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  1. Plastic vs Stainless tanks

    I am currently storing in 100% stainless, however, a plastic tote makes sense if it temporary. Say to move things around or store the low wine for a trial batch...etc. If there are any OSHA requirements I would be interested. Has anyone had any bad experiences with off flavors?
  2. Plastic vs Stainless tanks

    I have been on a few tours lately and have noticed that more and more people are storing high proof spirits in plastic totes. I would have thought that high proof should only be stored in stainless. Is there any harm or contaminants that can be transferred to the spirit? Is there a specific type of plastic or proof that would be okay to use? If so, this would really help as we can try new products and keep in cheaper tanks than buying stainless. Thanks.
  3. Yeast Pitching Rates

    No, not starting from scratch with a slant, but using commercial quantities, say 500g, to make a large starter, then build up, versus buying a 1000g or 2000g...etc. Very little documentation out there on mash size greater than 50-100gal.
  4. Yeast Pitching Rates

    We would like to start working our way up in batch sizes, as well as plan on ordering much larger equipment. What are your recommendations for yeast pitching for larger volumes? How would you go from 50 gallon to several hundred or even a 1000 gallon? Seems like handling starters or multi-stage would get more difficult, but yeast becomes a real expense at that point. We have a few 5L flasks we are using now.
  5. Bourbon Mash and Malt (DP)

    Good point, i was thinking about dough in for 100% malt, but at this point its a small %, so temp needs to be lower. Are you using distillers malt or a standard 2 row like pale ale?
  6. Totes for grain disposal

    Great idea. Do they return them to you immediately or do you have several and simply rotate when the bring it back next time?
  7. Totes for grain disposal

    We are planning on giving our spent grains to local farmers but don't have the proper totes or drums yet. What are you using, are you getting it back immediately for reuse..etc? I am leaning towards standard 300 gal plastic totes, but the lids are usually pretty small and prevent using a shovel to still or scoop if needed. Plastic drums could also be an option.
  8. Bourbon Mash and Malt (DP)

    Is anyone willing to share their mash procedure with/without malt? My next batch, with malt, is going to be be boil corn and wheat for 90min, cool to 160, add malted barley, continue mash for 1 hr until iodine test shows starch is converted.
  9. Bourbon Mash and Malt (DP)

    That makes sense. I calculate about 12% minimum with distillers malt at 250L, and 21% with a 2-row pale ale at 140L. Do you think some are actually using a Rye Malt or Wheat Malt versus raw grain? So mixing 5-15% malt but still adding enzymes is likely what most are doing? I have heard of 6 hr mashes, which seems excessive.
  10. Bourbon Mash and Malt (DP)

    Hey folks! With everyone's help here, we are progressing nicely on Bourbon using high temp enzymes. We would like to start playing with malt however, for variety in flavor, and different spirits like a Rye Whiskey. When researching mash bills with malt, I see some as low as 5% malt. Even if they are using distiller's malt (6 row), it seems way low on diastatic power to convert that entire mash. What am I missing regarding the malt type, DP...etc? I was under the impression they are using standard un-malted wheat or rye, so there isn't any additional enzymes beside the malt. Thanks for the help.
  11. Bottle Rinsing

    I see lots of people using the Enolmatic and XpressFill bottle fillers. Are you using an air rinse, liquid rinse or none prior to filling? If none, why? Thanks
  12. UPC/bar code requirements

    Did you get the FDA code as well?
  13. UPC/bar code requirements

    While signing up for GS1 prefix approval, they ask "Does your company require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assigned NDC (National Drug Code) or NHRIC (National Health Related Items Code) Labeler Code assigned as your GS1 Company Prefix? Can anyone help here? What are you doing on bar codes? Thanks
  14. I am looking for several stainless steel square totes like Transtore IBC's. Any size, but prefer 180 gal and 550 gal. Would consider round if moveable with forklift and has swirl polish.
  15. Bottle Suppliers

    Hey folks, i am having some issues and hoping for help. We are having trouble getting in contact with bottle suppliers. We have only heard back from One of the larger and more expensive ones, but they were very responsive. Does anyone have recommendations on a bottle supply and a contact? Also wondering if anyone knows where the Reyka Vodka bottles are from? Dont care where it's manufactured as long as quality is good and service is good. thanks!