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by Braz
Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:25 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: A German touring American distilleries
Replies: 1
Views: 1455

Re: A German touring American distilleries

Thanks. Enjoyed the first one. The others will make for good viewing during a still run or two.
by Braz
Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter
Replies: 48
Views: 5883

Re: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter

I routinely invert the sugar for any sugar wash - almost always All-Bran. It just works for me and my ferments are very consistent every time.
by Braz
Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Mixing feints into sugar wash strip run
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Mixing feints into sugar wash strip run

Sure, put the feints in your sugar wash for the strip run. That's what I do.
by Braz
Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: In my shed
Replies: 192
Views: 9346

Re: In my shed

In the shed today doing a spirit run on 9 gallons of 30% All Bran low wines. I'll be here all day. :shock:
by Braz
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Aging brandy in partial full barrel
Replies: 5
Views: 1013

Re: Aging brandy in partial full barrel

Just give the barrel a 1/4 turn every now and then.
by Braz
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: Old moonshine camp in the rockies
Replies: 24
Views: 5164

Re: Old moonshine camp in the rockies

MashMaker wrote:Well that sounds like a blast but one problem Kansas is between us and my truck won't run in Kansas :roll:
Truck must be a Democrat. :D
by Braz
Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Who Rides a Scoot besides me
Replies: 56
Views: 1449

Re: Who Rides a Scoot besides me

Here's mine, 2003 BMW R1150RS. Next weekend she will roll over 100,000 miles, all mine.

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by Braz
Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about baking soda
Replies: 31
Views: 1526

Re: Question about baking soda

Just for what it is worth, I sometimes get a very light blue tint after adding baking soda to my low wines (All bran wash). This is done in a stainless pot, no plastic. I dilute to ~30% with my well water and have no real idea what effect that has, if any. I think I add about one tbsp per gallon. I ...
by Braz
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Has Anyone got a great gin recipe?
Replies: 11
Views: 2791

Re: Has Anyone got a great gin recipe?

Alchemist, keep us posted on how this works out. What, and how much, is your boiler charge for this botanical recipe?
by Braz
Thu May 07, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: Bratwurst (Oktoberfest)
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: Bratwurst (Oktoberfest)

Ooooh yeah! Been trying to convince the wife we need a grinder/stuffer. This might be just the thing to bring her around.

What is Prague powder? That's a new on on me.
by Braz
Tue May 05, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How Many set up the Night before?
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: How Many set up the Night before?

For spirit runs I set up the night before, because my Boka takes a good long day to run through 10 gallons of low wines.

If it is a strip run or a pot stilled liquor I don't bother setting up early.
by Braz
Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: The BAB-C <Big Ass Boka cannon>
Replies: 17
Views: 1098

Re: The BAB-C <Big Ass Boka cannon>

I switched out my copper mesh for lava rock and am happy with the result. Yes, you do need a screen or something at the bottom of the column. I cut a disk out of copper sheet and drilled a bunch of holes in it. You'll need to come up with a way to hold the screen in the tube. Mine just rests on the ...
by Braz
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Choices
Replies: 33
Views: 1219

Re: Choices

Same dilemma here. Mow or still work. Still work won out and I started two 5 Gal. batches of wash. Rain predicted tomorrow but that's OK since I have a long Boka spirit run on tap. Might get to mowing Sunday. Or not.
by Braz
Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Buyin oak
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: Buyin oak

Diesel410 wrote:Thanks fellers. But do I need to char my oak? I would think for brandy just toasting it would be bettee
Personally I use a medium char on the oak sticks I use for my apple brandy. You could try one jar just toasted and one toasted and charred and see which way you like it.
by Braz
Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: best still hand ever...
Replies: 23
Views: 787

Re: best still hand ever...

Only complaint I ever get is, "We're almost out out vodka. When are you going to do a run?"
by Braz
Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Making your own barrel
Replies: 85
Views: 8152

Re: Making your own barrel

If all else fails, just stretch a skin over it and call it a conga drum.
by Braz
Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: favorite sandwich
Replies: 30
Views: 1293

Re: favorite sandwich

dieselduo wrote:pulled pork with carolina mustard based sauce topped with sour coleslaw
Oh yes!

