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by BoomTown
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 506981

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Boy did I screw this cycle of BW up. Left 2 of my small (16 L) batches out on the balcony and went away for a week’s vacation. Temps here in DC Metro area jumped to above 95F all the week we were gone. Both washes stalled out. Re dosed them with Miricle grow and Epsom salts, added more yeast, and mo...
by BoomTown
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4040
Views: 433291

Re: sweetfeed whisky

Get the sweet COB in the yellow bag. Deplorable, I would love to get the COB but I can't find it where I'm at. I'll check on it if I travel out of state and get it then. Thanks for the recommendation. Deplorable, have you had any experience with the cracked corn at TS? Just curious... I have. Used ...
by BoomTown
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar

CO2 bubbles floating the hydrometer for a higher reading? I'm also guessing there's an error in the measurements. Having the SG increase after the yeast has started isn't normal. Every time I've seen that, it was due to something I unknowingly did wrong :lol: How would one error in the measurement?...
by BoomTown
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar

I have to wonder how you came up with 20% abv in the boiler. What was your measuring method? From your recipe I get about 1.75 Lbs/ Gal. Sucrose has 46 PPG from my reading. If pure sucrose, then the wash should be 1.080 with a potential abv of about 11%. You're not pure sucrose, I don't believe tha...
by BoomTown
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar

Hambone wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:32 am
Rumka? vodum? I dunno...what’s it taste like?
It’s sweet, mouth floods, and nearly no burn....
by BoomTown
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar

Hambone wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:20 am
Magic? Yep....it was magic.

I’m surprised there would be that many unfermentables in raw sugar.
So, just finished spirit run from these beer runs, 10 L of 45% low wine. Used Brown (raw) Sugar most of washes, so now I’m wondering what it is? Rum? Vodka?
by BoomTown
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5987
Views: 236126

Re: The liar's bench

And rumor has it that the bench is makin a road trip in a month. Now where the jug. Should be still under the bench unless the mayor's 'sister/wife or the monkey has come around and lifted it . I may be running solo with the bench . Wu Flu and caring for my son has me out of contact with others at ...
by BoomTown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Pistachio Shells Rapid Aging
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: Pistachio Shells Rapid Aging

This seems like a great idea to acquire color, especially if you like how the taste of your AG turned out...is it that much different than Micro-Waving to get the color from Oak?
by BoomTown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 506981

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

IMG_20200525_201637.jpgIt's day 8 of the birdwatchers fermentation. The cap has fallen and it doesn't appear to have any more activity. So before I take the FG and rack it into a carboy to settle out does this look normal? I finished my first BW wash last week & got these same "floating islands" of...
by BoomTown
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4040
Views: 433291

Re: sweetfeed whisky

I was just wondering if the grain may have added some fermentable sugars over the course of the ferment. More likely, your ambiant temp may be a bit low for your yeast’s comfort zone. Red Star and DADY are comfortablr at between 75 and 90 F, You used enough malted barlu to convert all the carbo if ...
by BoomTown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Hello from Asia

Cheers guys, I know what you mean, I can't stop researching. But I want my first one to be a simple and cheap set up to see if I like the hobby before I progress into it with a nicer still. Any recommendations on a cheap build? I bought a “copper water pot” from India, that sits there teasing me ev...
by BoomTown
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Hello from Asia

Hello, .... After lurking in the shadows for about a month like a trench coat freak :wave: I decided to join. hopefully in the next month attempting to build a still. Probably will have a few questions over the next month or so about a few things. Cheers Still building is like a narcotic...be caref...
by BoomTown
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5987
Views: 236126

Re: The liar's bench

Celebrating a bit tonight and left a jug under the bench for anyone that stops by . Our son had brain surgery 2 days ago to correct a seizure disorder that he has suffered with since 1992 when one of his cousins crushed his skull with a 16# rock . Doctors think that he will be seizure and meds free...
by BoomTown
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Enzymes used with Raw Sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Enzymes used with Raw Sugar

OK, I’ve barely gotten back, but I’ve bumped into a regular mystery. I’ve got Two really pretty little copper water pots (16 liters each), and am using them as fermenter pots. TheY make just enough wash/mash to feed two cycles in my new little Alquitarra still. While I’m still trying figure out if f...
by BoomTown
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 party
Replies: 104
Views: 8416

Re: COVID-19 party

Sounds glorious, Shady. I'm on the outskirts of NYC, listening to the constant barrage of fireworks. Up here it's like 9/11 all over again. Everybody knows somebody who died - cousins, in-laws, grandfathers, siblings, and parents. Turning on the news lately, I feel like I'm watching a horror movie ...
by BoomTown
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Esters: A reading list to understanding them better
Replies: 26
Views: 6148

