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  1. Elixir Distilling Company

    New startup question about setting up

    What he said! -Scott
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    New startup question about setting up

    You can also run the batch more then once through the still to concentrate it further I believe. Can anyone chime in on this. I have seen some very nice gin made using less then 20 plates. After the first bunch of plates you can make the spirit more pure with additional plates but the difference with each plate is significantly less. For example (and im making these numbers up so please anyone chime in) you might be at 80% or better at 6 plates and it will take 12 more plates to get to 90%. I run a test still now thats only a pot still and I can get 85% after 2 runs with no plates at all. And I make gin. just my much less experienced .02. Scott
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    Rice Whiskey

    Just an update -- I finally got around to running my "rice" wash. As I said above I did the beer traditionally. I only made a small test batch using 5 lbs of rice and two bags of chinese yeast balls. Ended up with a half gallon of rice wine/beer. it took weeks (i think it was about 6 and I still had a good bunch of rice left over in the wash) I ran it twice, a stripping run and again a separation run. I ended up with ALOT of methanol. My stripping run gave me about 24 ounces at about 60%abv.. I took out 6 ounces in heads and ended up with about 16 ounces of hearts in my second run and landed at about 82%abv via my mini pot test still - making roughly 32 ounces at 40%. It has an almost thick tongue feel and a slight taste of licorice. I have no idea where to go with it at this point but its really interesting in flavor. It may be worth expanding in the future. This was no grinding at all - cooked via a pressure cooker (but boiled would work just as well) and dumped into a sanatized bucket. Yeast balls were crushed and sprinkled over the top. Thats it..... -Scott
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    Food in tasting room

    In New Jersey we cant sell food. People can call for take out or bring it in - but we are by law not allowed to sell food or operate a restaurant. -Scott
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    Operating Hours

    I was wondering if anyone has a handle on regulations on operating hours? I didnt think it was controlled by anyone but the municipality. I noticed alot of the distilleries near me seem to close fairly early. Latest I saw was midnight. Anyone care to chime in? Thanks Scott
  6. Elixir Distilling Company

    Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    Congrats!!!
  7. Elixir Distilling Company

    Help! Artemisia pontica..

    Yea I think when I contacted him he had his own he grew listed for sale.. I wonder what happened to that.. Scott
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    Help! Artemisia pontica..

    Here is where i have gotten mine in the past - He should have that in stock I think.... https://www.absintheherbs.com/1-ounce-Imported-Pontica-5-per-1-ounce.htm Have you tried him? -Scott
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Gelatin? Scott
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Honestly -- green is where it is I think... Blue is so last year...... You wanted rugged individualism? How about sand? Sands all natural too - and gluten free!
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    What glitter did you finally decide on? Scott
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    AMEN BROTHER!!! A-FN-MEN! -Scott
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    Filtering color out of a compound gin

    Have you tried re-distilling? If you run it through again you will still bring over the oils and compounds and it might leave the color behind. Do you have a small test still to try it out on? I dont know if this would work - or if it would effect the flavor too much - but I have re-run through my 5l test still and have seen things clear. Just a though -Scott
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    TTB Approved Shimmer?

    gold! -S
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    Security Cameras in tasting room?

    Almost ever commercial level product has a hard drive or hard drives and records over the video.... when properly programmed. There are a number of things that you want to be able to set,,, one is motion recording. This will only record and use drive space ( or potentially bandwidth) when the camera sees motion. The frame rate... which can be set as high as 30 frames per second. Should be down around 7 unless your looking at alot of fast moving activity. Etc etc. There are alot of tweaks that can be done in order to save both drive space and bandwidth. On top of that you set this system to recycle say anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the amount of drive space you use. With motion detection on that varies with how much activity your camera sees and whether you have set them up correctly. A number of companies make decent systems with good or better remote access and expandable drive space. The cheapest ive used is HIK Vision. There stuff is good.. not my favorite and their support is ok. For you that want to build out your own pc id use Geovision. Software is free with them. Their support is just ok.... i no longer will build out a pc for this. PCs run into issues over time. Id stick with a more hardware based solution such as the HIK or one of the better brands. I love 3xlogic. Not expensive, made in usa, excellent tech support, great online access options, hardened recorder... lots of options. You cant go wrong with 3x. They also have the Infinias line of access control that integrates with your video so card access also gives you a recording tied to it making looking up stuff super easy. And god forbid your not their and the cops show up and need a video to go... you can do that remotely for them and all someone has to do is stick in a blank dvd for you. We spend ridiculous amounts on a still and barely blink.... step up a little and get a good surveillance system. Perhaps you will never need it. But the day you do you will feel it was the best money you ever spent. Scott
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