Skaalvenn

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  1. You and I both, brother. Sticker shock every time I need or want to spend money!
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. Bump, Edited to include model number.
  8. You will need to mail in paper copies of your production/processing/storage reports showing zero (assuming you have not produced anything) until your pay.gov account is approved.
  9. The one major thing I'd change is to have the steam jacket located on the lower portion of the tank--unless you like cleaning off baked on mash from when the liquid level drops.
  10. PM sent.
  11. SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! Selling only because we upgraded to an automatic labeler. Model is Race RL1. We purchased this about 2 years ago. It's a great labeler and there is nothing wrong with it. What you see is what you get, and it's everything you need to start labeling anything round from very small bottles, beer bottles, spirit bottles etc. Looking to get $900. Original price was $1,495. Located just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. Will ship. SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! http://www.racelabel.com/rl-1/ SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!
  12. Minnesota requires all control panels to either be UL approved (with sticker) or be inspected by an electrical engineer and their sticker placed before the state will sign off on it. Most people don't realize this, and it was the most expensive few minutes of the entire buildout. Engineer opens the panel and writes stuff down for about 3 minutes while he writes stuff down on his paper, says "Yup." while slapping a sticker (probably a mailing label saying John Doe Engineering inspected) on the panel and handing you a bill which ranges from about $1,000-3,000. I'm in the wrong industry.
  13. 2 condensers is your easiest and cheapest option. First one being glycol and 2nd one being water. Flow meter and temp sensor on the glycol/ distillate output. Flow drops to X or temp rises to X and it opens the water valve to the 2nd condenser. That way you eliminate contamination of either system.
  14. I can vouch for that statement. Early on we had a small batch which got a slight infection and the end result was rum that had a gross plastic/band-aid odor. Now that all our vessels are stainless and have CIP it hasn't occured again *knocks on wood*.