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Craft Distilling Infographic: In Good Spirits

Explore the state of the craft distilling industry in the US with this handy infographic from Kinnek.

By Kinnek Community | April 4, 2016 Check out this handy overview of a booming industry courtesy of Kinnek, the Distilled Spirits Council of the US and the American Craft Spirits Association: We designed this handy overview to highlight how the industry is faring in the US. For example, did you know? Last year, more than 1400 businesses attended the American Distilling Institute annual convention; There are almost 800 craft distilleries in the US; Almost 630 million liters of spirits were sold in the US last year; Gin, bourbon, tequila and rum are the industry's fastest-growing categories; It took 100 years for the US craft ... Read on

Advice from the Experts: Buying a Malt Handling System

Need advice on buying a malt handling system? We share advice from experts Malt Handling LLC and Pilot Malt House on how to select the right malt processing equipment for your business.

Need advice on buying a malt handling system for your beverage business? We asked experts Malt Handling, LLC for their advice on how to select the right piece of equipment based on your operational and production needs: 1. When It Comes to Buying a Malt Handling System, One Size Does Not Fit All Malt Handling, LLC are malt handling experts based Chicago who customize essential grain handling systems for craft brewers and distillers. Since opening their doors in 2012, the company has shared their advice with a number of brewing and distilling businesses. What's their main piece of advice? Well, according to Andy Myers, the Director of Marketing and New Business Development at MaltHandling.com, there's no one ... Read on

Craft Beer Branding Strategy Tips: Ignite Beverage

Do you need a craft beer branding strategy? Branding experts Ignite Beverage share their key tips.

Deciding on a branding strategy for your craft beer is an important decision for any brewery. With such a wide variety of craft brews on the market these days, differentiating your product and making it stand out to the consumer are key. That's why we asked branding firm Ignite Beverage in Oregon to share their key tips for making a craft beer stand out.  So why does your craft beer branding strategy matter? The most important reason is that the latest industry research shows beer branding, in particular beer labels, is becoming increasingly influential in consumer purchasing intent.  According to Ignite Beverage, the branding phenomenon signals a notable ... Read on

Select the Right Automated Bottling Equipment

Kinnek showcases advice on selecting equipment from national publication The Equipped Brewer to help build thriving craft beverage businesses.

Select the Right Automated Bottling Equipment by The Equipped Brewer Staff May 6, 2015 Consider these tips to ensure long-term reliability. The time has come when you realize that to reach your distribution goals for the year, you must transition from manual bottling to an automated bottling line. When you're in the market for this new equipment, keep these seven critical performance qualities in mind, as outlined by Dean Hornsby, vice-president of sales and marketing at Meheen Manufacturing. 1. Why use a counter pressure filler? Counter pressure is important when filling carbonated beverages to keep the CO2 in solution and ... Read on

Profile: Tim Koether of Claremont Spirits Pioneers Distilling in New Jersey

Kinnek customer Tim Koether of Claremont Spirits is a distilling pioneer. Read on to learn how he's advancing distilling in New Jersey.

Today we profile a New Jersey craft distiller and Kinnek customer who's pioneering a new wave of liquor product in his state with distillery Claremont Distilled Spirits.  Tim Koether: The Profile of a New Jersey Distilling Pioneer Tim Koether knows a thing or two about distilling in New Jersey, which is just as well, since the founder and owner of Claremont Distilled Spirits is at the helm of a small business trading on both the state’s appeal and notoriety. His small-batch artisanal moonshine, vodka and whiskeys are crafted to convey the spirit (both literally and figuratively) of liberty and prosperity. ... Read on

Profile: Urban Winemaking with Brooklyn Winery

Kinnek profiles Brooklyn Winery, working hard to put urban winemaking on the New York map.

Brooklyn Winery is working hard to put New York winemaking on the map. Set in the heart of Williamsburg, the winery is run by winemaker Conor McCormack and headed up by owners Brian Leventhal and John Stires. The team's journey into urban winemaking came relatively out of the blue. A little over five years ago, Leventhal and Stires were just two guys living in New York City, working for an internet startup. On weekends, the pair would moonlight as winemakers at a co-production space in New Jersey. It was there that inspiration struck. At the time, no one was making wine commerially in New York's urban setting. ... Read on

How to Purchase Wine Fermenters

A guide to purchasing what you need to turn water into wine.

Before you purchase a wine fermenter let Kinnek do the hard part. Submit a free request for quotes and we'll get multiple manufacturers to provide you with offerings and pricing for whatever your supply needs - all in one place! Wine Fermenter Materials Most wineries use stainless steel as the build material for their large wine tanks. Oak vats used to be popular, but steel has several advantages: it is more cost effective, easier to clean and repair, and has no effect on the flavor of the wine. Plastic tanks are also available, but they are not nearly as durable. Temperature Control ... Read on

How to Purchase Beer Fermenters

A guide to purchasing the beer fermenter that will help you ferment, instead of having to experiment!

Before you purchase a beer fermenter let Kinnek do the hard part. Submit a free request for quotes and we'll get multiple manufacturers to provide you with offerings and pricing for whatever your supply needs - all in one place! Temperature Control For Your Fermenting Machine Because beer fermentation releases excess heat, it’s important to properly control the removal of that excess heat so that the fermentation process can be controlled (different kinds of beer ferment at different temperature ranges, so temperature control is key). What are your options? Cooling Jackets Cooling jackets are the most popular choice for temperature control.  The ... Read on

Purchasing a Filling Machine? 7 Questions To Ask Before Buying

Purchasing a filling machine? Here are 7 questions to ask before buying to ensure you select the best liquid filler for your production needs.

Purchasing a filling machine can be complicated. With so many options available, it's difficult to know which one is right for your business. Here are 7 questions to ask before buying a bottle filler to help guide you to selecting the best piece of equipment for your production needs:  1. So, You're Purchasing a Filling Machine....What Exactly Will You Be Filling? While some bottle fillers are designed to fill containers with dry goods such as powders or pills, others are best suited to handle liquids. Therefore, if you're looking into purchasing a filling machine, once of the most important factors to consider is your product's viscosity, or consistency. The viscosity of your product will help you to determine what type of filling technique ... Read on


Popular Q&A

Your questions on Distillery Equipment and Supplies answered by industry experts.

Q Do manual and semi-auto bottle-fillers gauge a liquid's volume automatically? Can I set my filler to fill only 750 ml of wine and have it gauge that amount without me having to eye-ball the level?

A Our semi-automatic units will fill to a desired level. The new redesigned automatic fill head senses the liquid level. On the deluxe units, the operator can set a delay in ...


Q I want some drink coasters for my brewpub which stand out from the crowd. Any creative ideas that are different than the run-of-the-mill circular and rectangular coasters?

A Custom sizes are available. You can do an oval or a die cut around your logo. The cut size would need to be approved, but we do offer standard prices ...