This^ so much this. Yes! I can work with that!
Thank you guys. The landlord is getting bids now for the maintenance. After that I'll have the financial numbers to finish this. @bluefish_dist this was exactly the formula I needed to sort things out. @indyspirits, not dissuaded at all.
I couldn't just use other local distilleries numbers due to population size, and set up. One of them makes stills (shoutout to Headframe Distillery), and have multiple sites.
If I was even more clueless the idea of "space" that would be a big shock in a year or two! Thanks to lots of behind the scene tours at distilleries I am already worried about space for packaging, bottles, and all the other stuff you just don't think about when you start out.
I'm going to try to do a tank storage system from the main floor to the basement so I can barrel and do storage in the basement.
Anyone have creative ideas on narrow space manuvers?
In Montana and we're allowed to have a tasting room, which I imagine is how I'm going to make most of my profits because I have to sell to state liquor store; pluses and minuses to that.
All in all, I'd rather be working for myself with small profit and call that hot mess my own than dealing with other people's fires.
While I doubt I'll get rich I hope to be a small staple in my town and do alright. That's enough for me.
Thanks for all the feedback again, and so quick!
Hope to see you all at ADI next year, with a bottle and name of my own!