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  1. Southernhighlander

    What part of the Business Plan did you struggle with?

    Glenlyon, That's cool. I have some questions. If you don't want to answer them I understand and that is no problem. Do you do your own whole selling or do you have a sales person that does it for you? Do you deliver with a truck or van or something or how does that work? Do you find that most liquor stores and bars are interested in your product? Also, I have been thinking about having some spirits that I would sell as well brands and the bars could return my bottles when we deliver so that they can be refilled. This would save my customers some money. Just one of my outside the box ideas. Have you ever heard of anyone doing that? What about tasting room sales. What percentage of your sales are tasting room sales. We are down a gravel road 30 minutes away from the nearest very small town but a lot of people use that highway to go to Branson MO. Also it is a very long winding hill country highway that bikers love. By bikers I'm mainly talking about RUBs and not 1%ers. They usually come down this highway in large groups. The distillery will be 1/2 mile down our gravel driveway.
  2. Southernhighlander

    What part of the Business Plan did you struggle with?

    So you can sell directly to liquor stores and bars as well as bottles out of your tasting room?
  3. Southernhighlander

    What part of the Business Plan did you struggle with?

    I'm in a state were I can hold a wholesale (distributors license) and I automatically get a by the drink and carry out license, with my state distiller's licence. I plan on hiring a salesman who will also do my deliveries to bars and liquor stores etc. I have already spoken to several bars and liquor stores in my area who are very interested in the products that I am going to sell and we have even talked about placement on the shelf with several of them. We will also be selling bottles out of our distillery tasting room and we will also be doing tours. We are way out in the boonies along a highway that a lot of tourists use. The state will be putting up a couple of signs along the highway for us. We will also be doing hands on distilling classes, so we willl have people paying us to make some of our spirits. Mainly the students will be making our white dog for the Tennessee style Whiskey and Bourbon that will be going into our rackhouses. We will have traditional rackhouses built here on our 40 acre property, so that will give us an advantage over competitors who are aging in distilleries in cities and towns. We will be aging 4 years, 6 years, 10 years and 16 years. We will be doing a very broad range of spirits. Is there anyone else out there that self distributes and sells bottles out of their distillery?
  4. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Actually that's pretty damn good. I always loved that song.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    I don't think the blue macro glitter would go over well. It's to cityfied and appears to indicate metrosexuality instead of rugged individualismūü§£
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    Anyone have experience w/ Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC??

    Lor, It will be a couple of months before we have the pricing on our web sites, however we can quote you any time. Call 417-778-6100 or email paul@distillery-equipment.com
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    Anyone have experience w/ Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC??

    Hi Lor, We are building 2 of the signature series stills for customers right now. I attached drawings of one below. As soon as they are complete I will have pics. There are lots of different options and configurations for the signature series stills. the one below has a copper top on the inner boiler and a stainless skirt with an engine turning pattern. These stills look much like the German made stills.
  8. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    I always hated gin. Gin is not something that is very popular down here in the south. A few people drink it, but Southerners in general do not like it, which is why you see very little Gin but a lot of Bourbon, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy and moonshine being made in distilleries in the south. To most of us Southerners drinking beefeater or tanqueray or any of those traditional Gins is like trying to drink a cedar tree. It just does not taste good. I will say however that I have had 1 craft Gin that I liked. It did not seem to have any juniper at all. You could taste orange peel and cinnamon but none of that awful, horrible, paint peeling juniper flavor. If I were going to sell something with infused flavors such as cinnamon and orange peel. I would certainly call it flavored moonshine instead of gin, because the moonshine would sell much better here, than Gin. If I were in New England or the midwest or west, I would be more apt to sell Gin, because you have to cater to your market.
  9. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Personally I think the smart thing to do is to make all the above, or whatever sells best for you. You sell what works best for you and I'll sell what works best for me. That's a win win situation right? Or, it's at the very least a winning situation for me.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Below are some links to the kind of info that I think you are looking for: http://business.time.com/2013/05/27/moonshine-is-growing-in-the-u-s-and-big-whiskey-wants-a-taste/ https://www.bevindustry.com/articles/87323-moonshine-sales-grow-triple-digits?v=preview https://www.cnn.com/2015/06/17/world/moonshine-legal-golden-age/index.html http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/ole-smoky-moonshine-sheds-hillbilly-roots/299533/ All of the links above are to articles that are very positive. I couldn't find any that were negative. People love those essentially fruit flavored cocktails where I live, especially women. Vodkas flavored with all of that unnatural stuff don't even compare to good naturally flavored moonshines. I would much rather have something that tastes like Grandma's apple pie and there are a great many just like me in that regard. Also what would my man cave be without some white lightning on the shelves and some peach flavored shine in the fridge? All perfectly legal of course.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    You are welcome Don Mateo. When you are ready to start your distillery let me know and I will quote you for equipment. We currently have equipment in distilleries in Mexico, Peru and Ecuador. The one in Ecuador has a capacity of 1,000 gallons. paul@distillery-equipment.com
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    Anyone have experience w/ Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC??

