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Hi all,

hoping the neural network can help me out here, im going nuts.

I know there is a TTB form or circular somewhere that gives the rules for how to create a barrel identification string, I know it exists because i have used it before... but for the life of me, i cant find it anymore.

I DID find this page: https://ttb.gov/spirits/common_compliance_tax_issues-during-audits-ds.shtml


If spirits are put into barrels (cooperage) for aging, DSPs must keep records that designate the type of cooperage:

·         "C" for charred;

·         "REC" for recharred;

·         "P" for plain;

·          "PAR" for paraffined;

·         "G" for glued; or

·         "R" for reused; and

·         "PS" if a barrel has been steamed or water soaked before filling. 

But i know there is a part where it says you use the 2 digits of the year, then letters A - L to represent which month, then the 2 digit day... but i cant find that page, nor to i remember if anything else needs to be in the string.




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of course as soon as i post a question... i find my own answer! sheesh.. oh well,, for the group, so you dont have to hunt


§ 19.485 Package identification numbers in production and storage.

(a)General. A proprietor must mark with a lot identification number each package of spirits filled during production or storage operations. The lot identification number must show when the packagewas filled and must consist of, in order, the following:

(1) The last two digits of the calendar year;

(2) An alphabetical designation for the month from “A” through “L”, representing, in order, January through December;

(3) Two digits corresponding to the day of the month; and

(4) When more than one lot is filled into packages during the same day, for successive lots after the first lot, a letter suffix sequence starting with “A” representing the second lot, with “B” representing the third lot, and so forth. For example: the first three lots filled into packages on January 2, 2002, would be identified as “02A02”, “02A02A”, and “02A02B”.

(b)Packages constituting a lot.Packages of spirits, including any remnant package, received from customs custody or filled during any one day will receive the same lot identification number, subject to the following conditions:

(1) They are of the same type and either are of the same rated capacity or are uniformly filled with the same quantity by weight or other measurement method prescribed in § 19.289;

(2) They are filled with spirits of the same kind and same proof;

(3) If they are filled with mingled spirits, the mingling was conducted in accordance with § 19.326; and

(4) In the case of spirits imported or brought into the United States, they are filled with imported spirits, Puerto Rican spirits or Virgin Island spirits, as applicable.

(c)Serial numbers. At the time of filling, receipt on bonded premises, or withdrawal from bond, theappropriate TTB officer may require serial numbers on packages of spirits within the same lot in conjunction with the lot identification number. The proprietor must assign temporary serial numbers to packages for control purposes when they are transferred in bond in an unsecured conveyance or gauged after tampering within the storage account.


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