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    We recently purchased one of Paul's set ups in his photos and had newbie issues getting it dialed in. Paul gave me a cell number for his main guy. Mike took multiple calls both Saturday and Sunday to get me running. Service has been excellent. Still is running like a champ! For any new folks looking for a manufacturer I would recommend Paul and can say I have been very happy with the product and service.
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    We started out at about 30% but there is an automatic pressure tank that tops up the system in the event there is a spillage. Every once and a while if changing a condenser or something, you might loose a little here and there - so, what the actual proof is today, I don't know, maybe around 20 - 25%. I was planning to do a full system maintenance in January and I'll probably flush it out and refill it with fresh coolant then.
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    Hello! Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery is the first combat-disabled veteran owned distillery in the US. We offer a robust lineup of craft spirits and liqueurs, serving 5 states throughout the US, as well as being the premier provider of spirits to the US Military. This is our production/distilling group operating this account, looking to get more involved in the community, share knowledge, and hopefully locate proper homes for some of the equipment we'll be sure to outgrow as we expand! If you're in Indianapolis, or just passing through, reach out! Come say hi, take a quick tour of our distillery, and maybe even come swap some product!
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    We do this for our cooling fluid (methanol & water), which runs continually through a closed loop. The coolant is cooled by a trip through a large pond behind the distillery. Works great. Although we have reached it's limits.
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    Glen Lyon, This is a common scam that is perpetrated across all industries where things are sold and shipped. It is not distillery specific. They first tried it on us a couple of years ago and they have tried it many times since. Sometimes they do the shipping scam, sometimes they want the goods. The first time they tried it, as soon as they came back with needing it shipped right away, I became suspicious. I checked the customer's billing and shipping address and they were different. The ship to address was in South America and the billing address was in Ohio. The name on the card was a WASP name but the customer had a strong Hispanic accent. I have a way to get contact info and other details for people who's name and address or name and phone number that I know, so I used the name and address to get a phone number. Once I had the phone number I called the card holder. They did not know what I was talking about, they had not ordered and they did not know that their card had been compromised. Then I emailed the guy in South America and had him call me and I screwed with him for days. I talked to him like a dog and kept jacking him around about his order and he kept begging me to ship and in the end I told him I knew he was a thief and I gave him a good cussing. I had a lot of fun with that idiot. There was another from Africa that tried the same scam and I had fun screwing with him as well. There are lots of other scams and people fall for them every day. Here is one that is very hard to detect and they got Hillbilly stills with it a couple of years ago. You get an email from one of your suppliers telling you that they have new wiring instructions for the next payment. You send the next payment to the suppliers new account then your supplier emails and says I did not get my payment and you say: I sent it to your new account and they say what new account? You know at that point you have been robbed. You go back and look at the email about changing the wiring instructions. It may have one letter different in the email address, or maybe it is the suppliers email and their email was hacked. Either way as soon as your money hit the thief's account it was transferred to another and then another account and your money is gone. You can't even call and report it to the FBI. They don't allow that. You report it to the FBI online and maybe they will get back to you in a month and tell you that they can't really do anything. If you own a business, these theft attempts will happen time after time. Here are some things that you can do: Don't click on any links in emails. Don't open email attachments unless you know what they are. Never ship anything to anyone who has a different shipping address than the billing address unless you talk to the actual card holder and verify. If your supplier wants to change payment instructions in an email, call them at the number that you have for them and verify it that they want the changes. Always keep your antivirus up to date. Always keep back ups of everything on a hard rive that no one can access, that way if they hit you with a ransom ware scam you can laugh and tell them to kiss your ass, or screw with their lives for a few days. Most people would not retaliate against these people the way I do and that is probably the right approach but I can't help it. It really pisses me off when someone tries to steal from me and I am a vengeful person who will retaliate in any way possible within the law. I don't want an eye for an eye I want 10 eyes for mine. Here is the best piece of advice I can give. If your email is hacked they can have their way with you very easily many different ways. There are many different ways that email passwords can be hacked but here is the deal. If you access your email with a physical key that must be slid into a card reader, they can't hack you because there is no password, the physical key is the password. In my office these keys are used instead of passwords for everything important that it is possible to use them with. Also if you can afford it, get a security audit done of your network and all aspects of your computer system. I am sorry to hear you were robbed. Good luck in the future.
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    Hi Brian, Did I sell you this boiler 7 or 8 years ago? If so, this was the first piece of equipment that I sold to a distillery and I used the profit from the sale to start Affordable Distillery Equipment which has since sold over $17,000.000.00 worth of distilling equipment.
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    Keep in mind, the reason why carmine has been one of the most popular colorings for the past 500 years, it has the best stability of any of the natural red coloring agents. The most stable when it comes to light, heat, and oxygen. Safe in food. Anything else is a far, far away second place. Color shift to brown is a real problem, and unless you can move product quickly, and have it consumed quickly (don't we all wish), it's going to become a product perception problem. Stability is going to come down to reducing oxygen exposure. This might mean changing your workflow to ensure you aren't adding oxygen at any stage in the process, it might also mean needing to add stabilizers. You are going to need to get into some hardcore food science: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1541-4337.12244
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    Well here is my 20c worth :-) A column is only needed when you want to rectify the spirit. Some Gin distiller insist a column is essential most do not. A column can strip out some of the botanicals. Assuming you are using a good NGS as input, then a basic pot still with a Gin Head will work. A lot of Gin Distillers get very complicated with still configuration and design, claiming it is essential to their formulation. They key is experimentation. Produce what you can sell. Its that simple. Very small batches will give you consistency problems. But you dont want your entire working capital tied up in un-sold stock. In small startups, I find the still budget therefore size answers this question. This is down to personal taste and what you desire in the end. Some botanicals respond well to spirit maceration well before distillation, others do not. The general rule of thumb with gin is a gin head in the vapour path yields better results. Experiment, you will probably need both methods to produce your final design. eBay When you say Asia, can you be more specific? Its a big place. The alcohol laws in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand are utterly draconian for a distiller, but improving. This example is a common trend in Gin production where they are distilling all the botanicals separately and blending the individual spirits afterwards. Its a popular trend outside of Europe as the ROW often struggles to get batch after batch consistent quality with botanicals purchased. One order the junipers are plump, un-ripe, and carrying way too much moisture, the next are dry, dusty mouldy old bullets. in Asia, Thailand is one of the biggest suppliers of quality glass. Note when I say quality. Most of the glass from India and China I have found to be of very unpredictable quality. France is still the king of high end glass (SaverGlass) and Italy (BruniGroup) a close second. Glass always becomes an issue of the practical minimum buy, versus the cost of shipping. Remember a pallet contains about 600-800 bottles, so 1 pallett is often a good starting place. For a vintage reproduction check SaverGlass and Bruni. A custom mold, and minimum run costs can cripple a start-up. Look to a catalogue design, think outside the square with regard to ink, coatings, labels to give the effect you desire. The cheapest place I am finding for custom glass and molds at present in Eastern Europe (Romania, Poland, Czech Rep) In my opinion 90% of start-up distilleries fail because they fail to establish a distribution model. Great product, good back story, funky design and bottle, no customers. The second aspect I see is crap product. If it aint a great product, no amount of customers will buy it (well a second time LOL). Growing your own botanicals could be a great back story, as long as you don't become a farmer above being a distiller.
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