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I'm in the planning stages of setting up a micro-distillery on our little farm in South Africa. We don't have any existing outbuildings or old barns that we can convert for this purpose unfortunately, so we have to build a new distillery from scratch with a very limited budget.
I've Googled high and low for inspiration, but it would appear that either people don't want to share layout plans (understandable), or that distillers generally move into existing premises, be they factory spaces or old barns.
Can anyone in the SD community give me an idea of a layout plan for a small craft distillery? I have a 200L potstill with 4" column etc (runs on two elements) as well as 2 stainless steel holding tanks so far. Haven't purchased bottling/labelling equipment yet. I'll be distilling from our own low wines, so don't need space for mashing, but will be doing some maceration in the process.
Aiming for about 1000 bottles production per month (gin initially....) and just wondering, bases on other's experiences, what minimum floor space I'll need and what possible layouts/configurations have been tried.
Any and all advice greatly appreciated from this eager newbie! :) (nicdavis at iafrica.com if you'd prefer to stay private)