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  1. Hello from upstate New York! My husband Jim and I have been restoring an old barn on the family farm for well over a year, and are doing the final paperwork to submit our application to the TTB. The still, fermenters and mash tun are in the building and we are hoping to start up late spring or early summer. We have visited many of you in the Hudson Valley and in the Delaware/Sullivan County region, and we greatly appreciate the advice and encouragement you have given us. Thanks also to many of you on this forum, it has been so helpful. Terry at RVS
  2. Hello all, We are purchasing some equipment to run our 300L Hoga still. We are also bootstrapping so a full setup of a 10-15hp boiler is going to kill our budget (unless we go back out for funding). I have seen in previous forum discussions that a 12kW Steam Generator would work to heat our still in a pretty standard and fairly decent time frame - this obviously isn't a long term solution but I wanted to get an opinion on feasibility, especially for that first year or so of running the still. (FYI - we are getting our mash from a local brewery so no HLT or Mash tun considerations here). Appreciate any input around this. Cheers! Alex
  3. Hi all, My name is Dave and I'm addicted to distillery operations. I live in Michigan and am working toward opening a small distillery. We have fairly liberal state laws regarding 'small distilleries' here, but we still need to navigate the TTB stuff. I've been developing my product by learning what I can about fermenting to create a consistently decent mash - so far sugar mash, apple wine and grain mashes have worked pretty well. Then the mash is distilled at contract distilleries to make vodka, whisky and apple brandy. My goal at the moment is consistency so I'm designing repeatable processes. Previously I owned a contract engineering company which I grew to $3 million in 5 years. For a lot of reasons I then went to $0 in the next 5 years. Since then I've been looking for something that keeps my interest and gives me the satisfaction of business ownership. I've been interested in distillery operations for a few years and this year things started to fall into place. My qualifications are diverse but not too deep in any one thing. I design aircraft engine parts in my current job. I'm pretty good at plant layout and automation. I'm very experienced with marketing and sales operations. And I know how to run a small business. Oh yeah, and I love liquor. I have a route to financing and am writing a 5-page business plan now. I have a lot to learn but I'm going to register with the TTB in early 2014 and want to have my doors open by September. I'm here for knowledge and advice and will be happy to share my experience with anyone who's interested. Any other Michiganders who want to get together and kick the ball around, let me know. Thanks
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