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by Corsaire
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jaggery/panela rum
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Jaggery/panela rum

I need to convince my wife to just pack up and move. You guys talking fresh made agricole/cachaca are making me jealous!
I've spent good money lately for some very good agricole but dammit I want to make some myself!
by Corsaire
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Bushman’s 2 Gallon Gin Recipe
Replies: 32
Views: 711

Re: Bushman’s 2 Gallon Gin Recipe

This sounds tasty.
I need to get off my ass and make some base spirit!
by Corsaire
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4304
Views: 733848

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Awwww man, lots of aging warehouses are moldy. Nothing to worry about.
barrel_1.jpg
by Corsaire
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 39
Views: 747

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

Looking good!
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...

zapata wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:57 am
Racing pigeons huh? Sounds like a new a hobby is calling me!
I hope you've got deep pockets...
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co ... e-47610896

I hope to get to their store next week. I'm excited to try this out.
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Used Barrels?
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: Used Barrels?

Barrel aged cocktails were a big thing around here a couple of years ago. I got a 5l barrel off a bartending friend that was used a lot. My first fill cornflakes turned out interesting ;-)
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Clearing wash and puking.....
Replies: 28
Views: 934

Re: Clearing wash and puking.....

I think it's unfair to blame it on cm. There are people here running a vm or ccvm head over their platers. The plates are what differentiates it from packed columns, rather than reflux management. They're intentionally a low reflux design. But it was a good read, and made me ponder about a future bu...
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about oxidized/old wine
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: Question about oxidized/old wine

Grape neutral spirit can be a great gin base. I've triple pot stilled wine once.
It's also the traditional base spirit for quality absinthe. No reflux needed imo, some grape flavor is desirable.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Clearing wash and puking.....
Replies: 28
Views: 934

Re: Clearing wash and puking.....

That's my take on it too. I could have phrased it better.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 280

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

Automation may have been the wrong choice of words. Process monitoring and control is more accurate. There's an excellent Nano distillery on instructables https://www.instructables.com/id/The-NanoStillery-Automated-Whiskey-Distillery/ which is what got me interested. Looks like a cool project, but ...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 280

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

See that's the temperature trap most new stillers fall for.
We don't manage temperature, we manage vapor production (and reflux). Temperatures naturally rise during batch distillation.
Still, lots of data to be processed and play with if you're so inclined.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Birdwatchers Sugar Wash and Process
Replies: 33
Views: 951

Re: First Birdwatchers Sugar Wash and Process

Andrew_90 wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:08 am
Tasting the 90% spirit is an art that I need to develop.
I hope you didn't taste that undiluted? That's a sure way to fry your tastebuds fast. And it may cause tissue damage.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1906
Views: 106868

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

-They discard the "foreshots" of the stripping run. They start to collect when the liquid is clear like water, because the firsts litres are creamy white (??) I've read about this, it was called a demisting test. Basically your fores clean out the oily tails residue from the past run. In our small ...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do certain things increase your heads cut
Replies: 32
Views: 700

Re: Do certain things increase your heads cut

Haha chalk it up to experience.
I've converted an old fridge to a temp controlled fermenting cabinet. There's a couple of threads here about that sort of thing, plus on the brewers forums.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Clearing wash and puking.....
Replies: 28
Views: 934

Re: Clearing wash and puking.....

So in that thinking a cm isn't a reflux still? A flute, regardless of reflux management is a reflux still. It's used to retain flavor, but it still passes reflux down to the previous plate and boiler, so yeah reflux, different from pot or thumper setups. Same for cm packed columns. A dephlegmator is...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 280

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

Welcome Unfortunately I live a couple 1000 kms north of you. But if you find a stilling partner (plenty of South Africans here!) I'd appreciate if you post your findings here. Like SBB said, a PID isn't the best idea for driving a boiler but I see a lot of options for automation. In fact, Odin made ...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Introduction- No prior knowledge
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Introduction- No prior knowledge

Welcome!
What do you like to drink? That can narrow down your research quite a bit.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...

Jeez I live in Belgium, two of my neighbours raise and race pigeons and I never thought of this. Thanks for the tip!

Edit:
Vanrobaeys is just a 20min drive from me. I've been drooling over their site! Finally a good corn source close by!

Now I just need to buy a good mill :think:
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1958

Re: Yeast recommendations?

Has anyone found information indicating the alcohol tolerances for Red Star Baker’s Yeast? I don't know what the upper limit is But @ 31c - 86f given just enough sugar to make 10% alcohol it will ferment dry in 4 days. I think any higher than that and problems begin to happen. If memory serves Rad ...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Compiling a kit for Gin only distilling
Replies: 11
Views: 319

Re: Compiling a kit for Gin only distilling

Also, the column claims 93% abv. There's still designs here that can go to azeo. That will come in handy if you want the cleanest possible gin base. Look up some still designs here. Go modular, triclamps allow you to easily swap your setup. If you're not a builder there's options to just piece tricl...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Oil Heated Pot
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: Oil Heated Pot

So did you get it yet? Where are the pics?
:mrgreen:
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: New fermenter size question
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: New fermenter size question

I'd say it depends on what you want to make. I have a 30l still, so I have 25l fermenters for generational mashes like ujssm and a 100l one to make enough for 3 strip runs. So when I got a keg boiler I got 2 60l fermenters for the generational stuff and a 200l one for 3 strip runs. I plan on using t...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Used Barrels?
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: Used Barrels?

I actually prefer spent barrels in some cases.
I like the aging effect without the oaking.
Of course your taste might be different.
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka
Replies: 72
Views: 31464

Re: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka

If I were to buy DADY yeast would I get a higher alcohol content ? I'm not concerned about the time it takes ,only the % of alcohol. If you don't add more sugar you won't get more abv by just changing yeast. That said, there's a good reason why this wash targets a low abv. Stress free yeast makes f...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do certain things increase your heads cut
Replies: 32
Views: 700

Re: Do certain things increase your heads cut

You can make rum. There's clean rum and there's extremely funky rum, and lots of inbetween. I should have said don't mimic what the high ester rum crowd are doing.

But yeah, be kind to your yeast.
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Whiskey from free ingredients.
Replies: 17
Views: 653

Re: Whiskey from free ingredients.

You could also try adding liquid enzymes, to get some more fermentables out of the malt extract.
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging information
Topic: Where to buy oak?
Replies: 29
Views: 458

Re: Where to buy oak?

I've never seasoned my own oak but shouldn't it also be out in the rain to wash excess tannins out? So not just air dried?
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: mini still advice please
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: mini still advice please

I wouldn't bother using a 10l boiler for a column still.

It should make a good pot still. Just make a liebig, then look how high your riser needs to be.

As for cooling, a 50l recirc tank should be good, you can always use another bucket in a brew house ;-)

Edited typo
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do certain things increase your heads cut
Replies: 32
Views: 700

Re: Do certain things increase your heads cut

I've never tried to intentionally minimize heads but I think yeast plays a big role. Get yourself a clean yeast strain, one that doesn't produce a lot of esters. Brewers have lots of notes on yeast strains. Once you've picked your yeast, keep it happy. Don't push the abv too high. Don't underpitch. ...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Total Beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: Total Beginner

Since it's all copper you can easily make a liebig down the line if you feel you need to change it.

It's hard to judge without size statements, it just looks small.