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  1. I don't want to deal with messy dust, not to mention extra safety hazards. Also benchtop tests do show improved yields, which definitely adds up when you're using organic grains. Thanks for the tips so far. A meat grinder sounds like an interesting option, although we're looking at 1000lbs per batch and I'm not sure how practical it would be.
  2. Thanks, that is a relevant article and similar to what I'd envision. I am still interested in a discussion of specific models and feedback, if anyone has any experience with them...
  3. I'm interested in exploring options for wet milling grain. Perhaps some sort of batch shear mixer or in-line grinder pump type system. Curious if anyone has any suggestions for specific models that are appropriately sized and priced for a microdistillery?
  4. Fortunately for you and consumers, the term organic is already explicitly defined by Federal law, so there is no ambiguity about what it means and no further explanation or disclaimers should be necessary. Compliance is also strictly enforced with detailed recorded keeping and annual inspections by an accredited certifying agency: https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/organic-standards I'm not sure how widely irradiated agricultural products are actually being used by distilleries, but this is still a decent example of thinking beyond the individual consumer. I believe there is evidence that irradiated food can be chemically altered and may reduce nutritional content. However if we accept your assumption that the finished product is perfectly safe and unaltered, should that make it acceptable to the consumer? For many consumers it does still matter. You can't have irradiated products without an irradiation facility. What kind of radioactive materials do they use, and what's the risk of contamination to the environment? Do they generate radioactively contaminated waste? Would you mind if they opened a facility in your neighborhood? If not, how far away is acceptable? Would you have any concerns if they transported their waste products down your street on the way to dumping it at your local landfill? How many years will it stay hazardous?
  5. We're a certified organic distillery, so I can answer this one. The main benefit is that it's better for the environment overall. Perhaps in a refined finished product like distilled spirits, you might not worry as much about directly consuming residual poisons, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically engineered biochemicals, irradiated materials, etc. However if it's still an appropriate option if you'd prefer to reduce all of those in the world you live in. Let's say you're a fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico that enjoys bourbon made from Midwestern corn. You also know from first hand experience that the Dead Zone is bigger than ever and affecting your livelihood. Perhaps that might have some influence on your consumer product choices?
  6. Humboldt Distillery produces organic spirits in Humboldt County, on California's North Coast. We're currently looking for a full-time distiller. This position will be responsible for a broad range of duties within the distillery, including: distillation, mashing, fermentation, cleaning, blending and gauging spirits, bottling, packaging, record keeping, and even more cleaning. Previous experience at a distillery, brewery, winery or other production facility would be preferable, but not a strict requirement. A technical aptitude, a desire to learn new skills, and ability to lift 50 pounds are requirements. If you're interested, please email your resume to the address below. It may take a week or two before we have a chance to review, and please accept our apologies in advance if we are unable to respond to every inquiry. humboldtdistillery-jobs@yahoo.com
  7. Humboldt Distillery produces organic spirits in Humboldt County, on California's North Coast. We're currently looking for a full-time distiller. This position will be responsible for a broad range of duties within the distillery, including: distillation, mashing, fermentation, cleaning, blending and gauging spirits, bottling, packaging, record keeping, and even more cleaning. Previous experience at a distillery, brewery, winery or other production facility would be preferable, but not a strict requirement. A technical aptitude, a desire to learn new skills, and ability to lift 50 pounds are requirements. For more information, please email humboldtdistillery-jobs@yahoo.com
  8. Looks like our post was a bit premature. We just determined it's going to be too hard to find quick replacements for new barrels with air seasoned wood, and are going to reuse these barrels. We'll post these again in the future to see if anyone is interested in twice used barrels. Also, in case anyone was curious about market prices, I did have a few offers for these barrels in the $40-60 price which I'm sure would have been fair if we decided not to reuse them.
  9. We have 12 used barrels for sale, all five gallon American oak that had a #3 char. These aged organic malt whiskey for 8-9 months. I'm not sure exactly how to price them, so send me a PM and let me know what they may be worth to you. They'll ship from N. California and each barrel weighs about 19 pounds, and all of them would easily fit on a single pallet.
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    branded JD barrels 53 gallon

    A word of caution: I tried purchasing used barrels earlier this year from Greg at Great Lakes Barrels. I paid $3K in advance to his Paypal account, but all I ever received in return were a couple months of increasingly far-fetched excuses followed by him simply ignoring all my calls and emails. Fortunately I used my credit card and I got my charges reversed when I reported getting ripped off.
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    Interest in Continuous Stills?

    How much heat are you inputting into your system? All I saw on your parts list was a 5500 watt heating element. Unless I'm missing something, I wouldn't think that would be enough energy to strip 1 GPM of wash.
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    Interest in Continuous Stills?

    Looks like you guys are on the right track. I've also got a small stripping still I built about a year ago. It started as a 1500 watt system and would strip 3.5 gallons of wash per hour. It ran very reliably and stripped thousands of gallons of wash with a very high efficiency. Less than 1% loss in the stillage. Recently rebuilt it to run 2-3 times faster with 4300 watts of power. It's not as efficient yet, but I'm still getting it dialed in. The still itself is mostly made from off the shelf parts, but I built a somewhat complicated controller that uses three PID controllers that input temperature from multiple points on the column.
  13. We need a minimum of 8 full size bourbon barrels ASAP, but would prefer to take 16 if you have them. We might also consider an equivalent volume of 15 or 30 gallon barrels. Please email what you've got and where they'd ship from to info -at- humboldtdistillery.com
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    pH and fermentation time

    Low pH and slow fermentation are common, but you should see that if you're patient it will eventually finish below 1.0 specific gravity. Suggested remedies would be reducing your sugar amount and target ABV, or just being patient and investing in more fermenters.
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    Calibrating your own hydrometers?

    How close are your own measurements compared to the values from the TTB lab? Just curious, what's the calibration procedure and frequency for a DMA5000M?
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