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  1. Glenlyon

    Used Genio/iStill 50L or 100L wanted

    I have a G-100, but it's such a great little unit I doubt I would sell. I would imagine other owners probably feel this way as well. So, if you are looking for one just primarily to do tails, I would buy one of their G-100s (new) without the jacket or the agitator. When we do tails, we run it this way and it works great. The tails come out pretty smooth and even tasting.
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    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Check out my follow up post where I parse out the juniper to about 10 - 12 g/L. So far I have not had any louching, but no doubt I'll eventually encounter it. I am currently proofing to 40%. Making gin is a lot like cooking, you can give the same ingredients to a group of chefs (distillers) and they'll all make something completely different. I really like that about gin.
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    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Reviewing my post, I see I have my measurements wrong. The juniper component would represent about 10 - 12 g/L. The rest is made up of the other botanicals, coriander, orris etc..
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    Craft gin - 5 questions, please don't beat me up

    Just learning about gin myself. I find if I use less juniper (I average 25g/L) but macerate a bit longer, it gives a nice flavor although I'm still sorting out how each botanical affects the taste, so you can take that with advisement
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    Canadian-Made Equipment

    Good luck with that. The best I've done is a Micro Mill, from Apollo Machines in Sask. Cage and Sons makes stills, but they have a lot of the prelim work done in China.
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    POS system for sales

    That's not true - Square dosen't care what you sell as long as they are collecting fees. We have Square and it works great - but, won't accept all debit cards. Square is a good place to start but if you are eventually moving a lot of product, you'll probably want a real system of some kind.
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    grain/liquid separation

    Our chickens do a great job of eating everything we throw at them
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    grain/liquid separation

    The only reason I bother separating the grain from the mash before distillation is that the still I have, has a flat bottom. Its a fucking pain in the ass to clean it out - it uses way too much water and time. So, I endure and continue on. I use a grape press - it actually does a pretty good job.
  9. Another common problem, which causes costs to rise - is that when you are dealing with contractors, local gov't etc - as soon as you tell them you are opening a distillery - they make two instant assumptions... you are rich and you are going to make lots of money. At this point, they are mentally adding zeros to their quote as they tell you how great your idea is.
  10. Absolutely, that's how we did it.
  11. Interesting to hear about the Alaskan experience. When I got started, we were thinking small and that we could get off the ground for song. We used to joke about the cost of getting into the business was the same as buying a used pick-up truck! Famous last words! Many hundreds of thousands of dollars later - I say, expect to spend at least $500K to start, even for a small operation. We're finally making sales now, but it was a long two years of getting underway.
  12. If you love distilling as a hobbyist - think about it very carefully before opening a real distillery. A small distillery is a ton of work, so what used to be enjoyable on a rainy Sunday afternoon, now becomes something you have to do everyday whether you want to or not. Understanding this and assuming you have previous business experience, the booze business is a good place to be. If this is your first foray into business, tread carefully, it can get very expensive, very fast.
  13. That's for sure
  14. In Canada, the right to own a distillery is tied to the address of the aforementioned distillery. It would be strictly against the rules to set up a still elsewhere. Not to mention, distilling other people mashes/washes would be very problematic. This would not be allowed in our jurisdiction.
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    Hey Tim, this sounds really interesting - do you have any idea as to the cost?
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    New startup question about setting up

    This is a great gin still, but not on for a daily driver. Its a drag to clean.
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    Thermocouple - Wifi Data-Logger

    Just a quick note. Thermoworks has their wifi data loggers on sale right now.
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    Glycol Loop Material

    Pex is perfect - but, the copper looks way cooler when mounted
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    Thermocouple - Wifi Data-Logger

    These guys have what you are looking for... www.thermoworks.com
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    Glycol Loop Material

    I was quite concerned about that up front and had a number of discussions with the plumber and associated inspectors around the topic. However, it has proven to be an excellent system and it is completely closed. It would take a (no doubt predictable), series of unfortunate events to get the cooling water to mix with the product and if that happened, I would consider human error as the prime suspect.
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    Glycol Loop Material

    Our loop consists of copper within the building and 400' of 1" plastic water pipe submerged in the cooling pond. Although we designed the system originally for glycol, in the end we used water mixed with about 15-20% denatured ethanol. This has proven to be a very efficient system that's easy to disconnect and modify. Even if some of the water escapes, we have an automatic pressure tank to re-fill the system as required. With this system we can run two stills and our heat exchange/cooler at the same time without any problems. Also, we have the hot water return running through the floor of the tasting room which in turn serves to use some of that waste heat on heating the room in the winter. Works great!
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    Ownership Structure

    Businesses come in two classes - right some shades and cheap sunglasses. In other words, you have investment grade startups and you have founder's grade startups. Investment grade companies are usually funded by investors and are designed to enrich the aforementioned money men. Founder's based business are there to fund the lifestyle of the founders. The first thing you need to do is decide which one you want to start. If you have a business or law degree and years of working with investors in a corporate situation and you are starting a larger operation in a bigger market then you are in good shape to handle the demands of your investors. If one the other hand, you have no previous experience dealing with investors and you have only creativity, leadership and sweat to offer - then you have no skin in the game. So, the moment you fail to meet a construction goal or you go over budget on something or miss or a sales/production target you are always running the real risk of being watching your company disappear over the horizon without you. You will always lose out to the investors in those situations. So, the moral of the story? Write a comprehensive business plan. Figure out what you really need. You may find you actually have the money or you may find it much cheaper from the bank. Who, probably won't want to lend to you, but if they do - you'll be a lot happier in the long run.
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    Question About Spirit Definition Legalities

    It takes a lot more effort to clean up after a smaller distillery than a larger one. If you are too small - you'll put a ton of work into a tiny unprofitable output. Its OK to be small - just not too small. If you love the hobby, be careful starting a distillery. The romance fades quickly and the work is unending.
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    Operating Hours

    Here in BC you set you own hours - legally we can open 9AM and close at 11PM seven days a week.
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    What part of the Business Plan did you struggle with?

    Boy, that's a real limitation. A good customer can easily drop $200+ each visit which equates to about four bottles. If you have debit you can increase those sales even higher.