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by DAD300
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

With this slow heatup and immediate bleed of fores & heads...I'm throwing out about the first 7% of what I collect as unusable. I don't redistill heads. I'd say approx 12% tails I don't bottle or barrel...I save that 12% for the next run as feints and redistill it. If it's going into a barrel, I mak...
by DAD300
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Neutral on plated column for gin
Replies: 25
Views: 503

Re: Neutral on plated column for gin

You keep talking about neutral for gin. Distilled Gin, Vapor infused GIN or Macerated Gin? DISTILLED GIN Gin produced by original distillation from mash with or over juniper berries and other aromatics or their extracts,essences or flavors (juniper & herbs in the pot) REDISTILLED GIN Gin produced by...
by DAD300
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

The original idea of the CCVM was simplicity and eliminating the expensive valve.

Then you also eliminate the placement issue.
by DAD300
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

Like others have pointed out Option one is a def BOMB! If your using a conventional valve there will always be a small pool of liquid in front of the valve. In a big still with gallons to collect this is insignificant. As the still gets smaller it is significant. But for clean anything, I'll state t...
by DAD300
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?
Replies: 60
Views: 1174

Re: Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?

Quality was first goal, but I am a cheap bastard!
by DAD300
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Clean Sugar Wash Necessary?
Replies: 19
Views: 422

Re: Clean Sugar Wash Necessary?

Maybe, but cleaner taste comes with getting further from the yeast.

Water what you got to 40% and distill it again.
by DAD300
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 80
Views: 17065

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

We're about to get our first cider delivery next week. So, due to an email and some advice I got last year we treat the cider to a starch conversion. First or early season apples will have a decent amount of starch. Later or apples stored, not so much. Here's where I got the idea. __________________...
by DAD300
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 3” CCVM with SPP - how fast before smearing?
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: 3” CCVM with SPP - how fast before smearing?

kimbodious,

Nice video, a pic is worth 1,000 but that video explains it.
by DAD300
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 3” CCVM with SPP - how fast before smearing?
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: 3” CCVM with SPP - how fast before smearing?

Sulaiman, Knowing he has SSP, "flooding" is not necessarily a bad thing. There are posts here about flooded column, fluidized bed and such. If the packing is holding liquid, but not to the point of overflowing the takeoff, you are staking or separating better than you would with vapor and reflux con...
by DAD300
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 325
Views: 88325

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Thanks DAD and all of the contributers to this thread. There were some questions early on in the thread about power requirements that I didn't see a good answer to. I have a 10 gal electric boiler that is part of an all in one brew system. It puts out 2800 watts and is double walled to provide some...
by DAD300
Sat May 30, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Lowe’s Buckets and lids for fermenting
Replies: 15
Views: 2181

Re: Lowe’s Buckets and lids for fermenting

Firehouse Pickle buckets are $2 and $ goes to charity.

They have been cleaned with vinegar & garlic when you get them.
by DAD300
Mon May 25, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 325
Views: 88325

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

The 4" "can" be so fast that you have to run it very slow.

I wasn't prepared to catch a quart every 4-6 minutes and got over run first time.

Makes it hard to make cuts in small increments.
by DAD300
Mon May 25, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CCVM Build Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1435

Re: CCVM Build Questions

Question 1. I think keg is about 30" while 16 gal Milk Cans are a little bit taller. 2. 36" column packed with 30" SS scrubbies allowing room for RC to be below will get you four to five plates for 80%ish. 3. 6" spool above is o.k. but may be close If you wanted to skip the gin basket, macerate your...
by DAD300
Sat May 23, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 325
Views: 88325

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

3" is a happy place on a 15.5 keg! Agreed...

A shorter 4" ain't bad, just more challenging.

One 5,5K element or a turkey burner is great.
by DAD300
Wed May 20, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Distillery Hand Sanitizer
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: Distillery Hand Sanitizer

I doubt it!

We made gallons and guess what we used? Heads, heads and more heads mixed with appropriate Hydrogen Peroxide, coconut oil, tea tree oil.

If it were usable booze, it probably would not have been used for Hand Sanitizer.

