Jump to content
ADI Forums


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by CalwiseSpirits

  1. CalwiseSpirits

    How Much Should Proofing/Bottling Cost?

    I could do it for around $1.50 a bottle.
  2. CalwiseSpirits

    Precipitate in triple sec

    I'm making a clear orange liqueur by distilling brandy with orange peel in my gin basket and then proofing down with a syrup I make from cane sugar and water. It comes out clear, but I notice a week later there is some precipitate or sediment in it. My best guess is it's the sugar coming out of solution since it's not soluble in alcohol, but I thought I was avoiding that by dissolving it in the water and making the syrup beforehand. Anyone know what's going on and how to fix it?
  3. CalwiseSpirits

    Precipitate in triple sec

    Update... according to my TDS pen my sink water is 635 ppm and my RO water is 265 ppm. This seems awfully high. I'm not sure if I believe it because the water tastes pretty darn neutral to me. My next step is to test it on distilled water to make sure the pen is working right. However, I switched to oranges straight from the farm that are not wax coated. Haven't seen precipitate show up since. Maybe that was the trick!
  4. CalwiseSpirits

    Precipitate in triple sec

    Just bought a TDS pen, going to check! I've been getting the oranges from a food distributor. Looked at the box, and yes, they are coated with wax. I'm getting another batch of oranges direct from a grower without any coatings. I'm curious to see if that changes things!
  5. CalwiseSpirits

    Precipitate in triple sec

    I have not. Has this already been discussed before in another thread?
  6. CalwiseSpirits

    Precipitate in triple sec

    Yep, I'm using an RO system from US Water Systems.
  7. CalwiseSpirits

    WTB one 10-30 gallon used barrel

    Have you tried resubmitting your COLA? Some specialists are a huge pain in the ass and just make up rules so if you resubmit you'll get assigned to a new one that you may have better luck with. If you haven't done this already it would be much cheaper and easier than hunting down a barrel and putting your booze in it for a minute.
  8. CalwiseSpirits

    Self distribution in California

    I'm not a lawyer but here's my understanding... you can self distribute your brandy if you have a brandy manufacturers license (type 03) but you can't self distribute other spirits. If you have a type 07 rectifiers license you can self distribute anything you make.
  9. CalwiseSpirits


    I'm curious to know this too... bump
  10. CalwiseSpirits

    Assistant Distiller Wanted - Paso Robles, CA

    ^I jinxed myself. Operations won't begin for at least another month. Still reviewing applications.
  11. I'm in need of an Assistant Distiller to help run my new distillery in Paso Robles, CA. Your duties will include preparing and managing fermentation, distillation, cleaning, proofing, bottling, labeling, barreling, and record keeping. Some experience is preferred but not required. Passion for knowledge and aspirations to grow are more important. Expected start date is March 1st. Please send me an email if you're interested: aaron@calwisespirits.com About us Calwise Spirits Co. was borne out of our love for California and the necessity to provide delicious, locally-made alcohol to all of its inhabitants of drinking age (that, and making booze is a lot of fun). With a taste inspired by the California experience, our spirits are more than just a drink: they’re accompaniment to your lifestyle of adventure, exploration, and unrestrained revelry. Please visit our website for more information: www.calwisespirits.com
  12. CalwiseSpirits

    Assistant Distiller Wanted - Paso Robles, CA

    Update: We're having a construction delay (big surprise, right?). At risk of jinxing myself... the new expected start date is now April 15th. I'm still reviewing applications!
  13. CalwiseSpirits

    Hello from California

    Hi there fellow industry(wo)men, I've been white labeling my brand for the past couple years but am taking the next big step and building my own distillery. We've been at it for a year now and expect to be up and going in February. I've been browsing this forum for a while now and I appreciate all of the valuable information you all are taking the time to share. I look forward to further participating in the community myself. If you're interested in checking out my company: http://www.calwisespirits.com/ Cheers and Happy New Year Aaron Bergh
  14. CalwiseSpirits

    Plastic vs Stainless tanks

    I've been researching plastics that are ok to use with ethanol. Most IBCs are made from polyethylene. I like this chemical compatibility tool: https://www.coleparmer.com/Chemical-Resistance According to it LDPE is a good material to use with ethanol. The other sources I've looked at have all said it is inert with ethanol.
  15. CalwiseSpirits

    Cooling Water set up feedback

    I have a similar sized still and I'm getting a 1500 gal reservoir. It's overkill but I have the space and want to leave myself with extra room in case I get a second still, mash tun, etc. On the topic of using hot water from the condenser to mash... My water is hard so I'm putting in a softener to prevent my chiller and pipes from scaling up. Does anyone know if the sodium in my softened water would make this a bad idea for me? Is it enough to adversely affect yeast health?
  16. CalwiseSpirits

    CA Tasting Room 1.5oz Limit

    I'm building a bonafide eating establishment in my tasting room. It will allow me to pour more than 1.5oz per person and have a full bar where I can even purchase spirits from others and serve beer and wine. As far as what constitutes a bonafide eating establishment is up to interpretation by your local ABC. Mine want to see a substantial menu with a variety of options- I'm doing a couple apps, a couple salads, flatbread pizzas, and a couple desserts. They said that would be enough but recommended I offer even more variety (I'll probably offer soup too) or they would likely limit the hours I could be open. Most other distillers I see aren't bothering with this BS and just offer either a 1.5 oz total tasting OR a cocktail containing 1.5oz.
  17. CalwiseSpirits

    Speedy Barcodes

    I purchased my barcodes off of Speedycodes. If I recall correctly they do something to try and ensure that the codes they give you aren't being used anymore. I've has my spirits on the market for about two years now, selling through chains, with no issues.