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    Blended Brandy?

    *edit: woof 🤦‍♂️--- what @JustAndy says below. Go with that 🤐
  2. This was my interpretation. I guess we're still waiting for the FDA to issue the retraction notice / withdraw the FRN from the register - appears to still be up on the website (although it only mentions 2021 fees/dues...did it originally have verbiage mentioning 2020?) I didn't de-register, still trying to figure out if they're trying to keep the fees in place for 2021/going forward...but again, the HHS statement would seem to indicate that the FDA is currently grounded, mom and dad are pissed, and the FDA still working on how to spin the PR to "explain the error"....
  3. Update, courtesy of the Virginia Distillers Association: as always, please check with your state's regs! Some of this info looks like a repeat but there is indeed updated guidance. Also, as with @InsuranceMan 2.0's mention, please keep any potential insurance liability in mind and proceed at your own risk. I personally have been in touch with state representatives that have assured me their support in our production of this - for whatever it's worth lol! Apologies in advance for any link issues - let me know if you have a problem accessing and I'll re-work them. FDA:
  4. Amen to this. Also, having a difficult time finding h2o2 / hydrogen peroxide from a reputable supplier - consumers are buying it out, everywhere, and there appear to be a whole new crop of sudden scammy offers trying to take advantage of things. Even amazon sources appear to be out of stock for 10 days or so, or price gouging is in full swing on in-stock items.
  5. Thank you. This. Very helpful. (Also, I award you +10 points for replying to the actual question)
  6. Either my instruments are off, or we're misunderstanding each other here (maybe on proof, or timeframes?) ... I can sample from the top of a tank, and the bottom, and I have two different readings.... You're saying that ethanol and water exist in a perfect tango? This hasn't been my experience...can you expand on this?
  7. As a follow-up...in your experience, does a vessel not require significant mixing in order to maintain a homogenized state? I've found that proof levels change rather quickly over short periods of time - stratisfying - from one part of the tank to the other (water tends to sink to the bottom, ethanol tends to rise to the top - lower proof at bottom of the tank, higher at the top)... When trying to get accurate measurements and really dial things in, it occurs to me that the only way to really keep things balance is through a venturi, aggressive agitation, or consistent pumpovers (a
  8. Thanks, yes, I should have specified that I also have SS mixing paddles, HDPE paddles etc. Getting a tank fully turned over manually with paddles and pump-overs does the job, yes. No disagreement there. I have a use for the pneumatic-powered mixing paddle in other operations outside of ATEX concerns. But would like to use it in the distillery if I could. Having said that, my question really has to do with whether or not these pneumatic drills are safe. Thanks!
  9. Hey all, I've done plenty of searching, but forgive me if this has been answered ad nauseam - haven't found anything on the topic. I'm wondering if your run-of-the-mill (think DeWalt, Aircat, Etc...just search "pneumatic drill" on amazon and you'll get the breed) tools would be acceptable for mixing a small tank (70 gallon stainless variable capacity) of booze? I deal mostly in lots of this size...so I'll empty a barrel and proof it down. Approach thus far has been to pump-over. That's fine. But I'd prefer a more efficient method for mixing re: proofing down. I Know that the
  10. Got ya broski - #distilleryHack Materials (excluding hose, pump, and inline filter, this is going to run you like $75-100 if you just follow the links below, you can probably shop it out and make smarter buys to cut this total cost in half. I'm not illustrating this for cost purposes, just showing what I did. Use it as a roadmap or don't...hope it helps someone save the time I wasted mapping it out for myself). Small dolly ($10-$20, hardware store) length of 2x6 wood, roughly 30 inches but whatever floats your boat, I liked keeping this thing smaller and lower for portability an
  11. Hands down the best discussion I've seen on the topic. Have referred back here multiple times. Thanks to all for contributions. As noted by several folks, the compatibility charts are assumed to be centered around "pure" chemicals (in our case, 95% ethanol). It seems pretty clear what the answers are here re: best options. TL;DR: at what proof do you become concerned with compatibility? Do you have any concerns with prolonged exposure to say, 80-90 proof? If not, at what proof do you start to become more cautious? 100? 120? Longer: We're located at our winery (which is mu
  12. Can you describe the tweaks you made? I had this exact problem (also one of Paul's stills, 100 gallon). Solution was to disconnect the venting pipe from the top of the parrot. As soon as that removed, the pulsation stopped. But if this is a matter of my cooling flow rate, then I'd definitely want to re-connect this safety measure and resolve. PS - cold wine cellar. Aluminum foil helps create thermal barrier to reduce reflux on aroma column. Everyone asks
  13. Thanks for your feedback. We ended up having the client research domestic import/exporters to Japan. They found much more reasonable options via their own research. Places I'd probably never have found, even with my Ph.D in "googling #@&% up" .....obscure locations that were legit. Place in L.A. shipped a case for $350 (2day air) but we had to ship FedEx from VA to them to get it there, which added to the cost. Place in Northern VA shipped 3 cases for $550 all inclusive (also 2 day air). Long story short, the answer I think is in having the destination recipient research export shipp
  14. Thanks for all the information here folks. Very informative. I've read this thread like 4 times over the past year and find myself keep coming back for those big words
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