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by Corsaire
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distillate Question
Replies: 30
Views: 1958

Re: Distillate Question

Please do report on that. I haven't ever used turbo yeast, forum lore states it's nasty. I live in beer country just north of France so I can get a lot of good beer and wine yeast. However, turbo and 'rum and whisky' yeasts are starting to get a foothold in the brewshops. Maybe they've gotten better?
by Corsaire
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Temp control issues with the Mash and Boil
Replies: 8
Views: 1172

Re: Temp control issues with the Mash and Boil

You can't control a pot still by temperature. Can you control input power independent of temperature?

Otherwise set it to above the boiling point of water. Isn't that 212f? I speak metric...

There's a thread about why you can't control a pot still by temperature.
by Corsaire
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging with chips
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Aging with chips

From experience, it's easy to overoak with chips, and it happens fast.
by Corsaire
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Brussels, Belgium
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: Hello from Brussels, Belgium

Hey welcome.

I have no experience using turbo's. I can recommend some recipes that you can find here in tried and true. What kind of still are you running?
by Corsaire
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: First proper rum
Replies: 43
Views: 3368

Re: First proper rum

Best of luck!
by Corsaire
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sugar Mash Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: Sugar Mash Advice

Birdwatcher's is pretty easy. There are also some handy calculators to know how much ingredients you need. Like this one: https://patros.github.io/tpw-calculator/ I agree, bakers yeast can make a fine spirit. What do you want to make? Birdwatchers is good for neutral, but I can't comment on how it t...
by Corsaire
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sugar Mash Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: Sugar Mash Advice

A stalled wash is a wash that's stopped fermenting. Yours has stalled, proven by the sweet taste. If a wash has fermented all sugars have been converted to alcohol, so it shouldn't taste sweet. A stall usually happens because of yeast stress. In your case, no nutrients for the yeast. Yeast can't liv...
by Corsaire
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sacrificial run on all stainless still?
Replies: 16
Views: 1588

Re: Sacrificial run on all stainless still?

That's a very shiny pot still! You can place some copper there but without some forced reflux you don't need to worry about losing flavour. It's still just a pot still.
Good luck on your whisky runs!
by Corsaire
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Charcoal filtration
Replies: 26
Views: 2528

Re: Charcoal filtration

It means add it in your boiler next time you fill it with fresh wash. That way you get to reclaim the alcohol that comes down with the water.
by Corsaire
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Wiki Editors
Topic: Calculators page
Replies: 16
Views: 2701

Re: Calculators page

It's working for me as well. Thanks!
by Corsaire
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Hermanji’s first attempt
Replies: 26
Views: 2443

Re: Hermanji’s first attempt

I haven't tried it yet. I've heard the horror stories about the hop oils as well. But there are craft distillers just running hopped beer. And I think german beer schnapps is made with hops as well. If your setup is easy to scrub clean, I'd give it a go. My setup uses a worm so I won't try it unless...
by Corsaire
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: hillbillyrecordings
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: hillbillyrecordings

I remember the nervousness of my first run, then the euphoria when product came out. Distilling alcohol is different than distilling water. Hot ethanol vapours are a pretty effective solvent. My advice is a cleaning run, it doesn't need to take hours. Maybe directly after that you can make your firs...
by Corsaire
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Wiki Editors
Topic: Calculators page
Replies: 16
Views: 2701

Re: Calculators page

If you go to the homepage and click the link on top everything's golden. If you use the link at the bottom of tbe forum it's a broken link.
by Corsaire
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: hillbillyrecordings
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: hillbillyrecordings

Welcome here! I'm sure you'll make some good whiskeys. Cuts aren't that hard, the hardest part is waiting for your first spirits to age properly ;-) I'm going to agree with the advice here on cleaning. Metal has all sorts of oils and cutting fluid and stubborn shop dust coating it. Flush it with som...
by Corsaire
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Fractional Distill, Hardware discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2507

Re: Fractional Distill, Hardware discussion

So you're intent on making a glass column? Just make a class packed column. It can give you the neutral for your gin and raki needs, and run it like a pot for whisky and gin. Make some end plates to hold the glass, seal it with teflon tape. Make those plates out of ss or copper, whatever you can wor...
by Corsaire
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Barrell not full
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Barrell not full

I also don't think the top will dry out. Look up sherry producing methods. Their barrels are deliberatly underfilled for the fermentation step. Then during aging the barrels aren't completely filled either. Of course they do rotate the contents on a regular basis for their normal stock, but the very...
by Corsaire
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning first run?
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: Cleaning first run?

