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by jim81147
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: question for the rum makers
Replies: 1
Views: 276

question for the rum makers

I have about 5 gallons of stripped rum and am getting ready to do a spirit run . I was wanting opinions on which way those of you who make rum think you get the best result . Do you mix the strip with distilled water or do you mix with another batch of wash for the final run ? I am trying to get a m...
by jim81147
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: something that was said on moonshiners
Replies: 21
Views: 3206

Re: something that was said on moonshiners

Oh gosh yes! I believe everything that is said on totally scripted "reality shows". [/sarcasm] Good God man, some critical thinking is in order! Unless you have a valid distilling permit from the TTB, and a State license for distilling alcohol, you are committing a felony. This is exactly why I was...
by jim81147
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: something that was said on moonshiners
Replies: 21
Views: 3206

something that was said on moonshiners

I was wondering if anybody knew this to be accurate or not . It was said on an episode last week that distilling was a misdemeanor but distribution was a felony . Does anyone know if this is true?
by jim81147
Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: 1st time mash complet fail...
Replies: 59
Views: 5259

Re: 1st time mash complet fail...

When I do a corn mash I use 8 pounds corn to 3 .5 gallons water and dont have the problems with the super thick mashes that you guys seem to be having, and when its not so thick it also helps with scorching. After reading everyones input in this thread , the only difference I see with what you guys ...
by jim81147
Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Large fermenters- what do you use?
Replies: 27
Views: 5242

Re: Large fermenters- what do you use?

I bought one of these awhile back . He has another up for auction now .Took a bit to get rid of the olive smell but it works great and the seal on mine is air tight. http://cgi.ebay.com/20-Gallon-Plastic-Food-Grade-Barrel-AIR-WATER-tight_W0QQitemZ140296799034QQihZ004QQcategoryZ38172QQssPageNameZWDVW...
by jim81147
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Newbie just starting out. Would like to hear your opinions.
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: Newbie just starting out. Would like to hear your opinions.

When you rack , you are "siphoning" the liquid off the spent yeast, also reffered to as the "lees" . When you do this you want to put alot of effort into pulling off just the liquid and not the solids , which rest on the bottom but will easily go back into suspension with some shaking or jarring of ...
by jim81147
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Silver Solder Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2727

Re: Silver Solder Problem

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I have had very good results using this solder and flux for soldering brass and copper to SS.
by jim81147
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Triple distilling
Replies: 11
Views: 3581

Re: Triple distilling

UR , what percentage of corn do you use and what do you think it adds to an Irish? Thanks.
by jim81147
Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Pigroasters new optimal profile for oak aging sticks
Replies: 142
Views: 69183

Re: Pigroasters new optimal profile for oak aging sticks

Pinto , have you tried pigroasters profile with your charring method ? If so did you like the results . I would think that if combining the two methods you would get alot more contact area( from the extra square inches in the profile and the micro cracks from the high heat toast ) which should speed...
by jim81147
Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Triple distilling
Replies: 11
Views: 3581

Re: Triple distilling

That was the basis of my question , which I guess I did not put very clearly and and therefore got a well deserved spanking :oops: . It seems that traditional Irish whiskey is triple distilled , but in running 3 times , even through a pot still I would think that you would lose much of the flavor pr...
by jim81147
Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Triple distilling
Replies: 11
Views: 3581

Triple distilling

When tripple distilling ( I am going to try making an irish whiskey ) do you run the second pass slow like a regular spirit run or somewhere in between a stripping and spirit run? And what do you collect down too on the second run? 30 % ? Also I notice that most recipes call for both barley malt and...
by jim81147
Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Plastic Storage Containers
Replies: 77
Views: 52438

Re: Plastic Storage Containers

glass jugs have steel or aluminum caps with a plastic lining and mason jar lids have some sort of plastic lining as well . How are these plastics affected? or are they some sort of teflon material?
by jim81147
Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Liebig or worm
Replies: 28
Views: 5672

Re: Liebig or worm

I use a liebig , 28 inches of 3/8 inside 3/4 . I like it because , as some others have said ,I can keep my set-up up higher on my brewstand and dump into my parrot and still not be on the ground. It has kept up with all the stripping runs I have done with no problem . I can say the pump , although n...
by jim81147
Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: UJSM Vs. Mashing
Replies: 179
Views: 20602

Re: UJSM Vs. Mashing

Here is a fairly clear explaination of the ins and outs of cereal mashing . I hope this will help answer some of the questions . Its kind of wordy but has lots of good info. Cereal Mash By Mark Tumarkin Perhaps more information than you need to know.... For those of you interested in brewing a CAP, ...
by jim81147
Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Thermometer Cal.
Replies: 10
Views: 3761

:wink: your welcome
by jim81147
Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Thermometer Cal.
Replies: 10
Views: 3761

Maybe this will help you out.

