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  1. Alaskan Spirits LLC

    Traveling Distiller Wanted - ALASKA BOUND

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    Facebook Fan Pages

    Just noticed your fan page grew to I er 25k in 8 years. This is the largest growth in this thread! Any keep points that helped in your success? In building your Facebook page? Use any loyalty reward programs?
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    Considering starting small, what am I too naive about?

    I decided to get into this business based on some life events that I thought "fate" was pushing me towards. Never distilled a drop. I have only started and ran several businesses. I have not opened yet - target is next month, however I have said that before (was hoping for February). The worst thing I did when I decided to start this venture was not listen to the people that said double your cost and double the time. We had a $280k budget, with investors pitching in $220k and a line of credit at 6% for $100k. We went beyond that and are not open. Had to secure another $200k loan and still not open. Here were some of my unforeseen costs: Budgeted $12k for boiler, actual $92k for boiler and all "mechanics". Highly regulated here in Alaska and had to get permitting and licensed installers Budgeted $4k for a converter, actual was $37k to install 3 phase electric. City would not allow the use of a convertor and forced us to get 3 phase Budgeted 6 months till opening, actual is signed lease in September of 2017 and still not open; lease roughly $3k/month Budgeted $80k for equipment, actual over $100k. Did not think about FDA inspections, customs excise tax, hiring someone to assist with importing from China, etc Budgeted $1000 for permitting with the city, actual over $10k and still not done Budgeted $10k for electrical and plumbing knowing my husband knows how to do it all (he is a contractor) but did not realize city would not allow him to do all the work based on his license, actual.....$lots and still counting Shipping shipping shipping - I was naive about how much everything costs to get to Alaska Sometimes I ask myself if I would have done all this if I knew where I would be right now; stressed, not open, no bottles, no product, and no distiller........ Cant wait for a year to pass by and for me to answer that question. Wish you the best of luck! Hire Dave Dunbar for consulting with the TTB; one of the best choices I made. When they were taking 6 months, I got mine in 87 days. That was the easiest part. Ive had that license for 7 months now. Sigh. ~ Hilary
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    Traveling Distiller Wanted - ALASKA BOUND

    We are a new distillery set to open next month in Anchorage, Alaska. Unfortunately, the distiller that we had lined up for the last 9 months during the build out has decided that this is not for him. I do not necessarily need someone to move to Alaska, but give a commitment to be in Alaska every other month, unless there is a shortage in product. With the amount of bottles our still can put out, I think 7 days out of the month will be plenty of time for us to keep up with opening production. We will be coming out with 2 flavors, as well as non flavored - all made from potatoes. Hoping to find someone that has worked with potatoes before but not mandatory. If this is something you would be interested in, please send me your "distilling or craft spirit resume", as well as your pay requirements. info@alaskanspirits.com
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    DYE China?

    I'm 250 gallon set up and don't have it running yet. Was surprised at cost of boiler installation (upwards of $80+k) and did not budget for that. Hope to be up and running shortly.
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    Who has the answers?

    Using Dave was amazing. Just had to post a follow up. Now if he could have made working with my city municipality easier, I would ba one happy camper. Hoping to get off the ground next month. So long as I can find a way to get this boiler in without costing me my first born. Sigh
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    reverse osmosis water system

    What was the brand name of this?
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    Soda gun with vodka?

    My state is becoming non-distillery friendly. Seems like bars are running this town. ABC board last week decided that they are now going to interpret legislation differently than they have the last 4 years; which means NO mixed drinks. The only thing we can do is serve our distilled booze. I would like to make a vodka seltzer (like Truly / White Claw). I would also like to have it on a soda gun. Anyone ever do this? I see I can use a soda siphon but the siphon does not mix the vodka in and I don't think I can get away with that. Any suggestions?
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    Potato Vodka

    I dont know how I missed this from October. Our equipment is being shipped from DYE this week and should arrive here in Alaska in about 5 weeks. I would love to chat with you more regarding distilling with potatoes. I hired a distiller that said he feels he has his mash down good using flakes over raw. Your input would be very valuable. If you could email me at info@alaskanspirits.com - that would be awesome. My cell is 480-213-5673 as well. ~ Hilary
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    Water Testing

    Thanks. I called but they don't test water.
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    Water Testing

    I am in Alaska and need to get our water tested (everyone here just sends it out and is very expensive). My distiller said to find a place to do a full breakdown of what is in the water. Does anyone have a recommendation for a company on this? Also, any recommendations on water systems? Completing our build out now - hoping to be open in late March.
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    Organic distilled spirits means exactly what?

    I think what they are saying is the end product is the same, whether you use organic or not. We are trying to decide whether to use Organic Potatoes and really it seems to have no difference in the end product. However, the consumer does not know this - it seems only distillers know this. This holds true with Corn (Gluten free) - most people dont realize it is all gluten free in the end, but people that dont eat Gluten, want something that says "Gluten Free". Marketing is going to have a TON of how booze is perceived and purchased. I am just unsure as to if going Organic means more profit......
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    DYE China?

    We got a little delayed due to our shop not having 3 phase electric. We ended up going with 3 phase motors, and using a converter to single phase. Our shipment will not be going out until 1/26 now (about 3.5 weeks late) however this was a fluke. We are suppose to be receiving shipment in Alaska by mid February. I will keep everyone posted; so far happy with my decision.
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    DYE China?

    I have decided to use DYE and have put my deposit down. They were on top of every question I had and provided references for me to call. Every reference had the same hesitation as me, but in the end loved working with them. They all got their equipment ON TIME, with no issues. One reference said they needed a part and DYE sent it overnight through DHL. Their customer service seems to be excellent. I will post more once I get my equipment. I am in Alaska so I will not be receiving until December.
  15. I notice you have not been on the forums in a while.  You still around?