Re: Esters: A reading list to understanding them better

Boy I wish I could review this whole record. It’s lost to me because it’s mostly outside my 12 month window.
by BoomTown
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4040
Views: 433291

Re: sweetfeed whisky

I was hoping to run this weekend but it doesn't look like I will be able to. This is day 7 of the ferment. The starting gravity was 1.064 the temperature has been anywhere between 72 and 78 degrees. How much longer do you think it will take to finish? IMG_20200626_115140.jpgIMG_20200626_115828.jpgI...
by BoomTown
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: Hi all

I believe you've described exactly why many people have problems with PID control. A properly tuned controller should not cycle after the first 4 cycles, (1/4 amplitude decay). I can control my vapor temperatures exactly, so the PID puts out only the power that is required. Its really not that diff...
by BoomTown
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 506981

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I’ve now got two small(16L) pots fermenting with DADY. They seem to be taking longer that similar washes in these pots When I USP Ed Red Hat Bakers yeast. I check and record readings everyday, the DADY pots are dropping 6 or 8 points per day, where with Red Hat Bakers yeast they went down 10 or 12 ...
by BoomTown
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 506981

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Since no one gave me a straight up or down opinion on Distiller's Active Dry Yeast in this recipe, and since I ran it a few nights ago and wasn't happy with the results, I decided to make it again. I made a 6 Gal batch then split into two fermenters, one with baker's yeast and one with DADY. We wil...
by BoomTown
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 514
Views: 168376

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Raw sugar isn't truly raw, it's just what comes from large sugar mills without further processing, lightly centrifuged crystals with some molasses still clinging to them. Chuck it in a bag and label it "raw". It should be the cheapest sugar on the market as it has the least processing. When I was w...
by BoomTown
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 party
Replies: 104
Views: 8416

Re: COVID-19 party

Boomtown, must present some unique challenges distilling 15 floors up. Especially disposing of grain! Ther are several; We have a balcony, offers a sliver of space (2’x18’) of side to side privacy, and from street level the view is obstructed by foliage. The odors drift away in the winds, more like...
by BoomTown
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 514
Views: 168376

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

I’m reading a brown sugar manufacturer’s label that say they use centrifugal force to extract the fluids from mashed sugar cane and their brown sugar result from the sudar crystals that forms against the wall of the spinning chamber. Seem to me that this ‘raw’ sugar may have the nutrients that the o...
by BoomTown
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 party
Replies: 104
Views: 8416

Re: COVID-19 party

I've never liked being around the masses anyway. I was born and raised to be a gravel or dirt road kinda guy. Stop lights and traffic annoy the hell out of me. I'm with ya there. Grew up that way. Went to the big city for my 20's and had a hell of a good time. At 30 I was ready to move back to the ...
by BoomTown
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 506981

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Since no one gave me a straight up or down opinion on Distiller's Active Dry Yeast in this recipe, and since I ran it a few nights ago and wasn't happy with the results, I decided to make it again. I made a 6 Gal batch then split into two fermenters, one with baker's yeast and one with DADY. We wil...
by BoomTown
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: My little Still puts out
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: My little Still puts out

Great morning here! Yesterday was surprisingly peaceful in Your nation’s capital! This morning, not as humid, sun bright as a new dime. Got a beer run working, great cup of coffee, and messages from several of our old friends. May all your roads be down hill, the wind at your backs, and your loved o...
by BoomTown
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello all from the past!
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Hello all from the past!

It’s a good year for revisiting past hobbies. I too have refreshed my presence, and rediscovered my interest in playing Chess. Welcome back!
by BoomTown
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: My little Still puts out
Replies: 6
Views: 876

My little Still puts out

My little Alquitarra Still just finished its first spirit Run. It run 10L without picking. Today’s (first time) spirit charge was 8.5 L of low wine 1.75 L of 12% light Whisky wash. ABV of 50% Heat source is a Kadco, 9” Commercial grade Hotplate. I pumped the heat in till thE first drips show, the di...
by BoomTown
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Your vegie garden
Replies: 131
Views: 10503

Re: Your vegie garden

Has anyone ever use just spent grains as potting soil?
by BoomTown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 party
Replies: 104
Views: 8416

Re: COVID-19 party

Every thing is going good on the homestead. The place is beginning to look like a village :lol: Looks like my Grandson and Paula had too much spare time. Today, I was told, She's been having problems with morning sickness. :wink: With luck, this will be the second Great Grand Child she has blessed ...