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by Corsaire
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: "Calvados" recipe idea
Replies: 31
Views: 548

Re: "Calvados" recipe idea

I strongly disagree. Those rules were made because lots of unscrupulous sellers made an inferior product and placed a well known name for quality on it. How would you feel if you bought an iPhone at a premium price but discovered it was a cheap pos? Or your 12yo scotch turns out to be neutral spirit...
by Corsaire
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Low alcohol in wash
Replies: 24
Views: 834

Re: Low alcohol in wash

If you boiled the wash it means you let all alcohol that was created escape.

Perhaps next time try one of the recipes I mentioned earlier? Ujssm is a sugar wash that works well with cracked corn, for honey bear bourbon you'll need to grind it finer.
by Corsaire
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help needed with choosing equipment
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: Help needed with choosing equipment

That shouldn't be a concern. Taste is more important than numbers imo.
I'd save my money if I were you. You say you're happy with your rig now, now you've found how to make gin with it, so learn to drive it to make different products.
by Corsaire
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Dephlegmator or Shotgun - That is the question
Replies: 50
Views: 2447

Re: Dephlegmator or Shotgun - That is the question

I'm hoping someone can jog my memory. I recall on this forum seeing an old style condensor used for deflag that was a single tube in shell, like a liebig, except the inner tube was shaped to increase surface area. Shaped how? Well i suspect it was built out of sheet copper, with a cone at the botto...
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heating up the Pot
Replies: 22
Views: 495

Re: Heating up the Pot

The easiest way is to stop looking at the thermometer. If product comes out of the spout it's at operating temperature. You don't hold temps on a batch still. Temps rise during a run. Granted, they rise more slowly on a reflux rig than on a pot still. I usually give it all the heat I can while avoid...
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fermentation Inconsistencies, not sure why.
Replies: 13
Views: 415

Re: Fermentation Inconsistencies, not sure why.

Don't take this as condescending but slow down, you've got a lot of stuff to learn. Targeting high abv in a ferment is not the best way. You want to keep your yeast happy, if you stress them (high abv ferment) they give off flavors. If you had a vigorous ferment there's no way you had less than 1%. ...
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: The alembic anomaly
Replies: 19
Views: 1852

Re: The alembic anomaly

Bumping this because more people need to see this still.
I wonder if it ever got finished.
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Low alcohol in wash
Replies: 24
Views: 834

Re: Low alcohol in wash

For corn you should bring it to a boil. And deal with the porridge. Lots of people here use enzymes to help thin the mash and for conversion. Look up honey bear bourbon for a procedure that uses just corn and malted grains. Not a worry if you can't get that specific gambrinus honey malt (I can't eit...
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi, everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Hi, everyone

Welcome, I'm interested in your process as well.
I don't have any birch yet but that may change!
by Corsaire
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Motorcycles
Replies: 77
Views: 6042

Re: Motorcycles

That's some fine iron SBB. They're getting expensive over here. For me riding was a bit on the backburner due to family and work, but I've revived my vfr and guzzi california. Turns out I still know my way around some twisty roads. Other than those I mostly have old junk. 70's Honda, 80's guzzi and ...
by Corsaire
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Low alcohol in wash
Replies: 24
Views: 834

Re: Low alcohol in wash

You also need to up your temps for corn. 43C is too low for it to gelatinize.
by Corsaire
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 956
Views: 143255

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

SNIP Then there is a final benefit you may want to try out. I use it to great success. And - again - so do my customers. Stabilize at the beginning of the gin run. It will concentrate any residual small heads faction as well as the overconcentrated, very rancid first juniper oils perfectly. Say you...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Higher diluted abv to hide mistakes
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: Higher diluted abv to hide mistakes

More abv is more flavor. But you're right, it can hide bad flavors as well. And cask strength bottlings are fine and dandy the first sip, but then you ruin your taste buds and can't pick up subtleties anymore. It's also why it's recommended to proof down low when making cuts, not only will your tast...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PH!!
Replies: 31
Views: 743

Re: PH!!

Exactly. I've got the meter for when I finally want to play with wacky rum ferments. I do appreciate all the info that members post about it, and some other sites. And yes, I wouldn't have gotten where I am now without this forum. I'm standing on the shoulders of giants. It's just I don't need it fo...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heating up the Pot
Replies: 22
Views: 495

Re: Heating up the Pot

Straw? Id think the flavor would carry over. No? It doesn't. I've had spirits that were made this way by others. There's a gin distiller in London that uses straw in his gin. He needs to process it in a rotovap and blend it in with his other distillate because it doesn't carry over in normal distil...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Exploding absinthe..
Replies: 14
Views: 512

Re: Exploding absinthe..

