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by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: SCR question - about to start wiring controller box
Replies: 11
Views: 87

Re: SCR question - about to start wiring controller box

I also used one of those dryer hookup cables and wire-nutted it inside a nema box clamped into the knockout holes to connect up my controller tail. It was way cheaper than a connector i could source. Just can’t run the dryer while stillin.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 271

Re: American Malt Whiskey

That does sound like it would be good white and aged. I like the step mash too but am only set up for starting with boiling water for corn and adding grains as the temp drops. What kind of setup do you have for mashing your batches like this? Large batch for a 15g sized boiler would be a significant...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome to HD and look forward to your distilling experiences! Please post some pics of your still and setup in another thread when you get a sec. It's recommended to do the vinegar cleaning run and sacrificial alcohol run before running any keeper product and purchase a fermenter at least 3x the si...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

It's not wasted - The ethanol gods will be extra happy and shine good spirits down on you in the future. Some might say they prefer a nice AG over a sugar wash? I know I do!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

A little bit of explanation: Corn mashes can also produce a thick oily substance that some folks say looks like drops of mercury or a metallic kind of substance - Depends on the corn. Lot's of stillers put a cotton ball in the funnel to catch that and prevent it from getting into the low wines but I...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: 1st go at Apple Brandy with stuff on hand
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: 1st go at Apple Brandy with stuff on hand

I did an an apple grain mash and also added honey. Heated apple cider/juice to mash temp and mashed the barley with it then topped up with honey & water to get SG to about 1.070. Apple cider by itself was 1.050 so mashing the barley with it made it a bit higher that I wanted so I used water/honey bl...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

Is this the first alcohol run? If so that's a sacrificial run and you should chuck it. That's why it's called a sacrificial run.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Stuck orange wash fermentation
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Stuck orange wash fermentation

To get a good reading of grape or fruit chemistry (including SG) I'll take a 1 cup sample of the must and run it through a mixer to best integrate all the liquids then strain out and/or squeeze any solids with a series of sieves and cheese cloth then warm up to room temp (microwave), degas by shakin...
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to HD Forum...not new to distilling
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: New to HD Forum...not new to distilling

Welcome to HD! I swear i licked for ten yrs before i joined up.

*lurked lol

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What am I smelling?
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: What am I smelling?

It might be smearing? Can you post some photos of your setup? How are you running it and doing your cuts?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What am I smelling?
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: What am I smelling?

Did you add it to the low wines or the must/wash? Did you follow a strip/spirit protocol? Low wines can be pretty nasty but they clean up real nice in the spirit run.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airlock pulled water through
Replies: 13
Views: 220

Re: Airlock pulled water through

I put a couple drops of red wine in my S style airlocks so I can see from across the room whether they’re trending positive or negative pressure.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1307

Re: Pot still, single run.

I like the large mouth vessels for larger pieces of staves (not cut down to fingers) and have several one gallon size.

Wonder if you could get a cork to fit the 10l jar?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.
Replies: 13
Views: 566

Re: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.

This could be a very useful alerting mechanism if for instance a certain batch of feed corn were say for example to be found to be contaminated with high levels of pesticides. I’d like to know if i was feeding that to my yeasties.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:49 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

When you mash try to do a starch test with iodine to confirm that all starches are converted.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Back to work, the bars in nola are open!
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: Back to work, the bars in nola are open!

Good to hear Chauncey! We’ve got a room at the andrew jackson and reservations at oceana grill over thanksgiving and looking forward to a couple days in the quarter.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: BIAB question
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: BIAB question

Depends on whether you want to ferment on or off grain. I ferment on-grain normally and squeeze it when complete. I prefer to maximize extraction and feel like that helps.

Others ferment off grain and sparge like a beer.

Commercially it’s also done both ways.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 35
Views: 705

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

You can freeze the kale. I don't think it takes much. Super-Kleer usually works great on my wines if I even use it but I also sometimes start the ferment with a bentonite slurry. Time is the best clearing agent. Glad you're moving on from the turbo and charcoal dance. Better sooner than later. Cheer...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Sourcing Likker Bottles
Replies: 12
Views: 268

Re: Sourcing Likker Bottles

I make wine so have a bunch of wine bottles and also use either the reusable whiskey corks or a regular wine cork. I've got a handful of decanters too and will keep other cool looking whiskey bottles that I can re-label. If it's etched or I can't remove the branding then it goes in the recycle bin.....
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 71
Views: 1516

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

I'll put my hand under the spout and rub em together like it's sanitizer and cup them into my nose to get a big wiff too.. Love it!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Looking recipes to try
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Looking recipes to try

Here's a some in the Tried & True Recipes forum:
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=14

Welcome to HD and read all the beginners info till your eyes bleed lol!

Got any pics of your setup?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 280

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

Bollox! It's either the angels sent by the whiskey gods taking nips along the way or you've got teenagers... What you need is a camera!

Cheers,
jonny

ps - congratulations on the barrel!
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: your thoughts on dephleg
Replies: 17
Views: 351

Re: your thoughts on dephleg

If you haven’t gotten it yet. If you already have it try packing some copper mesh in there to conduct a little better.
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 307
Views: 19944

Re: No Mash No sugar

I don't have a particular thread - just what I've read about making sake. Ferment takes about a month and is typically at a lower temp and the rice additions are made over a period of days as well instead of all at once - from what I gather the conversion of starches to sugars doesn't happen all at ...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirts
Replies: 68
Views: 2846

Re: HD T-Shirts

I have several "Distillery T-Shirts" of places I have done "The Tour" and no-one around here gives a sh*t what's on your T-Shirt. Just my $0.02!
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Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 307
Views: 19944

Re: No Mash No sugar

My understanding is that gravity is not necessarily the best indicator in this koji scenario. I've done Sake's a couple times using koji/yeast and it takes a while for the koji to convert the rice to sugars. The yeast converts the sugars to alcohol as the starches are converted to sugars. This is on...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: extra grains
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: extra grains

+1 on adding grocery store oats and maybe even a small (5-10%) addition of a specialty malt. Sometimes I’ll toast the oats in the oven. Gelatinization and liquid enzymes ensure a good conversion. Feed corn is cheap @ $7/50# here but i’ll also use grocery store corn meal 5# bags.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux from this design?
Replies: 27
Views: 627

Re: Reflux from this design?

The open design with a helmet on top would be pretty cool. Say 15-20x 1/2 tubes on a 4” fitting with some area for good air flow. 48”tall? 60”?

Cheers,
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast bomb making
Replies: 16
Views: 349

Re: Yeast bomb making

Acidity increases as pH value decreases.
Alkalinity decreases as pH value decreases.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux from this design?
Replies: 27
Views: 627

Re: Reflux from this design?

So this is essentially an air cooled dephlegmator/column section?

Cheers,
jonny