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I'm looking to understand the costs of barrel aging a product so I can project a financial model for a small to medium-sized spirits brand: How many barrels of aged spirit would make the project commercially viable? 10, 20 40 barrels? What is the cost of wharehousing for four years? Cost of wharehousing maintenance? What are other costs associated with aging spirits?
Does anybody know of any reliable companies specializing in rack-house design. Currently we are only a vodka/gin distillery but are looking to start a pretty significant expansion which will include barrel aging. This will be our first rackhouse and we want to make sure we do it right! Is this specialization common place in the industry or are we over-thinking it? Thanks Matt 1911 Spirits
I work at a distillery in California, we currently store our barrels on their heads on custom made pallets. All fine and dandy, they are 5'x5' pallets and they work just fine. The two problems I have with them: 1) They take a lot of time to construct where I could be doing more important things around the distillery. 2) Being larger than standard size, they take up more space and pose challenges to moving logistics and destroy our storage efficiency. Having seen other distilleries and rickhouses where they also store their barrels on their heads, I noticed that not only do they use pallets that are standard size, but they were bought in bulk. Taking care of both of my issues. The question I have is if anyone is familiar with a pallet supplier for these purposes? Is there a well-known/industry standard company that I am unaware of? Any help would be great and I thank you in advance! EDIT: Sorry for the duplicate, moderators feel free to delete this thread.