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    Continuous Columns: Where do I start??

    I completely agree with @Dehner Distillery above. There is a huge amount of complexity and details that go into a continuous column still install that is completely different, than a batch still. If you are going to jump into the continuous column game it is critical to have someone with experience to help guide you to ensure your still gets up and running quickly, safely and fully functional.
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    Record keeping software help

    We use Distillery Solutions and it works great. With that said you should have someone on your team who understands TTB distilled spirits regs and knows how to do paperwork without the aid of software. Your data is only as good as the people who generate it. Best to hire a competent distiller or consultant to set you on the right track with record keeping.
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    Continuous Columns: Where do I start??

    id be happy to tell you all about Forsyth columns and get you connected with some folks from Forsyth. Give me a call. Ill PM you my number
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    Continuous Columns: Where do I start??

    @indyspiritscheck out Forsyth. I installed and ran a 16" continuous column from them and it produced some fantastic spirits.
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    Barrel storage

    Anyone out there tried this setup?
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    Bardstown 1792 Rickhouse Collapse

    No Idea who build it but the second half of the old rickhouse just fell down. http://www.wlky.com/article/second-half-of-barton-1792-liquor-aging-warehouse-collapses-no-injuries-reported/22050471
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    Pre bottling filter recommendation.

    hit up TCW they will get you fixed up with everything you need to bottle
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    Bourbon and Rye Whiskey in barrels

    Please email me. SPirits@grandcanyondistillery.com
  9. we use distillery solutions and are pleased with it. Have not used orchestrated spirits as I could not justify the price of it. We went with Distillery Solutions to partially integrate our brewery with our distillery. Integrating quick books with other programs can be tricky as it has the potential to cause double entries on your books. Not sure if orchestrated has a solution to this problem, but id check before i drop the cash and put in the many hours it takes to start up a new ERP.
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    Distillery Controls

    Im old school, nearly everything on my stills are manually controlled, with all the valves and switches centrally located. Less stuff to go wrong or fail on you. With that said ive set up custom control panels can be built by electricans or HVAC guys that can control all your stuff. It can get complicated though as your valves are likely going to be installed by a separate tradesman, than the person who will be setting up the controls for the valves
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    Continuous Stills out of IOWA

    thats a nice looking setup. Would love to see a video of it running
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    New Podcast - Still Talking Podcast

    just finished listening to episode 5 and i found it to be insightful and entertaining. Nice work guys
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    How many of each bottle size

    He meant to say bottles not dollars
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    spirit holding tanks - codes?

    single wall tanks that are UL listed should meet your fire marshalls needs. For tanks that size either XP vacuum type exhaust or venting outside are both safe options to prevent the accumulation of flammable vapors
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    Permanent FET Reduction

    Hi Friends, Id like to share with you a letter from the ACSA regarding permanent reduction of FET please give it a read and take action as this effects all of us distillers and we must act now to keep it. .
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    Barrel Filling and Recording

    easy enough to gauge a tank on a scale and once proof is determined measure the weight reduction as each barrel is filled to determine the exact gallonage put into each barrel
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    watering down low wines

    we triple distill our vodka and for safety we add water to our high wines. reducing 120 proof high wines down to 80 proof before it goes into the still for final distillation. I cant see a reason to add water to low wines if they are under 100 proof
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    Hot Dry Weather

    Ive seen a few distilleries out there operating in climates that are hot and dry. Word is angels share is huge in this climate and spraying down the barrels regularly with water will help reduce evaporation loss. Can anyone with experience weigh in on this concept?
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    Hot Dry Weather

    @DonMateoIve heard of a few distilleries trying the wrap your barrel concept with bad results. @kleclerc77 That is some crazy loss. I hope we can keep our loss well below that with controlled humidity
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    how much malt?

    as little s 15% will have an effect on flavor. How you add the malt will also play a role in flavor. Do you plan to cook the malt with the wheat or add it post cook for enzymes?
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    My experience with Corson Distilling

    I can speak directly to the quality of Corson welds. They are terrible, not water tight and put you directly in the line of explosion hazards. I spent two weeks cutting apart and rebuilding a Corson Still in Texas a year ago to make it "safe" to operate and was hilarious just how bad the welds were. Water and steam leaks all over the place. Pinholes in many welds and Corson refused to fix them. Its a damn shame to see their advertising on ADI or Artisan Spirit Mag when these organizations both know that Corson is selling dangerous equipment.
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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?