190 proof is basically everclear. I do agree that not all vodka tastes alike. I presume that this is either the quality of the added water or unrecognized congeners in the 'neutral' spirit. Correct. Congeners can be found in 190 proof. They are not unrecognized. It still leaves 5% by volume room fo...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Controlling condenser temperature
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Controlling condenser temperature

Soooo get yourself a bigger reservoir?
I'm recirculating in an underground rainwater storage tank.
Or just collect your waste water for future use. When I ran in the kitchen my waste water filled that same rain tank so the water got reused to flush toilets etc.
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: First gin need help equipment
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: First gin need help equipment

You don't really need a gin basket. Botanicals in the boiler, follow Odin's recipe. Easy, really. Any simple pot still will do. Of course you can get creative with vapor infusion and carter heads and what have you but you can make gin without it. The pressure cooker idea seems dodgy to me. It looks ...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: First gin need help equipment
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: First gin need help equipment

Yes I'd recommend a power controller. But I don't know what the specs are on the one you pictured. I don't know your still so I don't know where you could tie the bag on. I'm afraid you'll have to figure that one out on your own. And I do hope your first gin will be good enough that you won't have t...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5936
Views: 226152

Re: The liar's bench

I'd believe that. Scary birds them. I saw one smash a wooden shed in a zoo once. They don't sing like other birds do either.
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: First gin need help equipment
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: First gin need help equipment

I don't know if it will scorch. I run my gin still on a modified hot plate. Run it and find out ;-) I mean tie the muslin bag so that the botanicals are suspended in liquid but the bag doesn't touch the heating element. Far as I can tell Odin doesn't remove his column packing. I'm confused by the po...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: First gin need help equipment
Replies: 28
Views: 456

Re: First gin need help equipment

Then do as Odin does. Macerate herbs in neutral spirit. Run with the botanicals in the boiler, maybe put them in a muslin bag suspended above the element so they don't touch it. Run with your needle valve wide open. Use Odin's Easy gin as a good place to start. See if you like the results. Personall...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Odin gin recipe with fruits ?
Replies: 35
Views: 609

Re: Odin gin recipe with fruits ?

NZChris wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:43 pm
That one would be difficult to seal. I prefer steamer baskets and lids that fit making a trough to easily fill with flour paste.
Good catch. I should have looked for a better example.
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]-Cachaça 101
Replies: 34
Views: 732

Re: [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]-Cachaça 101

Do you guys think it's interesting to show woods information (I could try to put some info on the aroma/flavor and color they give)? Because we use a lot of native species since oak just grow in the the south region, and most oak used are french or american Yes please. I found it very interesting, ...
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Smearing tails in my hearts
Replies: 21
Views: 471

Re: Smearing tails in my hearts

How does the pid compare to the power controller speed wise?
Can you hold 100% reflux?
Any pics of your setup? Two reflux condensers seem counterproductive.
by Corsaire
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stripping runs Spirit runs and cuts questions
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Stripping runs Spirit runs and cuts questions

If you put that sight glass on the bottom of your riser you'll have an easy indicator for pukes.

I agree with the run it as fast as the condenser can handle on a strip run.
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heating up the Pot
Replies: 22
Views: 495

Re: Heating up the Pot

Are you trying to get the boiler contents to a specific temperature?

Regarding fruit pulp in the boiler, that's easy to scorch.
I've seen people butter the bottom of their pots. I've heard of straw being used in the bottom as well.
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PH!!
Replies: 31
Views: 743

Re: PH!!

Yes backset is acidic, so should be used sparingly. It also brings over the flavors in UJSSM so you still need it. I've read that some preservatives on corn are acidic as well. And yeast actually create an acidic environment on their own during fermentation. A lot of people use oyster shells in thei...
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Odin gin recipe with fruits ?
Replies: 35
Views: 609

Re: Odin gin recipe with fruits ?

Yes they're spendy.

You sure you don't have a friend who can help you build what you need?

https://www.ikea.com/be/nl/p/stabil-sto ... -30152346/

Something like this. Flour paste for seals. Then a small worm or liebig. Doesn't have to be complicated or beatiful to do the job.
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Needing more hobbies
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Needing more hobbies

Welcome!

Looks like your brew kettle purveyor just raided a bunch of stuff from the distillex guys on aliexpress.

You may want to research ccvm stills. Jesse at Still it on youtube runs one, if you want to see one in action.
It's a modular design, can go from pot to column for your neutral needs.