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by eternalfrost
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: liquid activated carbon in a mash to be distilled
Replies: 10
Views: 8516

Re: liquid activated carbon in a mash to be distilled

carbon is BS. dont believe the garbage people at homebrew shops tell you they just wnat to sell you more nonsense. do commercial distilleries use carbon? no. do you need to? no, not if you do it right in the first place. also, turbo yeast is just more overhyped trouble. simple bakers yeast or if you...
by eternalfrost
Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: need an alcohol transfer pump
Replies: 7
Views: 2236

Re: need an alcohol transfer pump

i use corny kegs and rigged a copper tube outspout. just put in 1-2 psi CO2 or air and it works like a charm

store low wines in corneys till i have about 10 gallons then spirit run in the 15 gallon keg
by eternalfrost
Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Parallels between all-grain beer brewing
Replies: 56
Views: 5298

Re: Parallels between all-grain beer brewing

from what I know about beer, the main reason for the boil is to concentrate the sugar content after adding the sparg water this can be the case sometimes, but usually only needed if you mess up. the gravity can vary widely depending on the ratio of grain to water while mashing, the volume of sparge...
by eternalfrost
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Anyone Ever Used A Stir Plate For Starting Yeast
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: Anyone Ever Used A Stir Plate For Starting Yeast

if your using bakers yeast it isnt worth it because of the already super low costs. but if using specialty yeasts like muntons or ec-1118 etc. it is very worth it. i did some quick measurements on one batch and over 24 hours, the mass of the starter doubled! (gained as much mass as the original mass...
by eternalfrost
Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Solar still
Replies: 22
Views: 1631

Re: Solar still

im not sure where you live but making a solar still would in theory be entirely feasible. i dont mean the "survival" type, but a full normal still ran of solar energy rather then say electricity. i live quite up north and even here we can use simple solar ovens to cook food. just a big wooden bowl l...
by eternalfrost
Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Electric Keg Boiler
Replies: 21
Views: 3523

Re: Electric Keg Boiler

i use a 15.5 gallon keg with 5500W electric inside. as long as you settle washes before hand it works great. if you are not careful, lots of solids in the wort till cause it to boil over and puke. other then that i have loved my insulated boiler. insulation basically comes down to what you are loosi...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Gallon Glass Jugs
Replies: 10
Views: 2821

Re: Gallon Glass Jugs

i use recycled wine bottles. the bigger 1.5L ones are great. 9 of them fit perfect in a milk crate for storing.

picked up ~100 of them at the local recycle depot. seal em with wine corks pushed back in the top from a bar.
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Distillation temperatures, step by step.
Replies: 35
Views: 19514

Re: Distillation temperatures, step by step.

As you told, a wort is not water, it's a lot of compounds all together. Why did you compare it to water? Well, I might be wrong, since I didn't spend much time there, but a while ago, at school, I've learned that ethanol is evaporating at 78~79c. And that H2O is evaporating at 100c. So what would b...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Distillation temperatures, step by step.
Replies: 35
Views: 19514

Re: Distillation temperatures, step by step.

sounds like you need to go over the basics of how distillation works. gotta get the basic chemistry into your head before worrying about making anything drinkable. Would applying a constant 78~79c heat during the whole run be a good solution? you apply energy, not temperature. the chemical compositi...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Barrell To Full Capacity?
Replies: 15
Views: 1213

Re: Barrell To Full Capacity?

youll suck up flavors differently depending on the fill level too i imagine.

different surface/volume ratio
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: i found a local feed store
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: i found a local feed store

ive only done corn and malted barley.

i get cracked corn aat the horse shop 100# for $12 and the malted barley from beer suppliers online for 1.10/lb
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Does anyone specifically drink white dog?
Replies: 20
Views: 1378

Re: Does anyone specifically drink white dog?

no problem feral. just saying becuse i started with the basic ale pail from a homebrew shop but didnt want to have to go buy 10 of them and take up a whole room... now i have 2 of those containers pictured and im already drowning in low wines :roll:
by eternalfrost
Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Does anyone specifically drink white dog?
Replies: 20
Views: 1378

Re: Does anyone specifically drink white dog?

I do not have the floor space to ferment the amount of wash necessary to apply your idea. :cry: it realy dosent take much space... if you already have a standard 5 gallon ale pail, there are 15 gallon plastic drums that are only and inch or two wider...plus they are stackable. so you can easily hav...
by eternalfrost
Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Centrifuge? would it work???
Replies: 56
Views: 9028

Re: Centrifuge? would it work???

