Well that's weird.....I posted at work this afternoon and now it's gone.....
What I said was, everything is different depending on where you are. I had a bunch of examples from what I found, but they all relate to me. For example I was talking to Marie-france Pelletier. She's an excellent source for bottles/tops/etc out of Montreal. Now what I was costing, came to around $900 for a pallet of bottles. I have a local farmer who will take all the spent grain I can make. I have an "in" and can get grain quite cheap if I buy it by the ton before it's bagged. So now I have to cost a grain silo and cement pad...is it cost effective or buy the bags....
Now, I can give you numbers, but it won't mean anything because you have your own variables.
Certain costs you can account for. $1000.00 for first year permit then $2000.00 after that. The cost of the calibrated hydrometer (you must buy from a specific place and have it sent to them to test it and then they send it to you) $5000.00 for the bond, crap I don't know..do you have your own place or are you renting/buying? Are you going to sell from your own storefront or are you going to send to liquor stores? (they have a minimum volume before they'll accept a contract with you.
Since I'm still in the business plan stage I can only make guesses on actual operating costs etc. If you want specific's you'll have to ask an operating distillery.
As far as the business side of it, Carol Andrews in Bayers Lake (NSLC) is THE person to talk to. She is the actual one who does the permits etc. One thing to warn you though. She is at work, this is what she does for a living, so if you call her have your "poop in a group" so to speak. Write all your questions down so you don't waste her time. She is more the person to talk to as you start and expects you to have a good business plan for her to look at. Just asking questions is ok, just make sure you don't waste her time.
Here's a link;http://www.mynslc.com/Content_Communica ... rmits.aspx
You said your doing research? Is it to open a micro or for school or what? The reason I ask is because it's one thing to talk to someone in NZ or the US, even in Ontario or BC, but in my own province raises the hairs on my neck. I'm sure you can appreciate that, just saying until I'm legal I won't be saying it cost this much because I'm here where there is lots of farms or there where there is lots of people. I'm in NS, that's close enough.
Besides, I stopped doing anything so I don't jeopardize going legal.
And if you are thinking of opening a micro, where are you?
Numerous 57L kegs, some propane, one 220v electric with stilldragon controller. Keggle for all-Grain, two pot still tops for whisky, a 3" reflux with deflag for vodka. Coming up, a 4" perf plate column. Life is short, make whisky and drag race!