The Wine Shiner will make Homemade wine or beer brilliant!

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Help us bring the Wine Shiner to every homebrew household in the USA and the World!

Some Background Stuff...

Interest in the home brewing scene has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years.  There is an estimated 1.2 million home brewers in the USA. These individuals produce over 2 million barrels of homemade beer and wine per year. That is about 1% of the total gross production of beer and wine in the USA!  It is very rewarding to make your own wine, and enjoy it with family and friends. This is especially true when your wine bottles make their way back to you, empty, and the expectant face of your loved one says it all. "May I have another?"

The Wine Shiner is not designed to clear a cloudy wine that is actively fermenting. It is designed to put a final polish on a wine that has reached completion. It will remove any dead yeast cells and colloidal proteins left in suspension that can ever so slightly cloud a wine, or show up after bottling. If light is catching particles in your wine, you should filter it.

Why filter your wine or beer?

Most major branded Vintners today filter wine to remove any fine sediment that consists of suspended yeast cells, and colloidal proteins. This gives the wine a polished look, producing a luster that makes it look crystal clear and sparkle in the light. Filtering with the Wine Shiner does not strip the wine or beer of color, flavor or aroma.

The cost effective solution

I designed the Wine Shiner to be a low cost solution for the home vintner to polish wine or beer. The kit is inexpensive compared to the commercial market of wine filters that can quickly climb to the tune of several hundred dollars. The Wine Shiner filter elements are long lasting, yet easily changed. Most gravity fed wine and beer filters on the market have single use filters inside that are limited to a few gallons of filtration each, and cost several dollars each. The Wine Shiner element can filter about 25-30 gallons of wine before we recommend replacement. This means that the home vintner can filter 5 to 6 whole batches of wine for about three dollars. That is between 125 to 150 bottles of wine before the element needs replacement. Also, with proper cleanliness and backflushing of the filter element, this number can be increased by 25-30%.  Adding to this convenience, the Wine Shiner Body is designed to easily fit any home vintner's budget.

I have completed the design phase. I have produced a working prototype. I have tested it, tweaked it, perfected it, and now it performs fantastically. All I need is your help to bring this great little gem to the public!

The cost of getting this off the ground...

The Work Space

The first phase of my plan is to create the manufacturing workspace. This will be done at a cost of approximately $6800.00. The space is approximately 500 square feet. I will upgrade the electrical, heating and cooling and moisture mitigation. The manufacturing method requires a clean, dry environment with a regulated temperature. The unit will be retrofitted to house the manufacturing machinery, a desk space and possibly a small retail space. We have a large enough parking pad outside to serve as a parking lot, should we develop into a retail space.

The Manufacturing Method and Raw Materials

In Phase 2, I plan to purchase 8 Original Prusa MK3 FDM printers with Multi Material Upgrades at a total cost of approximately $10,784.00. This allows the flexibility to update the design of the Wine Shiner on the fly and produce any updated product immediately without the added cost of retooling and changing production methods found in traditional manufacturing. We anticipate being able to produce a minimum of 16 complete kits per day with this method with 8 machines running nearly 24 hours per day. We expect to realistically produce more like 24 units per day.

Also part of Phase 2 is the purchase of raw materials for production of the Wine Shiner. I have projected to start with a production run of 500 complete kits with a projected 6 week production time. I will need approximately 250 pounds of raw PLA material at a cost of approximately $2900. 85-100 pounds of Flexible TPU material for the fused gasket and outer rubberized shell will be approximately $1190. Glass Mason/Ball Jars will add $800 to the total material cost. Filter medium for 500 units will add $2500. This will bring the raw material cost to approximately $7390.00

The plastic material I will use to manufacture the Wine Shiner is a plant based plastic produced from corn. It is PLA, or Poly-Lactic-Acid. This is considered a Food Safe plastic that is safe for the environment as well. It is completely biodegradable, yet durable if used and cared for as any other plastic tool you would use. The TPU gasket material is used in the medical industry and is also considered Food Safe. The outer shell of the filter is glass.

Shipping Method

I have elected to use the US Postal Service as my shipping method. I have successfully used this service in the past for mailing products around the world with very few problems. My chosen manufacturing location is a USPS pickup location, so this will keep us from having to run back and forth to ship products. I will mail all domestic USA products via USPS Priority, which can deliver anywhere in the Domestic USA in about 3-4 days. I will mail all international shipments via USPS Parcel Post which is reliable, and will save on shipping costs.

