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  1. That may be true where you live, but where I live you can start a distillery for $250,000.00 including the building and property and produce enough to make a good living. You can rent a decent 3 bedroom 2 bath house here for $500.00 per month and you can buy 100 acres of beautiful wooded property, with pasture for $150,000.00 It's like paradise for people like me. Castle state, stand your ground state, carry concealed with, no permit, no building permits required, no building inspections or inspectors to deal with, great Boar, Turkey and Whitetail hunting, trophy trout stream 2 miles away, and best of all, no needles and human feces on the side walks and parks, like a western city I just visited.
  2. I agree, if you are a good distiller or even a great distiller it won't matter if you don't have a head for business.
  3. I was referencing shitty distillers, not repackagers.
  4. I have owned successful businesses for over 40 years in several different industries. I have never seen a truly dishonest person succeed in the end and I have seen a bunch of them try. Dishonesty and business do not mix. If you cheat people the word gets out, your business fails. I have seen it time after time after time. A low life piece of shit cheat who rips off their customers and suppliers as a matter of course may make money in the short run but not in the long run. Corson is a prime example. I can't think of any business person who screwed people who was successful in the end. If they screw me or anyone I know, I do my best to personally put them out of business. There may be a few that slip through the cracks, as there are always outliers in any situation, but I have never seen one that did. A great distiller produces great spirits. A good distiller produces good or okay spirits. A distiller that is less than a good distiller produces shit spirits. As far as shit spirits produced by someone who is not a good distiller, if I buy a bottle of craft spirits that taste like methanol and fusel oils, I will never buy that spirit again and I will tell everyone about it. No matter how great the marketing, very few are going to come back and buy something called craft that is produced by someone who produces shitty tasting spirits. The same goes for food. If you go to a restaurant for breakfast and your hash browns sit in a pool of grease and your eggs are runny and the gravy taste like a soured iron skillet, you are not going to go back no matter how great their advertising and marketing are. As far as marketing goes. You do not necessarily need to be great at marketing if you produce a great product. The product can market itself. I did not pay for a single ad for the first 3 years that I owned ADE and I sold millions of dollars worth of equipment, but then again I started the business with zero monetary investment from anyone.
  5. I think you hit the nail right on the head with this.
  6. If you are not a good distiller than being a good business person is not going to matter very much. Having owned many successful business, one of the first things that I learned was that if you don't have a good product you are not going to get very far. However the reverse is true as well. If you are a shitty business person or if you are dishonest you will never succeed, no matter how good your product is. I have never taken a business course and I have started every business that I have ever owned on a shoe string budget. I started ADE with zero money, zero investors and ADE has never borrowed a dime. The old adage that it takes money to make money is not true. It takes brains, imagination, ability to take risks, organizational skills, hard work, perseverance, integrity, passion and love for what you are doing, and most importantly, gut instinct and intuition to make a successful business. One of the hardest things about business is dealing with an ever changing environment. Things are almost always in flux. You must be able to see where things are going to go and you must make adjustments before the changes occur. Also you must be able to understand what you are not good at and what your weaknesses are and you must be flexible enough to change your mind and your plans in mid stream. Being too rigid and stubborn is just as bad as being indecisive. Also you must be good with people and be a good leader. If you treat your employees badly, they will leave or worse yet, they will resent you behind your back and stay. At the same time, you must distance yourself from them, be able to lay down the law in no uncertain terms and not be a pushover or they will never respect you and of course you must be able to fire those who are not up to parr. If they cannot do their job it does not matter how many kids they have or how far they are behind on their mortgage. If you keep a weak link you jeopardize all of your employees jobs. Also having a big fragile ego and not being able to correct your own mistakes will lead to your downfall. Admit your mistakes and learn from them, and then move forward. I have the imagination, drive, intuition, integrity, love for what I do and fortitude, but I don't have the best organizational skills and I know that, which is why I have a COO who has those skills in spades. Also because I sometimes work from gut instinct and reserve the right to change my mind at anytime. I would never have a partner or investor of any kind.
  7. EarlPins, 80% of restaurants fail within the 1st 5 years. It appears that the failure rate among distilleries is a great deal lower than that. Does anyone have an idea what it is? Also, I've seen more than one distiller who has been in business for a year produce superior products than some others, who have been in business far longer. Some people learn a great deal faster than others. Some never learn. Personally, I think that there is room for thousands more small distilleries in the US.
  8. It seems like Rusty told me that the top of the still, columns and condenser will be on the 2nd floor and the bottom of the still and stand on the 1st floor.
  9. Below is a picture of one of our 2,500 gallon (10,000 Liter) Ultra Pro Whiskey Stills that we are building. We are also building the mash tun, fermenters and receiving tanks that go along with the still. This is the 3rd complete system that this customer has purchased from us in the last 7 years. They are getting ready to pull the trigger on another 2,500 gallon system so that they can keep up with their orders. This still will do a 2,500 gallon stripping run in 3 hrs. You can do whiskey in one run in 4 to 5 hrs. That is incredibly fast for a 10,000 Liter still. We build these in a 5,000 gallon (20,000 Liter) size as well. These stills cost less than continuas stills with the same output and they produce much better spirits because continuous column stills never get all of the heads out.
  10. Below is a picture of some equipment that we completed last week. 300 gallon Ultra Pro Vodka Still with our jacketed open top corn fermenters. We sell several fifferent types of fermenters including conicals.
  11. Hello Guy, I have equipment in a distillery in the Golan Heights. We have great quality equipment at great prices and we are in over 300 distilleries in the US and many others around the world. Below is a picture of one of Signature Series Ultra Pro Vodka Stills. email me and we will send you a quote and some references, including our customer in Israel.
  12. Okay great! Thanks Matt.
  13. Sad but true. These assholes probably have money in offshore accounts or buried somewhere. I just don't understand how someone could do something like this to people. One of the brothers is an engineer, however I could have came up with a better plate design when I was 12 years old. His engineering abilities concerning stills is at around a 4th grade level in my opinion. I can't resist telling this interesting story. Back in the 1970s the old Kingpin who lived in the Holler where I grew up, would bury cash. He had $64,000.00 in cash from moonshining and pot growing buried up in the woods in a 1/2 gallon Mason jar and his wife was the only one that knew where it was. The money disappeared and she swore that she didn't take it but it led to their divorce a couple of years later.
  14. I have not built one before but I have looked at multiple drawings and I do understand the plumbing and how they work. If you had me build one, the first thing that I would do is build a small prototype and run it to make sure that it works and make changes over several days and or even weeks to improve functionality over the original designs. I do that with all new designs. I have a very good equipment testing lab for that purpose and i have an employee in there running equipment 40 hrs per week every week.
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