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by Expat
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New BokaKob Advice
Replies: 66
Views: 1216

Re: New BokaKob Advice

I don't think you'll have a problem. Bottom to top, What is the spacing between your slots?

Never bothered with a jig myself, just taped on the template and used a Dremel cutoff wheel to cut the slot.
by Expat
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 350
Views: 93662

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

chilimies wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:08 am
So I don't need to monitor any other temps than condenser coolant output? How do I prevent boiling water?
What boiling water? Your condenser should never come close to that in normal operation.

If you're talking about boiler temp, that has no meaning in operation.
by Expat
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 5904
Views: 181008

Re: Three Word Story

I am Groot!
by Expat
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: NEW TO SITE
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: NEW TO SITE

Hey Martin, welcome to HD.

So far as I'm aware, if it's got starches it's fine for mashing, though each grain will have its own handling requirements.
by Expat
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Sacrificial Run
Replies: 29
Views: 4315

Re: Sacrificial Run

A thought - anyone ever dilute and use the forshots as the fodder for a sacrificial run? We just need a hot solvent (and I'm sure there's alcohol in the fores) to run through the still and forshots seem like a reasonable candidate. I did just this on my Bok upgrade project. I find that it does a go...
by Expat
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 393

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

The Baker wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:31 pm
'As for the distillate being close to the flame, well it's non-flammable so it's no hazard.'

Distillate.

Non-flammable????
Perhaps OP does not reside in an oxygen atmosphere environment....
by Expat
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to get the Gin bite
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Re: How to get the Gin bite

I am disabled and find it easy to use the T500 reflux still.I make very neutral ethanol and am very happy with it now I've got my new carbon filter which basically polishes it off for me. Ive tried to make gin by using botanicals but all that does is discolour the spirit so I now use the still spir...
by Expat
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM Still Operation Instructions questions
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: LM Still Operation Instructions questions

why not run the still at methanol temp, 64C (147F) for a while and collect foreshots before increasing the temp ( 78c 172F) to collect ethanol? As a new distiller the first thing you need to get your head around is the fact that you CAN NOT control the temperature at which your wash boils......in s...
by Expat
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Cleaning copper with Soya Sauce!
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Cleaning copper with Soya Sauce!

Hi. I'm new to this but had a possible piece of advice. I used to do copper plate etching/prints when in art school. This is all done with very thick ink on copper plates. When we wanted to clean the plates really well we used cheep soya sauce and a paper towel and it takes an old brown sheet of co...
by Expat
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Blue Gin
Replies: 33
Views: 3046

Re: The Blue Gin

8Ball wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:38 pm
Expat wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:31 pm
Glad you guys like the idea :)
Haven’t seen this thread before. Thanks, Expat, for posting it. It deserves two raps.

🎱
Enjoy man, cheers! :thumbup:

I make an extra blue version these days and it's equally excellent.
by Expat
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Blue Gin
Replies: 33
Views: 3046

Re: The Blue Gin

LunaDogFever707 wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:54 pm
A good store-bought drink for comparison is Empress 1908. One of my favorite gins
Yeah, I'm aware of the Empress... But I wasn't... Impressed :lol:

It's okay, but overpriced imo
by Expat
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: (Discussion) Still Operations information and hints
Topic: Scoop of foam from preheated beer
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Scoop of foam from preheated beer

Once it hit 35°C I noticed a 3 inch layer of foam that seems to be building. Will scooping it off and keeping it out of the stripping run allow me to strip a bit faster? Any downsides? No, it won't make a difference, more foam will form. Back off the heat for a few minutes and the foam will general...
by Expat
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:39 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:
:thumbup: :thumbup:

Congrats!

Hope Mom and baby are doing well.
by Expat
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: New Member

Hey Margie, welcome to HD! Glad to have you join the conversation, I'd be interested to hear how your grandmother's teaching align (or don't) with the knowledge here. Any classic recipes to share? :) Re your 10 gallon pot, was the run mentioned your sacrificial? Else I'd suggest strongly pitching th...
by Expat
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Chinese TIG Welders and Monkeys?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Chinese TIG Welders and Monkeys?

