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by UrToopid
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Run...What Am I Doing Wrong?
Replies: 22
Views: 1430

Re: First Run...What Am I Doing Wrong?

I have never had a problem with putting my pot directly on the burner. Copper has an amazing quality for dispersing heat evenly. Try holding a solid copper wire on one end with your fingers and heat the other end and see how quickly you have your let go. As long as you bring your heat up at a sane r...
by UrToopid
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Apple pie
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: Apple pie

If you are testing your proof with a spirit hydrometer, be aware that adding sugar to your 100 proof or higher alcohol (or fruit juice, etc) will drastically change your hydrometer readings even more so than a simple ratio calculation will predict. Regardless of the dilution factor, the sugar in the...
by UrToopid
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Measuring pH: Strips or meters?
Replies: 15
Views: 2518

Re: Measuring pH: Strips or meters?

My last batch of pH strips were a bust as they seemed highly inaccurate. It seems meters are pricey if they are accurate. I really would love a cheapish meter (less than $50) that works well. So what ya got? What ya recommend? You get what you pay for when it comes to information gathering (data). ...
by UrToopid
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: It's funny now, but wasn't yesterday
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: It's funny now, but wasn't yesterday

Ok, I'm down on all fours in the local Lowe's cussing them for putting copper fittings so damn low to the floor, behind me is my buggy with 300 dollar worth of copper pipe and fittings when I hear " excuse me are you a plumber" so I'm fixing to turn around and blast the guy with a " hell no I'm not...
by UrToopid
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: FIRST TIME THUMPER HELP
Replies: 18
Views: 1128

Re: FIRST TIME THUMPER HELP

My thumper is about one gallon and I usually charge it with 1 qt. of distilled water. I usually hear it start to percolate as the downcomer heats up. Just an afterthought.. My first time, my hands were already there..../grin


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by UrToopid
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Work horse mash mixer
Replies: 41
Views: 2844

Re: Work horse mash mixer

If you have movement and abrasion, you won't have to worry about scorching or sticking. Consider adding a couple pounds of crushed oyster shells into the mash as you cook it. The stir paddles will keep the mash moving and the shells will keep the pot clean.. all the while stabilizing your pH for opt...
by UrToopid
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Need plum recipe help ?
Replies: 65
Views: 8523

Re: Need plum recipe help ?

Damn 23 comments here and I still can't taste it...I watched a video someone posted about two years ago on how to make all natural slivovich. And it makes my mouth water but I have not yet tasted it. We don't get too many plum orchards here in south Texas. At $3 per pound, it's just not in my budget...
by UrToopid
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Starting a (nano) distillery
Replies: 43
Views: 7984

Re: Starting a (nano) distillery

Going common = in common .. friggin auto correct..


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by UrToopid
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Starting a (nano) distillery
Replies: 43
Views: 7984

Re: Starting a (nano) distillery

I think small distilleries are a lot like farming...it's an opportunity to make a small fortune. Unfortunately you have to start with a large fortune. The best advice i've heard is to triple check your math and cut your expectations in a half...then maybe half again. Like most farmers too, best not...
by UrToopid
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Howdy from Texas
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Howdy from Texas

Welcome aboard Yarddog. There's a few more of us Texans around here somewhere.


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by UrToopid
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: My infected peated Malt Whisky
Replies: 34
Views: 4319

Re: My infected peated Malt Whisky

This makes me very sad. I haven't ran anything since May. The weather here on the Texas Gulf Coast is just too muggy and hot in the summer... but I had ten gallons each of backset from high f.g. Corn and Rum runs. The strip runs originally produced low ABV low wines and did mediocre Spirit runs...Bu...
by UrToopid
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mill with steel rolls
Replies: 62
Views: 8791

Re: Mill with steel rolls

Cement is not meant for human consumption. I would inspect it frequently for wear. Corn is pretty hard, but as long as the cement roller isn't breaking down and getting in the grist, you should be ok.
by UrToopid
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mill with steel rolls
Replies: 62
Views: 8791

Re: Mill with steel rolls

Prior to 1970 something.. most mills were either carbon steel or stone.. Stainless has on become widely used for the past 50 years or so and as someone mentioned earlier, stainless is brittle and a pain to work with without special tools. Carbon Steel ("regular steel") has much better flexibility an...
by UrToopid
Thu May 25, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Color Change in my mini Boiler
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

Re: Color Change in my mini Boiler

A 14 gauge (or thicker) Copper disc on top of your hot plate would work much better than other metals.. Copper has superior heat transfer and will evenly distribute the heat over the entire surface even if the hot plate doesn't contact the base of the cooler evenly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
by UrToopid
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: What is the name of the still design/build company in Spring
Replies: 1
Views: 815

What is the name of the still design/build company in Spring

I read a web page a while back for a still builder in MO. I think I read that it was in Springfield but I'm not certain. I just can't find the page now. I am planning a Spelunking trip next week and Springfield is on my list of cave sites. Anyway, I wanted to visit this commercial still-builder co. ...
by UrToopid
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: dumbest shit ever done making likker
Replies: 64
Views: 4947

Re: dumbest shit ever done making likker

I learned the hard way that those polycarbonate wine-thief style hand pumps I use for racking should not be used for transferring spirits over 100 proof.. they melt at room temp and leach a nasty plastic taste into the liquor. Wasted a fine gallon of AG spirit.