Besides, was this cheaper than fermenting your own?
by DAD300
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?
Replies: 30
Views: 2713

Re: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?

There are no new commercial units made in the U.S. that have copper in the down path. They may have a copper outer shell but the inside/vapor path is stainless. There are no FDA Compliance rules for stills. I have had multiple FDA inspections and the manufacture or material engineering of the equipm...
by DAD300
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Do you belive in ghosts?
Replies: 19
Views: 1689

Re: Do you belive in ghosts?

Yes!

Doesn't mean they are all evil.
by DAD300
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Making two face masks from a bra
Replies: 25
Views: 2070

Re: Making two face masks from a bra

Wear your cowboy bandana, but have the balls to put on your best cowboy boots, hat and a six gun rig!
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by DAD300
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Wood fired
Replies: 34
Views: 2738

Re: Wood fired

I know someone with a large Charles 803.

The boiler is setting over a block trench that is open on both ends. He can feed the fire or drag coals out of either side to control heat. Works super.
by DAD300
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Question about prices on that TV show that starts with M
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: Question about prices on that TV show that starts with M

Several factors play in to the price of illegal moonshine. Rarely, almost never, does it have to do with quality of the product! People are paying $25-$40 a quart for illegal booze, of no standard ABV or quality control. First there is the allure of it being "Outlaw." Pure marketing magic that. So p...
by DAD300
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Hand sanitizer
Replies: 25
Views: 1804

Re: Hand Sanitizer DIY

We're using coconut oil as it is also anti microbial, antiviral and antibacterial.

Only thing I would say is don't use corn starch. It could become food for mold.

I'd be afraid to use flavored jello, as it might tempt a kid. Hell, it would temp most adults!
by DAD300
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Are my pitch rates bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1349

Re: Are my pitch rates bad?

Make sure your molasses isn't sulfured or otherwise preserved. How are you warming up the frozen started? Why are you using hot water for second generation? I would worry you are over heating the yeast somewhere. All the additives sound like over kill. A couple tablespoons of rye grain would be clea...
by DAD300
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Beer keg spears
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: Beer keg spears

I saw a wine / barrel thief made from one recently. Bottom closed to tight hole and wood plunger in the middle!
by DAD300
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Dumping mash?
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: Dumping mash?

I vote to keep it!

Then clean the thermometer out with heads, air dry and new batteries. Bet it works.
by DAD300
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1885
Views: 104499

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Raw, juice only treated with UV, delivered, just shy of $1,000usd.
by DAD300
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1885
Views: 104499

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Our cuts are heavy as we take out a huge amount of heads.

As dif kinds of apples are involved, some barrels will be ready before others.
by DAD300
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Spirits on Oak
Replies: 18
Views: 1303

Re: First Spirits on Oak

I don't buy the "end grain is bad." You can't cut a full sized barrel stave without exposing end grain. If you can cut a board so straight that you haven't cut the grain, you are magic. As a hobbyist, you're trying to get the sugar out of the wood for flavor and color, through the end grain is quick...
by DAD300
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1885
Views: 104499

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Started receiving cider Oct 2ish, Jan 15th we distilled the last of 1,750 gallons of raw cider. We buy the cider in 275 gallon totes. ~150 gallons of Brandy in the oak barrels at 63%. all as natural as possible, fermented with EC-1118. We'll start bottling some for an early release first of April fo...
by DAD300
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Spirits on Oak
Replies: 18
Views: 1303

Re: First Spirits on Oak

The flavor will change and get worse and better and then worse on wood.

Buy a bag of oak BBQ wood ($6usd) and toast it your self.

Cheaper, find some white oak around your area and toast it yourself.
by DAD300
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Did i get ripped off?
Replies: 28
Views: 1406

Re: Did i get ripped off?

You'll know if the hi temp works very quickly and do an iodine test on the finished mash. https://www.mpja.com/Precision-PH-Meter-Water-Tester/productinfo/35671+TE/ These Ph pens have been great and very inexpensive, come with ph tests. After that use your tap water as a quick test. After first cali...