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  1. "Would you like fries with that?" Moments

    Completely agree. I should've phrased my original post to be geared more towards the gift shop ... not tasting bar. For us, we're glad to be able to serve our spirits in cocktails, but we're not set up to be a hangout cocktail bar.
  2. Has anyone made simple changes to their retail tasting rooms/gift shops that have positively impacted revenue? Things that made you wish you would've done them long ago? Maybe it was starting to offer gift cards or case discounts or a wider variety of products? Or maybe you literally started asking the "Would you like fries with that?" question in regards to another product or piece of merchandise. Even though this will undoubtedly vary by market, I'd love to hear everyone's ideas and success stories. -Matt
  3. Barrel logo engraving

    @HedgeBird Those look incredible! What kind of material is everyone having their stencils made from?
  4. Feeding the mill

    @Stumpy's Your setup sounds absolutely perfect. Did you build it out of wood or weld up a stand? Could you post a picture of it?
  5. Ideas on barrel filling

    Tom, What make/model spirit pump are you using?
  6. Cleaning Molasses Stained Hoses

    Thanks, Tom. Looks like exactly what we need. We also use a flexible impeller so hopefully this does the trick!
  7. Cleaning Molasses Stained Hoses

    We're using 2" Glidetech Butyl hoses for transferring mash/wash and over time they've become stained from the molasses washes. We use 100% molasses for our rum, and the same type of "film" or "dirt" that is left behind in the fermentation tanks is what seems to be in the hoses as well. We are able to easily clean the fermentation tanks with PBW and a brush ... but not so much the hoses. Anybody have any suggestions as to what chemicals or "pipe cleaner" of sorts that we could run through the hoses to scrub them a bit? Thanks in advance.
  8. Ending Gravity for Molasses Wash

    Good to hear. Thanks, Indy.
  9. Ending Gravity for Molasses Wash

    Question for everyone using molasses for rum: What are you finding your ending gravity reading to be? For some background, our SG is 1.065 and we're finding that ours has been stalling around 1.020. I know molasses has some unfermentables in it ... but that seems like an awful lot of unfermentables. Before we pitch the yeast, we're adding a little less than a gram of DAP per gallon of wash. Right now we're using 100% molasses, but we may start experimenting with backing down the molasses % and using granulated sugar to make up the difference. I'm open to any and all comments and suggestions. Thanks.
  10. Growth....Needing another mash tun

    Where are you located? We bought ours used from Zwirner Equipment in Hartsville, TN. It came from the dairy world, was fully insulated and jacketed, had an agitator already mounted, and they added a steam sparger to it for us. If they've got something on hand, I doubt the lead time on it will take you into 2017.
  11. Question for Vendome Condenser Owners:

    Great info. Thanks, Kris.
  12. Question for Vendome Condenser Owners:

    Thanks, Andy. About how hot is your water coming off the condenser?
  13. We're working on putting a closed chilled water loop in place, but since it's taking us longer to get going on than we'd planned, we're going to go ahead and get started by hooking up our city water supply to the still condenser and dephlegmator just so we can start production. For those of you that are running your Vendome condenser off of city water, what size pipe do you have running to your condenser input? We have a 500 gallon pot still system, and the condenser input opening is 1-1/2". On top of that, Vendome only specs a working pressure of 15psi. I don't feel that running 1-1/2" copper pipe to the condenser is necessary (not to mention it's $$$), and if I can choke it down to maybe say 3/4", I think I'll get closer to their recommended operating PSI. Thanks for any thoughts and recommendations. -Matt
  14. Chilled Water Closed Loop System

    We're one big step away from being physically operational - the chilled water loop. After getting back a couple bids that were well over double what we'd budgeted, we've decided to take this one on ourselves. Right now, I've got one big question, but I'm sure there will be plenty more. The question is ... Do I need pumps on the return line to get the water back to the holding tank? Let me explain the system to help you better answer the question: The chilled water will be stored in a 3000 gallon poly tank that sits outdoors. The water will be chilled by a 35 ton glycol chiller and heat exchangerWater pumped from holding tank ---> into heat exhanger (with glycol loop on the other side of the heat-x) ---> then out to the distillery equipment ---> then returning back to the holding tank We have 8 pieces of equipment that need chilled water:​ 500 Gallon Vendome Pot Still (Dephlegmator and Condenser) 22' Dehner Continuous Still (Dephlegmator and Condenser) 1000 Gallon Jacketed Mash Cooker (Steam Sparged) (5) U-Jacketed Letina Fermentation Tanks Mike Gronski is helping me with the main pump and heat exchanger. I'm planning on a 3" main chilled water line. We will "drop" off of this main line to each piece of equipment. Depending on the pressure of the main pump, we may add pressure reducers before each piece of equipment. To keep everything nice and clean, everything needs to run overhead just like the steam pipe. The return lines also need to run overhead ... otherwise I'd let gravity take care of the issue. So ... Do I need pumps on the return line to get the water back to the holding tank? If so, any recommendations? And I'm all ears to everyone's 2 cents on the whole system. Big thanks in advance for any advice. I'm sure I'll have more questions as we get into this. P.S. Don't try to drag-and-drop pictures onto a post. Your browser will simply open the picture ... in the same window/tab that you've been diligently writing your post in ... and you will have to start everything all over.
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