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by Safegyde
Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: favorite charred wood and why
Replies: 43
Views: 8360

favorite charred wood and why

I have been doing a lot of reading on using wood to flavor and color your spirits. I want to know what everyone's favorite wood to use is and why it is your favorite. (No 'wood' jokes . . . . . . . .unless they are really funny :lol: ) Is it the only thing available, taste, easy of preparation? What...
by Safegyde
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: reusing paste seal on head of pot still??
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Hey ChillinDistillin, could you use a paper gasket for the boiler? I use flour too and it is a bitch when doing several runs, as I clean it after each run. I thought about using papertowels!! :lol: Anybody tried that?? Sounds like a new thread.
by Safegyde
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: making vodka first time
Replies: 6
Views: 736

That recipe Wineo gave you is a good one. I use that for my vodka, except for the dap and the gypsum salt. I also invert my sugar for about 25 minutes. WATCH OUT for a big pot of boiling sugar water, that shit will stick to you and burn like napalm. Especially if you get all 8 pounds of sugar in the...
by Safegyde
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: clearing a UJSM with egg whites???
Replies: 19
Views: 2299

:D Damn it man, It smells sooooooo gooooood!!!! I LOVE that smell. (the mash of course) Am I alone in this?? I doubt it. :D :D Makes me smile when I smell it. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.

I gotta keep my nose out of it. :wink:
by Safegyde
Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: clearing a UJSM with egg whites???
Replies: 19
Views: 2299

Thanks for your help guys. I want to let it settle, less work, but also less shine in the meantime!! I think I will split it in two and settle one with egg whites and the other I will just do a stripping run on it and do a few more runs to make sure the yeast is all cleared out. I will re-post once ...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: clearing a UJSM with egg whites???
Replies: 19
Views: 2299

clearing a UJSM with egg whites???

Hello shiners. Question for you all. I need to clear my wash and on the front of keeping cheap I wanted to just use a couple of egg whites. I don't really have the time to let it settle . . . . . . . . . . . . well, ok. I just don't WANT to wait for it to settle. It's like Christmas waiting to see h...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What The Hell Did I Buy?!? Posted Pictures. ~Help~
Replies: 67
Views: 8072

With a big still like that you are going to have to make several, several runs to completely clean out all the green gunk. Just keep adding a little vinegar each time till it comes out clean. After you don't see anymore green stuff you need to do about two more runs to get all the vinegar out, just ...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: adding corn flakes midway
Replies: 5
Views: 549

I just boiled the corn flakes and the corn a little to kill any bacteria and the water is a lovely yellow color and full of smell and flavor. I am adding a little of that to the mix as well. I am also pitching another 21 grams of yeast as I did a little experimentation this time. I met an old moonsh...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What The Hell Did I Buy?!? Posted Pictures. ~Help~
Replies: 67
Views: 8072

A slobber box is to collect the "slobber" that could possibly come up from the boiler (won't happen though if you have packing in the column) The incoming tube doesn't go to the bottom of the mason jar in a slobber box, it simply allows the vapor to go from one tube to the other and allows the heavi...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: best wash for a neutral ?
Replies: 4
Views: 696

I would try a champagne yeast, ec-1118, they can withstand a high abv and produce no strong tastes. Go for the apple thing straight away!! Why not? What kind of still are you using? Sounds like a reflux since you are making neutral spirit. Do you have a pot still? If you use a lot of apples make sur...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Novice Question
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Like Dnderhead said make sure you dilute the everclear down before distilling it. Personally if you want to practice distilling something other than your own wash I would use a cheap wine. Ever clear is a decent liquor, use it to compare your own sugar wash with.
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: why did my fermentation stop?
Replies: 10
Views: 943

A little calcium carbonate could do the trick. Just make sure you only add about a tsp of it already mixed with some water to dissolve it fully. Do you add more yeast each time you start another wash or do you rely only on the previous yeast already in the fermenter? I would definitely add some nutr...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What The Hell Did I Buy?!? Posted Pictures. ~Help~
Replies: 67
Views: 8072

That is a nice looking piece. :) Should produce a lot of product. Is that a slobber box or a thumper there? Either way you should take the packing out of that. The reason for the packing is to create a reflux action and it sends some of the non alcohol back down the column to mix with the rising vap...
by Safegyde
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: adding corn flakes midway
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Thanks guys, I think I will try adding some of both corn flakes and some corn.

