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Blackheart last won the day on June 16 2016

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  1. Blackheart

    Sales/Revenue Projections

    Your specific location drives all of these numbers. Off the beaten path? Probably more bottles and tours vs. cocktails. In a high-traffic area? Probably more tours and tastings vs. bottles (maybe, depending on what times you're open, etc.). Groupon helps, but like before, location matters. These are often deal-seeking customers. Your product and deal (and the products) needs to be affordable or they'll bounce without buying a thing. It's helped us drive traffic to our shop, but the conversions have been sub 40%. They're just not big spenders, unfortunately, and we're in a value-conscious (not affluent) area.
  2. Blackheart

    Discussion on Sale of Distillery

    I'd be careful on estimating how to calculate value, especially from a distance like this and not knowing your particulars. The pricetag is dependent on so many variables, it can be staggering. Location, absolutely, but also what and how the business functions is paramount. On the one hand, if you're a lean shop, no dedicated sales (on/off premise, retail) or production staff, it's doubtful anyone would consider any cashflow formulas. They aren't buying a system, people or processes, they're picking up where you left off. And it would be absent the most important part: you. I would suggest FFE and assets (inventory/real estate) minus debt plus AR. If you have a self-driving production and sales team, processes that they follow without you directing their every step, budgets, plans/forecasts of sales, operations, etc., then the business may be ready to stand with or without you there. That' could be a better candidate for cashflow formulation. Just my two cents worth. I am certain there are more informed folks here too!
  3. Blackheart

    Shanken on shake outs

    A good read. Lots to consider for all players. http://portal.mshanken.com/vm2/3a79f565cc661e4a/25682/d78bc5f9e705567ca6473c7b9fa19141/25682
  4. Blackheart

    Is this useful or overkill?

    I'd look for durability, support and cost as factors. We just bought a new one from Hanna (the old one is now the replacement backup). https://hannainst.com/hi99161-haccp-ph-meter-for-food-and-dairy.html It's spendy but we've had good success with Hannah in the past and they support their meters without any questions. I got this last one because it's robust, waterproof and high accuracy. Don't forget: you will need a backup in case your good one dies (or goes for a swim).
  5. Blackheart

    Has anyone heard from Steven Cage?

    A conflict of interest? Seriously? On a product you designed? All I want to do is get your help or at least insight on fixing a gearbox and mount on a mash tun you designed. You cant do that? You cant even answer one of the many emails I sent to this effect? Phone calls? Texts? I am absolutely dumbfounded and was worried, hence this posting. Oh, and one would presume you would want to discuss the equipment your new entity quoted us for? This is just so odd.
  6. Blackheart

    Has anyone heard from Steven Cage?

    We have some equipment he sold us and we're having some serious problems getting hold of him. Has anyone heard from him? Is he ok?
  7. Blackheart

    Pass through distribution

    Slightly off subject, I wouldn't expect most distributors to do more than fill orders that you generate anyway, especially if you're a new brand, or new to their market. Most of us are an insignificant rounding factor in their larger portfolio, so they're going to give attention and bandwidth accordingly. About 95% of the on and off premise sales will be made by the manufacturer or their sales team. The best you can hope for in a distributor is for them to pay on time and deliver what you sell. If they don't have trucks or reliable delivery systems in place, they're already batting a .500 from the start. I wouldn't put a ton of faith in a distributor that does not deliver/or uses ad-hoc means of delivery (if that's their proposition in the value chain). Getting tied up with a thinly-resourced partner in this regard will hurt you. Poor execution of the sales you generate by the distributor will only hurt you.
  8. Blackheart

    Cleaning columns and bubble plates

    We open and clean our columns about 2 x a year. Change gaskets, shine it up, and make sure all is well. I'd say a minimum of once a year, depending on use and what you're making.
  9. Blackheart

    Glass Costs

    It was 22%. The seller offered to eat 4% of the cost.
  10. Blackheart

    Glass Costs

    Lol, we just saw an 18% price jump on glass. And we order by the container. Remember that savings you scored on lower FET? FTW MAGA
  11. Blackheart

    Mash tun and jacketed fermenters

    New or used. 300gal size. Message me on this system with what you have. Cheers!
  12. Blackheart

    Canadian-Made Equipment

    Hey there Steven. I would like to talk to you but you don't answer emails, calls or texts. Is everything ok?
  13. Blackheart

    CA Distillery For Sale

    Are you still selling this ?
  14. Blackheart

    Tube-in-Tube Heat Exchanger Design and vendors

    We have a Steve Cage wort chiller and a cold reservoir set up like Mike describes. Chills 300 gallons in about 30-45 mins, and that is with the reservoir being about 60-65f. And the tank will be about 75f when we're finished. Cool it down for a few hours and we're ready to distill using the same reservoir for cooling water. We have a small 5 hp chiller circulating the tank water and recooling it as needed. FWIW, Steve's design on this is great. Very portable, very easy to use. Money well spent!
  15. Ok, this one seems like it should be an easy one to determine. Is anyone carrying a stock 750ml Nordic style bottle with a ROPP closure? The lighter glass version is ideal.