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  1. Thanks Golden Beaver, JeffW. Loving going through the Propack website; they have a lot of toys that probably only get us excited but its fun!
  2. We are looking to do a modest upgrade to our labeler and are coming up empty handed for options. We currently use a benchmate and have for several years now. It does what it is supposed to do, but we are finding that very few staff are able to get consistent results without throwing out a lot of labels. Perhaps it is the size of our label (6", almost full wrap) or our bottle (narrow, 9.75" to the neck) but we can't get consistent long term results without a lot of tweaking. We are small operation (10K bottles per year), and are looking for a semi-automatic machine that is able to deliver consistent results regardless of who is operating it. Unfortunately our bottles are too tall for the Primera 360/362. Does anyone have a recommendation in the $3K range?
  3. We have an enolmaster and after about 8000 bottles, it starts and stops when it wants. Tech support says it's likely the very expensive pump that needs to be replaced. Maybe its us, but we also have very inconsistent fills. I wouldnt do it again; it's a seriously expensive product to start having problems so quickly.
  4. Apollo econo mill with with 2hp 230-460v explosion proof UL Listed motor. Adjustable gap, 6 inch rollers 18″ extension legs (not pictured) Canadian made. Bought used from a distillery in the US but was never wired up for our use. No longer required since we use a third party to mill for us off-site. $2450 USD / $3200 CAD (Price new is $3950 /$5200 CAD) FOB P3E5P5, Ontario, Canada (Sorry about the dust and bad pics, its been in storage since purchased a couple of years back)
  5. We used a high end DIY industrial epoxy. It looks good, fills in small holes, but stains with time. One thing we were incredibly with cautious was (and the recommendation of the industrial paint store) was power washing then degreasing the heck out of it. Without doing that, oil will resurface and cause bubbling (a small amount of which we still see in trouble areas). Our biggest killer is the metal bands on IBC totes on a wet floor leaving rust marks. For about 1k plus labour, we can repaint an 1800 sq foot distilling room once a year to keep it fresh, or just let it go.
  6. Georgeous, Just as confirmation for you, we are running the exact same Fulton boiler (15hp, 2009) with a 600 gallon MT (jacket heated) and a 300 gallon still. We have no problem bringing grain in batches up to boiling in 1.5h if we want. We can even run both the still and the MT if we are patient and will often mash once the still is at temp.
  7. Plate and frame you can get from AOWilson (they are a 3rd party for an Italian company) and Criveller. I believe Bosagrape also serves as a 3rd party for some systems. We built our carbon filtration system and our inline bottling filtration setup is from the US but are happy with our plate and frame.
  8. We have used both cooling in steam jacket and by the addition of carbon filtered (ie dechlorinated) water to final volume. Is there a downside to the latter that I'm missing assuming we are tight with our volumes to ensure we arrive at our preferred pH and SG?
  9. Is anyone in Canada using the Canadian version of Hoochware? I'm looking to have a quick offline DM / phone conversation.
  10. Roger, Those of us who reside in Ontario also pay a domestic "fee" of 147% to sell through the government stores. If it gets lowered, those of you south of the border won't be the only ones happy.
  11. Reviving an old thread. We love our gin, but for yield (due basket capacity limitations) and consistency (different people grinding juniper may be resulting in differing levels if astringency), we are looking to macerate our juniper and leave the remainder of botanicals in the basket. I was curious about ballpark ratios to start our experiments at in an effort to produce a very similar (ideally identical ) gin. Would experiments of half the amount of juniper macerated (by dry weight) for 16-24h be comparable to weights used in basket or should we start at 3/4 the weight used in vapour path or above ?
  12. We tried for the same. We also have an apollo mill. There are several companies that make mash tuns and tanks like Criveller but the only Canadian still manufacturer we identified is Specifical Mechanical. Specific Mechanical is in Victoria and make a skid mounted system. Unfortunately, when we were looking at it, it didn't meet our needs as a grain to glass vodka / gin producer. They were good to talk to and are worth a call.
  13. Product of Canada Claims permit " Very low levels of ingredients that are not generally produced in Canada, including spices, food additives, vitamins, minerals, flavouring preparations, or grown in Canada such as oranges, cane sugar and coffee. Generally, the percentage referred to as very little or minor is considered to be less than a total of 2 per cent of the product. " I imagine that depending on your choice of botanicals and your sourcing of them, you will likely be playing in a grey area.
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