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by Still_Crazy
Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Rookie questions
Replies: 21
Views: 3808

Re: uh

No rubber, no plastic, no silicone. How many times do we have to rehash the basics of safety? Too often, unfortunately. And "pressure cooker" is a misleading term. If you're bringing your boiler or column under actually pressure while you're distilling then you're treading on thin ice. A'men UJ, I ...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Problems Removing activated carbon
Replies: 6
Views: 2555

Just a reminder for new carbon: Boil water in separate container then pour/stir over carbon in glass or SS container. Pour off floating scum and dirty water, then repeat until clean, usually 4 or 6 times for a pound of carbon. Filter neutral alcohol product by soaking on carbon and or carbon tube et...
by Still_Crazy
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:14 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Welcome new member Jameson Beam
Replies: 6
Views: 1483

Howdy and welcome Jameson Beam it's a friendly place indeed! Hands-on for me has only been a year now and my brain is :shock: with information and interests, makes me more of an observer I guess :? pintoshine Happy Holidays to you sir, hope the leg is better at least? Received my TET612 PID, there i...
by Still_Crazy
Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Boiling Chips
Replies: 12
Views: 5519

:? Maybe so, I've not boiled wood much but in this particular case I'm boiling on the stove only to re-distill the gin, which clears it from the lemonade look and color it had originally. This also brings the abv % back up. Once done I have a concentrated clean gin base that I cut 50% with distilled...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Refractometer
Replies: 13
Views: 5114

I've looked at these some and understand how they work, in this case using brix instead of directly reading SG. I love gadgets and decided Santa (myself) needed to bring me this. Trying to keep an eye on the wash or mash using the hydrometer is or can be a pain in the backside so if it works at all ...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Boiling Chips
Replies: 12
Views: 5519

It's interesting (if a bit unnerving) watching a bump; typically right before it happens the solution stops boiling even though it's at full temperature. That's a clue that it's building energy. With a glass boiler you can watch it happen, and a quick rap on the copper with a spoon or a knife will ...
by Still_Crazy
Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:48 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Type of Boiler?
Replies: 15
Views: 3009

hi brian41527, I started one year ago with a 22qt SS stock pot from Walmart. I used a 12" copper bowl for the lid and a 1.5 inch column attached to it. The heat source is a 1440W halogen hotplate. It's ok but takes about 2.5 hours to bring it up to vapor. I still have all that setup but now use 2 sa...
by Still_Crazy
Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:16 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Neutral Wash
Replies: 48
Views: 12680

Ok, Tomatoe sauce, off the back of the can, tomato puree(water, tomato paste), water, less than 2% of: salt, citric acid,spice, tomato fiber, natural flavor. Just happened to be making sloppy joes tonight and like mine with tomato sauce better than paste, just cut the water. :D thanks arkansas, tha...
by Still_Crazy
Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Neutral Wash
Replies: 48
Views: 12680

Re: Neutral Wash

You saved yourself $8 bucks though! That is the main reason I use tomato paste, etc, instead of Turbos. $$$ Exactly, Have a good day. G Ok everyone using paste then and not tomato sauce? I used paste a few times and now have two 5 gal ferments going using sauce. Tomato sauce is sure easier to add i...
by Still_Crazy
Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: What are you guys getting for christmas?
Replies: 56
Views: 8862

I'm kinda like you too Butch50. I buy myself presents all year long. I really don't need anything. I been wanting to expand my shop by 600 sq ft. but it will get done eventually. If I had one wish for christmas, I would want a total knee replacement of my left knee. I have had lots of injuries and ...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: What are you guys getting for christmas?
Replies: 56
Views: 8862

I'm a youngin', so I put in a order for a nintendo Wii. You would be amazed how fun the 10 pin bowling is with a group of mates sucking down UJSM's all night. Hey Coops, I'ma young'n too! (47 is young right? :lol: ) I hear those things are fun, just don't throw the controller through any VDU's (vid...
by Still_Crazy
Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: I am building a box that is 30"x36"x18" with
Replies: 31
Views: 5575

Re: I am building a box that is 30"x36"x18" w

You might want to place your box over your fermenter filled with water for testing. The temperature of the air around the fermenter will be higher than your wash. G Good point, thanks :) that will be the next test. I'll have to figure for a little added heat from the ferment itself too. I'm excited...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Question about estimating ABV
Replies: 14
Views: 2553

You mentioned two distillations early in this thread... I would encourage you to do several runs and collect low wines from a few batches. Then combine all those together and run once more. You will have much more much better product. good luck... A'men. Now that I've been playing with the D'WG and...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:40 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: making caramel coloring
Replies: 18
Views: 6207

Add about 2 cups of white sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice. I experimented last night with this and I'm way off, probably because I am using citric acid instead of lemon juice. I did a small batch of 2oz sugar and 1g citric acid. I added 1/2 oz hot water and I poured it into two 1oz bottles and ...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: I am building a box that is 30"x36"x18" with
Replies: 31
Views: 5575

