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About johnbsys

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  • Birthday 11/12/1955

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    catseyedistillery.com

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    Bettendorf, Iowa
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    distilling, Computer programming, astronomy, physics

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  1. Who do you contact at the TTB to let them know that they have a mistake in one of their gauging manuals? I am loading Table 4 into my database and discovered that Wine Gallons Per Pound is incorrect for 173.7 Proof.
  2. Daily Records

    "..stripping runs, whiskey runs, neutral runs, botanical runs,.." I also just recently received my DSP and was deciding the best way to handle the reporting. Being a computer programmer by trade for all of my life, and specializing in customer information system I decided to develop my own software. I started with a minimal prototype with basic functionality. As new needs arise I just add new functionality to my system. I simply drag and drop different 'source' tanks and 'destination' tanks to a new distillation run then print out my worksheet. The computer already knows the info on the source containers. If it's fermentation source tank it defaults to the full wine gallon amount, but you can override that value if you are not using the entire tank. When the run is done and after everything is completed on the worksheet I enter them in my laptop. I can back up my database anytime I want and it automatically gets sent to my computer at home for a backup (then again when Carbonite backs up my home computer). It audits every change I make so 'when' I make mistakes I can easily find it. All transactions are linked to the next process so I can visually move through the 'parent' 'child' relationship history for any run. For example if i click an 'up' or 'down' arrow on any tank displayed for any distillation run the program via animation hides the currently displayed run and brings up the previous or next run with the tank I selected to follow its history. (Blaah-blaah-blaah...) Anyway,,,, Currently for my distillation runs I do not differentiate the type of run except as described in notes, but I can see that it may be time for me to normalize the 'type' of run like you described in your post (stripping runs, whiskey runs, neutral runs, botanical runs,..). Do you keep track of any other types of runs besides these 4? John
  3. Combining multiple containers

    True, but if I already know the weight of whats going into the 3rd tank and already know how much the 3rd tank weighs, should I need to weigh the 3rd tank afterwards? I do record the total combined weight. Thanks.
  4. Combining multiple containers

    I have a small distillery and will have several small containers of feints from different distillation runs. When I do not have time to re-run them I will combine them into a larger container. I create separate tank transfer records for audit purposes. If I combine 2 containers into a 3rd, larger container that already has spirits in it I do them one at a time and end up proofing the larger tank twice. My question is, is it necessary to do this or can I combine both of the smaller containers into the larger container and proof it just once? John Baker Cats Eye Distillery, LLC
  5. Still size and output

    I am averaging around 11-12% return on my stripping runs. I have a small setup. I usually put 80 gallons of wash into a 100 gallon pot still and end up with 9-10 proof gallons. Depending on how hot I run it and how far into the tails I go I will get around 75-80 proof result.
  6. Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    I had Trump sign an executive order for me. My distillery plans are GREAT again! LOL!. Actually, I asked a state senator if they could help out. I hated to do it because if everybody did it they could not help out the people who really needed to do it. I think there was some postings on this a few pages back.(?) After my previous post I received notice from the TTB that that my application had been approved! Now on to the next task,,, State approval. (I wonder if I can talk Donald into lowering the Federal Excise Tax from 35% to 15%? Wouldn't that be GREAT??) Good luck with your distillery. Hope all goes well for you. John
  7. Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    Sorry Justin, I waited as long as I could but finally had to get my application escalated else I would have had to close my doors before I could even open them. I've been paying a monthly lease on a facility and am starting to get into a budget crunch. I was hoping to have my permit last December. I Started my application on 7/21/2016. They accepted my application on 8/9/2016. I am working with them now to finalize a few minor issues and hopefully I will have my permit before the end of the week. John Baker Cats Eye Distillery
  8. Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    Yes, it sucks to have to pay rent on a place and not be able to produce product for so long. 8 months? I might as well shut the whole thing down. I will be broke long before that.
  9. Get your Federal Permit? How long did it take?

    Submitted TTB application on July 21st, 2016. It moved to a status of 'Review in Process' on 2016_08_09 and it is still in that status. It has been over 2 months and 'still' waiting. ;-)
  10. Monthly Reports

    Duplicate post but desperate! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks... "I am having the same problem. We are just starting out and I am not sure how to properly account for redistilling a stripping run. For example (using fictitious numbers), In September I did a stripping run of 5 proof gallons so I recorded it on form 5110.40 (monthly production) on lines 11 and 14. In October I added the 5 gallons to another wash and redistilled it giving me 9 gallons. I also did 3 more stripping runs at 5 gallons each thus giving me a total of 9 + 15 = 24 proof gallons. For Octobers 5110.11 I tried to put 5 gallons on line 1 (on hand first of month) and line 18 (transferred to production), and 24 gallons on line 24 (End of month). Pay.Gov gives me an error saying that the totals do not match on lines 6 and 24. I've tried calling the TTB since last week and keep getting answering machines and no call backs. Plus today is the deadline for filing (15th). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, John "
  11. Monthly Reports ?????

    I am having the same problem. We are just starting out and I am not sure how to properly account for redistilling a stripping run. For example (using fictitious numbers), In September I did a stripping run of 5 proof gallons so I recorded it on form 5110.40 (monthly production) on lines 11 and 14. In October I added the 5 gallons to another wash and redistilled it giving me 9 gallons. I also did 3 more stripping runs at 5 gallons each thus giving me a total of 9 + 15 = 24 proof gallons. For Octobers 5110.11 I tried to put 5 gallons on line 1 (on hand first of month) and line 18 (transferred to production), and 24 gallons on line 24 (End of month). Pay.Gov gives me an error saying that the totals do not match on lines 6 and 24. I've tried calling the TTB since last week and keep getting answering machines and no call backs. Plus today is the deadline for filing (15th). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, John
  12. Grain to water ratio for corn

    We are still experimenting but use approximately 20 gallons of water per 50 lbs. corn and ending up with 1.065. We are striving to get better than 1.065.
  13. We have our DSP permit and are about ready to do some small scale experimentation which will involve purchasing ingredients and producing spirits. We will probably either store the end results for later re-distillation or just dispose of it. Do we have to notify the TTB that we are operational (though technically we are not)? And if so what columns would we need to fill out in the monthly TTB reports? Any advice on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  14. Three cheers for AlcoDens

    And what's wrong with that? LOL!
  15. Water Chemistry

    The chlorine level in most municipalities is normally low enough to not effect fermentation else you would hear more about it from home beer brewers across the U.S. Not sure about irons effect on fermentation. The chlorine evaporates within 24 hours in most cases. If you place an aerator on your water hose it helps dissipate the chlorine faster.
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