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  1. We are looking to purchase the following equipment. Please e-mail us at if you have any for sale. 4 to 6 spout bottle filler Pneumatic corker Stainless spirit holding tanks, approx 100-160 gallon (looking for prettier tanks like Letina, not the industrial style) Stainless 55 gallon drums Thank you
  2. Those Mori fillers look like an incredible deal. 6 spout, with base, filter and float for 4 grand? Any downsides?
  3. While I have zero personal experience, I have talked to a distiller who had nothing but good things to say about DYE. If you're going to rip a company apart (especially on a professional's forum) please at least bring some direct evidence as to why we shouldn't do business with a company. If any customers have anything good or bad to say, I'd love to hear it because it's a company which we have considered for our growth plan.
  4. Probably either minerals (your RO system not working well) or your water soluble ingredients fall out of suspension in the alcohol/water solution.
  5. I've tried one out and didn't care for it. We prefer a $30 heat gun from the hardware store. We just use clear shrink sleeves though.
  6. If your floor drains don't act as little islands in the puddle of water on the floor *laughs*, *cries*. (thankfully I didn't pay for mine, they were installed by the previous tenant so it's hard to complain about free floor drains)
  7. We typically vacuum with a good set of filters on it to keep airborne dust at a minimum.
  8. I'm not sure if it's just an optical illusion, but are the coils a bigger diameter than the top? (I can't see how this could make sense if it is, but that's just how the photos and sketch appears). This unit is made to simply drop vertically inside an IBC, correct?
  9. You and I both, brother. Sticker shock every time I need or want to spend money!
  10. We ran into the same thing and consulted with our creative agency on what we could do. We decided on and were approved with "awkwardly hugged by oak" (I really should trademark that).
  11. If you have access to your own truck, I'd do it. If you are paying a trucking company to do it, I'd look at the costs per batch because it will add up over a year. Before we got our vodka mashing process down I had another local distillery contract a few batches. I think it cost me about $70 one way to move the totes, and I pitched the yeast once they hit my loading dock just to make sure I was compliant with the regulations. If we continued that process it would have been about $140/week which quickly adds up to $7200 in yearly production costs.
  12. Sale pending. Yeah, but like all things you pay for the time that goes into developing and engineering a product. I've always been really impressed with how well thought out Race products are made. Their customer service is top notch as well. I upgraded to a primera labeler to speed up the bottling line. It does a fine job, but there's a couple things that are not well thought out. For instance, the guides holding the spool of labels are held in place by a couple of weak magnets. I'm also not a fan of the foot switch to activate it, there should be a button built into the body of the thing!
  13. That reminds me...This summer I did have an issue of a few pallets of hazy bottles that I bought from a company that had over estimated their sales and the pallets had been in cold storage for a year or so. The top few layers of the bottles on the pallets had some sort of hazy residue on/in them. The supplier I purchased from came out and took some samples, sent them to a lab and it came back with something like atmospheric residue, likely due to the cold/warm with dust and humidity up here in the North. I refused the hazed bottles so I don't know much beyond that.
  14. I'd be willing to wager on their proofing water was not purified, or there was a problem in their process. My tap water is extremely hard (over 600ppm), and if I don't use RO it gets milky and will almost appear to "etch" the glass so that it looks frosted. Are they a new company?