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Reply to: Alcohol minimum unit pricing a success…
Market research shows young people (under 25) are drinking less than previous generations. SOmething like 25% of young people now don’t drink. I don’t know what the cause of that decline is, but it’s a trend that pre-dates minimum alcohol pricing.
There does seem to be a worrying trend for e.g. gins to be low alcohol, sugary and fruity. Alcopops are now dressed up as ‘gin’, and the RTD (ready to drink, G&T in a can kinda thing) market seems to be doing very well. Minimum pricing doesn’t really affect the ability of these drinks to sell since the folks buying them have the cash to spend.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
TJ isn’t being very clear when referring to the lack of secured tenancies, or the landlord’s ability to evict on a whim.
In Scotland, all residential tenancies offered since December 2017 guarantee security of tenure under the new Private Residential Tenancy. There is no minimum, or maximum, length of tenancy now. New short assured tenancies no longer exist, although of course most existing tenants will probably still be on an historic short assured tenancy.
Under the Private Residential Tenancy, landlords cannot evict tenants for “no reason”. There are, however, valid grounds for eviction such as no payment of rent, criminal activity, he property is to be sold etc (https://www.gov.scot/publications/private-residential-tenancies-tenants-guide/pages/grounds-for-eviction/).
The situation in England, Wales and N. Ireland is probably different, and I believe what TJ is referring to in the main.Posted 4 months ago | Go to post
How do we acquire a bottle of your finest?
Mod friendly answer: it’s not for sale, ever.Posted 7 months ago | Go to post
Mod unfriendly answer: it’s not for sale yet, keep ’em peeled on social media (‘Ninefold Distilery’) for a launch date etc. 😉
Some trees (although stretching the ‘car’ definition here 😉 )Posted 10 months ago | Go to post
Environmental degrees tend not to be valued very highly, unless there’s some other twist to it, like combining it with entrepreneurship/business, or outreach or something. So if your goal is to obtain a new qualification to switch careers, the chances are that you’d be better off just applying for the jobs you want now and save yourself the course fees.
If, on the other hand, it’s something you’re really passionate about and want to thoroughly immerse yourself in an academic environment to suck up as much knowledge as possible, then go for it! Although, as above, choose the right course rather than just the first one you’ve seen. Some are mightily broad in scope and you’re unlikely to be satisfied at the end of it.
FYI, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in environmental geoscience, worked for a few years, went back to do an MSc in carbon capture and storage, leading on to a PhD in the same subject. After 10 years at uni studying environmental (climate change) issues, I’ve spent the last two years as a forester and am just about to open my own distillery. Read from that what you will… 😉Posted 11 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Jam and trading standards
What refractometer for measuring the brix of ham? 😉
Labelling standards, sadly, have a habit of not applying to the big guys. In my business (spirits), there are plenty who flout laws on labelling (deliberately or otherwise) and seem to happily get away with it. Kraken Spiced Rum being one particularly brazen example.Posted 11 months ago | Go to post
I’ve got 4.13kW of in-roof panels installed on my distillery roof. Calculated 12 year payback period out of 20 year lifespan at a capital cost of £7.2k.
But my decision isn’t to do with economics, it’s simply to make my business as sustainable as I can afford at the moment. The payback period is irrelevant!
The panels aren’t connected up yet, but I’ll report back sometime on real world generation figures when I’m up and running!Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anyone good at viscosity blend calcs?
I get 3.3 centi poise by the same calcs (31% mass fraction molasses??)
Doh! Yeah, I corrected my mass fraction and got the same as you, near enough. Whether it’s the right method, or not, I don’t know. Thanks for checking though!
The mixing tank will be filled with hot water and the molasses added, so in theory it’ll dissolve fairly rapidly as it’s added and not sit in a lump at the bottom of the tank.
Best is to ask the “customer” what the viscosity is!
I’m the customer 😉
Want me to send it on to our process tech professor at uni?
You can if you like! I’ve pulled the trigger on the equipment anyway so I’ll find out in a few months if it’s going to work.
just go one bigger – sorted.
The one I’m buying is £1k. The ‘one bigger’ is £6k…Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anyone good at viscosity blend calcs?
Have you just done a weighted average?
