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  1. kleclerc77

    Adjusting Proof for Temperature

    While proofing down some potato vodka, there was a big difference in what I calculated versus what the hydrometer was reading. It should have ended up at 80 proof, but the hydrometer was reading 92 proof. Adjusting for temperature (85°) according to the chart that came with the hydrometer, I subtracted .4 to end up with roughly 91.6 proof. Baffled, I checked the HoochWare app to see what it said the true proof at the temperature is, which said 80 proof. It gave me some confidence that I didn't do my math wrong, but left me confused about temperature adjustment. TLDR: what is the best way to adjust for true proof when the temperature isn't reading 60°?
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    Vodka yield

    Are you cutting off your stripping run too early? Like @Jedd Haas said, run below 10%. I've made this mistake before...
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    Bottle Blower / Rinser

    I'm looking for a lead on a bottle blower to use pre-fill, ideally something that works off a small air compressor. I am not worried about using water, just air. Some use both which would be okay too, I just wouldn't hook up water. I am having a surprisingly hard time finding a good solution. Thank you!
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    Hot Dry Weather

    When I worked in Santa Fe, the loss was ridiculous. Up to 60% over a couple years. Climate/humidity control was the solution, we never tried spraying everything down. Seems a little sloppy.
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    Agitate or not to agitate

    I've found agitation to be really helpful. Along with an anti-foam it will prevent surging. I also found it to reduce heat up time and reduce scorching. Maybe it wasn't a "scorch", but when we didn't agitate, some type of very tough to clean buildup would accumulate in the bottom of our pot. Everyone's setups and results are different, but I've found agitation to be a no-brainer whenever running still.
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    Help! Artemisia pontica..

    There are one pound bags for sale on eBay, not sure how many they have available though.
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    Standard Operating Procedure

    Thanks Cap'n, will do. I figured this topic wasn't going to get a ton of traction...I really appreciate your input. I also found a good starting point from the Brewer's Association. Here it is if anyone wants to check it out https://www.brewersassociation.org/educational-publications/good-manufacturing-practices-for-craft-brewers/
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    Standard Operating Procedure

    I am looking to put together a Standard Operating Procedure document for our state, and for future employees (also possibly for the FDA?) Is DISCUS good place to get a template for this? Is anyone willing to share a template? It will be tweaked for our unique plant but am looking for somewhere to start. I put this in "Safety" because I would imagine that will/should be first and foremost in any SOP document. Thank you!
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    I will build my distillery from ground-up. But I need HELP!

    Wow, this sounds like an incredible project. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad to have this forum to learn from everyone.
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    Barrel Warning

    Which supplier was it?
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    Is it absinthe

    Good luck! Another good resource for some very old classic recipes is in Duplias' "A Treatise on the Manufacture and Distillation of Alcoholic Liquors". Lots has changed since those recipes were created but they offer a good starting point.
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    Is it absinthe

    An herbal infused vodka? Bitters?
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    Is it absinthe

    I don't believe the TTB has a legal definition for absinthe. You can read through "Class and Type Designation" and see. I wouldn't consider it absinthe without redistillation, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get it approved as an absinthe.
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    Square Bottle Labeler

    Does anyone have a label applicator that works well with square bottles? I have only dealt with round bottles in the past and can't find any convincing sources for one. Thanks!
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    Beautiful. Is it still available?