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by Setsumi
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Alcometer reading low in parrot
Replies: 9
Views: 164

Re: Alcometer reading low in parrot

Parrots are overrated. I don’t have one, never needed one, and I’ve made hundreds of runs. Copper is pretty to look at, so put it on the shelf. Sorry, I can't help you. And I don’t even sympathize with your dilemma. Sorry. ss Umm.. fantastic? Why are you trolling in the novice section? uhmm.., nope...
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airlock pulled water through
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: Airlock pulled water through

my airlock is forgotten in the box of non esencial brewing parafinela. a loose fitting lid works just as well.
by Setsumi
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A 3 inch three plate and 4 inch three plate
Replies: 57
Views: 3381

Re: A 3 inch three plate and 4 inch three plate

How bout this? If by virtue of applying too much heat, the operator inadvertently overloads one or more plates to the point that "back pressure" increases enough to hydraulically force liquid from a lower plate , to an upper plate. Indeed a form of entrainment. Have you seen that happen yet? Do you...
by Setsumi
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Cornmeal
Replies: 9
Views: 246

Re: Cornmeal

i use corn meal. i follow Booner's casual all corn protocol, but i start with a quarter of my meal and a quater of the BOILING water, after that is combined i add half of the first enzyme to keep everything nice liquid. i then add the next quater meal and water until finished. then i add the rest of...
by Setsumi
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A 3 inch three plate and 4 inch three plate
Replies: 57
Views: 3381

Re: A 3 inch three plate and 4 inch three plate

Btw added pressure between plates can be mitigated by simply increasing your plate spacings. Can you explain this a bit better? I thought that in a still that everything before a given restriction (ie a filled plate) is at the same pressure? For example, if you had 4 plates with all the same bath d...
by Setsumi
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pineapples???m
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Pineapples???m

in my area pineapple beer is made quite often. like ginger beer. usually not at high strength BUT i had plenty that was high strength. but most ferments include some sugar.
by Setsumi
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5985
Views: 235880

Re: The liar's bench

Maybe I am a bit direct but if I think someone isn't listening to me I simply grab them by the arm and shake them a bit and ask if they are listening now. Seems to work pretty well. Come to think about it maybe that is why I live alone. i need to try this. i live with 2 young adults and the wife. i...
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Increasing the OG - advice
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: Increasing the OG - advice

do 2 sparges, first sparge with run off and then with clean water.... but ss is correct increase malt or reduce your water.
by Setsumi
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: BIRTHDAY WISHES
Replies: 1161
Views: 59594

Re: BIRTHDAY WISHES

cob wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:48 pm
Setsumi wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:15 pm
shadylane wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:24 pm
I am proud to announce the birth a healthy baby boy :thumbup:
on my birthday, congrats. enjoy the young one.
happy birthday Setsumi. :D

A little more than an hour left in 11/17/20 in this time zone :lol: :lol:
thanks cob, yes over here i am already at work in a new day :thumbup:
by Setsumi
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Great Grand Pa again
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Great Grand Pa again

shadylane wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:24 pm
I am proud to announce the birth a healthy baby boy :thumbup:
on my birthday, congrats. enjoy the young one.
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi All
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Hi All

Welcome Johann. sound as if you are running well with all the types of product you already tried. myself from RSA. happy stilling.
by Setsumi
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greeting all the way from South Africa
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Greeting all the way from South Africa

Welcome, myself from RSA. HD has much to offer. read and stay safe and enjoy the journey.
by Setsumi
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Making a mash from Fruit Cocktail cans
Replies: 11
Views: 368

Re: Making a mash from Fruit Cocktail cans

DisLexi wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:34 am
still_stirrin wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:48 pm
Put it in a fermenter, add water and yeast. Let it go and see what you get. C’mon man, “grow a pair”!
Fair enough. I enjoy standing on the shoulders of giants though :P
and the giant says "i wil not look up! i will not look up!"
by Setsumi
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

I've considered bringing to a hard boil to perform a hot break, then skimming the proteins out. Upon cooling back down to mash temps giving another dose of enzymes. All this to avoid the issue you're having. I'm not sure if all the stirring (to avoid a scorch), fuel and time would be worthwhile for...
by Setsumi
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Windy City reflux rig
Replies: 23
Views: 352

Re: Windy City reflux rig

very impressive. just fantastic. is the column just packed? or do you have plates as well?
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Setsumi's Twins
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Setsumi's Twins

