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  1. Malt Whiskey Hybrid Pot

    I've been at it for two years now. I am making malt whiskey with wash from a brewery on a hybrid pot. I am always trying to learn something new. If you are doing something similar and want to share experiences, lets chat. Max
  2. Our Company: Manatawny Still Works is looking to expand its team with a full time hourly Assistant Distiller position. Manatawny opened its doors in early 2014. Since that time, we have experienced an overwhelming response from the public and we are poised for further growth. At Manatawny, our focus is grain to bottle whiskey, but we also produce rum, gin and a GNS vodka. We utilize a 40bbl brew house at the brewery across the street and our stills are sized accordingly. We have a continuous stripping column and a hybrid pot still. We currently have a tight knit staff of three full time employees and several part-time bartenders. At Manatawny, each employee takes on varying roles and responsibilities, as necessary, to make the company run, stepping in as needed for distilling, bottling, upkeep, attending events (both at the distillery and off-site), giving tours, etc. Likewise, while the Assistant Distiller will focus on production, he or she will be expected to accept a variety of obligations at the distillery and wear any hat necessary to help the team. Description of the Assistant Distiller position: As noted, any member of the Manatawny team must be willing to step in on a variety of tasks and roles, as needed, to help the team. However, in general, the Assistant Distiller will be expected to focus on assisting our Distiller with all aspects of production, including, but not limited to: · Cellaring; · Distillation; · Barreling; · Packaging; · Cleaning; · Giving tours of the distillery; · Completing necessary paperwork for a variety of TTB and company requirements associated with production; · Attending/working events, both at the distillery and off-site, as needed; Prerequisites and expectations of the Assistant Distiller: Applicant must have: • 2 years of experience in a production distilling or brewing environment • College education with a focus on STEM • Good mechanical skills • A full understanding of cleaning and sanitation procedures • Willingness and ability to work at least 40 hours per week while maintaining a flexible schedule, including working evenings and weekends, as necessary. • A positive attitude in a demanding repetitive production environment • Strong orientation towards quality control and safety • Ability to multitask and adjust to changing priorities while focusing on detail • Good time management skills Physical demands/Work environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Standing on feet all day. • Ability to lift 50 lbs. • Heavy physical work (bending, kneeling, pulling hoses, etc.) • Will work continuously on wet floors and with wet equipment • Loud to moderate continuous noise in work area • Will work with strong and often times hazardous chemicals Compensation and benefits: We offer competitive wages based on experience and abilities. Please send a resume and detailed cover letter to info@manatawnystillworks.com No relocation assistance available.
  3. Hops in Whiskey

    I am looking make a whiskey from a hopped beer. Before I started my trials I wanted to see if anyone had some input. A few of my questions are: How do bittering vs late hop additions influence the character? Does dry hopping have an effect? Anything to look out for in the cuts? Anything else you think I should know? Thanks, Max
  4. Boiler Brands/sizing

    I've worked with two different Muira boilers. They are top of the line. They are awesomely efficient but maintenance is very expensive. If they break, then you are broke. If this is your first boiler I would go with something more basic, forgiving, and cheaper. I like my Burnham.
  5. Pennsylvania Guild Forming Now

    PA Distillers this e-mail was sent out today by Rob Cassell. Please try your best to make it to our first meeting. If you did not receive this e-mail please let me know and I will add you to the list. maxp@manatawnystillworks com Thanks Max Dear Fellow PA Distillers, Yesterday I received confirmation on the final details for our PA Distillers Guild Meeting. When & Where: Tuesday June 30th, 11am, Troegs Brewery 200 E Hershey Park Dr, Hershey, PA 17033 Schedule: PLCB Regulatory Affairs, Presentation on On Site Sales Regulations for Limited Distilleries -30 minutes presentation -30 minutes of Q & A **Please submit specific questions regarding this topic to me in advance and we will be sure to get them answered PLCB Regulatory Affairs, brief presentation of the 10 store program -as is pertains to Regulatory Affairs PLCB Category Management, 10 Store PA Program. -Category Management is preparing a presentation of materials previously not provided -Because of the listing cycle its unclear if a representative can attend, but at minimum a presentation of details of this program containing clarity not previously available will be handed out to all attendees Dues: Under a separate email we will send details of the amount to pay for dues. Legislation: -A brief discussion about legislation pending. Regards, Rob
  6. Single Malt Whiskey: Lautering v. Grain-in

