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  1. Looks like I should get out of the spirit business and just sell sugar water! Invert sugar is probably the problem. Maybe try a different sugar.
  2. You need an appropriate pump, usually some sort of positive displacement pump. I use a lobe pump. It can create a little bit of suction to get things going if gravity doesn't do the job. An appropriate sized drain is important too. 2" is the bare minimum but can cause some problems if the grain compacts too much after fermentation is done. 3"+ is better.
  3. FWIW, I've never noticed a difference and I'm not sure why it would matter? Aren't you mainly just briefly diluting it? Usually we add it to water so we have less chance of forgetting it and having a "oh shit" moment later during the mash. Granted we may be overdosing. Again, I used to care a lot about pH, but in my experience I've yet to be able to document an improvement by adjusting pH beyond what it already is. Again with the caveat that we may be overdosing, but the dose is so small, using potentially more is cheaper than worrying about it and taking the time to adjust the pH by adding yet another ingredient. What's the cost comparison between the acid/labor and just using more enzyme? Anyone actually done scientific A/B tests beyond what the manufacturers tell us? There is no way to make money lautering/sparging rye. You will hate yourself every time you do. It's a dead end.
  4. But you can easily reverse absinthe’s (for example) louche simply by adding more absinthe.
  5. I don't really buy into the shocked thing (at least long term), but this is definitely related to proof, temperature, and oil concentration. Too low of proof and/or temperature, and too many oils will lead to haze.
  6. For giggles, I went through our own pictures. Not very many pictures of our equipment (no recent ones). Honestly, most people don't care, pictures of the end product are more popular except to other distillers which obviously aren't a target market. I'm pretty proud of our equipment which is very visible to anyone that visits us, and we ferment and distill everything we sell from scratch, but it's changed a lot since 2016 which is when most of the posted pictures of this distillery were shot. And the posted pictures don't show a heating source either. So the fact that there aren't any PRVs doesn't seem like much of a reason to judge them. Hopefully they will be OK.
  7. https://www.ebay.com/itm/50-500ml-Honey-Paste-Alcohol-Gel-Filling-Machine-1-7-17oz-Cylinder-Piston-Filler/142853498725?hash=item2142bb6765:g:B~YAAOSwsvJdYLum You can put heat tape around the hopper to keep it warm/hot and/or draw from another tank.
  8. Gravity won't be much help with less than a 3" pipe especially after settling. If you get the pump close enough to the tank and use the right pump (positive displacement) almost any size pipe would probably work. If you're just using the pipe to pump to the still, flush it with water when done, cap it off and then flush it again before you use it again. I don't think you really need to clean it all that well.
  9. Doing your comparison, was the malted rye the unmalted rye but malted or was the malted rye from a different source than the unmalted? The reason I ask is because my perception has been the opposite, but my malted rye was not a malted version of my unmalted rye.
  10. I've found every vodka to be distinctive, not just those made from cane. Vodka can be made from anything, wheat, corn, rye, cane, potato, grapes, etc, but they all taste different.
  11. "The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC) has reviewed the matter and determined that the manner in which the fees were announced and issued has the force and effect of a legislative rule. Only the HHS Secretary has the authority to issue legislative rules, and he would never have authorized such an action during a time in which the Department is maximizing its regulatory flexibility to empower Americans to confront and defeat COVID-19. Because HHS OGC has determined the notice is really a legislative rule and that no one at FDA has been delegated authority to issue such a rule, the notice is void. HHS leadership, based on this legal opinion, has ordered the Federal Register Notice to be withdrawn from the Federal Register, meaning these surprise user fees will not need to be paid. " So it seems the whole thing is null and void after the HHS slapped down the FDA hard (FDA is a part of HHS). It makes me wonder what the FDA is going to try to do next.
  12. Ha, then you'll find out how many otherwise intelligent people have trouble counting.. skipping numbers, duplicating, etc... The struggle is real. Need a machine that can print what looks like handwriting.
  13. I think making and selling are two different things, but in either case deregister.
  14. "on the heels of Association discussions with HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison and senior HHS leadership, together with an intensive outreach campaign over the past 48 hours to congressional legislators and members of the media, HHS has withdrawn the FDA’s scheduled $14,060 fees to craft distillers who produced hand sanitizer in 2020. " Still need to de-register for 2021 though. 4.5 hours left.
  15. So let's say theoretically a company with product on retail shelves goes out of business. When/If they deregister, would everyone carrying their product no longer be able to sell them? It seems to me there is a reason to still keep the products active, but the facility inactive/deregistered.
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