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by Corsaire
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?
Replies: 183
Views: 10223

Re: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?

Seems weird, if I remember correctly the pictures I saw of the vinegar fermenters were open air, so it seems fruit flies would have easy access. I read in the cane molasses vinegar thread that only ethanol gets converted into vinegar. I wonder if this is true. Now I've got to read up on vinegar maki...
by Corsaire
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?
Replies: 183
Views: 10223

Re: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?

An interesting read, for sure. Unfortunately the statement on der wo's bottle threw everyone off. The fermentation of their high ester rum takes 2-3 weeks, as mentioned in the beginning of this thread. They take rat chewed cane thrash, and pour cane juice over that to produce a vinegar. This is thei...
by Corsaire
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 314

Re: Advice needed

Would they look down on brewing? I read about one of those robobrews that had the ability to control power for a boil on here recently.
It would also give an explanation for fermenting buckets.

Otherwise, rad's apartment still seems like a good way to go.
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?
Replies: 32
Views: 647

Re: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?

SS, the op already found that the PID doesn't work well and has ordered a power controller.
Now he just needs to ignore the temp readings on his still ;-)
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Flake stand
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Flake stand

I added one after I did my sac run and found my flake stand horribly undersized.
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?
Replies: 32
Views: 647

Re: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?

I'm with SBB. Go slow during your first runs, then start going faster once you know your equipment better. Don't look at the thermometer, or at least don't make decisions based on its readings. Just go by output speed. Since you're aiming for a neutralish spirit diluting what you have now to 35% and...
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 956
Views: 143255

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

None, you set it to a %power. Temperature control doesn't work very well on a still.

I suggest you read up on power controllers, they're the better tool to use.
by Corsaire
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie form Italy
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Newbie form Italy

Welcome!
A 10l pot seems like a good size for a gin still.
Happy experimenting!
by Corsaire
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reactive Distilling Techniques
Replies: 9
Views: 1292

Re: Reactive Distilling Techniques

Based on my limited research (I'm not a smart man) I get that the resin it's bound to is polystyrene? That's not something I'd readily put in my still. The stuff sounds awesome, but I'd want to know if it's safe. Also, this spec sheet from a Polish manufacturer specifically says: This product is not...
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Wiki Editors
Topic: Calculators
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Calculators

Just send Hügelwilli a pm? He's on here every now and then.
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Flake stand
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Flake stand

Two options in my opinion: get a bigger flake stand or pump water through it. Recirculate from another big reservoir or run tap water through it.
I use my underground rainwater reservoir. When that's empty I run tap water and let the water exit into said rainwater reservoir.
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New member
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: New member

Welcome, glad to have you here.
What do you like to drink? Lots of schnapps and brandies made in your new home country.
by Corsaire
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Puking?
Replies: 21
Views: 262

Re: Puking?

Load it back, run it again. No problem.
by Corsaire
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun condensor tip
Replies: 25
Views: 520

Re: Shotgun condensor tip

From reading and re-reading the required reading. And I re-read Cranky's spoon-feeding EVERY TIME Good on you! There's a lot of info to be absorbed. But seems like you missed the point. Kiwistiller said it's not a good idea to do cuts based on vapor temp or abv. Just your senses. Fwiw I've never us...
by Corsaire
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?
Replies: 32
Views: 647

Re: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?

First off, congratulations on your first run! I hope plenty more will follow. Seems like you did a lot of things right, but you've already found a pid is not the tool to use here. Use it to control other things, like a mashtun or fermenter, but not to run your still. A simple power controller is wha...
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: DIY alkaline cleaner (recipe)
Replies: 8
Views: 229

Re: DIY alkaline cleaner (recipe)

Also used to make soap.
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Captain Morgan Spicy Rum
Replies: 43
Views: 37914

Re: Captain Morgan Spicy Rum

Depends on where it's sold.
It doesn't comply to some nations definition of rum.
In some places they have to call it a spirit drink. It might happen to flavored whisky too.
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye Vodka Recipe?
Replies: 22
Views: 492

Re: Rye Vodka Recipe?

Care to expand? Do you have a recipe you're willing to share?
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: New Age Vodkas - & a Moscow Mule
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: New Age Vodkas - & a Moscow Mule

There really needs to be a like button for posts like these!
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Aerator in the fermenter
Replies: 18
Views: 344

Re: Aerator in the fermenter

Chris says it's useful. I don't see how it could hurt.

Could you do two ferments side by side? One aerated, the other not? Then you can see which one finishes faster, and which one tastes better.
by Corsaire
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye Vodka Recipe?
Replies: 22
Views: 492

Re: Rye Vodka Recipe?

Have you had rye vodka before? I've had Polish rye, wheat and potato vodka. They're obviously clean and light, but they had a different mouthfeel and taste. Maybe it's a cultural thing but I think you should still be able to detect the base ingredients. That's just personal opinion of course. I'm th...
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: alembic still reflux?
Replies: 10
Views: 204

Re: alembic still reflux?

They're pretty. I measured abv and volume on mine when I did my first strip runs, and they were about the same as everyone else's pot stills so no reflux. They do make a good headspace for foam. It may work in big setups where you lose more heat because of the higher surface area, I don't know. If h...
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 2" reflux still vs 1.5"
Replies: 24
Views: 391

Re: 2" reflux still vs 1.5"

People are using ceramic aquarium filter rings as packing. Wouldn't that be lighter than metal mesh packing?
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe questions
Replies: 33
Views: 923

Re: Absinthe questions

Erm I've drunk my fair share of wormwood. So have many others. Not just absinthe, but vermouth as well. Probably lots of other bitter liqueurs have the stuff in it. Some people even like wormwood tea, I'm not one of them. I've heard no stories of people going insane after drinking martinis. So I'm s...
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Whey Fermentation
Replies: 21
Views: 243

Re: Whey Fermentation

I don't think you need completely tasteless neutral for a gin base, but you need to make sure your base spirit matches the botanicals used in your gin. It shouldn't have off flavors. What SBB says is true: you can't make good gin if you start with bad base spirit. You don't aim for abv in gin. Your ...
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sacrificial run
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Sacrificial run

Or cheap box wine... basically any alcoholic drink.
And it doesn't have to go to waste, it can become degreaser, fuel or hand sanitizer.
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 2" reflux still vs 1.5"
Replies: 24
Views: 391

Re: 2

Choosing a lighter packing will alter the still properties. I am thinking that I can sacrifice some production rate bur retain everything to be same. There's a couple threads here where speed is mentioned. I think rad's apartment still has some speeds in the first page, and that was a 1.25 inch sti...
by Corsaire
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Whey Fermentation
Replies: 21
Views: 243

Re: Whey Fermentation

I've neve attempted anything like this.
But perhaps you could drop these guys a line?
If you're not fishing in the same pond they might help you out.
https://www.blackcow.co.uk/our-story
by Corsaire
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe
Replies: 487
Views: 71596

Re: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe

FWIW I've never punched down the cap on whisky ferments. I guess it's more a winemakers' thing.
by Corsaire
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MileHigh Dual purpose pro vs boka?
Replies: 7
Views: 196

Re: MileHigh Dual purpose pro vs boka?

Jesse from Still It on youtube has some videos about his ccvm that may help you understand the concept. They can be pieced together with sanitary spools, same as that mile hi still. There's no real build plans because it's just a column and a t. An extension above the t to keep the reflux condenser ...