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    Aging Rum

    No one says you cant take your just used infusing wood to build a cabinet out of when your done with your aging............... Even better!
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    Aging Rum

    I absolutely LOVE this idea. Its not hard to find reclaimed barn wood - if you ran it through a planer enough to get rid of ALL the paint (got to have lead in it if its old) then toast and char? Or perhaps toast it in a smoker? This is what great stories are made of! Silk - this is brilliant! I got a smoker - bring me a box of wood and try this out! -Scott
  3. I would agree - it should be fine to do. You may have to remove or deface the label making them unable to be sold. Then transfer and relable. With the defaced or removed lable they would be unfinished product. Just my .02 Scott
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    Operating Hours

    Seems I forgot to update this... after making a couple of calls I did speak with the ABC (alcohol beverage control) in the great state of New Jersey and was informed by two different people that in fact the State does not set operating hours. Operating hours are set by the municipality. This did lead me to ask a couple of places why they thought they had to close at 10pm. To be fair it was two craft breweries and only one distillery so its not exactly a real survey. However all 3 of them said "I heard it from someone". Seems to me depending on what your doing in your tasting room you might want to stay open a little later then 9 or 10pm. Especially on Friday and Saturday. Cheers! -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
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    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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    Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    Congrats!!!
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    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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    New Digital Fermentation Monitoring device

    FIrst off - I have NO affiiliation with this company at all....... I happenend across this looking for something else and I thought it was unique. They are also mentioning on their website an industrial version as well. Here is the link: https://www.plaato.io/ This is an airlock (carboy sized) that digitially monitors your fermentation and talks to your phone or Ipad and lets you know about the activity, temp, ABV, and SG. Its $135... I wonder if it can be used on a larger sized fermenter with some sort of mods... or wait for the industrial version. Is there anything like this out there now near this price or as simple? -Scott
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    Security Cameras in tasting room?

    Other than lightning strikes, which are def an issue, you should have very little issue with your outside cameras. Lightning doesnt even have to hit the camera if your camera's cable transients the ground for instance a ground strike can kill cameras. There are lightning protectors for this now for both coax cameras and for IP ones. As far as mice - try the teflon cable (also called plenum cable). It might not be impervious to the critters but i see alot less chew issues over the years so perhaps it tastes bad? Or try the filled outdoor (burial cable) which has a silicon or similar gel inside it. That I bet isnt tasty. I would look into the sealed cameras. Anything with an IP66 rating or better should give more then adequate protection over time. IP67 I believe is submersion. The old school outdoor camera cases just arent as good. There are alot of companies out there that deliver a robust commercial product with a back end that delivers what I expect from a company catering to the commercial market. It is like the difference from getting a still from China, or one from Missouri....... As far as the dangerous stuff - cameras are not life safety devices in my opinion. They however are an important thing when it comes time to go to court. Make sure the products you use are designed for commercial use and have things like watermarking to be able to prove the video or pictures are irrefutable. Life safety devices are things like Fire Alarms - here in NJ you have to have your fire system capable of shutting off the power to a performance and triggering lights (if you have a stage and a band lets say) so the sound stops and the light comes up. You have to have doors of a certain size and exits within a specific distance of guests in your facility in case of an emergency. If you have access control such as mag locks you have to make sure that egress is NEVER impared. So no chained or locked doors, maglocks have to unlock if a fire alarm goes off, if someone approaches the door from the inside, and if all else fails there must be a button or breakglass device to allow you to shut the power off to the door within 6feet and clearly visible and clearly labelled. These are the types of things that i see that are often done wrong. Some of them so bad that people are actually put in danger. I see this weekly - this week in fact. but thats another story.
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    Security Cameras in tasting room?

    Paul, I WISH it was like that here! You have no idea what a .................. never mind! The reasoning they gave me back when the first enacted the law was to make sure the alarm and security vendors out here werent criminals and to make sure they had the knowledge and training to install anything that has to do with lifesafety and insurance to back it up. It also gave customers the ability to open complaints and help police the security companies. The law is so complete here it includes fire and burglar alarm systems, video security, access control. locksmithing, and even intercom systems. Are they making money - yup! some. The fines when they give them out are hefty too! Here if your a plumber, and electrician, etc.. you have to have a license and insurance. By the way - New York has something similar on the books.. not sure about PA or anywhere else. I can also tell you to this day I come across jobs installed by other companies (licensed ones at that) that are borderline dangerous. Not cameras - Mostly access control (readers, maglocks. etc).
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    Security Cameras in tasting room?

    I actually do commercial video systems and access control for a living. I am chock full of technical info and will happily answer any questions I can (no charge and not looking for work). I do NOT know every system out there. I am however very experienced in both wired (coax) and network cameras. In some areas you must be licensed to install cameras in a commercial space (new jersey for sure) and this can also include access control and alarm systems. So you need to be careful and check with your local building department to make sure. You dont want to have anything ever happen and some one comes back to you and gives you grief for installing without a license or permit. That said - there are tons of self installable systems out there now - and alot of people install them by themselves. I can tell you in the last few years I have been LOVING some of the newer hemispheric (Fisheye) cameras. They can really cut down the amount of cameras needed while providing much better coverage and when used correctly give outstanding video quality (as do most of the newer IP cameras do). -S
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    Is it absinthe

    Why not just redistill it - I have had excellent results after redistiallation. My only issue I have had is how to proof it down. As once you start to add water the oils drop out of suspension and it gets cloudy. My guess is It wont do that until it has a certain percentage of water - but I have not spent enough time trying that out at this point and have just left it as is. I would love to see how people have overcome that - there must be a simple way. As far as the browning - same issue here though it takes some time to happen. What your looking at, I believe, is oxidation. Just like a leaf on a tree that turns brown. Again I have not spent much time trying to fix that issue. I can tell you my ABV is 90 so you cant cure it with higher percentages of alcohol. Perhaps no air in the bottle and use it up rather quickly once opened? I havent made this in a couple of years but i believe I steeped my intitial herbs using water and NGS. Then distilled. Then added coloring herbs and heated for a short time (15 mins). Then gravity filtered. (i dont think i redistilled after coloring). Final outcome was nicely colored, tasted where I thought it should (You need to like the taste of licorice) and looched as it should into a pearl-essent white when cold water was added. Hope this helps -Scott
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    Odin on Gin

    Well I am ready to sign up - just let me know! -Scott
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