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by UrToopid
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Temp ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1007

Re: Temp ?

I use a Brix refractometer with auto temp compensation for my Starting S.G. It allows me to do this step at the end of the dextrin rest. (142 F) I also test for starch at that same temp to be certain that I don't have any un-converted sugars ..if the Brix are low and I still have starch, I boost the...
by UrToopid
Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: My Mega Masher Fermenter
Replies: 26
Views: 3161

Re: My Mega Masher Fermenter

That is almost certainly a Steam Jacket, that's used to heat the vessel. Two lines (inlet and outlet) would be for Steam, and the other two for cooling.


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by UrToopid
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Flavor Lacking in Apple Brandy
Replies: 19
Views: 2289

Re: Flavor Lacking in Apple Brandy

In the spirit run, that is..


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by UrToopid
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Flavor Lacking in Apple Brandy
Replies: 19
Views: 2289

Re: Flavor Lacking in Apple Brandy

I saw something the other day about using two distinctly different strains of apple.. one for tartness.. like for baking... and one for sweetness.. I think it was a Granny Smith and a Golden Delicious.. also.. the riper the fruit, the more flavorful and higher sugar content. Also, there is another w...
by UrToopid
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: adding backset or wash/mash to your distallate
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: adding backset or wash/mash to your distallate

I did this with Melon Liqueur that I had run to make brandy.. the distillate was clear.. I added about 5% of the distillate volume of backset for color and flavor and thus my "Panty Dropper" was born.


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by UrToopid
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Wash mold
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: Wash mold

Peeps been cutting mold off cheese and eating the cheese for years.. I wouldn't be taste testing it until it's distilled though.

"Whatever don't kill ya, only makes ya stronger.."


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by UrToopid
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Humming/Buzzing Hot Plate
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Humming/Buzzing Hot Plate

I don't use the feedback for anything other than reaching and maintaining a temperature set point without pushing my run too hard This is the bit that doesn't work. What needs to be controlled is the output stream and that requires a constantly rising temperature, not a set point. Well, I did say "...
by UrToopid
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Humming/Buzzing Hot Plate
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Humming/Buzzing Hot Plate

I noticed that you said you have a GFCI connected. Unless You are running your cords over damp surfaces, the GFCI serves no purpose other than adding to the number of connections which adds amp draw. You want to use a minimum number of plug connections and a minimum wire length (lazy loop is fine, ...
by UrToopid
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Humming/Buzzing Hot Plate
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Humming/Buzzing Hot Plate

I noticed that you said you have a GFCI connected. Unless You are running your cords over damp surfaces, the GFCI serves no purpose other than adding to the number of connections which adds amp draw. You want to use a minimum number of plug connections and a minimum wire length (lazy loop is fine, a...
by UrToopid
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: pressure explosion
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: pressure explosion

What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger; two wrongs sometimes makes a right.. (cold to hot addition + leaving the room); Thank the Lord you got to post this after the fact (yer still kickin); Maybe someone else was just about to do the same thing and learned from this beforehand...; I'd like ...
by UrToopid
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: White Sugar Nutrients Informantion
Replies: 65
Views: 56118

Re: White Sugar Nutrients Informantion

The general purpose 20-20-20 is perfect and after using it for atleast 40 washes this year I can say no off tastes are carried through and doesn't seem to put any additional wear on my still. About 1/2 tsp for a 6 gallon wash. Interesting. SO instead of spending time sourcing all the individual thi...
by UrToopid
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: My First.....Malting of Corn (or......"Corn Porn")
Replies: 40
Views: 7074

Re: My First.....Malting of Corn (or......"Corn Porn")

Not sure exactly, but it was 25 lbs whole corn, (3) 16 oz bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and (6) 16 oz bottles of distilled water. At 5 days I had good 1 1/2 inch acrospires, with no signs of mold. At 6 days, the acrospires were 2 1/2 inches, but I had minute amounts of "spiderweb" mold starting. ...
by UrToopid
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: My First.....Malting of Corn (or......"Corn Porn")
Replies: 40
Views: 7074

Re: My First.....Malting of Corn (or......"Corn Porn")

I'm failing to see where the drug store peroxide has anything other than Distilled Water as the "other ingredients"... it's printed on the label. Hell, ingredients less than 1 ppm get printed on these labels if they are there...I recently soaked a 5 gal bucket of corn in the 3% drug store variety di...
by UrToopid
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: 10,000w SCR vs SSR
Replies: 195
Views: 18446

Re: 10,000w SCR vs SSR

They make SSRs that will switch both legs on a 220V circuit. Much safer setup. Also keep in mind, you should ALWAYS use a second, independent controller and TC (or RTD) to do nothing but act as an Over Temp Cut-off (OTC). The output from the OTC should be your Source voltage for the main Heater cont...