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We are switching our botanical infusion from a macerated gin to a vapor infused gin and are working through the baseline quantities of what we will need. Our recipe previously had about 11 pounds of botanicals macerated in a little over 100 gallons of 20 percent neutral spirits and distilled through a 500 liter pot still. We are now going to be distilling on a 1000 liter pot and will be distilling using a vapor basket rather than bathtubing it. Our basket can't even fit the 11 pounds unless you really jam it in and I don't want to risk blocking the condenser. I was looking through conversions and before I start throwing away money running some tests I wanted to see if anyone else had any basic conversions they recommend when converting botanical amounts from maceration to vapor basket. It sounds like you need less botanicals from vapor infusing, but I have heard that some essential oils don't get picked up as well in the basket. I would prefer to run the still full to reduce in utility costs but if it doesn't translate well then we might have to run smaller amounts. Any advice or opinions would help. Thanks guys.
Hello, My name is Jimmy and I am an Australian distiller living and working in Asia.I recently started a company with a business partner and so far things are progressing really well. At the current time I am looking to protect my interests in the company. Up until recently all of the agreements we have come to have been verbal. I have contacted a lawyer as I want to make them more legally binding. The background information is that I invested a small amount to money (compared to my partner) with the promise of receiving shares in the company. I have been working on a greatly reduced salary as I don’t want to burn all of the capital before we even have a chance to grow. My partner runs the business side of the venture and I run the distillery (developing recipes, fermenting and distilling.) My partner and I recently had a argument about ownership of the recipes. He believes that because I am using company resources that the recipes belong to the company and that I should teach them to the other distillery workers. I told him that until we have some sort of legally binding contract I would not teach anybody anything. My biggest fear is that I teach unskilled distillery workers my recipes and methods and my partner finds a way to get rid of me without any form of compensation. I feel a way to protect myself from this is to have shares in the company, as promised, and also receive a percentage of sales of all the recipes that I create. So my question is what do you think is a fair percentage of shares and a fair percentage of sales of the recipes I create? Keeping In mind these facts: Initially I invested 10% of the capital in the company My partner invested the rest of the capitol at the present time the company is not making a profit and the running costs are coming out of my partners own pocket. Conservatively speaking, within two years I feel the company will start making a profit. At the present time my salary is very low and I am not being fairly compensated for my experience, talent and time. All of the recipes are being created and developed by myself. Thank You