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by rad14701
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Dilution of spirits
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Dilution of spirits

Tails... One jar less at the tails end of the blend should fix that... Its hard to not blend that one extra jar, but look what happens...
by rad14701
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: Just got my Fuel permit .... Tips ...
Replies: 12
Views: 4056

Re: Just got my Fuel permit .... Tips ...

Be prepared to rebuild the carburetor on that old lawn mower... Even new mower manufacturers recommend running non-ethanol gasoline... Older mower seals will fail a lot quicker than those in newer mowers...
by rad14701
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can I re-distill junk liquor
Replies: 28
Views: 2861

Re: Can I re-distill junk liquor

If you have a re-flux still you can re-distill it as mann times as you wish buy remember this ... you never get 100% recovery from the wash. You will lose a little every time you run it. Correct... You will lose what is left behind in the boiler, depending on how far down you run... Even if you ran...
by rad14701
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Building my first copper still
Replies: 277
Views: 17037

Re: Building my first copper still

I found some PTFE hose to use as the gasket between my pot and my lid but I needed to bond the ends of the hose. It's insanely difficult to find a glue that will work on slippery stuff like that. Found a loctite primer that sounds like it will then allow regular superglue to work on it. It's all on...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...
Replies: 26
Views: 1530

Re: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...

Oh, I know what's on the parent site... But these very forums are considered to contain information that supersedes the parent site... Considering how the content on the parent site hasn't changed since the early 2000's and these forums being newer than that, which would you tend to believe and rely...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Oroville Dam
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Oroville Dam

Appalachia-Shiner wrote:Reminds me of that dam in West Virginia many years ago.
No. Wait. It was Pennsylvania. Johnstown? In the late 18 hundreds.
Austin Dam... I have pictures of what remains and have been there several times over the years... It was recently designated the Austin Dam Memorial Park...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: NEW REFLUX CONDENSER DESIGN
Replies: 9
Views: 1275

Re: NEW REFLUX CONDENSER DESIGN

a concentric is a whole column setup with its own type of collection. My idea is just a reflux coil. Like I said in the title. To be used atop a VM or LM column Maybe I should draw it out more clearly. Ummm... No... I have concentric reflux condensers that can be swapped out with each other or repl...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First Ferm Newbie Question
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: First Ferm Newbie Question

Oh, where to start...!!! Yet more signs that you need to do some research... Yeast convert "sugar" alcohol and CO2... Starch is useless in a ferment and need to be converted to sugar via enzymes... You'll learn that and more when you do ample research... As far as your wash, you could try adding a t...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Related Gas Accessories
Topic: Propane Safety controller
Replies: 7
Views: 2057

Re: Propane Safety controller

mendodistilling, I'm not liking what I'm reading in your post above... NEVER leave a still unattended... There's simply no excuse... If you really have to leave it, shut it down...!!! You're also hinting at automation and we don't condone even thinking about that until you have more than a firm gras...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First Ferm Newbie Question
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: First Ferm Newbie Question

Don't do anything more until you have done what we consider mandatory research here in these forums as well as reading the entire parent site, keeping in mind that some of the information on it is dated... These forums are more up to date but a lot of the theories and fundamentals that you are lacki...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First Ferm Newbie Question
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: First Ferm Newbie Question

Stick with a recipe from the Tried and True Recipe forum until you have a proper handle on things... One pound per gallon gives a 7% ABV potential yield, if you stuck with a total of 2.5 gallons of water... But you never added any nutrients so the yeast aren't going to stay healthy or happy... You h...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Summer dellema.
Replies: 77
Views: 4816

Re: Summer dellema.

There is no packing, not much room to put any, perhaps 20-30% of one steel pot scrubber, better than none I guess. I guess I could get allot more in without the marble, might be worth experimenting. I was fairly skeptical when I first used it, being so compact, but, ya can't argue with results, it ...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Last minute question before i make my keg still
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Last minute question before i make my keg still

Soldering is a good addition to your skill-set to have... I've been soldering since I was a kid - literally... I was soldering electronics and sweating plumbing joints before I was 10 years old... Everything you need to start soldering will cost somewhere in the range of $30 - $50... I still have my...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Building my first copper still
Replies: 277
Views: 17037

Re: Building my first copper still

DBCFlash, yes, one can of tomato paste would have been plenty... As far as your OG, you could add a bit more water now that you don't have a huge krausen on top of your wash so they yeast colony is less stressed as the ferment progresses... The more you can add the better... Sounds good otherwise...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Yet another yeast question.
Replies: 41
Views: 1907

Re: Yet another yeast question.

