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by Dan P.
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Old European condenser type

Looks like it would cause a certain amount of smearing as vapor condenses and drips/dwells for a certain amount of time on it's way towards the bottom. Cool and interesting find! Cheers, jonny You might be right, but I haven’t noticed it. To be honest I don’t think the condenser is a place where I’...
by Dan P.
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Old European condenser type

Yes, exactly. Super shitty “schematic” attached.
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by Dan P.
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Old European condenser type

Hows this work The last photo shows it all put together. Vapour goes in the pipe at the top, liquid comes out the bottom! The plates are attached to a rod, they are close to the inner diameter of the tube of the condenser, so the vapour is slowed and cooled. The rod is removable, and comes out of t...
by Dan P.
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Old European condenser type

stillanoob wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:33 pm
Cool pics! Any idea of the date of the still?
It’s from the late 1950’s.
by Dan P.
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Old European condenser type

With apologies for the shonky photos- this is a type of condenser common in France and Germany, and perhaps elsewhere. It might be inspirational to someone who has not been able to see one before? It’s a simple design, the water bosh is maybe 200 liters ( for a 60 liter boiler). Nothing cutting edge...
by Dan P.
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Re: Old European condenser type

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by Dan P.
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1060

Old European condenser type

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by Dan P.
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rakija
Replies: 21
Views: 1885

Re: Rakija

I’m sure in Serbia they have many varieties of plums that can be used in rakija. A widely available cultivar is “quetch” or “zwetsch”, those being it’s french and German names, though I think it is Polish in origin? Nurseries here in the UK will sometimes stock it, but really any plum will do, needn...
by Dan P.
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: UK - Looking for Blackstrap Molasses?
Replies: 44
Views: 11821

Re: UK - Looking for Blackstrap Molasses?

Burtonian wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:56 am
I was loftily pooh-poohed, so make of that what you will!
You weren’t loftily pooh-poohed. You were politely contradicted because the “scorched yeast” explanation is an unimaginative HD meme that did not apply to my experience.
by Dan P.
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: 100% Golden Syrup Recipe ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1853

Re: 100% Golden Syrup Recipe ?

If you are in the UK food grade blacks molasses/treacle can be easily found for cheap in confectioners’ or bakers’ or caterers’ supply shops in 25kg buckets. Personally I find 100% black treacle too strong unless you are using a reflux still to tidy it up a bit. I remember Golden syrup making a nice...
by Dan P.
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rakija
Replies: 21
Views: 1885

Re: Rakija

Great info! Does anyone have a recipe with ratios or anything? I haven’t ventured too far from whiskey before so I’m a bit green when it comes to fruit. Thanks. The great thing about fruit is that it ferments itself! So, as far as ratios go, there’s only fruit, and whatever water you feel you need ...
by Dan P.
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rakija
Replies: 21
Views: 1885

Re: Rakija

It couldn’t be simpler, really! I have a normal copper still, not shallow and no rummager, I just bring the contents on a stripping run very slowly up to heat with the cap off, plenty of stirring, keep the heat low and steady, and I don’t have a problem with scorching. You’ve got to make sure your m...
by Dan P.
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rakija
Replies: 21
Views: 1885

Re: Rakija

Serbian rakija is just plums fermented in a barrel, double distilled. The addition of sugar to the plums is frowned on but common. Use it sparingly if at all. You dont have to remove the stones but you should avoid cracking them. There are opinions about some of the stones being cracked to release t...
by Dan P.
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Separating Grain from Wort - Lauter, Squeeze, or???
Replies: 33
Views: 5111

Re: Separating Grain from Wort - Lauter, Squeeze, or???

Also--on a separate subject--flaked grains, especially corn, have all of the oil removed. The oils from whole corn will help with fermentation and mouth feel of the final product. I guess flaked grains must differ from type to type, but I have used flaked (micronized) maize that had so much oil in ...
by Dan P.
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Experimental mashing 100% speciality malt whisky?
Replies: 41
Views: 6083

Re: Experimental mashing 100% speciality malt whisky?

