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by frikz
Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe
Replies: 499
Views: 159616

Re: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe

Great recipe! Ran my first batch yesterday and I have to say that I'm amazed. Very nice taste, even unaged. Indeed a bit like a light scotch or irish whisky. I will be putting half of it on oak chips as well to see what that does to it.
by frikz
Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:51 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe
Replies: 499
Views: 159616

Re: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe

Started my first batch yesterday but it still aint bubbling. I used one 5 g pack of ec-1118, rehadrated properly and then pitched it in the 25 deg C wash. Now, 18 hours later, it still pretty much doesn't do anything. I know some say the 1118 tends to lag a bit, but I'd say that this is a bit to muc...
by frikz
Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Everything you need to know about oak alternatives.
Replies: 146
Views: 77926

Re: Everything you need to know about oak alternatives.

Is it normal that some kind of oily substance comes out of the oak when you toast it? Just toasted some quercus robur oak sticks that I split from firewood that has been drying outside for probably 2-3 years. I used only heartwood and toasted it in the oven for 3 hours @ 200 deg C. Smelled really ni...
by frikz
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: What kind of Mold?
Replies: 47
Views: 7802

Re: What kind of Mold?

Remember myself noticing a slightly funny smell after I left a batch of UJSM dormant for about three days and the wash had just a few large air bubbles floating on top of it, but no spider web. When I added new sugar/backset it went off as usual and it finished in 4-5 days so I guess it's allright. ...
by frikz
Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4890
Views: 321656

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Strippin' 29 L of UJSM
by frikz
Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Started on my still rack
Replies: 24
Views: 3340

Re: Started on my still rack

Very nice job indeed! Might build something similar when I have the time, always have the still lying around in pieces.
by frikz
Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4305
Views: 737212

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Measured the SG a minute ago and it's still around 1060 although I added the yeast 72 hours ago. Seems to be going very slowly, should I perhaps add more yeast? Started with 3.5 kg (~8 pounds) of sugar and an equal amount of corn for a total volume of 6 gallons and used 1 package (5 g) EC-1118. I th...
by frikz
Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4305
Views: 737212

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Just started my first 5 gallon batch of Uncle J's sour mash.

Do you guys ever wash or boil the corn before adding it in order to sterilize it? Didn't do it myself, but the question came up while mixing everything together cause it looked kind of messy ;)
by frikz
Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: "Apple Pie"
Replies: 79
Views: 30393

Re: "Apple Pie"

Made exactly the same stuff as in pinto's recipe some time ago for a party. People really liked it and you almost couldn't tell that there was alcohol in it ;)
by frikz
Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Bokakob 2" mini-still column
Replies: 301
Views: 263828

Very nice still!

I especially like the condenser, what's the diameter of the centre coil and how did you bend it? Is it 1/4" O.D. tubing?
by frikz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: other uses for kegs
Replies: 20
Views: 3476

I use mine as a boiler, but if I had more kegs I would use them as fermenter.

Guess you could also make a nice vodka dispenser out of one ;)
by frikz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:45 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Nitrile gasket
Replies: 28
Views: 5155

Froggy wrote:What gaskets are people using for their triclover fittings?
I use teflon tri clamp gaskets, they are also used in milking equipment etc. Got them from ebay.

@Dnderhead: the tri clover gaskets from Brehaus are most likely made of EPDM.
by frikz
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Nitrile gasket
Replies: 28
Views: 5155

A quick glance at a chemical resistance database will tell you that nitrile rubber (also called Buna N) isn't recommended for contact with ethanol.
Teflon would be my choice.
by frikz
Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: temperature calibration
Replies: 7
Views: 1219

When the water hasn't quite reached it's boiling point, there is little vapor formed and the head temperature remains low. If it really starts to boil, temperature rises quickly so I guess it's normal. Compare it with a whistling kettle if you like.
by frikz
Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My Hotplate
Replies: 22
Views: 3294

Here's a pic: http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/9945/powerfirethermopiezoqw1.jpg It's a 9.5 kW propane burner and as you can see on the picture, it has a thermocouple and magnetic valve that shut off the gas supply when the flame is blown out. Gas boilers for central heating systems and gas stoves ...
by frikz
Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My Hotplate
Replies: 22
Views: 3294

How big is your boiler?

