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    Tasmania, Australia
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    Distilling, plough to bottle. Farmer.
    Professional Sand and Ice Sculptor,
    repairing water mills
    Making biodiesel

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  1. Mark Gillespie just published an interview with me on Whiskycast episode 837 https://whiskycast.com/tag/belgrove/ This follows one back in 2014. Thank you US citizens for showing such interest, especially Bill Owens who was such a help to me back in 2010 when I was starting out.
  2. Hopefully my whiskies will be into US soon. Have a COLA waiver to send samples this week to a keen importer.
  3. Thanks Adam, I finally got to look at the whole episode on D+ last night. I had only seen shortened versions on YouTube. No scene with the still unfortunately.
  4. Depends quite a bit on how long you are going to age it. If you want a quick turnaround I suggest taking a big fores cut, if your conditions allow and you can age for say 10 years then you can get away with a much smaller cut, the angels will assist with removing some of the fores. As long as you re-cycle the fores and don't throw out every time, a big cut is not a waste of your hard won spirit.
  5. NOBODY!!! The huge Scottish Malt Whisky industry filters out the grain
  6. Eliminate one section of the vacuum path at a time. Pull one of the hoses off the overflow chamber and hold your finger over the nipple, remove the other chamber hose from the filler head and suck on it then put your tongue on the end of the hose and see if the vacuum is held in the chamber. If it is OK then try putting a bottle on the filler head and do a similar process. If your filler has had quite a bit of work it is quite likely that the seal inside the rubber filler cone has worn out and needs replacing. One of my fillers wasn't working and I discovered the single bottle we wer
  7. From what I could see from the outside of the pump I very much doubt it has an oil bath
  8. I have a couple of Enolmatics, I am not sure if the vacuum pumps are the same but if they are I recently worked out a very easy fix for mine that failed. The pump appears to have a diaphragm and 2 valves. I often use mine for bottling liqueurs containing sugar. I suspect that over the years small sugary droplets got deposited on the valve surfaces and the vacuum gradually reduced. I allowed a small amount of water to be drawn through the pump and all of a sudden it was working like a brand new vacuum pump again. I did not dismantle the pump but assume the water washed the sugar off the va
  9. Is there any legal way to ship spirits from Australia to individuals in Canada via mailorder? I am reasonably sure the answer is NO but wanted to ask the brains trust before I respond to a request. Cheers, Pete
  10. @Violent Blue, They did film the distillation but didn't show it which was disappointing. I think you are Steve, we met briefly on a bus tour to Wild Turkey during an ADI conference in Louisville and again at a trade show at San Diego ADI. We discussed continuous distillation, I got mine built and had promised to show the setup on this forum but haven't yet. Have to do some drawings but have been too busy
  11. I am lucky because I am in a rural area and trying to fly under the radar with inspectors. I am very grateful that I didn't have all the hoops to go through that most of you in the USA have to, and some of the more recent entrants in urban Australia. I did meet a US rural distiller when I was on a panel at an ADI conference. The session was about distilling in rural areas. His experience was similar to mine, convince them that you know what you are doing and they will leave you alone. My argument is, as I said on the show "we are making sterilizer" (also like many of you we were making ha
  12. There is no video in the spoiler link. I don't know much about streaming shows but I think you should be able to get back issues on Disney + but don't know if it is there yet. Once you watch the show you will be able to see my process. Spent grain is fed to my sheep. When they are in the shearing shed their shit falls through slots in floor and eventually dries out. That is where Gordon the shit shoveler was put to work. Rye grain is sprouted (malted) in an industrial clothes dryer. A timer turns on several times a day and waters the grain and turns the drum for a few seconds f
  13. Hi Eric, I have previously investigated US importation and thought it just too complex, other countries so much easier. I have now decided to make another attempt and have been in contact with an importer who I met at a distilling conference. I also have just started an independent bottling company for Tasmanian Malt Whisky which will give me more volume to ship. Cheers
  14. Thanks for posting the above. I was thinking too fancy, trying to imagine that you turned a handle and the labels pulled through and applied themselves. Have seen other wooden holders but for only one bottle at a time, yours should be much quicker.
  15. There was so much interest after the show that it crashed my website. Lots of emails enquiring about me shipping to USA but as most of you know your laws do not allow it. My online store automatically locks out USA addresses. Peat and sheep dung are similar products, they both form when vegetation is in wet, low oxygen, acidic environment. The sheep's stomach only takes a couple of days to turn the plant material into a burnable fuel (once it is dried) The sheep smoke is not much different from peat smoke.
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