No, I used the viscosity blending calc outlined on Wikipedia (and seen elsewhere): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscosity#Viscosity_of_blends_of_liquids
However I think you’re right in that this formula seems to apply to fluids of similar properties (e.g. oils), so dunno how valid it is for molasses.
Why? Trying to spec a mechanical stirrer. Although, as above, I know what the resulting mixture looks and feels like to have an intuitive idea of how thick the liquid is, and compared that with others to estimate cP.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: My New Car (my new car content)
Is there any reason you went for the Hilux over the Navara, Ranger or X Class?
Only the Ranger and Hilux were on my radar after doing an initial scan of reviews. Test drove both, and talked to loads of folk round here about their/others’ experiences with pickups. I preferred the feel of the Hilux (not as massive as the Ranger), the price was better, the warranty was better, I could get the colour I wanted (I don’t think Ford were offering a white Ranger without coughing up more money), and the sales guy had a much better (IMO) attitude. Wasn’t bothered about the interior – it’s only going to get covered in filth anyway.
The only weapon in my Hilux will be my big chopper.
no sign writing? #stealthginsellingadvertfail
I’m probably on a short leash with the mods. And besides #itwontbeginPosted 1 year ago | Go to post
First pour might be in the summer. July, maybe? Having a small nightmare with my intended distilling equipment!
I have a CSCS card, and have read up on CDM.
Production quality = time + equipment + energy. I’m short of two and making do with the other.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Ah, the random book on the link bar! Thanks.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Gary, does Orb Group do clothing? The website just looks like general branding and marketing.
Matt, cheers, they both look good.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Cheers dude, it’s certainly quite ominous!Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Also when you lock the camera off turn off the AF you can see it hunting while you are talking, it’s very distracting.
Yeah, I noticed this afterwards too, and it’s hunting like that because at whatever crazy small aperture it was working at, it’ll be trying to AF by contrast detect, rather than the smoother/faster phase detect AF.
Anyway, “ Saves on buying a dolly or slider” only if I don’t crash it! I flew it around inside the bigger building and it was slightly terrifying 😯Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Thanks for the feedback!
I doubt that I can get rid of the um and ers, it’s a habit that I’ve never been able to break, despite plenty of public speaking. I’d tried to write a script but I couldn’t read it 😆 Maybe some big bullet points next time… I shot a whole day of stuff and went back to reshoot, intending to be in the same clothes so that I could cut stuff together as needed. But Day 2 was **** baltic so I ended up with the jacket and gloves, and just worked with what I got.
Lots was cut out, and I’m sure subsequent vids will be shorter. I know people have a crap attention span. I won’t, however, be waiting until I’ve got something to ‘show’. The whole point of the vlog was to show progress from barn to distillery. So major milestones in building work, the kit arriving, etc.
It’s a massive learning curve: teaching myself how my camera does video, talking to camera, aerial footage, editing, etc. is all brand new to me. But glad it’s, um, mostly positive, er, feedback.
I see there are projects working with you at uni!
News to me! I had two last year, maybe that’s what you’ve spotted.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Not much more on the building front, however… I gone done a vlog! Pretty terrifying. I had to learn how to: shoot video on my camera; fly a drone; be comfortable looking at and listening to myself over and over again during editing; edit; all the social media stuff for videos.
Feedback welcome, even if you hate it!
It does and I applaud your for it. So what is the business, I’m guessing it’s photography, perhaps aerial photography?
Nope, I’m setting up a rum distillery 😀
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Not really an amazing photo, but as someone who’s shy, introverted, lacks self confidence and all that jazz, it takes a lot to put my face out there publicly. Actually, the photo is the – relatively – easy bit. The video that’s going to follow is the truly hard part! God I’m dreading editing that 😐 But needs must to promote my business. And you never know, I might one day enjoy it.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Sorry, I should’ve added that it’s not my photo.
Credit: The Twins (http://thetwinsweddings.co.uk/)Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Three_Fish, I thought your last photo looked familiar. And indeed it is! Here’s my mate’s wedding photo (he’s a geologist) taken in, I’m guessing, the same place!
Nice shot Kit.
Cheers pal.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Proud of myself for getting excited about going out and shooting some landscapes for the first time in bloody ages. Helps when you’re in a beautiful city and it’s snowing!Posted 1 year ago | Go to post