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  1. Proofing thermomiters

    Anyone of the aforementioned instrument supply suggestions will likely yield a good thermometer. However, a fellow member was gracious enough to inform me of www.thermoworks.com so you may want to give them a try. A quick forum search would also likely revealed the same information without the wait.
  2. Glycol Systems

    Thanks Tim. We used 1" plastic water pipe.
  3. Canned Cocktails?

    There is a commercial distillery here in BC who created a canned product called 'Mike's Hard Lemonade'. I guess you could call that a cocktail in a can! So, assuming one has the correct licensing, I would expect that there would be a good market for well developed canned cocktails. BTW, Mike's Hard Lemonade has made the distillery hundreds of millions of dollars, because, you know: 'It's An Excellent Source of Vodka!' (Their positioning line.)
  4. Glycol Systems

    We installed a closed loop system that can be either water or glycol. Right now we're using water. The water is cooled by sending it through a 400' coil which lives at the bottom of a pond about the size of a swimming pool. In the summer when its warm, we can send the hot condenser water directly to the pond heat exchanger/coil. In the winter, we can re-direct the hot water into the radiant floor heating system to warm the tasting room. We run three small stills and a wort chiller this way and so far so good.
  5. hydrometers

    Not Eastern Canada, but these people will sell you the hydrometers and then ship them directly to the feds for certification. http://ecom.bosagrape.com/home.php?cat=1221 Turnaround is about 4-6 weeks.
  6. boiler

    You may find it challenging to install a oil tank these days. Out here on the coast, oil tanks are a big liability and there have been several cases of landowners having to pay big time for even small leaks. The bio/veg-oil sounds like a superior strategy, even with increased maintenance requirements. Also, the bio-oil may also offer some interesting marketing opportunities to the environmentally minded.
  7. T top corks

    Do you use a machine to automatically T-top cork the bottles? If so, which one? They seem to be hard to find.
  8. Craft is Not a Commodity

    I would be cautious around the idea that a small/micro business needs to buy from small/micro business to be authentic. That suggests that all big companies are inherently what? What is under suspicion? I own a tiny media company and one day to my complete surprise, I got a call out of the blue from one of the province’s biggest companies and they wanted to hire me. I couldn't believe it and within days I was rejoicing over the big contract and the very creative work I was going to do. I wound up working with them for four fantastic years. I’ve had a relationship with another large company and have provided services to them for over 20 years. Working with these and other companies, I’ve learned just because a company is big doesn't mean they don’t work hard to create a great product. That's why they are big. Joe is bigger than me - he makes GNS. If I were operating in the states, I might buy some from him. However, there’s always someone bigger and perhaps one day, Joe needs to turn to them to meet demand. Again, it’s all about the business environment one operates in. Good for Joe’s sales team if he can’t meet demand! The consumer has spoken! Don’t forget the big players make great spirits and they service a vast market. Meanwhile, most small guys are thinking only state/province wide or citywide. I think by default, small players, craft players if you will, will buy from smaller companies - mostly because they are looking for something special. Stills, barrels, that special farmer’s super duper barley - relationships. Last night I went on an alcohol crawl to check out the local competition. Each place we went to had their own vibe. One place was pretty low budget, hand made, great product, hipster crowd. The next, was polished wood with trendy gray walls and a window into the big sexy brew room. It had a very yuppie 30+ crowd. Much more expensive. Underaged gin. The final one we hit was a large farm operation that produces a large amount of product for a provincial market. Comfy, wood fired pizzas, lots if locals just hanging out, great product. Lots of room for kids. So each place makes a different product to attract the customers they need and want. Large or small, its up to the individual micro business’s marketing genius to find the audience that best suits the business and how it wants to fit in the community, both business and consumer. All that being said, if I were young and getting into this business today, I would buy a shitload of GNS create whatever product I could dream up and export the lot to Taiwan. I have once met a man who does this and he is filthy rich.
  9. Craft is Not a Commodity

    In our area, we're not allowed to use GNS if we have the craft license, so we have to make everything onsite. That's ok for a small guy like me, who caters to the local market, which in itself is very small. Because we live outside the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) we can get away with this low key approach. That's why I call myself 'artisan' rather than craft. However, if I wanted to start a distillery in Vancouver or any of the surrounding municipalities, it would be pretty much impossible to operate with a simple craft designation. If you wanted to open in Vancouver for example, the equipment and start-up costs would be the least of your worries. Instead you would be languishing under a TON of oppressive property taxes and rents. It can cost anywhere from $250K to $1M a year just for rent and property taxes. There is no way you could produce enough product (well) to meet the need to pay those kinds of fees. So I would use GNS without hesitation and most of the existing distilleries do so. So, I don't think it's a great idea to say one approch is better than another. It really boils down to the kind of business environment you operate in.
  10. What ever happened to iStill?

    295 euros per bottle. Wow, that's $438 per bottle Canadian! Break out those tulip bulbs!
  11. Craft is Not a Commodity

    Here is a follow up story on craft beer. The video that is embedded in the story is quite insightful visa vie the discussion around craft and why one may or may not choose to open a new venture. Although it does focus on beer, I feel many of the points can be applied to the distilling biz as well. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/beer-craft-brewing-1.4455032
  12. Sourcing Certifiable Thermometers

    Awesome! Thank you.
  13. Sourcing Certifiable Thermometers

    Could you be a bit more specific about the vendors and the actual thermometers?
  14. Sourcing Certifiable Thermometers

    Any advice on sourcing, choosing and acquiring quality certifiable thermometers? My normal source has quit carrying them and I need a replacement PDQ. Thanks!
  15. Organic distilled spirits means exactly what?

    I don't. I just shrug and offer to add an extra $20 for the G.F. version.