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  1. ColoradoDistiller

    Corn Whiskey Occasionally Cloudy After Dilution

    Our white whiskey has been occasionally slightly cloudy after proofing - the first 4 runs did not have this issue. The last two, we've been forced to do a second distillation to get a more clear spirit. We've tried distilled water and DE-mineralized water for proofing, neither have solved our cloudiness problem. We've also done full runs making a cut every 1/2 gallon to ensure we're not getting tails cloudiness in our bottle. Lastly, we've dissembled and cleaned the columns... Even when the 80% distillate is crystal clear, it's cloudy when diluted. I will note it's not SUPER cloudy, in fact we have been arguing what constitutes 'cloudy' but it is definitely not crystal clear like the 'big boys' on the shelves. I just learned about saponification, and our next project is diluting over the course of a few days to see if that helps.... Thoughts?
  2. We are an established Colorado Distillery with a good market in a tourist town. We've recently partnered with a distributor, and we have dozens of opportunities to grow.(Shipping, Corporate Partnerships, National Accounts, High End Cocktail Bars, 2nd tasting Room, events, etc) Right now, our opportunities are greater than our capacity. We are looking for an entrepreneurial minded person to help us continue to grow rapidly. We have discussed multiple avenues for this - one option is to simply hire a full time marketing person, but we are interested to see if anybody with experience or the desire to start a distillery would join us on a partner level or joint owner capacity to help us grow. We're throwing this out here on ADI to see if we find anyone interested in a conversation. Feel free to send me a message - thanks!
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    Whiskey Distillation Efficiency Problems

    I have a distilling efficiency question - although our ferments are going well, and according to our calculations our mash should be about 6.5%, we are only get 3.5 gallons of alcohol out of the still, including heads, hearts, and tails, of the available 6.5 gallons. Let me show you the details. Corn Whiskey Original Gravity - 1.065 Final Gravity - 1.015 Our calculator tells us our starting abv is 6.56%. When we run we get about 6 gallons of 100 proof (heads and tails) and if we run out the tails to the end we get about 1.5 gallons of 60 proof tails. By my calculation we are only getting about 3.5 gallons of our original 6.5 gallons out of the still? We are using a 100 gallon column still, distilling on the grain, and agitating the whole time. What can we be doing better?
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    Colorado Distillery looking for CEO

    We are a small but established distillery in Idaho Springs Colorado (Bouck Brothers) looking for a full time manager / CEO of our business. We are about to embark on our first round of fundraising and are going to upgrade equipment, increase production, increase sales and build our social media presence. Full time opportunity with salary and incentives. send an email with resume to bouckbrothersdistilling@gmail.com Idaho Springs is just 20 miles from Denver Metro area.
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    Equipment for sale, all prices lowered.

    Didn't see a picture on the steam injector - do you have more info? Thanks,
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    550 Gal Jacketed Mash Tun

    Jacketed tank with agitator still available?? What's the height? Thanks,
  7. ColoradoDistiller

    Turnkey Small Batch Distillery Equipment for Sale

    Could you give more info on the stainless steel filter housing/bottling unit email me zak @ bouckbros.com Thanks,
  8. ColoradoDistiller

    Do these cut #'s look right?

    Corn Whiskey - grain to glass - 80 gallons of water 200lbs of grain...Starting ABV is 6.91%. We're getting about 1 gallon of heads, 1.5 gallons of hearts, and 3 gallons of tails. (these numbers are pure alcohol, obviously off the still at a lower abv.... Is 25% hearts on a stripping run pretty common / standard? Thanks, ABV 6.91% 80 gallons of water 5.528 Pure gallons of Alcohol 0.8 Heads 14% 1.33 Hearts 24% 3.33 Tails 60% 5.46
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    NGS Fermentation keeps getting stuck

    Hey Gents We are making a sugar and corn mash (80% Sugar 20% Corn) and are having a hell of a time getting our batch to complete fermentation. We had a SG of 1.058 on Day 1 On Day 2 we had a SG of 1.066 (not sure how it went up? our only theory is we took a non-representative sample) Day 3 - down to 1.06 Day 4 - still at 1.06 Starting fermentation temp was 90F on day 1. It has dropped to 78F on Day 3 and is now at 80 on Day 4...... We are doing a 100 gallon open top fermentation tank, and it is still bubbling like crazy. What's really confusing me, is this same recipe kicks ass in a 5 gallon carboy - any ideas why a bigger fermentation would slow it down / stop it???? We used Red Star Distiller's Active Dry Yeast (DADY) 1 lb, and a small amount of yeast nutrient. We are at a loss - two batches in a row have gotten stuck.... Thanks!
  10. We are thinking about buying a building and building out a much bigger operation - we would need investors for this. I'm curious how distilleries value themselves? Is it just like any other small business where you look at revenue, assets, and future earnings growth, or is there anything unique to our industry? I assume it's a little bit easier to raise money from mom & pop investors as it's a cool braggable industry. Any examples of valuation metrics or personal stories?
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    General Distillery Valuation Question

    To clarify - we're not a startup: Doing sales for 6 months, open for 18 months. We've managed to keep overhead very low, as we are primarily filling whiskey barrels and selling our white dog, but we have our lease expire in 18 months and would like to buy a permanent facility.
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    Do these cut #'s look right?

