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by davidwh
Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Column Made of Crystal
Replies: 18
Views: 1695

Re: Column Made of Crystal

Been using Borosilicate glass stills for past few years... They are reasonably tough but hey, glass does not dent. I had the same safety concerns and did some fairly onerous testing, drop tests, over heating, plunge cooling etc etc to see for myself. I'd see the risk as no different to a sight glass...
by davidwh
Tue May 21, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: DistilaMax yeast reliable resellers
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: DistilaMax yeast reliable resellers

Guys,

given no response sadly, could some please recommend a good yeast reseller I might have some luck with approaching for export sales.

cheers
dave
by davidwh
Wed May 08, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: DistilaMax yeast reliable resellers
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: DistilaMax yeast reliable resellers

hello all,

Surely someone is using DistillaMax yeasts...don't want to suck up too much but I'm offering plenty of quality unused karma points in exchange for some basic info...

Seriously help would be appreciated.

a yeast - less
dave
by davidwh
Fri May 03, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: DistilaMax yeast reliable resellers
Replies: 2
Views: 525

DistilaMax yeast reliable resellers

Howdy,

Looking to get some local advice if I could. Need to import Lallemand DistilaMax yeast range as it's not sold in Aussie...previous reseller is no longer in business.

Anyone could recommend a reliable reseller for importing this yeast please?

dave
by davidwh
Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" perf plate advice
Replies: 1
Views: 403

4" perf plate advice

hello all, Trying to digest the flute talk threads..wow what a read that is...hope i understand this issue correctly in any case here goes... Have two main questions for my new 4" perf plate col, using fixed straight downcomer tubes and cup method. OD & others added the video that show the plate cir...
by davidwh
Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:31 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Irish style sugar/grain wash advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: Irish style sugar/grain wash advice needed

Bloke,

never come across or heard of red wheat.

Aussie wheat is just the plain grain white flour type i guess= normal=white?
by davidwh
Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Irish syle problems
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Irish syle problems

Thanks guys, reckon i f'd up my cuts...got slack did it on smell negected the other tests for cuts i used to do.... It's been re run with a new fresh grain/sugar wash with 20 plus cut glasses to get it right. I've never had this level of bite in any of 200+ sugar based washes I've done. Amazing what...
by davidwh
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Irish style sugar/grain wash advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Irish style sugar/grain wash advice needed

hello all, Have read with great intrest the thread on Irish whisky. I've been plugging away for past months at a sugar/grain wash triple distilled to get a Irish syle drink. I don't have the equipment for all grain so given that limitation I'm use sugar washes. Issue is its over powering initial gra...
by davidwh
Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Irish syle problems
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Irish syle problems

Hello all, Not at all happy with past 3 months work on an irish style sugar/grain wash. Need some straight advice. It's got a flat nice grainy after taste but the intial taste is ...wow very severe like real high alcho kick despite being at 65% abv and airing for a month, sitting on small amount of ...
by davidwh
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Ah christ not another skippy
Replies: 13
Views: 690

Re: Ah christ not another skippy

Welcome crow,

being from South oz myself, can i ask how long the Judge gave you for staying in Vic? lol

If you really want to hand out some stick, clean a barbie with Carlton draught, then offer a few Coopers pale ales around... bound to get a response

enjoy and welcome

cheers
dave
by davidwh
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: CAD software
Replies: 6
Views: 300

CAD software

hello all,

looking for a link toa truly free HVAC/ CAD package so i can draw and share two new designs...prefer something easy to use, on windows.
Any ideas?

cheers
dave
by davidwh
Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 3 foot tall 2" copper collumn hybrid pot still
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: 3 foot tall 2" copper collumn hybrid pot still

Hello all, Sry to take so long...work and all... I'm a big fan of single runs as you've no doubt guessed mainly because of the simplicity and reduced effort which suits my product of choice big robust flavoured sour mashed bourbon styles. Let’s have a crack at the questions raised.... Your right Usg...
by davidwh
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 3 foot tall 2" copper collumn hybrid pot still
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: 3 foot tall 2" copper collumn hybrid pot still

Bloke,

have another rwad...it cover coil position lenght and scrubbers

cheers
dave
by davidwh
Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bugga!
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Bugga!

Hello all, There i was sitting in my shed with a row of young UJSSM/ryes glinting back back at me with the typical banded wood coulouring still present on the newest arrivals. Glass of the extreme aired/aged gear...no damit I'll poor a Buffalo Trace instead, ciggie, chair relax all good to go for a ...
by davidwh
Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 3 foot tall 2" copper collumn hybrid pot still
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: 3 foot tall 2" copper collumn hybrid pot still

Hi, I've been running a pot hyrid for a few years now. Single run for flavour, lower costs and time use, good flow rate about 2lt/hr with starting abv's in 90's temp corrected. I tried several coils and setups before settling on a very basic design which like most simple things, works best. All coil...
by davidwh
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello all.
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Hello all.

