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  1. I had some shares in a cigar operation in Nicaragua back in the day. It was nice to get all those free cigars, but the business is definitely going extinct.
  2. So are apples and pretty much every other plant found in North America. 🙃 (the seeds contain cyanide) Mile Hi sells Spanish cedar spirals and there's at least one Japanese whisky aged in Spanish cedar barrels. I know people out there are using it, I'm just curious to find out what kind of outcomes they've encountered. We're trying to bring as little as possible into the Galapagos to run our operation. Spanish cedar is an introduced species here. It was planted by the original settlers for construction, but now it's not used so much (replaced by masonry) and the National Park is trying to find ways to incentivize cutting them down so that the slower growing native plants can get some sun.
  3. Does anyone here have any experience using Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata) barrels for aging spirits? I'm in the Galapagos Islands and it's the only real wood available locally other than matasarno (Piscidia carthagenensis). I'm looking to make a local corn whisky. It's not a true cedar, more closely related to mahogany. I've read a few scattered mentions of it being used to age some whiskies and rums, as well as some scattered forum posts on hobbyist sites, but no real details about the outcome.
  4. I'm sure autocorrect will ultimately lead to an all out shooting war. 💥
  5. Are you referring to panela, as in the brown, crystalized, relatively moist, sugar common throughout Latin America?
  6. Hi Paul. I don't see these on your website. Am I missing something?
  7. Does anyone have any experience with UV printing on bottles? I've been looking for a workable solution to get to what I'm aiming for (something along the style of a Grey Goose bottle) but screen printing is way too costly for more than a couple colors. In my search for a solution, I stumbled across UV printers that can essentially do full color printing right on and all the way around the bottle. Think, your office laser printer but for glass cylinders! The machines have come down significantly in price over the past few years. I've calculated that it would pay for itself after only around 5k bottles when compared with outsourced screen printing and still provide much more elaborate options for the design. However, I'm concerned about real-world results, not all the magical wonders the manufacturers are advertising. I'm also concerned about the durability of the art once the bottles are in a case. Will it rub or scratch off? Do the colors fade? All the manufacturers claim you can put the bottles in a case immediately after printing and the ink will be fine, but I'm looking for some real-world experiences. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  8. From what I understand, it's because so many foundries were shut down during the pandemic and it takes a long time to get them back online. They're designed to run 24/7. When they have to be shut down for maintenance, they have to plan years in advance to power down cleanly and even then it can take up to 6 months to get them back online. There's also a global sand shortage that has been going on for a few years due to all the solar panels being manufactured, but I don't think that's what is driving the current glass shortage.
  9. Thanks Paul. Sounds like more trouble than it's worth. For some reason I had the figure of 18 feet in mind. 13'6" isn't a problem. Out of curiosity, would there be an advantage to extending the vodka column to 7 feet with the normal setup? I'm going to go with the mash tun configuration, but I'm wondering if the extra foot of reflux might improve things.
  10. Probably needed to quote your post for you to get a notification. I'm reposting my question. Hi Paul. What are the final dimensions (especially the height) on this model with the vodka column? Can the column be set on a stand to the side to reduce height (like your Pro Series) or would that screw up the reflux?
  11. The homedistiller link is dead, but I was able to track down the pdf if anyone is interested. https://distillery-yeast.com/activated_book1.pdf
  12. Hi Paul. What are the final dimensions (especially the height) on this model with the vodka column? Can the column be set on a stand to the side to reduce height (like your Pro Series) or would that screw up the reflux?
  13. Bump Anyone have ideas on Freshie's question?
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