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by jim81147
Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to keep my wash warm while fermenting?
Replies: 33
Views: 12717

Very true, I suppose the big guys' decades of experience and loads of equipment helps them some with the consistency thing, but there are a ton of variables. I think you will find that is the whole secret to there success , with the big guys there are NO variables. Everything is controlled from wat...
by jim81147
Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: distilling on the grain
Replies: 55
Views: 17308

Knucklehead , you can avoid a stuck sparge using your rye malt by adding in rice hulls. They are readily available , dont add any flavor and and act like the barley husks as far as making a filter bed . I use them when mashing wheat as it is like rye , no husks.
by jim81147
Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sparging a grain mash question..
Replies: 10
Views: 2379

JD im just trying to find out if i was to mash the grain bill with the entire qty of water the starch that has been converted to sugars will be disolved in the water anyway and then strain or filter the grain out with a nylon stocking or other means as Unlce Remus stated.. theoreticly that should p...
by jim81147
Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Cleaning
Replies: 31
Views: 11227

I use this all the time . 30 seconds contact time , economical , easy to use and no staining( once mixed)

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products ... star%20san" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by jim81147
Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: fermenting on the grain
Replies: 31
Views: 12638

fermenting on the grain

Does the ABV of your mash go up if you ferment on the grains or do you produce a wash with more flavor? With my beer setup I can mash in a tun then take the runnings and ferment them . I would think that you would come up with a much cleaner mash in a shorter amount of time. Is my thinking flawed he...
by jim81147
Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: strange blue tint
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

I used the 8KG turbo and 5 pounds of sugar. It was a wash that I made specifically knowing that it was going to be used as the first run for cleaning everything out . Thats why I did not get to upset when the inaugural run was put off almost a month. I have just never come across this blue tint befo...
by jim81147
Sat Aug 05, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: strange blue tint
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

I did use 1 brass connector , but it was soaked in the vinegar/peroxide solution to clean the lead away.
by jim81147
Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: strange blue tint
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

strange blue tint

I just ran the first batch through a new pot still , just for cleaning purposes. It was a sugar wash that had sat way to long. The distilate came out with a very faint blue tint to it. It was more noticeable in the low 180's and got less visible in the 190'sMy other potstill ran clear the first time...
by jim81147
Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:11 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Help..I over charged my beer!
Replies: 2
Views: 2375

this may help

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by jim81147
Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: sankey kegs
Replies: 7
Views: 2572

cruzan wrote: some sort of teflon tape or silicone seal.

You should probably rethink the silicone seal. Depending on how you do it , it will be in direct contact with the hot alcohol vapours.
by jim81147
Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: modern marvels on history channel
Replies: 4
Views: 4236

modern marvels on history channel

distilling is on now ,,,,wish my still put out like these do!!!!
by jim81147
Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:55 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bought 100 quart SS pot, too many choices for the column
Replies: 21
Views: 5142

I dont really understand why you just want to do a large stripping run , but then dilute it and run it thru charcoal .Why would you go to that lenght on a stripping run,,,enquiring minds want to know :? By go to that length do you mean use a 3 foot column? or my planned use of a water cooled jacket...
by jim81147
Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bought 100 quart SS pot, too many choices for the column
Replies: 21
Views: 5142

I just want to strip 100 quarts of mash fairly quickly, quality is not #1 priority as I will be diluting and filtering with a carbon bed later. And as I said if I choose to make some 90%+ I can always use my 28 litre internal reflux still. I dont really understand why you just want to do a large st...
by jim81147
Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bought 100 quart SS pot, too many choices for the column
Replies: 21
Views: 5142

If they must be legal kegs , these guys do a great job and will make to your specifications..

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