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by tombombadil
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: First Time Running Steam Stripper
Replies: 0
Views: 41

First Time Running Steam Stripper

steam_stripping_small.jpeg Things went very well. The cans are 8 gallon and 16 gallon. The thumper connector is 1 inch diameter and goes down to 1 inch above the bottom, the rest of it is 2 inch diameter. The heating element is 5500w 240v ultra low watt density, I'm controlling it with an scr from ...
by tombombadil
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Oh NO!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Oh NO!!!

Sorry for your loss. I've had to dump 2 so far. No fun at all.

I got sick of burning mashes so I put together a steam stripper.
by tombombadil
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hey! i'm Pete.
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Hey! i'm Pete.

Hi Pete! Welcome to the forum! Lots of really great build info on here, you've come to the right place.
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 363

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Did anybody else open this one thinking it was going to be about choke tubes? I prefer a modified choke for upland game birds, and full choke for turkeys I'm running improved cylinder and modified in my O/U for chasing desert quail at the moment. Modified in my semi auto. I haven't figured out whic...
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 363

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Did anybody else open this one thinking it was going to be about choke tubes?
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can You Make a Drinkable Rum With No Experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 395

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

In fact, the first thing I made was rum and it came out great.
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can You Make a Drinkable Rum With No Experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 395

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

Go for it man!

Rum is easy to make and delicious. I like my homemade pot stilled blackstrap molasses rum better than the commercial stuff.

If you follow the instructions it should be pretty hard to screw up.

Molasses, sugar?, water, yeast nutrients and yeast...
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4951
Views: 330114

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Been working hard lately to finish filling a 15g toasted barrel with 85% corn/15% barley corn whiskey. Hoping to get the last 1.5 gallons I need from a spirit run today to close it up for a long rest. I ran 3 15g fermenters damned near 24x7 for the last month to get there. I have gotten pretty good...
by tombombadil
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 541

Re: Curious about rye

Good question. I mash in the rye malt and barley malt at 115f to do a beta glucan rest. Then in another vessel I boil some water and add the corn and some alpha amylase enzyme. When the corn drops to 190 or 180 I add them together, adjust the temp to 148 and leave it overnight. So you're adding the...
by tombombadil
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 541

Re: Curious about rye

I'm actually drinking some of the high rye bourbon right now white. It's only a few weeks old and I do already enjoy drinking it. I have 3 gallons of it in glass. I need to get some oak sticks charred up for it but I've been busy... spending time with Goldberry. Did you just throw the rye and the b...
by tombombadil
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 541

Re: Curious about rye

Or double the rye for a high rye bourbon: 5.5# flaked corn 3# malted rye 1.5# malted barley I love rye also, but Redemption make a very tasty high rye bourbon! Should be avail in a liquor store near you (in the U.S.). Thanks for this recipe Mr. Bombadil. Thanks for rescuing those hobbits from nasty...
by tombombadil
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Old but new again
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Old but new again

I think the glass mini tumpers might not be a safe idea but the rest of it is very cool looking! Welcome!
by tombombadil
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Memeber
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: New Memeber

Very cool to have another pro around, welcome!
by tombombadil
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Increasing the OG - advice
Replies: 7
Views: 120

Re: Increasing the OG - advice

As still_stirrin said, you could use more malt or less water. Based on what you wrote I would guess that you could do both. Basically max out your mash tun but use a lower water to barley ratio. I don't know what it is in metric but I regularly go down to 1 quart per pound of grain. When I'm trying ...
by tombombadil
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: New Member

Hi Dan!

Welcome to the forum!
by tombombadil
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Should I buy this
Replies: 20
Views: 497

Re: Should I buy this

What do you plan to use it for? What problem will it solve for you?
by tombombadil
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 541

Re: Curious about rye

What kind of still are you working with? What's the heat source? https://i.ibb.co/cJM5Hw3/still-2.jpg thats my set up. 12 gallon still with a 2 gallon thump. my heat source is a 200,000 btu propane burner. Im not sure id want to do 100% rye but I would definitely try the whole 5lb bag in a double b...
by tombombadil
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 541

Re: Curious about rye

What kind of still are you working with? What's the heat source? Rye mashes scorch very easily. I finally gave up on direct heat and started building a steam stripping rig just for dealing with rye. A pretty traditional bourbon recipe would be: 7# flaked corn 1.5# malted rye 1.5# malted barley Or do...
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4951
Views: 330114

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Started the first mash for my first chocolate bourbon which is going to fill my first barrel. Mostly put together the connector for my steam injector. I ran out of solder or I would have finished it and started the cleaning runs. Oh well, maybe one afternoon this week... Also, wired up the plugs to ...
by tombombadil
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 273

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

Wicking by definition or not, air enters and spirit vapor leaves the barrel through the plank as well as the seams. Which is what I think CopperFiend was trying to say. Whether it's a lot or a little probably depends more on the cooperage and luck of the draw on exact grain specifics in each and ev...
by tombombadil
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Using a Baine Marie
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Using a Baine Marie

I'm almost done building a steam injector rig so I can start distilling on the grain. Basically turn your boiler in to a thumper and heat it with steam from another boiler. I think that's easier than trying to make a big baine marie. I started with an 8g boiler. Recently bought a 16g boiler. So now ...
by tombombadil
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbee
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: Newbee

Welcome!

Lots of great people on here, lots of great info, welcome!
by tombombadil
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 273

Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

Hi! My wife has agreed to get me a barrel for Christmas! But I only have the patience/free time to fill a 5 gallon barrel. I've been doing some reading about it and I've found that some beer brewers have been partially waxing smaller barrels to limit evaporation/oxidation. Has anybody tried this wit...
by tombombadil
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Noob.
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: New Noob.

I'm just under a year in to this. I started with an 8 gallon kit from MileHi. I have been happy with the quality etc... but quickly realized that I wanted a bigger pot. Also, the reflux column works well enough but the design is not ideal for making truly clean vodka. I highly recommend starting wit...
by tombombadil
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Absolut (hah) Noob
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Absolut (hah) Noob

The main site is the best place to start: https://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Mashing, fermentation and distillation are actually pretty simple, but there is a lot of background info to be aware of before you'll be able to do it successfully and safely. Read, read, read! There are som...
by tombombadil
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons
Replies: 23
Views: 714

Re: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons

Nice rig!
I also use stuff that I find laying around to raise my collection jar up to the spout :D
I use a corny keg, a piece of scrap wood and an empty ammo box.
Your chair and bricks are probably more stable.
by tombombadil
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: I hope to learn a lot. In this new hobby of home distillation
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: I hope to learn a lot. In this new hobby of home distillation

You're in the right place.
I agree with you.
I do not prefer the taste of the sugar based spirits, I prefer the grain spirits (whiskey).
Sounds like it's time for you to learn about mashing some grains!
Welcome!
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Arizona!
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Hello from Arizona!

There's tons of useful info on here to learn from so you're in the right place. Having a beer background is a big leg up. Some of the beer stuff translates pretty well and some not so well as you'll find out during your reading on here. It's always best to start with a recipe from the tried and true...
by tombombadil
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi People
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Hi People

Gin is fun to work on. So many different botanicals to try out!
Welcome!
by tombombadil
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: hi
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: hi

Lots to learn, you're in the right place, welcome!