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by 3d0g
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:07 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Making Starter vs fermenting - what's the difference?
Replies: 12
Views: 1685

Re: Making Starter vs fermenting - what's the difference?

Your starter medium should be similar to the target fermentables as well. A starter fed on pure sugar may be reluctant to switch to maltose / maltotriose.
by 3d0g
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Powdered blackstrap molasses
Replies: 17
Views: 7780

Re: Powdered blackstrap molasses

Just finished some fermentation tests with the Bulk Foods dried molasses. One thing they don't tell you on the website - the product is 25% maltodextrin. This makes for a piss-poor yield. Even after a healthy 2 week ferment, it only went from 1.060 SG to 1.030 FG - about 4% ABV. Bulk Foods dried mol...
by 3d0g
Tue May 31, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Experimental mashing 100% speciality malt whisky?
Replies: 41
Views: 5860

Re: Experimental mashing 100% speciality malt whisky?

Have you read Darek Bell's (Corsair Distillery) Alt Whiskeys? Does a good job of covering alternative grains, hopped whiskeys, etc.
by 3d0g
Sat May 28, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: grain quantity Q
Replies: 26
Views: 1844

Re: grain quantity Q

ps:im looking at using 20kg corn,7.5kg malted barley and 5kg barley [or whatever half of what ive got is :wink: OK, If you've decided that, go back to those mash calculators you prematurely dismissed earlier. Scroll down to "Can I Mash It?" Now enter 32.5 in the 1st field, 2 (or whatever thickness ...
by 3d0g
Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: H.R. 2903 is up to 83 co-sponsors...
Replies: 517
Views: 63270

Re: H.R. 2903 is up to 83 co-sponsors...

MAYBE this will get some traction since S.Amdt.3539 (Craft Beverage Modernization Act) got killed last week.
by 3d0g
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Does it piss you off? (Moonshiners)
Replies: 14
Views: 1077

Re: Does it piss you off? (Moonshiners)

Never had anyone ask if my journey was Moonshiners inspired, but I'd hazard 2/3 of the folks I tell I'm opening a craft distillery respond with "Oooh, what kind of beers will you make?" :eh:
by 3d0g
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Acetone. Methanol and other bad stuff - A Couple Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Acetone. Methanol and other bad stuff - A Couple Questio

Actually, sugar washes will produce less volatiles, target potential %ABV taken into consideration... All grains produce more methanol, etc., than sugar washes even at lower potential %ABV... You can't get out what wasn't in there in the first place... :idea: True, but both are effectively zero com...
by 3d0g
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electronics Self-Study
Replies: 15
Views: 1520

Re: Electronics Self-Study

Anything by Forrest M. Mims. Getting Started in Electronics has been the gold standard for generations, thanks to Radio Shack.
by 3d0g
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Mypin or Auber Instruments PID controller?
Replies: 4
Views: 1224

Re: Mypin or Auber Instruments PID controller?

Any PID should be fine for your application (oil bath). I've got my eye on Auber's new Distilling Controller. Quite like the nice rotary control over wrestling with push buttons in manual control mode...
by 3d0g
Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: adding a reflux condenser cheaply
Replies: 13
Views: 832

Re: adding a reflux condenser cheaply

How about a 3" sleeve (with appropriate reducers to fit the tower exterior) and pack the tower with copper mesh in the sleeved area? Easily get 100% reflux this way.
by 3d0g
Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

You'll have to listen to the actual audio interview. Mark specifically asks about Silver Trail being gas-fired.
by 3d0g
Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

Revenoor stills can also be gas fired according to their site. Revenoor confirmed that. But did Revenoor knew that instead of one 40 kW burner, four 40 kW burners were installed? Stating that the manufacturer approved gas firing is not the same as stating that the manufacturer approved quadrupling ...
by 3d0g
Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

They sure wanted to heat up faster. The still was bought with 4 electric heating elements. A similar still from the maker is rated 40 kW. The owner quadrupled the firepower with 4 burners to 160 kW. Revenoor is on record as approving this direct fire installation. The electric elements were not wir...
by 3d0g
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

The still was shipped with a pressure relief valve , there is no argument about that. What I'm wondering is why did the distillery modify the still? A tube was added to the vent side of the pressure relief valve. I assume the tube was to move the steam away from the still in the event the valve ope...
by 3d0g
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

