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Everything posted by nabtastic

  1. Bank Loans

    I'd certainly agree with your general view point on having your own cash over loans/investors. An investor, in my experience, should be vetted harder than your employees because you essentially have a boss (or manager) that you have to answer to. If they do not understand the business then it can be an incredibly hard battle to purchase the right equipment in the right timeline for the business. A bank can be much harder to get on board but that is probably a good thing - you need to be able to at least make it work on paper where as an investor may be wooed simply by an idea. LOL to the 50K - it's easily gone in a single bottle order.. Hawaii is quite forgiving in many ways. We producers (beer, wine, and spirits) have a lot less regulations to deal with. However, the pace of bureaucracy can be maddening and confusing. How has BC been able to convince the regulators to work with the industry - or are your policy makers more proactive naturally?
  2. Bank Loans

    Careful Glenlyon, or you'll have all of us moving to CA
  3. Proofing barrel and bottle filling

    RC - I’m using a 3M stainless housing 10” cartridge. It was recommended by them. Probably a smaller filter would be better.
  4. Boiled linseed oil for oak barrels

    Might be worth trying mineral oil? Fda safe and is used to seal wood cutting boards..
  5. Can we ship bottles to customers?

    Well yes, tell your FedEx rep what you want to do and follow the rules/their obstructions (I thought that was implied, my bad). FedEx is your only option unless you ship freight.
  6. Can we ship bottles to customers?

    FedEx. Mark it containing alcohol.
  7. 50ml / 1.7oz Clear Glass Boston Round Bottles

    They are warehoused in Louisville (I think) so shipping should be pretty easy on you. Their customer service is quality too. I'm not affiliated with them other than being a satisfied customer. I was actually looking for bottle filler solutions when I came across your post - so if you have any recommendations... lol
  8. Chocolate Liqueur

    wouldn't it be more cost effective to put the nibs in the vapor path somewhere?
  9. 50ml / 1.7oz Clear Glass Boston Round Bottles

  10. Prepair for the FALLOUT!!!

    Y'all need to stop assuming rational behavior. Yes, some individuals will behave rationally. But most will still buy the "cheaper gas" at Costco and never realize the significant drop in mpg (if you catch my analogy)
  11. Reuse Glass Bottles?

    I've been asked this several times and I keep shutting it down because I don't want to deal with removing the labels and I feel like there will be a lot of paperwork involved but... Is anybody reusing their packaging, i.e. glass bottles? This would only be for a few accounts that are concerned with it but I feel like the savings in packaging would be out-weighed by the cost in labor hours. Anyway, if anybody has information about this or can link me to a thread (searched but didn't find anything) I'd be grateful.
  12. Cleaning Copper Still

    Agreed. I run about 1#/gallon at 140F and cycle through my plates and head. Normally takes a couple 10 minute cycles (about 25 minutes per area total) Mostly do it in rotating cycles because the CIP pump moves too much gallonage for the return line to keep up.
  13. Leuconostoc

    Has anybody had definitive experience with Leuconostoc? i'm reading "introduction to sugarcane techonology" and it references Leuconostoc as a common infection that causes a slime or jelly-like build up. It's in the family with Lacto.
  14. Cleaning Copper Still

    depends how bad it is. I use PBW when the copper parts are really worse for the wear, but generally use a strong mix of citric acid keeps the copper clean. If your pot is copper, I'd guess you have to use PBW (we have a stainless pot with copper in the vapor pathway) but like the other's said, be careful with caustic on copper.
  15. Boiled linseed oil for oak barrels

    What is too high? 5%? 10? 15%? We are in a hit humid environment and routinely hit 12-17% loss. Idk about linseed but parafin works pretty good. Without further data I'd have to venture it's better and easier to change your barreling environment than the barrels themselves.
  16. spirit scales

    Don't you also need a permanently attached gauging method for spirit tanks over 60 wine gallons (load cells)?
  17. RSC/AFM boxes

    I'm requesting a quote for a cases (our bottles are bulk packed from the factory) and the rep asked if we wanted RSC (regular slotted containers) or AFM (all folds meet). I think the standard is RSC but this is a question I've literally never came across before. Any thoughts? For the record, the quote is coming from the bottle supplier (Saver) so they are fully aware of bottle dimensions and durability. cheers
  18. Clarifying Bitters

    try the superjet first. it's available on amazon and you can get small qty of pads to see if it solves the issues. TCW is a great place for inline filters too - maybe MichaelTCW (I think that's his tag) should be able to help too.
  19. Running a seamless glass lab still

    definitely follow Meerkat's advice and follow the TTB video verbatim. As for the sugar, soak it in PBW or whatever caustic you prefer, in hot water. it'll come off. Also, use boiling beads and a kjeldahl bulb - idk if those are specified in the video. You absolutely need an accurate water bath and, since you're new, I recommend running several distillations from the same batch to make sure your technique is right. You should get the same result on each attempt. Also make sure your equipment is clean, fresh, and dry. I keep several lab stills on hand for this purpose.
  20. TIB Bottles?

    The DSP that is removing a bonded product from a bonded area is responsible for FET (and likely SET). DSP A should be contracted to bottled spirits on behalf of DSP B. DSP B should get a bottling line or establish a "dba". Yes, you can transfer in bond but I believe the only practical scenario would be for export when you transfer finished goods to a bonded warehouse for export... other than that, you should consult a lawyer versed because you're in a dicey area that I doubt many people could offer sound legal advice via a forum. Sorry if that sounded salty - I blame the tequila.
  21. Clarifying Bitters

    After maceration, rack and filter with a coarse (10, 20, 50 micron depending on solid load), allow the spirit to rest for several days (highly dependent on your recipe). I'd suggest starting at 2 weeks and work your way down bc re-filtering a finished product is a PITA . If you have the ability to cold crash (drop the temperature of the liquid but not necessarily chill filtering which tends to be even lower temp), do so. Rack the liquid and filter through pads (some need to be soaked in citric acid before use). I'm assuming this is a smaller batch so you could try using a buon vino super jet ($300) before graduating to a bigger plate n frame ($3000). Let it rest, do your final proof reduction and filter again. Use an inline (cartridge) filter on your way to bottling. If you aren't filtering to at least 5 micron you'll have issues. There's a difference between nominal and absolute rated filters as well - look out for that. Another option is to frost your bottle and explain that sedimentation exists because your product wasn't born in a lab... unfortunately though, customers are still scared by this - thanks corporate America.
  22. How Much Does/Did Your Glass Cost You?

    Haha Touche.. I didnt even notice the first link. Thanks,
  23. How Much Does/Did Your Glass Cost You?

    Dave, who are you bonded through? We've been letting Tiger handle it w a $500 bond and we always have added fees..but we currently only import drinking glasses, not bottles.
  24. Case Art

    Yes there are several required info on the case. You should have a UPC for the case that is separate from the individual bottle, bottle size and qty, proof, etc. i think it's listed in the CFR under "packaging" but I'd bet there are several threads on here with specific info needed... basically, if it's required on your label, put it on the case (rule of thumb, not rule of law) If you buy your bottles pre-cased, inquire with your supplier to see what their costs are for custom bottles. If you purchase bulk you options are open for case suppliers (they're everywhere)
  25. stormtrooper 750ml - who makes it?

    clearwater - how's your lawyer status? I can't imagine the LucasFilm/Disney folks letting this slide commercially... but if you pull it off I'll buy a case of finished goods from you!!