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  2. Thanks for the input everyone. I'm still not 100% sure of everything I'm doing but at least I have this thread to work from.
  3. Thanks everyone. I'll start doing some research then give them a call.
  4. Would something like this work? https://greenpaperproducts.com/biodegradable-1ounce-portion-cups-pc1nl.aspx?var=500ik=3895&gclid=CjwKCAiAy9jyBRA6EiwAeclQhNML_KH3AxKz-EodNKIkTLUnrS09Cc50XbcJZRO5418Xo2KZ2O7pfhoC6kYQAvD_BwE This is PLA (corn starch) and can be composted.
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  7. Has anyone experience with comparing pre bottling filter micron sizes? I mean the difference between 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 micron cartridges on the final spirit. I'm wondering if going up to 1 micron will result in any particular (ha see what I did there) difference.
  8. needmorstuff

    Odin on Gin

    thanks Odin - that helps a lot! certainly a new way of thinking for me. I attend a few events a year along with Sloemotion and know that product a little too well 😉 it's a beautiful product for sure. I will ping sales an email about the 26l version as I already have a 100l still.
  9. Just did this with sweet birch which contains the compound used to denature mouthwash. From GRAS and you can usually get a list of acceptable levels and search some scholarly articles for concentration of the chemical of concern in various plant parts. I formulated based of those results and they did not require me to submit a sample.
  10. Odin

    Odin on Gin

    There are various ways, N. One is to have all your gin herbs in the Extractor. Fill the iStill with 30% GNS and start the process. You end up with depleted herbs in the Extractor, and Extract in the boiler. You can then do a potstill run to turn the Extract into a Gin Essence that can be blended over a lot of GNS. Results are very high yield per pound of herbs and a very crisp, well-defined gin, and a boost in overall gin production. Another way is to do single ingredient. You can store these as Extracts (with color, around 30%) or as Essences (potdistilled, around 60%, clear). Both hold their own. Extracts can be used in flavored/colored vodka's for instance. We use our iStill Mini with its Extractor to make many different Extracts and Essences that help us with product development. The Extractor is also often used to help a distillery deal with seasonal products. Say a certain fruit (sloes for sloe gin for example) is only in season in September. Now if you want to sell that product all year long, how to deal with it? Well, with the Extractor you can make an Extract and/or Essence that helps preserve/alcoholize the fruit flavors and colors. The sloes are a real example. We work (amongst others) together with Sloemotion. We achieved getting the seasonality out of their sloe supply. And the Extraction worked like 10 times better than the maceration they did before. Literrally "times 10". In half a day, instead of 6 weeks, we could Extract the sloe flavors factor 10. Resulting in them needing only 10% of the sloes that were originally needed. And since the "alcoholization" kept the sloe colors and flavors fresh, they could make much more at lower cost points. Here is a link to their website: https://shop.sloemotion.com/ And underneath you'll find pics of a few of their products as well as an iStill 500 with Extractor. The iStill 2000 sits in the background. Regards, Odin.
  11. We have a high-temp glasswasher for our bar/tasting room, so cleaning shot glasses would be no problem for us either. So, indeed, we have thought about it. But even if you don't normally plan to give them away, I suspect you have to plan on a few of them "walking off". But our concern is that you still need a solution for OFF-SITE events. For many events, we are now being asked to use biodegradables, so we really wish there was a good choice available. Where they only require recyclable, I think the medical dosage cups might work out fine.
  12. Thats a great idea Tim. I see those old cast iron radiators being sold on facebook marketplace all the time. People just trying to get rid of them. I'll be looking a bit more into integrating one or two into a hot water return line
  13. many ferment in food grade poly, I see no issue with RO in poly unless your letting it sit in the sun for a year or more before using, similar to the disposable water bottle circumstances
  14. We went to glass several months ago and added an under-counter low temp dishwasher. It will wash 50+ 3/4 oz shot glasses in 90 seconds. Now were not throwing away thousands of plastic shot glasses.
  15. I'm running a smaller 200 gallon stainless water storage tank now for my RO water but need to upgrade to 1,000g or larger. Is anyone using polyethylene tanks for your RO water? I' worried about the plastic tank imparting a flavor into the water and then into my spirits. But a $650 poly tank vs a $3000-$5000 stainless tank is what is driving the question.
  16. Andy, I emailed you for a shipping-included quote.
  17. But if you want to use a phrase like "single malt whiskey", then, even though it is not a standard US type, since it would be assumed it has a similar meaning by the consumer as used elsewhere (like Scotland), it would have to be 100% malted barley and from a single distillery.
  18. We thought about a "give away" shot glass as well. In large enough quantities, you can get these down to $0.25, compared to $0.02 for polystyrene shots. It is not clear they have a smaller carbon footprint, but at least they don't have the plastic waste. I did find an alternative plastic that is recyclable: 1oz medicine dosage cups. These are made from polyethylene, have the same shape, but are translucent rather than transparent. They also have gradation markings on them for dosing, but do have the advantage of being cheaper, about $0.01 each in quantity. The polyethylene is fully recyclable, but be aware that some recyclers will not properly recycle items this small. Check with your local municipality.
  19. needmorstuff

    Odin on Gin

    So cold distillate washes over the material being targeted repeatedly - end result is extracted solution in the boiler. Then say in the terms of a gin with a fruit profile, not a liqueur... let's say orange, you put orange, either fresh, dried, dehydrated in the extractor - NGS in the boiler. Once extraction is completed do you then start with this orange NGS and continue your normal pot still gin production? I am interested in the end to end process.. can you share a typical protocol?
  20. Have over 100 used barels, bourbon and rye, emptied in late December About 35 damaged barrels, a ouple missing heads, can be used for furniture, brak up for smoking, etc. Usable barrels 1-3 barrels $150 4 barrels $125 (my recollection is we can fit 4 empties on pallet) 5-15 barrels $100 16-50 barrels $85 51+ $75 Damaged barres $50 each. e-mail- proofandwood@gmail.com
  21. If still looking, have a variety og aged Rye and Bourbon available, most distilled in IN. Send e-mail to proofandwood@gmail.com
  22. Here is a simple Excel based dilution calculator. Add the batch size (liters or gallons) and strength, dial in to what percentage you want to dilute, and the Excel sheet calculates how much dilution water you need to add and how much your total volume will be. If you download it, and place it on your desktop, you can use it whenever you need it. Regards, Odin. iStill Dilution Calculator.xlsx
  23. MALT WHISKY³ Whisky produced at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent malted barley and stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers
  24. Sounds like at least a 2 man job and not the safest or quickest process! You know where to come if you would like a cost effective , safe and efficient process using the model 1-DLR-BG Base Gripper Whiskey Barrel Handler Fork Attachment, email me at sales@stclare-engineering.co.uk Cheers Andy
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