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  1. Avonak

    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Update: We did receive most of the barrels (remainder are being shipped at a later date). On a positive note, I do like that the barrels re individually wrapped, hope it will make barrel prep easier. On a negative note, the 10 gal barrels have a tiny bung, going to to have to get few new things in order to fill. Also, the silicone bungs we have will not fit.
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    International Shipping

    Thanks Paul. I might not have made it clear, but we are a operating distillery, shipping bottles of product to a new customer overseas, so the departing port is USA.
  3. Avonak

    International Shipping

    Hey folks, I am looking for some help and guidance regarding international shipping. We have received an order from oversees (1st ever) and need some help: 1) Are there any additional permits that we need to ship? My hope is to transfer custody locally, so all transit is on them. 2) If the shipping has to be on us, what do I need to protect the shipment, ie. licenses, permits, insurance...? 3) Shipping recommendations. Options are to ship on pallets or stuff the container without pallets. What is the best way in terms of protecting the cargo? Do we need anything else such as padding, dividers...etc? 4) How are taxes handled on the TTB and local level (in TX, so TABC is the governing body) 5) What else am I missing? Thanks for any help.
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    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Update, I did receive a shipping notice (with invoice) this morning for the full order. I guess it takes some pushing and shoving to get things done. While I hope this was only a serious miscommunication, its concerning that it takes so much effort to get the product. I will keep this post updated with barrel quality once received.
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    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Update: after making a stink on many sites, I have been told most of the barrels are ready to ship on Monday (pretty convenient). They really did not want to provide a refund. I will update whether the barrels arrive and in what condition.
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    Warning-Atlas Barrel Fraud

    Warning, DO NOT buy from Atlas Barrel Company. We made a purchase in January of this year, paying 50% deposit. We have heard twice that the barrels would be sent soon, only nothing ever arrives. And now we cannot get a hold of anyone to request a refund. DO NOT use them!!
  7. This item is sold. If it falls through I will contact those listed. Thanks.
  8. For Sale: XpressFill XF460 with 4 Spouts Used 6 months, rigorously cleaned following XpressFill Manual. New price is $2795. Make offer. Buyer to arrange shipping.
  9. Avonak

    Analytical Labs

    Thanks, this is perfect.
  10. Avonak

    Plastic vs Stainless tanks

    The 54% is really an interesting number. Brian, can you source your recommended "should" be stored in metal above 16% ABV. In addition to codes, there also has to be a taste effect at some point. I have been to distilleries that stored in plastic (I do not know what the ABV was in storage), but their spirits has a plastic tinge to them. While storage smaller amounts of low wines, which could be diluted to 50% say to meet guildelines make a lot of sense financially, I would be mostly concerned with taste, whether it saved money or not and was legal. Has anyone had experience storing in plastic that resulted in off-flavors, also anyone storing in plastic that doesn't have off flavors? We currently have 100% SS tanks, but I would get 1-2 IBC for short term storage.
  11. Avonak

    Howdy from Texas

    Hello there. We are located in Houston, but am in the hill country regularly. Brandy sounds fun, look forward to trying some.
  12. Hey everyone, this is Avonak Distillery, located in Houston, TX. Have used the forum for much research and hope to contribute more. Check us out at www.avonak.com and #drinkavonak. We are making everything from scratch and specializing in gin. Everything is ready is ready for launch, have vodka and 2 gins ready to go just waiting for our bottles to arrive.
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    Analytical Labs

    Does anyone have any good recommendations for analytical labs to test ABV% and methanol? Many countries require these by certified labs for import. Thanks.
  14. Avonak

    Cooling Water set up feedback

    Having a chiller does not mean you have glycol and vice-a-versa. Glycol is simply an additive you can add to the chiller fluid (which could be anything, but city water is great). With glycol you can run your chiller much colder than you can with water alone. We run only water, simply because the cleanup of glycol is messy if there is a leak and it operates steady at 48-52 degress F in Texas heat. As we expand and need to run more equipment off of it, we can add glycol to improve the cooling efficiency and lower the system temp. A chiller is simply an advanced version of what you are talking about, a reservoir, fans and the addition of a condenser. Our chiller has a 100 gal reservoir, twin small condensers and a small pump. We run a 1300 gal mash tun/still and a 130 gal still. While overkill, we can add a mash tun and 8 fermenters without having to change the chiller. While utilizing warm or hot water for other processes is definitely a positive, it only works if you are setup for near continuous operations. FYI, don't use distilled or R/O water in a closed loop, the lack of minerals increases the corrosivity.
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    Pumps for High Proof Alcohol

    Some laptops and tablet are, but they are rare and expensive. Also to note, most forklifts are not rated for we do nor are standard electrical outlets and lighting. But back to the pumps, TCW has been great to work with, lots of options and usually easy to get. Another recommendation is to get 1 size bigger than you think.