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by rockcanyon
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Old fruit
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Old fruit

Thanks for the suggestions - brandy it will be. It will be my first brandy attempt, gonna have to do more reading here.
by rockcanyon
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi Everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Hi Everyone

GabrielLeo wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:58 am
Hi Friends My name is Gabriel and I am from Edmonton, studying arts and fashion.
Distilling is an art and definitely in fashion. Welcome!
by rockcanyon
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: New Boiler up and running.
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: New Boiler up and running.

Rock -- Propane here is $20 for a 20# tank were you getting them filled or trading them out at the big box store? getting them filled should be less pricy. at $4.00/gal. I'd switch too. :evil: I get them filled, much cheaper. Also, if you get it filled you get a full 20 pounds. However if you trade...
by rockcanyon
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: New Boiler up and running.
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: New Boiler up and running.

Surprising. My rig is only 5 gallons but so far I've done a corn gelatinizing batch, 3 stripping runs, and 1 spirit run, all off of a 20 pound propane bottle ($13.50 USD). And it's not quite empty yet. (And I'm pretty sure I did my vinegar run and sac run off this same bottle but can't remember for ...
by rockcanyon
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3529
Views: 363507

Re: Jokes

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A real place in west Texas, just off I-10. Was there for years but now it's gone.
by rockcanyon
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Hello

Welcome Matt_S. Plenty of good info here. I'm still doing a lot of reading myself.
by rockcanyon
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: pH meter
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: pH meter

Do the calibration solutions have a shelf life once they are mixed up? I do always shake mine up before using. And store in a glass jar with mason lid.
by rockcanyon
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Applying heat to the kettle
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Applying heat to the kettle

as the heat rises I gradually lower the power, without jerking, gently until I get the power and warm-up I want and then it generally stays that way throughout the run. There may be variables in the route but this is the basis. At about what point in this sequence does the flow start? Are you still...
by rockcanyon
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from US South
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Hello from US South

Welcome to HD instillonight. I also have one of those "football looking" column stills, and although it won't impress anybody I am quite happy with how it works. Sounds like you've already been doing some reading which will serve you well.
by rockcanyon
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: pH meter
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: pH meter

From that read it seems that unless conditions and use are 100% perfect the readings they give can be way off target. I have one of these, $20 USD on Amazon. I check it with calibration liquid every time I before I use it. Most of the time it tests within about .1 of what it's supposed to. Occasion...
by rockcanyon
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 199138

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

Try Aloe Vera next time, It's supposed to be loaded with lots of good stuff and should make for a very entertaining video when you try to run it :D The okra and everything else that was floating in the wort eventually clumped on the surface. I easily skimmed it off and it left a very clear wash. It...
by rockcanyon
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 199138

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

I looked up the nutritional values of okra and noticed that it is better than kale in almost all categories. So I used okra for nutrients in a sugar wash. I never thought about what might be the effect of the okra's slime factor although I certainly enjoy eating slimy boiled okra. Five okra pods wer...
by rockcanyon
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Dibosh CM Reflux still from China
Replies: 66
Views: 8526

Re: Dibosh CM Reflux still from China

What is the football shaped gadget supposed to be/do? There's a screen in the lower half, to allow packing. Mine came with a pkg of porous ceramic balls that can go in there, for a bit of reflux action i assume. Haven't gotten familiar enough with it yet to know if any refluxing happens. Maybe it c...
by rockcanyon
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Dibosh CM Reflux still from China
Replies: 66
Views: 8526

Re: Dibosh CM Reflux still from China

that "football" on top sure looks familiar. (this one from a Vevor chinese brand, don't see Dibosh anymore). works fine for me, at least it has got me into the game.
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by rockcanyon
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Controlling water flow on condenser
Replies: 20
Views: 381

Re: Controlling water flow on condenser

Regarding water efficiency, I re-use the same water, drawing from a 55 gallon barrel and discharging into the same barrel. The key to stable input water temperature is to draw from the bottom of the barrel and discharge to the top so the warmer water stays at the top, same principle as a home water ...
by rockcanyon
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Italy
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Hello from Italy

