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by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can You Make a Drinkable Rum With No Experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 419

Re: Can You Make a Drinkable Rum With No Experience?

Please don't take this the wrong way, but if your go-to drink is rum with Pepsi, you like Pepsi more than rum. Any beginner can make a rum good enough for drowning in Pepsi, probably on the first try. Making one that a rum nerd will gush over sipping neat is more trouble. I'd suggest a 10-15 gallon ...
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?
Replies: 20
Views: 366

Re: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?

That seems like a whole lot of DAP and vitamins. I think you've got enough of each in 1 gallon for a 10 gallon wash. I'd also try a 1 quart test ferment of just clarified molasses. The thread linked above had serious fermentation problems, and reported some kind of biocide additive. Better see if it...
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

Hell yeah! I can absolutely see paying those prices for quality organic grains.
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum for mojito
Replies: 80
Views: 1284

Re: Rum for mojito

I've used semethicone based "wind settlers" many times, works absolutely fine in ferment or boiler. Note that semethicone and purpose designed anti-foam can settle. So shake the jar before using, and be aware it can settle out in the ferment if you want it to carry over to the boiler you may need to...
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 417

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

P.S: I haven't yet figured out how to quote indidual phrases and paragraphs and reply to each on its own, so I'd appreciate some insight, and thanks again. I often do it manually, especially like when quoting the TTB I just wanted the formatting, I wasn't quoting a member. Replace these parenthesis...
by zapata
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 417

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

Just an update, but that legal definition of vodka is archaic and has been widely ignored for years, finally with official support. Notice 176 from April 1st 2020 (no, not april fools!) Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages https://...
by zapata
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

Sweet! What kind of rye are you malting? As in where are you sourcing it? Local farmers, bulk bin at the food co-op, etc?
by zapata
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Crappy first reflux run

Yes? I'm not sure what is confusing. You have a still that allows you to run off at almost any strength you want at any point in the run. If you want you can run heads off at 60%, hearts at 70% and tails at 80%. The still will just do what you tell it to. Reflux stills are a game of make what you wa...
by zapata
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Old but new again
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: Old but new again

And a gas burner inside? Open flame, four seals, mason jar thumpers, that setup gives me the heeby jeebies.
by zapata
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Malted Barley to Unmalted Barley Flakes ratio
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Malted Barley to Unmalted Barley Flakes ratio

I too have been suspicious that flaked grains aren't always fully gelatinized. Same deal, lower than expected SG. I do a test cook now, or just go ahead and gelatinize them. It doesn't take a full corn protocol, I think barley gelatinizes in the 160s? I'd probably dough in the flaked barley around 1...
by zapata
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Kveik choice for rum
Replies: 55
Views: 3210

Re: Kveik choice for rum

That's an interesting flask you got there OVZ, what is it? Looks like something between a flat bottom boiling flask and an erlenmeyer. Or maybe the angle is just fooling me?
by zapata
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum Procedure Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Rum Procedure Advice

I think a lot of us with muck pits do something to keep the pH in check. I know I do, when it gets too acidic the bacteria die and I bump it back up to 5-6 typically with calcium hydroxide to keep it alive. This is fairly proven and there isn't much worry about locking acids up as salts. Remember th...
by zapata
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1308

Re: Pot still, single run.

10L jar? Where does one find a 10l jar? Edit: Yeah, IDK, the forum isn't letting me link to an amazon product, looks like this: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/7S0AAOSwsnVeTkaM/s-l500.jpg Called "Anchor Hocking 2.5-Gallon Glass Barrel Jar" Walmart has/had some that look like that and were a good bit...
by zapata
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum for mojito
Replies: 80
Views: 1284

Re: Rum for mojito

I just want to say that fairly often when I read a thread I think things like "hmm, that's interesting, not how I would do it, but interesting...". Not in this one. You got some solid help, and a solid plan. Good molasses, good demerara sugar, a good ratio of the two, and a solid distillation plan. ...
by zapata
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Should I buy this
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Should I buy this

So you just want a pot still? Seems silly to connect a deflegmator and pretend it's a riser, I can't imagine I'd ever connect it if I were in that position. And if you aren't gonna connect it, why buy it? You know you can adjust the angle of the PC readily to collect at pretty much any height, right...
by zapata
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Should I buy this
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Should I buy this

That still was designed by someone who doesn't make booze but has a bucket of parts to sell that they were told can be used to make a still.

