Establishing a micro-distillery to make old fashioned applejack from organic apples in the North Fork Valley of Colorado
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Applejack is the early American term for apple brandy. In early America applejack was as ubiquitous as three-cornered hats.If you have a look at my bio (down on the right side of the page) you'll see that I've done a lot of things in my, let's say 20+, years on this earth and I've had a lot of fun but few things have excited me like this project has. It's the most "starting from scratch" thing I've done in many years but every step in the process has been a blast and the closer I get to having this project on it's feet the more people tell me that they can't wait to enjoy some of my applejack. My Initial motivation was just to demonstrate how early American craft products still have the balls to compete in our "mass production of everything" modern world (a theme that drives my existence I guess) but it appears that I underestimated the general interest in locally produced, handcrafted liquor. I don't think people would let me back out of this now even if I wanted to (and of course I don't). I won't be making tanker trucks full of applejack, just a barrel at a time. My still will be wood fired like they all were until the 20th century. Furthermore there won't be a piece of plastic anywhere on the premises. Maybe I'm weird but when I get a drink in a plastic cup I can taste the plastic as much as the drink inside (come on, can't be just me) so I'm turning the clock back on that. Copper, oak, glass, my applejack won't touch anything else until it's in your mouth. No high tech. chemicals either, just apples (grown chemical free), yeast and water. Holy Terror Farm Organic Applejack will be made in small batches from the delicious, tree-ripened organic apples grown in the North Fork Valley of Colorado. There are more organic farms and orchards in the North Fork Valley than anywhere else in the state. The hot summer days and cool breezy nights help produce some of the best tasting apples anywhere. Each season there is an abundance of “blemished” apples that tend to get set aside. They’re fine apples but with one tiny nick or spot they often go to waste. Of course my distillery won’t reject a beautiful organic apple due to a blemish and that will have the added benefit of further supporting the local farmers. There are several varieties of apples grown there and I’ll be using them in a fashion that extracts the best qualities of each. Colorado has a blossoming local food economy and Terror Creek Farm Organic Applejack will be a wonderful new addition to the ever expanding “made right here” menu. There’s a lot involved in setting up a micro-distillery but as long as I’ve been planning this the one stumbling block has been finding a suitable building in the right location. Now my good friends, Alison and Jason, at Holy Terror Farm near Paonia, Colorado have offered me the ideal building to use and we've worked out a rental agreement that won't blow a hole in my limited start-up funds.
Visit their facebook page (Holy Terror Farm) to see photos of their chemical free farm. I have experience with distilling and have been discussing with other artisan distillers the methods of fermenting, distilling and aging that will create the best possible applejack. I'm actually a pretty good cook (so I've been told) and I'm sure that with proper guidance and a little trial and error I'll be "cooking" good applejack in nothing flat. I’m also familiar with obtaining the necessary federal and state permits to operate a distillery and that process is currently underway. I’m well versed in machine and equipment maintenance, have all the mechanical skills needed to operate a micro-distillery and I’ve been involved with running small businesses all my life. Having found the ideal location all the pieces of my plan are now in place so with funding, hard work and a little luck I’ll be able to make my first applejack with this year’s early crop. My Kickstarter funding will be used to purchase the copper sheet for the still, The iron for the wood burner, the fermenting tanks, oak barrels, bottles, firewood, yeast, and all the small equipment and supplies. Yep I'm going to build the still myself! My extensive metalworking, welding, brazing, soldering, auto body work and plumbing experience should put me in good stead for that task. I've built a column reflux still in the past but good apple jack has to come from an old fashioned copper pot still. Most importantly, building the still myself will save thousands of dollars of start up funding. Please feel free to follow along on and LIKE my Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holy-Terror-Farm-Spirits/278590988876795?sk=info and have a look at my web site, http://www.Holy-Terror-Farm-Spirits.com, for more details, background, progress reports and photos as things develop. Once I’m up and running I hope you'll drop by and see my micro-distillery in action at Holy Terror Farm and try a sample of genuine American traditional applejack. I’ve created a series of rewards for my Kickstarter backers that I think will convey my sincere appreciation. And I know what you're wondering.... Amazon policy forbids offering liquor as a reward to backers. Thanks for looking at my project and tell your friends, Chris
Here's a brief, rough breakdown of how the Kickstarter funding will
be used to produce my first run of applejack. Most figures
A: EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES:
1) Building a 70 gallon pot still will cost about $2000 in materials, mostly the copper.
