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  1. Rhum Agricole

    A bit late to the game here, so please pardon me if I didn't read the entire thread. Recap: So, you are using EC1118 on molasses/syrup wash (not crystallized sugar) Using nutrients Fermenting at 70degF My suggestions based on our experience: Background - we ferment blackstrap and use an EDV strain. We ferment 300 gallons at about 18 Brix. Due to the molasses, we generally ferment down to approx. 7 Brix in under 7 days 1. EC1118 is a pretty broad range yeast. "Killer" strain with a wide temp range and ferments to fairly high proof. 2. Temp is slightly low for the EDV strains (we like to keep it 80-85 as per recommended), but below are recs for EC1118. If continuing with EC1118, you may want to try lowering the temp. LALVIN EC 1118 yeast should be stirred into 10:1 must/water mixture at 86 – 95 °F (30 – 35 °C), stirred again after approximately 20 minutes and then added to the must or wine (THIS IS FOR A STARTER). The optimum fermentation temperature is between 57.2 and 64.4 °F (14 – 18 °C). The minimum starting temperature is 53.6 °F (12 °C). The fermentation temperature should not exceed 86 °F (30 °C). Lower temperatures generally require higher dosage. 3. We use blackstrap. We initially used nutrients from Lallemand, but found no noticeable difference in ferment, so we do not use anymore. We add city water. We've found that for our yeast, city water and blackstrap seemed to have enough nutrients. Our source for blackstrap concurs and they have worked with Lallemand in the past with other producers. Not sure what type of syrup and values you use. 4. I would suggest, also, some form of oxygenation for the first 24-48 hours. We used to have long fermentation periods and have decreased them just using oxygenation. We oxygenate prior to pitching yeast, and then the following two mornings. Good luck, Todd Weiss
  2. Cream Base coming soon!

    Is this shelf stable or does it require refrigeration? Also, how do different proofs affect the aforementioned question?
  3. Tequila/Mexico agreement

    We are looking to get an agreement in place with Mexico to import tequila for a client. Is there anyone on here that has undertaken this endeavor? Thanks, Todd
  4. Distillery Equipment For Sale

    What style bottle do you use, if they are still available?
  5. ROPP Capper for Sale

    Slightly used Accutek ROPP capper for sale. Used for 2 small production runs for a discontinued product. We no longer have a need for this capper. It has been covered and well-kept. Description: Model 900-1001-085, Semiautomatic ROPP capper with 4 rollers, descending head. 208V 60Hz, O,37 KW three phase. Dimensions 450X450X1100mm, weight 55Kg. Production speed 600 bph and upward, depending on operator. Has been used twice since purchase July 2015. Customer we bought it for closed. $4000, with prepaid delivery within 1 week of payment receipt. Contact James Craig @ 843-345-2010 or james@stripedpigdistillery.com or www.stripedpigdistillery.com
  6. Recording stripping runs/heads/tails on monthly reports

    Side note: If you are making vodka out of 189 proof neutral, please ensure that it was distilled to 190. It's not vodka if it wasn't distilled to 190 proof.
  7. Your time is money! Let us do the tedious work, while you continue to make your award winning spirits. We have expanded our bottling capabilities, and now have extra capacity. We are available to co-pack and bottle bulk spirits to free up extra time for you. Right now, we have the abilitiy to do 1.75L, 1L and 750ml bottles. Our new line consists of a bottle rinser, filler, corker (with screw top capability), labeler and shrink tunnel. We also have ROPP capabilities if needed. Note: All components are not pictured here. Awesome artwork by Patch Whisky. For more information, please call: Jim Craig Striped Pig Distilllery 843-345-2010
  8. Adjusting Proof in Liqueurs

    Harvey! Glad to hear things are rolling along and you're getting Le Clos. ? Can't wait to see what you come up with. Todd
  9. Anyone using Automated bottling?

    Does anyone have any experience with automated bottling lines? We are looking to expand our capacity and have ordered a bottling line. It requires an air compressor. I am actually looking for info on good, affordable, oil-less air compressors. I can provide more info on our needs, if you have knowledge of these. Thanks!
  10. Adjusting Proof in Liqueurs

    Guys, thanks for your input. We have been speaking to Meerkat as he works to develop this software. I would hope and suggest that anyone with insight please contact him, as this project could benefit our entire community. Thanks, Todd
  11. I am looking for a better way to adjust proof in liqueurs. By better, I mean better than add water, re-distill sample for obscuration, repeat, etc. I'm not that smart, so an example would be great. We proof our basic spirits with hydrometers, by weight, Can someone walk me through the correct way to take a small sample and figure out how much water to add to bring it down to a specific proof? I understand that we would still need to re-distill the end product to ensure it is, indeed, the correct proof. Thanks, Todd
  12. Artisan Still Design now American Made

    Congrats! Great to hear.
  13. Case Labels: SSCC vs GTIN

    I am trying to find out the difference in usage, at our level, for GTIN and SSCC codes. Which would be more likely to be found in a case of spirits? I don't believe one is required though. My understanding is that SSCC codes are commonly used for pallet shipments. Any suggestions?
  14. Spent grain removal

    Any reason that you don't distill on the grains as well? We ferment and distill on the grain. We pump all leftover grains/liquid into a tote and our farmer collects everything. I don't know that there are standard practices. It depends on your cash flow. You can purchase a piece of equiment that can separate the liquid from the grains. There are a few other options depending upon how fine your grain is ground. Some folks use flour and rinse it all down the drain after the stripping run. This will be dependent upon local waste water laws. If you're grains aren't finely ground, your best bet would probably be to run it through some type of open-topped container with a false bottom. Possibly something you make out of a few hdpe barrels. I would note that you should probably have a coarse and fine filter. If you just try to use something like window screening, it will clog up pretty quickly. How is your farmer carting away the waste?
  15. 3 Tier Separation between producers, retailers etc

    Thanks John. I thought that was the case. Todd