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  1. indyspirits

    Getting absinthe to louche properly

    I cannot emphasize how correct this is. No heads cut, and distill until the bitter end.
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    Advice on where to hire Sales Reps

    indeed.com ??
  3. indyspirits

    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    You get louching with vapor infused?
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    Getting absinthe to louche properly

    Sort of? Im recommending using the tails in place of the water added to the macerate volume. For example: Maceration N 1 unit volume of etoh macerate for some period of time between 1 hour and 1 week (usually 24 hours-ish, of course YMMV. ) add .5 unit vol water Distill; collect 1 unit distillate; set aside Continue to collect distillate as "tails" until the picosecond before it starts to scortch. You'll have a damp mass of botanicals with very little, if any visible liquid. Don't even think about doing this with direct immersion. It's difficult even with steam. Good ole bain marie is your friend. Consider this Volume Y Maceration N+1, N+2, .... 1 unit volume etoh macerate for some period of time (see above) add .5 unit - Volume Y of water add Volume Y of "tails" Distill; collect 1 unit distillate; set aside Continue to collect distillate as "tails" until the picosecond before it starts to scorch. Don't even think about doing this with direct immersion. It's difficult even with steam. Good ole bain marie is your friend. Consider this Volume Y Rinse, repeat. This will give you a fantastic louche after a few generations but you may run the risk of failing your thujone test when you submit your formula. You're not going to trip balls or get the shakes, I promise.
  5. indyspirits

    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Do you not have a louching problem? That seems like quite a bit of juniper.
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    Inusrance

    Insuranceman is no longer with his previous company. NFC where he is.
  7. indyspirits

    Getting absinthe to louche properly

    The magic louche oils are way the hell down in the tails -- well more accurately the stuff with a high BP. A general place to start is to start with X volume of neutral spirits, macerate. Add X/2 volume of water. Distill collecting X volume of distillate. In a new receiver collect as much of the X/2 volume as "tails". You'll end up with a damp mass of botanicals. Dont scorch it or you'll screw up the entire batch. To say it's unpleasant to clean is an understatement. Add those "tails" + enough water to get to X/2 in the next distillation. Rinse, repeat. Absinthe is the most difficult but most enjoyable spirit to master.
  8. indyspirits

    Tax on Spirits Transferred in Bond in Bottles

    Bubbling an old post to the top. Has TTB issued any detailed guidance on this?
  9. indyspirits

    GNS Cost and Availability

    Saw it. Thanks!
  10. indyspirits

    Water Softener

    That's exactly what we bought! 3 bags of resin / column (why aren't the columns full of resin). It is a Fleck valve. Thanks for the manual offer. It came with a valve and programmer manual and the Google led me to PDF versions.
  11. indyspirits

    Barrels for distillations

    Food grade barrels are usually made of HDPE which is fairly chemical resistant. Have scrubbed with a degreaser like TSP? SS barrels are nice but never under $100. We collect all feints in HDPE barrels and in the early days collected final spirit.
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    Water Softener

    Pentair? I was complete mistaken on flow rate as we're using the water only for our RO system and boiler feed water.
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    Water Softener

    We ended up getting a dual 96,000 grain system from amazon and installed it ourselves. Works a dream. About $1,700 all in.
  14. indyspirits

    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    Now you tell me! I did nothing except kill the wild yeasts (did so immediately upon filling the cornies).
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    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    A few year back I was at our state fair and saw a farmer juice sorghum. I asked him if I could have some to ferment and distill. A month or so later when it has fully matured -- about 12 brix IIRC -- (that which he was juicing at the fair was for show only -- about 2 brix) I brought down three corny keys and some sulphite to kill the native yeast. I generally treated it as I would cider -- healthy dose of nutrients and some SO5 yeast. Fermented out dry. Ran in our small test still.... As @JustAndy said, it ain't going to be catching on soon. I found it rough and "disjointed". Granted the yield was about a gallon of spirit and cuts are notorious difficult in small batches, I just don't see this being a thing. Here's a pic of the juicer. I love our State Fair!
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