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  1. thebottle

    Bottle Labels

    Recommendations for companies that will do bottle labels with no minimum orders. Asking because they all seem to be good and I wanted to hear what companies others have used and who they like. Thanks.
  2. thebottle

    Small Scale Grain Liquid Separation

    I've definitely been getting a lot of info from everyone and it is much appreciated. I guess for now I will need to modify some of the techniques and equipment I am currently using until I can make an upgrade, the upgrade being some way to distilling on grain. Being able to back up the final product by explaining how it has our fingerprints all over the process from grain to bottle justifies calling it craft and I'm good with that. More adventures to come.
  3. thebottle

    Small Scale Grain Liquid Separation

    I will definitely be eyeing a jacketed system, something that will allow fermenting and distilling on grain. This will be high on the upgrade list. For now I guess I just need to be more patient and diligent with the process like Still_Holler posted. I can'tr complain about the taste of the end product, very smooth with a subtle sweetness and not too much of a corn taste, just wish I was getting more sooner. Here is a link to the mash tun we use, there is a false bottom but grain is getting past the sides and some corn through the holes. http://www.bubbasbarrels.com/kettles/55-gallon-mash-tun
  4. thebottle

    Small Scale Grain Liquid Separation

    Sloping screen? What's the thread?
  5. thebottle

    Small Scale Grain Liquid Separation

    Preferment, our 50 gallon still has heating elements and so we can't have any solids hitting it and we would rather separate before going into the fermenter.
  6. Looking for any helpful tips or DIY equipment to separate liquid from a corn & malt mash. We have been doing this by hand using filter bags at about 3 gallons at a time but this is very inefficient and doesn't always work when doing a 50 gallon wash. Saw that King's County uses a machine that does solid/liquid separation very well but it costs about $25K, so that's not going to happen. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
  7. thebottle

    Wiring Control Box

    Thanks for this info! I guess I don't have to worry about cutting that hole in the box this weekend. Over-sized heat sink, that's a good idea, thanks for sharing. You got me thinking of other possible safety issues now. The box has the EMT conduit coming from the panel, which is about 30 feet away from the still. Should i seal the locations where the conduit comes into the box and where the 2 heating elements come into the box? Could I use gasket sealant?
  8. thebottle

    Wiring Control Box

    There is a heat sink, was hard to see from original pic so I attached a new pic. However, there is not a cooling fan in this box so I'm considering add one. Thoughts on this?
  9. thebottle

    Wiring Control Box

    Met with Electrician yesterday and we figured this out. First off we found a wiring problem, the ammeter didn't have a current carrying wire passing through the sensor, we fixed that. Next, we were able to determine where exactly the heating elements got wired. Everything is good to go now. Thanks for the feedback.
  10. thebottle

    Wiring Control Box

    Having trouble figuring out exactly how to wire my control box. I have 2 - 5kw Heating elements that need to be wired to a 10kw Control Box. The electrician that wired the box to the Electric Panel isn't sure either, so that doesn't really reassure me. Any help on this would be great, thanks. Picture attached with inside of box.
  11. thebottle

    TTB segregation of Tasting Room

    Yeah, I basically took the safe route. I'm making sure that the production area is completely separate from the retail and tasting room areas. I don't want to take any chances on my application being tied up. Thanks for the help and advice.
  12. thebottle


    Hello from the smallest state in the union! Sorry I forgot to introduce myself, been so busy doing paperwork and build out etc that I have already made a few posts before my intro. Thanks to everyone being so helpful thus far answering my questions. Basically I've been doing some home brewing for a while and some legal distilling, using an alternate fuel permit all on the up and up. FYI anyone interested in trying to learn on a small scale legally before venturing into a larger scale you can apply for a DSP to distill at home but your permit would be for alternate fuel permit. what this means is that whatever you distill has to be denatured, it cannot be used for personal consumption or sold. Permitting process is similar but much easier, much less paperwork/questions to answer etc. Currently we are about to submit our DSP Beverage application and hope that everything is filled in accordingly and we get our permit sooner rather than later. I'll post when we submit and when we receive. Cheers
  13. I (we) are about 98% done with our 1st DSP application, just one more stumbling block...I think. We are going to fall under the new bond requirements: "ELIMINATION OF BOND REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS As of January 1, 2017, if you are the proprietor of a brewery, distilled spirits plant, or winery owing not more than $50,000 in excise taxes in the previous year, and you expect to owe not more than $50,000 in excise taxes in the current year on beer, distilled spirits, or wine, you may no longer be required to hold a bond. Please see our Bond and Filing Changes Home Page for more details." However, in the application I see that this TTB Form 5000.18 Change in Bond (Consent of Surety) form keeps populating as a required form. Do I still need to fill this out? Why do I need to fill this out? And if anyone has been in a similar situation how did it go for you, how long did it take? Thanks in advance, cheers.
  14. thebottle

    US Citizen not Born in USA

    Been making a lot of progress with the permit application, almost done and ready to send in. Currently one hiccup. We are an LLC so I am doing all of the OOI's for each person. However, one of the owners is my wife who is a US Citizen but was not born in the USA. She moved here when she was 4 and went through all the proper channels to become a citizen. Current problem is on the OOI form they ask for DOB, City of Birth, State of Birth etc...But they do not have an option for other countries. Anyone run into this or have suggestions? I have reached out to the TTB but right now they are heavily delayed. Thanks in advance Just found answer, I need to choose FR as the state for Foreign, wish all my problems were this easy.
  15. In the process of putting together initial application for DSP. We are 4 partners that have an LLC and in the TTB application there are required documents for each owner/officer. One of these is a Source of Funds SOF. They require a current bank statement and the previous 3 months of bank statements from each partner. I realize we are all going into business together, however, we may not all want each other to see our bank statements. My question - is there a way to provide the info without compromising all this financial data to the other partners? Or has anyone else dealt with this and found a way to keep this private but still meet the TTB requirements? Thanks in advance.