Reflux management T18.jpg The twins run CCVM heads, shell is 76mm and take off on one is 42mm the other is 54mm. The condenser shell has a 50mm skirt that gets wrapped in PTFE tape and slips into the 100mm ss pipe of the flute. I still need to do product coolers but that I will only do in December, ...
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Setsumi's Twins
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Setsumi's Twins

Now for the twins T14.jpg Keg tops welded. T15.jpg Tungsten carbide hole saw, oil and slow drill press. I wanted to solder the sight glasses before the cuts but my brother was not convinced the cutter will work so I ended up cutting first. The holes are 38mm. T16.jpg Site glasses is 42mm copper pipe...
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Setsumi's Twins
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Setsumi's Twins

T11.jpg Did 10 plates but I am rethinking the cap thing… T12.jpg The plates fit loose in the stainless steel pipe so they stand on stainless steel legs. The caps and vapour locks are removable with stainless rods. T13.jpg After initial cleaning runs I have put a skirt on the bottom of the plates, I...
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Setsumi's Twins
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Setsumi's Twins

Now for the plates. I started with the plates, I always wanted to do something on the line of the ProCaps and after reading Jack C thread http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=78362 I started with my procaps…. It is a 67mm slip coupler that was notched with 3mm by 6mm slots. Height is ...
by Setsumi
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Setsumi's Twins
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Setsumi's Twins

So the project is not finished yet…. BUT in March I found ‘n piece of stainless steel pipe with a 100mm diameter at the scrap. I already have a flute/ plater and thought to do a second one. Since I do not have a stocked workshop and movements were restricted during lockdown, it went slow. T1.jpg T2....
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

Funny you should mention that. I noticed a larger volume of custard from my rye and wheat mashes so I made a screen with larger holes for my hammer mill. The resultant larger grain particle sizes stayed in the bag and the custard amount decreased maybe 25% or so. Not perfect, but a small win for th...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

This is why I squeeze before fermenting then just rack off the top of the settled yeast trub There are many ways to skin a cat. Squeezing sticky grains before fermenting then is less appealing to me that squeezing them after the sugars have been converted into alcohol. yip myself do not like the st...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

I use feed store rolled barley that I roast first as follows: • Roasted SRB ○ 325F x 45 mins. ○ Stir after 20 mins. ○ Shallow baking pans, 1 to 2 inches deep. Cool completely, let rest 2 weeks before using to allow harsh gases to release. I use it as 25-27% of the grain bill and I cook it with my c...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

I've considered bringing to a hard boil to perform a hot break, then skimming the proteins out. Upon cooling back down to mash temps giving another dose of enzymes. All this to avoid the issue you're having. I'm not sure if all the stirring (to avoid a scorch), fuel and time would be worthwhile for...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First rum
Replies: 16
Views: 319

Re: First rum

A few years ago, I got a batch of quite nasty molasses that took two years to get close to enjoyable, but that is only one batch out of many and that rum is very nice now. ja, patience is a bitch but necessary in this hobby. myself, although very reluctant to admit had a few runs that either went b...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

Looks like pudding. It's common to AG fermentation, it's a combination of yeast trub, protein and other non fermentables. I use a brewing BIAB to hand-squeeze my corn-based ferments, and the resulting custard is unavoidable. The finer you mill your corn, the more custard you get. A year into aging ...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Aquarium heater?
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Aquarium heater?

there will be a lot of movement in your ferment to ensure displacement of heat throughout. as the ferment begins to finish turn it down and off.
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

Looks like pudding. It's common to AG fermentation, it's a combination of yeast trub, protein and other non fermentables. yes i do believe it is protiens from the barley. it realy stuffed the filtration. i have another 30kg of the barley and would like it to work. i will try lower % but i am not po...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: unmalted barley issues

Looks like pudding. It's common to AG fermentation, it's a combination of yeast trub, protein and other non fermentables. yes i do believe it is protiens from the barley. it realy stuffed the filtration. i have another 30kg of the barley and would like it to work. i will try lower % but i am not po...
by Setsumi
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: unmalted barley issues
Replies: 24
Views: 362

unmalted barley issues

I made a 50/50 unmalted barley and corn meal mash with enzymes. both the barley and corn were rather coursely milled, but it converted well at 1.065. fermented it on the grain and when i started ti filter i ran into issues. the barley had a lot of gummy stuff that frustrated the filtering. i was fol...