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  1. Barrel logo engraving

    What methods does everyone perform to engrave the head of your barrels? Is anyone using spray paint/marking paint of some kind? Has it had a negative effect on product in barrels? I'm looking into this and weighing my options. Any feedback is appreciated.
  2. I'm trying to put some rhyme and reason to spot market price for barrels of various ages. Does anyone have any resources or insight on what the price of a newmake filled 53G barrel would yield vs multi-year aged barrel would yield?
  3. Use of Thumper vs. 2nd pot still run.

    Mistake on my part. I meant distiller's beer. lol I hope no one put unfermented mash in their thumper! Quite the cleanup I would imagine.
  4. Transfer in bond to Winery

    We have a local winery that wants to partner and collaborate on a product line. They're wanting to bring in bulk spirits from our DSP and fortify soda that they make and can it as a canned cocktail. The main question: is it even possible to transfer bulk spirits besides grape based brandy/neutral to a winery? Thank you in advanced!
  5. Use of Thumper vs. 2nd pot still run.

    I believe a thumper equates to roughly about 1.5x distillation. It's really it's own animal though. You will produce a dramatically fuller flavor off a thumper compared to a spirit run from low-wines. If you use water in the thumper you'll get an extension of the hearts run, and if you use distiller's beer you will bump proof up a bit with less of an extension.
  6. Wanted- Still r&d small batch

    Sankey Beer keg with internal low density heating elements and 2" copper pipe pot head with leibig/worm condenser. boom. 15G batch test still. Do grain in/hot maceration with caution. Scorching galore.
  7. Still size and output

    A few constants I've used, and confirmed: You yield 11% of your kettle volume in finished whiskey. This is double pot stilling with minimal reflux. A column with proper deph control will yield you about 16-17% kettle volume in finished whiskey in one run. Assuming 9-10% distillers beer. variability to the above comes from your actual ferment ABV. For every 100 G of still volume you can expect (roughly) around 500 bottles of white dog/unaged at 80 proof per week (5 days). This is assuming you're running a single run through column. I've found this to be spot on. To predict finished whiskey bottles at 80 proof take the above bottles-per-run and account for 10% loss the first year then 3% annually beyond that. This varies depending on climate. Those 500 bottles per 100 G kettle volume look like 410 bottles in 4 years. To change any of those numbers (like bottle proof) use the equation [concentration 1][volume 1] = [concentration 2][volume 2]. So those 410 aged bottles at 100 proof would be: [80p][410btls] = [100p][x] which is: 328btls of 4 year old whiskey at 100 proof per 100 G of still volume. If you have a 450G still, divide by 100 and multiply by the 328 btls we figured out above and you can produce 1476 bottles of 4 year old whiskey per week...which you can sell in 4 years. The equation i used does NOT account for volume loss when you blend water with ethanol. It is significant, and it will cause these numbers to be lower. Tons of variables to account for. ROUGH numbers we're working with here. As your example of a 450G still you're looking at ~72 proof gallons per run. You would produce around 2200 bottles at 80 proof per week on a 5 day single run schedule. We average about 58 proof gallons per 53G barrel so you're looking at 6.8 barrels per week if you batch 5 runs then barrel at 115. 120 puts you at 5.7 barrels per week (roughly). In terms of stripping runs, 20% of kettle volume is about what we yield pretty consistently. We kill it at a TP of below 15 at the parrot. Not worth my time beyond that.
  8. **These are no longer available** We have an extra pallet of All American Containers Moonshine Bottles - 750ml. 80x 12 bottle cases for a total of 960 bottles. I would like to move the whole pallet at once so anyone interested in that will get priority before splitting. Asking $1.25 per bottle (25% off wholesale). $1,200 for the whole pallet of 960 bottles. Purchaser is responsible for shipping from 14472 zip. **Addendum** I can throw in (for free) what we have in black synthetic toppers to anyone wanting a full pallet purchase.
  9. NYS Sourced GNS

    I'm seeking a continuous supply of New York sourced GNS. We are required to use at least 75% of all inputs sourced from NY under our license. Willing to buy on contract, a la carte, or barter. Anyone with any leads/input/willingness to work with us please let me know! We have a ravenous on going demand. -HFD
  10. Is anyone able to give me a reference to a source for roman wormwood? It seems to be difficult to find in bulk. Thank you!
  11. We installed 2 floorsweeping vents that flank our still with ceiling vents plumbed into the same explosion proof exhaust fan above the system. We don't run the still without the negative pressure from the venting turned on. Frankly we never turn it off. Pressure relief valves are a critical safety device and I can't imagine a still running without one. Where the industry has fallen into trouble was with equipment producers using relief valves that were rated for high pressure systems. This, in effect, made the valves just for show to pass regulations. The welds and joints in most stills wont last past 40 psi, so a relief valve higher than that is pointless. I believe this is the main contributing factor to the Silver Trail explosion last year. They had packing that clogged the vapor line and thus pressurized their kettle and the relief valve was rated at something obscene like 150 psi. Most typical stills should never have system pressures much higher than the solution's vapor pressure which is minute in the scheme of a pressure system. Everyone should check their stills for relief valves (both pressure and vacuum).
  12. Ferementation complete - very low yield?

    A hand held explosive gas leak detector that works with ethanol would be an even better option. We purchased one from grangier for $100-200. Periodic safety checks are a must.
  13. Absinthe: controlling botanicals

    Thanks for the help. We're definitely not boiling over. I'm running as slow as I possibly can and still getting specks of herbs and color in the distillate. However, we were able to achieve some success by running slower without the agitator but my fear is that we will run into scorching at some point. Our system is a 300G artisan still run like a pot still for the absinthe runs. We were collecting at less than 5-6 G an hour which is excruciatingly slow for a 300G charge. I believe I'm learning that absinthe is a labor of patience.Whatever we have to do to make the best stuff!
  14. Anyone here that makes absinthes or gins with in-kettle macerations: how do you contain the herbs and prevent them from flying down stream into your condenser causing all sorts of flavor and coloring problems? I'm using light botanicals like wormwood that's finely chopped and it's getting all up in my condenser. I've heard of using sacks, but the botanical bill on an absinthe is huge. Just pitch the bags in? Do you tie them off to prevent them from sitting on the steam jacket and scorching? I've always vapor infused so in kettle technique is new to me.
  15. I've heard, read and seen different methods for coloring absinthe. The two I'm debating is heating a (small) portion of distillate with herbs till color leeches, or doing a cold maceration over a longer period of time then filtering. Does anyone have any input on the differences between the two approaches? My main concern is color retention. I'd understand and expect the feuille morte color degradation, I'm more talking about color fading over time on an intensity scale, not so much green vs dead leaf color.