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Profits of a Common Distillery.

Profits arising from a distillery with two common stills, one containing 110 gallons, and one containing 65 gallons that is well conducted for 10 months. The calculations predicated on a site, distant about[Pg 126] 60 miles from market. Due regard is paid to the rising and falling markets in the following statement. The selling price of whiskey will always regulate the price of grain, the distiller's wages, the prices of malt, hops, hauling, &c. is rather above than below par.

Distillery, Dr.
To 1077 bushels corn, at 50 cents
per bushel, is
$ 538 50
533 bushels rye, at 60 cents 309 80
96 bushels malt, at 70 ditto 67 20
1706 bushels total.  
60 pounds hops at 25 cents per pound 15
100 cords of wood, at 2 dollars 200
Distiller's wages per year and boarding 204 70
Hauling whiskey, at 4 cents per gallon 204 70
50 poor hogs at 4 dollars each 200
  $ 1739 90
  Contra Cr.
By 5118 gallons whiskey, at 59 cents
per gallon
$ 2559
50 fat hogs at 7 dollars each 350
  $ 2939
Leaving a balance of $ 1143 10

[Pg 127]

I have charged nothing for hauling of grain, &c. as the feed or slop for milk cows, young cattle, and fatting cattle, will more than pay that expense.

An estimate of the profits arising from a patent distillery, (col. Anderson's patent improved) 1 still of 110 with a patent head, 1 still of 85 gallons for a doubling still, and a boiler of metal, holding 110 gallons.

[Pg 128]

Distillery, Dr.  
To 2454 bushels corn, at 50
cents per bushel
1216 do. rye, at 60 cents do. 729 60
200 do. malt at 70 cents do. 140
120 pounds hops, at 25 cents
per pound
100 cords wood, at 2 dollars
per cord
2 distillers wages, boarding, &c. 400
Hauling whiskey, per gallon at 4 cents 464 40
120 poor hogs at 4 dolls. each 480
Total expense $ 3671
  Contra, Cr.
By 11610 gallons whiskey, at 50 cents per gallon $ 5805 50
120 fat hogs, at 7 dolls. each 840
  $ 6645 50
Clear profit, $ 2974 50
Profit of a common distillery 1148 10
Balance in favor of a patent distillery $ 1826 40


To do the business of a patent distillery or to carry her on to advantage, requires a little more capital to start with—but either the patent or common distillery, when they have run two or three months, managed by an attentive and brisk dealing man, will maintain, or keep themselves agoing.[Pg 129]

Where wood is scarce and money plenty, the patent distillery is certainly to be recommended, indeed, in all cases, I would recommend it, where the proprietor has money enough. It is by far the most profitable, and will sooner or later become in general use in this country.

Todays Churchill Thought

Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt... We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.