Can someone please confirm if my thinking is right or correct me. In our boilers we don’t really make a gas we actually make a vapor, which is a gas filled with small droplets that are very excited (by heat energy), they are so excited that they can’t bond with others and form back into a liquid. t...
by eternalfrost
Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: first corn/grain brew/mash
Replies: 18
Views: 1987

Re: first corn/grain brew/mash

if your using direct flame be very careful of burning the bottom. if you already have a good size still, which i assume you do if your bothering to do AG mashes, its very easy to make a steam wand that runs off your boiler. i made mine with spare parts from my still. i highly recomend it because you...
by eternalfrost
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn Syrup & Malted Barley/Wheat
Replies: 11
Views: 1774

Re: Corn Syrup & Malted Barley/Wheat

gin is a macerated spirit, so you want a good neutral as you base. that means you want a good tall reflux column to pull pure +95% to make good gin you have to make a good vodka first :wink: if you have a good reflux column, just about anything that is fermentable can be used since all the flavors w...
by eternalfrost
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Balsa and Bass wood as seals
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Balsa and Bass wood as seals

not sure what i have but its definitely thicker then 1/8

keeping the inner hole relatively small also helps, dosent need to go all the way out like a normal gasket. the "radial width" of my balsa is ~1/2 inch
by eternalfrost
Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:58 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Balsa and Bass wood as seals
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Balsa and Bass wood as seals

i use this.

they will last a long time if you clamp them back on to a flange lightly while you store them. keeps them from warping to hell when they dry. ive used mine about 10 times in a row and still going.
by eternalfrost
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: All malt wash or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 1156

Re: All malt wash or not?

oh....hmmm... I thought they both needed to be cooked... somehow I had thought that the enzymes were produced through malting but that the cooking was needed to actually turn the starch into sugar... would putting them through a roller mill be suitable instead of cracking? my other option would be ...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Leibig cooling question
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: Leibig cooling question

opposite directions: -last thing distillate sees is the coldest water, distillate comes out cold as possible -water shell fills from the bottom up therefore is always 100% full no matter how fast the coolant goes. same direction: -last thing distillate sees is the water after its already done its wo...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: first corn/grain brew/mash
Replies: 18
Views: 1987

Re: first corn/grain brew/mash

ive just been starting with corn and beer. its really not all that much more work. its a lot of time but its sort of like cooking a roast, theres only 30 min of real 'work' in that bunch of hours it takes. i let a few liters of corn sour for a few days then add to 10-12 lbs cracked corn in a 15 gal ...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Centrifuge? would it work???
Replies: 56
Views: 9028

Re: Centrifuge? would it work???

dont know much about the ins and outs of chemistry, but my understanding is this. molecules interact with eachother, pull on echother. see things like surface tension etc. different substances have different physical shapes and distributed charges and thus pull/push on eachother in different ways. f...
by eternalfrost
Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Aging proof
Replies: 12
Views: 1198

Re: Aging proof

Put the long draw tube back in and add some pressure. Won't take long to transfer. thatll work but i want it to be 100% SS or copper. you need a rubber o-ring to seal the downtube, else you just get air. shouldnt be hard to solder a copper tube directly to a spare post bolt, just havent had the time.
by eternalfrost
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Aging proof
Replies: 12
Views: 1198

Re: Aging proof

ive been using them to store my low wines. they work great and are 100% SS. i take out the in and out tubes and all the seals. the lids close with <1mm gap. looking for some cotton rope to seal them fully id be nervous about shaking them though. that big rubber top o-ring... getting the liquid back ...
by eternalfrost
Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: using brewing barley
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: using brewing barley

beer grains online are not too expensive. if you buy an appreciable amount it can be about $1 per pound of malt. bit expensive compared to the grains i can get at the local feed store. but they are malted and properly crushed which i could never get from the feed shop. the crystal and chocolate type...
by eternalfrost
Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: feedback please
Replies: 12
Views: 640

Re: feedback please

i found the my bokabob didnt suit me and just couldnt make clean spirits from sugar. switched to a VM and the product is much much better. havent run enough volume through to say im an expert yet, but it dosent seem to matter much what the wash is, all turns out mostly the same clean stripped produc...
by eternalfrost
Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Surging
Replies: 8
Views: 782

Re: Surging

i have a liebig and there is always some huffing. its not noticable unless you put your nose right into the output but it is there. when i set up my still i give a quick suck on the end output. if things arent clamped down enough you can easily feel the leak. even when things are golden though, when...
by eternalfrost
Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: sparge or how to filter a grain bed....
Replies: 10
Views: 688

Re: sparge or how to filter a grain bed....

well im still very much learning, but have gotten in a handful of pretty good all grain corn mashes. enough for about 5 gallons of stripped wines, just about ready for a spirit run. i have a 13 gallon plastic barrel and a steam heating set up, heavily insulated with refletix. mash about 10 lbs of cr...
by eternalfrost
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Whats the consensus on flaired fittings?
Replies: 7
Views: 564

Re: Whats the consensus on flaired fittings?

I put them in combined with 90 degree bends so that I can adjust the angle and height of liebig condensers. Ditto. makes setting things up way easier because anything can go anywhere. tried at least 3 or 4 still positions in my shop before i found the one i use now. its true that one could fashion ...
by eternalfrost
Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Penultimate Navy Rum (bastardpugi 2.0)
Replies: 41
Views: 4729

Re: Penultimate Navy Rum (bastardpugi 2.0)

kiwistiller wrote:you know, I've been puzzling over this and I have to ask. Why is it penultimate? is there a new and final version coming at some point?
he would be something of a braggart if he proclaimed it the ultimate rum :D