I usually use the tails from the previous run in the thumper with a little water added. Seems to work good.
by Safegyde
Tue Feb 05, 2008 12:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: adding corn flakes midway
Replies: 5
Views: 549

adding corn flakes midway

Hey shiners, been a while. Gotta question for you all. I have a sugar wash I am fermenting right now about three days in. I am finishing up a bottle from a previous run of the same stuff and I decided I want to add a little flavor. I thought about boiling some corn flakes to kill the nasties and add...
by Safegyde
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: when to stop a stripping run
Replies: 13
Views: 6240

I use a pot still with a thumper and I do a stripping run every time. I push it hard the whole way through. I don't seperate the heads, hearts or tails since I will be doing that in the final run. Remember, it is a 'stripping' run. You are just 'stripping' the good stuff from the other stuff (non al...
by Safegyde
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Doubler?
Replies: 7
Views: 1269

You don't need to use scrubs in your doubler since the primary function of the scrubs is to increase the reflux ratio in the first stage. When using a pot still you don't even need a doubler.....aka thumper. I use one on my pot still and I am putting off 160 proof on the stripping run. You need to d...
by Safegyde
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: ALCOBASE SANS DISTILLATION
Replies: 5
Views: 840

They are called wine drinkers. Before you distill your "mash" it is just basically a wine; some call it wines. Depending on the wash you are making it might not taste good until you distill it. If you want to drink it prior to distilling make sure you are making a suitable wine for drinking.
by Safegyde
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: First wash...got stuck...now to fix it.
Replies: 22
Views: 3469

Ok then. I'm back. For those of you who care or might get some helpful knowledge out of this the batch turned out PERFECT! :D :D I ran both the first wash and the second. Neither was setteled at all, but both were completely converted. I collected 50 ml heads from each run, about 250 ml hearts, and ...
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:14 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: First wash...got stuck...now to fix it.
Replies: 22
Views: 3469

Yeah, I wish I had the time to let it settle down. I guess I will just filter as much out as I can and run what is left. This is my last post for a few days at least. I am opening my own business and will be away from the internet for a while. I will post my results from the run asap. I can still re...
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: temperature
Replies: 21
Views: 4758

In a pot still a good place for your therm. is in the thumper...if you have one. Since the boiler vapor is going into the thumper first and the liquid in the thumper has to come to temp before the vapor goes into your condensor then it makes sense to have the therm at the entrance way to the condens...
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: My Bits
Replies: 94
Views: 15746

Punkin, on the far LEFT? Not stage left, picture left. lol :lol:

Or is that what you meant? :shock:
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: My Bits
Replies: 94
Views: 15746

Froggy, In the pic with your fittings, what is that piece on the far left? Is that a built in filter?

Where did you come across those fittings?
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: strawberry panty-dropper
Replies: 708
Views: 202224

A good pair of panties is like an expensive reflux still.....takes some time and experience to get it to work just right, but the finished product is worth the effort!! :lol: :lol:
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pot Sill or Reflux
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

In essence, yes. But defcon4 was right. You should really search a lot more. I read on this site alone for over 3 months before asking a single question. It pays off too as you might read something you wouldn't have throught to ask and save yourself a huge headache by learning the hard way. And even...
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: strawberry panty-dropper
Replies: 708
Views: 202224

Has anyone ever tried this with bananas? Or cherries? I bet the mixture would be quite nice.



I like panties. :P
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: "Heady" yeast
Replies: 5
Views: 1849

I wonder if there is any good use for all that foam?

Let's see, you could use it to top your pie with.
Or as a full lather shaving cream.
Maybe you could dry it out and use it as an energizer for your next mash?
:lol: :lol:
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:47 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: inline stripping flange
Replies: 92
Views: 23196

Wow andre.silent, you remind me of a professor I had once. Nice story too.

Absinthe, my only question is when do you sleep?? You are building this awesome still, running a continous run, making mash, typing on the computer, and........am I missing anything? Busy guy! :)
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:04 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: How do you use the forum search functionality?
Replies: 10
Views: 1814

Wow, that bottom link works perfectly!!!! :D :D :D

This should be a sticky!!

That would have been very helpful had I known that 3 months ago. Thanks mrotch and Skymeat!
by Safegyde
Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pot Sill or Reflux
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Pot stills bring over more flavor. Reflux stills are more for producing a nuetral spirit. You can make vodka with a reflux, but you can't really make a good whisky with a reflux.