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  1. johnrobben

    Long Mash converstion time

    i haven't considered six row, and I've done both; with Opti-mash and UltraFerm and without. I haven't seen any changes in mash time. Foaming hasn't been an issue at all either. Mash temp 150 2 Pound/gallon water ratio
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    Long Mash converstion time

    I have a mash that's about 80% flaked wheat and 20% two row. I'm having a hell of a time getting starch conversion in under 24 hours. anyone help out? I am assuming it's the high dose flaked wheat? if so would doing a regular cereal mash of milled wheat help? any and all help appreciated.
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    Washington state craft distillery question

    That's what I thought but wanted another opinion- thank you
  4. In Washington to qualify as a craft distillery your product has to be made from at least 51% WA grown product. How does this apply to say being able to make rum? agave spirit? obviously not grown in the state.. thanks, j
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    What can I legally add to Whiskey

    Hi, I am just looking for some clarification on additives to whiskey. Can you legally add things like Vanilla beans, coriander, or other plants and herbd to a whiskey mash or barrel without having to call it "flavored whiskey" ? thanks!
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    Craft (perspective as it relates to beer - NPR)

    For what it's worth- I believe that reaching the "bubble" is not a bad thing...I believe this weeds out the bad. Competition produces something better; consistency/quality/service rise to the top and will always continue to grow, (unless stunted by incompetence). If it was easy everyone would do it...
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    Washington corn

    Hi. I'm trying to get a good line on Washington State corn, and seem to be having a little difficulty. Great West Malting only carries flakes corn and I;m hoping to to drive 6 hours one way to find some. Can anyone share a grain distributor or farmer in western Washington? I'm in Vancouver, WA. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, john
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    Mash Pump

    I use US FIP as well. Very happy, but I have the 1.5". I have an air diaphragm for ethanol transfer, not for use in mash transfer.
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    Micro 26G (100L) Setup

    Morning- I personally think this can be done, but have a couple suggestions- Fermenter is too small. Also, if money is an issue, a conical fermenter is just an added expense you don't need. Invest in a simple 100L SS fermenter. They run about $400. Mash Tun too small- With grains and everything, you won't get enough to really fill your 25 gallon still.. Also, there are a lot of creative ways you can make or use a "mash tun" and much much cheaper. Also, although cheap, the RO water system is unnecessary and I personally think you will find that one is too small. Tap water in fine for the bake, and with this small setup I would recommend buying water for the first dilution, see what your needs are then reevaluate. Also, I saw something about steam injection mashing- Yeah that's ideal and great, but maybe down the road. You will need a boiler and all equipment is more expensive, plus local codes and licensing is a bit tougher. The biggest thing when starting is always asking yourself - "Is this a need or a want?" We all want to splurge, have the nice equipment. It's always "just a little more" for the next size, one more option, I'll need it down the road, etc. but capital is king when starting. That's what I do, hope it helps. Jr
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    Supplier reviews not welcome on ADIforums.com

    I agree with you on the issue of time- Why do they have to be policed? Short of vulgar or offensive language, people should be allowed to say what they have to say, good or bad. If someone posed something negative, it's here for everyone to read and reply- including the supplier/vendor. If I post: "I paid Vendor A $1k for an item and never received it." That vendor can see that and respond: " That item was sent, and delivery confirmation said it was delivered on 4/1/14". Which on is telling the truth? Personally I'd side with the vendor, unless there were 7 reviews that said the same thing. It's simple. We are big boys and girls. We should be allowed to have ALL the information to make decisions. Period. We NEED this information to make informed decisions. People get negative (and positive reviews) on things like Yelp, Google, Amazon, Ebay. It's up to a supplier/vendor to police itself on these issues NOT an 'open' forum administrator. There is no good reason for a negative review to be deleted, except for above (vulgar, etc..) How about make one forum area titled "supplier/vendor reviews" ?? That is where all reviews can be posted. Good and bad. Makes it easy for the consumer to find AND the vendor to find. thanks for your time.
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    Not enough capital to start big

    I'd like to just go back to the original question- Yes you can start small, I am starting with a 26 gallon still, and what I would consider a small amount of money (around $30k). I think it's possible, just go slow and know what you want. my thoughts are these: 1. start small due to limited resources. 2. Make a limited but quality product. 3 Work out the Kinks and mistakes, which will also be smaller. 4. While doing this you are slowly but surely getting the product out there, whether its in restaurants, bars, stores, on-site, but you are getting it out there. 5. Once the 'concept' is proven and you are slowly losing less money, maybe breaking even or even making money, then finding investors or loans won't be too hard. I believe it's important to not try and do it all at once. To ensure success it doesn't have to be done fast, just right. best of luck- John
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    Help- how to buy grain direct from farmers

    I thought GWM couldn't guarantee that the grain would come from he state but I'll double check. Thank you!
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    How to buy grain from farmers?

    I haven't had any luck at the farmers market, but some of those other places I haven't tried. Thanks for your time guys!
  14. Hi, I like everyone else would like to start my own distillery. In am in the Oregon and Washington State area and I know WA requires a craft distillery to produce its product from at least 51% grain grown from within the state. Oregon doesn't have that requirement, but I would like to support local farmers, and the local economy, and purchase things like; corn, wheat, barley, rye, etc direct from local farmers in Oregon and/or Washington. What I can't find is an easy way to do this. Can anyone help? How do you buy things like corn or wheat from a local farmer? Where? Is there a co-op or certain place/website I can go to to do this? Thank you for your time! John
  15. Hi, I like everyone else would like to start my own distillery. In am in the Oregon and Washington State area and I know WA requires a craft distillery to produce its product from at least 51% grain grown from within the state. Oregon doesn't have that requirement, but I would like to support local farmers, and the local economy, and purchase things like; corn, wheat, barley, rye, etc direct from local farmers in Oregon and/or Washington. What I can't find is an easy way to do this. Can anyone help? How do you buy things like corn or wheat from a local farmer? Where? Is there a co-op or certain place/website I can go to to do this? Thank you for your time! John
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