    We are getting a SG of about 1.075 - does that seem low to you for our grain? We've used online calculators and that sounds about right. Lastly - this batch hadn't completely fermented, thus the 7% ABV. Never had it above 8.5% though - do you think different yeast should be used? Thanks to everyone helping us trouble shoot this.
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    Do these cut #'s look right?

    yes 2 plates of reflux, we used to be making cuts at 60% but now we've been doing a much more sensory cut instead of simply a proof cut so it's varied every run - our distiller is going to weigh in as well. Thanks for the feedback
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    TTB Never anwsers or reponds!?!!?!

    Dudes, I feel like I've been at the DMV for 6 months. We have so many questions about our excise tax, TIB forms, etc and TTB has never answered the phone or returned a phone call. The only email I got said 'please call our 1800 number' Not sure what to do? Also, been locked out of our account for months and need a manual reset from TTB..so frustrated. Insert other media
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    Distillery Production Assistant

    Bouck Brothers Distilling Co. in Idaho Springs CO is looking for part time production assistant. Wages depend on experience. Responsibilities include mashing, fermentation control, bottling, production documentation required for compliance and business efficiency, cleaning, inventory management, barrel filling and loading, engaging with the public at tasting events when necessary Qualifications: High school diploma, ability to lift 60+ pounds, a, 21 years of age or higher, ability to take direction yet work autonomously with your job duties, special attention to safety, sense of humor Ideal Qualifications: Formal brewing experience and/or education (extensive home brewing history is a plus), experience with mechanical maintenance and plumbing
  16. ColoradoDistiller

    Poor spirit yield

    Check out this thread for possible solutions:
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    Ferementation complete - very low yield?

    Very Weird... Had 2 bourbon batches done simultaneously, SG 1.075 FG 1.01, same as before. Ran through the column still, usually we get 10-12 gallons of hearts at 80%, this run we ran heads, and it essentially dropped straight to 40% abv, and ran out 10-15 gallons of 40%!!! Usually without any cold water into the dephlemgator we keep the run between 70-80%, but even with cold water we couldn't even fill our plates....never seen this happen before any thoughts???? If the alcohol is present we hypothetically should be able to run a higher abv, just slower?!?!?!? BTW, 2 changes we made this run 1) Previously we haven't tested PH, (to clarify, we figured our our formula for the correct PH - 25g of Citric acid into 100 gallons of water - we stopped testing, but decided we should perfect our PH reading due to water fluctuation) so this time we were very careful to get PH to 5.75, where in the past we'd add our 25g and keep on mashing... 2) After fermentation, we let it sit for 2 days, as we couldn't run the still... Could either of these things cause our problem? Thanks everybody,
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    Ferementation complete - very low yield?

    Embarrassing to report, but we solved the problem. Unbeknownst to me, the distiller had been running the still (baine Marie oil jacket) at 230F instead of 290F for no good reason....Ran the next batches at 290F and they came off without a hitch. Thanks for the brainstorm!
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    Ferementation complete - very low yield?

    Ok this is my theory....because why else would we get alcohol just at a lower proof? I think I'll go seal by seal and check everything before our next run. Thanks for the input.
  20. ColoradoDistiller

    Ferementation complete - very low yield?

    The heads stacked unusually high before they ran, but after the heads no foaming in the column...
  21. ColoradoDistiller

    Ferementation complete - very low yield?

    100 gallon still - 2 columns
  22. ColoradoDistiller

    Can we save our schorched Distillate

    Conclusion to our issue - we did a re-distillation, aged in oak for 60 days and it tastes great. Thanks for your feedback!
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    Can we save our schorched Distillate

    Not sure how this happened.....but in our bain marine still with an agitator we scorched the mash, and now the distillate is pretty stinky and tastes bad. Is there any hope for re-distilling or barreling or are we simply out a batch?
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    Using bulk distilled spirits?

    I think consumers would rather drink something that tastes good, and they don't really care if it's from Indiana or grain to glass locally. Back to Breck as my example, they buy most of their barrels, blend it until it tastes great, and people love it. No deception, just great product. Now given a choice between G2G and mega-corporation products that taste equally good, most folks would choose G2G even at a price premium. Hate to say it, but many micro-distilleries are putting out mediocre product.
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    Using bulk distilled spirits?

    "Customers aren't easily deceived for long in an open market place." What do you think of places like Breckenridge Bourbon who sell 100k+ cases per year and buy the majority of their spirits?