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    Grape Juice, Must, or Pomace sources

    Contact Emmerling International Foods at emmerlinginternational.com They have juice, concentrates and purees. We've used them on our cidery side for pear concentrates. Good customer service.
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    New York grains

    Have you talked with New York Craft Malt in Batavia www.newyorkcraftmalt.com , or 1886 Malt House in Fulton www.1886malt.com ? I have a very limited supply of NYS grown rye malt that I grew and had malted ny Farmhouse Malt in Owego if you are intested. PM me if you are.
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    Bottle Filler questions

    no expert, but from my point of view when bottles look to be filled to the same point nobody will speak up and tip off the TTB to a potential problem That said, I took the TTB chart and filled five bottles by weight for the given proof and they were all within 1mm of each other. So we just fill to the same point for each bottle.
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    Yeast recommendation for honey

    don't forget honey fermentation needs a good supply of nitrogen, more then normal.
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    Yeast recommendation for honey

    Silk no I have not, sorry. But for a straight forward dry mead that is what I use. You could also use EC-1118 but for mead making you need to get some age on it post fermentation. Not sure which would work best for a distillate. Those would be my recommendations for fermenting honey. If you were adding fruit (melomel style) I would use K1-V1116 to accentuate more of the fruit. but again never distilled it. I would imagine you would want a good mead to make good honey liquor.
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    Yeast recommendation for honey

    lalvin D-47 is what I use when making a dry mead
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    Loss in low-wines run

    Dude, Why are trolling Paul so much? If you don't want to read his posts then don't. Nobody is forcing you to read them. Paul is in business, just like you, to make money. If he is able to provide help (free of charge by the way) to others along the way while trying to make money, why not. I am sure Paul has help many more people on this board then you have and if he gained a customer or two while doing it, more power to him. Yes I admit sometimes he seems to push his wares heavy, but he is also offering help to those who ask, and it doesn't matter to him if they bought from him or not, he will still help them.
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    T top corks

    we get our bar tops from J.Tavares out of Portugal. http://www.jtavarescork.com
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    Torrified vs Raw vs Malted Wheat

    in simple terms torrified wheat is puffed wheat (think like honey smacks with out the honey) and has been pre-gelatinzed but has no enzymes, malted wheat has been sprouted and there for has some enzymatic capabilities to it, and raw is just that, raw. you will need to use enzymes to convert the raw wheat as well as gelatinize (cereal mash) it prior to doing conversion.
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    Invaluable equipment vs

    We purchased equipmet made by the Zhejiang Dafeng Light Machinery Co., LTD and the Wenzhou First Branch Light Indrustrial Machinery Co, LTD. Don't know who made what.
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    Invaluable equipment vs

    the equipment was purchased before I came aboard, don't know the name of the company. All I know is the company must had gone the cheap route and now ended paying for it in the long run. We purchased a G-Still to replace the chinese still, and very happy with it, just a little small for our production. Do have to say though, Paul at Affordable Distilling Equipment is a great guy, and I would highly recommend him for somebody looking to purchase equipment. He and his staff are very helpful. We had purchased a copper column from them for our crappy still, ended selling the column to another distillery and scrapping the pot before we ever got to use it. Long story.
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    Invaluable equipment vs

    Ah, but the question was what was the biggest waste of money, for us it was our chinese still pot. never even got to use it, it ended up going to the scrap yard. and our fermenters look like they were polished by using a tiger locked inside.
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    Invaluable equipment vs

    biggest waste= chinese equipment, most valuable = a good network of peers
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    Best label company

    we use label gallery in Norwich NY.
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    Barrel Racks - Northeast

    MorebeerPro.com 60 gallon rack $109, 30 gallon $99, ship out of PA.
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    New York grains

    Where are you located?
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    grain cleaner

    Hudson, Vomitoxin does not affect ruminant animals such as cows as much as it would affect humans and pigs. In the malting for the brewing industry the acceptable amount is 1ppm, in the northeast it is very hard to achieve that low number except in western NY. the eastern part of the state is wetter. I have personally grown small grains for a few years and have had only one successful year (2016). we grew some very nice rye. One huge problem with barley is there is no secondary market for it if it is not of malting quality. BUT to answer your question if you should get it cleaned, yes you should. If the farmer that grew it only offers it as "field cleaned" that mean it was only cleaned by the combine it still has allot of other seeds and grasshoppers, and other goodies in it.
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    Fermenting pineapple juice

    there is a vodka from Maui called PAU that is distilled from pineapple. very smooth.
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    Fermenter chilling

    why not just use your glycol chiller to control temps in the fermenters instead of a separate water tank. we use our glycol chiller to control four 2000L fermenters ( with upper and lower jackets), two 2000L conditioning tanks, and a 3000L bright tank for our cidery. We have two manifolds, one feed and one return, with a main loop like you would use in a home heating system. I have no problem keeping my fermenters at 58 during fermentation and cold crashing them down to 32, and keeping the condition tanks and bright tanks at 32 all at the same time. Our manifolds have zone valves for each zone on the feed lines and they are controlled by programmable Johnson controls.
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    1000 liter still

    We are selling our brand new never used electric baine marie style still with a 10 inch 12 plate copper column, ss dephlegmator, large shot-gun style condenser and custom gin basket. The column and Gin basket were made by Affordable Distilling Equipment out of MO. This system brand new and never used. We are selling as the inner liner of the still was damaged by a careless contractor who accidently over pressurized the still jacket. It is repairable but we have decided to go a different route for our distillation. Original investment over $30K but are looking to sell for $17500. Located in Oneonta NY you are more then welcome to inspect unit. Contact: Michael@drinksauvage.com
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    1000 liter still

    Paul is correct. He supplied the column, delphlegmator, and gin basket only. Paul and his crew are top-notch and we recommend them and their products 100% The pot is a Chinese unit. We have ended up selling the column and parts without the pot. the pot is still for sale. Open to offers. I can supply pictures.
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    1000 liter still

    sale pending