Risks and challenges

I have over 12 years previously in advanced management as Director of Operations of a financial institution. After that I was self employed for 5 years in business manufacturing and production. I have been employed by AT&T as an advanced technician. I am currently employed by a government agency specializing in fiber optics design, installation and maintenance. My dream has been to invent products and bring them to market.

If I were to attempt to forecast possible delays in production, it would be the Kickstarter Campaign coming to completion at all. If it does not, we will still move forward with production and website development only at a much more reduced rate.

I am seeking Patent Pending status on this device, and If approved, I will go further to apply for a Utility Patent.

Another delay could be the acquisition of such a large order of raw materials. I will source from several companies to help alleviate this as much as possible. If one company can do it all, so be it. But I believe it is better to have multiple sources available to order from if needed.

Other delays could involve permits and inspections for upgrading the building. I will deal with these if they come up, but I intend to use professionals to complete the tasks. This should minimize delays in inspections passing and permitting issues.

I am a firm believer in transparency and communication.
I intend to contact all backers with an email at least once per week to keep everyone aware of any roadblocks or delays, in addition to progress and successes. This may include screenshots of receipts for materials, photos of construction progress, videos, etc.

Thank you in advance for giving me the opportunity to bring this product to reality.

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    Even so, we don't believe in getting something for nothing. We will be happy to send you our weekly Email Progress Report documenting our progress on the completion of our manufacturing equipment and facility. This may include a simple text email, photos or video links (including outtakes) we will post on YouTube. We will begin publishing these after successful completion of our Kickstarter Project

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    Thanks and a lousy Wine Shiner T-Shirt

    For your pledge of $35, you will get this lousy T-shirt produced by yours truly telling everyone you backed our Kickstarter Campaign. It has the Wine Shiner Logo on the front and on the back it says:
    "I backed the Wine Shiner on Kickstarter and I got was this lousy T-Shirt. ...but the more wine I drink, the better it gets!"

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    The Earlybird Wine Shiner Kit

    This pledge amount will insure you receive the Wine Shiner Kit, Carboy Adapter and 3 filters (5 Micron for general racking, 1 Micron for clearing and a .5 Micron for polishing). The kit will have a full 90 day manufacturer warranty. The Wine Shiner is expected to retail for $64.95 after the completion of the Campaign. Backed orders at this level will be among the fourth batch manufactured and shipped.

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    Wine Shiner Kit and Lifetime Warranty

    With a generous pledge of $99 you will receive our Complete Wine Shiner Kit with Carboy Adapter and a Lifetime Warranty (for USA and Canada only). You will receive free USPS Priority Shipping within the USA or free standard shipping to Canada. All Wine Shiner parts will also have imbedded in them, during the manufacturing process, a serial number from 001-200. This means that in appreciation for your generous backing we will back your Kit with our Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty. If for any reason your unit fails, you can simply email a picture of the failure point or damage with Serial Number and we will immediately mail out a replacement part. Also, you will receive a 20% discount on all future filter replacements and a Lousy Wine Shiner T-Shirt! How's that for a partnership? International partners will be required to pay standard shipping charges. Backed orders at this level will be among the third batch manufactured and shipped.

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    2 Lifetime Wine Shiner Kits

    With this pledge level comes even greater rewards. For your pledge of $198 or more, you will receive a personalized Wine Shiner Kit with Lifetime Warranty AND one for your buddy. Your kit will also have a serial number indicating you have truly gone above and beyond to help support our project. Example: 001 to 200 indicating you helped back us at this higher level. You will get free shipping within the USA or Canada to your home. Also, you and your buddy will receive a 20% discount on all future filter replacements. Backed orders at this level will be among the second batch manufactured and shipped.

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    All In Reward

    At this level, you are truly worthy of recognition. You will receive a total of 4 Wine Shiner Kits with lifetime warranty and 20% discount on all future filter replacements. We will also have your name printed on our Recognition Plaque, which will be proudly posted on the door or wall of our Business location. We will Email a photo of this plaque to you, plainly showing your name along with your backing level and myself standing beside it.
    The Wine Shiner units will have unique serial numbers indicating you have gone the extra mile to back us up. The serial numbers will be GOLD01 to GOLD30. You will also receive via Youtube video a personal thank you from myself. Also, all orders at this level will be manufactured and shipped first.

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