There are some things to consider. I think the TTB will allow it as long as you have an entrance that’s lockable from the inside of the meadery and no open doorways or windows to the non-TTB space (open meaning unlockable). What does your state liquor authority require? Will they allow it? And of course local zoning. Do they allow you to run a…[Read more]
We’ve developed a great relationship with a bottle supplier who happens to be local to us. Our bottle is not a common bottle but they have it. GREAT customer service. For example I ordered 2 pallets of printed growlers but in the meantime I needed 10 cases of unprinted growlers. No problem. they would’ve shipped them but for the cost it made sense…[Read more]
We use the Bottle-matic II labeler and after thousands of bottles it has held up very well. It has a switch for 1 or 2 labels. We have 1 bottle that has a front and back label so it’s nice to just flip a switch. I also think it will work for a tapered bottle – the rollers can be adjusted to be tapered. Check it out. We are happy with…[Read more]
I have not seen a crossflow system small enough for us, but I have seen centrifuges that range all the way down to tabletop size. New ones designed for wineries that pump out 100,000 gal/yr are very expensive, but a smaller used one is much cheaper. I did find a semi-local winery (2-3 hours away) that uses one for their filtration so I may try to…[Read more]
I see that some wineries use a centrifuge for clarifying their wines. As an engineer, this is very interesting to me. It seems like it would be more efficient with less waste (both mead and materials) than using pads of multiple stages. I’m getting some quotes for the smallest new ones I can find but it’s likely out of my price range for now, at…[Read more]
We are at a point (breaking point?) where we’ve decided that we need to hire part-time help. We get help from friends at festivals but I’m not able to support doing tastings at stores as much as I’d like or should. It’s time to hire someone for maybe 10 hours a week to primarily do tastings and fill in and help at festivals. If it works out well,…[Read more]
We had a cheap 4 head siphon gravity filler for a while. It was cheap but worked, mostly. The fillers would lose siphon randomly, you had to manually turn the reservoir pump on and off, and the fillers didn’t have an automatic stop so it was very easy to overfill. After that I got a 4 head filler from napafermentation.com with a level switch that…[Read more]
As I was pushing for distribution out of state, I agree with Colony. There don’t seem to be any distributors who are mead-centric and unless you’re willing to spend your time promoting out there, it’s very difficult to get their attention. Having a career and a family with young children means that I’m not going to have the time they need. We have…[Read more]
I wish we could afford cross-flow. The small units are still too large for our batch size. Centrifugal looks great too. I know someone who was able to get his hands on a military unit for cheap. He’s loving it!
Vintner’s Vault in general has been great to work with, as with Napa Fermentation Supplies (I don’t know if they sell a cross flow…[Read more]
It is. I had inadvertently written “ABV” which is not allowed. I had to change it to Alc./Vol or something like that. So much time is wasted on things like that. I think just about everyone knows what ABV is, but the laws just can’t keep up.
Unfortunately we will miss an opportunity to sell this product at the festival next weekend though.
I don’t really have this experience, but here are my thoughts.
I would say to double check with your state to ensure that a lease with an apiary will qualify you and if that’s all you need. If so then ask the apiary if they have ever done it and if you can see their lease agreement. I’m in favor of working with trustworthy local suppliers, even…[Read more]
I pressure wash, then tip the tanks on their side and use a nylon brush with water. Then let dry and rinse with onestep. I confirmed with flextank direct that my nylon brush poses no risk of scratches to harbor bacteria.
I think you brought this up on facebook? I’m just getting around to checking the forums. We use UPS because fedex has been terrible for simple home deliveries. No way I’d have them picking up my mead. They’re really no different than UPS in the end though.
We love vinoshipper. Very cost-effective direct sales compliance solution. I only wish that…[Read more]