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  1. Plastic vs Stainless tanks

    There are plastics that safely and neutrally contain spirits, MGP ships their 190 out in plastic totes. The supplier should know the specifics of suitable plastics. Plastic may be cheaper but I feel you can achieve a cleaner vessel with stainless.
  2. Looking to start a Craft Distillery and Speakeasy in the midwest.  Please send your info to charlie@88mgmt.com.  

  3. Experienced Distiller

    Hey Everybody! Very capable distiller looking for my next opportunity. I have experience: ●creating a wide array of award-winning spirits from start to finish and creating new recipes. (Mashing, fermentation, distillation, blending+gauging, aging) ●designing and optimizing facilities and equipment layouts ●bartending, giving tours and general customer service. I am currently in the Portland, Oregon area, but I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity. I am also fully available for consulting work if you need a hand with your current or future plans for your facility. Email or PM me with any further questions or if you would like to see my full resume. Thanks! Kyle kleclerc77@gmail.com
  4. Anti-Foam Alternatives

    I have been using coconut oil successfully, though nothing large scale.
  5. Hello from Cape Cod, MA

    I have been distilling for the past five years for various companies, and am currently heading production at a distillery in Oregon. I'll be on the cape early next month if you wanted to grab a beer and talk shop. I've been involved in starting up distilleries and am in the process of ordering all production equipment for this current facility so may have some helpful advice if you find yourself in need of it! Kyle
  6. Hello from Cape Cod, MA

    Lots of great distilleries and distillers in MA! Other states I've worked in have been pretty cut-throat and ruthless with their competition, but nearly every distillery in MA is WICKED friendly and helpful. They get that it's little guys vs big guys, not little guys vs each other. I'll be on the cape in a couple weeks, do you have anything up and running that I could come check out? Best of luck! Kyle Displaced Masshole
  7. Wine cap style crimper

    Thanks for the tip Joe!
  8. Wine cap style crimper

    We were looking for a handheld version, which I am having no luck finding
  9. Wine cap style crimper

    Yeah never used this type of cap before, we are looking for an ROPP machine at the moment
  10. Wine cap style crimper

    Hey all, I'm looking for a wine cap crimper for one of our new bottles. We bought a Chinese one that no electrician around here will touch. We are willing to put up with a manual/handheld one for now, but are also probably going to want a semi-automated one sooner or later. I can only seem to find wine CORKERS which we definitely do not need. Any hot leads? Thanks!!
  11. NGS guys in your Guild?

    Klattig, The couple of guilds I've sat in on do not care. That is not necessarily a bad thing, NGS is useful in a ton of ways like Southernhighlander has pointed out. The purpose of (most) guilds is to strengthen local businesses(distilleries) and to have a larger voice when it comes to production/distribution laws that the big guys don't have to worry about. Pretty much local guys vs. InBev, not so much shaming production facilities for their techniques. You can be proud of what you do and still work with other distilleries to fight the big guys, even if they don't adhere to your production standards.
  12. Electric Boiler

    Thanks for all the input! I was steered towards an electric boiler by the company supplying our still. We have a small(er) facility and from what I understood, there are different rules for gas fired vs. electric boilers. Those rules being explosion proof rooms and general proximity to other equipment. I was told that you could put an electric boiler pretty much anywhere, while a gas fired boiler has to be much more isolated and must adhere to a laundry list of other regulations for it. Is this not the case? I was also told the warm up time shouldn't be any longer than a gas fired boiler. So much contradicting info! I will take all of this into account, thanks again for the advice everyone!
  13. Running a seamless glass lab still

    Hey all, We are running our batches of infused vodkas through a little glass seamless lab still to make sure the proof is dead on. (We had it contract bottled to start and want to be sure of the proof). I have a concern that we are not running it a accurately as possible because though we have a piece of lab equipment, we are not a lab! What is the best way to run this piece of equipment? Do you run it pretty much dry? I figured you'd run it dry, but any time we do that, the sugar bakes onto the bulb and takes forever to get off. If that is the way it has to be though, we will obviously do it. Any suggestions would be awesome. Thanks!
  14. Electric Boiler

    Hey all, We are currently in the market for a boiler. I was excited to hear that the 250 gallon still we are getting in can be run off of a 50kw electric boiler, as opposed to the monstrous gas fired boilers I've used in the past. I am having a hard time getting answers on pricing from the companies I have contacted. Does anyone in here have a ballpark estimate for the pricing of such a piece of equipment, and how much they paid to have it plumbed in? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!
  15. Triclamp accesories

    Thanks for all the input, it's easy to get stuck on one website thinking it's your only option! We are getting transtore tanks that have 2" triclamp ports, and are reducing everything else (pump, hoses) down to 1.5" by just using a 2-->1.5" reducers on the tanks since it seems that 1.5" seems to be the standard size when it comes to FIP pumps, and also ordering a lot of hose it cuts down the cost. It's funny all the little stuff you forget you need til you actually trace your system and figure it out. Thanks again for the new resources!