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by SMOKEU
Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Growing wormwood
Replies: 21
Views: 4428

Re: Growing wormwood

Those seeds are grand wormwood they are use to bitter/ flavor the absinthe. You will also need roman/ small/ petite wormwood for the coloring phase. Roman wormwood is very hard to find, also hard to grow, and expensive to purchase. You can't grow roman wormwood from a seed, it is propagated from ro...
by SMOKEU
Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

I have since filled it up with brass mesh from my LHBS. Brass...??? Are you sure it's really brass...??? Most brass contains a small percentage of lead which will leach out into your spirits in the presence of high temperature high proof alcohol vapor... Make sure you are using either stainless ste...
by SMOKEU
Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Methven street races
Replies: 0
Views: 574

Methven street races

I went to the Methven street races today and I really enjoyed watching it all. I have made a few videos which I have posted on youtube. Excuse the poor film quality as I recorded it off my phone. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhAW2Uxwy_g" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="n...
by SMOKEU
Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Growing wormwood
Replies: 21
Views: 4428

Growing wormwood

I have been thinking about making my own absinthe and I have found these wormwood seeds here http://www.trademe.co.nz/Home-living/Outdoor-garden-conservatory/Seeds/Herbs/auction-280377689.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Is this the right kind of wormwood for making ...
by SMOKEU
Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When to stop distilling?
Replies: 24
Views: 11906

Re: When to stop distilling?

As dnder said, foreshots are the 50 ml you collected. The 500 ml is the heads. You will not lose alcohol, unless you feint jar (it's what people call their heads+tail container to be redistilled) is not closed well. You can run that next time and you will get more alcohol out of it, or you can just...
by SMOKEU
Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When to stop distilling?
Replies: 24
Views: 11906

Re: When to stop distilling?

I have just collected 500mL of foreshots (after I threw out the first 50mL). I'm now collecting the good stuff in a bucket. After I have collected all the good stuff should I put the tails in the same jar as I put the foreshots in? If I collect 250mL of tails + the 500mL of foreshots to recycle for ...
by SMOKEU
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When to stop distilling?
Replies: 24
Views: 11906

Re: When to stop distilling?

So to keep things simple, after I have thrown away the first 50mL, should I put the next 500mL in a jar and recycle it by putting in the next batch, and put the rest in my bucket and turn the still off once the temperature goes above 82ºC?
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When to stop distilling?
Replies: 24
Views: 11906

When to stop distilling?

How do all of you know when to turn the still off and stop the run? Do you go by the rule of 'each kilo of sugar gives 1L of 40%ABV spirit' or do you stop when the temperature goes over a certain point (after it has remained almost constant for the entire duration of the run), or when you smell the ...
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

After talking to the guy at my LHBS, and upon further inspection, I have determined that the condensor is in fact made of copper. I have since filled it up with brass mesh from my LHBS. I am yet to test it out, I just hope that I didn't pack it too tight! I have bought a bigger hydrometer trial jar ...
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

It's hard to tell because it's painted black.
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

Does anyone here know if the condensor on my still is made from copper or stainless steel?
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

I have removed the rings from the condensor and have replaced them with stainless pot scrubbers. At first the condensor was blocked, it got up to temperature but no alcohol was coming out. So I had to give the scrubbers a few tweaks at the start to free it up a bit so the alcohol would come out. Now...
by SMOKEU
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: hop tea
Replies: 2
Views: 625

hop tea

I've just done a dencent sized harvest of hops and I would like to make some hop tea. Not to add to my beer, but I'm intending to have it as a relaxing drink. Does anyone here know how many hop cones to use to make a reasonably strong tea, and how to make it?
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: My colum design, require advice!
Replies: 31
Views: 4198

Re: My colum design, require advice!

How hard was it to make the extension?
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Looking for a still maker in Christchurch
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Looking for a still maker in Christchurch

kiwistiller wrote:"rabbit_" is the guy's usersname, smokeu. he hasn't been around in a while, who knows, he might have given up and will sell you his unit if you send him an email / pm
Thanks for your help.
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Looking for a still maker in Christchurch
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Looking for a still maker in Christchurch

Does anyone here know of anyone in Christchurch who can build me a reflux column to bolt onto my still?
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Espresso-Laced Vodka
Replies: 54
Views: 23887

Re: Espresso-Laced Vodka

kiwistiller wrote:
SMOKEU wrote: Where in NZ are you again? you can borrow my machine if you are in aucks.
I appreciate your offer, I'm in Christchurch though.
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

Do you have any ideas as to what copper mesh is commonly used for, or what kind of shops sell it?
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

Re: How to improve Super Reflux still

kiwistiller wrote:ditch the saddles and pack it with mesh; do stripping runs first, then use sodium carbonate on the low wines; set up separate control for both product and reflux condensers.
Stainless steel pot scrubbers? How much stronger will the spirit be?
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How to improve Super Reflux still
Replies: 34
Views: 8766

How to improve Super Reflux still

I have a Still Spirits Super Reflux still, the same model as this http://www.wineworks.co.uk/images/product/reflux_still1211538478_742.png" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow It produces 80%ABV spirit from a 12%ABV wash. The condensor is packed with ceramic saddles like the...
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Espresso-Laced Vodka
Replies: 54
Views: 23887

Re: Espresso-Laced Vodka

If I wanted to use ordinary filter coffee, how many dessert spoons of coffee would I need to use?
by SMOKEU
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Espresso-Laced Vodka
Replies: 21
Views: 6225

Re: Espresso-Laced Vodka

If I wanted to use ordinary filter coffee, how many dessert spoons of coffee would I need to use?
by SMOKEU
Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Tequila essence
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Tequila essence

What essence do you peoples recommend to make a good tequila?
by SMOKEU
Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Imagine if our hobby was legal
Replies: 56
Views: 7711

Re: Imagine if our hobby was legal

It's great being able to legally distill as much spirit as I want. The people in NZ who distill usually do it as a hobby more than anything else. They're usually older, sensible people who are past the 'get as pissed as you can' stage of their lives. I've never heard of anyone in NZ getting poisoned...
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: carbon filtering
Replies: 19
Views: 2166

Re: carbon filtering

http://www.yourshout.co.nz/Filter.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by SMOKEU
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Using still spirit essences for liqueurs
Replies: 8
Views: 1254

Re: Using still spirit essences for liqueurs

If a liquer essence bottle says add 200mL of sugar then I will add 150mL sugar and a few tablespoons of glucose syrup, with a bit of boiling water to dissolve it.
by SMOKEU
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How hot is too hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: How hot is too hot?

I'll keep it under 92°C then.
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How hot is too hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: How hot is too hot?

ScottishBoy wrote:
The search function is pretty good too.
I did use the search function and it didn't show me what I wanted to know.
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How hot is too hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

How hot is too hot?

What temperature range should I keep my Still Spirits super reflux still at to avoid getting bad alcohols?
by SMOKEU
Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Noob Beer Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Noob Beer Question

I sanitize a cup and then dip the cup into the brew to get a sample.