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by RefluxFan
Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 2" vs 3" Column for VM still
Replies: 15
Views: 7542

Re: 2" vs 3" Column for VM still

Given the volume of the column it will take longer to reach equilibrium... Also, being larger, and thus requiring a larger boiler charge, runs will take longer even with a greater production rate - but perhaps not depending on the boiler charge size... You wouldn't run a 3" column on a 20 liter sto...
by RefluxFan
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Any one try hot and cold aging?
Replies: 19
Views: 1164

Re: Any one try hot and cold aging?

I had been aging my Choya the traditional way- in my closet- for a few years, coz that was the traditional Japanese way of aging the product. Last year I saw a couple of videos on you tube about a bourbon maker that explained how their storage warehouses helped their product expand with the daytime ...
by RefluxFan
Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first keg boiler has a problem
Replies: 30
Views: 2073

Re: My first keg boiler has a problem

I would combine Rednose and Kiwi's ideas: throw in some gravel stones and a length of SS chain then attach a long bit with a small "T" on the end into a battery or electric drill and give it a whirl. I'm sure that will damn near clean anything. Soak and repeat if neccessary.
by RefluxFan
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Got Clamps?
Replies: 24
Views: 583

Re: Got Clamps?

You lucky bastard...
by RefluxFan
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

I tried my second batch of weetbix http://www.weetbix.co.nz/a-kiwi-icon.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow (I urge you to use the time line arrows, it really is quite interesting), I scortched the 1st batch while boiling it, so this time I didn't boil or invert anythi...
by RefluxFan
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Actually running a stripping (continuous?) still
Replies: 33
Views: 3239

Re: Actually running a stripping (continuous) still

what is the point of running a continuous still if you aint interested in running large volumes? It is very helpful for the person that doesn't have alot of time to do full on stripping and final runs,ie: 1 hour here, 20 mins there. You don't have to heat the whole batch at a time, just feed the co...
by RefluxFan
Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:50 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First sugar wash for todd
Replies: 37
Views: 2427

Re: First sugar wash for todd

Yes, I was a great source of humour for the local engineer shop when I went in to question why my stainless column looked as if it had surface rust on it a few days after I took alot of time to clean it up with a wire wheel on an angle grinder. Turns out that you can "infect" stainless with other me...
by RefluxFan
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Equalizing with a VM
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Re: Equalizing with a VM

You really do need to put at least a half inch hole in the top of your column to stop ANY pressure building up at all. Ideally, the top of your VM above the reflux coil should be open to atmosphere, or it could turn into a big pressure bomb.
by RefluxFan
Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How long to age spirits made from essences?
Replies: 22
Views: 1504

Re: How long to age spirits made from essences?

amphora society? or do you have another (local)source? I ended up buying mine from these guys... http://www.spiritsunlimited.co.nz/products-8-Stills%20And%20Equipment.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Product H113 + delivery = $29.00. I think I will get some more fr...
by RefluxFan
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How long to age spirits made from essences?
Replies: 22
Views: 1504

Re: How long to age spirits made from essences?

The EZ filter is plastic Plastic and high proof alcohol are not a good mix, it looks like you fell into the Brewshop trap. :evil: :evil: Try one of the recipes for neutral from Tried and True, you will not need to filter. :D OD Ah yes, the brewshop trap. I recently went into a brewshop to buy a rol...
by RefluxFan
Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Do the crime, do the time.
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Do the crime, do the time.

Hmmm....500 litres on hand. Sounds like he might have perfected the continuous still?

Mind you, they didn't say anything about finding huge fermenting vats, so maybe he was the middle man.
by RefluxFan
Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

rad14701 wrote:... You might try simply bringing the water to a boil and then stirring in the cereal so it breaks down into a slurry...
That sounds like a good idea and a hell of alot less hassle too. Yep, i'll give that a go.
by RefluxFan
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2081
Views: 496178

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Question: Why do you have to stir the batch every day? Can't you just leave it alone to do its' thing until it finishes?

