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by Sk8brew
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 149363

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

From the 3rd post. Yes, with herbs in the boiler goes faster. I didn't put it in, since most have an electrical elelement, but if you can heat indirectly, macerate for just 12 to 24 hours and distill with herbs in the boiler. It will get you over a bit more taste compared to maceration (2 weeks) and...
by Sk8brew
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 149363

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

I've been through most of the thread, but need some clarification. If I am going to put the botanicals in the boiler after macerating for 24hours and put the citrus in the vapor path. Do I put the citrus in the maceration also and then remove it?
by Sk8brew
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 349
Views: 93569

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

I am a bit confused by the operation guidence I read earlier in the thread to take off the foreshots off before putting the column in 100% reflux. Won't reflux furthur compress the foreshots ensuring that more will be removed in the first runnings?
by Sk8brew
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Re: Modular CCVM build

Thanks, appreciate the input. Next run I will try some insulation and see what difference it makes.
by Sk8brew
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Re: Modular CCVM build

Now an update on my first CCVM run. Overall, I am really happy with how it went, but there were some things that happened that I need some guidance on. I started with a sacrificial run of 30% low wines. Started up at full power (2800W). Once the column started heating, I turned on the RC. After a li...
by Sk8brew
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Re: Modular CCVM build

An update on my build. Here it is in pot still mode:
Mod_still_pot_mode.JPG
And in CCVM mode:
Mod_still_CCVM_mode.JPG
by Sk8brew
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 126
Views: 5682

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

How are you cleaning this packing prior to filling the column? Hot water rinse, boiling, vinigar? I have a new colunm and will be doing a sacrificial run, but just want to see if I should do anything prior to filling the column.
by Sk8brew
Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Converting a pot still to reflux?
Replies: 18
Views: 568

Re: Converting a pot still to reflux?

I am doing something similar except going to 3" for the ccvm.

[https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 17&t=80258]
by Sk8brew
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Paste recipes
Replies: 28
Views: 453

Re: Paste recipes

I have used dough versions of both wheat and rye. Both worked fine for sealing, but rye was a bitch to get off once it was baked on. I settled on wheat and use 1/2 cup flour to 1/4 cup water, mix it up and then knead it for a few minutes. It should be slightly tacky, but you should be able knead it ...
by Sk8brew
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Re: Modular CCVM build

2A275F0B-BB2C-475A-ACCD-824609EA7E35.jpeg I have made some progress on this build and am looking for some more advise. I have struggled a bit with cooling water flow on my pot still and am looking to use something better than either a ball valve or hose bib gate valve. Most of the needle valves I f...
by Sk8brew
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do certain things increase your heads cut
Replies: 32
Views: 787

Re: Do certain things increase your heads cut

if you can get your fermentor in a water bath, you can add ice or frozen water bottles to lower the temp. Just do it sloely so the yeast don't get shocked.
by Sk8brew
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 320

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

I am a big fan of automation and just getting started into distilling. I have built a temperature controlled fermentor for beer using Arduino driving ssr's to control a glycol chiller, heaters and pumps for controlled fermentation temperatures. I think there are some good opportunities in distilling...
by Sk8brew
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 126
Views: 5682

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

Are these rings working better than lavarock?
by Sk8brew
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Distilling on grain
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Distilling on grain

Thanks. I think I will give it a try next time and see what happens. So far I have been squeezing and a lot of yeast and solid matter is going into the boiler with no issues of scorching yet.
by Sk8brew
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Distilling on grain
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Distilling on grain

I definitely enjoy the journey. But, just like a good road trip, there is a stop or two that you would have been better off just driving straight through.
by Sk8brew
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Distilling on grain
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Distilling on grain

I have an all in one brew system that has a "grain tube" for doing brew in a bag type homebrewing. It is basically stainless steel with holes in the bottom and the sides down low. If I ferment on the grain and then dump that into the grain tube, can I distill it? I have read about people setting up ...
by Sk8brew
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Modular CCVM build

I am starting a CCVM build for neutrals, mainly to make gin, and am looking for some advise. I currently have the setup shown below with a 10gal boiler that runs 2800W max on 240V. It has double walls to provide some insulation. My current potstill is a 2" column with a 1" over 3/4" Liebig condenser...
by Sk8brew
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: CCVM Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 936

Re: CCVM Questions

Sizing is really based on how much you want to make and how fast. 2” will make 1l per hour 3”, 2l per hour and 4” 4l per hour. They also need power to match, 2” needs about 1800w, 3” needs about 3000w and 4” needs about 6000w. What happens if you are undersized on power? I have a 10gal 2800W boiler...
by Sk8brew
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?
Replies: 60
Views: 1779

Re: Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?

I learned a long time ago to never expect a hobby to save you money. As soon as you get near break even, it's time to upgrade.
by Sk8brew
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller
Replies: 607
Views: 58904

Re: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller

If you buy sanitizer and smell tails in it, you may be a stiller.
by Sk8brew
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 349
Views: 93569

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Thanks DAD and all of the contributers to this thread. There were some questions early on in the thread about power requirements that I didn't see a good answer to. I have a 10 gal electric boiler that is part of an all in one brew system. It puts out 2800 watts and is double walled to provide some ...
by Sk8brew
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mash volume per pound of grain
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Mash volume per pound of grain

Great link, thanks. Based on this, it does not seem that different grains or grind have much impact on volume?
by Sk8brew
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mash volume per pound of grain
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Mash volume per pound of grain

I am sure this info is on the site somewhere, but I have tried several searches and come up empty. How can I calculate the total volume of an all grain mash to make sure that if fits in my mash vessel? I am upgrading to a 30gal barrel and am trying to figure out how much I can put in it. I am lookin...
by Sk8brew
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Peated Whiskey
Replies: 57
Views: 5888

Re: Peated Whiskey

Otis, just read this thread. Looks like you should be over the 2 year mark, any updates? I made a batch that has been aging for a month. I have not liked the smell or taste from mash through distillation. I find the peat brings out the tails. I am hoping it will age out.
by Sk8brew
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 798
Views: 76837

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

I have done four stripping runs and should be doing a spirit run this weekend. Any advise on cuts with this recipe? Flavors to look for, any gems in the late tails...?
by Sk8brew
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Boiler temperature vs vapor temperature
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Boiler temperature vs vapor temperature

I am trying to understand why vapor temp is typically measured instead of boiler temperature. I am not talking about controlling boiler temperature as is covered extensively on the site. I understand that boil temperature is set by composition. You can get the vapor composition from the boil tempera...
by Sk8brew
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Still and bench set ups
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Still and bench set ups

I am not sure this is helpful for you, but I stumbled upon a solution to this recently. I was looking for something to raise my jar and found a yoga block in my basement. This is basically a rectangular block that is 3 different heights depending on which side it rests on. Easy to make something lik...
by Sk8brew
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 798
Views: 76837

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

I have been mashing for years in brute cans for beer brewing which entails temps up to 170F. For this recipe, I have a 20gal brute, put all the corn, oats and honey malt in and add boiling water on top while mixing. This reduces the temp that the brute sees some. I think it settles out at 190F or so...
by Sk8brew
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 798
Views: 76837

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Well, so far so good. I have 15 gals fermenting on the grain. OG was at 1.07, although I could not get a clear sample, so I am not 100% confident with the measurement. I picked up a mop bucket at HD and should be ready to strip this weekend. I would like to make another batch on the heels of this on...
by Sk8brew
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 798
Views: 76837

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

One more question (for now)- I have seen a couple of approaches to adding oats, either reduce the corn by an equal amout, or add it in addition to the recipe ingredients. Is there a verdict on which is better?