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  1. Hi Andrew @sapphirexx welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of distilling. If you ever need some help or just need to bounce ideas off someone with experience drop me a line Distillerynow@gmail.com Cheers, ---Kris
  2. CCL manufacturing in PA is a great group of people for custom aluminum bottles Their guy Dan helped me out a bunch with a big project Dan Warnick Account Manager/Sales Mobile: 724.718.3836 dwarnick@cclind.com
  3. I helped a distillery set up a while ago to have outside spirit storage tanks to fall under the MAQ and it worked out well for them. If ya need more detail drop me a line Distillerynow@gmail.com
  4. You can bet MGP or Barton has some whiskey to meet the age you are looking for but the real question is whether or not the price is right. You can bet the right price is reaaaallly expensive. Still it does not hurt to ask
  5. Sounds like a good starting point with you recipe development. Vodka ready to drink cocktails are fast growing market
  6. Hi @thebottle Ive seen a few folks running the single head systems from CASK with success to can cocktails. in regards to selecting the equipment for this process there a many factors to consider before reccomending the minimum equipment. What kind of cocktails do you want to can? Will they be carbonated? What kind of ingredients are going to be used in the cocktail? (this is important to avoid contamination)
  7. Ah the joys of COLA. all joking aside. It is unlikely the TTB will approve the word bourbon to be anywhere on your front label unless it is actually bourbon. Wish I could suggest a work around but I dont think there is one. On the flipside it is wise to carefully consider your description of the formula you submit as this will often drive the COLA label approval process. Best of luck with it and if you get stuck shoot me an email and ill try to help you out. Cheers, ---KB Distillerynow@gmail.com
  8. Im currently on the same system but currently using it in limited capacity as we are still starting up. @Tom Lenerz can you speak a bit more to the specifics of loss in functionality? Im worried about it and want to be prepared for the problems
  9. @Stumpy's Dude that is a beautiful find. Im sure she will run well when you get it all together. One of these days I need to get up that way to see it all. Cheers!
  10. I have had to anchor a few stills and fermentors. I always recommend anchoring a cooker as it can walk if it becomes off balance. Anchors are not expensive nor difficult to set. Stainless anchors with Hilti expoxy is my go to. Size and specs will vary depending on the equipment. If you need some guidance shoot me an email or message. Distillerynow@gmail.com
  11. Kelvin Cooperage all the way
  12. I just heard about this auction going online in a week. Some cool equipment up for sale. https://rabin.com/Overview/Auction/distilleryequipment/?mc_cid=83df35bd7b&mc_eid=1831867e4a
  13. @chap Very interested to hear more about it and may want to buy. Can you shoot me a PM or email? Distillerynow@gmail.com
  14. captnKB


    call the good folks at Kelvin Cooperage. I swear by their barrels and have produced several award winning spirits aged in their barrels
  15. dang typos. Yes I meant PBW. With that said, a cold PBR can be a nice way to wind down the day
  16. Hi @TripleOaks welcome to the forum and Dave is definitely your guy to help you with the legal side of getting your place licensed. If you need any help with distilling side of things im a distillery consultant with affordable rates and am always happy to help. Distillerynow@gmail.com Cheers, ---KB
  17. I had an FDA inspection at the distillery I run and my experience was very similar to that of @Bob Morris and @Patio29Dadio . FDA came and inspected and wanted an requested an excessively exhaustive paper trail of production that simply did not exist. Our distillery as im sure most did, followed the guidelines published, but did not track every single last tiny detail. The inspector seemed unhappy about some things and took samples then left, saying they would get back to me with the test results. It has been 3 weeks and I have not seen anything back yet
  18. If the price is right and it will generate cash flow, while not overwhelming your production, it may be worth doing. Many factors to consider in such a decision
  19. Hi @Birster Id reccomend a more mild chemical for passivation of new equipment. I like to use PBR followed by a hot rinse the followed with a mild acid wash, then rinse. This should remove all oil, grease, dirt and contaminents. Does you new still have a CIP system?
  20. Id agree with @adamOVD 500-1000 cs is a reasonable goal for your second year. As a few folks have said, there are many factors that will drive the acheivement of this goal. Sales through your tasting room or as cocktails will bring in much bigger dollars than sales to your distributor. Some combo brewstilleries kill it on bottle and cocktail sells and dont worry about bid distro. Others do the exact opposite. Something critical to your plan to consider is what sales avenue you intend to move most of your sales through. Cheers, ---KB
  21. Wow that is pretty big column for starting off. A column that size will produce a heck of a lot of neutral spirit. I dont think the column would run well feeding it such high ABV, typically columns of this size run better with a different inputs. If you need any help setting up the column of speccing ancilliary equipment for it, drop me a line and I can certainly help you out. Distillerynow@gmail.com
  22. Neat looking column and welcome to the forum. Id like to give you more input on operating the column but would need more information to do so. Can you share a bit more with us including number of trays in the column and some of your expected inputs? Cheers, ---KB
  23. We dont use turbo yeast, nor do I reccomend it due to the off flavors it can create. I buy most my yeast from Fermentis. If you need some help selecting the best yeast for the job, shoot me a message. Distillerynow@gmail.com Cheers, ---Kris
  24. adding water to the barrel does not change the proof gallons in storage so there is no effect or change needed on your TTB reporting
  25. ill 3rd that, keep the charcoal wet. Be sure to throughly was the charcoal before you filter vodka through. Tiny particles of charcoal dust will end up in your finished vodka if you dont rinse the charcoal well
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