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  1. Proofing Issues

    Make sure your distillate and water are at the same temp when you proof down.
  2. Federal Excise Tax and my thoughts

    If you are considering lowering your prices, you might also consider that you don't really set your prices (except for onsite sales and a few very minor cases). Prices are set by distributors, retailers and state governments. Most people, it seems, will be adding staff and/or production capacity.
  3. New tax reform

    The 100,000 pg figure was based loosely on the corresponding volume difference between rates for small and large brewers, and the rate of $2.70 was based loosely on the difference in rates paid for the small and large brewers.
  4. New tax reform

    The Bottled Spirits in Bond was most likely intended to give one distillery the ability to move product to another bonded location under its own DSP for storage. As it was written and passed, it looks like it now inadvertently allows the one DSP to transfer to a different DSP, which is where all the complexities raised above will set in. Although the reduced excise tax rate is effective for any product removed on or after Jan 1, I would most definitely wait for TTB guidance before messing around with TIB bottles.
  5. New tax reform

    I am bit late to the party on this thread, but I'd like to respond to a few things starting with this one. The big money behind mass produced alcohol did not do this at all. This reduction, loosely designed to mirror the already existing excise tax reduction for small beer and wine producers was born right here on the ADI forums, developed, submitted, and passed by small distillers from all over the country. While DISCUS was a part of the effort, they became involved only after we had it tee'd up. As for the comment about fake distilleries flooding the market? I understand that concern but I think it's minor. For one, the cost of setting up system and the accompanying logistics would likely cost far more than the maximum ~$1mil savings per company/controlled group. That 'Fake Craft' model works on consumers (sadly) but it doesn't work so easily on the tax collector.
  6. FET 2018 Tax Reduction

    The new rate of $2.70 applies to any product removed from bond on or after January 1st. Side note: if you are you a compliance service like Whiskey Systems, Distillery Solutions, etc. you should check with them to make sure the software is updated - if not you may have to report and pay 'old school' for the first few periods.