1118 survives temps below freezing. Just warm it up after a freeze, you'll see. Most all yeasts will survive freezing, otherwise they probably wouldn't still exist... I store my bakers yeast in the freezer from the time I open a vacuum sealed brick... It's definitely more sensitive to temperature, ...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: distilling for cooking and heating purposes
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: distilling for cooking and heating purposes

Greetings, crazytim... The use of alcohol is legal but, as Bushman stated, the production of alcohol is illegal even for personal use in most parts of the world... It would help if you were to edit your profile to include at least a rough regional location that you call home... There may be fellow m...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Idea for a Pot still head
Replies: 165
Views: 14640

Re: Idea for a Pot still head

TxBrewing, you're now a bonafide moonshiner...!!! Congratulations...!!!
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...
Replies: 26
Views: 1530

Re: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...

The issue at hand is that although Uncle Jesse now owns the domain name that hosts the parent site it is still copyrighted by Tony Akland so we are limited on how much the content can be modified... We have updated the look and feel of the parent site and made a few additions but removal of existing...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Another stuck fermentation...
Replies: 21
Views: 1142

Re: Another stuck fermentation...

For future reference, bakers yeast likes a temperature range of 75F/24C - 85F/30C (higher is also ok for bakers yeast) and will start into the dormancy phase around 70F/21C... So your wash is too cold for bakers yeast... The wash temperature drops throughout the fermentation cycle so you may need to...
by rad14701
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Average Rate Heat Incrementally Increases
Replies: 17
Views: 565

Re: Average Rate Heat Incrementally Increases

Again... How long is a piece of string...??? Aside from the boiling points of ideal solutions, there are too many variables for us to give you the answer you think you need... Another question... Why do you want to know...??? Put it into context... You've been told that adjusting the heat input does...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: spring water
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: spring water

If you're going to be boiling off the alcohol anyway, which is "distilling", why are you worried...??? Now, if you were worried about heavy metals that would be something else altogether... But even county water tests don't check for heavy metals without you requesting it and paying extra...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Still head vaccume
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Still head vaccume

Depends... No, not those adult things...

How long is a piece of string...??? :lolno:

Honestly, we need more details in order to entertain a logical answer... :ewink:
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Average Rate Heat Incrementally Increases
Replies: 17
Views: 565

Re: Average Rate Heat Incrementally Increases

Wiked, you're thinking too much and trying to make a simple task overly complicated...!!! :crazy:

How long is a piece of string...??? :think:
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Yet another yeast question.
Replies: 41
Views: 1907

Re: Yet another yeast question.

"Carbohydrates" To the best of my knowledge, "Sugars" ARE Carbohydrates :- You go ahead and try fermenting "carbohydrates", grains in particular, as stated in the text, without enzymes, and let us know how you get on with that... The flaw in the text is that there is never any mention of converting...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...
Replies: 26
Views: 1530

Re: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...

By my count we're currently at:

HD consensus = 6
afleetalex = zero

Kinda hard to dispute the early results... The ball is in your court, afleetalex... I don't see things swaying in your favor any time soon...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: This is driving me nuts
Replies: 30
Views: 1231

Re: This is driving me nuts

Rad, I have read and read and read. Look at my profile at my sign up date and then the date of my first attempt. I spent a long time reading. I have made beer and wine for a long time so the fermentation part I know. I am not actually stumbling I am making what to me is pretty good liquor but I alw...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the North
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Hello from the North

Greetings, sdj755... Yes, people do get busted but not because of this site... They make any of a number of dumb mistakes that come back to haunt them... To avoid such an unfortunate experience just keep a low profile, keep your interest and participation if the hobby to yourself, and above all else...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Newbie

Greetings, Wiked... It sounds like you're entering the hobby with a good attitude and willingness to learn, which is a far stretch more than some new members who have registered over the years and even recently... The information is here for the taking and unless one gets over the information overlo...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...
Replies: 26
Views: 1530

Re: Question About Making My Pressure Cooker Still...

Step One: If you're not addressing the question I asked... Step Two: Don't say anything at all. Step Three: When I want your opinion, I'll ask for it. You don't get a choice in who replies to your questions... Just because you don't like the answers and advisement's provided doesn't make them any l...
by rad14701
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Yet another yeast question.
Replies: 41
Views: 1907

Re: Yet another yeast question.

<SNIP> I have to say I'm surprised how many admit to still using baker's yeast and I think some research would be beneficial. Here is something I came across in the past ;- This part is especially relevant I think ".........The most common top-cropping brewer's yeast, S. cerevisiae, is the same spe...