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  1. Paul at ADI (aka @Southernhighlander ) should be able to make them for you. Just two 1/2" tubes welded together at the bottom with the turn at the top. It V's slightly outwards so that friction keeps the tubes in place while upside down.
  2. Curious - how many of you have tried the sense kits? I haven't yet. I found the thing that has helped me most with nosing/tasting was trying a wide variety of different whiskeys. I'm still not where I want to be with it but am slowly getting better. Whiskey kit:
  3. Thanks for the advice, I'll try that. I'm not a wine person but my wife is.
  4. Hitting 140f for 45-60 minutes will kill most but not all bacteria. It's how the sous vide guys can safely cook food for long periods at lower temps. Most of us mash for at least an hour at that temp, Hitting 145 reduces the time down to 30-45 minutes. MDH - I didn't know malic acid would encourage lactic acid production. Thanks very much for that.
  5. One thing to think about, and it's been said on here many time: You are a marketing business that sells booze. You can get as fancy, clever or cheap as you want but it boils down to can you sell product. Making the product is a small percentage of what you should be spending your time on. You should be thinking about what products are likely to sell in your area, are you selling or can you sell in your distillery, are you selling to a distributor, how are you setting up your website etc. Don't get me wrong, production is important. Doing something unique with your equipment is cool and you could use that in your branding. If you follow through with it and make as much of your equipment as you can could make a unique experience in the distillery that customer would enjoy. I know I would geek out if you had a space filled with crazy hand built stuff.
  7. Wow. How many distilleries can the US support? How many per capita in larger population areas? I don't think we're near saturation yet. I expect that chart to go even higher before it starts to level off. I hope to open something in the next 1-2 years, if I don't I will really have to think about how I would do it. In Pgh we already have 4-5 distilleries with 3-4 more in process/rumored.
  8. Ah ok. I'm not going to be any help them, sorry.
  9. Like Champagne, Bourbon is a protected name for the American product. You can find it made outside the US but it will not be called bourbon.
  10. Pure Google. Glad I could help.
  11. Would something like this work for you: It requires:
  12. Wigle in Pittsburgh is hiring: I'm not associated with them, I just happened to see the listing.
  13. Welcome Rachael. Some of the other people here use manual pallet stackers - For racks: - There's large number of suppliers out there, including used as Hedgebird. Maybe some of the other guys can post their suppliers. What area of the country are you in?
  14. Congrats! I saw the write ups in the Erie & Pgh papers. I hope you get through the paperwork quickly. I have family in Erie so next time we're up we'll stop by.
  15. I have found listed as an ingredient for BSG, Kent and LD Carson. I guess I was buying mixes and not paying that much attention to it. They also have non-mixed versions.
  16. @nabtastic - Thanks. Weird that most DAP nutrients also contain urea. I'll avoid it in the future.
  17. To the original question, as other have said, no need to add nutrients on a general basis to AG ferments. I do add a little DAP to pretty much every ferment just in case. I view it as insurance too. I've heard that before but never why. Why do you avoid it? Has anyone done any research into attenuation/alcohol production, ferment speed or taste with or without specific nutrients? I assume (sans evidence) you would get better attenuation and faster ferments, but not so sure on taste.
  18. > Meaning 'Hot Rod' (tea manufacturer) is TM Check with a lawyer. Based on that company I would say you're going to have to modify it somehow. Most trademarks are given within an industry. Given that someone is already in the beverage industry, even though it's only tea, means you will probably not be able to get it. You might be able to modify it lightly that might be good enough. You might be able to do something like "Donkey's Hot Rod Gin" and get away with it. I wouldn't mess with this one on your own. A quick consult with a lawyer could save you $$$ and trouble down the road. >I did a search on TESS and COLA and don't see my brand name That doesn't mean that it's not taken by someone. >Do I need to seek trademark for my brand in US, EU and every country I wish to sell? A lawyer that is versed in IP law probably will be able to get you a trademark in most of the world. It's a common thing. Most big countries are simple, prices vary. I've never dealt with smaller countries. I don't think worldwide IP for a you is a huge deal at the moment but the lawyer will be able to give you a good idea of how much and when you might want to do it. > I'm only producing gin - should I seek 'Hot Rod Gin' or go with 'Hot Rod Distillery' Don't limit yourself. And if you ever plan on selling your company it would be good to be slightly less specific to give them the option. Hot Rod Distillery would be fine if you can get something like that. > I'm going to try to submit the TM myself and see how it goes Yeah I wouldn't do that without talking to a lawyer. You might be able to get a TM but it might not stop you from being sued. IP law is very fluid, it's not black and white. With IP law you're never truly safe from being sued. You may win, but it will cost you.
  19. I think you just won best first post ever. Welcome to the community! Any chance you will offer smaller barrels? A lot of the smaller guys use 5 & 15's since we don't make large amounts at a time.
  20. Depending on how much space you're doing it might be faster and easier to invest in something like this: It would save a lot of time mopping manually. You don't make money mopping.
  21. You're welcome. I also found their website that put everything together nicely without having to go through the Youtube interface:
  22. Matt Hofmann speaks about Brand & Product Identity.
  23. This is one of several presentations from the "Whiskey World Forum". You can search through the rest here: Lots of good stuff in there.
  24. SCORE or the SBA may be able to help you with this. Or you can run a credit report on them. It won't give you a great picture of sales but will at least tell you if they are keeping up or not. Trades matter, the Non-trades vary based on the owner. If both are good the company is probably pretty solid. If trades are bad then it's bad sign for them. That's a good idea, they will be advertising heavily and getting people there. Maybe even negotiate something with them to see if they would help you with co-op advertising or highlight your business.
  25. - Their website is sparse. Boyd & Blair's distillery is on the AGC's plant location so I am certain they would supply spirit bottles. - One of their sales reps is a member here. I think there are a of other couple bottle guys on here. Not sure of their origination.