2) Fermenting tanks, 50 gallons each. I'll need 10 of these to start with at $175 each. That's $1750 plus about $300 freight.
3) Apple processing equipment: A small stainless steel grinder will run $1800 and a small press will be $1000.
4) The still will be wood fired and that will require me to make an iron support and enclosure, basically an open top wood stove that will support the still. Since it will be operating indoors it will require an 8” chimney and flue. The flue pipe and fittings will run $500 and the iron and fittings to make the stove will be $250.
5) Oak barrels, gotta have those. These are $235 each although they may be a few dollars cheaper in quantity. I'll get as many as there is money for after the other equipment is purchased.
6) Bottles: These run roughly $1.00 each when you figure in a cork and quantity keeps them cheap. Maybe 500 to start so $500
1) Permits, bond, etc., Lots of work but only about $3000.
1) Kickstarter gets 5% and Amazon gets 3-5% so that’s as much as $1,330 off the top .
1) Holy Terror Farm provides the facility (building) an a deferred lease plan that includes a royalty from every bottle of Holy Terror Farm Applejack sold.
2) My labor, also deferred until the distillery makes a profit.
WHAT I PROVIDE: The permit filing, record-keeping, distilling, making the still, assembling the plant, preparing the building, finding and procuring all the equipment and supplies, some of the trucking, the marketing, promoting and distributing, material handling, mouse-catching, and anything else required to make this project succeed.
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pledged of $13,300 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 31, 2012.
Feb 19, 2012 - Mar 31, 2012
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A hand written "Thank you" card, your name placed on the registry of start up backers on the company web site and my undying appreciation.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Above plus a brandy snifter imprinted with "Holy Terror Farm Apple Jack".Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $45 or more
We are planning Holy Terror Farm Apple Jack premier parties at local taverns in all regions of Colorado for late 2012 and early 2013. Pledge at this amount and you'll receive a VIP invitation to the party near you. As a VIP you'll receive a logo embossed brandy snifter at the door and special VIP attention. Time and place details provided as they develop. Project updates will have some preliminary details too. Couples see the $85 pledge level below.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Above plus a fancy custom made (by me) corkscrew with Holy Terror Farm Applejack imprinted on the hardwood handle.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $85 or more
We are planning Holy Terror Farm Apple Jack premier parties at local taverns in all regions of Colorado for late 2012 and early 2013. Couples who pledge at this amount will receive a VIP invitation to the party near you. As VIPs you'll receive two logo embossed brandy snifters at the door and special VIP attention. Time and place details provided as they develop. Project updates will have some preliminary details too.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $99 or more
All the above plus a copper ladle stamped with the company logo, handmade from the remnants of the copper used to make the still.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $149 or more
All the above and you'll receive a personal invitation to be a GUEST OF HONOR at the Hometown HOLY TERROR FARM APPLEJACK PREMIER PARTY. Date and time TBA but it will be in the Paonia, Colorado area in the fall of 2012 and may include a tour of the distillery. Details provided as they develop.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $199 or more
All the above AND MEMBERSHIP in the HOLY TERROR FARM APPLEJACK FOUNDERS CLUB. You'll recieve notification every time a batch gets bottled and have first crack at it with special pricing as well.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $249 or more
All the above PLUS I'll put your name and "Thanks to our founder" on 12 bottle labels of Holy Terror Farm Applejack and give you first crack at purchasing them.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $499 or more
Invite to the party, Founders Club membership PLUS I'll put your PICTURE, signature and "Thanks to our founder" on 100 bottle labels of Holy Terror Farm Applejack. This is small batch distilling folks, 500 bottles at a time, so this reward may run into 2013 for some of you. First come, first served.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012