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  1. spirit scales

    If you have insecurities with Amazon or eBay you can pay $775 more (plus another $150 for shipping) and purchase it here: https://www.prime-scales.com/product/certified-scale-5000lb-x-1lb-4x4-legal-trade-ntep-floor-scale/ Both units are the same PS-IN202SS: http://www.prime-scales.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PS-IN202SS_Operators_Manual_EnglishSpanish.pdf My local scale service company did not seem concerned with where I purchases it from the two times they have been out to calibrate it.
  2. spirit scales

    This is the scale we have been using for the past few years: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-NTEP-1000lb-0-2lb-2x2-Heavy-Duty-Floor-Scale-w-Stainless-Steel-Indicator-/181722115819?hash=item2a4f7b6eeb:g:-6EAAOSwy5ZXDKQC They also have a non-NTEP version for a few dollars less: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-1000lb-0-2lb-2x2-Heavy-Duty-Floor-Scale-w-PS-IN202-Indicator-/162417821672?hash=item25d0db47e8:g:YN8AAOSw~AVYuhZ9 The product description includes the following helpful info: 1. Do you need a Legal For Trade scale? (NTEP approved) This should be the first thing you need to check. If you are running a recycling center or any sell or buy by weight business, you need a Legal For Trade scale. If you use a non-NTEP scale in a Legal For Trade application, your scale may be confiscated by the local Weigh & Measurement officer. If you are not sure please consult with our specialist at 855-697-2253. NTEP is a national certification for the products in legal application. If the scale is NTEP approved, it is legal for trade. If you are in TX, RI, ND or VT, you don’t have to use an NTEP scale, however your scale will still be checked by your local Weigh and Measurement. If your scale doesn’t meet the standard, a red tag will be placed on your scale. You won’t be able to use your scale until it passes the re-check. If you have a few more dollars to spend, it is always a good choice to buy an NTEP scale – even if it is not required by law in your application. An NTEP scale model has been tested by NCWM through their official labs before the certification is issued. NTEP floor scales have to use NTEP load cells and an NTEP indicator. Both components must come with temperature compensation. That’s why NTEP scales are usually more expensive. A well- built non-NTEP scale will also provide great performance in accuracy while NTEP ones can give you a little more confidence. The decision is yours.
  3. Distillery for Sale - Texas

    related Chuck Norris joke found online: "Jesus could turn water into wine. Chuck Norris can turn his own piss into award-winning top shelf water."
  4. Converting Tote to Stripping Still

    How does the condensate tank fit/why is one needed if doing steam injection? I was thinking if doing steam injection (process steam) that you dont need any return lines or condensate tank/pump?
  5. New-Make Bourbon for sale

    Pinckney Bend, how can you help quick age this spirit to get sales started years ahead of the standard aging process?
  6. TIB Bottles?

    At this point the easiest solution is probably for Distillery A to invoice Distillery B for the taxes due and remit them.
  7. Electric Boiler

    Yeah, I dont understand the thought process on getting an electric boiler to create steam to then heat your still. If your going to use electric as your energy input (instead of natural gas) why pay more for a steam heated still, and more for a steam boiler. Either go electric still (with element, or a bain marie) and have the cheaper/easier install/up front cost, or go natural gas with a boiler an pay more up-front for the lower operating cost. Getting a steam heated still with an electric fired boiler kinda seems like getting the worst of both (typically more expensive still, more to pipe and install, boiler to install, potentially needing a boiler room, high operating costs).
  8. After 5 years and Broke

    check the other thread for details..
  9. Percentage of Alcohol after stripping run

    Let me Google that for you: https://www.google.com/search?q=average+alcohol+percentage+whiskey+stripping+run&oq=average+alcohol+percentage+whiskey+stripping+run&aqs=chrome..69i57.10711j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  10. Sailor

    I think this is the last thermometer I purchased. I did not spend a whole lot of time trying to figure out if it was "acceptable" but I think it was the most affordable thermometer I could find that identified it as being NIST calibrated. http://www.novatech-usa.com/Products/Digital-Traceable-Thermometers/4015_2 also has a stainless probe under related items..
  11. Looking for suggestions on separating grain after mashing

    Care to share what method you are using Silk?
  12. Looking for suggestions on separating grain after mashing

    I know for myself at least we do distill on the grain, but are still interested in separation options post distillation to reduce to volume/weight of spent mash we need to move/transport.
  13. TTB segregation of Tasting Room

    I am a bit surprised that folks are responding with these maybe and could be type answers. The answer your dont want, but the correct answer is no. There needs to be physical separation (floor to ceiling wall or partition and not just a railing) between the bonded distillery production area and the (not part of your DSP premises) tasting room/serving area/sales area. Yes, there are many examples of distilleries breaking this rule. Yes you might get away with breaking this rule yourself. No, your layout would not meet TTB demands if they chose to make demands or they chose to start enforcing these clearly communicated layout rules.
  14. Distillery Location

    No, your DSP does not have to be in an industrial zoned building. Zoning really only comes into play with your local government. The TTB almost certainly does not, and your state probably does not, take into account zoning when issuing permits. My own distillery is in a residential zoned area of the city, but I was able to receive a variance from my local municipality.
  15. Black Water Barrels Cooperage!

    I sent the following testimonial over the Black Water Barrels today and figured I should share it here as well. We also painted up the heads of these barrels and are pretty pleased with how they came out. Barrels by Black Water, artwork by HedgeBird! We recently took delivery of some new 53 gallon barrels with a char #4 from Black Water Barrels. We are very pleased with both the barrels and the customer service provided by both Greg and Tiffanie! Both the quality of the barrels and the pricing are better than we have been receiving from some of the larger manufacturers. We did a minimal amount of hydrating to the barrels before filling, but I think we could have gotten away with filling these barrels dry as the staves all look super clear and the barrels are very tight. We experienced no leaking on either the staves or the heads of the barrels. We could not be more satisfied, and look forward to filling more Black Water Barrels and enjoying the whiskey that comes out of these beauties in another three years! https://www.instagram.com/p/BTtv5fqD_6f/?taken-by=thistlefinchdistillery&hl=en