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by Twisted Brick
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go

I've only done one back-to-back strip/spirit run and it was a plum brandy. The most time-consuming part was cooling the keg and remaining ~9gal of hot backset. A fan and steady spray from a hose on the keg helped and after breaking for lunch, drained and re-charged the boiler for the spirit run. I h...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 271

Re: American Malt Whiskey

I love your recipe and most of all, attention to detail in all phases of your processes. I am definitely going to employ 'waking up' my starter with a measure of fresh clear mash while I cool it down for pitching. The question I have regards your use of nutrients and step mash of non-malted grains. ...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome Brewbacca! I too, dove straight into brewing with all-grain recipes, and that 'spirit' will serve you well in your distilling journey. Sometimes more gets learned from forging ahead in the face of uncertainty and recovering from a mistake others are too afraid to make. Best of luck to you. T...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Batches of malt are not always exactly the same. My guess is you had a drink in one hand while you were weighing out your grain and inadvertently 'put in a little more for Santa'. That would account for your slightly higher S.G.
by Twisted Brick
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: BIRTHDAY WISHES
Replies: 1164
Views: 59807

Re: BIRTHDAY WISHES

Best birthday wishes, HDNB!
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: New Member

Welcome down the rabbit hole, Banamond.

By all means, ask questions before you commit to a build decision or buying something.

Good luck on your journey.

Twisted Brick
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My CCVM and thumper
Replies: 15
Views: 504

Re: My CCVM and thumper

That is a fantastic enameled pot, Iulistoi. It must have taken some courage to cut a hole in the lid.
by Twisted Brick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Learning Grain Flavors
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Learning Grain Flavors

What a great experiment, Blue! I don't think enough of us take the time to establish a flavor baseline and just forge ahead with random recipes that sound delicious. (I know - I'm one of them). Just a thought: Since the majority of commercial bourbons rely on 68-80% of the grain bill, you might cons...
by Twisted Brick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Cornmeal
Replies: 10
Views: 301

Re: Cornmeal

Hey Twisted Brick That was a great thread link :clap: Can’t believe I missed that one but I definitely bookmarked it Thanks . My pleasure, WC. I try to share this post every chance it appears to be relevant. Applying these principles to my mash protocols has resulted in an uptick in my spirit quali...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 389

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Deplorable wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:48 pm

A garden hose is GHT. You need a NTP to GHT adapter to go from the 1/2 copper to your garden hose.
Looks like this. Big box store should carry it.
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Shotty pressure test
Shotty pressure test
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 352
Views: 94182

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Thebigbrewbowski wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:58 pm
What length of CSST should I order for a 2" column for the RC? 1/2" x 48" should be good? Only have a 6" extension ontop of the T.
You can find the answer to this question multiple times in the first few pages of this thread. Give it a read.... and help yourself!
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: New Member

Welcome Andy!

It's a great time to learn distilling, safely and competently. Enjoy your build and learning.

Twisted Brick
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: conical fermenter as a boiler
Replies: 20
Views: 459

Re: conical fermenter as a boiler

Curious about this concept myself. I have a Spike Flex fermenter for brewing small batches of beer and have wondered if it could function as a still? https://spikebrewing.com/products/flex Not that it is a conical fermenter but similar in nature. It looks like Spike Brewing has quietly moved into t...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Cornmeal
Replies: 10
Views: 301

Re: Cornmeal

Do I have to cook cornmeal the same as cracked corn? By virtue of cornmeal’s individual grain size, a number of advantages are presented to the distiller, namely less fuel used, shorter mash times, quicker and more uniform gelatinization of individual corn grains, and ease of access to the grains b...
by Twisted Brick
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hail The Mighty Thumper
Replies: 20
Views: 521

Re: Hail The Mighty Thumper

Haggy, How generous of you to share your knowledge to create such a valuable tool for us! I am closing in on the completion date of a two-keg thumper rig and would be keenly interested in the modeling you can provide. As I get experience with it, I will be more critical of the data I collect (volume...
by Twisted Brick
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 389

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Sorry gents, it worked yesterday! I was just finishing a bourbon strip...

The (bad) link is for a 1/2" copper female threaded adapter, the same ones I (and Deplorable) used.
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by Twisted Brick
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 389

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Great to know I'm trying to get one I'm just wondering how the water will hook up as in what he will use to fit my hoses to it I just use hose clamps right now I'd like to keep it that simple These are what I used and will be going on yours. Makes it easy to hook up and break down using hose clamps.
by Twisted Brick
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3538
Views: 364539

Re: Jokes

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by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

Thanks for nudge, Zapata. These rye berries came from Central Milling in NorCal. Their website has a boatload of raw grains and flours and is a virtual baker’s (and Distiller’s) candy store. All of their products are top-quality. At $25-30 per 50lb sack, their organic grains are very reasonable and ...
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello Home Distiller
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: Hello Home Distiller

Welcome down the rabbit hole, FF!
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Curious about rye

Thanks. I've read anywhere between 100-113F works, so you're not far off.
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1307

Re: Pot still, single run.

The Baker wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:54 pm
Hair dryer?

Geoff
Perhaps, but thinking about it, would take forever. One might try resting the jar in the oven at a low setting overnight, but who knows?

still_stirrin's remedy is sound (and timely), but his warning is the definition of valuable experience passed on: "been there - done that!"
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Curious about rye

Good question. I mash in the rye malt and barley malt at 115f to do a beta glucan rest. Then in another vessel I boil some water and add the corn and some alpha amylase enzyme. When the corn drops to 190 or 180 I add them together, adjust the temp to 148 and leave it overnight. So you're adding the...
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 672

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

beta glucanase like seb-flo or a beta glucanase plus xylenase (plus other stuff) like ViscoSEB ought to help. (personal rep for seb-flo, viscoseb is on my list to try when the sebflo runs low). Malt has both glucanase and xylenase, but I think you more or less gotta step mash on the way UP, which y...
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1307

Re: Pot still, single run.

Dancing4dan wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:02 pm
COSTCO was selling something like those but they had a spigot at the bottom.
With a rubber seal that isn’t compromised by iced tea with lemon.
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" Column Packing and Extension
Replies: 55
Views: 1244

Re: 6" Column Packing and Extension

Evil Wizard wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:45 am
I have a 6" column and I use geolite/hydroton. Porous, light, cheap and irregular sized. Pick it up at a hydroponic store.
Just curious, EW,

What would you say is the average size of the hydroton? A quick glance at these arouses interest.

Twisted
by Twisted Brick
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Hoga Stills
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Hoga Stills

The North American contact is below. Armindo can probably put you in touch with the right individual in Portugal.

Good luck.


The contact would be Armindo Da Costa

Email: admin@hogacompany.com
by Twisted Brick
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Should I buy this
Replies: 20
Views: 547

Re: Should I buy this

Amazon sells a 2" sanitary 90* for $14. You can get PTFE gaskets, tri-clamps and 2" caps at Glacier Tanks. Buy extras.
by Twisted Brick
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 16
Views: 434

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

Twisted brick, the grains used for malting are from a local market sold as food for birds. I usualy use wheat but I tried barley too and the result was the same. I tried different sources of grains for malting but the result was the same. I start by puting the grains into a permeable bag and put th...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 16
Views: 434

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

I tried everything, from different tehniques in malting, soaking malt very long to release more free limit dextrinase, mashing between 60-62.5 degrees celsius, long saccharification rests, short rest for preserving enzimes during fermentation. None of them worked. Where does your grain come from? W...