Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:06 pm

lilye wrote:
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I think I am gonna try, as per NzChris, making the four runs, discarding around 30ml foreshot for each run, then take my alcohol meter and collect hearts until my run produces 40% ABV and discard the rest ....
That isn't what I recommended. I'm saying to run until the whole take from each stripping run is 40% then turning the still off. When stripping, I put my alcometer in the collection jug and only take my ABV readings from there.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:20 pm

The lack of copper in an Airstill is not a good thing, so add some copper to the boiler to help get rid of stinky sulfides. I have a loose ball of copper wire for this. Use whatever you've got, but don't use anything that sits flat on the bottom, as it could cause popping and banging during the run.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:41 pm

I will "try" to find some. Thanks! I think when I get ready to do my stripping runs and collecting them can I run my setup by you to be sure it is what you are recommending?

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:28 pm

Bare in mind that I've never actually done a full charge spirit run in mine. I suppose I should, just to see how it goes.

If you use the Google Search, you might find interesting posts about it.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by The Baker » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:34 pm

lilye wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:41 pm
I will "try" to find some. Thanks! I think when I get ready to do my stripping runs and collecting them can I run my setup by you to be sure it is what you are recommending?
Your electrician would probably have some discarded copper wire.
If it has plastic covering you can strip that off.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:50 am

thanks Geoff. will let you know...

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:02 pm

It's a stripping run, there are no heads, hearts and tails. You get them when you do the spirit run.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:07 pm

That's what I'm trying to say, but I'm running out of ways to rephrase it into something you might understand.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Yummyrum » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:17 pm

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This may help . And hopefully not confuse you .

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:32 pm

Well I do appreciate that. So sorry, but I just want to get it right. No worries. I will figure the rest out some how, so please do not bother yourself further on my account.

Thanks so much for all your effort NZ Chris. It is so much appreciated.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:36 pm

Yummyrum wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:17 pm
This may help . And hopefully not confuse you .3EAC0D92-3B66-40C9-B8B0-FD607DECD519.jpeg
Thank you so kindly Yummyrum . It is a great visual for sure. I think it should help!!!

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:49 pm

The Baker wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:34 pm
lilye wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:41 pm
I will "try" to find some. Thanks! I think when I get ready to do my stripping runs and collecting them can I run my setup by you to be sure it is what you are recommending?
Your electrician would probably have some discarded copper wire.
If it has plastic covering you can strip that off.

Geoff
my husband found some electrical wire and he stripped it for me so I now have 2 meters of copper wire. Yes!!!

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by The Baker » Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:59 pm

lilye wrote:
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Well I do appreciate that. So sorry, but I just want to get it right. No worries. I will figure the rest out some how, so please do not bother yourself further on my account.

Thanks so much for all your effort NZ Chris. It is so much appreciated.
It is a pleasure to talk to someone who asks intelligent questions and listens to the answers!

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Undies » Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:21 pm

The Baker wrote:
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It is a pleasure to talk to someone who asks intelligent questions and listens to the answers!

Geoff
Get a room.
Birdwatchers ingredients calculator: https://birdwatchers.info/

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by The Baker » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:33 am

Got a whole house, undies.
Why should I get a room?

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:39 am

Thanks Geoff!

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:32 am

Yummyrum wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:17 pm
This may help . And hopefully not confuse you .3EAC0D92-3B66-40C9-B8B0-FD607DECD519.jpeg
Actually, this makes things crystal clear and to the best of my knowledge with everything out there I have read this will be my best option with the air still so thanks for that. I have printed out a copy and am referring to it over again before starting my runs.

I thinks I am pretty much set to go through a stripping run and then a spirit run on the air stiller. I hoping for the best but I now see if I am going to continue this hobby, best to get a quality stiller. I have to say I am so intrigued by all this!!

Thanks again to you and to all the other fine gentlemen out there that have been so patient and so gracious with this newbie.Will continue to keep you all posted.

Stay healthy everyone...

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Undies » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:52 pm

lilye wrote:
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Thanks Geoff!
I hear wedding bells!
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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Saltbush Bill » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:00 pm

Don't think her hubby will like that idea Undies :thumbdown:

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by The Baker » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:01 pm

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Undies » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:04 pm

The Baker wrote:
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Undies,

Don't get your knickers in a knot.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by JacobH » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:14 pm

I have 100L of birdwatches here that has just fermented out.

I am waiting for some welding supplies to arrive but I think I'll have to wait out the quarantine to pick up some argon to put together my reflex still.

Will the batch be ok sitting there for a month or so or should I slowly put it through my little pot still 15L at a time?

cheers,

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Undies » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:24 pm

I often leave it sit for a few months, so as long as it is still sterile, I'd imagine you'll be fine.
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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:45 pm

If you are in lockdown with buggerall else to do, strip it. It's only seven small runs. You could do a spirit run with narrow cuts to make something drinkable or usable for flavored projects, gin etc..

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:41 pm

Day nine and Birdwatcher's sugar wash is still burping in the fermenting pail. Let see what tomorrow brings.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by lilye » Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:05 am

Day 12 and still burping but more slowly, maybe every 5 to 6 seconds. Again, I have no hydrometer. The taste is very different now. It is much more sour and I do taste alcohol believe it or not. There is still some, not too much sweetness but more overpowered by a sour dry alcohol taste. My ph tester reads about 6.25. I really do not see any bubble with the naked eye however. There is a faint pink color on my somewhat cloudy wash. I think it may be time to pull out the stethoscope.

Any comments, suggestions or advice regarding the fermentation process and whether or not it is complete???

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