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  1. Hi all, I intend to age my aquavit in freshly dumped bourbon barrels, or rye if necessary. I'm a Minnesota distillery and intend to pick up the barrel myself. Anyone in Minnesota or Wisconsin have anything available for purchase? Thanks! Brock
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    Yeast recommendation for honey

    Hi all, This is a great topic. I am also looking to make a small batch spirit from honey and am wondering about how long it's taking for your honey-based meads to ferment? Thanks! Brock
  3. Hi all, I'm just starting up and intend to certify my spirits as organic. I'm wondering if any of you have experience with this process and are willing to discuss what it takes to become certified organic (feel free to give your input in this forum as well). Specifically, I have questions about: What do you use to clean equipment? What's acceptable to use to increase or decrease mash pH? To label as "organic", you need 95% of the ingredients, by weight or volume, to be organic. I'm assuming that when making gin, the botanicals would not need to be organic if the raw grain used to make the base spirit is organic. Is that a correct assumption? I will appreciate any information you all can offer. Thanks!
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    150(ish) Gallon Electric Still

    Thank you! I just emailed Paul.
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    150(ish) Gallon Electric Still

    Also, will take offers from vendors as well as other distillers. Thanks again!
  6. Hi all, Our distillery is looking to buy our first still. We are looking for a 150-250 gallon electric still, preferably bane marie style oil bath. Agitator is a plus. Thanks!
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    Bottle Embossing

    Hi Gabriel, Is that the minimum order for custom embossed bottles? What's the minimum order for non-custom bottles? I have been looking at O-I's Grandeur bottle as an option. Thanks! Brock
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    Bottle Embossing

    Hi all, Does anyone have a good, affordable recommendation for a bottle supplier who does custom embossing? I want to have a small logo embossed on the upper part of my bottle similar to where Reyka has its embossing (pictured below). Thanks!
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    Wood Fermenters 200 gal x 2 - unused

    Can you attach some photos?
  10. Hi all, Does anyone know about the regional differences in aquavit? It appears that a lot of the Northern European countries different variations of aquavit (such a Norwegian distilleries using potatoes for their base spirits and barrel age their aquavit). What are the traditional recipes/botanical profile for the major aquavit regions and how do they affect flavor? Thank you!
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    Buying Ingredients from Local Farms

    This is great information! Thank you!
  12. Hi all, I am starting distillery in Minnesota and hope to be up and running by the summer of 2018. I am wondering how distilleries are working with local farms and what it looks like to purchase raw grains from them. Specifically, I am wondering: 1. Are most of you working with one farm or several? 2. How often are you able to purchase grain from them and are there any seasonal restrictions, particularly in Minnesota? 3. What kind of prices are you getting per pound? I'm interested in using raw wheat, corn, and barley. 4. What other considerations should I be making that I am missing? I know this is a truly beginner question, so I appreciate any advice you have to offer. Thank you!