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by still_stirrin
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Milo/Sorghum Whiskey Development
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: Milo/Sorghum Whiskey Development

I have a 5 grain bourbon recipe that uses milo from my family farm. In fact, I use field corn and wheat too, all from the combine bin. And all 3 are unmalted. The 5 grain recipe is: 50% corn (unmalted) 12% milo (unmalted) 12% wheat (unmalted) 16% malted barley (6-row) 10% flaked Quaker quick oats I ...
by still_stirrin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: first run with new column
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: first run with new column

—> 1/2 gal of 50% tails...in 5gal of water. <— That’s equivalent to a 5%ABV wash, ie - not much alcohol in it. —> I was happy to get 150-140 proof off in the first 400ml... <— Amazing you even could get that high in the foreshots and heads portion with a low wash %ABV like that. I’d expect more lik...
by still_stirrin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CCVM build input
Replies: 12
Views: 273

Re: CCVM build input

...if there is justification on running a 3" on 8 gal boiler vs a 2" ( Im not upgrading to a bigger boiler at this time)... I'm not overly concerned with how fast the product comes out ... 3” copper will cost 3 times as much as 2”. 3” stainless is 50% more expensive than 2”. But with an 8 gallon bo...
by still_stirrin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: sweet spirit
Replies: 26
Views: 313

Re: sweet spirit

...Surely if you use a sugar wash you end up with a neutral spirit, ...ok not vodka, but something drinkable. D_Drunk, Not all “sugar washes” are equal. A simple wash with only sugar will obviously finish dry, provided the wash has enough nutrients for the yeast to fully reduce all the sugars. But,...
by still_stirrin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: sweet spirit
Replies: 26
Views: 313

Re: sweet spirit

Also, a “better” sugar wash recipe may give you a better neutral spirit. You didn’t give your recipe here, so I can’t comment on it.

In addition, “processing” it properly will help too. Vodkas are distilled to a very high purity before tempering back to bottle strength. Did you do that?
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by still_stirrin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Fruit / Berry Recipes
Replies: 238
Views: 110757

Re: Fruit / Berry Recipes

I'm back! My question is, for what reason do most recipes recommend macerating at 40 ABV or thereabouts?...but Odin's gin for example uses 40% (or 43%) to macerate? Why the low ABV for maceration? Well, I can think of a couple of reasons: 1) Higher (or lower) alcohol concentrations will dissolve di...
by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: green but ready to learn!
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: green but ready to learn!

....what do u mean by concentric still? Here, read this thread: https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=54183&p=7291535#p7291535 I have a concentric RC on top of the concentric LM collection cup. Below the throat that makes the inner wall of the liquid cup, I have a Tee which goes to a VM v...
by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Parrot head / Stripping run.
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Parrot head / Stripping run.

OK, so one engineer speaking to another.... The Proof & Traille hydrometer (alcometer) indeed measures relative density...the density of the solution relative to the density of water. As alcohol is lighter (less dense) than water, the %ABV can be measured (with the P&T calibrated hydrometer) by floa...
by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sweet distillate
Replies: 8
Views: 234

Re: Sweet distillate

I’d blend it back with more low wines and rerun through the reflux still. It might reduce the sugar sweetness in the neutral spirit. I wouldn’t dump it because you’ve produced some alcohol OK. You could always use it to make a panty dropper too, where the residual sweetness is appropriate. Experimen...
by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Parrot head / Stripping run.
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Parrot head / Stripping run.

Sorry if I've been unclear, not talking about the initial fermentation. I've obviously missed something, when people talk about using a parrot head and a hydrometer during a stripping run, the FG isn't relevant? To restate what Yummy said, the FG (final gravity) is specific term associated with fer...
by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Fermentation chamber
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Fermentation chamber

“Praise Jesus.”

Just the way a pastor should do it...
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by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Parrot head / Stripping run.
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Parrot head / Stripping run.

Hi, More than aware that I am probably being a complete noob but. Running my first generation of buccaneers rum and despite googling that heck out of it. How do I calculate what FG to stop a stripping run? My OG was 1.107 if that helps. Well, final gravity (FG) is quite “nebulous” with a rum fermen...
by still_stirrin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can I use honey shine tails in sugar wash?
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: Can I use honey shine tails in sugar wash?

I have about half a gallon of 20-30% tails sitting in a jar and I'm fermenting 4 gallons of sugar wash that will eventually become apple pie moonshine. I was thinking of pouring the honey shine tails into the stripping run of the sugar wash. Any reason not to do that? I think thre simple answer is ...
by still_stirrin
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Specific gravity/Brix readings
Replies: 7
Views: 299

Re: Specific gravity/Brix readings

Any idea how much sugar was in the fruit? No way to “calculate” that now. Otherwise, you could use the wash calculator on the parent site for the added sugar and the volume of water. So, now you’re left speculating. Next time remember to measure the brix if you want to know the potential. Lesson lea...
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding heads to next run.
Replies: 27
Views: 525

Re: Adding heads to next run.

