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  1. the folks at wigle distillery have dug deep into rye production and history. They may be worth paying a visit to in your search for info
  2. not sure what resulted in the increase in heat up time. Get a mixer on that thing and youll seriously speed up your heat up time. What are you distilling?
  3. im a fan of the mori fillers from TCW
  4. ive done it both ways, using a racking cane and dumping the barrel into a trough. my preference is to use the trough as you can get everything out of the barrel, but the racking method will work. If using a racking can i recommend to put a coarse screen inline followed by a fine screen before the pump as all that char can be hard on a pump.
  5. you said you need suggestions but did not ask any questions. I suggest making some Raki, its the hot new spirit of the year
  6. Hi PI. Welcome to the forum. If you ever find yourself in Austin shoot me a PM and id be glad to show you the Still Austin facility
  7. Start up craft distillery in Austin, TX is looking to hire several part-time entry level Assistant Distillers to join our team. These positions will transition to full time as production ramps up. We are seeking individuals eager to be part of a vibrant small business poised to become a key player in the craft distilling industry. Job Description: The Assistant Distiller will work with the Head Distiller on all aspects of production, including milling grain, mashing, fermenting, and distilling spirits, as well as bottling, labeling and packaging the spirits. Assistant Distillers need to be able to work flexible hours and wear many hats, including giving distillery tours, berets and fedoras. The assistant distillery position will involve occasional evening hours and some weekends. Applicant Qualifications not required but those with experience will be given priority Previous distilling/brewing experience Background in chemistry or lab processes Strong mechanical background, ability to problem solve mechanical issues Experience in the beverage industry Proven ability to work with little to no supervision and be able to follow directions Be precise, detail oriented, and organized Physical Requirements Ability to reach frequently with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, and crouch on concrete Ability to lift and/or move at least 50 pounds, employing traditional lifting methods Ability to work in physically taxing conditions and work in hot and cold conditions The applicant will be subject to a background check and must have a clean driver’s license. If interested, please submit a cover letter that includes a funny joke and also explains why you are the best candidate. Along with cover letter please also include your resume, 3 references and salary requirements to: Kris@stillaustin.com
  8. Very nice work. Interesting to hear your running a mash that thick through. Are you guys separating your off coming stillage or leaving it whole?
  9. some folks use a modified gas dispensing nozzle for filling barrels. They automatically shut off when full.
  10. if you search through back issues of Artisan Spirit Magazine there are articles detailing how to fill out your monthly TTB forms. Its not all the info you need but enough to get you started.
  11. Im shopping around for a great semi auto bottle label machine that can also print serial numbers on the label during the label process. Im using regular round bottles no taper 375 and 750. What are you all using out there? Any reccomendations? Anything I should stay away from?
  12. Good share brian. We use an LPS rated LPG truck at our facility
  13. Whiskycast did a great interview with Bruce Joseph from Anchor Distilling. Check it out. The interview starts at 21 minutes. https://whiskycast.com/episode-617-november-27-2016/
  14. Tony Ordile of Haines Fire Protection can provide you with a complete fire protection plan BUT it aint cheap. My suggestion is to do your homework, put together a plan yourself and wait for your local authorities to weigh in before you hire a pro consultant.
  15. Get a forklift. Unless you plan to build an uber micro distillery, which if you are filling 53 gal barrels this is not the case. Get a forklift. The only alternative is to build a rick house with a barrel elevator which will probably cost more than a forklift and is far less useful than a forklift