Of course it will "work", distillation is pretty simple process. But is it the right still for what you want to do? IDK, what do you want to do?
by zapata
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 16
Views: 437

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

Your mashing seems solid. Getting a pH meter and adjusting to idea for each step may help (or not, I'm not sure, it seems to help with exogenous enzymes). Yeast that can eat dextrins has been mentioned, there are several diastaticus strains available. But there are other yeast aspects to consider. A...
by zapata
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Chinese TIG Welders and Monkeys?
Replies: 14
Views: 399

Re: Chinese TIG Welders and Monkeys?

I vote for solder. You get to DIY, get it now, save some cash, keep skills sharp etc. BUT, I say that as not a welder. I want to be a welder, but continue just soldering or brazing 99% of what I would weld. A big difference is in the workup. Welders can just set something down and weld it in place (...
by zapata
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum for mojito
Replies: 80
Views: 1284

Re: Rum for mojito

I've done reflux rum quite a bit. It will still taste rummy even at 96%. I often run it a bit faster though anywhere from 90-94% as I do want a bit more flavor. In general, and in a mojito. I know very clean "silver" rum is the goto in the bartending world for mojitos, but I think they are quite goo...
by zapata
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?
Replies: 20
Views: 366

Re: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?

To ALL: I'm sorry. I really should have taken that to PM's where it could be addressed privately. I knew I was pushing the rule right to the edge and posted anyway thinking I hadn't crossed the line. That's not cool. Boundaries exist for good reasons and pushing right up against them isn't a civiliz...
by zapata
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 570

Re: Curious about rye

It's easy to do a protein / glucan rest on rye separately. Since it's a relatively small amount of rye it's fairly easy to do while you cool the gelatinized corn. Just dough in the rye malt (and maybe the barley malt, see below) in a separate pot and aim for a temp of 104 ish. Aim to dough in the ry...
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: An Intro to Irish Whisk(e)y
Replies: 5
Views: 831

Re: An Intro to Irish Whisk(e)y

I think it's bound to have an effect in commercial sizes. How else do you have 2 scotch distilleries making distinct product while doing almost exactly the same thing with almost exactly the same ingredients? Small differences do seem to matter. Maybe less applicable in hobby stills, or maybe we jus...
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Charcoal filter
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Charcoal filter

To my knowledge only Tennessee Whiskey is made like that. So that's mostly Jack Daniels and George Dickel. None of the major bourbon brands are charcoal filtered.
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Found some grain I forgot about
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: Found some grain I forgot about

I think whiskey is a very good way to get rid of grains you keep around for emergencies. Turn that wheat into whiskey, and replace it. The emergency will probably never come, but if it does your survival wheat won't be old and stale, and you'll have a nice drink to toast TEOTWAWKI.
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Help with build a reflux column
Replies: 20
Views: 492

Re: Help with build a reflux column

SS.. you may want to update your data base on LM's.. as it is misleading to group all LM are "notoriously" slow.. that would applies to the slanted plates built such as boka style, but the concentric design is far from being slow, and is as versatile as the VM in its operation.. LOL, SB, you may wa...
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?
Replies: 20
Views: 366

Re: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?

edit: this post used to say something different, but if you're just reading it now you'll never know what it said. It SHOULD have said more about rum and molasses than it did.
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 570

Re: Curious about rye

Canada's liberal usage of the word "rye" is also respected by US law. The above comment that rye must be 51% rye only applies to whiskey made in the US, we let Canadians import their not-rye and call it what they will. I like rye, in all it's forms. I will note that 99% of the rye in commercial whis...
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Order of Operations? - Modular Stills
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Order of Operations? - Modular Stills

requisite: "George is a moron a fraud and a huckster, stop paying that fool by watching his shit or you only reward him and encourage others. But Jessie is cool". OK, formalities out of the way... I don't think there is one logical progression. Some think it makes sense to start with neutrals becaus...
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Crappy first reflux run

From what I read some people don't think allowing full reflux for more than 5-10 minutes makes a difference. Is there any science to suggest that it does or doesn't? Yes, but the science is done by sciency people measuring sciency things, and they equilize columns for 4+ hours, and have measured re...
by zapata
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 71
Views: 1523

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

Hell yeah, rad work. What's next?