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    Looking to buy used bourbon barrels

    call up the folks at Kelvin Cooperage. They can get you an assortment of used barrels
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    How are you cleaning bottles

    Most glass always has some kind of particles in it. (dust, bits of cardboard, dirt, residue from the manufacturing process. I use GNS to rinse the bottles at the same proof as the spirit we are bottling. The removes all of the above TCW equipment makes some great affordable, semi auto rinsers.
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    Ive run a few different types of pumps as beer feed pumps on continuous stills, including flex impeller, centrifugal impeller and lobe pumps. Ive found centrifugal to work best while metered by a valve. As long as your solids are not huge, the valve can meter flow and maintain flow to within 0.1 GPM no problem. For a centrifugal pump to work properly in this application if must be mounted below the beer well. The head pressure of beer above and head pressure of the outlet will prevent any cavitation from occurring. @PeteB if you are looking for a turnkey pump solution with pump motor and VFD the folks at TCW equipment have a few good options they can sell you.
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    @PeteB for your beer pump ive found that a standard centrifugal pump works best, and then meter your flow rate with a valve. This will yield the most consistent flow rate as long as you are pumping consistent mash.
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    Hi Toddy, I have never encountered a 12" column from Vendome before. Is it a single pass or just a stripping column?
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    Sales Rep & Brand Ambassador Compensation?

    Hi Victor, Ive always set aside one third of my operating budget to go towards the sales team. Dont count on your distributor selling a single bottle for you. Your distributor is there to distribute your product, it is your sales team's job to make the sell. On the compensation side of things I have found a pay structure that is heavily performance/incentive based for a sales person will yield the highest ROI.
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    from Copper to Cooper to Copper still

    Hi Loren, Welcome to the forums. There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned here. If you every need some specific help feel free to reach out to me any time. Cheers, ---KB
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    Best options for cooling mash

    tube in shell, easy to use works great
  9. This is likely going to be determined by your state. In AZ we hold a specific craft distillers license that allows On Premise sales (drinks) and off Premise sales (bottles to go) Nowhere in our state laws is the word retail used to define what our tasting room business is. My two cents: When I hear the word retail it is commonly associated with off premise sales. Typically a place serving on premise drinks, would be classified, as a tasting room, tavern, pub or bar.
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    SafSpirit Amer whiskey yeast and pH

    Hi @Dry Point Distiller This yeast works great if you tailor your mash to the yeast. A few questions What is your starting gravity/brix? What is your mash bill and mashing process? Ive used this yeast extensively and here are the optimal conditions ive found for it. PH of 4.5-6 is ideal Starting at a cooler temp and letting the ferment free rise will maximize yield. We pitch at 70f and let it free rise to 85f We mash with a beer gallonage of 27 which yields a starting brix of 18.
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    Excited about ADI Forums

    Hi LJD. Welcome to the forums. There is an immense wealth of knowledge to be learned here as you journey down your distilling path. Best of luck ---KB
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    work boots that hold up

    I love Georgia boots. Comfy out of the box and they make a waterproof, chemical resistant non slip boot. I get about 18 months out of a pair
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    Dickel Rye Question

    I sourced some Dickel bourbon Back in 2014. I know at that time it was being completely produced by MGP. Mashed, distilled, filtered and barreled. The source of the barrels themselves was unknown but they sure looked like ISC barrels, new american oak, char level unknown
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    New member, been lurking for over a year.

    HI Seth, Welcome to the forum. There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned here and with some digging you can gain a decent understanding of our industry. With that said, there is no better way to see what the industry is like than to work hands on in a distillery for a good while. Being an ADI member is definitely worth the money, but you will still want to write your own business plan. If a business plan is going to succeed you must know it in and out to successfully put it into action. Troll the forums for a while and write your self a business plan.
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    confined space entry

    @Sorghumrunner we use a P-sense portable C02 meter for confined space entry. Its simple has a loud alarm and a lanyard for the worker to carry it easily when entering an empty vessel. They may not be the cheapest meter we paid like $300 for it but it is cheap insurance to keep your employees out of harms way
  16. You will want that liquid return line from you column to your pot to extend below the surface of the liquid level in the pot. Ive seen stills where the return was above the liquid level in the pot and the column would not function correctly. I modified the return to extend below the liquid level and this resolved the column problems the owner was having
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    My experience with Corson Distilling

    @richard1 thanks for your input but I would disagree. When a company is producing equipment with flaws that have the potential to kill you, it needs to be known. When the same company producing dangerous equipment is threatening to sue people if they speak out about the flawed equipment it needs to be known. Yes we have nearly beat this horse to death, but Corson is still making dangerous distilling equipment and taking on new customers. I am in no way a competitor of corson, Im merely a professional distiller and consultant who wants to see our industry be as safe as possible. Corson is well aware of this forum and has plenty of opportunity to defend their reputation.
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    Grounded Fermenters?

    Our FD required us to ground all tanks holding spirits. We put a simple bolt in the concrete that hit rebar and attached to a ground wire from the tanks to the bolt.
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    Forking Forklift Questions

    If you are going propane, play it safe and go with an LPS rated forklift. There are quite a few discussions on forklift selection on this forum is you use the search bar
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    Hi Jeff, welcome to the forum, and why are you yelling? Also the folks at Amoretti are great and they make excellent flavors.
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    Fermenter Cooling and Temperature Design

    @Lorenzo We are maintaining ferment temps as low as 70 and as high as 85. Using chilled water to crash your wash to temp and collecting the outgoing hotwater to be recycled for your next cook is the best use of your energy.
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    Stripping still wanted

    hit up @Southernhighlander he can get you a good price and an excellent stripping still. I run a 500 gal stripping still from him and love it.
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    Fermenter Cooling and Temperature Design

    There are a lot of different ways to achieve cooling. Chilled water is one way to approach it, my preference for fermentor cooling is glycol, as it requires less maintenance and treatment than water. Are you planning to use your outflowing water in process or just cool and recirc?
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    Getting started, a building.

    doing a distillery on septic will be tough unless you are extremely conservative with you water use. Your water usage is going to heavily depend on how you build out and your process flow.
  25. solid can of worms you have opened @Deepak Panwar Im excited to watch the discussion unfold.