Welcome to HB fabinovin. Familiarity with brewing beer is definitely a head start. I also have a Chinese still (not one of the cheap stockpot ones tho). Seems to work just fine.
by rockcanyon
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: hello from west Oz
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: hello from west Oz

Welcome to HD Howie. Sounds like you've been doing your homework. I'm doing the same, reading and making notes every day for the past month, learn something here every time.
by rockcanyon
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Dady vs regular Fleischmann's yeast Fl ei
Replies: 20
Views: 666

Re: Dady vs regular Fleischmann's yeast Fl ei

As a new distiller myself, I have to say I don't understand the basis of his question. Sounds like he's wanting to know if DADY will give him more alcohol than bakers in otherwise identical wash. I know next to nothing about this hobby yet but in 2 weeks of reading here I think I understand that if ...
by rockcanyon
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Brandon from Charleston
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Brandon from Charleston

Welcome Brandon. Hope you're on a big stable boat. You'll find plenty of good info on this forum but I don't recall anything about doin' it on a boat.
by rockcanyon
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Total Beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: Total Beginner

I would like to make a pure corn moonshine (like the one in "Moonshiners" tv series...weird again) does anyone have the exact receipe7 quantities7 instructions for that? Not an exact recipe but I suggest that you look in the "Tried and True Recipes" if you haven't already. Perhaps Booner's Casual A...
by rockcanyon
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New here from TX
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: New here from TX

Yeah, me too. I just make distilled water. Never can have too much distilled water. Welcome to Homedistiller.
by rockcanyon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Googe's kale-sugar wash with a twist
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Googe's kale-sugar wash with a twist

I am fascinated by Googe's kale-sugar wash but I didn't plant any kale in my garden this year. :( After researching the nutrient amounts in kale I found that okra has the same or better in most nutrients that I can identify as being important to yeast. The main deficit that I see is that kale has 36...
by rockcanyon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My corn
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: My corn

How much did you grow/Harvest? Sounds fun! Cheers, Jonny It's just a big garden. Based on my seed spacing it works out to be about 4000 corn plants. I just established the plot last spring in a former cow pasture but I sold the cows last year. There's several more acres there that I could plant if ...
by rockcanyon
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: brandy with prickly pears
Replies: 17
Views: 575

Re: brandy with prickly pears

OG1058? Doesn't sound too bad to me but I'm new. I lived in West Texas for 30 years. Sure could have got a ton of those things for free about anywhere. They are often called "Tunas" there. I used to eat one now and then, there's a wide variety of sweetness amounts from one to another, and some are q...
by rockcanyon
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My corn
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: My corn

Jr-dist - Thanks for the input. Every year I plant 50% of my corn without selecting for anything special, just to keep the gene pool robust. I became more interested in the random hybridization that was going on simply because there's hugely more of that going on than I could ever do by hand. I have...
by rockcanyon
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My corn
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: My corn

The corn experiment - in 2014 I bought 17 varieties of heirloom corns. My intent was to cross pollinate by hand various ones with significantly different ones to see what unusual outcomes it might produce. The first year's results were interesting at least to me, but even more interesting were the u...
by rockcanyon
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My corn
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: My corn

8Ball thanks for the suggestion about the sugarhead, definitely will do that!
by rockcanyon
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My corn
Replies: 10
Views: 382

My corn

I've been harvesting my corn for the past couple of weeks. It's all by hand, my hand specifically - the pulling, the shucking, the hanging to dry. (as well as the planting and hoeing). It's been an every day task since early April but it's given me something to do and kept me sane during Covid. Look...
by rockcanyon
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Converting with malted corn
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Converting with malted corn

I've been researching the prospect of converting gelatinized corn with malted corn. There's plenty of info on HD on how to malt it and dry it. And plenty of opinions on how strong its diastatic power is. Anyway for starters I intend to try it at 75/25 cornmeal/malt ratio. This is probably not enough...
by rockcanyon
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: A tale of two Elements
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: A tale of two Elements

It's hard to tell for sure from the pics but it looks like it might be possible to arrange the straps for either series or parallel connection? Parallel would be handy if a person needed lower total wattage and more heating surface area per watt to reduce the chance of scorching. I think you’re bac...