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    Canned Cocktails?

    spiritedPDX - You guys do the cutwater spirits vodka sodas?
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    Cold Water Bath

    Affordable is relative. We went with the one our Anton Paar rep suggested - it was around $3-4k (purchased a few years ago). Any water bath that can fit your flask will work. You won't need anything fancy as long as the liquid in the bath covers the liquid in your flask and the temperature is accurate. Our brand is PolyScience but it's definitely overkill for our purposes.
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    Filtration During Barrel Harvest

    We use a flojet when pumping out of barrels. keep the hose off the bottom and you should be alright. (agreeing with PeteB). Alternatively, roll the barrel and dump it through screens (we do this with a funnel that has a mesh screen in it)
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    Wooden rickhouse design

    Buzick Lumber in Bardstown KY builds quite a few of the large rickhouses around there. You've probably seen their ads in ADI and Distilling magazines. I built the first round of racks like that for us out here out of 4x6 and 4x4 douglas fir ( i wanted oak but it's hard to find in HI). Ended up switching to double barrel racks when we moved from 15 gallon barrels to 53 gallon because we couldn't use a block n tackle hoist anymore. Anyway, your racks look good and I love the Genie. Do you recommend the genie for barrels?
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    Spirit Tank - wtb

    I thought our tanks for spirits needed to be double walled per NFPA-30?
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    Spirit Tank - wtb

    Hi All, I'm searching for spirit holding tanks in the 1000 gallon range. These will be holding 70%ABV spirits (possibly higher). Any suggestions for high quality, meets all IFC/TTB/etc etc regulations would be greatly appreciated. New or used doesn't matter but we'll end up purchasing 3-4 tanks and they'll all need to match (preference is for new tanks). Cheers, Noah
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    proof obscuration

    When determining proof when a spirit has in excess of 400 mg/l obscuration are you required to follow this method or can you simply distill and proof using a lab still? Video referenced is determining proof obscuration by evaporation. Thanks,
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    Head Distiller Wanted - Boston, MA

    Is this related to Two Lanterns Whiskey?
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    Filtering color out of a compound gin

    That’s interesting. I’ve only had limited experience with carbon filtering. It sounds like I should give it another go.
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    2 Used Chillers

    We don’t currently have a chiller. We’ve been using tap water but an upgrade is in good order.
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    2 Used Chillers

    Hey MGT - What about a 500 gallon hybrid pot, (5) 500 gallon ferms, with a 500 gallon reservoir? (no mash tun for us)
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    Filtering color out of a compound gin

    SCD - Would you mind ot elaborate on the comment "carbon is more effective at preserving flavors"? Is that saying that carbon is more effective at removing color than flavor, or more effective at removing flavor vs color, or..?
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    Column Leveling

    Hi All, Our columns don't have adjustable legs/feet on them. Anybody have recommendations for adjustable legs - preferably that can be permanently mounted into concrete? I'm looking for a safe/secure method of adjusting our columns because our concrete is uneven.. Would this adjustable foot work if we use a couple and then use separate anchor bolts to secure it to the concrete? Is there a cleaner / more streamlined option? Thanks
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    Column Leveling

    I went with slotted shims from Grainger as in the link. We probably should've ground the floor down. There's about 0.5inch variance from one side of each column to the other, and not in a uniform manner. Had to bend and twist every component to get shit straight again.. I've actually done a fair amount of residential construction and installations (mostly kitchens and such) so I assumed it was a little off. I didn't realize the concrete guys didn't even try - I honestly have no clue how thick our 6" concrete actually is. I'm not going to post the manufacturers installation instructions. I haven't seen any original copies and they're well-respected so I'll chock my experience as a one-off. Anyway, the columns are level and anchored, although it would've been a lot easier if the flange was wide enough to drill them in place. Next up is the cables. I was thinking lag screws to an anchor plate in the walls. The ceiling is exposed composite I-joists so I'm going to assume they won't work as an anchor.. One end to an anchor in the wall, the other end is secured to a bolt on the still? Again, thank you to everybody that has commented.
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    Cleaning still

    Use an acid to clean it - or a soak in PBW if it's really bad. Boil water through it to check for leaks/clean the nooks and crannies.
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    Column Leveling

    I'm not sure I want to say anymore after looking at the Vendome base but... column is basically 16" wide and looks to be about 3/16" thick stainless. The copper plates aren't in a position to be inspected at the moment. Bear-in-mind the bottom 5 feet (stainless steel) is just a stand. the flange is 1 1/4" wide and 1/2" thick and no bracing like in the picture above. Definitely getting the cables though - I can't tell if the base of one of the columns was poorly made or if it's conforming to our wavy concrete..
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    Column Leveling

    Thanks for the advice everybody. These columns are heavy AF and I've been terrified of these swaying - especially since they are so top heavy. I'll get the cables for the top and bolts for the bottom. Please tell me these anchor bolts work and that I won't need to tap all 16 holes per column.. I'll get our local metal shop to cut some shims for us.
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    Equipment Vendors Selling Stills with Design Flaws

    Hey Steve - just saw your add on page 15. Guess you aren't retired!
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    Column Leveling

    It's less than 1 inch I'd guess but it puts a lot of pressure on each tri-clamp. I think for us, using metal shims and bolting it to the ground is best. They are flanged btw. I'm off to go buy steel slotted shims and some anchor bolts... hmm I guess flat washers would work too? The whole rig is less than 16'. I'm hoping that means we are good with anchor bolts..
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    Column Leveling

    Well that’s easy enough. Thanks!
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    Equipment Vendors Selling Stills with Design Flaws

    oh wow I'm way behind lol
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    Equipment Vendors Selling Stills with Design Flaws

    Just FYI/somewhat related - Steve Cage is now retired from ASD. I emailed last week inquiring about parts and that was the auto-reply. [we are still quite happy with our ASD pot still that we purchased several years ago]
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    Blending/ Proofing tank

    OP - go by weight. Take Dehner's comments to heart. He probably (literally) knows the regs better than some TTB officers. Also, get a side port for racking spirits (especially if cold stabilizing) and sampling. The air driven agitator is also very handy for proofing in bulk. You'll definitely want CIP and a top manway. Personally, I prefer full drain conical bottoms for active use (proofing, macerating, etc) and the IBC tanks for storing/transporting.. I can't tell if the ones above are flat or not. I'm not knocking your stuff btw Southern - I may hit you up for storing and transporting our bulk spirits (we have a 90 rest on white spirits) in the near future. Side question - how high can you stack those totes with spirits (70%ABV +)? I was thinking there was a 9' limit.
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    final product is cloudy

    Slowly add your reducing water over several days and rack your spirit, this allows colloids to settle. I've not tried adding clarifying agents but that might be worth exploring. The other suggestions are also valid options. Yes, raw ingredients will definitely have more oils in them and are less easy to work with overall but they may also have a better flavor profile.
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    How do you sell your spirits?

    Go early in the week and during off times. See if you can set up an appointment with the buyer/beverage manager/etc even if you have personal or professional connections with them. Be prepared to do a tasting at each place and have all of your "ducks in a row". This means drink(pour)- bottle- and case costs, any promotional material (sell sheet) or support you have, qty discounts, and ask when they prefer deliveries and try to be in the window when you do the deliveries. Don't hound them but you should expect to need to keep on them since all the other reps are doing the same for their brands. Take PaulNL's advice - it's right on target. [edit: also, don't forget that you'll still need to do and have all of these things when you sign with a distributor too]