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  1. Headframe is hiring a new Production Manager to work as the lead for both of our distilleries in Butte, MT. We float a lot of rivers, ski a lot of mountains, and find a lot of joy in our work.....also we bring our dogs to work...so there is that too. If you're interested in working for an established distillery with health insurance, 401K, PTO, and kick ass Christmas parties we're the distillery for you. Like the note in grade school said, "Do you like me? Check yes or no". Team Headframe p.s. We'll be at ADI in Denver next week if you'd like to sit and discuss pe
  2. Highwood, In all likelihood, the color is carryover due to foaming. You may not be puking, but even minor entrainment of color bodies in the vapor stream can come from foaming. You can use a silicone kettle de-foamer, or test with a small amount of corn oil in the pot during distillation. Cheers. McKee
  3. Scott, Our state is the rule maker on hours and I would assume that's pretty similar regardless of where a distillery is located. For reference, in Montana we can only have the tasting room open from 10-8, only allowed to sell 2 oz per person per day, and 1.75L per person per day. Cheers, McKee
  4. Kelvin Cooperage in KY is the supplier for used cooperage to the UK. They also usually throw in new barrels in the container they ship on orders. You might want to talk to them and see if you could piggy-back on another distiller's order/shipping. p.s. I'll be installing a system in Surrey in November. It would be great to stop and see you operation when I'm in country. Cheers. McKee
  5. You should be able to shim to a new elevation without too many issues, provided you shim the attached still to the same elevation as well. We use Redhead anchor bolts when installing and leveling our systems. Pretty simple to use, there are some good videos on youtube to assist. Shim stock can be purchased from McMasterCarr which would be a better solution than slotted washers. Cheers, McKee
  6. We mash and ferment just over 2:1 (2000lbs grain to 850g water or about 2.3x) lbs/gallons on most all of our recipes, Bourbon, Single Malt, Wheat for Vodka, whatever. Average ABV% above 10%. Cheers, McKee
  7. An additional thought to consider, All columns need to be as plumb as possible, even 1" over 16' is unacceptable for supporting good distillation. To picture the analogy, put a pyrex of water on a desk and then put a few pennies under one side. The water will pool in the deeper side right? The same applies to each tray of your column and the liquid hold-up on each tray. If you're out of plumb the vapor and liquid interaction (distillation) will lose efficiency because the vapor will short path to the side with less liquid and the liquid will short path to the side with the lo
  8. Good morning, Some of your assumptions are a little off, but in general the approach you're thinking of taking has some merit in this industry. This approach is "Start a Brand, make sure it actually sells and makes money, and THEN build out a distillery to continue operations once I'm cash positive". On the whole, this approach has just about the same ratio of success/failure as any new business, but does have a lower CAPEX expenditure and thereby a smaller amount of money to potentially lose. However, the big issue is the sales. If you're intending to keep your day job,
  9. We use Whiskey Systems for both of our distilleries. Super product and always on the forefront of innovation and added features. Additionally, the implementation was a huge asset to us, with an added emphasis put on reviewing and updating our internal distillery best practices procedures. Buy it. Cheers. John
  10. Hey all, Headframe has an open position for our Production Manager, which is an administrative level position within our companies. Headframe is currently a 28 person operation, with a tasting room, bottling operation, 2 DSP's, and we manufacture continuous distillation systems that were featured in Popular Mechanics. We like to ski and float rivers, take long walks in the sunset and save puppies.....and all that good stuff. Job description is attached. Team Headframe 2016 Job Description Production - Production Manager Published.pdf
  11. We allow them, just depends on your local health department for authority. We even keep a bunch of treats onhand such that we can make buddies. Cheers, McKee
  12. Peter, I'll be there and speaking on Thursday too. It would be great to meet the regular contributors to this forum. Cheers, McKee
  13. LADistiller, The answer is yes and no...then more details: The "yes" part: A DSP is a "Distilled Spirits Plant", not a "Distillery License". Meaning that you can do what you're asking above, without a still, based upon Federal Law, provided you get a Basic Permit. There may be a caveat in CA law that requires a production or distillation volume on local premises. For instance, here in MT, in order to operate a tasting room you have to distill 90% of everything you sell onsite. If you elect not to have a tasting room, you are not required to distill anything. To only bottle you'll need
  14. Good afternoon, We manufacture continuous flow distillation equipment, 1000g wash processed every 8 hours, single pass. Low to High proof on the same system. All of our design and manufacturing is performed in Butte, MT. You can learn more about us at www.headframestills.com or in the March issue of Popular Mechanics, in which our technology is featured. Cheers, John McKee
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