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    We are thinking about buying a building and building out a much bigger operation - we would need investors for this. I'm curious how distilleries value themselves? Is it just like any other small business where you look at revenue, assets, and future earnings growth, or is there anything unique to our industry? I assume it's a little bit easier to raise money from mom & pop investors as it's a cool braggable industry. Any examples of valuation metrics or personal stories?
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    You need a clean sample of liquid, any solids (which I see there are quite a bit) will give a false negative. You'll need to let it sit for a few minutes and then just barely skim the surface to collect a couple drops of mash. I prefer to use an eyedropper to grab mash samples when I do a test (which is rare, I know my process and enzymes are working). Is your S/G or Brix where you expect it?
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    Run the mash through a coffee filter to remove the solids and you should be good to go.
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    OSHA has made it clear that it will enforce its jurisdiction over the micro-distillers (DSPs) nation wide. Below is a URL for actions taken across the nation by OSHA that includes giants of the industry and micros such as Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/industry.search?p_logger=1&sic=&naics=312140&State=All&officetype=All&Office=All&endmonth=02&endday=27&endyear=2011&startmonth=02&startday=27&startyear=2016&owner=&scope=&FedAgnCode= What can you do: 1) Review OSHA rules in your state. There are FREE Federal and State level programs that can bring you into compliance and “protect” you from citations. Read the New York State documents below for further details and requirements. https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html New York State has this program: Division of Safety and Health - DOSH - New York State Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm Oregon’s Fact Sheet: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs57.pdf 2) Do not assume that safety consultants working with OSHA rules will be able to give you effective advice on rules that relate to the operation of DSPs. DSPs are not “standard” manufacturing entities. They have unique requirements based on the explosive nature of ethanol and dust from grain operations. 3) Do not assume that your location, size, agricultural or rural location or ownership structure absolve your operation from compliance. Ethanol manufacturing is regulated despite the fact than many (all?!?!?) local code authorities have no understanding of the safety requirements that you as an owner or employee need to resolve for compliance. Generally the lack of a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will mean your DSP will operate under your State's interpretation of Federal regulations. Each State has it’s own interaction/interpretation with Federal OSHA rules. 4) Join DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) and get this document. Read and conform to the guidance provided. http://www.discus.org/ Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities Tuthilltown’s OSHA investigator used this document as the reference to cite Tuthilltown’s operation. In the absence of specific Federal OSHA guidance for beverage alcohol production (DSPs), expect that your OSHA investigator will defer to this document as the INDUSTRY STANDARD. Expect to be held to this guidance standard!!! 5) Do NOT assume that other CODE (NEC, IBC, etc.) authorities have no jurisdiction on your operation because you are agricultural, small, family/privately owned or just plain nice folks. 6) When you buy a forklift, make sure that it is safety (OSHA) rated for moving ANY high proof containers.
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