Blackheart

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Blackheart last won the day on June 16 2016

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    Co-founder, Distiller at Six and Twenty Distillery
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  1. We've used them for more than 4 years. They work, are cheap, easy to clean, mobile, and can be replaced if you break them (my dumb ass has). Conipacs work, as do macro bins.
  2. I love the feedback from ya'll. Good points on the many facets of our industry. Thanks for taking the time and guts to detail what's on your minds!
  3. http://www.farmerboyag.com/feed-bins-auger-systems
  4. Annual state boiler inspection required a county mechanical permit to do undergo a simple inspection. $250 job turned into a $2500 job.
  5. So far HB is winning the tasting room picture-off. Beautiful space!
  6. Michael: Just seeing your reply makes me appreciate the feedback people like you put in here. Thanks for adding this well thought out and detailed response.
  7. We're of a different school of thought here. We use g0-ferm for every ferment, grain or not. To us it's a matter of maintaining production consistencies (it's been shown to help, season to season in yield and taste profiles), as well as an insurance policy we wont have a stuck or lagging ferment. Small price to pay for better odds.
  8. Just to add an extra two cents; I would start with checking available sugars (to ensure you achieved a full conversion, and yes I see it was an all malt mash, but this is a habit that can id perhaps other problems), check the pH, raise it to just sub-5 if you can with baking soda or something mildly caustic, oxygenate if you feel saucy (we have used a pvc pipe on an air compressor for a few minutes). Rehydrate yeast, add go-ferm to it, re pitch. This pattern works for us if we ever get something stuck.
  9. +1 on that last contribution. Set aside logic and what you think you know and believe, and be prepared to discuss knowledgably the issues of concern with the folks who issue occupancy/building/mechanical permits. Get smart, listen to any concerns and address them, show them how you're going to stay congruent with the appropriate codes they detail. Visit other distilleries, speak with the owners, and gather more data.
  10. Man, all I can say is that you need to find locations, zoned or otherwise, sprinkled or not, that your local code enforcement people are square with you using. If your occupancy use codes don't match up, if it's gonna be contentious, or if you have to install fire suppression or other hazard mitigation, this is going to affect your business planning significantly. You need to talk to these people (at codes, zoning or permitting) in your county and feel them out. Just a small note: H-3 is great. Find something stand-alone and sprinkled if you can. It'll make getting any subsequent permits (building or occupancy) easier. Granted the enforcement of usage code, permitting, zoning, etc is different for every municipality, but deserves a word of real caution.
  11. If you have bourbon for sale, please send an email.  I'm at DR@sixandtwentydistillery.com

    telephone is 864-640-0531

     

    Thanks!

  12. Any changes to your ferment? Any changes in pointers (pH meters, thermometers, etc) or use of enzymes? While the gravity shouldn't be affected, a stalled ferment, or shorter ferment combined with lower yields from the distillation would indicate incomplete starch conversion.
  13. I've used and owned bigger; which were slow as hell. Throughput is just slow with these small models and, depending, depending, depending, could add a hell of a lot of time to milling. I had an employee stand in front of mine a few times and realized it was cheaper to put the grain in a truck, unload it at the feed store, mill it, re-bag it, re-load it, put it back in my stillhouse. The small ones can be that slow. On the other hand, if you're doing small weights of grains, maybe even larger batches of botanicals, say under 100lbs, this may be a good option.
  14. Power washers clean every damn thing we have, including furry trench drains. Make the investment and buy a good one. You wont regret it.
  15. Yeah, +3 on this tour size breakdown. Big tours suck, and dont even get me started about biker types that want to make you a poker run stop or some such bullshit. Our SOP is that if you have a group of more than 6, somebody's paying for our time and samples. The exception: classic car clubs that use your place as their meet-up destination. Just the other week we had 60-70 guests and everyone bought at least one bottle.