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by scarecrow
Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My 4" potstill hybrid
Replies: 5
Views: 1875

Re: My 4" potstill hybrid

I'll let you know after tomorrow. I've got 45l of a wheatgerm wash to put through it. I'm hoping that I can control it down to a trickle on the output, hence the needle valve. The reflux condenser is a bigger version of the product condenser, which is shorter with a 1" coldfinger instead of a 1.5" c...
by scarecrow
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My 4" potstill hybrid
Replies: 5
Views: 1875

My 4" potstill hybrid

Been workin' on this project for a couple of weeks. Finally got away from my 1" pottie.
Coils are removeable.
Packing tree is removable so I can tune the flavour profile I want.
It's basically a pottie with CM capabilities.
My Still.jpg
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by scarecrow
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Related Gas Accessories
Topic: Banjo burning with a yellow flame
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Re: Banjo burning with a yellow flame

If it's not the rust Perhaps you have accidentally closed the brass vents at the end near the valves? Just a thought TAF Never thought of that. I know when I first got it, I adjusted the valves to just give a blue flame. Maybe with the buildup over time I need to adjust the valves out a bit more. s...
by scarecrow
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Site donor designation
Replies: 38
Views: 2297

Re: Site donor designation

Most are missing the point of my discussion. Feel free to donate as little or as much as you want. Empty your bank account if you wish. I agree to donate helps UJ. Not my point of discussion. My point is that by highlighting the fact that a member has donated (by the gold designation and Erk!!!! a p...
by scarecrow
Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Site donor designation
Replies: 38
Views: 2297

Re: Site donor designation

blind drunk wrote:
give a purple one to those that talk shit, just so everyone knows.
Sign me up!!
Your orange one isn't a good cover BD. :wink:

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by scarecrow
Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Filter mash??
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Filter mash??

I filter mine through a small, long felt bag. Just to keep the nuts and bolts out of the still. An old (washed) sock would be adequate. If you are trying to filter out fine suspended stuff, don't worry about it. It won't hurt. I normally run about 40 litres of wash. About 25-30 litres of molasses wa...
by scarecrow
Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Site donor designation
Replies: 38
Views: 2297

Site donor designation

What's with the orange site Donor designation? Are we now acknowledging those that donate by giving them an orange name tag. Conversely, those that don't/can't/won't donate are left in black. Bit of a stigma attached to that in my opinion. I may be taking this personally, but I find that conversely ...
by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Related Gas Accessories
Topic: Banjo burning with a yellow flame
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Re: Banjo burning with a yellow flame

This mite seam to be a silly question but got to ask. Are you using it indoors or out? Is there proper ventilation? I know its not a good idea to run one indoors. I do run it in the garage, but the door is always open about a foot, and the burner is right next to the opening. I might do a bit of ma...
by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Made a nice Orange Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: Made a nice Orange Rum

Did you save the skins over time or have an ultra big vitamin C hit? Everybody pitched in over about 3 months. I have a freezer full of orange skins. :D thats an interesting idea, but you could add the orange peel to the boiler or thumper for the spirit run. You could, but I personally don't like a...
by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: weavils
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: Goddamn weavils

Is there a fail-safe and food-safe way to prevent this? I think it's the luck of the draw. From what I understand, the weavils actually lay their eggs in the grain. You can't see them untill they hatch. Then it's too late. I thought about boiling the grains before I use them, but by then the critte...
by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Made a nice Orange Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Made a nice Orange Rum

Been wanting to make one of these for a while. All the orange skins got saved and put in the freezer. I have about 40 kg of 'em. :D This is how I made it. Dissolved 6 kg molasses in 12 litres hot water. Chuck in 3.5 kg roughly chopped orange skins. I used Valencia and yes, I left the pith on. I ain'...
by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5549
Views: 388554

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Finally bit the bullet and upgraded to a 60 litre fermenter. Got sick of all those 20 litre buckets.

Put down a bourbon wash and it's bubbling along nicely thanks for asking.
Got a new pH meter, so now I can stop guessing at it. :D

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by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: weavils
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

weavils

Got a new bag of cracked corn a few weeks back. Opened it up and poured it into my corn storage hopper. Everything looked OK. I've gone to put a batch of corn likker on and the bin is chock-a-block full of weavils. Bloody millions of them. Can't see the corn for the weavils. At least I can make a wh...
by scarecrow
Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Related Gas Accessories
Topic: Banjo burning with a yellow flame
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Banjo burning with a yellow flame

My 3 ring burner is playing up, I think. When I first got it, all rings made a nice blue flame when flat out. Then the inside ring started to be more yellow than blue. Now all three rings have more yellow flame than blue. What's the problem here? Is it blocked or rusted inside? There is a lot of gre...
by scarecrow
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

I made up some citric acid solution (about 2 teaspoon in a litre of water) and poured it into the coil and left it there for about half an hour and flushed with clean water. Did this twice. First time the liquid was dark blue, second time a pale blue. I then flushed with clean water again and gave i...
by scarecrow
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

Ok, found it. Everybody relax.

