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by LWTCS
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

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by LWTCS
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

I had already thought about the idea of the thumper and it gives a valid alternative but I don't want that. The bain marie would allow me a compact system, even when stored. The reason why I would like the removable internal boiler and why it is almost essential in removing, for example, the marc (...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

Why not get a thumper and steam it out A 15 .5 keg is easy to build I do all grains and some fruit with a thumper Better then straining or mop bucketing This may sound like a good idea for OP needs, it's the easiest way to avoid leaks, it's very versatile and you can use water just in the first str...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

dukethebeagle120 wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Why not get a thumper and steam it out
A 15 .5 keg is easy to build
I do all grains and some fruit with a thumper
Better then straining or mop bucketing
A really valid point,,, within the context of cooking grains and distilling AG beer.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

Don't be discouraged by my critique however.
I hope you can prove your point.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

I would think a large diameter "cap" on your kettle would allow for easy access.
Simply having the ability to remove the inner wall so that you can rinse seems to me more like you are delaying the inevitable for a more optimal tool.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

Ok, I guess?

With out a durable seal on the jacket,,,, you'll be a leak jockey and will always be positioned to prep for the "next upgrade ".

On the otherhand, I do like your ambition.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

A thousand reasons? I'm afraid I can't think of one within the context of cooking grains or distilling with grain in solids. But if you plan on using your actual kettle ( inner wall ) to continue to make chicken soup or beef stew,,,,then I understand. My wife is still pissed off at me for chopping u...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

But if you can't pressurize the jacket, using water as the heating medium will make you want to shoot yourself.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

If you can't pressurize the jacket, oil is probably your best bet for a heating medium.
Peanut oil works well.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

Btw, Oil works nicely because once at temp it does a very efficient job of holding temps with almost zero heat input. Problem is it takes up a bunch of space/ mass and is slow to come to temp compared to water under pressure. It is also completely unresponsive to adjustment once brought to temp. A r...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 34
Views: 383

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

Couple things If you're not able to seal the head space within the jacket (up to 1bar) your heat up times will be abysmal. Otherwise you'll never exceed the boiling point of water at sea level or above. 1 bar (15 psi = low pressure steam) gets you to nearly 249F (120 celcius) Ideally, you'll want to...
by LWTCS
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Craft production of vodka
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: Craft production of vodka

We have a local distillery that produces award-winning potato vodka, all in-house. They use a 16-plate column and they filter it afterward. It's very clean and smooth, but I don't know if I'd call it "craft" since it doesn't have any additional flavors that stand out. It's just a good vodka. Yeah i...
by LWTCS
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: difference in maceration for different ABV%
Replies: 5
Views: 93

Re: difference in maceration for different ABV%

Various botanicals can release their goodness at different rates.
High abv can drag over acrid/medicinal/chlorophyll like qualities.
Some citrus does better than others. With orange for example, less is more.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Robo-Still Inline Thumper Build
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Robo-Still Inline Thumper Build

With respect to temps, my comment was to illustrate
(weather I'm explaining correctly or not) that the larger liquid bed below the column allows the base of the column to have cooler temps, and run more stable with better separation as Minime's experiments proved.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby

Notwithstanding a few nuggets here and there ,,most info outside of HD is remedial at best.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby

Reddit and the FB groups are all too frequently cringy as shidt.
Can be informative. Just need to reconfirm with additional context imo.
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby

Dude,,,,you are at the center of the hobby distilling universe at this very moment. If you were here 10 years ago you would have been at the center of the hobby distilling universe. Tomarrow, this will be the center of the hobby distilling universe. Not sure how many ways there are to say,,everythin...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Lid seal with water?
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Lid seal with water?

https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=76359 Thank you very much. Have you ever seen anything like this up close? Does that system work well? For pot stilling a hobby sized batch (and subsequent batches) or slightly larger, I would say that this type of system is very user friendly. A...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Craft production of vodka
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: Craft production of vodka

The Baker wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:39 pm
Went to a craft distillery at the weekend.
They haven't been going many years and specialise in whiskey.
I was surprised they didn't have vodka and gin because of course they bring in some early money.

Geoff
Did they have a proper column still?
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun condensor tip
Replies: 25
Views: 494

Re: Shotgun condensor tip

Pour some gas/fuel out of your fuel can without the vent cap open and you get a glug glug glug type of behavior out of your stream. Open the vent cap and the stream smooths right out. Get it? Same thing with the vent at the end of your condenser. No vent and the stream behavior is erratic to the poi...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Robo-Still Inline Thumper Build
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Robo-Still Inline Thumper Build

Good looking outfit. Do you have a specific question beyond speed? What you are essentially doing is shifting alcohol out of your primary kettle in order to feed your column. The thumper only represents one plate value so doesn't get much credit from the "theoretical plate" guys. The real benefit is...
by LWTCS
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Optimal Distance Between Plates
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: Optimal Distance Between Plates

Taller plate spacings will reduce the pressure that accumulates in between the liquid beds. This is helpful for bubble cap systems.

Perfs require a bit more engineering because pressure more specifically affects the plates ability to maintain a liquid bed.
by LWTCS
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Buying used whisky barrels?
Replies: 17
Views: 301

Re: Buying used whisky barrels?

The website (if Im allowed to post) is sunshinebarrels.com the price listed for their used whiskey or wine barrels is $99 and they only have commercial sized used barrels (as they put it " once used and fresh dumped") I shouldn't have to pay for shipping at all, I'm close enough to drive to their w...
by LWTCS
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?
Replies: 20
Views: 338

Re: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?

100% SCD!!
I bet a secondary rest in an oatmeal stout (or the like) barrel would impart some Belgian waffle notes too.

Yeah I'd be bugger'd up by 7am...
by LWTCS
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Optimal Distance Between Plates
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: Optimal Distance Between Plates

The issue (more often than not) is available ceiling height relative to how many plates are on your wish list. I'd say that the real question for hobbyists ( pros too for that matter) ends up being how small/short can I get away with and still get the plate count for a proper vodka column with out h...
by LWTCS
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: o/ - B_Stilling checking in + possible distilling log
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: o/ - B_Stilling checking in + possible distilling log

No. Dont update in this forum. This is a basic forum for welcoming new members.

Start a new thread in the appropriate forum.
by LWTCS
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?
Replies: 20
Views: 338

Re: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?

Even if blending it down is too sweet you could use it as a mixer for cocktails where you’d normally use simple syrup. Macerate some fruit and call it a dirty panty dropper. Orange peels, more oak and a touch of cinnamon for a gran marnier style whiskey based liquer. What’s drambui made from? Just ...
by LWTCS
Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the UP
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: Hello from the UP

Welcome,
What are you making?
by LWTCS
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Condenser pipe with cooling fins
Replies: 20
Views: 524

Re: Condenser pipe with cooling fins

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:46 pm
If that rifling is inside the pipe as well , you might like to think about weather it could cause pooling and smearing before proceeding with the idea.
Has not been a problem Bill.