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  1. Thanks Silk, You, Paul and Nabtastic have given me a great outline to follow. Cheers!
  2. Thanks nabtastic, I appreciate you taking the time to write. Sounds like great advice which I will use.
  3. Ditto and we had one that required some heavy lifting on his part. Former TTB, often quoted on this forum.
  4. Thatch

    Glycol Systems

    If you have a lake or well to draw from for your water source then water will be less expensive. We are in Northern Ohio and we would be paying both the water and sewer charges to cool our equipment which made glycol the best bet. You haven't said anything about the size of your equipment but since you are asking the question I am assuming it is pretty good size. For sizing you will need to tell us what you want to cool and then Mike from MG Thermal who frequents this forum would likely be able to tell you what's best. Another thing to keep in mind is the summer vs winter temp of your water. We get ours from Lake Erie and in the dead of Winter it is 40 degrees but in the Summer it can get as high a 75 degrees which may not be low enough depending on what you are doing. Cheers
  5. Thanks Paul, Seems like good advice in any country.
  6. Hi all, We are just starting up in Ohio. Ohio allows little guys to do sales and self distribution. Any comments you might have on how/when to approach a bar owner/manager or liquor store owner/manager would be greatly appreciated. I’m looking for do’s and don’ts. Cheers
  7. I don't know a thing about this specific applicator but I have designed many label applicators in my previous life. Based on your description of the bottle as a "flask" I would think there is a high point that the applicator pad would touch and then retract. This would not seal the label completely to the bottle. What would be better is something called a tamp/blow that would touch the bottle, release its suction (the label is held in place by suction) and then blow the edges of the label down.
  8. ditto. They have insured many breweries and distilleries. This is their find an agency page. Just type in your zip code. https://www.cinfin.com/find-agency?&gclid=CjwKCAiA8bnUBRA-EiwAc0hZk0yQEawNUi5d6W3xEs8lejSZVhlDUPY7wk45zBbwBmLI2L0hE8jE7xoCX9UQAvD_BwE
  9. Agricultural millwrights, where are you located?
  10. Nope, ADI has a $150 floor pass. So, the vendors suffer because the organizers did not have the foresight to plan for a floor pass. Very sad. Many people attend trade shows with no other purpose other then talking to vendors. Vendors do trade shows so they can see as many potential buyers as possible. Not sure how the organizers have missed this point. A colored bar on the badge (assuming paper) in a badge holder is the way the rest of the world does it. Red for floor only, green for conferences.
  11. I'd love to walk the show to talk to vendors but not for $600. To bad they don't have a floor only admission like ADI.
  12. We're just starting up and these are issues that we wrestled with along the way. Hot Liquor Tank vs Tankless water heater – pros and cons? Proper manifold construction and controls? How to aerate prior to fermenting? Filtering prior to bottling – what should be used – why do it? Alcohol Vapor detection – what’s out there - what measure should you take?
  13. Cindy Cosmos, Principal Flavorist Bell Flavors & Fragrances 500 Academy Drive Northbrook, Il 60062 cscosmos@bellff.com Phone: 847-291-4422 Sovereign Flavors and Flavor Chem many that are already TTB approved. Mother Murphy's Flavors 615-330-1925 Cheers!
