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    Looking for a recommendation for an insurance company that knows what their doing with small distilleries. Our local folks are at a loss. We cant even get a quote on loss of product should a fire or other loss happen. Any guidance would be appreciated!
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    Label Design Guy

    I the spirit of paying it forward, if anyone is looking for help with label design, we found a new guy that is local and label design is a side hustle for him...so extremely reasonable from a cost perspective. But the work was as good if not better (we're biased) than what we paid one of the fancy NY folks. If you're looking for help, reach out directly or I can make an introduction. JonRBurnley@gmail.com
  3. We found an independent guy that is awesome. Very reasonable too (compared to the $20 plus thousand most of theses design shops want). 

    Graphic design background. Responsive, quick and great creatively. Email him. See if he's taking on more clients.



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    Virginia - Tasting Room

    Fellow Virginia distilleries, what do you serve as far as food in your tasting room? Are you registered as a full blown restaurant?
  5. Anyone have a Flavor Ingredient Data sheet for Angostura bitters? We need it to get our Rock n Rye recipe approved. Angostura has been a pain since they're our of Barbados and their distributor here in the US says they don't have it. Thanks in advance.
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    Flavor Ingredient Data Sheet.

    Anyone have a 'Flavor Ingredient Data Sheet' for vanilla extract that someone could send me? Thanks in advance.
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    Stupid label question

    Okay. Here’s a real stupid question for the peanut gallery. So some bottles have that thin strip of a label that goes over the top of the bottle as the tamper evident seal. What is that type of label called? In my google searches everything I’ve called them just leads me back to standard tamper evident seals. Also, if you know what they’re called, who can I get them from? Thanks in advance.
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    1000gal Copper Pot Still

    Try Affordable Distilling Equipment. Paul and his folks are great to work with.
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    Proofing....hydrometer vs Anton Paar

    So I have a question and maybe a gripe. So the Anton Paar Snap 50 is not TTB approved yet their specs meet all TTB requirements. Is the only reason it’s not approved is they’re trying to protect their revenue from the DMA 5000 that just happens to be $27,000!!!!!! is it just that they haven’t submitted the SNAP50 for approval? just curious.
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    Food in tasting room

    For those of you with tasting rooms without full kitchens or are not full ‘bars’, do you serve any food? If so, what foods do you serve? What are your best selling items? Do you price for profit or simply as value add? thanks in advance.
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    Food in tasting room

    Same here. We’re thinking cured meats and cheese, crackers, grapes, etc. that a local deli delivers daily.
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    What part of the Business Plan did you struggle with?

    Realistic sales numbers. Thats the hardest part.
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    Barrel Racks

    If anyone is looking to unload 30 and 53 gallon barrel racks cheap, we’re looking. We’re a bootstrap start-up...so cheap is good. Thanks in advance.
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    How to add sugar to VODKA

    Would adding glycerin count as ‘solids’? And thus still fall under the 400mg/L?
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    New Application TTB consultation

    DAVE DUNBAR!!!!!!! Can't recommend him high enough. Saved us tons of time and headaches. application sailed through in about 70 days.
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    Off Site Barrel Storage

    From my understanding, a bonded premises, without having to have a separate DSP, must be within 10 miles of your primary DSP location.
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    Solera Aging Whiskey

    Looking for people's thoughts on solera aging whiskey. I see several companies have offered up version (Hillrock, Blade and Bow, Samuel Franklin). I know Solera aged rums, brandys, cognacs, etc. are well respected. Allegedly provides for greater consistency of product and a smoother product. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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    Solera Aging Whiskey

    To be called whiskey, it only has to 'touch' an oak barrel. 'Straight' whiskey has to be at least two years old.
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    Virginia - Distribution

    Looking for feedback from Virginia distilleries. Since Virginia owns us lock stock and barrel for distribution in VA, what has been your experience with distributors for out of state distribution? Any words of wisdom?
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    Valuation Comps

    Echo the comment on equipment leasing. We leased our stills which left TONS of cash in the bank account. Yes, interest rate is a little high but we are not going into opening our doors 'cash poor'. It has been a true life saver as we've encountered numerous unforeseen delays and costs That if we had bought our stills outright, we would have been scrambling to meet these unforeseen costs.
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    Cooling Water set up feedback

    Folks, Need feedback on my cooling water set up. Due to cost, I want to use a water reservoir for cooling the distillate. On a 250 gallon still with a deplegmator, would a 500 gallon tank of water with a radiator and fan work well? Or...what size water tank would you recommend? Anyone doing same? Thanks in advance.
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    Solera Aging Whiskey

    The other whiskies or bourbons I've seen that do solera only state 'solera aged'.
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    Solera Aging Whiskey

    Consistency across small batches is the goal. Plus, solera aging in other spirits is well respected. Essentially, the oldest spirit is in the bottom barrels. Half of this is drained blended then bottled. Bottom barrel is refilled from the barrel above which was a little less old, that barrel is refilled with spirits from above barrel, etc until the top barrel is refilled with new make. given the age of you bottom barrel this would be the minimum age of the spirit since a portion of that barrel is always getting older and the spirits above are aging as well.
  24. So here's one for the peanut gallery. I was watching an episode of "Moonshiners' and two of the guys were running a honey wash in one still and a rye mash in another still and letting the separate vapors come together in the lyne arm and condense together. Said it made for a much cleaner spirit where both the rye and honey carried over more flavor. That got me thinking, could you run a pure corn mash, distill it. Then run a rye mash and distill it, then blend the two together and call it bourbon (once you age of course)? I wonder if there would be any taste benefit, operational benefit, etc. Comments from the peanut gallery.
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    Point of Sale System

    We are looking for a POS system for our distillery including a tasting room. We are considering Clover, Shopkeepers and Square. Would welcome ADI input. Which is the overall least expensive (swipe charges, system, etc.).