I recently purchased a propane/butane burner with flame-out protection that is also suited to use inside.
by frikz
Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Ferment temp control
Replies: 7
Views: 1570

That looks nice. Personally, I just use some insulation foil to keep my fermentor at temperature. When doing my last sugar wash, I wrapped the fermentation vessel with a single layer of insulation foil and that kept temperature at 25-30 deg C during the first few days in 16-18 deg C ambient air. Tem...
by frikz
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Warm cooling water in nixon still
Replies: 8
Views: 1777

If I'm correct a nixon stone still is an offset head still (or at least equal in construction/operation principle)? If so, you should use a valve to control the reflux ratio and thus the temperature in the head of the column rather than the coolant flow ratio. The condenser should just knock down al...
by frikz
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: 2008
Replies: 23
Views: 3154

Happy new year guys!
by frikz
Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:33 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5085

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2008 to you all!
by frikz
Sun Dec 23, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast farming (HowTo information wanted)
Replies: 33
Views: 13423

They have this one at Brouwland, a Belgian homebrewing shop. It's sold as a beer wort aerator. http://www.morebeer.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow sells similar wort aeration systems.
by frikz
Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast farming (HowTo information wanted)
Replies: 33
Views: 13423

I'm thinking of getting an aeration pump with a 0.2 micron filter and ceramic air stone to use while growing yeast:

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/6610/0570150wk5.jpg

Will that enhance the growth process?
by frikz
Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:09 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: inline stripping flange
Replies: 92
Views: 22735

Very interesting thread. I already played with the idea of a continuous still once and I'll probably give it a try sometime, I think it's interesting from an engineering point of view. @andre: Did you actually use your still as continuous with a decent amount of packing/reflux to get high purity alc...
by frikz
Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:31 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: What funnels do you use?
Replies: 27
Views: 5149

Didn't know they use stainless ones in kitchens, will get me one too. thanks!
by frikz
Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:03 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Ever used tygon tubing?
Replies: 20
Views: 3394

Tygon tubing has quite good chemical resistance and I believe it's used in chemistry labs etc. Personally I wouln't use it though.

The only plastic that I use confidently for gaskets is Teflon (PTFE) as it's virtually chemically inert. It also has high temperature resistance.
by frikz
Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Type of Boiler?
Replies: 15
Views: 2794

I'd also buy a stainless keg. I got mine at a beer brewery, but perhaps a local pub is also willing to sell you one for the deposit money?
by frikz
Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Boiler upgrade to beer keg
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Doing a good search on the forum actually dug up a similar thread that I overlooked about sanke kegs and there is some useful information on tri-clamp dimensions on stpats.com, so I'm sure a 2" tri clover ferrule will fit directly to the keg.
by frikz
Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Boiler upgrade to beer keg
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

I know it will fit to the column, I'd just like to check whether it fits to the keg
by frikz
Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:57 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Boiler upgrade to beer keg
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Boiler upgrade to beer keg

Got myself a nice 50 L SS beer keg today to replace my current 13.5 L boiler: http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/5191/biervatgl8.th.jpg I'm planning to attach the 51 mm I.D. copper column to the keg using a tri clover 2" weld ferrule from brewhauw. The connector on the keg looks the same as those on...
by frikz
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:25 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Where do you buy your cracked corn?
Replies: 10
Views: 4679

Where do you buy your cracked corn?

Reading through some other threads, it seems to me that most people buy their cracked corn at some kind of animal feed supply store. I bought a 25 kg bag (chicken feed) here, and according to the manufacturer it is 100% pure and natural, but is this stuff really safe to use? I guess it is, but I don...