So, you added “heads” to your next spirit run which was 40%ABV low wines? And you say it increased your “hearts cut”? I would ONLY consider doing this if my 2nd spirit run was in the reflux still and I was refluxing A LOT to compress all the “shit” to the very front. That’s the only way I can “squee...
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: ujssm spirit run and making cuts
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: ujssm spirit run and making cuts

...One anomaly: your fores are lower in abv than your heads ....That doesn't seem right to me... Well, it really isn’t so unusual. Some of the more highly volatile (lower boiling point) constituents actually have a higher density (giving a lower %ABV measurement) than the early heads and the ethano...
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Liebig with 54mm column
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Liebig with 54mm column

I'm aiming for a dual purpose, one that can run in potstill and reflux ... OK, I’d recommend a CM with deflag reflux condenser that can be removed, that is - installed with tri-clover clamps, making it modular. With the reflux condenser removed and packing taken out, you’d have a potstill left. A V...
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1980
Views: 241785

Re: All Bran Recipe

rgreen, My grocery has shelves of cereal and I use the generic bran flakes, nothing special. Of note, the prices on all cereal grains are higher now because of Covid. But they’re still available here. I would think a generic raisin bran cereal would work great too...the raisins are great nutrients. ss
by still_stirrin
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding Dilution after Aging
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Adding Dilution after Aging

NZChris wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:19 pm
...RO water is mineral free.
+1.

R.O. is perfect, especially when you have a reverse osmosis filter in your home! :D
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by still_stirrin
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Long fermentation time
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: Long fermentation time

Sugar wash, huh? Did you get the recipe off of the internet? Or possibly a YouTube video? I sense a couple possible problems: -> 1) no nutrients...sugar doesn’t provide the necessary nutrients for yeast to metabolize sucrose, so you need supplements, -> 2) if it does start fermenting, chances are th...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Putting two kegs together
Replies: 50
Views: 4174

Re: Putting two kegs together

....maybe that's why my "check liver" light keeps coming on.... :shock: Until it DOESN’T. Gotta think...“4 off...1 on”. Give ‘er a chance to heal. As a baby boomer, my CBC gets checked every 5 years. If my liver enzymes are high...I’ve got to abstain for a couple of YEARS! Just pay attention to the...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Wash Question
Replies: 10
Views: 230

Re: Wash Question

From a potstill, I’d expect the first of the run to start around 75-80%ABV, but they will be foreshots and early heads. Collect in jars sized accordingly to collect 18 to 24 jars. Then, you can make cuts the next day. You’ll see the proof offstill fall throughout the run. Don’t worry, that’s the way...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Wash Question
Replies: 10
Views: 230

Re: Wash Question

...So let me get you right . . . . I should continue to strip run the leftover 3 gallons and then re-run all that I get out of the strip run to get a spirit run? Uh.....NO! You extracted ALL of the alcohol out of your wash already. So, running it more will only net you water! The suggestion is to b...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Condenser sizing for uncirculated flake stand.
Replies: 10
Views: 249

Re: Condenser sizing for uncirculated flake stand.

Uniform spacing of the coils will promote a constant gradient for condensation. Make sure you don’t have coil dips which would make liquid pools in the worm. Soldered to struts will help hold the shape inside the flake. Also. you don’t need to stay close to the walls of the flake, as you want water ...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Researching keg Boiler options.
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Researching keg Boiler options.

+1 to NZChris. My boiler has 2 elements: both are 4.5kW 240VAC running on 120 volts, giving me a total power input of 2250W (1125W each ULWD element). What this does is to reduce the watt density (watts per square cm of element area in contact with the wash) even more making it less likely to scorch...
by still_stirrin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Grainfather gin
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: Grainfather gin

Do you like the “taste” of rubber? If not, lose the silicone hose from your product spout. We have a rule here regarding plastics and high proof alcohol. You’ll find it in the “mandatory reading”.
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by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Large barrel aging
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Large barrel aging

Windswept wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:42 pm
...Ballpark on how long it should sit?
Here’s one chart that’ll give you some idea on aging time as a function of barrel size: https://redheadoakbarrels.com/why-do-sm ... or-faster/
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aging chart
aging chart
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: my first batch opinions.
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: my first batch opinions.

A single run? That’s your problem. With a potstill, you really need to do a strip + spirit run protocol. Or at least a 1.5 run. Trying to get something good off a sugar wash with a “one & done” is very novice. Oh well, you’ll do what you want to do rather than read, listen, and learn. Rookies are to...
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to measure correct alcohol content
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: How to measure correct alcohol content

You’ve got to measure the volumes. Alcohol is %ABV, or “alcohol by volume”. Adding syrup adds volume. But you haven’t added alcohol. So, the %ABV goes down because the total volume is increased. For example: 1) start with 1 liter of 50%ABV (100 proof) neutral is 0.50 x 1000ml = 500ml of (theoretical...
by still_stirrin
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vodka help
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Vodka help

I added 10% oats to my AG whiskey but have not yet finished the project so I can't verify the suggestion. In a wash the oatmeal won't add fermentables unless you cook them in a pot with enzymes / malt. True, but if mashed, ie - with malt or enzymes, the cereal grain will contribute fermentable suga...