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by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

That's helpful Mars. Thank you. While I usually get to start the ferment during the same time of day, it works out to be when the temp is dropping this time of year with shorter days. I'll take note of this when I begin my bourbon mash over the Christmas break. What I did for this ferment as far as ...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Getting a grip on large batch fermenting and temp control has been a challenge for me. The active ferment generates a lot more heat than a small one. Thus trying to maintain the ideal temp range has been a challenge on a 23 gallon mash in a garage with 20 to 30 degree temp swings. Aside from the sub...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

no I didn't. Missed opportunity to learn something new in mashing.. A stable fermenting temp and Ph are high on the list that the yeast require to do their thing in an efficient manner.. deviate and issues arise.. I know that 1 degree lower than their preferred fermenting temp, even for just 12 hrs...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas gifts
Replies: 8
Views: 77

Re: Christmas gifts

I think waxing the bottles really puts a nice touch on them. Those will make great gifts. Back in my younger days, I would make up gift buckets of a 6 pack of homebrew, some smoked salmon, and smoked cheese for my closest friends. I still gift away a lot of my smoked cheese, but next year, I hope to...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Think it'll get better?
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Think it'll get better?

I just filled a 5 gallon Barrel Mill cask that was used once by a local micro distillery on the 15th of November. I filled it with a 50/50 blend of Maris Otter and 2 row Pale. I'll not get into it until spring, but then I'll pull 25ml every few weeks until its ready to bottle. My white dog is very p...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 14
Views: 211

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome! I did similar with beer. my wife bought me a 1 gallon extract kit several years ago, that turned out well. Then I went to all grain 5 gallon batches. I did one or two batches with bottles, then went to kegging. Got into drinking whisky with some friends and figured it would be fun to make,...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: We don't say it enough...Thank you.
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: We don't say it enough...Thank you.

+1000 I didn’t know squat until I stumbled onto this site. The amount of shared wisdom demonstrated here is amazing. I try to “give back” and contribute a few grains to the mash pot of knowledge that is HD whenever I can. 🎱 I didn't know squat either but am quickly coming to realize that I do know ...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Think it'll get better?
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Think it'll get better?

This is the first sampling of the barreled spirit? Nearly 330 days after filling? How is the flavor? Or is it so hot you cant taste it? If it's not over oaked, leave it in there and keep checking in on it. Im curious because Ive read first fill 5 gallon barrels are anywhere from 10 to 16 months, and...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Sb, no I didn't. I was actually surprised to see such a quick reaction. The PH yesterday morning was 5.03, now I wish I would have.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first braumeister still.
Replies: 12
Views: 463

Re: My first braumeister still.

That grolsch lamp is pretty cool!
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging netural spirits in oak chips...what's it called?
Replies: 22
Views: 4112

Re: Aging netural spirits in oak chips...what's it called?

Ive had a wheat vodka from Heritage Distillery that was finished for 2 to 3 months in used bourbon barrels, and I have to say it was a very nice neat vodka.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas gifts
Replies: 8
Views: 77

Re: Christmas gifts

Fine looking gifts! Are those 375ml bottles or 750?
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Building a 3" CCVM under 200$
Replies: 13
Views: 447

Re: Building a 3" CCVM under 200$

Looks a hell of a lot better than my welding.
So long as the welds are vapor tight, who gives a damn? Once you wrap the column in insulation, you won't see the welds anyway.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Problem solved. Last night on a hunch I removed my oyster shell satchel from the fermenter, and within 2.5 hours the fizzing subsided, and the cop started to form. This morning there is a nice thick cap. I'm still unsure why it behaved this way, as I've used shell in every single ferment I've made s...
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Batches of malt are not always exactly the same. My guess is you had a drink in one hand while you were weighing out your grain and inadvertently 'put in a little more for Santa'. That would account for your slightly higher S.G. While plausible, I han not had any libations. I do however get easily ...
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Let us know how it goes did you do ANYTHING different in the process are the surrounding temperatures a factor There's nothing different from the last 3 of these I've done aside from the OG was a bit higher. Usually get 1068 for OG not 1072. The ambient temp in the garage isn't really relevant, the...
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Just checked my pH and its 5.03. Checked the meter against my tap water and its reading in tap water is consistent with its normal reading and city reports, at 6.9.
Just gonna let it play out. The oyster shell is doing its job.
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 212

All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

25 gallons 100% barley mash, 1.072 OG, safale US05 1 gallon starter pitched 18 hours ago, 32 gallon Brute. Fermenter temp is 70.4°f. At about 5 hours after pitching the yeast there was a cap forming, about a half inch foam layer across the top of the wash, like I usually see. This morning that layer...
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 14
Views: 211

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome in.
Post a picture of your ne still in the "My First..." section.
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from a newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Hello from a newbie

Welcome in!
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New guy
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: New guy

Adding to what Saltbushbill said, if you want a true "dual purpose" still, walk away from what you think you want. Build a modular CCVM still. Take it from someone that bought one, and in the span of about 3 or four months ended up with something completely different. The milk can boilers are great,...
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 286

Re: American Malt Whiskey

Looks like an interesting recipe with the addition of the Rye, and smoked malts. You say 5th fill. How long was each prior fill left in the barrel, and what are you seeing for an average increase in time with each use? Thanks Brother, I really like Irish & Scotch whiskies but I didn’t want to call ...
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning copper column
Replies: 13
Views: 367

Re: Cleaning copper column

When I complete fabrication of any equipment I soak said equipment for approximately 24 hours in a 10% solution of citric acid / water. Do not use a neutralizer until you are done. Most times I don’t use a neutralizer but just heavily rinse with hot water. I do this before they get polished and cle...
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 286

Re: American Malt Whiskey

Looks like an interesting recipe with the addition of the Rye, and smoked malts. You say 5th fill. How long was each prior fill left in the barrel, and what are you seeing for an average increase in time with each use? Thanks Brother, I really like Irish & Scotch whiskies but I didn’t want to call ...
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 286

Re: American Malt Whiskey

Looks like an interesting recipe with the addition of the Rye, and smoked malts.
You say 5th fill. How long was each prior fill left in the barrel, and what are you seeing for an average increase in time with each use?
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging techniques
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: Aging techniques

If you put vanilla in it. use whole bean pod, and use a very small amount, You can always leave it in longer, or add more, but you can never remove it. Just like you cant remove the JD character, all you can do now is mask it.

my 2 cents
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to HD Forum...not new to distilling
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: New to HD Forum...not new to distilling

jonnys_spirit wrote:
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:27 am
Welcome to HD! I swear i licked for ten yrs before i joined up.

*lurked lol

Cheers,
Jonny
So, you browse interwebs on a windows PC? Are you a "window licker"? LOL
Sorry Johnny, I couldnt resist. Just ribbin' ya. ;-)
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Barley Mash
Replies: 16
Views: 288

Re: My First Barley Mash

You're going to want to make that same mash at least one more time if not twice. Three still charges of beer should get you enough low wines for a spirit run in that T500. After you master mashing and fermenting in 5-6 gallon buckets, move up to a fermenter size that provides you with three still ch...
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 141

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

Run them low wines through and toss the whole lot of it. Then a good rinse with water and you're all set for the next set uf runs your gonna keep.
by Deplorable
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning copper column
Replies: 13
Views: 367

Re: Cleaning copper column

CLean the outside with toothpaste and felt if you must have it that clean. Or a metal polish. Otherwise, you can clean it with warm backset and a worn out scotchbrite pad then rinse with warm water and dry it with a clean towel. Its gonna get tarnished. It's inevitable, but a little general cleaning...