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  1. How to get a response from TTB?

    DONE! 100 DAYS!
  2. How to get a response from TTB?

    They responded today...not with a phone call, but an email with a request for about five things. I've spent the last few hours working on a response and am about ready to upload the files. HLS, this is getting REAL.
  3. Label Design

    So, I'm just a couple months away from production and need to start on my label design. Did you guys do for your first label design? I've got some ideas and have seen what's required on the label, but don't really know where to start for the design.
  4. How to get a response from TTB?

    I applied for my TTB license on 10/7/17 and it was logged in on 10/10/17 and assigned to "TBD". And there it has sat ever since. I've tried calling the TTB and left my third message today. How long does it take them to call you back? Is there another way of getting some information on the status of my application? Van Brackin Bartletts Distillery, LLC Conroe, TX
  5. Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    Bartletts Distillery, Montgomery County Texas. Submitted: 10/07/2017 10:00 AM CST , registered into TTB on 10/10/17 Approved 01/18/18 100 days
  6. We now have a property!

    Well folks, it finally happened…we finally closed on our property for the new Bartletts Distillery. The location is at 1303 Beach Airport Road, deep in the heart of Montgomery County in Conroe, Texas. Today, we took posession of the property once the loan funded and I'll pick up the keys from the title company in the morning. It's been an extremely long road to get to this point. We looked at MANY properties and actually pursued several. They all fell through for one reason or another. I finally found this property up in Conroe. While I had originally planned on leasing, this was a purchase too good to pass up. It has two buildings, allowing me to store enough in barrels without having to have sprinklers. It's got access to city utilities, and it's not next to a church, school, or hospital. Hey, if you're in Montgomery County, Texas, that can really limit your options sometimes. We first viewed the property on April 28, 2017, and it took FIVE MONTHS to close on the property. At first it was issues with the seller needing to clean the property before we could have it inspected. Then it was getting a loan on my part. In the end, after beating down all the walls, dodging all the bullets, and leaping over all the pits, we finally got it closed on Friday, September 29, 2017 and it funded today. We have a lot of work to do before we can start cooking booze. Order still, paperwork, spend money, paperwork, tear out, paperwork, clean up, spend money, paperwork, file for federal DSP, file for state, spend money, more paperwork, more cleaning & remodeling and spend more money. I’m ordering a 100 gallon 4-plated still from Paul Hall at Affordable Distillery Equipment. It’s not a huge still, but it’s big enough to get us going without the huge expense of a boiler room. That’ll come later. Once I get the serial numbers, then I can apply for the Federal DSP permit. I'm also ordering some goodies for the online store. My accountant says I need SOME income this year for tax purposes. Selling tee shirts does qualify as income. Woohoo! Here we go! bartlettsdistillery.com Cheers! Van
  7. Electric Boiler

    Cool! (pun intended) I don't have anything short term, but it's good to know this is an option down the road. I could see a system where you have a 190F hot liquor tank, suitably sized so you can use it to preheat a wash from 75F to say 140F+ as you load the still. This is, of course, in addition to using the hot water for mashing. As a mechanical engineer, I certainly can appreciate the efficieny of this type of setup over spending money to heat and cool separately. Reminds me of my uncle who had a swimming pool heater that was run on the home's air conditioner's waste heat.
  8. Electric Boiler

    That's very interesting Mike. Tell us more!
  9. Distillery Consultant / trace ownership?

    WT, believe me, I tried that. Once you get away from a major metropolitan area, small industrial spaces that have access to enough water for a sprinker system gets extraordinarily difficult, or impossible. I could not find any location for lease under 5000 sq.ft. that had utilities (water, electricity, gas) that wasn't near a church, school, or public hospital. Sure, I could lease a small space and get a a tiny still. But, it's not profitable when you can't store more than 120 gallons. Banks don't like business that loose money either. At this point, I'm neck deep into this property, and am even considering purchasing the small house next door for a tasting room / office.
  10. Distillery Consultant / trace ownership?

    Fortunately, Mike, slide rules were out by the time I got to college. We all had HP48's with RPN. Initially, the reverse Polish notation took some getting used to, but turned out to be great for Engineering work. Loan #3 fell through. I'm done dealing with individual banks and now have two brokers working on my case. It may turn out that I have to purchase the property without any capital for startup. This would mean I get the property and a really small still (~50 gallon) just to apply for the license. Once I get the license, then I get another loan for upgrading equipment for bigtime production. Sucks, but that's sort of what I'm looking at now.
  11. Distillery Consultant / trace ownership?

    No problem...I'm an Engineer and can fart 10MB at will!
  12. Proofing barrel and bottle filling

    Just curious, how do you guys feed your bottle filler? I'm trying to understand how the best way to setup a bottling line. Do you pump your proofed liquor into an eleveated tank that gravity feeds into the bottle filler? Or do you simply elevate the proofing tank? Do you use a pump to feed the bottle filler? What about fire code issues of electrical equipment near flammable liquid? Thanks VB
  13. Distillery Consultant / trace ownership?

    I found another bank to work with, submitted 35MB worth of files on Thursday. Let's see what they say this coming week.
  14. Hey Sherman, I saw an old post of yours.  I'm trying to get a bank loan and they want one of the owners to have 5 years experience, that I don't have.  But, if I could get a 5% owner, that would satisfy the condition for the loan. Do you have any recommendations for consultants down here in Houston / Texas area?

  15. Distillery Consultant / trace ownership?

    I just spoke with the bank today and one of their requirements for an SBA loan is that at lease one of the "principles" had to have at least 5 years experience in the industry. Are there any consultants out there who could serve as a 5% owner and provide distillery consulting services? Where to start looking? If this doesn't work, then are there any lenders (Texas) that are amiable to new Craft Distillers? Cheers, Van Bartletts Distillery, LLC Montgomery County, Texas
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