I'm happy to stir it everyday, just wondering why it is recommended.
by RefluxFan
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

Unfortunately, my first attempt at this recipe was a flop due to the fact that I burnt the weetbix when boiling them. The burnt toast flavour carried all the way through from stripping to spirit run, but at least I can recognise the wheaty aroma with it. I wonder if lightly toasting some oak and lea...
by RefluxFan
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2081
Views: 496178

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I've got a 120 litre fermenting barrel with a lid that clamps down, I leave about 20 litres space for the foaming, etc. Hole in top lid of barrel with a hose pushed into the hole and the other end is submerged in a big glass jar of water as my bubbler. Starting SG was 1065, temp was about 25-30 C. I...
by RefluxFan
Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:45 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2081
Views: 496178

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Funny, been looking on here for a while now, but only just found this one, it must be true: "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear". :ewink: Setup my 100 litre batch tonight, 21 kg's sugar 930 grams tomato paste ( 3 x 310 gram cans Watties Tomato Paste) 4 x lemonade lemons 250 grams bak...
by RefluxFan
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: New yeasts from Fermentis
Replies: 13
Views: 2924

Re: New yeasts from Fermentis

Let us know what they are charging (NZ $) and I might be very interested if there is a bigger minimum purchase amount.
by RefluxFan
Tue May 25, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

1080
by RefluxFan
Tue May 25, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

The reading is 1020, so I put the stirring stick in the drill and stirred it all up, then dropped a Megaboost B vitamin tablet in there, checked it an hour later and it's away bubbling again, but not furiously.

If it stalls again I will definately rack it and run.
by RefluxFan
Tue May 25, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

Just shot home for lunch and the shed doesn't smell sweet any more, sort of yeasty wheat. Bakers yeast barrel has stopped bubbling completely and the Still Spirits barrel is still at about 1 bubble per 1 1/2 seconds. Opened up the bakers yeast barrel to have a look and taste: it still looks like mur...
by RefluxFan
Mon May 24, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

Observation update: Opened up garage door to a lovely sweet "wheaty" smell, my shed usually smells like farts when I have done Turbos. Split the ferments into 2 identicle barrels last night 'cause I have bakers yeast and Still Spirits yeast and want to do a comparison. Pitched yeast into barrels las...
by RefluxFan
Sun May 23, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1987
Views: 253721

Re: All Bran Recipe

Only got two gallons so I won't run it on it's own but I'll make a bigger batch and give it a go. Cheers, bd. Wish I had done a small batch first time. I've just made up my first one about an hour ago and due to my lack of concentration, I let the Weetbix (Wheat biscuits) scortch on the bottom of t...
by RefluxFan
Thu May 20, 2010 1:57 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 333
Views: 117606

Re: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka

10 pounds long grain rice (cheap Riceland rice from Sam's) 5 grams Alpha amylase (bought the enzymes from Mile High- they say it lasts 1 year in the fridge and only 10% activity each year after that) 5 grams Gluco amylase 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient (the TaylorMade Sake website that someone linked to...
by RefluxFan
Sun May 02, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: rad, I have a question for you
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: rad, I have a question for you

Thanks Kiwi, i'll give the Weetbix/ Wheat Biscuits recipe a go, i'm quite interested to see if it works well.

If all else fails, Bin Inn it is.
by RefluxFan
Sat May 01, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: rad, I have a question for you
Replies: 3
Views: 575

rad, I have a question for you

rad, I have a question for you.....bear (beer, bare?) with me on this one, it is a genuine question. Went shopping today at several supermarkets in my home town in little NZ to look for All Bran, the best bang for my buck I could find was Kellogs All Bran Original (420 grams for $4.70), all the rest...
by RefluxFan
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:05 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My Setup
Replies: 56
Views: 28809

Re: My Setup

Ok thanks. Damn!
by RefluxFan
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My Setup
Replies: 56
Views: 28809

Re: My Setup

Which supermarket? Mmmmmmm?
by RefluxFan
Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My Setup
Replies: 56
Views: 28809

Re: My Setup

"Sugar is cheaper".

Did someone say "cheaper sugar" (eyes looking around the room as if some unseen person had just spoken). Do tell.
How much per kilo and where from? (rubbing hands together)
by RefluxFan
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: COPPER PRICES SKYROCKET!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1054

Re: COPPER PRICES SKYROCKET!!

You guys in America don't know how good you got it for pricing on......well, everything! Copper, fuel, etc and the list goes on. It's way cheaper for me to build my next still out of S.Steel (which is what i'm doing) because I would have to sell my next born to pay for another copper still. You reee...
by RefluxFan
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Perfect Vodka
Replies: 29
Views: 2053

Re: Perfect Vodka

SaltUbar,

If your happy with what your doing and getting out of it, then good on you and go for it. :ebiggrin:

Cheers