+1 on definately not using rubbing alcohol.

Make a simple sugar wash first. It's pretty cheap.
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Fractional Distill, Hardware discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2507

Re: Fractional Distill, Hardware discussion

I don't use a reflux column yet, so I can't answer your questions there. I can give you my opinion on the cooling sleeves. They can be made out of anything you like, since they only come in contact with cooling water. However, you have to consider the fact that different materials have different the...
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Fractional Distill, Hardware discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2507

Re: Fractional Distill, Hardware discussion

AZM wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:44 am
fizzix wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:45 am
*Stripboards are those fiberglass/resin hobby-style circuit boards.
Blank on one side, and copper-cladding on the other.


stripboard.jpg
Why, what bothered you? I did not got the point.
The point is they are made from materials not fit for distilling...
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists Journal - Archive
Replies: 17
Views: 1685

Re: Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists Journal - Archive

Thanks. I normally follow his updates but had missed this one. Sipping on some fine Jamaican rum right now, this should make for an interesting read.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: The forgotten drink
Replies: 66
Views: 12003

Re: The forgotten drink

Ronald Ferket is the owner of Antwerps most famous genever bar. He advices how and when to drink what genever. One variety he mentiones it maybe the one I didn't drink yet. The one better than Filliers. A true west-Flemish style "roggebrandewijn": rye based whiskey with very, very, very little herb...
by Corsaire
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 last run at 95%
Replies: 32
Views: 1492

Re: T500 last run at 95%

You don't need an aquarium heater. If air temp is around 20 °C, just let it cool off. Measure when your spirit is at 20°, since that's what your alcoholmeter is calibrated at. Did you check the calibration? In my set of three the lowest abv one was markedly off, the middle one was dead on. I haven't...
by Corsaire
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 last run at 95%
Replies: 32
Views: 1492

Re: T500 last run at 95%

So was the sample at ambient temp or was it fresh off the still? What matters is the temperature of the spirit, not the air. You should measure the temp and the abv of the spirit.

Not knocking you, just saying.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: European corn source?
Replies: 14
Views: 1400

Re: European corn source?

I've had similar problems sourcing corn. The stuff at my local feedstore wasn't any good. I'm thinking about buying bulk popcorn next time round. Something like this https://www.funfoodgroothandel.nl/popcornmais-22500-gram,517.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2K3rBRDiARIsAOFSW_6EzcXc-xeGtTsQLdlCh9lTiStvYZveKOBn6p...
by Corsaire
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Clarification of wash before distilling - By Arroyo
Replies: 42
Views: 4067

Re: Clarification of wash before distilling - By Arroyo

As far as I understand Arroyo wanted to make flavorful rums. He even talks about competing with the Jamaicans. He further states that he feels batch distillation yields a better product than continuous. He already had the centrifuge to pretreat his molasses, so for him the additional cost was lower....
by Corsaire
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Beer Brewing Kits
Replies: 16
Views: 3070

Re: Beer Brewing Kits

A friend of mine got one of those brooklyn brew shop kits. We made it in my kitchen, with no fancy equipment. Just a stock pot, a stainless steel spoon and a cheap digital thermometer. It worked well. The instructions were easy to follow, and you could taste the mash at different stages. I think thi...
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Making me some rum
Replies: 60
Views: 5127

Re: Making me some rum

I know, that's how the big outfits work. Which is why I'm so amped to hear that this process might be more easily controlled in a way home distillers can utilize. I'd love to be able to stash barrels of rum and make blends, but that won't happen very soon.
by Corsaire
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Making me some rum
Replies: 60
Views: 5127

Re: Making me some rum

I'm sorry if my post came over wrong, I know you're not here to sell, and I and many others have gained a lot from yoir contributions. I was just thinking how you were going about getting more flavor in less fermenting time. I just thought that you like things as repeatable as possible, which was wh...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Making me some rum
Replies: 60
Views: 5127

Re: Making me some rum

Flavor and yield wise this was a huge success. So I want to take another step forward. Over the last 9 months we have researched yeast, attenuation, and esterification. Simply put a faster ferment lowers total (potential) flavor profile. Slower ferments are a production bottle-neck, but the longer ...
by Corsaire
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First still and run (peach brandy)
Replies: 2
Views: 879

Re: First still and run (peach brandy)

Sounds like you're off to a great start, happy stilling!