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by stillanoob
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do Hydrometers lose accuracy?
Replies: 23
Views: 499

Re: Do Hydrometers lose accuracy?

Cristof wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:26 am
Chauncey wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:29 am
I may be wrong but arent some alcohometers and hydrometers made to use a specific sized cylinder?
The amount of liquid doesn't matter, because they work on the principle of buoyancy, and that is same in 100ml or 100l.
Surface tension can come into play. So too narrow can throw results off.
by stillanoob
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do Hydrometers lose accuracy?
Replies: 23
Views: 499

Re: Do Hydrometers lose accuracy?

If the paper hasn't moved then most likely one was off to start with. Get some store bought and find out.
by stillanoob
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airlock pulled water through
Replies: 13
Views: 218

Re: Airlock pulled water through

I use Listerine mouthwash. If it got sucked in I don't care, you can wash your mouth with it!
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 409

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

LB Miles wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:57 am

That's why I plan on distilling that wheat tea (with a small still unfit for alcohol) to have a clear concentrated flavor to add in small quantities.

Miles.
He said he wasn't distilling alcohol, just wheat tea to make a flavoring agent.
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Turbo for sacrifice run
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Turbo for sacrifice run

If you can't stand to just toss it, sure. Make a less than 10% sugar wash and it should do just fine.
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons
Replies: 24
Views: 834

Re: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons

Nice! Did you you use Pintoshine's plans? I made a 12 gallon using his plans and yours looks like my still's little brother. Nice job, you didn’t use a CNC cutter on the worm. Would be interested in how you made it as it looks very professional. Stillanoob do you still have these plans? I had them ...
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons
Replies: 24
Views: 834

Re: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons

Nice! Did you you use Pintoshine's plans? I made a 12 gallon using his plans and yours looks like my still's little brother.
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Pleased to meet you!
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Pleased to meet you!

Vita, the introduction post is supposed to be just for that, to introduce yourself. As to your latest doings, you should start another thread for that. Ditch the turbo yeast and shoot for 10% or less ABV washes. Then you won't need the carbon because it will actually taste good. High ABV washes are ...
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110525

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Bushman, what was it about the hard cider you didn't like? Good cider is the nectar of the gods... :crazy: Also, where did you get that apple quartering device in a picture above? I need one. I racked the cider we made last week using a pump I got a while back. Worked great. I pumped it into a Spied...
by stillanoob
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Old fruit
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: Old fruit

Throwing away fruit in a sac run would be sac! Sacrilegious that is! Make a sugar wash to get your fermenting chops up, sac that and then make some brandy!
by stillanoob
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Possibly failed first run
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Possibly failed first run

Well, at least you have (not so) common sense and shut her down. As noted, an intro thread is not where to discuss details. Start another thread and we'll get your condenser sorted out.

Good progress though, you are well on your way!
by stillanoob
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Hi

Welcome! It is the house rule to keep your first post as just an introduction. But we would love to hear about your efforts, so go start another thread and tell us all about it.
by stillanoob
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Aquarium heater?
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: Aquarium heater?

Hasn't bothered my yeast. I've had quick, no problem ferments with mine.
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Howdy guys and gals
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: Howdy guys and gals

Welcome. Now that you have done your howdy, start a thread telling us about your plans.
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110525

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Cranky, the apples weren't under ripe. The aggregate juice came in at a potential of 6.5% ABV and the apples had been sweated for a week. The starch might have been more from the tart apples. I am glad to hear that you find it settles out and is not a problem. It seemed to be settling out in the gla...
by stillanoob
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6010
Views: 236986

Re: The liar's bench

I'm glad I read that. I have had a passing thought in that direction. That thought has now left the building. I'll stick with a method that travels around 3000 feet/second.
by stillanoob
Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110525

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Welp, we got around to dealing with the apples yesterday. We used the HF wood chipper unmodified so the apples had to be halved and big ones quartered. It worked pretty well but I do have concerns about how fine the output is. There is a slightly starchy or chalky quality to the juice and if you let...
by stillanoob
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: My old cat made a double decade
Replies: 26
Views: 481

Re: My old cat made a double decade

Happy birthday to MtI! Enjoy these times with him, a special one for sure. I had one cat that lived beyond 20, somewhere around 23. His name was Mars because not only was he orange but he was a god of war. His mother died when he was a few days old and nursed on a dog that had just had a litter. So ...
by stillanoob
Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Hole on top of keg, is it usable?
Replies: 32
Views: 648

Re: Hole on top of keg, is it usable?

You are breathing argon right now. No problem welding with it. Your buddy should shoot for a sanitary weld but there is no real health issue anyway.
by stillanoob
Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: CAUSTIC SODA in the steeping water
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: CAUSTIC SODA in the steeping water

So far I have only bought masa too. But I am growing corn next year and have a packet of Cal Mexicana which is definitely lime. Maybe sodium hydroxide is used too, I don't know. Naturally, I will also have to try malting some of the corn!
by stillanoob
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: CAUSTIC SODA in the steeping water
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: CAUSTIC SODA in the steeping water

HomerD wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:10 am
Yes. Masa for tortillas is made in the same way.
I believe it is calcium hydroxide for masa harina.
by stillanoob
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Polishing Finished Spirits
Replies: 22
Views: 817

Re: Polishing Finished Spirits

Stuff some cotton balls into the spout of the funnel and use the coffee filters too. I haven't done that with spirits but it worked with extracts (like a spearmint extract I made).
by stillanoob
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apples per Gallon ???
Replies: 14
Views: 1731

Re: Apples per Gallon ???

I wouldn't boil them. Pick them, let them sit for a week, grind and press. I have a nylon mesh bag that I use inside the press, keeps more chunks out of the juice.
by stillanoob
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110525

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

We are getting ready for the final press of the season: 20201022_143847.jpg In the picture are 24 regular milk crates and 3 large ones. I also have another 4 milk crates of Breaburn apples. Man, if I ever get busted at $1500 a crate... :lol: We have a great mix this year of Golden Delicious, Jonatha...
by stillanoob
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Comin' at you from Ottawa Ontario!
Replies: 19
Views: 469

Re: Comin' at you from Ottawa Ontario!

Another Ottawan joined just a month or so ago. I lived there 35 years ago and worked at the Royal Oak on Bank St.. Welcome and have fun!
by stillanoob
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Whiskey Thief construction build
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Whiskey Thief construction build

I guess if a coupler won't fit that a swaging tool wouldn't help although it would be a little less than a coupler. But a soldered butt joint should work.
by stillanoob
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110525

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Bummer about the pears but at least they are on your radar for next year. I could see the flavor of a roasted chestnut working with barley so I would be curious to try. An infusion might work and that is simple to try so I would do both and see what shakes out. I love seeing people trying unusual co...
by stillanoob
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110525

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Fred, I had some white stuff on the top of my plum wash this year, probably lacto infection. However, the wash still tasted good and the brandy did as well. As long as you run it soon I think it will be fine. If it was for wine I think you'd be screwed. In the fruity goodness department we did a sma...
by stillanoob
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6010
Views: 236986

Re: The liar's bench

Many years ago, I was attempting to cross the street at a stop sign when an old man in a beat up muscle car came tearing up. Being young and obnoxious I started ripping him a new one, hey old man, WTF, too old to drive, that sort of thing. He looked me square in the eye, pointed to his crotch and ca...
by stillanoob
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Pears
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Pears

Some pears ripen better off the tree. Pick some and see how they are in a few days.