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    Looe, Cornwall, UK

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  1. Again, many thanks for your input, advice and help. I'll try to digest all the info. Cheers 🙂
  2. You my friend, are a star. !!! Thank you. I'll have a read and try to digest. !!! It certainty looks detailed from first glances.
  3. Hi All I'm considering my future corn whiskey barrel aging program and was wondering if there are any books etc on how the spirit develops in flavour within the barrel as it ages? I know there are a million factors that can influence how a spirit ages, but I was after a description of how the flavour profile develops as the spirit sits in the cask. Ideally Id love to find descriptions for small casks, as always, Its about how I can get the best whiskey to market as quickly as possible in the early stages. Many thanks for your time to read this post Regards Sim
  4. Thank you Andy! I have sent an email off to them to see what they can offer. Ive heard conflicting info about additions so good to get your take. Although I do have to say I was pretty impressed with Defiant's single malt when I tried it a few years ago at the ADI convention. Ugggggg, what to do !! But I think you are right. The only real way to go is to do it in the proper manner and source charred white American oak barrels. Thanks !!!!
  5. Thanks for the replies guys! As I alreadyt import equipment to the UK I asked my shipping agent for a rough figure to ship 8 pallets (12cbm). I figured that would be a decent order of assorted sized barrels. The cost would be approx. $4,500 just in freight. Maybe its just the English/French thing but I really don't want to use French oak. I could get barrels coopered in France but don't want to go down that road unless I absolutely have to. And I believe that getting barrels coopered in France our of French oak is also expensive. Even though I don't have to abide by the rules of Bourbon, I may be better to just stick to shipping proper barrels from the US and not reinventing the wheel. I dunno.... There is only one proper cooper left in the UK as I'm aware. I tracked him down and emailed him asking of he can build me barrels out of new white American oak but have yet to hear back from him. I really don't want to touch the Scottish coopers or whatever you call them as I bought some old used up barrels for display purposes and when I pulled them apart the work that had been done to them was appalling. Rusty nails and generally botched up. Not touching that ! That's why I was considering oak additions. Just not sure what is the best way to turn to get a top notch product.
  6. Hello All I have a bit of a problem that I'm hoping you guys can give me some thoughts on. I moved back home to South West England from Nashville TN to set up my small (and I do mean SMALL) distillery. We are a month or so away from starting production if all goes well. Of course we will start with the usual "white" spirit to get cash flowing but once we are off and running we intend to make American style whiskey (Bourbon by another name), rums and apple brandy. As I want to reproduce a "Bourbon" as closely as possible here in the UK, I will need to find a good way to age my product. Small 15-30 gallon barrels would be the obvious way to go in the first few years, but the shipping to the UK on already expensive small new barrels will be somewhat cost prohibitive but I am guaranteed a good product. Alternatively I could try oak additions but would have to source used small (15-30 gal) barrels to add additions to, but I'm not sure of the outcome for the finished spirit. And then there is tank aging with oak additions......... Has anyone experimented with any of these options or do you have any ideas or suggestions? Any and all help very gratefully received. Thanks in advance Sim Daley
  7. Thanks Mike I will give it a look over ! Im not at present in production but nay in the planning & equipment gathering phase. Thanks for your input & I'll get with you if it looks like you could help me. Many thanks
  8. Hello Mike Many thanks for the reply Mike. I have bought a separator but any advice on screens, usage etc would be very welcome. Thanks
  9. Has anyone have any experience with a vibrating screen separator such as the Russell Finex to dewater whiskey mash & sent stillage? Any opinions would be gratefully received. Thanks all Sim
  10. I bought this pump a while back but have decided to go another direction with my pumping needs. Good clean condition. A real workhorse of a pump. Needs a good home. $900.00 OBO Buyer to arrange shipping. I will box up ready for shipping. Located Nashville TN
  11. Just interested to know what sort of OG & FG any of you "all corn" guys are getting, and with what ratio of corn to mash water? What is a reasonable gravity to get in your corn mash cooking unmated corn & using enzymes to convert ? Thanks chaps !!
  12. Thanks Everyone I bought a nozzle off a guy on this forum so all sorted now. Thanks for all your help & advice . Much appreciated !!!
  13. Thanks chaps I have found a couple of auto shut off fillers nozzles that have stainless bodies but aluminum end nozzles. Didn't know if anyone was using something like this or if these too were not suitable due to the aluminum components & possibly the internal parts. I have also found the all stainless "whiskey nozzle" but they run from $350 - 600. I guess I'm just being cheap by trying to find a reasonably priced alternative to these but an coming up blank :-( Thanks everyone
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