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  1. We use the Saverglass Oslo 200ml bottles. Don't know how cheap is cheap for you but these are certainly cheaper than our 750ml bottles.
  2. Many amari are re-distilled then colored. We have one that is re-distilled. In some ways, you can control the flavor better, like re-distilled gin. Think fruits to roots. Some of our liqueurs are also re-distilled then I use one botanical after distillation to try to create the color I want without introducing too much extra flavor or use something with a complimentary flavor.
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    I needed Dave's help with another distillery and it was the best advice I could have had..and it wasn't even regulations related! His knowledge is invaluable. Enjoy your retirement!
  4. We put ours in these bags: https://www.brewinabag.com/products/the-brew-bag-for-kettles-app?variant=32593577377852&gclid=Cj0KCQjw78yFBhCZARIsAOxgSx2W8UMGYifZEGJ4sUvRO35vpLShvpQ0IVunmjvWDDmAzkoEnWEfuzgaAqkGEALw_wcB then pull them out after the run. They all typically float so it's not hard grabbing them as the still is being emptied.
  5. On my Snap 50, you go to Menu -> Measuring Units -> Alcohol -> Alcohol US @ 60F. Not sure if Snap 50 is similar enough to Snap 51 though.
  6. I've had that same floc-like formation in some liqueurs. The floc forms from sub-micron particles that attract each other over time and form the larger floc blobs. My solution has been to filter, then fine and rack the liqueur then filter again. It doesn't come back after that and now the most I get is some slight wispy sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
  7. You can bring in beer, wort or a fermented wort as a raw ingredient into your production account without a transfer in bond. We do this fairly often.
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    Pink vodka/Gin

    I think the issue Pour Decisions was bringing up was solely with Butterfly Pea Flower, which last time I checked was not FDA GRAS. When I inquired about it a couple years ago, TTB sent me to FDA and FDA told me I would have to have it qualified for our specific use which seemed like a multi-months long process.... if not longer.
  9. Not sure when you got your Ouzo formula/label approved but in 2018 they changed it from a liqueur to a distilled spirit that does NOT need to contain sugar any more. A liqueur has to have at least 2.5 brix sugar. Check: https://www.ttb.gov/public-guidance/2018-8-changes-to-class-type-designations-for-ouzo-and-aquavit You may have to resubmit your formula and remove sugar and change the class type but then I would suspect you'd be ok with not having sugar in it.
  10. OK, I could see that being an issue. If you're not using a digital printer, you may want to search for a larg(er) company that has a lot of experience. They may be able to tell you if a digital printer can do it better or if there's other issues. I don't know of any label applicator that would do what you want. But to save some cost, I would just do all the front labels first then swap out the roll and redo the bottles with the back label. You'd still need to register the bottles correctly for the back label but you'd have to do that anyway if you had two applicators.
  11. We use the bottle-matic for our tapered cylindrical bottle and it works fine.
  12. Sorry if this is no help. But I would check with another printing company. Never heard of one that can't do alternating labels on a single roll. A digital printer will definitely be able to do this.
  13. We had an FDA inspection and I'm pretty sure the agent specifically mentioned that was not allowed. We didn't have any animals in distillery but somehow it came up.
  14. Davdear, You really need to check your liquor laws in whatever state you're in. Every state/country/province/etc..laws may be very different so that it dictates your business model. So first you need to understand your local laws first. For example: I'm in TN. We can have a tasting room and sell spirits but we can't self-distribute. So every bottle either physically or on paper has to be bought by our distributor first before it can be sold by us or any other retail store. We also can not ship direct to a consumer so no online sales unless we worked with a distributor in an another state. Make sure you don't confuse the fact that you can buy a bottle of wine online with you being able to sell to someone online. If you can self-distribute that will save you money but may cost you a lot of time. The reverse is true when working with a distributor. So you have to figure out the laws to fold into your business model. The biggest piece of advice I can give though when selling product to a liquor store or bar/restaurant whether it's direct from you or through a distributor: as much as possible, an owner/distiller/someone from your distillery should be there shaking hands and talking about your spirits to the potential buyer. A distributor sales rep will never sell your product as well as someone who has a stake or passion for the company.
  15. You have to go to whomever controls your jurisdiction: county/city/state or all three to figure out if the space will meet code. For example: is it zoned to be a distillery, what will the fire marshal (if you have one) require in the space, will the different building inspectors be ok with your planned equipment and how it's heated/cooled, etc.. Most of the federal requirements are based on not having your distillery in a residence or connected to one. Your bigger concern about the space should be local requirements. Do NOT sign a lease without a contingency that says if you can't become legal on local or federal levels, you can leave the space. If you have another local distillery (or brewery) ask their advice on how they got started.
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