  14. We've had our permit for a couple of weeks and we are still in the construction phase. The only thing submitted were drawings. Yes
  15. In my other life I have been in the barcode business from the industrial side for 35 years. I have many contacts in the business and here are their comments. Their names have been deleted. Many of these folks have been involved in barcodes since day one. *************************************************************************************************************************************************** I bought one of the numbers then looked it up on GEPIR. My number was originally part of a block owned by XXX. Apparently, this company bought its number from UCC back when it only required a one-time payment, consequently it is not dependent on annual renewals for validity. In any event, I would imagine that GS1 would not be too thrilled with Speedy Bar Code. *************************************************************************************************************************************************************** It is truly amazing how much history gets lost as us retired firemen get farther from the front lines. The UCC issued their prefixes with a lifetime, one time fee. After they merged with EAN to become GS1 their experiment with the dot com business model failed and in an effort to recover their losses GS1-US tried to switch and charge previous prefix holders dues. Several long time UCC members sued. They were successful and GS1-US stopped sending invoices to their members. Thus the long time UCC members did not and do not have to join GS1-US again. They are members by right of their previous membership in the UCC. GS1-US cannot rescind the prefixes previously issued. As for selling individual UPCs – That is a practice that has gone on for decades. I recall there were a number of other who did as well. The prefix I bought is 8 digits long, so theoretically I could sell 10,000 UPCs (each 12 digits long), or even more fun I could go with GTINs at 14 digits and sell a million of them. This is nothing new. My advice to any potential purchaser would be caution – as long as this outfit does what is promises and does not reissue a number, then you are pretty much safe. GS1 membership does have some advantages, in that they keep you updated on changes and how to implement their system. At one time you could not get the General Specification without paying for it. New GS1-US members got it free and the old UCC members were told to pay to for it. Now it is free and available online without charge or restriction. If you are inclined to read the GENSPEC and follow the changes then GS1-US membership for the really small manufacturers does indeed make no sense. ****************************************************** This activity is legal and dates back to the early 2000’s. Basically those organizations who purchased barcode numbers prior to August 28, 2002 owned these barcode for life…they became part of the organization’s assets. The company could keep them or sell them. These folks were grandfathered into the current way GS1 US is conducting business. If you were to purchase the barcodes today, you would pay an annual licensing fee to GS1 US. Basically the numbers being sold on Speedy Barcodes are probably those that organization bought because the original purchaser wasn’t doing anything with the. Details: https://www.barcodestalk.com/ucc-settlement ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Essentially they are hocking GTIN's (not UPCA's) using a GS1 US company prefix's that they have licensed. This practice is not approved and is not recommended. Many new companies are unaware that they need to obtain a Company Prefix directly from GS1 US. There are online firms offering individual UPC’s. Many of these UPC barcode resellers are preying on the lack of understanding by many small new businesses. Common claims are “Our UPC’s originate with the GS1”, “Official UPC codes”, or “Authentic and Unique UPC barcodes”. Before you take a chance with your company’s future, we encourage you become educated on the actual requirements and processes required to properly mark your items and shipments. This alternative might work for your situation, but you should be fully informed of potential limitations. The barcodes being sold from Speedy do not meet GS1 US standards and depending on their purpose they may be unusable. For instance, you could not mark food with them and sell the food to Krogers. You could probably mark food and sell it through a small store operation. It is not recommended and we at AIM Global should not encourage this practice.
  16. Thanks Bluestar - we will do whatever is necessary to make the TTB happy. Dave Dunbar has been a very good source of information for us to date.
  17. Well, you learn something new every day. This was written by a friend familiar with the company and barcodes in general. "They are working within a loophole created by a class action lawsuit. They buy the prefixes from people not using them and then resell product numbers."
  18. MGL is correct. GS1 are the folks that keep track of each companies issued codes. This way there is no overlap. I have no idea what Speedy might be selling but I have written to AIM (Automatic Identification Manufacturers) to see what their take on this is. Each company the world over that is a subscriber to GS1 has its own unique company identifier and block of product numbers which they are free to assign to their products. I'll post whatever response I get.
  19. bluestar - Yes, we will be. This was fully disclosed in the application.
  20. Got our permit to have a DSP and malt plant in the same building without any partition or wall between. Dave Dunbar did all the work on this one. This is allowed by the regulations but as Dave told me from the start of this application (took 46 days) the TTB does not have to grant permission. If you want to understand how he did it, please contact Dave directly. Dave is a constant contributor to this forum. David Dunbar dhdunbar1@gmail.com Ellensburg, WA
  21. West Branch Malts, Brunswick OH 46 days. This is a special case in that we are building a distillery inside a malt house. Dave Dunbar did all the heavy lifting on this one. There is a separate thread about the malt house where I will post more information so I don't sidetrack this thread.
  22. Hey Paul, What's the footprint of the still you describe in your post? Are you still able to achieve a Maillard reaction at these lower temps under vacuum?
  23. Our fire marshall is okay with anything in consumer packaging and not counting it towards our total allowed. Please understand that means nothing. Your AHJ gets to determine the meaning of the specifications and his comfort level.
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