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  1. Cooling Water set up feedback

    Not sure what setup mentioned above your looking for, but the simple one we are using looks like this: Conestoga River -> City Water -> Condensers on Still -> Hot Water Holding Tank -> Mash Tun
  2. Wash Ratios

    It would seem this question depends heavily on the type of molasses you are using and its sugar content. Here are two previous conversations that touch on this subject:
  3. Invaluable equipment vs

    That seriously sucks, and I am very sorry to hear it. You should certainly share the name/info on the company you purchased from so others can hopefully avoid something like that! Hope your up and running with a new/better still now!
  4. Bourbon and rye for sale, 53g barrels

  5. POS system for sales

    We have been using Square since we opened for bottles sales and cocktail service and have been very happy with it. I think its an excellent solution for both our tasting room and some off site sales at festivals and such. I am curious if anyone out there is running a full restaurant with kitchen and bar service, and if so what POS systems you have experience with?
  6. Organic distilled spirits means exactly what?

    I think this is a great point, and it is what I try to do in most cases, and its nice that I can point them to our corn based spirits. But sometimes I cant help myself. Its like when someone asks if we have our bourbon in 375ML bottles. I could just tell then yes, its right here, but I generally I can't help pointing out that we make Rye Whiskey and not Bourbon. Or another example is when folks say Bourbon can only be made in Kentucky. When talking about spirits most people are open to having their beliefs challenged, but when talking about gluten you might as well be arguing existence of god.
  7. Organic distilled spirits means exactly what?

    Not to split hairs, but Gluten intolerance, whether celiac or other, does not trigger anaphylactic shock and as such an epi pen would be basically useless. A wheat allergy on the other hand, could trigger a reaction where an epi pen would be helpful, and it is possible someone could have both a gluten intolerance and a wheat allergy, but they are not the same thing. They are completely different types of conditions. https://www.oakstreetmedical.com/easyblog/entry/wheat-allergy-gluten-intolerance-and-celiac-disease
  8. Organic distilled spirits means exactly what?

    I love the folks that come in and ask what spirits we have that are gluten free. I tell them all our spirits including the whiskey is gluten free; they tell me it cant be because its made from grains; I explain gluten is a protein that cant pass through the distillation process and hence all our products are gluten free; they tell me it cant be because its made from grains. I suggest they read the information from the FDA, Canadian Celiac Association or National Institute of Health that explain why all distilled spirits are gluten free; they tell me it cant be because its made from grains; I tell them the world is round; they tell me it cant be because its made from grains; I tell them to buy the vodka or gin because they are made from corn.
  9. Inexpensive Pump for Hot Water/Backset

    https://www.grainger.com/category/air-operated-diaphragm-pumps/diaphragm-pumps/pumps/ecatalog/N-htoZ1yyyaqdZ1yzy257#nav=%2Fcategory%2Fair-operated-diaphragm-pumps%2Fdiaphragm-pumps%2Fpumps%2Fecatalog%2FN-htoZ1yzy257Z1yyy9kl If you have a compressor one of these might be an option. We have a new one that I know is rated for 212F that we purchased. We also had a cheap used one from eBay that I did not know the temp rating on, but it lasted for about two years pumping our spent mash. Was a great option for us when starting on a super tight budget.
  10. Best label company

    We also use Blue Label Digital Printing and are very happy with them. Lots of sales reps are always stopping by to try to get our business and I typically just give them and old invoice from Blue Label and ask if they can match the price. None has been able to so far.
  11. New tax reform

    I typically move product out of bond the day its bottled so that would not help me, but the idea of making a year or mores worth of gin/vodka in advance and moving that out prior to 2020 is interesting. This strategy would really only work for distilleries that have access to capital and easy storage.
  12. Corson Distilling

    Was this the link you are trying to share: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article187541748.html
  13. Ethanol Water Contraction and Dilution

    Its kinda what everyone needs at every distillery!
  14. Organic distilled spirits means exactly what?

    For a distilled product (and probably many other products as well) being organic does not (in my opinion at least) affect the final product itself; but many people would argue that the process used to create an organic product is more environmentally friendly and as such adds value to the product even though it may be indistinguishable from a non-organic product.