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by Corsaire
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do certain things increase your heads cut
Replies: 32
Views: 710

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: 682

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: 502

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: 307

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: 710

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: 202

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.
by Corsaire
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Total Beginner
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Total Beginner

Looks like a nice enough pot. That worm looks small so you'll need to pump water through it pretty fast I'd guess. It also has a nice thermometer for you to tape over. You don't need a thumper, but it can be a nice addition. You can make fine spirits on a basic pot still. But yes, in a thump keg the...
by Corsaire
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: False bottom self build
Replies: 30
Views: 651

Re: False bottom self build

That looks like it would be suitable for steam mashing. Could someone smarter than me say if that would be a good idea?
by Corsaire
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Yeast Bomb on action!

Still, you have nothing to lose by running it through the still. You never know how much you can salvage, plus some people here report that some infected ferments turn out to make great spirits.
Depends on the infection of course.
by Corsaire
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Yeast Bomb on action!

You mean you dumped 50l of mash down the drain because the airlock flew off? This isn't a drinking beer, lots of people don't even run airlocks on their ferments. The co2 produced by fermentation is heavier than air and forms a nice blanket on top of the mash. You can even find pictures of huge open...
by Corsaire
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lazy mashing
Replies: 37
Views: 913

Re: Lazy mashing

It may seem like more work to do double distillations. Overal it's a time saver. The extra work is negligible, and the results speak for themselves.

You can try it out on your lm easy enough, just open the valve completely.
by Corsaire
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bubba's 2nd wash mix /mash - O My My -
Replies: 19
Views: 1866

Re: Bubba's 2nd wash mix /mash - O My My -

If your washes are under airlock they should still be good in my experience.

I've never heard of poke weed, I'll need to look that one up.

Edit: just reread the old posts. Are these the same ones with stuff growing on them?
You're right then, only way to find out is run it!
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Free Keg
Replies: 20
Views: 742

Re: Free Keg

Leave it as is. And make navy rum ;-)
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Corn and Malted barley
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: Corn and Malted barley

im sure there is a ton of ways to make this stuff and it will be alot of trial and error. You're right, and experimenting is half the fun for me. But for starters I'd recommend a proven method from here ;-) It's nice to experiment when you already have some booze to help contemplate your next steps.
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: signed up
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: signed up

Welcome, and good luck on your first run!
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Corn and Malted barley
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: Corn and Malted barley

Yup just empty the boiler and refill with fresh mash. The spent liquid is called backset, pot ale, dunder depending on what you made. In some recipes it's reused. As for yeast I use about 1 pack per 25l, so that's about 10grams per 25l I think. Sometimes less if I don't have enough. If I use bakers ...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lazy mashing
Replies: 37
Views: 913

Re: Lazy mashing

So you have a 30l boiler? Get yourself a 100l fermenter. Get a biab that fits. Use your still boiler to boil water. Make up your strike water volume and temp by mixing boiled and cold water. Proceed like you said in your first post. This will give you enough ferment to do 3 strip runs. The benefit i...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Corn and Malted barley
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: Corn and Malted barley

Have a read here https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=65703 https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=67346 https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=65895 Only corn and malts. I'd make 30 gallons. That way you'll have enough to make 3 stripping runs and do a spi...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Birdwatchers Sugar Wash and Process
Replies: 33
Views: 981

Re: First Birdwatchers Sugar Wash and Process

My pot stilled 'vodkas' are usually distilled three times. They aren't completely neutral.
I've never tried it with birdwatcher's.

Here's a recent thread of someone running tffv in a pot
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=78509
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Croatia, Europe
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Greetings from Croatia, Europe

Welcome, I only spent a single day in your country but hope to visit longer soon.

You've found the best source you can hope to find here. It takes some work to dig through the forums but it's definately worthwile.

Is sugarcane grown in Croatia?

Good luck with starting up your business.
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller
Replies: 604
Views: 56941

Re: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller

If even your wife picks that up, you may have a stilling companion.
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3489
Views: 355731

Re: Jokes

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You can tell the guy who sent this to me doesn't make his own :wink:
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Shady's Sugar Shine
Replies: 153
Views: 33659

Re: Shady's Sugar Shine

South Africans are probably going wtf now.
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PID CONTROLLER ITC-106 AND AUTO TUNE
Replies: 31
Views: 776

Re: PID CONTROLLER ITC-106 AND AUTO TUNE

The sad part is the op understood what we were trying to say. He saw his pid setup was not the best. Seems like he didn't like the tone here. Funny, the guy's 57. And they call my generation snowflakes. As to what strategy's best, I don't know. Depends on the person I guess. Perhaps in this case let...
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi All Just Joined
Replies: 1
Views: 94

Re: Hi All Just Joined

Welcome from across the Channel!
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Clearing wash and puking.....
Replies: 28
Views: 982

Re: Clearing wash and puking.....

You won't find many people here advising single runs. Try them both, see which you prefer. I strip and spirit run my whisky on a pot still, they're full flavored. I haven't run a plated column yet but yes, they're reflux stills. From what I read they retain a lot of flavor but I'm happy with what I ...
by Corsaire
Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Clearing wash and puking.....
Replies: 28
Views: 982

Re: Clearing wash and puking.....

A small puke in a strip run doesn't bother me. It goes through the still a second time anyway. I've never used clarifiers so couldn't tell you if it helps. But if you get a bad puke that clogs the mesh you could pressurize your still, which would be a bad thing. Did you use triclamp connections? A s...
by Corsaire
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cost comparison for welding.
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: Cost comparison for welding.

If you're bartering make sure they do a sanitary weld.
I didn't pay much, around Corene's quoted 1 hour for both cutting and welding but they didn't backpurge...
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What kind of distill is this, and how does it work?
Replies: 16
Views: 630

Re: What kind of distill is this, and how does it work?

I googled labmaster, it looks like that's exactly it. I found this guide for it. Sounds like everything I've learned not to do here :-) https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/mrhempAThotmailDOTcom/home-distillation-handbook-how-to-distill-quality-alcohol-at-home-inexpensively-and-safely Lars, there's bet...
by Corsaire
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: "Calvados" recipe idea
Replies: 31
Views: 548

Re: "Calvados" recipe idea

Haha yep sorry, for some reason I thought you were south of that border. I get your stance on it. Just pisses me off how much counterfeit whisky and such gets trafficked here. So the good reputation of some names still gets used to sell crap to people. I'm with you on that it's not a denomination of...