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  1. MGL

    How Much Should Proofing/Bottling Cost?

    Id like to meet a small bottler who charges a buck or less for each bottle to proof, bottle, label and case. We charge closer to 2 dollars a for a pallet or two. At a buck I don't think its worth the head ache or liability.
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    Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    Hire. A. Consultant.
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    Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    have u also tried it without RO water? unless yer tap water is bad theres no reason to do anythign other than filter the chlorine out with carbon. Just try a simple mash with tap water, grain, enzyme and yeast. Ferment in yer mash tun or still if you can. That will eliminate all other variables and infection sources. Ph drop is fine and normal. Yeast create the acid that causes it.
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    What ever happened to iStill?

    Are u ever doing steam jackets and larger columns? The run times on those electric 2000 liter must be long?
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    Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    Its strange that none of yer customers never ever modify or change parts like gaskets that they might buy elsewhere. A hundred percent retention rate? Get over ytourself.
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    Possible Mash Infection, Need Help

    Is the fermented mash still looking all infected like in the earlier picture? Or is it gone? Do you have any gaskets or parts of your still that aint ethanol rated that could give the wines a smell? Hire a real consultant, looks like it's cheaper than throwing more money at it.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    How about u post some relevant content from recent years instead of articles from 3-5 years ago? Heres one from 2 months ago. 5 years ago the worst distiller with the worst business plan coud open up and make the worst liquor and still make a bunch of money. NOT SO MUCH IN 2018! https://thewhiskeywash.com/lifestyle/american-whiskey-continues-boom-rye-leads-way/ If white whiskey was such a good seller then why woud anyone make the brown stuff?
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    That big wine cooler company has there wine coolers in every liquor store across the country. They probably move more gallons of strawberry daiquiris than every product from every distiller in this thread. They r making money, hard to hate.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    I guess the liquor stores and state warehouse around us are missing out on all the potential sales of "moonshine"? Not a troll. Most liquor stores can't give the stuff away. I may not be the smartest most educated distiller but I at least know what sells and what doesn't sell. What sells: aged whiskey,gin,vodka, rum,tequila,liqueur,beer,wine,wine coolers. What doesn't sell: unaged whiskey. Theres a reason whiskey is aged.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Is that so? Is yer website badly out of date or r you really only in a couple dozen stores? If you think unaged whiskey has fantastic repeat business then u probably would be overwhelmed by how much even a mediocre gin sells.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Anyone legally making "moonshine" should be making plans of how they gunna liquidate there distillery when it goes out of business. Its the dumbest thing going on in our industry. I'd at give someone a little respect if they said they were makin unaged whiskey or corn whiskey (i still question anyone who buys the stuff because its fing gross!)
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    minerals in mash water

    You need some minerals in your mash water. mainly calcium. Minerals will not make it into your final product unless you distill to such a high heat that you distill iron, calcium, copper, magnesium. If you distill those minerals you are doing it wrong.
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    What is adequate ventilation? 

    Only if yer local regulator says you need to. We ain't making gunpowder here. No need to spend a million dollars that you don't have on safety equipment that you will never use. If you have enough alcohol vapor in your conduit to create an explosion you have a lot bigger problems on yer hands.
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    What is adequate ventilation? 

    Alcohol is not explosive. Gasoline is not explosive. A tree is not explosive. All are combustable, but not explosive. Take that alcohol. gasoline, or tree and turn it into a vapor (in the trees case turn it into dust) with a nice mixture of oxygen and it becomes explosive. As far as my grade school science goes you cant have 20% alcohol vapor or 50% alcohol vapor because it is no longer mixed with water at that time its 100% alcohol vapor in molecular form that is now diluted in the air.
  15. Fixed it for ya. Its normal for it to takes 12 or more years of full time dedication to become a master plumber electrician or carpenter. Why dose our line of work abuse the title? If this were a electrician board most people would be apprentices with only a couple journeymen and maybe one or two actual masters.
  16. What is the requirement to call someone an master distiller as opposed to head distiller?
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    final product is cloudy

    If it becomes white sediment on the bottom its yer proof water is not pure enuf. If the haze never goes away or forms clumps in the bottle after a couple months its tails and you'll need to turn back your power, get a better still that can keep the tails from coming over, and or make your tails cut earlier.
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    Kothe K900N vodka production

    If your stills were so good you wouldn't have to spam this forum so much. I guarantee Kothe stills are better, and will last longer than yours.
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    Spirits Competitions

    Aint they all pay to play? I also see one gettin top honors one year and the next year they get bronze for the same stuff. How does that work? I bet I could submit 5 of the same soiurced vodka with different labels to the same competition and walk away with a bronze, silver and a gold.
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    TTB Certified hydrometer

    Wasnt tryin to be rude. Just was short of time. I am not google and did provide help, it would have taken jrfalcon less time to write 'hydrometer' in the search bar and get the results he needed than it would have taken for me to copy and past all the links. There is more information in that search engine than in this entire thread so theres no point in going any further than the search.
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    TTB Certified hydrometer

    search the forum.
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    TTB Certified hydrometer

    You need calibrated hydrometers for everything in the distillery. If it aint calibrated then who knows if it's 120 proof or 130 proof? You also need to do it yearly.
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    Digital ABV reader

    There's an inaccurate one for about $500 Anton Par handheld for about $2500 but it still aint ttb approved. Spend about $10,000 on a basic bench top anton par and you begin to get into the range of a TTB approved meter.
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    Separating rye and corn into their own mashes

    I am sure it made for good television.
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    Fermentation Open tank or Closed?

    I started off doing open top fermentation for whiskey and switched to closed years ago. I will never do open ever again because it's a complete pain. I don't notice much difference in fermentation temp with open vs closed. I think the difference is marginal. With open you can't direct the co2 or the smells and you'll die of old age before you ever get the fruit flies under control. I don't agree with southerns last statement of all fermentation areas should have proper venting with open top. The reason I disagree is that if the blowoff isn't vented outside that you'll have the exact same amount of co2 present in your facility if the tanks are open or closed. It's just tens of thousands of dollars cheaper to vent closed tanks outside the building than to turn over the air to create a safe workplace with open fermentation. If you are unfortunate enuf to be in the northern states you'll have to pay for all the heat you lose in the winter because you'll need to turn over the air in your distillery multiple times per day. Just because some places do a dirty ferment and think it's cool to stick their hands in the mash doesn't mean it's right. You'll also make a more consistant and probably better product by having a closed and clean fermentation which will also help your sales in the long run. but its yer business, if you want to stick various body parts into your mash then go right ahead. Disclose your practice on the label and I bet nobody will want to buy it!