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  1. What ever happened to iStill?

    Well technology is all around us, for good or bad. I attended the Madison class looking for validity in the Istills place in the industry. Well as a traditional distiller I can say that the theoretical and practical aspects of distillation have not been altered by the addition of a ROBOT, the ease and consistency of producing and replicating product seems to have been achieved. This by no means should imply it will make you a distiller overnight there are too many other phases of distilling such as mashing, fermenting, blending and marketing to name a few the ROBOT can not do for you, however it does free up much needed time to delegate to these chores. I was told a quote, wont tell you who told me or who was being quoted but it went like this. " somewhere between the romance of distilling and profitability you will find the Istill." Well yes as well any other system, experience and Knowledge to need accompany the Istill as any other, the one factor following this still is ease, consistency and a real time management tool. For anyone entering the industry the Istill and its technology should be explored and considered, however there will always be the need for romance in distilling for many of us. This is the classical art form we were born into, The Istill for the future distillers could create a whole new modern/futuristic art form. I have always been a non conformist/ traditionalist and proud to be one. The Istill is just one of the many new innovations out there to explore and drive the industry into bottles never seen before. Honestly, Matt
  2. Topping off barrels

    OH yes and if Mona LOa erupts and your barrels vibrate your aging has been reset with the contact with the USED barrel. Sorry
  3. Topping off barrels

    And yes nab, the emptying dictates the USED definition not adding
  4. Topping off barrels

    Bottom line IN MY OPINION is unless the original spirit is removed from said NEW barrel Aging continues until the SPIRIT is removed changing the NEW unused barrel to a USED barrel status. Addition of water inside or out. Movement or rotation left or right. will not and does not change the aging of the SPIRIT until it is REMOVED from a NEW unused barrel. remove it and the second addition of un-aged spirits defines a used barrel. get real guys. nobody would have age to their spirits. stop splitting hairs.
  5. Topping off barrels

    People think what your saying. This would mean every time you move a barrel rack or pallet with barrels on it you will have to restart the clock. How do all of you keep your barrels from drying out? If you rotate you stop the clock. If you saturate you would stop the clock. 5% lose now exponentially increases as staves shrink and vapor escapes. Glad you all don't make and interpret the laws.
  6. Topping off barrels

    In regards to nabs interpretation of bluestar touching used barrel by adding water or rolling is absurd. Dumping and adding new spirits constitutes a barrel being used. I disagree with this. This means you can never change or move the barrels placement EVER during its time in the barrel . Again absurd.
  7. Topping off barrels

    Like I said. It's the spirit not the water. Tax!$
  8. Topping off barrels

    Thank you Roger. See you soon. Visiting distilleries in Wisconsin this week. Be upstate soon
  9. Topping off barrels

    Roger, to throw another twist strictly to promote thought, is. the original whiskey in question and the portion of which the ttb bases its regulations on is the spirit, alcohol, which is produced under its guidelines, once introduced into a barrel and further never leaves said barrel can not be considered used nor the age halted. THIS is my interpretation/ opinion and should be treated as such. the only interpretation that matters is that of our governing bureau. TTB I love opinions, like something else everyone has one. did you ever get a answer from the TTB?
  10. Topping off barrels

    My two cents open for every ones interpretation, are we not, weighing, gauging and paying tax on the spirit not the water? Is the water aging or the spirit? If the spirit does not leave the barrel is it still new? or used? I still have not seen a decisive answer substantiated by the cfr/ttb. Matt
  11. TTB Formula Approvals - Meadowsweet

    Meadowsweet was used in both England and Scandinavian countries to flavor alcohol. In the middle ages it was called meadwort for its use in mead. Stick with it
  12. Looking to source start up equipment in Canada?

    MDH, I visited their facility and had an in depth discussion about set up, size and Budgeting. They were extremely receptive to customizing the configuration and " bells and whistle". The product is top notch! Made in north america and delivery is spot on. I was completely impressed with their quality and diversity, and as I like to call it a complete system tuned and sized in on package. I have a few clients very interested and will be engaging in design and pricing in the near future. I truly believe this is a manufacturer to watch. more or less their system is complete and a plug in mechanicals and go. a distillery on a skid. Not just for Canadians. anyone serious in saving time and money should talk to them. Again call Gregg at 250-652-2111 or email them at www.specific.net Matt
  13. Low Pressure Steam Boiler Wanted

    Rite or columbia boilers are great
  14. Looking to source start up equipment in Canada?

    Canadian made, complete systems available. Check out specific mechanical systems in Victoria BC. Call Gregg at 250-652-2111 and check out www.specific.net They had a set up at ADI in San Diego. Check them out!
  15. So is anyone actually making money??

    Wow! Thanks my friend. As you would agree, having help when you need it is a blessing. I only wish we could have started working together earlier in your venture. I too agree with above posts. One key ingredient to making money is spending your money wisely and having an efficient system and sop. having a consultant to support and guide you throughout the process saves you time and money. And yes sometimes your ass. Making money is what we all dream about doing and having a consultant you can count on and trust is key to saving time and making money. All future and existing distillers should have one in your corner. Matt
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