I see lots of great ideas here. I checked the garage and without moving a couple of motorcylces out and some other stuff, there's no way to get one of the old fridges into the house right now. We are into a deep freeze here with the latest ice storms etc. so I don't care to drag stuff out of the gar...
by Still_Crazy
Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Holiday tests conclude...
Replies: 5
Views: 1098

:lol: :lol: yup! Actually for those I found some good net jpg's and printed them, stuck them on 2mm plastic and scroll-sawed them out. They are 2d but look 3D.... hung with fish line. There's 5 of them and some history photos and Jap flags on the temporary walls. Inside the office next door is where...
by Still_Crazy
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Holiday tests conclude...
Replies: 5
Views: 1098

:roll: No no no.... It's our COMPANY office holiday party... bunch of beer lov'n engineers! We do it every year on a Friday before Christmas. This year it just happened to fall on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. We leave here at noon and go to a bowling alley or other facility for games, bumper car...
by Still_Crazy
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Holiday tests conclude...
Replies: 5
Views: 1098

Holiday tests conclude...

Today is the office holiday party. It's an all day affair for some (most) of us. Several months back I agreed to provide one of the alcohols for mixed drinks and do some kind of Pearl Harbor theme. Kamikaze drinks seemed appropriate so I donated a 1/2 gallon of the cleanest vodka I could make. 4 of ...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: I am building a box that is 30"x36"x18" with
Replies: 31
Views: 5575

a elec blanket on low works nicely. Been using an electric blanket for 15 years for my kit beers. Just can't afford to run enough of em to wrap up all my different fermenters now. So an insulated fermenting room it is for me in the new shed. 3 door nonfunctional glass door drink fridge should hold ...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: High Gravity, Non-Turbo
Replies: 12
Views: 2109

I would LOVE to see your setup. I got to digging around and the best I could see is that rig had to cost $$$$. haha like i said, there are advantages to having a (very nice) friend thats a glassblower. I've tallied up the retail cost of it myself and its crazy- 'never pay retail' :D I'll tell ya th...
by Still_Crazy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I'm trying to figuire out why I'm suprised....
Replies: 8
Views: 1544

Just checked the markets, and corn is now running for $ 3.82/bu, but everybody knows that they mark it up about double for consumers. If ya grow it yerself, it's damn near free. :) That, and sugar is $$$ in the US (about 50-60 cents per pound on a 5 lb.basis.) A friend of mine (great gal) picked up...
by Still_Crazy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: I am building a box that is 30"x36"x18" with
Replies: 31
Views: 5575

:shock:


Ah geeeez wineo, good point and now I think I better head home before going onto the night gig... check the place out even though it's on low.

I'll peek at the SG on each of them too.

Thanks for the thought!
by Still_Crazy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: I am building a box that is 30"x36"x18" with
Replies: 31
Views: 5575

I'm having some issues with the time of year too and not wanting to keep my house at anyhting above 68 or 70. What I have for now that is working until I go the next step is a seedling mat wrapped around one 6 gallon carboy. It is holding fine at 82 to 84f on a DWG wash. Next to it I have a plastic ...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:55 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Corn Juice
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

DING! That's the name I was looking for. I was thinking Lee something, but you are correct. Nice juicer indeed.
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Corn Juice
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

Not tried it nope but I do have a really nice machine uhm what's that guys name.... he's about 4,000 years old now and still going strong as ever. Name slips my mind for the moment :roll: . Anyone else remember?? It's a pro unit, lots more juice than pulp. Brain fart, I can't remember. Don't think I...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Yeast on sale in local store
Replies: 7
Views: 3567

Yeast on sale in local store

Not as good as bulk store yeast prices, or even some of the local brew shop singles like EC-1118 or Red Star but I noticed that the chain store Price Chopper placed the Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast on sale at $1.70 off for card members. That's a 4oz (113g) jar making it $4.39 each. Date codes were...
by Still_Crazy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe
Replies: 499
Views: 167232

A lot of people either stir vigorously, inject pure O2 or run a air pump into their wash/wort for awhile. I just get my ferment water from the kitchen tap, which has a standard aerator fitting on it. It does the job well and easy. My ferments are up and running within an hour or so. I know this is ...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Does this site suck?
Replies: 47
Views: 7878

I got sucked in oh boy! Wouldn't have it any other way though :mrgreen: I finally downloaded the main. I have searching trouble at times but usually just looking thru you will find what you are interested in, or stumble onto something else of interest or concern. The amount of the knowledge here in ...
by Still_Crazy
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: NFL
Replies: 16
Views: 2479

My ma watches more football than I do, and cares or knows about the college games etc. The folks round here in the office have their fav's, I could give a steamy crap really. The baseball strike blew it for me. I say pick a pay level like 60K a year and anyone who REALLY wants to play for the love o...
by Still_Crazy
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe
Replies: 499
Views: 167232

I've been using the cheap blue airstones from wally world or others... today I'm going to pick up one of the stainless types. Easier to sanitize, not so fragile. :idea: Or after thinking on it some, just make my own using either a stainless or copper tube, and several small holes etc. I don't care t...