I recon it's quite simple really. but correct me if I am wrong There are Two vents built into them stills, the PRV + the product take off point or collection tube, so , if the PRV pops, and or if product is being collected from the still, you do not have any sort of excess pressure build up in that...
by 3d0g
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:27 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

Was there no discussion at the ADI event about why the accident happened? What caused the pressure build up? Sure seems like a big part of the story to leave out. Jay spent a great deal of the time talking about his recovery, and what he remembered immediately after the explosion (waking up in boil...
by 3d0g
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

My biggest disappointment was not meeting you 3d0g at the session, we must have been sitting close to each other as I was in the back sitting with Diana from SD. Unfortunately with hearing aides sitting that far back I missed the questions people asked. I almost asked the presenters to repeat the q...
by 3d0g
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

The still has been in use for some time, it's not a new! still, with no reported problems to the manufacturer, so really the 150 PSI PRV don't really have a bearing on what's happened, because the still was being monitored by the operative :eh:, well, but was it :shh: Not sure I fully understand wh...
by 3d0g
Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

So my understanding was that a 150 psi PRV was on the still at the time of the explosion. Is that not correct? That's what the report said. If someone sold you a still and the specs said 150 PSI PRV, would you question it? And even if they didn't disclose and said still arrived with a 150 PSI valve...
by 3d0g
Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

Kegg_jam wrote:So is Spencer Balentine on tour bad mouthing Revenoor or is he promoting save stilling practices learned from their mistakes?
Spencer was scheduled for the ADI talk but did not attend. They said he'd recently had ear surgery and wasn't cleared to fly. Jay Rogers and his friend did the talk.
by 3d0g
Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: moonshine distillery explodes today
Replies: 348
Views: 35661

Re: moonshine distillery explodes today

Yesterday I attended at session at the ADI conference entitled "The Day our Still Exploded" , the speakers were Spencer Balentine and distiller Jay Rogers. Jay described the explosion, where he was standing at the time, what happened to him, etc. Then he went into detail about his current rehab, bo...
by 3d0g
Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Motorcycles
Replies: 77
Views: 6019

Re: Motorcycles

Me and my '05 FJR. She's got 110K on her and still running strong.
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by 3d0g
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: S3:16
Replies: 151
Views: 14372

Re: S3:16

Damn unfortunate.
by 3d0g
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Problems With Distilling
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: Problems With Distilling

The most obvious one I'm sure you know if you worked in a distillery - reporting. There are a couple really good solutions on the market but even the cheapest - Whiskey Systems - is $350/mo. That's a pretty steep expense for a startup.
by 3d0g
Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Chambered Charge Still (not seen since prohibition)
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

Chambered Charge Still (not seen since prohibition)

Beautiful brand new three chambered charge still custom made by Vendome for Leopold Bros. Had the privilege of seeing it up close last night. It will be used for rye whiskey. http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2014/06/seagrams-explains-multiple-chamber.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return fals...
by 3d0g
Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Valentine's Day Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1162

Re: Valentine's Day Advice

After nearly 30 years of marriage, sipping rum and watching Hunt for Red October on TV is a PERFECTLY acceptable Valentine's Day.
by 3d0g
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: mold on cap
Replies: 30
Views: 1884

Re: mold on cap

TurtleLA wrote:3dog, what is your go to yeast for an AG mash?
S-04 will be my house yeast when I'm up and running. Ran a lot of tests across different yeasts and 04 gave me the best yield and behaves really well at warmer temps.
by 3d0g
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: mold on cap
Replies: 30
Views: 1884

Re: mold on cap

Looks like the beginnings of a lacto infection, you lucky dog. Let it roll till the cap falls.

While lacto is good, I'm not a fan of US-05 because it's a slow starter. I've had butyric unpleasantness because of 05 in the past.
by 3d0g
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Tonights Moonshiners Episode
Replies: 79
Views: 6110

Re: Tonights Moonshiners Episode

Appalachia-Shiner wrote:It might surprise some of you, but I have seen Commercial Distillers do the same thing. Not jugs, but the big plastic shipping containers with a wire cage around them. I kid you not.
GNS is typically shipped in FDA approved HDPE IBC totes (the 'wire cage containers' you mentioned).
by 3d0g
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: untapped and distiller/distilld social drinker apps
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: untapped and distiller/distilld social drinker apps

Yeah, it generated some Internet buzz for a short time. Even engadget covered it - http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/18/arduino-kegerator-hack-checks-in-your-homebrews-on-untappd/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Sadly, Untappd moved their API to TLS/SSL and an Arduino sim...