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  1. Winnie the Pooh

    Source to heat the still, electrical, NG, propane?

    I was thinking about 1500 - 2500 sq. fts excluding tasting room. I guess, it should be enough space to start from one still (500+ gallons) with potential grows up to three stills: outcome of two runs of still #1 and still #2, will be a source for still #3. Or combination of different products. Currently, I am thinking about running flavored spirits. Plus, I have some ideas of making liquors based on flavored spirits with some infused addition. is it too small or too aggressive? Unfortunately, it is hard to setup any actual marketing goals/numbers w/o having actual product.
  2. Winnie the Pooh

    Source to heat the still, electrical, NG, propane?

    Sorry, I did not consider oil. Actually, I have no knowledge about oil fired stills.
  3. Winnie the Pooh

    Source to heat the still, electrical, NG, propane?

    Yes, that is from our conversation over email. I did not mention names as it was a personal conversation between me and you. I guess, I misunderstood you - I got your message as "gas fired stills and old date and cannot pass inspection these days". I guess, my problems is that I have no understanding of difference between NG direct fired stills and NG indirect fired still, and where steam boilers are located in this puzzle. I am thinking about 300+ gallons still, ideally 500+ gallons still. So, I am try to differentiate cost vs. complications.
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    Source to heat the still, electrical, NG, propane?

    Most likely, place that I can potentially rent or build would not have any serious NG or electrical service. So, most likely, it will be on my own expense. In this case, I guess, I should consider to setup a NG service and my still(s) will be NG based.
  5. Winnie the Pooh

    Source to heat the still, electrical, NG, propane?

    When I mean heated by gas (NG or propane) vs. heating by electricity, I mean more like SFH gas or electrical water heater. Both of them meet modern fire hazard codes, and both of them gets approved by the local inspectors. However, it might have a different set of the requirements. In the same time, gas water heater has a boiler, and gas burner with some gas regulators and safety features. Thanks.
  6. I am trying to find a property for the future distillery in greater Seattle area. Not an exact place for now - more like trying to figure out of what I can rent in term of size (I am looking for 1500 - 2500 sf. fts), utilities (sewer is a must, I guess), loadable dock (nice to have), small office, place to make a tasting room, etc. The main question of what should be a source to heat the still? I thought, that gas is the most efficient way of doing that, and NG is cheaper and easier than propane. I actually thought, that steam based stills is a simply speaking big boiler with water or oil heated by the gas (for efficiency) and still's boiler is (simply speaking) floats there. When I asked this question one of still fabricators, I got the following answer: " ... Stills that are direct fired with gas are becoming a thing of the past. There have been distillery explosions etc. It is very unlikely that you could get a still like that passed a safety inspector or Fire Marshal. However our electric baine maries stills that pass all inspections 99% of the time. .... " Can you clarify this? Because, if it is true information, I can look for the places with electrical only, that is actually much easier to find. Thanks
  7. Winnie the Pooh

    Does it worth, 15K for 320 gallons pot still?

    Thank you so much for your feedback.
  8. Winnie the Pooh

    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    I guess, topic is very well covered. I would thank you everyone, who spend your time and provided valuable feedback and shared a lot of useful information. I will not consider to buy this distillery and will try to start on my own. Thanks to everyone.
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    Does it worth, 15K for 320 gallons pot still?

    I just got the numbers of how much other listed equipment will cost - that is actually the equipment from the guy, who wants to sell whole distillery - I asked about it in the topic below/above in the "Beginners". So the numbers are: Stainless steel rectangular mush tun 4 fts x 8 fts x about 4 fts tall with 1.5 - 2" TC drain - $2000 Plastic canonical fermenter, 275 - 300 gallons, with 2" TC drain and 2" TC sample drain - $800 each Grinder mill, 240V - $1000 Stainless steel round fermenter, about 4 fts in diameter, about 4 fts tall, 1.5 - 2" TC drain on the bottom - $800 Gravity based stainless steel six spouts wine/spirit bottle filler - $1500 And still, 320 gallons with 6" column/4 fts long, 4" shotgun condenser / 4 fts long / 18kwatts heating element - $15000 Does it still worth to buy? Still or other equipment? Thanks
  10. Winnie the Pooh

    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    Can you list these questions? I guess, it would be helpful for other people as well. Thanks
  11. Winnie the Pooh

    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    I discussed about liabilities , mostly any unpaid lawns, liens, unpaid taxes, etc. I was told, that everything is clear. It obviously, should be checked carefully and with accountants/lawyers. Thanks
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    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    I think, that option is what is suppose to happen, when people discuss to sell legal face of the distillery. Part of my question was if this legal face is asset (in addition to equipment, supplies and already distilled spirits), what would be a right price of this asset p.s. I guess, you meant 30 days and 39 is just a type, because: 27 CFR § 1.44 - Automatic termination of permits. § 1.44 Automatic termination of permits. No basic permit shall be leased, sold, or otherwise voluntarily transferred, and, in the event of such lease, sale, or other voluntary transfer, such basic permit shall automatically terminate thereupon. If any basic permit is transferred by operation of law or if actual or legal control of the permittee is acquired, directly or indirectly whether by stock ownership or in any other manner, by any person, then such permit shall be automatically terminated at the expiration of 30 days thereafter: Provided, That if within such 30-day period application for a new basic permit is made by the transferee or permittee, respectively, then the outstanding basic permit shall continue in effect until such time as the application is finally acted upon.
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    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    I have some ideas of how to make it works.
  14. Winnie the Pooh

    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    Starting this discussion, I was trying to split the business on assets and potentials. i do not believe much in speech of the seller in potentials. So, I wanted to buy equipment (including, possibly some distilled stuff) and legal face. My question was more about cost of legal side, since distillery is not a simple LLC, where you pay legal fees of a couple hundreds and get all paperwork in two weeks. What I read, people spent from 9 - 18 months in order to start to make a first run. So, asking this question, I was thinking, that buying already registered distillery, can allow me to dramatically shrink the time, I would wait to get fully legalized on my own. Pay for fees, lawyers, to be complaint with regulations, etc. That is what I was asked as a part of the question of how much it would cost. I guess, I supposed to be more specific asking this.
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    Minimum cost of distillery (if buying distillery from somebody)?

    Obviously, I was thinking too much about sale, that is why word revenue was replaced :(. Of course, I am talking about 2-3x of annual revenues.
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