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New Vodka Distillery. Lots of Questions.


Brungardt

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We are a new vodka distillery just starting out. I'm trying to find out everything that we need to function and so we don't get dinged by the TTB and TABC.

 

Is there a comprehensive list of everything we need anywhere? Or do I just have to go through all the laws and regulations to find that out?

 

I know I need a hydrometer and a thermometer that is NIST certified or have a one point calibration. People also say its a good idea to have workhorse sets and just use the certified ones as references. How do you keep a log for the records? Do you just have a notebook and write down the numbers or is there certain requirements?

 

Some people also say there needs to be a lab, and some people send there stuff out to consultants. What are some consultants for that?

 

Is there anything else that's really important that I need to know?

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Hi @Brungardtwelcome to the forums.

As you are probably finding there are a multitude of regulations in the industry and the answers are not definitive or clear.

Hydrometers are essential for gauging and an anton paar handheld density meter will make day to day work easier.

I work in Texas myself, where are you located at?

 

Cheers,

--KB

 

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Hey @captnKB,

 

Yeah you're not kidding. There is a bunch of regulations. I guess it just takes time and practice to get a system going and to get it down. Too bad there isn't a easy guide.

I saw the one you're talking about. The Snap 41 and 51. Is that just for quick checks? From what I've found, it isn't TTB approved. 

We are in Plano. What about you?

 

Thanks,

CB

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You are correct in that the Anton Paar Snaps are not TTB approved, but they will save you a ton of money on labor. The snap 41 works well enough for quick readings for nearly all distillery work except for final proof and gauging for packaging. 

Im out west of Fort Worth. If yall need some guidance drop me a line and I could come out and set yall up with operating procedures to get your moving with confidence. Distillerynow@gmail.com

Cheers,

--Kris 

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On 1/3/2022 at 12:45 PM, captnKB said:

You are correct in that the Anton Paar Snaps are not TTB approved, but they will save you a ton of money on labor. The snap 41 works well enough for quick readings for nearly all distillery work except for final proof and gauging for packaging. 

Im out west of Fort Worth. If yall need some guidance drop me a line and I could come out and set yall up with operating procedures to get your moving with confidence. Distillerynow@gmail.com

Cheers,

--Kris 

That would be awesome KB. I just might do that.

Thank you!

CB

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