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About RBDistiller

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  • Birthday 04/28/1987

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    www.drinkmichigan.com

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  1. RBDistiller

    Canned Cocktails?

    I threw out the idea to the higher ups when I saw that they were doing it. I heard about the Devos purchase a while back, our table was next to Coppercraft's table at the Michigan Craft Distillers festival last fall, their rep that was there seemed pretty excited with that kind of money backing them.
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    Canned Cocktails?

    I just saw today that Coppercraft Distillery in Holland, Michigan is releasing a canned Gin & Tonic soon.
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    Reporting Low Wines

    What S101 says is correct, the only time you need to record low wines is quarter end. I do not remember off the top of my head where it is stated in the CFR but a product can stay in production as long as reasonably necessary to finish the product and I interpret that as the entire time during the double distillation process.
  4. ohhh I want!! I will have to keep dreaming...
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    Screen printing bottles

    We have used Loggerhead for years, great quality and great people!
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    Bringing back and old thread...What to do with all the d*** heads!?

    I think using it in a CIP would be a bit overkill but I dont see why it wouldnt work. We use it in plastic spray bottles for spraying connections after everything is clean using caustic and ozone. Since we moved the winery into a new building, like everyone else, we have an over abundance of heads and Im looking for something to do with it.
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    Bringing back and old thread...What to do with all the d*** heads!?

    We do the same thing at our brewery and winery.
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    Plate and Frame Filtration

    I have been using a plate and frame filter for spirits for years. I also used it in wine making prior to getting into distilling so I got to practice on it and learn how to minimize losses with a less expensive product. After developing a good SOP on how to flush it after filtration, on average lose roughly 1-1.5 wine gallons of product at 80 proof, doing a 2 step filtration with a total of 14 pads. Depending on batch size and the amount of pads you use that number will go up or down. The filter I have is a Alpha Filter from Criveller.
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    EDV 493 - where to buy?

    I just ordered some from them as well, it is on back order at the moment.
  10. RBDistiller

    winery in distillery

    We have had a winery and distillery operating out of the same space for years, actually had a full running brewery working out of the same space for a while too. Not quite sure how we had the licensing, as that was obtained way before I came here but we didnt go painting lines on the floor to keep things separate. We did have a designated room where the still is located but most of the building was shared. We never had any issues with the TTB and the way we were running the space.
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    Agave

    All of what @bluestar says is true about the sugar and the inconstancy between 2 different suppliers. What you do for one product will most likely not work for the next product, as I have discovered the hard way. Im not sure what SafTeq is but my go to yeast for the successful batches with an different base was DistillaMax LS, but I have tried that and DV10, V1116, and EC1118 and have yet to find something that will work on this product. My suggestion is once you find a product that you get to work stick with it, but even then you could run into the issue of their product not being consistent.
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    Agave

    @indyspirits I have not made any more head way on it and had to move on to bourbon for a little while. I have done far to much research and work on this agave for this base to not be fermenting. I have done everything the producer has instructed that other distilleries are doing, I have done everything the yeast manufactures have suggested, and tried what other distillers have suggested and still cant get this stuff to ferment. One semi-successful fermentation I got to finally do something took over 3 months and a lot of work. I was close to giving up and one day it started to move out of nowhere, but still couldnt get it to finish anywhere near dry.
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    Bar top Corking maching

    I purchased a Model A CCR machine last year and have not been disappointed, I wish I would have splurged and went with the Model D with the hopper on it. Still beats the hell out of hand application or using a rubber mallet.
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    Proofing barrel and bottle filling

    We use a 6 spout filler from GW Kent and an aquarium level control and a centrifugal pump with our tank on the ground. https://www.gwkent.com/6-spout-gravity-filling-machine.html
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    Agave

    The 48 hour pH after pitch was 6.1
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