htm