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  1. jeffw

    Brandy questions

    Wine is not made with sugar added.
  2. well, proof gallon terms would make more sense...or proof liters, but unknown proof with price per liter is pretty useless.
  3. Hate to sound stupid...but I don't get it. What are you talking about Doc Brown? Pumping distilled spirit back in?
  4. Well, looking at that quickly, Bourbon Whiskey in a different size and font than the "Capital Blend" makes it look like you are calling it Bourbon Whiskey, which it isn't...If Capital Blend Bourbon Whiskey was all the same font, maybe require even same line, then you might be fine. The High West example COLA has a fanciful name American Prairie Bourbon (all same font and typeface). Seriously, you can get someone on the TTB on the phone if you are persistent. I don't think any consultant can get your label approved because of the way you made it. Not to mention your "California" doesn't indicate what it is a reference to, which I imagine the TTB doesn't like. Once again, the High West lists the Bottled by. If you change California to bottled by Patio 29 California, should be fine on that. Regardless, it really looks like you are saying it is Bourbon Whiskey as a classification, which it isn't.
  5. Have you managed to get someone on the phone from the TTB? I love a good black hole of contradictory responses, but usually you can get it sorted without paying someone. A consultant can give you advice, but not necessarily get a COLA approved.
  6. Not entirely sure what Taylor means either. It almost seems like he was deeply offended he spent his money on the product and went out of his way to be harsh. He reviewed our stuff and seemed very cordial during our interview. Some of the descriptors have some poetic license. The "heavily earthy notes" I assume is a reference to how deep (the distiller even claims it) they go into the tails to get maximum flavor. Some people are going to like it, clearly Taylor is not one of them.
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    Ergot

    Coolest part, some people blame it for the Salem witch trials...makes you hallucinate. I wouldn't distill it but I don't have a reason beyond not wanting to be even near it.
  8. Roger and I seem to have the same thought. Baffles give the steam a path to follow from the inlet to outlet that ideally maximizes heat transfer. If there are no baffles (my honest suspicion), with your inlet and outlet right next to each other, there us not a ton you can do because the heat transfer just isn’t going to happen. Maybe putting a new steam inlet at top opposite end will get you going, I am not sure, but cheapest bet. Corn being cheap, losing this mash shouldn’t be the biggest concern, but you could pump water into your still and back and use your still like a RIMS, or just pump it all over and mash in the still. If your outlet on the mash tun is plugged, trying pumping in reverse to push the plug out of the way and get things moving.
  9. Is it possible they didn't put baffling in the steam jacket? Also, have the steam input at the bottom seems very strange. I would expect you get hot water coming out when by passing the trap, not steam (at least until you tank is at higher temp). The jacket should knock the steam down to liquid...Perhaps it is flowing in and back out with a very short path...if this is the case though, I don't really have a solution other than switching to direct steam injection.
  10. Is your return line hot? It is possible that the float valve in the steam trap got bumped out of place or something. Try running it without the steam trap (and no return) for a bit. Had a brief issue when upgrading equipment, took trap apart, put back together, and then it worked...
  11. Ruptured a diagrapham on my AODD pump and he been using my centrifugal with a 2” hose of 22 gallon beer bourbon mash without much trouble. I have a little t before pump with a ball value in case I need to burp air out. Actually working pretty well and a hell of a lot quieter than my aodd.
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