    Is your brewer's logic: No boil, no hot break = greater fouling in heat exchanger? I'm not sure I follow that logic. I'm just trying to give you ammunition. I know brewers do not like to do things that are different just because they are different. If you ask them for a reason you might get them to bend. Maybe I am off on this but if you mash properly then you will maximize starch conversion. Not mashing off and leaving enzymes wont help too much. Residual sugar from mashing is typically in the form of limit dextrins. Naturally occurring malt amylases do not handle them very well. You can use exogenous enzymes (limit dextrinase) in your fermenter that will break down the limit dextrins much more efficiently for a minimal cost. Also if you do not sterilize your wash you will have a less controlled fermentation. Which may not be a bad thing but it will not be as reproducible.
  7. Single Malt Whiskey: Lautering v. Grain-in

    Why is your brewer reluctant to use his chiller or hoses for lautered wort? I am a former brewer and get my wash from my former brewery. I get the wash up to 80C to sterilize it before knockout. Even if I didn't I don't know why it would matter. The brewer should sterilize KO lines either way. If they really have a concern they could run a reverse heat exchange with hot caustic afterwards (which they should be doing regularly anyways).
  8. PA State Guild?

    I talked to Rob at ACSA in Austin. He asked me and Karen Mauer of Blackplate Distilling to help him assemble the ranks. If you are interested please shoot me or Karen an e-mail and we will get a group e-mail going. m a x p @ manatawnystillworks . com
  9. Boiler Brands/sizing

    I have a Burnham. What is cool about it is that it is expandable. You buy what you need now and you can add plates to increase the output later. Great if you have expansion plans. http://www.burnhamcommercial.com/
  10. Distiller Wanted in SE PA

    This position had been filled. Thank you for your interest. Thanks
  11. Whiskey Glasses

    I am looking for a more economical alternative to the Glencairn glass. I found the Bellemain glass on amazon which is almost identical for less but I can't track down a wholesaler. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Max
  12. Pre bottling filter recommendation.

    County Seat, Shoot Scott Grimes an e-mail. He helps me with my filtration and he is local to our area. Scott.Grimes@Donaldson.com Max
  13. Distiller Wanted in SE PA

    Our Company: Manatawny Still Works is looking to expand its team with a full time hourly Assistant Distiller position. Manatawny opened its doors in early 2014. Since that time, we have experienced an overwhelming response from the public and we are poised for further growth. At Manatawny, our focus is grain to bottle whiskey, but we also produce rum, gin and a GNS vodka. We utilize a 40bbl brew house at the brewery across the street and our stills are sized accordingly. We have a continuous stripping column and a hybrid pot still. We currently have a tight knit staff of three full time employees and several part-time bartenders. At Manatawny, each employee takes on varying roles and responsibilities, as necessary, to make the company run, stepping in as needed for distilling, bottling, upkeep, attending events (both at the distillery and off-site), giving tours, etc. Likewise, while the Assistant Distiller will focus on production, he or she will be expected to accept a variety of obligations at the distillery and wear any hat necessary to help the team. Description of the Assistant Distiller position: As noted, any member of the Manatawny team must be willing to step in on a variety of tasks and roles, as needed, to help the team. However, in general, the Assistant Distiller will be expected to focus on assisting our Distiller with all aspects of production, including, but not limited to: Cellaring; Distillation; Barreling; Packaging; Cleaning; Giving tours of the distillery; Completing necessary paperwork for a variety of TTB and company requirements associated with production; Attending/working events, both at the distillery and off-site, as needed; Providing support to bar manager as needed during bar hours; Prerequisites and expectations of the Assistant Distiller: Applicant must have: • 2 years of experience in a production distilling environment • College education with a focus on STEM • Good mechanical skills • A full understanding of cleaning and sanitation procedures • Willingness and ability to work at least 40 hours per week while maintaining a flexible schedule, including working evenings and weekends, as necessary. • A positive attitude in a demanding repetitive production environment • Strong orientation towards quality control and safety • Ability to multitask and adjust to changing priorities while focusing on detail • Good time management skills Physical demands/Work environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Standing on feet all day. • Ability to lift 50 lbs. • Heavy physical work (bending, kneeling, climbing into tanks, pulling hoses, etc.) • Will work continuously on wet floors and with wet equipment • Loud to moderate continuous noise in work area • Will work with strong and often times hazardous chemicals Compensation and benefits: We offer competitive wages based on experience and abilities. Benefits include health insurance, 2 weeks paid vacation, and paid holidays. Please send a resume and detailed cover letter to info@manatawnystillworks.com No relocation assistance available.
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