Welcome bloke! While your reading and coming upto to speed you'll notice a change in your outlook! You'll never look at copper as just plumbing, obtaining a keg becomes a sole focus for a week or so, your in hardware stores looking at pond pumps. You start brushing up on soldering skills, your partn...
by davidwh
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First ferment finished.....
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: First ferment finished.....

Hello, that's one big brew you got. Yep your right start with reduced amount of paste say 1/3 then add 1/3 x2 after a couple of days seems to work well and ferments evenly. Too much to start with plays with ph/yeast I've found and ferment goes balistic then dies from lack of nutient. two weeks is a ...
by davidwh
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeasty Smell/Taste
Replies: 12
Views: 653

Re: Yeasty Smell/Taste

hi, it's that last line 5 weeks of sitting around that's got me thinking...did you notice any mold/ white strings sitting on top of the mash? Most rack for a few days not 5 weeks...dpending on avg temps could be your issue. once that mold stuff starts it does dramtically alter taste. From past exper...
by davidwh
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airing Out....
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Airing Out....

I'm ok with my process and how i cut it as such it just produces a better flavour I reckon.

I don't need to air it as long as i do i guess but i just prefer it that way.

Ever tried longer airing periods...you might just be surprised.

cheers
dave
by davidwh
Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Still output flow rate
Replies: 8
Views: 1652

Re: Still output flow rate

hi, I single run a pot hybrid 2" on a 50lt keg most weekends during summer. I started with pint glasses to id various cuts but its come to a much simpler process the past year or so. I throw a good .75lt out for heads/nasties/taste prefs then place a 5lt mason jar for hearts collection. I run it to ...
by davidwh
Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still build
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Pot still build

For the amount of stuffing around and getting a good seal be far simpler to get another keg.

use the cut one for storage or mashing
by davidwh
Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airing Out....
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Airing Out....

Hi, I air a UJSSM corn/low vol rye for about 4 days. A pure rye for a week. Both in mason jars. I also give a stir each day. The airing takes the edge off nicely, with the nasties that "tingle" the nose well gone in a week. I top off mason jars with coffee filters and leave lid off for a further mon...
by davidwh
Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Chips
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Chips

hello timmsy thanks rtal for posting...been away for past few days. I grabbed a 1/2 white oak ex port keg for <$25 from a salvage place...hand selected cos some where a little rough and moldy. At current use it will last about 8 years lol! to do sticks I try and keep it simple. grab a barrel strip, ...
by davidwh
Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Underperforming still
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Underperforming still

Hello rhump, reckon Rad's spot on re the steel wool and plastic output tube. In th early days before going to a pot hybrid I used the same design although its much taller which brings me to my two cents worth. Dex aint cheap. Consider changing to plain table sugar then boiling for short period with ...
by davidwh
Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from Philadelphia Suburbs
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: New from Philadelphia Suburbs

Welcome bloke, Take your time do the reading. Once you've got a handle on the basic ideas decide what you want to make and launch into it. it's fun but takes some time to really get on top of a good build and process. Always plenty of help for those who've done their homework. Enjoy! look forward to...
by davidwh
Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: newbie from bama
Replies: 7
Views: 3889

Re: newbie from bama

Bama, wrong way round on lemonade...make a good clean spirit first then air as usual and add it to lemonade base would be the go. Yep a bakers yeast is the used around here ..I get 8 washes per can and its $3.50 a can...no nasty flavours unless you push past it's best fermenting temp...tried this......
by davidwh
Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Chips
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Chips

Bloke, Chips are expensive and add far less flavour and notably colour imho than your own charred white oak strips. Might be worth spending some time developing your own char profile you like. True you can over do it but a few test jars scaled down with varying degrees of chars will soon sort it out...
by davidwh
Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: newbie from bama
Replies: 7
Views: 3889

Re: newbie from bama

Welcome bloke, sounds like the first few steps to getting it sorted are underway. Enjoy! I reckon Dnder has nailed it heads perhaps fores as well... I'd strongly suggest getting through the basic reading especially the posts dealing with cuts. Can't over do cuts whilst you coming to grips with the p...
by davidwh
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Single run triumph! stoked!
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Single run triumph! stoked!

I’ve been on about hybrid pot stills and single runs for some time now. WW amongst others spurred me into writing a bit of a run down on reasons for, build ideas and some look at results I guess.So let’s not stuff about here’s Dave’s run down on pot hybrids. Backgrounder/ Why? Goes back to method. I...
by davidwh
Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: G'day from Dubbo
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: G'day from Dubbo

Welcome bloke, seems you hit the right spot by landing here. Seriously turbos and dex are damn expensive and poor tasting ways to go...i know i went through the mill of discovery a couple of years back and have now a settled consistent process that works for what i like...corn/rye whisky stlye Tell ...