Picked up two nice pork butts on sale this week. Destined for the smoker next weekend.
by Braz
Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: well...what else is there to do in Iowa?
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: well...what else is there to do in Iowa?

Welcome GG,
Gin is a good quest. It is my favorite, but I have not yet been able to come up with just the right mix of botanicals. My method is to make a good neutral running Rad's All Bran through a reflux still then re-running it through a pot still with a gin basket in the riser.
by Braz
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Nuke Aging and Proof Drop
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: Nuke Aging and Proof Drop

Thanks all. I've done the nuke thing a number of times but this is the first time I've checked the before/after proof. I do routinely cap the jars immediately and let the vacuum build. I like hearing the lids on the Ball jars pop. I will hold the peak temp down a bit on the next batch and see what h...
by Braz
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first everything, learning developing and production
Replies: 88
Views: 3414

Re: My first everything, learning developing and production

Correct, you need a vent hole in that condenser cap. And do not solder the cap on.
by Braz
Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Nuke Aging and Proof Drop
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Nuke Aging and Proof Drop

I have a newly minted batch of pumpernickel rye that I am nuke aging prior to barreling. The white whiskey after cuts measures 63% ABV but after two nuke cycles it measures 57%. I am careful to keep the temp of spirit under 160F during the microwave sessions so I don't think I am cooking off the alc...
by Braz
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Backset - how can I use it
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: Backset - how can I use it

I use some backset in most of my washes to help keep the Ph in a reasonable range. If making a flavored spirit like whisky or brandy I use some backset to dilute the low wines to around 30 percent for the spirit run. The only thing I check for is mold growing in it. If it has mold I dump it. Keeping...
by Braz
Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Rye bread whiskey
Replies: 420
Views: 93162

Re: Rye bread whiskey

I did a spirit run on this recipe last weekend. I saved a bit of the hearts for drinking white and am nuclear aging the rest with toasted & charred white oak and it will then go into a 5 gallon twice used barrel at around 63 percent ABV. I have enough to just fill the barrel. The unaged white dog, a...
by Braz
Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Rye Whisky Plan of Action
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Rye Whisky Plan of Action

Since you are going to do a few UJSSM washes anyway, consider substituting half the corn with cracked rye for a pretty passable faux rye whiskey.
by Braz
Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: whiskey turned cloudy, why?
Replies: 23
Views: 2495

Re: whiskey turned cloudy, why?

My wife has noted that my brandy and my UJSSM based rye will occasionally cloud up if if she lets a bit sit in the bottom of the glass overnight. It doesn't always happen, but sometimes. We've not been able to come up with a reason. I think it may depend on the humidity level in the house but I have...
by Braz
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: shit on a shingle(chipped beef gravy on toast)
Replies: 12
Views: 1696

Re: shit on a shingle(chipped beef gravy on toast)

SWAMBO serves chipped beef gravy over rice. First time she did that I said, WTF?? But it actually works well that way.
by Braz
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:43 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1991
Views: 260128

Re: All Bran Recipe

Hi Rad, My recipe of Allbran is for 6 gallons (23L) 1. 5kg sugar inverted in 2500ml mineral water and 100ml lemon juice. Simmered 30 minutes 2. 250g Allbran, 1250ml water, 2 teaspoons of baker yeast. Simmered 30 minutes I mix all togheter and I add 1 teaspoon of epsom salts and 12 spoons (100g) of ...
by Braz
Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Moonshiners or State of the Union Address?
Replies: 27
Views: 1234

Re: Moonshiners or State of the Union Address?

Watched the SOTU and then switched to "Justified" at 10 so I missed having the talking heads tell me what I had just heard.

Final season of Justified. Don't miss it.
by Braz
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Other Brands for All Bran?
Replies: 15
Views: 1127

Re: Other Brands for All Bran?

I have always used either Millville (Aldi's house brand) or Meijer's house brand "bran and whole grain wheat flakes" with good success. 1/2 box (9 0z.) per 5 gal. wash. I also add one crushed multi vitamin tab. That's it for nutrients and it has always been plenty. Never felt the need for tomato pas...