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  1. hello from Greece!

    Welcome Yianni! Happy to see a whisky in Greece and best of luck! Next year I might stop by for a visit when I'm there. Cheers, -ilias
  2. IBC totes as fermenters

    They work wonderfully, and a lot of distilleries including myself use them. I ferment grapes in them, cleaning can become an issue but with molasses, it should fairly easy since there's no solids. Cheers, -ilias
  3. TTB segregation of Tasting Room

    For my approval I had to show that the distillery DSP and the tasting room are two separate entities, with two different entrances, with the ability to lock from the DSP side. Pictures and diagrams were included with my application to the TTB agent. Cheers, -ilias
  4. Hi Meerkat,

    I was wondering if you had any progress on the liqueur calulator and a possible release? I'm trying to make an Ouzo with 2.5% by weight sugar as per TTB rules and this would be very helpful to figure out the true proof without a lab still.

    Thanks,

    -ilias

  5. The Distillery Nation Podcast

    Thanks for the feedback and your time in listening all of the episodes. In regards to the monotony of the questions, I knew this was going to be an issue but honestly I'm trying to find my own voice. I hope as the podcast evolves my interview skills will become better and thus the flow of the questions will change but until then I have to stick to a structured interview to avoid total boredom -ilias
  6. The Distillery Nation Podcast

    Thank you Kris for taking the time to listen and writing back! -ilias
  7. The Distillery Nation Podcast

    Thanks guys - updated my original post (copy/paste error). Appreciate any feedback you might have! Cheers, -ilias
  8. Kindness or something else

    Hi Matt, Good luck with starting out. My general advice is that there are good people out there that are willing to help out and go the extra mile and that covers about 99% of the people working or owning distilleries. The other 1% is there to make a profit and utilize you to their advantage. So your quote stands. Follow your gut, be open to new opportunities and for the small percentage that are simply not good people to be around, move pass them. Cheers, -ilias
  9. The Distillery Nation Podcast

    Hi Bluestar, Is your iTunes account in the United States for Country/Region under your account info. I just tested my iTunes yesterday and worked. Thanks for taking the time to look into this. -iliasm
  10. The Distillery Nation Podcast

    Hi folks, About a year ago I decided to start on a small Greek distillery in the United States. With all the lessons and difficulties along the way the podcast came alive, its was a way for me to connect with the folks behind the craft distillery movement and learn a few things along the way. Give it a listen, and let me know what you think. Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/distillery-nation-podcast/id1040367741?mt=2 You can also listen to it via Sound Cloud and Stitcher Radio if you are on Android or the web. SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/greekdistillery/ Stitcher Radio: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=73637&refid=stpr Cheers, -iliasm
  11. Fire box and a direct fire pot still

    Thanks all - I do also agree that a gas fired still is as dangerous as an electric. With proper management and safety guards its doable and totally safe. I've actually got a lot further in understating the International Fire Code and requirements around this, but I had a question around ventilation. What type of ventilation are you using for your gas fired stills, is as simple as a Class 2 vent hood or something more specialized.
  12. Fire box and a direct fire pot still

    I do appreciate it any tips or recommendations please send them my way. I'm located in WA state.
  13. Fire box and a direct fire pot still

    Mainly due to my still, its a direct fired pot still. Yes the written proposal is coming but I wanted to get a few opinions on how to best position this. I know quite a few distilleries in my area are using similar setup and when I tried playing that card it didn't take me too far due to the fact that that they are in different counties.
  14. Hello all, I'm in the initial stages of getting a verbal approval from the fire department for a direct fire propane pot still and I have a few questions. They visited the site and after reviewing my plans they had concerns around the direct fire. My setup includes an all steel fire box with that will be manufactured by a local company, it includes an exhaust pipe with an X11 burner from Ward Burners. Their main concern was no direct fire, to me this very broad but I understand the concern. Is there any recommended ways to approach this. In regards to sealing the round edges of the pot to the fire box? Or possibly creating a double layer that the pot will sit? Any recommendations on approaching this would be greatly appreciated.
  15. Fermenting in IBC Water Totes

    Thanks all! @mcsology - possible to sync offline regarding any upcoming offloads? I'm also in Seattle.
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