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  1. We've been having trouble with our tasting room ice maker accumulating "cold mold" to the point that the drain becomes clogged and the ice bin fills with water. We lease the machine and the guy we lease from is now telling us the fast accumulation of "cold mold" is the result of the yeast we use - despite my insistence that yeast needs certain conditions, including somewhat specific temperatures and a food source. He tells me that this is an issue in all the distilleries he leases machines to. Is anyone else having this issue with their ice maker?
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    AlcoDens LQ on Linux

    Jedd, I considered that but my understanding is that then exposes your Mac to PC malware. I opted for your second suggestion and got a cheap Acer PC for Alcodens. Anyway, as a Mac user for the last decade I can barely navigate Windows anymore. Indy, web-based would be great but I do appreciate that it's such an affordable - and totally indispensable - piece of software and I'm fine having a dedicated PC just for Alcodens!
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    Filtration During Barrel Harvest

    Thanks, jeffw! How are you using a mesh sock? Are you using a small one that fits inside the bung hole or are you using one inline with the hoses? It seems like the latter would clog and result in a stalled pump.
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    AlcoDens LQ on Linux

    Longing for the day Harvey adds a Mac version! Meanwhile, I have a PC that only gets used for Alcodens.
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    Filtration During Barrel Harvest

    What are all you folks doing to prevent charcoal fragments from entering your pump during barrel harvest? I'm using a Flojet G70 for harvesting and I have their inline strainer between the barrel and the pump, as well as a piece of nylon mesh that I hose-clamped to the end of the hose that goes inside the barrel. I have to continually stop the pump and remove the debris from the mesh hose-end to prevent it from stalling the pump. There's got to be an easier way!
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    Micro-Distillery in building attached to a residence.

    Thanks, Bluestar. The space we're considering relocating to is also next to a Methodist church, which may or may not be a local issue, but the church has a preschool in it which enters another gray area as state law doesn't allow alcohol sales within 500' of a school. Is a preschool considered a school? The prefix suggests it's not to this layman. Also, the state law allows for local municipalities to reduce or eliminate the 500' rule at it's discretion. This could be moe of an uphill battle than I'm prepared for.
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    Micro-Distillery in building attached to a residence.

    How about a mixed use commercial space where local municipal code allows for live/ work dwellings and there are two floor-level spaces in a freestanding building that are adjoined but have separate addresses and separate egresses? Anyone have any any insight or experience with TTB in this regard?
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    Barrel Filling Cane

    Any other suggestions for gauging while barrel filling? I have a proofing tank on a floor scale but no way to lift full barrels onto the rack (no forklift) if I do it that way. I’m thinking I may have to bite the bullet on a suitable flow meter unless anyone has another suggestion. It’s still cheaper, and takes up far less floorspace, than a forklift.
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    Barrel Filling Cane

    Can you PM me what your solution is? I may be interested. I’m looking for a flow meter to use while barrel filling.
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    Distribution via fed ex?

    Hi Coop, we're also in CO. I know this is an old post so was just wondering if you're still doing this without hassle? I thought it was a federal law that prohibited the shipment of spirits without proper licensing. It'd sure be nice to know that we can ship bottles here and there!
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    Reuse Glass Bottles?

    Mike, does this remove labels or just wash bottles that are already stripped of their label? Cost?
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    Wages for production assistant?

    Thanks, guys! Our intern declined the job starting him at $12/hr as he was expecting closer to $30/hr - even after I showed him a job listing for an established brewery offering $14/hr for a head brewer with minimum two years professional experience. Apparently he didn't bother to do much research into the industry pay rates before he decided to pursue a career in brewing/ distilling.
  13. Hoping that I'm posting in the right place... I'm hoping for some feedback and suggestions as to a reasonable wage for a production assistant with no experience beyond a 12 month certificate in applied craft brewing (+ ~100 hours as an intern in our distillery) and some home brewing experience. What are others paying folks for what is basically unskilled labor and will require much supervision and additional training in order to eventually be able to manage the various processes and reporting without supervision?
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    Bar top Corking maching

    fstmatt, looking forward to seeing the pics!
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    Bar top Corking maching

    fstmatt, that looks like it was/ is painful. Speedy recovery!