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  1. Michaelangelo

    How are you cleaning bottles

    Grant, do you want to share your solution, maybe post a picture?
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    Enzyme Disposal

    Ok, end of the year and we are cleaning out the closets before inventory. What does everyone do with expired enzymes? I’m guessing that you shouldn’t just dump them down the drain.
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    Dewatering on the cheap.

    What’s the cost of the bag?
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    Pass through distribution

    Unfortunately most distributors are just a delivery vehicle, it’s all up to you to create the demand.
  5. Unfortunately we are into “weird science” here. Much of this is left up to the interpretation of an individual sitting behind a desk, just once I would I would like to see some absolute and definitive guidelines on this topic either by the insurance carriers or the TTB or a collaboration of the two. We waste a lot of time debating these things and we all need the same answers for example: What is the minimum distance between a DSP and a residence? What exactly defines separation? Why isn’t getting your local municipality and local fire marshall to approve your plan part of the application process for the TTB? Shouldn't there be a “basic” insurance policy that all DSP’s must have, and then options based on your particular situation? Inquiring minds want to know these things.
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    Plumbing question: is this normal?

    Most health departments look at a three compartment sink and immediately draw upon the need to enforce controls designed for restaurant applications. Those include an air gap of at least six inches flowing into a floor sink that has been tied into a $15,000 grease trap. Best to check with your local health department before making any repairs. If you use that sink to clean anything from your tasting room it falls under their jurisdiction. You might want to check the local health department website to see if their construction/remodel requirements are online before you call them.
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    Would love to see this in action if you can video it. We experimented with something homemade but similar built the proto out of plywood and worked well, but too slow and had a back up we had to start and stop three times before finishing.
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    How Much Should Proofing/Bottling Cost?

    Assuming that you are providing all of the consumables (bottles, labels, corks, tamper seal, cartons, etc.) I have seen this anywhere from .50 to 1.00 per bottle depending on the quantity just for the labor. Then you have to add in the cost of the labor to dump, proof, and transport. Just curious as to why you would want to outsource this when you could do it yourself?
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    Opinions on this 1868 Still Patent

    Really the first “Hybrid”
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    Eye Wash Stations

    In this case I would listen. If you can’t see because of mishap, what happens to your family? T&S Brass has a great eyewash station that hangs on the wall and doesn’t have to be plumbed. You change the liquid every six months, and it passes all of the OSHA Inspections.
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    Point of Sale System

    Wells Fargo offered us Clover as part of our Merchant Services Agreement. Works like a charm.
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    Spent Grains after on-grain distillation

    Where are you buying beet pellets?
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    need help with posting

    Who manufactured the still, any specs on the boiler?
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    Wheat Grain Seperation

    My question exactly, we tried something similar and the heat deformed the tote so bad that it ended up being a one-time use.
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    480 Gallon Proofing Tank on Load Cells

    Adam, where did you buy the load cells and control box?
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    Supply Chain

    Are you being hit by freight surcharges, pallet charges, or unusual fees when ordering raw materials/supplies for your distillery or brewery?
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    Sewer Limitations due to IPC/Regulations

    In most jurisdictions you will need a minimum of 2 ADA Compliant restrooms.
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    Fermentation stops @ 50%

    You should be using a carbon block to filter the water that you are using for your mashing. If as Silk and indyspirits have mentioned, if the local municipality has made a change in their treatment protocols your filter may be compromised/infected. Try replacing the cartridge and flush it heavily before the next batch. I would also have a chat with your local water department to ask them if there have been any changes or recordable incidents since you started having issues.
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    Jake Norris Consulting

    Hey Jake, what happened to the app you had for the IPhones?
  20. Michaelangelo

    Anyone have experience w/ Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC??

    Paul, what is the heat up time on something like this?
  21. Michaelangelo

    How Long Before You Broke New Business Momentum

    Making it is easy, it's the sales end of it that is the hard part. You need to be spending 90% of your time building relationships with the bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. This is a seven day a week endeavor because you have to catch these people at times when they work and are able to see you. The turnover rate is pretty high in the restaurant industry so plan to recanvas at least every quarter so you know who is pouring your product and who you still have to convince.
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    Stillhouse vs. Whiskey Systems

    Early on we looked at everything available and ultimately decided on Whiskey Systems. More bang for the buck, and world class customer service. These guys really know their stuff, more importantly they can explain it in terms you can really understand. If there are problems or questions Donald and his team are right there helping you solve any issue that may arise. No need to look any further.
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    Resting White Spirits After Distillation & Proofing

    We "rest" our Gin for 20 days before bottling as many of the flavor characteristics come off at different boiling points. They need time to marry up and the best way is to vat everything and proof a little high. All the flavors will reach their peak after about 20 days and then you can take it to your final bottling proof and put it in the bottle. With Vodka you shouldn't have to follow this procedure. There shouldn't be any flavors to marry, so you should be good to go as soon as you proof and filter. We still take two or more days to do this as we creep up in the final proof to make sure we get it right.
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    Barrel Filling

    ZL-120L ? What color did you pick, what makes sense?
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    After 5 years and Broke

    I saw this and freaked! What went wrong here?