Great read, thanks!
by Dan P.
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: muscovado rum
Replies: 28
Views: 3365

Re: muscovado rum

Okay; muscovado sugar (billington's) pot stilled is too light for me. It's a shade heavier than jaggery/panela, but only a shade. I've yet to do the full spirit run, and I'll be using molasses feints, so hopefully that will add some weight. Very nice, none the less, and a good yielder, especially i...
by Dan P.
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: really old still design that i bought
Replies: 30
Views: 3614

Re: really old still design that i bought

I've been meaning to try this recipe for a long time, I hear it's very good. From another forum; Apsynt's pastis/arak 2.5L of neutral at about 45% 2 fistfuls of star anise (or anise seed) 1 stick cinnamon 3 cracked cardamom pods pinch of white and black pepper 2 sprigs of fresh fennel half a nutmeg...
by Dan P.
Mon May 15, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: muscovado rum
Replies: 28
Views: 3365

Re: muscovado rum

Update from the crypt; After about a year on oak, a little backsweetening with caramel and molasses, and a further year just sitting, this rum easily stands up to commercially produced navy style rum. Very robust, and I do believe that it has the special dunder taste of very traditional Jamaica rums...
by Dan P.
Wed May 11, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: UK distilling IS legal!!
Replies: 61
Views: 94596

Re: UK distilling IS legal!!

Interesting, Bounder, thanks. I fear LG11 is a troll that I have come across before a number of times under a number of aliases. He's an extremely pedantic scare-monger of English/British origin who labours under the delusion that he is very, very, extremely clever, so don't try and understand him, ...
by Dan P.
Wed May 11, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: somewhere in the woods
Replies: 128
Views: 17197

Re: somewhere in the woods

UPDATE hold my breath?WTF is that?when did I apply for an award?i have been in the same spot for the last 2 years and not one kid looking for a fishin hole not one chopper looking at my underwear...yea some feathers was ruffled and I didn't care much about it...yes this is an open forum and we all ...
by Dan P.
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM build
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: CM build

Thank you for your replies, I look forward to seeing what I can do with this system.
by Dan P.
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: mixing styles of whisky
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: mixing styles of whisky

It's all part of the fun.
I used to enjoy dreaming up all kinds of bat-shit crazy frankenwhiskies.
These days I chase single grain eaux de vie.
Swings, roundabouts, horses, courses.
To each their own!
by Dan P.
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Malting your own rye
Replies: 138
Views: 87246

Re: Malting your own rye

Further experiments show that green malt is great for converting raw grain. With smaller percentages I get better conversions than I do with store bought kilned malt. I also slightly over modify the malt. No "grassy" taste. For rye, I let the acrospire grow to aproximately the length of the grain. I...
by Dan P.
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM build
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: CM build

I'm still working up to pulling the trigger on what is for me quite an expensive splurge. I plan to make the cannister style dephleg out of 2" pipe, with end caps. That will save me farting around with making end caps out of plate/sheet, and the bought end caps are a little thicker and I believe wor...
by Dan P.
Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:02 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM build
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: CM build

Bushman, on your plan at the beginning of that thread, I looked a little closer, and see that one of the water tubes to the dephleg cannister does go to the bottom. Common sense tells me that this is actually the input tube, contrary to what I thought before. Unfortunately the plan is too small for ...
by Dan P.
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM build
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: CM build

How tall should I make the column. I want to preserve some flavour How much copper tubing and head room do you have? :lol: One of the good things about a CM is you can control or even shut off the reflux. In other words if you want a pot-still turn the dephlegamator cooling water off. If you want f...
by Dan P.
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM build
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

Re: CM build

That's a great design for the dephlegmator, Bushman. I'd seen the shotgun style before during my research, but never realized you could just sort of pop it in the top. IOt makes a lot of sense, thank you. May I ask how long your dephlegmator is? Did you say a foot? Also, do the input and outlet pipe...
by Dan P.
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM build
Replies: 15
Views: 1605

CM build

I'm in the preliminary stages of planning a post-Christmas present to myself, to whit, a CM column. I've been a pot stiller for 5-6 years now, and while I wouldn't say that I've "mastered" pot stilling, I've certainly reached my plateau, for now. I've also found my groove as to what I like to make; ...
by Dan P.
Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Any rugby fans?
Replies: 52
Views: 2898

Re: Any rugby fans?

Unless it's to the defence of that rapey hula-dance that you're rushing?
by Dan P.
Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Any rugby fans?
Replies: 52
Views: 2898

Re: Any rugby fans?

Teddysad wrote:I am rising to your bait DanP only to say either this is a wind-up or you are showing your ignorance.
I suspect the former!
What? All Blacks are infamous as pro-foulers and gamesmen.
I think you might be partisan.