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  1. HedgeBird

    Question About Spirit Definition Legalities

    It would. "Sweet Sunshine" or "Pirate Spirits" would be either the brand name of fanciful name, and I believe both are required for the Specialty class along with a product description. https://www.ttb.gov/pdf/brochures/p51902.pdf Sounds like your at least familiar with running a business and keeping records, etc. so the un-enjoyable parts might not be a big issue for you. Best of luck!
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    Question About Spirit Definition Legalities

    Yes, you can. This sheet will show you all the legally defined Classes and Types of spirits: https://www.ttb.gov/spirits/bam/chapter4.pdf If it does not fit into one of the defined Classes then it gets categorized as a "DISTILLED SPIRITS SPECIALTY" - "Distilled spirits not defined under any other class · Generally, any class and/or type of distilled spirits that contain or are treated with flavoring and/or coloring materials and/or nonstandard blending or treating materials or processes" and not "Pirate Spirits." And I know you did not ask, but doing what your saying you want to do sounds like the fastest way to probably make a hobby a lot less enjoyable.
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    Hallelujah! We got our TTB Permit

    Ill second Paulson Supply for t-tops! We also use Amorim Cork for natural cork topppers as Paulson only does plastic/synthetic. OI has been good to work with and my only complaint is that they ship to us direct with long-haul independent truckers that always show up in the biggest possible truck, never have a lift gate (even if you request it), wont back up to our dock, occasionally refuse to enter the city we are located in, etc. Compared to other companies who shift LTL frieght (Old Dominion, YCR. etc) whos drivers deliver to us more regularly and generally seem to be much more helpful.
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    SG of an all rye mash

    We just put about one cup of mash in a paper coffee filter and get a few drops on the refractometer.. This seems to give a good sediment free sample to check and then there is nothing to cleanup/wash out. Getting a reading with a hydrometer is practically impossible and way to much effort when a refractometer only costs about $20.
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    Equipment Vendors Selling Stills with Design Flaws

    Steve did share this news on the forum:
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    Wheated Rye

    Our flag-ship product is our straight rye and we use a high percentage of wheat. We just bottled batch #4 yesterday that was in barrels for 29 months. Obviously I am very biased, but I could not be much happier with the end product. Lots of spicy rye bite, but still nice and smooth. Batch #5 will probably be just under 3 years, and I am already looking forward to that being ready! Our first barrel of bonded whiskey will hit the 4 year mark in September and we may bottle that for the holidays, or decide to wait another year and let it hit 5! Cant believe how fast time goes by.
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    New barrel providers?

    http://www.blackwaterbarrels.com/ These guys have been great to deal with, and the barrels have been as nice as the ISC ones we use.
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    Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    It seems like quite a few have been mentioned.
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    Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    Thats a fair point.
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    Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    We switched from a copper to a stainless condenser about two years ago, and I feel like it has had a positive impact on our product.
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    Sediment in finished bottles

    This is posted in whiskey, but you did not say specifically what type of product. Is it just normal whiskey, or flavored or... ?
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    Benefits of Tube in Jacket Condensers?

    I dont understand why you think one type/style/design of condenser would be more prone to a vapor release than another style. A "loss of water pressure or similar coolant flow event" would cause the same concerns/issues with any type of condenser. As others have mentioned, the benefit to a tube in shell (Gatling gun style) condenser is that its more compact vs a worm tube.
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    Separating rye and corn into their own mashes

    My understanding is that Buffalo Trace cooks their corn and rye separately, then combines at some later point.
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    Separating rye and corn into their own mashes

    Could you just cook the two mashes separately then combine for the fermentation?
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    Barrel Racks

    Looks like these are long gone. Post is over a year old.
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    Dephlegmator and Condenser Equilibrium

    Not really sure I have much insight, but right from the start what your describing seems off. The only way the kettle temp (temperature of the liquid agave) could hold constant for 5 hours while being boiled, is if you where refluxing 100% of the alcohol and not collecting any alcohol off the parrot. (or collecting such a negligible amount as to have no measurable impact on the kettle ABV). You do not mention collection volume/speed/rates at all. *if* the temperatures you are sharing actually are accurate, that would indicate you ran the still for 5 hours without allowing any alcohol/liquid to pass through the dephlegmator and that seems unlikely. Also, what exactly is the "condenser temp" measuring?
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    Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    While it certainly seems like the main issue has been identified, another possible problem could also be caused by using RO water. If they have an RO system anything like mine, it probably runs pretty slow. Are they by any chance making RO water in advance of mashing, and then letting it sit untreated for any period of time? If so this could provide extra time for bacteria to grow in the water prior to mashing. At my distillery we remove the chlorine/chloramine about a day prior to mashing and store this in a tank. As I am concerned about bacteria growth in the time between de-clorinating and mashing, we run all the mash water through a UV light immediately as it enters the mash tun. This is a fairly cheap and simple upgrade with the only maintenance being a change of bulb once a year. They might also want to grab a bacteria test kit, and check the RO water they are making to confirm its not letting bacteria through either because it is not installed properly or needs new filters, etc. Just a few more thoughts to pass on to these folks!
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    Soda gun with vodka?

    What about mixing the vodka seltzer in a keg and serving from a kegerator or beer jocky box?
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    Soda gun with vodka?

    That would probably count as a mixed drink. "ABC board last week decided that they are now going to interpret legislation differently than they have the last 4 years; which means NO mixed drinks."
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    Cooling Water set up feedback

    Not sure what setup mentioned above your looking for, but the simple one we are using looks like this: Conestoga River -> City Water -> Condensers on Still -> Hot Water Holding Tank -> Mash Tun
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    Wash Ratios

    It would seem this question depends heavily on the type of molasses you are using and its sugar content. Here are two previous conversations that touch on this subject:
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    Invaluable equipment vs

    That seriously sucks, and I am very sorry to hear it. You should certainly share the name/info on the company you purchased from so others can hopefully avoid something like that! Hope your up and running with a new/better still now!
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    Bourbon and rye for sale, 53g barrels

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    POS system for sales

    We have been using Square since we opened for bottles sales and cocktail service and have been very happy with it. I think its an excellent solution for both our tasting room and some off site sales at festivals and such. I am curious if anyone out there is running a full restaurant with kitchen and bar service, and if so what POS systems you have experience with?