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    Standard Operating Procedure

    Your SOP is almost certainly going to be unique to your distillery. I would start with the DISCUS Recommended Fire Protection Practices and make sure your SOP conforms to DISCUS Guidelines, also if you'll be milling grain it would be good for you to read the OSHA Milling Safety Guidelines. If your SOP is merely to satisfy a requirement by the government, to approve your distillery, it is better to keep the SOP simple and to the point, as inspectors will rarely have an understanding of what happens in the distillery. Shoot me a PM and ill send you a copy of the SOP I put together to get city inspector approval on a distillery
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    Proofing....hydrometer vs Anton Paar

    Snap 50 is great for taking quick measurements to gauge and cut to proof, but for final proof check a hydrometer and thermometer is the way to go.
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    T top corks

    Paulson has been awesome to work with. Lead times are long right now on corks so plan ahead (6-8 weeks)
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    COLA flavored whiskey problem

    Working on developing a flavored whiskey made with unaged light whiskey. aka whiskey distilled to 180, not aged but flavored with natural ingredients. My goal is for the spirit to be clear. COLA had kicked back my label on flavored whiskey due to the fact that there in not a oak storage component to the spirit being used. Has anyone out there produced a spirit like this? How did you get around the oak storage component?
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    Sourcing Talent

    an old saying for you. Good talent aint cheap and cheap talent aint good. If this is your first time getting into distilling definitely hire a consultant with design / build out experience to help you avoid the numerous pitfalls that can be avoided by someone with experience. To answer your question: a good master distiller will be hard to come by for less than 50K + benefits
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    Eye Wash Stations

    If you plan to work with any sort of caustic or similar type acid, definitely get yourself an eye wash station and a shower. Sooner or later something will go wrong and youll be glad to have that shower in hand to save you
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    Joint Venture with local Brewery

    This approach can definitely work. A big challenge many breweries face is adequate space for enough fermentation, so make sure this brewery you are planning to work with will be able to feed you enough wash/beer to keep you distilling regularly. Also check with your state authority on this approach. Ive seen a few states where it was not allowed to distill wash/beer from a brewery
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    Yeast recommendation for honey

    ec-1118 +DAP +fermaid K will make a pretty nice mead. Ive not ever distilled it as the mead was so tasty on its own. Let us know how it goes for you.
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    Got Our DSP

    congrats to ya! now the real fun begins
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    spokane is great to work with as is custom Metal craft
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    Square Bottle Labeler

    I believe the folks at TCW make one but dont know the model number
  12. In california it seems like the laws are soon to change, which will allow california distilleries to sell bottles out of our tasting rooms, I am trying to estimate how much revenue could come from a tasting room selling soft goods and bottles direct to the consumer. If anyone out there is willing to share I would like to hear how much revenue your tasting room generates on a monthly basis. Thanks, ---KB
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    Sudden Drop in Vodka Proof/Slight Cloudiness

    are you correcting your proof measurement for temperature? Changes in the temp of the distillate by a few degrees may be skewing your reading at the paarot
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    Subbing out production

    to answer the question through. yes you could start small but, if you cant built a business plan that accounts for enough capital outlay to produce enough product to be profitable, then you may not have a very good plan.
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    Subbing out production

    seen quite a few folks fail as they started small and were unable to grow quickly enough to keep up with growing demand.
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    I use fermcap but have never had that issue in a steam jacketed still. What kind of ferment are you distilling? Some malt wash will foam a ton if to much heat is put to it, causing it to foam all the way to your condensor Have you cleaned your condensor recently? If you got any foam into your condensor, the next distillation you do will pick up some of that foam and carry it with the distillate
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    T top corks

    Not sure if paulson has that size or not but give em a call, they make great corks and are fast and responsive
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    slot floor drains

    Anyone out there using slotted floor drains in their distillery? http://www.slotdrainsystems.com/ Like these? Pros, cons? Id love to hear any input or experience.
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    Bulk Juniper

    Mountain rose is great and usually has large quantities on hand
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    Chiller sizing

    I'm sure @MG Thermal Consulting Can chime in with a good answer for you
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    How do you market your product?

    laws regarding what the 1st tier (you the distiller) and 2nd tier (distributor) are allowed to do vary from state to state. In Texas i could not enter a bar or liquor store to sell my spirits without the presence of one of my distribution reps. Check your local laws. Onsite tastings are huge to growing your business beyond the tasting room
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    special bulk orders with special sizes/volume

    Been there done that. I worked with a high end liquor store for them to select a specific barrel from our rickhouse. We agreed to an approximate price per case with the retailer. The whiskey was then bottled and put in a different bottle than our normal whiskey with a specific sku for that single barrel batch. We then sold all the cases to our distributor (Southern Wine) and the distributor in turn sold all the cases to the retailer. This occurred in california and it took several weeks of discussion and planning to bring it to life.
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    Corson Distilling

    Yeah I really want to help any folks new to the industry avoid from falling into the the corson trap. There are so many good still/ equipment manufactures ive worked with over the years and corson is not one of them
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    Barrel Costs

    I like Kelvin barrels myself
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    Hello from SW Louisiana

    Hi JWB, Welcome to the forum. There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned here and many folks who are happy to help. Best of luck on your journey