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About sailorman9

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  • Birthday 08/08/1961

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    http://NorthWoodsDistillery.com
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    Coleman, WI

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  1. PATH Act

    Does anyone know how to be exempt from bond requirements under the PATH Act?
  2. Alcohol Storage Tank Valve

    Would PTFE work for a hot vapor for a control valve on a still?
  3. Alcohol Storage Tank Valve

    1.5 in Tri-clamp. Thanks, I'll take a look at that.
  4. Alcohol Storage Tank Valve

    I'm setting up a storage tank for 185 proof Rum. Seeking a valve that won't impart a plastic taste due to the plastic seat. I have tried Nylon and EPDM so far, Yuck! I bought a used valve that is all Stainless Steel, but it has a bit of pitting and thus it drips. Would like to find another like this, but I can't find anything like that. Anyone have ideas?
  5. Used dairy equipment

    Most of my distillery is used SS dairy equipment that has been modified for my purposes. This place buys cheese factories and sells the parts: http://www.ullmers-dairyequipment.com/
  6. Used Dairy Equipment

    A place near to me is: http://www.ullmers-dairyequipment.com/ I've gotten great deals on Stainless: 100 gal dual walled SS tank - $200, 200 gal SS Zero horizontal $225. Granted these tanks were not perfect and needed modification.
  7. Growth Rate in the marketplace.

    I disagree. Get the smallest still and plan to make more runs if necessary; you can buy bigger equipment when needed. Quality and consistency is important. Throw everything else into marketing!
  8. Benefit of offering a liqueur?

    I'm afraid to market liqueur's, even though that's what I make. I applied for labelling though Specialty Spirits. My spirits are marketed as Rum.
  9. Nation-wide Sales

    Thanks Jedd!
  10. Nation-wide Sales

    Is there a standard in this industry of shipping to other states? I'm thinking of building into the pallet price, the cost of shipping to the outlying states to keep the cost relatively stable throughout the country. Does any one have experience with this? Are there any other factors relating to this?
  11. Nation-wide Sales

    Is there a standard in this industry of shipping to other states? I'm thinking of building into the pallet price, the cost of shipping to the outlying states to keep the cost relatively stable throughout the country. Does any one have experience with this? Are there any other factors relating to this?
  12. First of all, I'd like to say that it's my belief that we are all in this together. Competition between us small producers should help us all; just look at the micro-brewery industry. The spirit of this forum is so we can compete against the large and established distilleries. As consumers start to ask more and more for micro products, many will ask what else is out there. That's why I strongly encourage other start-ups in Wisconsin. Competition can be a good thing. The North Woods Distillery has been in business for almost 3 years, but is likely still one of the smallest players in the state. I can tell you what doesn't work: using a website and facebook as primary marketing tools. Facebook is more about creating brand loyalty among established customers, but does little to get new customers. My problems include a bottle that is too tall, a weak brand identity, and ineffective marketing. Recent marketing has included billboards, Groupon promotions, sales meetings with the distributor, a new label and press releases. Sales and interest seems to have risen recently, but it's too early to tell what is working. I've been reluctant to expand my territory, since I really don't have my marketing act together yet. Many new changes are in the works for this year including: brand ambassadors, increased tasting room promotions and quality of tours, more sales meetings with the distributor, and a new bottle and brand for out of state sales.
  13. Tin or Polylam capsule for spirits bottle

    Try Brick Packaging http://www.brickpackaging.com/product/276/1495_Per_Case/228/31x60_MATTE_BLACK_Bar_Top__1495/
  14. Retailer's are paid to give products preferential shelf space and more of it. Who usually pays: is it the manufacturer or the distributor?
  15. how could you digitally control still output temp

    I've been working on this same problem for years. Except my goal is to run the whole system via a smart phone. I use a pulse width modulator instead of a rheostat, much less wasted energy. The "valve salesmen" always think they have the system, but I believe a system like this doesn't exist. I envision a group of solenoid valves each attached to a preset needle valve. All solenoids open = full water; one solenoid = just a trickle. Email me and we can chat. Bluestar is right, you have to know your system.
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