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  1. Generally I see the game as a short and safe lift to a sturdy pallet and then lift the pallet with the forks. We use straps for the short lift.
  2. Might be a dumb question, but if a stripping run, why do you care? Are you sure 13% ABV? It sounds like you are starting the run with reflux building in the plates and eventually breaking through thus concentrating the heads and then ABV falls and your boil temp goes up pushing more water vapor and lowering your proof. Why use any plates in a stripping run? Try no plates and a slower boil. Just a guess.
  3. Based on your description I would consider a 2-pass with 10-micron and then .45 micron. We also use a 5-micron polishing filter in our bottle filler.
  4. After mash, you need to strain out some mash liquid to remove solids and then measure SG. Depending on your enzymes, you may get more some increased conversion in early fermentation, but not much. You should be close enough. Then do the same after ferment. We use a medium fine wire mesh strainer (kitchen style) and a wooden spoon back and forth to allow liquid to strain into a pitcher that we then pour into a graduated cylinder for measuring. Easy peasy.
  5. Yes, I forgot the 2-4 years age statement requirement for straight whiskeys. I think that is what we will do. A small sticker for now that covers the existing age statement.
  6. That should simplify things substantially!
  7. I think MGP and Ultrapure sell rum by the tote.
  8. Now that is interesting... I did not know. The problem I have with reprints of labels and printing smaller batches is that the cost per label goes WAY up. For my regular-size run they may be $.20 each, but for a small run they might be $.70 each. I wonder if an age-range statement will work? Aged ____ TO _____ ?
  9. Get in touch with Anne Gray cooperage.
  10. My opinion here is that you educate yourself and develop your own basis. A basis is an opinion based on fact, evidence, documentation, etc.. Then you go to your officials and provide them with your plans including everything you think you need for compliance. In my opinion I would use the fire code for the barrel storage to make the case that you don't need sprinklers there, and you don't need floor drain. As Thatch points out, the building code seems to say that barrels are included in the Maximum Allowed Quantity (MAQ) calculation and thus it would easily push you requirements to nasty land. Show the sombrero of death requirement 10 ft from all stills and below 36" from the floor for needing explosion proof electrical. That will impress them. It will cost you a bit more, but should not break the bank... and you will more likely not blow up your distillery. Also make sure you talk about keep the barrels stacked no more than 2 high. That will prevent the high-stacking concern that some fire officials are trained to light up on. After the CofO you can certainly decide to go higher. In the end you are at the mercy of your local officials. If they are ignorant to the code, they can make your life miserable. If they are knowledgeable of the code they can make your life miserable. In my experience, if they are short men they will make your life miserable.
  11. This might be a stupid question, but had the COLA and labels done for a bourbon and a rye including age statements based on assumptions for amount of time it would take to get to full extraction and maturity. But for some of the barrels, the extraction is moving a bit faster than expected. I assume I know the answer to the question about what to do with the label and COLA for the product... get new ones. My question is more about how to others deal with this? If you are waiting on a batch and you have one barrel that is a risk of going over-oaked, and you dump it early... then it becomes the basis for the age statement given that it is the youngest that would go into the multi-barrel batch dump. So to stay in the line for the age statement you would need to amend your COLA and labels or else remove the barrel from the batch... which is not something always in the cards unless there are other products it could be used for. Also, it seems not an effective business practice to wait until the barrels are ready to dump and then go get the COLA and labels. Maybe this is the reason to make only straight whiskeys so there is no age statement required. However, with younger whiskeys and those that are not classified as straight and less than four years old, it seems a problem to have a pre-printed label and per-COLAed product. Am I missing something?
  12. We have a consistent 4 day ferment where we go from 19 brix to -2 brix. About the best I think we can do with a 50% sugar / 50% molasses wash. Turns out we were having standard results but just using a broken hydrometer and relying on it to tell us when to shut down the stripping run. We usually stop the run when the parrot is at 15% abv as the energy cost to keep going are not worth the remaining yield. We had a couple of runs were we mistakenly killed the stripping run where we probably were are 30-35% abv. That accounted for the low yield for the runs. So the lesson learned is to test the hydrometer and also rely on another control point (column head temp) to decide when to kill the strip.
  13. Here is the answer. Never trust the hydrometer in the parrot. It was defective and causing the distiller to kill the stripping run too early. Going forward the process will require hydrometer reading (after testing it to make sure it is accurate) AND head temperature reading.
  14. This gets back to my point that it depends on your local building official as most will gladly turn over all fire hazard code compliance decision to the fire authority. The fire code is at worst ambiguous about alcohol storage in wooden vessels. In my visits to most craft distilleries around the nation, I would say that most have barrel storage in their bonded space excess of the MAQ and with C1-D1/F1 occupancy compliance only. If you consider a barrel room a control room where the contents apply to the MAQ, then you could store about 5 full sized barrels before being put into H3. This business is already expensive enough without going to extremes in code compliance over things that can be interpreted away. I would always point to the fire code over the building code in this case. Let the building official lead the push to H3, but don't offer up that advice. The move up from C1-D1 can add several tens, if not hundreds, of thousands to the build cost. For example, it might require ripping out the existing sprinkler system and replacing it for the higher capacity required. My experience is that fire will be more concerned about high-stacking of barrels.... depending on your ceiling height and classification of your building sprinklers. But I am sure that everyone will have a difference experience with their local building official. These guys are generally CYA professionals... so your best approach is to convince them that their A will not be in hot water for what you are doing.
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