    Mike, We have been putting out equipment orders for 2 to 3 distilleries per week for the last few months and our orders keep increasing as time moves forward. Our orders have been increasing year over year for 6 years but they really increased in a major way right after the Trump tax cuts.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Below are pics of a still and thumper that we are building for a distillery in OK that will be primarily making legal moonshine. It is a 250 gallon jacketed electric baine marie, but it can be switched over to low pressure steam. In many ways it is a recreation of a still from the 1880s. I will post some better pics in a couple of days once we finish it.
  14. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Robert, My wife and son and I went to MI on vacation last summer. We really loved the UP and the Yoopers were my kind of people.
  15. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Robert, You are correct. Jefferson did repeal the whiskey tax in 1802 but you are incorrect about it being settled permanently. It was brought back during the war of 1812 in 1814 and was repealed in 1817. https://www.accountingschoolguide.com/sin-taxes/ As far as the nastier side. Yes the revenuers that came down after the civil war were really nasty. Especially after they started using released prisoners. I don't have any particular book that I recommend. I am a reenactor and living historian. Mostly I get my historical info from books, newspapers, periodicals, government records and autobiographies from whatever period that I am interested in.. I also learn a great deal by immersing myself in historical periods at historical reenactments. There is nothing like standing shoulder to shoulder in a line of infantry, following the orders of your officers, firing your musket while the cannons roar behind and in front of you. The camp life is just as extraordinary. I generally take historical suppositions written by people who were not there with a grain of salt. "Trust but verify".
  16. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    AB, I just checked out your web site. Congratulations on the Gold Medal and other awards that you received for your moonshine! Your bottles and especially your labels are well done. I love the fact that you are using real peaches, cinnamon and other natural flavorings. With all of the outlets that you already have for your spirits, it looks like you are well on your way to success. One of the oldest names for Bourbon is Charter Whiskey. That name was coined by the people who invented it. My Scots Irish ancestors were making bourbon in the Southern Highlands of the US and calling it Charter Whiskey long before Elijah Craig came along. It is certainly legal to make Bourbon anywhere in the world but you just can't call it Bourbon. Labeling it Charter Whiskey may be a good alternative. Maybe you could have a short explanation on the bottle of what it means. I grew up in The Great Smokey Mountains of Eastern Tenn. I go back to the first settlers that came to the Smokies in the seventeen hundreds. Many of my ancestors before that were southern planters who's families came to the colonies in the 1600s. One landed at New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1664 as a Lt of British Royal Marines. I have ancestors who served in the French and Indian war, revolutionary war and the civil war. My 4th great uncle was the Post Master General and later the Secretary of the Treasury Pro Temp for the Confederate States of America. Before that he was a US Congressman. My 4th great grandfather enlisted with Fighting Joe Wheeler's Cavalry in 1861 and he rode with Joe Wheeler until the end of the war. He was 49 years old when he enlisted. Later Joe Wheeler was the US Major General in Command of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders when they charged up San Juan Hill in the Spanish American war. General Wheeler had Malaria and became confused and yelled "lets go boys, we have the damn yankees on the run again". My father served in WWII and my brother served in Vietnam. There was no tax on whiskey making in the US from 1817 up until the end of the Civil war. Southern whiskey makers hated the tax. Since they used their own agricultural products and labor to produce their whiskey, it did not seem right to them that they had to pay the government to make it, especially since it had been legal for them to do so before the end of the war. The federal government sent revenuers down south to put a stop to it, but most of the moonshiners then were Confederate Veterans and many of the revenuers were killed or tarred and feathered and sent back up North. Finally when the fed government could no get anyone else to do the job, they resorted to offering prisoners their freedom if they would become revanuers and go into the southern highlands to enforce the whiskey blockade. These people, many of which were thieves and other types of scoundrels took the job, but they were brutal and nasty people and so the mountain people of that period hated revanours with a passion. What moonshine means to me. It is part of my heritage. It is tradition. It's the little man sticking it to the government. It represents individualism. It represents a people who would not give up their whiskey making tradition no matter who demanded it of them. It is the drink of the down to earth, rural people who are called Rednecks, Hicks and Hillbillies by those who think that they are better. I am proud of my heritage and the distilling traditions of my people. After all, it was my peoples whiskey making traditions that gave the rest of the US and the world Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey. What Moonshine means today. Those who make legal moonshine and those who drink it are carrying on the traditions of individualism and the right to liberty. They are throwing dirt in the face of those who want to dictate rules for the rest of us and tell us what we should and should not be calling the spirits that we create in our own distilleries. They are telling the snobs and those who think that they are better than us, that they can go to hell. Shine on brothers and sisters in the North, West and South and all over the world. Shine on!!!
  17. Southernhighlander

    Anyone have experience w/ Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC??

