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  1. Separating rye and corn into their own mashes

    That just sounds like your just blending a rye and a wheat to get to a bourbon.
  2. Using wood other than oak

    I am doing this now proving out whiskey on Brazillian woods that are used for aging cachaca. Its going very well. I am aging them in 50l stainless barrels with the brazillian woods cut into 4 inch x 1 inch fingers. Giving some great results.
  3. No-Chill Method for Whiskey?

    I am just getting started and learning but I heard of the technique of just dumping boiling water on the corn grains to mash in and then let it cook. Corn needs to be over 80Deg c for 90 to 120mins to gelatinise. In a big mash tun. Mine are small at 240l. You dump 200l of water at 95deg C on 40kg of grain it drops to 90 deg C fast and then takes a couple of hours to get down to 80 deg. At about 75deg I dump in my Rye and wheat. That drops the temp a few degrees and then you let it go. Give it a stir to mix everything up and your good. The next morning when the temp is at 35Deg C I pitch the yeast and its off and running quick smart. Anyway just an alternative technique I read about that I thought I would try as in my current location I cant boil the 200l of Corn wash easily. I am probably loosing some efficiency but I am getting corn for about 35c a kilo. Its working so far. I got a couple of lactos last time right at the end but ran them anyway and they were great whiskey.
  4. On Grain or Off Grain

    I did a couple of on grain bourbon runs a little while ago with electric elements and they worked fine with no scorching. I just had the heating elements dialed down to about 60%. The moonshine that came out was really nice. OK I didnt have a full charge of grain in with the wash, only about 20% but enough to cover the elements. It took a little longer but it worked.
  5. Raw Farm Grain - Triticale

    In his book Alt Whiskeys. Derek Bell from Coarsair whiskey distillery. Says that Triticale is a fantastic grain to work with and makes a very nice whiskey straight or as a blend where you want a softer taste than rye but you want some bite. Apparently Triticale is a lot easier to work with than Rye. I am in Argentina and I have been trying like crazy to get my hands on some and its not easy. Go for it and try triticale.
  6. White Whiskey

    PeteB. Read the aussie regulations mate. I am an Aussie too but I am setting up in Argentina and I have had to find the regulations here. Now in Argentina they are very very rarely enforced but the TTB wont apply where I am. Neither will the in Tasmania.
  7. Malt Varieties and Location

    Get your hands on a copy of Derek Bells book Alt Whiskeys, from Amazon. It has everything you need to know about alternative grains and flavors.
  8. Craig, To answer your question call it a Liquor factory or fabrica de Licores. Matt
  9. Craig, If I were you I would be thinking of trying to make some interesting bourbons there not trying to compete with the old Pisco families. I lived in Peru for 8 years and subsequently I have moved to Argentina and then become interested in setting up a distillery here. But in Peru there are hundreds of different types of corn and a thriving craft beer industry so you can get other grains to make different whiskies. While your at it there is no-one in Peru making top quality gins with Local botanicals. Peru has about 10% of the Amazon forest and there is still a lot of knowledge up in the mountains of local herbs and flowers. You could make some gins that are great tasting and sell them to the tourists coming in and out. The same with bourbons. Anyway I am going to set up my distillery here in Mendoza Argentina, then I will do one in Chile and I am trying to get a mate in Lima to start one as well. The key to anything in Peru is getting the upper middle class to buy it and flogging it to the tourists. there are about 1.8m tourists a year go to Peru and most of them go in and out of Cuzco and Lima. Cheers and have a great ceviche for me. If you want to talk about this some more PM me. Matt
  10. Principal reason why distilleries fail ?

    Thanks for the response Allan, I am just putting together my basic gear and then starting my learning curve on making really good spirits. Here in Argentina there are lots of high quality cheap grains and I have 24 recipes to try and then 12 gin recipes. Just as well my mates here are drunks. I beleive I have learn and practice the techniques like crazy before going public. There is no substitute for practice when attaining technical excellence in anything. Thanks to all of the other commentators here. Regards Matt
  11. OK I am posting this for a friend who cant get the new thread thing working. For Sale: 2 UNIQUE Pot Still Charentais (French) - 1250 liters capacity - Artisanal and antique (year 1936) - PRICE: usd 30.000 each set For sale: 2 UNIQUE copper vessel 2000 liters - heating system: steam - Copper thickness: 8 mm - PRICE: usd 20.000 each vessel Refer to the attached photos. These stills are currently located in Mendoza Argentina and are genuine original french stills and vessels. For more information please contact Christian Williams at this email address for more info and photos. cwilliams@gulatina.com. THanks. Matt
  12. Welcome, I am about to start buying my equipment but the main advice I would have is read everything you can. There is a lot of knowledge on this forum, also check out stilldragons forum and the Homedistiller.org forum. There are many thousands of years of experience that is freely shared. Its a cooperative community. Good luck too. Matt
  13. Kindness or something else

    I think the people who are want to do a craft distillery they are very independent people but they also like the same sort of people and are generally helpful. The advice you get on this board and other craft distilling boards is gold and given freely. Check out the stilldragon forums. There is are lots of very helpful people sharing ideas and advice. The other good website is homedistiller.org and which has some huge following of guys sharing advice. I work in mining projects, at least I have and I too believe in Trust but verify. Good luck in your endeavour and I hope your successful. Cheers Matt
  14. Experienced Distiller Looking to Relocate

    How good is your Spanish ??? Ever thought of living in South America ? I am about 12 months from having my distillery up and running but nothing like experience if you want a long holiday in a years time.
  15. Principal reason why distilleries fail ?

    I am interested in this as the only reason why I want to get into this is because where I want to set up, Mendoza Argentina, there is no other craft whiskey distillery around. There are 3 other small distilleries making brandy and other sorts of things but no-one making whiskey and the place has 1,5million wine tourists a year. There are some whiskey producers in Argentina but they are the beer companies who take left over NGS and add colouring and flavouring and its horse piss. So I am going to start small and market the place like crazy in the peak months, which are Jan through to March. In those months there are 450,000 tourists a month. If I can sell via the cellar door 250 bottles I am breaking even. I think I may end up selling a lot more but I have to make the stuff first. I really appreciate all the comments and guidelines here. I was wondering if in fact the craft distillery industry in the US was becoming over supplied. I know in South America there are 6 Craft distilleries in Brazil, 1 in Argentina, but way in the south, none in Chile none in Peru and none in Colombia. I am going to do one in Mendoza because of the amount of tourists it gets and if it wasnt for that I wouldnt risk the money. The truth is my day job pays pretty well so I can float the business for a while but I want it to make good money and make happy customers. I really appreciate the comment about getting your second sale. That was great. Anyway great comments and thank you very much gentlemen.