If you have to choose between these two options, paying someone to do it for you is going to be way faster and much cheaper (welder, materials, and a few extra kegs after you burn through the first couple by accident, +++). Option three is you can soft solder the connections, plenty of resources aro...
by Expat
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.

20201116_153851.jpg. Good afternnon. Juat curious if any one has ran into this problem at the feed store buying grain or corn. I was asked for my personal information. This is in ontario, canada. I hesitated and didnt buy the corn because i was surprised by the question. I took a picture of the not...
by Expat
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Larger mashes
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: Larger mashes

Here is the topic you're looking for. Easy Large batch mashing.

https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... =3&t=65703
by Expat
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: conical fermenter as a boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: conical fermenter as a boiler

Price of those conicals would definitely keep some away. Otherwise I'm sure you they would work well enough for a pot still.

They're tool tall for a reflux column boiler.
by Expat
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: First gin wash pot still.
Replies: 10
Views: 195

Re: First gin wash pot still.

My plan that I’m looking for some feedback on is to do 15gals of TFFV, strip (in batches) everything twice! since I’m on a pot still and want a pretty neutral spirit, then go with an Odin’s style vapor infused gin on the spirit run using a botanical basket with a touch of lemongrass. So questions f...
by Expat
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still
Replies: 21
Views: 328

Re: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still

So if I read you all right…if I do it this way there will be very little head/tail to cut from this final product? Do you all agree on this? It’s what I was thinking…this reinforcement is incredibly helpful! If you do your cuts right at the beginning there should be no cut required (for heads/tails...
by Expat
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 71
Views: 1460

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

My taste buds are shot, I got a friend who can pick out flavors all the time, I have to be smacked in the face with something to detect it. I've spent the last 2-3 years drinking bourbon on the rocks and just started on scotch neat, I doubt that has much to do with it, Part of why I never did a spi...
by Expat
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 71
Views: 1460

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

Paid closer attention to the jars, trying to visually determine when the tails were kicking in , but kept reading much higher than I thought it would, I was looking for an oily behavior on the glass, I did notice that as I got closer to tails that the stream made less noise/bubbles. Anyways really ...
by Expat
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 5904
Views: 181008

Re: Three Word Story

Man panty hose.....
by Expat
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New member, not totally new to distilling. Still need help:)
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: New member, not totally new to distilling. Still need help:)

Hey Dudes, welcome to HD! Saw your question in the other thread and posted a response there. For clarity.... We’re running a 13 gallon copper pot, 3” copper column into a condensing arm So you mention in your other post " copper reflux column " but you've not included any mention of a reflux condens...
by Expat
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still
Replies: 21
Views: 328

Re: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still

We have a large 3 part run. We want to now run a single clean spirit run through a gin basket to add some flavor. As others queried, you mean to say you've run 3 batches AND made appropriate cuts with each? My thinking was to do the cuts before the flavor spirit run, and only run the Hearts (mostly...
by Expat
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Noob.
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: New Noob.

Simple moonshine is a pot still, nothing to do with a column. That's a good place to learn.
by Expat
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Need advice
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Need advice

Messed up my cuts and got too tailsy product... can I rerun it but instead of using water to bring the abv down can I use a fresh unfermented wash? In my case it's jaggery, would it carry over some taste? Yes you can rerun it. I wouldn't use unfermented wash as it foams and adds little. Let it ferm...
by Expat
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Is sodium really bad for yeast?
Replies: 14
Views: 280

Re: Is sodium really bad for yeast?

zapata wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:51 am
From How to Brew (Palmer)
And from Water (Palmer)
Coincidentally enough, I was on a zoom QA with Dr Palmer on Monday as part of my local homebrew club. He is definitely the authority on such things with respect to beer.
by Expat
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Is sodium really bad for yeast?
Replies: 14
Views: 280

Re: Is sodium really bad for yeast?

Here's a scientific paper from last month. You can read the abstract, but the main article is pay walled I believe.

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101 ... 55v1?rss=1