    We completed three equipment orders for distilleries last week. One customer purchased 2 of the 150 gallon electric stills, one of which is shown below.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    The flavor profile of sour mash corn whiskey is much more suited for the barrel than sweet mash. Traditionally, good white moonshine was made from sweet mash and charter shine was made from sour mash and aged in an oak barrel. Charter refers to the char in the barrel. We will be producing both a white sweet mash corn whiskey moonshine made from 100% malted white Hickory King Corn and a charter shine (barrel aged) made from a 100% White Hickory King Malted, Corn Sour Mashed. For several generations Hickory King and Hickory Cane corn were the only varieties that the mountain people of the Appalachians would use to make white moonshine and charter shine. They believed that yellow corn made inferior whiskey and bourbon so they did not use it to make their good likker. Also many of them used malted corn and Hickory Cane and Hickory King malt well, while Yellow Dent does not. I'm surprised that the malt houses don't seem to know that. Jack Daniels only used Hickory King Corn or Hickory Cane Corn until Lem Motlow came along. Lem switched to yellow dent because of the price and availability.
  19. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Personally I love sweet mash corn whiskey with a nice buttery corn on the cob flavor. Aging sweet mash corn whiskey does not improve it. It is as good as it is ever going to be as soon as it settles out.
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    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

  21. Southernhighlander

    Moonshine (corn whiskey)

    Really? Just one East Tenn Distillery sells over 3,000,000 jars per year and the last time I checked their sales were increasing year over year. I don't think they are making any plans to liquidate their distillery any time soon. How many bottles of Gin did you sell last year? The flavored moonshines are especially big sellers down here. Country and small town folks love them. Some of the best flavored spirits that I have tried were apple pie moonshine and peach pie moonshine, both flavored with real juice with slices of fruit floating in them. No artificial flavors, Yumm! Moonshine is a novelty that sells extremely well in many areas of the US and that is an undeniable fact. AB, Personally I think that moonshine would sell well in Australia. It does okay in the UK. https://www.cnn.com/2015/06/17/world/moonshine-legal-golden-age/index.html
  22. Southernhighlander

    Equipment Vendors Selling Stills with Design Flaws

    Bluestar, I agree, most manufacturers have issues, especially within the first couple of years and with one offs and yes it's how those issues are handled that separates the good from the bad. We have had issues with new designs, but as we have grown and gained experience, issues have become less common. New designs can have flaws, but these are not new designs and these designs were not created by these vendors or the factories that supplied them. These 3 companies are selling stills built to design drawings that I did 5 or 6 years ago. I know this for a fact because their customers supplied me with the drawings that were given to them by the vendors, so that I could help them solve the many problems that they had encountered. The drawings were identical to my originals including all of the flaws that I originally drew in, to protect myself. Also I'm not talking about 1 issue or another, on the contrary these people had a myriad of problems.
  23. There is something going on that everyone should be aware of. There are 3 distillery equipment vendors out there that are importing stills from China that have major design flaws. One company is in Canada. All of the drawings on their web site are my design drawings. These drawings were given to them by a factory that I used to build some of my equipment. What they do not realize is that I added design flaws to the drawings before I submitted them to the factories. When I get the equipment here we fabricate things and change things to make these stills work correctly. We also pressure test them, inspect the welds, run and test the agitators, add apollo pressure relief and vacuum relief valves, assemble everything to make sure that all parts and components are there, then I personally do a 30 point inspection before the equipment leaves here.. Another company is in Washington state. I have helped one of their customers with multiple problems concerning their still. The vendor could not even give the customer the info needed to wire the agitator and that was just the beginning of a long list of problems. Another of these vendors is in the Rockies. This vender sold a still to a customer with the same design flaws that I drew into my designs when I submitted them to a certain factory 6 years ago.. I am helping that customer solve their problems now. Also this vendor sold a jacketed vessel to one of their customers with no vacuum relief valve and it imploded. If you are on a distillery equipment vendors web site and their stills look just like mine, beware they will probably not function properly, especially if they have bubble plate columns. Here is a link to my web site http://distillery-equipment.com if you see my design for sale on other web sites email me paul@distillery-equipment.com.
  24. Southernhighlander

    Column Leveling

    I would use all 16 holes and the cable. I would also ask the manufacturer what their recomendations are.
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    Column Leveling

    Those are the bolts. What is the OD of the column and the OD of the column flange?
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