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  1. Hi Everyone! I am looking for a mentor or recommendations on a consultant. I have been working diligently for months on developing my business plan. I am at the point that I think everything is in line. However, I am struggling desperately to develop my sales forecast and marketing budget. I believe the two walk hand in hand to some degree. Is there anyone with a good amount of experience that would be willing to hop on a phone conversation with me to discuss what are realistic expectations for my given scenario. Also my distillery is outside of the United States so I will not h
  2. Hey Guys, Hope everyone is thriving and striving! I am American but own and operate a small craft distillery outside of the United States. I am very interested in bringing my product home. I have been in business for about 3 years now and I have talked to a lot of suppliers(bottles, tops, shippers, warehouses...etc) and I believe my business plan(prospectus P+L and cash-flow statements) is getting to be fairly accurate. Now I have run into one major number that I have been unable to justify my assumptions. And that is my MARKETING budget. I think we all know that when done prope
  3. Hey everybody, So I luckily have several importer/distributors interested in my product in Europe. However, I know nothing about importing, distribution or sales in Europe. Many of these guys(by many there are 3 interested) and 2 of them are asking for exclusivity one for two countries he operates in and one for all of Europe. Yes all of Europe. I am a very small distillery only producing about 800 bottles maximum capacity per month. I don't know how hard that would be to sell in Europe, but I think if you have exclusivity you should be expected to hit certain numbers. Talking t
  4. Hey guys, I am looking up state excise taxes and I have a question. They all say per gallon is this a proof gallon? I'm looking to make a cocktail drink at about 7% do i have to pay the same tax as a 40% spirit or is it a proof gallon and the tax is on the quantity of alcohol? This is a make or break whether this is profitable or not
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    Gin flowers

    Hey guys, would like some tips here. I would really like to try using some flowers in my botanical list for a gin. What type right now I don’t know. However, I have tried a dozen different types. I have tried maceration distilling in the pot. I have tried maceration and remove petals and distilling. I have tried gin basket. All of them are frankly terrible. Like dirt or like grass. Do you guys have any tips on how to improve my taste and aroma distilling flowers? The only info I have found on here is a few lines from Odin about using a gin basket with higher abv Lower temps
  6. I am interested in this. Is this still available? Do you have any Drawings? I would like to know the plate configuration(there are some poorly design bubble plates, caps and downcomers out there.) Also I would like to know the dimensions the different heights mainly. The Kettle is not included is that correct? Just the column, condenser and table stand.
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    Pink vodka/Gin

    Hey guys I'm coming out with hopefully a pink gin/vodka soon. However, I'm having trouble with the coloring. I tried hibiscus to be as natural as possible. It was a little to purple then got kinda brown. I tried Carmine, it also was a little to purple. But with less it was a nice pink. However, After 3 weeks it lost almost all of its coloring. Do you guys know what the pink gins are using for coloring. I am pretty sure they are adding color, but what? Thank you everybody.
  8. Hey guys I'm coming out with hopefully a pink gin/vodka soon. However, I'm having trouble with the coloring. I tried hibiscus to be as natural as possible. It was a little to purple then got kinda brown. I tried Carmine, it also was a little to purple. But with less it was a nice pink. However, After 3 weeks it lost almost all of its coloring. Do you guys know what the pink gins are using for coloring. I am pretty sure they are adding color, but what? Thank you everybody.
  9. haha its going to be pink but my label is seen through the bottle so it has to be clear Pink
  10. Hey guys i'm making a Grapefruit Vodka. But I figured I'd post it under Gin since you guys would probably know best. \ Anyhow I have tried macerating and distilling in the Pot and I have tried In a Gin Basket. Gin Basket seems to be a bit stronger or at least it turns white with less grapefruit peel, i'm equating this to being stronger but it may not actually be stronger. I and everyone else loves the aroma and taste, but I have two problems. 1. It does not seem that the Grapefruit packs enough punch. Its just not quite strong enough and when I try to increase it, it louces(turns
  11. You guys are awesome thank you so much. Anyone know about warning labels I see everyone has the pregnant lady drinking with an X through it and a recycle sign. I’’ve seen a few with a anti-drinking and driving symbol but more than most do not have that symbol? And I have not seen any regulations on what is required. Sorry for all the questions i’m Super nervous my pallets of bottles will get there and they say the label is not Correct and then they throw my bottles in the Ocean(Its a reacurring nightmare).
  12. Love it! Can’t wait to find out what you discover. Keep us posted
  13. Just curious. I see a lot of nice stills with eight plates and a dephlag prior to the gin basket. What abv% are you trying to achieve through the gin basket? Do you guys hold it at a steady abv% or do you allow it to change (probably lower) through the distillation? Also have you found any noticeable differences with different abv% going through the gin basket? Im super curious, my only thoughts are since alcohol is a solvent the higher abv% would be better at extracting oils. But I d love to know your guys expierences. I know Bombay has an awfully tall column before the gin basket I
  14. Paul I have been looking at the regulations and everything. One question I see on maybe all the bottles I do not see in the regulations is for Volume I see 70 cl e. I know 70 cl is 700 ml , but we is the e and do I need that?
  15. Thank you very much Paul. That was a big help!
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