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  1. Really interesting discussion. Thank you for starting this, OP, and thanks to all for bestowing your knowledge upon us. @Mountain Brewer I think this has already been made clear to you by others but for what it's worth I also think that you are making your cuts way too narrow. 500-600 gal of 18 brix mash yields me a barrel. Also, if you insist on using charcoal I would filter it through as fast as you can to minimize contact time. @JustAndy and @DrDistillation - what's the reasoning for distilling a stripping run below 20% abv? I usually stop my collection around 20-25% because I f
  2. I'm in the market for a 1000-1500 gallon spirit storage tank and I'm trying to figure out the best and most economical way to gauge it. Up until now I've used relatively small tanks and have just forklifted them onto a 3x3 platform scale that I have. What is the best solution for weighing the contents of a tank of this size? The only option I know of is installing load cells into the stand - I was quoted $4,000 by a local scale guy for the load cells and indicator (not including installation) which seems like it might be a bit high. Are there any online shops you'd recommend that may be more c
  3. I tried a few whiskey batches with Kveik. It worked well. Didn't produce any unique flavors as far as I could tell, but it got the job done.
  4. I have about half a drum of USP glycerin and an unopened 5 gallon jug of 32% hydrogen peroxide I'll sell you for $600 + freight from California. If you want the whole bundle I'll throw in some Bitrex too. Hell, if you want product ready-to-sell in a dispenser bottle, I'll sell that to you for cheaper than you can make it yourself. If you can still find substantial demand out there then more power to you... frankly it sounds odd to me that you're able to find demand but unable to find common ingredients.
  5. Fading, but not gone... still doing quite a bit of business, just slowing down.
  6. I have extra sanitizer containers I'm looking to get rid of to make room in my distillery. 608 1gal HDPE jugs w/caps 720 12oz HDPE bottles (24/410 finish) 1,000 mini trigger sprayers (fit 12oz bottles) $1,200 to take it all. Two pallets worth. FOB California.
  7. Thanks to all the hard work we've all been doing over the past month, I'm starting to see hand sanitizer reach its saturation point. However, the product I've found to be in demand now is ethanol that can be used for sanitizing surfaces. I've been getting quite a few requests lately. I understand that packaging ethanol and labeling it for surfaces makes it a pesticide and requires EPA approval. Has the EPA or another federal agency removed any of the roadblocks that currently prevent us from doing this? I saw a document recently that talked about labeling denatured spirits - I thought it was o
  8. Don't mean to throw this thread off too much, but on the subject of proof... I've seen a few distilleries selling sanitizer at 70% strength. Their labeling looks to be on point in every other way so I imagine they know what they're doing but I'm trying to figure out if they're just ignoring the 80% rule or they know something I don't. Was there a recent recommendation from FDA or TTB allowing this? I didn't see anything but maybe I'm missing something.
  9. I've been getting numerous requests from businesses and government agencies for an SDS for the hand sanitizer. Does anyone know of a boilerplate sheet out there that can be repurposed? Or do we each need to have our own made?
  10. My interpretation is that it is meant to be read as-is. We have a + or - 5% tolerance which is pretty wide anyway.
  11. Thank you for the update. I'm trying to denature with lemon oil because it's cheap and readily available but I'm having issues with it coming out of solution when proofed below 85%. I called into TTB a few minutes ago and the woman I spoke to (Kelly) said that she believes we are authorized to denature. She is going to double check and get back to me with the recommended formulas.
  12. Yes, isopropyl I think would the best. But finding isopropyl is incredibly difficult right now, hence why we're even having this conversation about ethanol in the first place. I found a flavor manufacturer who can provide me lemon oil for incredibly cheap. I'm going to try denaturing with that. I'm selling sanitizer to agencies in 16oz-1gal jugs. I'm selling it for $15/gal. Excise tax adds another $4.32/gal onto that - a 30% increase. I'd like to pass savings on. Under your understanding of the law, are we legally allowed to denature as a beverage DSP? I think that's what you were gett
  13. This is what is required for methanol purity for denaturing. I'm also wondering if it needs to be USP-grade for this application, if we can even use ethanol denatured with methanol for these purpose. Also, what we consider heads isn't pure methanol... there is actually very little methanol in it... it is actually mostly ethanol. I doubt the heads we produce have the concentration of methanol required.
  14. The paperwork is the least of my concerns right now - if we find out we can denature I'm just going to keep strict record of my activites that I can use to fill the paperwork out with later. I think this makes it pretty clear what formulas we need to use - I assume we'd be under "Antiseptic solutions" for hand sanitizer. I'm also finding there are lot of agencies and public servants out there that just need surface cleaner - I have PDs that need it to sanitize their cop cars, fire fighters that need to sanitize gurneys, etc. For that purpose I'm thinking of just making a denatured ethano
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