I flushed the coil out with some citric acid solution. A quick rinse and a lot of blue colour came out.

I'm off to Bunnings to get some fittings. I will make an adapter to allow acid/water flushing of the coil. Should be easier to keep clean then.

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by scarecrow
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

.....the patina that had formed in the worm coil.Problem solved. This is where I think it is coming from, but it doesn't start going blue until well into the tails. There was a lot of oil floating on top as well. I'm wondering.......as the alcohol depletes ie getting towards 10% ABV, the concentrat...
by scarecrow
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

OK, now I'm starting to panic. I thought it was my wash that caused the blue tinge. I have just run a double batch of UJSSM and it has a blue tinge as well. My last tainted batch was a wheat neutral, so it's not my washes or a particular recipe. I filtered some liquid through a blank sheet of paper,...
by scarecrow
Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Residue
Replies: 22
Views: 1644

Re: Residue

I have the same problem when I age on charred oak. I do a three stage filter process. Cheesecloth, coffee filter then cotton wool. It still gets a sediment in the bottom. Unfortunately, coffee filters are not very good for removing fine sediment. The Harris filters I get have a pore size of about 40...
by scarecrow
Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: What is your 9 to 5??
Replies: 152
Views: 12589

Re: What is your 9 to 5??

Was a diesel fitter at my sisters lingerie factory. I used to stand at the end of the production line and when the panties came past I would hold them up and say "Yep, diesel fitter" Seriously now....... I was an Industrial chemist for about 40 years. Did a few more in upper management. Got sick of ...
by scarecrow
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:02 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1908
Views: 120552

Re: whats your music

Dang Spook, how'd you get to be the village idiot?

And what's with all the K9 shots. What sort of pooch is it, anyway?

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by scarecrow
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:49 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1908
Views: 120552

Re: whats your music

ANYTHING LOUD

I used to be in artillery :lol:

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by scarecrow
Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: POLL: Should our ranking system be changed?
Replies: 64
Views: 3393

Re: POLL: Should our ranking system be changed?

Ranks mean nothing.

All forums contain post whores. The useless, one word reply to get the count up. Won't make you distill any better.

Keep the post count for info.

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by scarecrow
Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: New design looking for suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 2318

Re: New design looking for suggestions

My thought is this will emulate a Alembic design to somewhat and allow some reflux to occur. No it won't. Once the system heats up, there will be no reflux occurring. Doesn't matter whether the pipes go up down or in circles. If the alembic design makes since how long should the 4" pipe be As long ...
by scarecrow
Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

My wash is as simple as it gets.

water to 22 litres
1 kg cracked wheat
3 kg sugar
2 tablespoon bakers yeast
citric acid to pH 4.5

I'm going to flush the fermenter this arvo and start a new wash. See what happens.

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by scarecrow
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

Get your plaster off? I got a fractured wrist with a few pins in it. Not fun in summer. I do run my strip runs with the banjo flat out. Always have. I'm thinking this started in the late tails somewhere. The pH of my mash is always below 5.0. More often than not closer to 4.0. So I'm thinking it's ...
by scarecrow
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Re: Damn blue distillate - again

I did notice that it (probably) happened towards the end of the run. It was OK at 65% when it started. It was OK at 50%. After that I stopped checking the output pot till it got to 10%, then I powered down. There were a lot of oil floaties on top, hence the haziness. I had a smell of the distillate ...
by scarecrow
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Damn blue distillate - again
Replies: 72
Views: 20737

Damn blue distillate - again

I've just stripped 20 litres of my neutral wash and it has a very slight blue tinge. :shock: Never happened before with my neutral wash (I've made about 20 batches). Same recipe. I had the last strip run of my UJSSM do the same thing. Again, after more than 30 batches, it has never happened before. ...
by scarecrow
Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Pearl Barely?
Replies: 5
Views: 1525

Re: Pearl Barely?

I used pearl barley in my bourbon, whisky and malt washes.
It comes in 500g bags. About $2.00 I think.
I just crush it up with the other grains.
Does me for 1 batch of UJSSM for 10 generations. I dump the grains and start again.

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by scarecrow
Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:41 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Can I strip then do a bubble cap run?
Replies: 4
Views: 800

Re: Can I strip then do a bubble cap run?

no loss of flavor and high ABV... How high? I can hit mid 80's with my pottie at about 1 litre per hour. Admittedly it's not up to the flute standards of single running a wash to 90+% with full flavor By flute do you mean something with 4+ plates? If necessary I will just add a few more plates. I h...