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  1. In the case of High West and other major league sales, the metric that is often used is $XXX per case of yearly sales volume. Numbers that I have seen described as "typical" are $200 to $300 per case. However, in the case of High West, it was about 10x this range. According to this article, High West was sold for $2,285 per case. https://www.forbes.com/sites/mergermarket/2017/04/11/consolidation-bubbling-up-in-craft-spirits/ The article also suggests that the "new normal" is $1000 per case, although it appears that this will only apply once you get above a certain level and are achieving major growth.
  2. I do my malt mashing at a brewery, so the vorlauf is part of their standard practice. It also seems to be a good idea to reduce particulates if you have internal elements in the still, as I do. Typical vorlauf time for my mashes is around 15 minutes, so not a tremendous increase in mashing time.
  3. Around $15k. See this post for some additional comments. f
  4. I am no beer expert, but while this explanation is a good part of the picture it is incomplete. Before you actually start lautering, you must "vorlauf" which is a German word that means, literally, "before run." To be more accurate, we could call it the "pre-run" or, as some beer texts would have it, "recirculation." The idea is that prior to drawing off the wort, you recirculate it through grant. You are drawing off the bottom of the mash tun and sending the wort back to the top of the tun. The purpose is to draw off all the fine particles that come off the grain bed and send them back to the top of the grain bed, where they will hopefully get trapped before making their way to the bottom. During the vorlauf, the wort turns from cloudy to clear; when it becomes clear, you know you've eliminated the fine particles from the flow and now you're ready to proceed with the runoff, per Thatch's explanation above. So, during the vorlauf, you can think of the grant as a sort of open-air sight glass. It's also useful as a sample point for drawing wort samples as the runoff proceeds, to check specific gravity during the course of the runoff.
  5. https://www.ttb.gov/foia/frl.shtml
  6. Air diaphragm pump works great, but you need a pretty good size, which will vary according to how much molasses you need to pump.
  7. Check with Vitro, they have a good selection of inexpensive screw-top bottles that take plastic tamper-proof caps. Vitro is now owned by Owens-Illinois, and you can get the plastic caps for around $0.08 from All American Containers. Be sure to get the lined version of the caps.
  8. Piramal indeed has a plant in MO and their bottles are great. With that said, their headquarters are in India, so that wouldn't meet OP's desire for an American-owned bottle manufacturer. Owens-Illinois might qualify.
  9. Talk to Norit (which appears to now be called Cabot). Cabot Norit Activated Carbon Americas 3200 University Avenue Marshall, Texas 75670 United States Phone+1 903 923 1000 http://www.cabotcorp.com/company/worldwide-locations/north-america
  10. Hi there. I'm also looking for a schematic for a DIY ethanol detector. Can you share the link, please? I'm at Darrell@MisguidedSpirits.ca .


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      Jedd Haas

      You seem to be referencing a thread from many years ago. Other than that I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't have the schematic.

  11. I recall McKee had an article in Artisan Spirit that addressed this topic, although his solution involved milling in the mash tun. Perhaps McKee will chime in with the issue date, as that article might give you some ideas. Would like to see some pictures of your inline mashing system when it is complete.
  12. This thread may be of interest:
  13. On page 60593, TTB considers whether barrels smaller than "approximately 50 gallons" really count as "barrels" when storing in oak barrels: Finally, TTB proposes to define the term ‘‘oak barrel,’’ which is used with regard to the storage of certain bulk spirits. TTB and its predecessor agencies have traditionally considered a ‘‘new oak container,’’ as used in the current regulations, to refer to a standard whiskey barrel of approximately 50 gallons capacity. Accordingly, TTB proposes to define an oak barrel as a ‘‘cylindrical oak drum of approximately 50 gallons capacity used to age bulk spirits.’’ However, TTB seeks comment on whether smaller barrels or non-cylindrical shaped barrels should be acceptable for storing distilled spirits where the standard of identity requires storage in oak barrels.
  14. Looking forward to your picture, and also to hearing your thoughts on flavor differences with the continuous stripper, if any.
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