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  1. DaveMcC

    Moving from carboys to variable volume stainless steel tanks

    Yeah, similar here. I am looking into going commercial so I could sell some, but the federal, state and local permits and taxation are a bit complex. First though, I have to make wine that people will buy ;) . Once you get up to producing 30 to 40 cases of wine a year, it has to go somewhere.
  2. DaveMcC

    Moving from carboys to variable volume stainless steel tanks

    We've been to NL several times over the years. One of our favorite places and some ancestry from there on my mother's French Huguenot side of the family. Vanarsdales, Coverts, etc. Took our young boys to Madurodam in the 90s, have gone to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam a few times...
  3. DaveMcC

    Moving from carboys to variable volume stainless steel tanks

    That's quite a setup, sjjan. Would love to stop in one day and get a tour. I see what looks like a glycol cooling system running through 3 of the tanks. Are there distinctions between commercial and private/home use (untaxed or unlicensed) in the Netherlands for various quantities? Just curious.
  4. DaveMcC

    Moving from carboys to variable volume stainless steel tanks

    Thanks for these responses. Perfect example of what makes this forum so great for us. I went ahead and bought 3 of the Speidel 110L tanks. Tempted by the lower price of the Marchisio, which are also good quality, but the vinyl seals pose a bit of a problem for some folks although I hear you can...
  5. DaveMcC

    commercial tank suggestions

    So with federal ATF and TTB regulations, how are you able to produce 500 gallons of wine without a commercial license? Federal regulations dictate a maximum of 200 gallons per two adult household. Just curious. Are you just licensed and not selling? Is that possible?
  6. DaveMcC

    Moving from carboys to variable volume stainless steel tanks

    Hoping to get some informed opinions on the use of 110L Speidel variable volume tanks for secondary fermentation/storage. Deciding on whether to build a solid bench for the tanks (3) or more steel shelving units to add 6 more 6 gallon carboys. 1. Advantages/disadvantages of storing wine in...
  7. DaveMcC

    EVs are invading my town!

    One consideration with EVs are the production of efficient batteries, which currently rely on rare-earth metals like lithium and beryllium. Most of these are mined in poor countries with exploited local and child labor. Despite the noises companies make inside the US (eco-friendly, fair labor...
  8. DaveMcC

    Setting up a wine lab

    Don't forget to add a paper chromatography kit for malolactic fermentation tests. Stapler, pencils, markers, etc.
  9. DaveMcC

    Quick advice on MLF

    Thanks. Btw, I read about your, um, mishap. Tough lessons happen to us all. I broke my favorite glass wine thief a couple weeks ago. Just careless. All we can do is move on and try to not do that sort of thing again.
  10. DaveMcC

    Quick advice on MLF

    That's part of my problem. I am out of MLB nutrients at the moment. Will see if I can find space in the fridge to let it chill and macerate for a week.
  11. DaveMcC

    Quick advice on MLF

    Thanks. That gave me the extra push I needed. Think I will inoculate and just cover it up. I will have the nutrients ready when I return in a week. No harm in adding them a bit later, right?
  12. DaveMcC

    Quick advice on MLF

    I made a very small (2 gallons) batch of Chambourcin, which just finished out primary at S.G. 0.992 yesterday, likely a bit lower today. I need to leave town at noon tomorrow for a week. My question; Should I secure the batch (in a 5 gallon bucket now) with CO2 and wait a week on MLF and let it...
  13. DaveMcC

    Wine Making Talk 2021 Survey

    There are a couple of large forums dedicated to distillation for alcohol, which is illegal unless licensed and permitted here (in the US) by the ATF TTB and each individual State authority. Distillation is not illegal for essential oils, water purification, scientific experimentation, etc...
  14. DaveMcC

    Need recommendation for roll labels

    Thanks, that's helpful. I will shop around a bit.
  15. DaveMcC

    Need recommendation for roll labels

    I've acquired this machine (below) to roll on labels now that my bottling needs have risen to that level. I design my own labels and want to have them printed. So far, the Stompstickers.com 4.5 x 4.5 inch label rolls (minimum of 100) look to be the best at about $0.65 per. Anyone know of any...
  16. DaveMcC

    Vinmetrica SC-55 MLA test equipment

    Just FYI I have listed this at the original price on eBay. Let me know if still interested. I will honor our discussed price.
  17. DaveMcC

    Vinmetrica SC-55 MLA test equipment

    Sounds reasonable. Paypal: [email protected] or Venmo: @David-McCurry-6 or [email protected]
  18. DaveMcC

    Time between final racking & bottling?

    That regimen makes good sense to me. It all depends on the wine, of course. My 2019, which earned a bronze in the American Wine Society Amateur competition, I bottled after 10 months but my 2020 will wait a full 12 months or longer before I decide to bottle, just because of how it is...
  19. DaveMcC

    Vinmetrica SC-55 MLA test equipment

    Yes. Price is $125 which includes shipping as said in my post above. Let me know if you want to purchase and I will ship out immediately once payment is received. Thanks for your interest. This unit measures ML acid levels much more accurately. I debated keeping it, but decided to let it go for now.
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