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by Setsumi
Sat May 08, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Irish whiskey/barley wine
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Irish whiskey/barley wine

barley wine is a recognised BJCP style. it may work as base to distill from but although it has a high OG it usually it finish on the sweet side. if you want to brew it to drink check the BJCP guide for style tips.
by Setsumi
Fri May 07, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Are weld all rods ok to use?
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Are weld all rods ok to use?

i trust you are asking about arc welding stainless steel. use proper 316 ss rods. mind to clean all welds to shining, even inside and then pacify with citric acid. tig, silver solder (braze or oxy aceteline with appropriate rods) or soft solder will be cleaner. but although i am not a welder by trad...
by Setsumi
Thu May 06, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: I've been distilling for a few years
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: I've been distilling for a few years

Shady gave you good advice, read a bit. to help you to get up to speed, for platers you need to understand differences between perfs and caps. many threads on that. but read flute talk. understand open area on perfs. there is a thread on plate efficiency, also read the plates, plates, plates thread....
by Setsumi
Thu May 06, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: To stir ........ or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: To stir ........ or not?

make a starter as Toxxyc says... it could be with straight water, some table sugar or a bit watered down mash/wash. yeast like warm environment... like blood warm... in the pandemic blood warm is betweem 34 and 36dC.

a starter will also help with the muck left behinde after the krausen.
by Setsumi
Thu May 06, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Build big ladle
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Build big ladle

sweet, very creative.
by Setsumi
Thu May 06, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Big Ass Parrot
Replies: 20
Views: 277

Re: Big Ass Parrot

even small parrots can smear... but then i am biased, i like to collect fractions in small volumes on spirit runs.
by Setsumi
Wed May 05, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: New Member

Good day! I have been lurking around here for the better part of a year and have gained a wealth of experience already. With the hard lockdown of 2020 and all the went with it, the wife and I went from making ginger beer to ciders and eventually (fulfilling a long time yearning) to "proper" distill...
by Setsumi
Tue May 04, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: For Best Results Keep the Mash ABV's Down
Replies: 9
Views: 13661

Re: For Best Results Keep the Mash ABV's Down

i recently changed my process, i do 2x 20kg maize meal in 80lt water a week appart. i filter and press into a clarifying tank. when i have time i do a 45lt strip run. i combine the strip into mash from the clarifying tank for a 65lt charge on my 5 plater flute. i get almost double the hearts as from...
by Setsumi
Mon May 03, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 20
Views: 472

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

Here is a pic. carboys.JPG myself gave up on unmalted barley for just this reason. even at 25% grain bill to 75% maize meal i just could not filter it for a good recovery of alchohol. though i do not have acces to good rye products i can imagine your wish to do rye. i have found 10% flake oats in a...
by Setsumi
Sun May 02, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 43
Views: 1024

Re: Is this correct??

it depends, my experience is slower works better for me. whether pot stil or reflux. then after 10 plus years i only have 12lt on oak longer than 6 months. i like younger spirits cleaner.
by Setsumi
Sun May 02, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fermenting time
Replies: 18
Views: 432

Re: Fermenting time

you say it tastes like rubbing alc. i always associate that with higher boiling alc. so towards late tails. i think you drive to fast.

run a broken stream, at least in the beginning and collect small. to succeed you need patience.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Death of my faithful Dog
Replies: 35
Views: 702

Re: Death of my faithful Dog

ai, shady, dit is regtig bad..... ok lets me try again. man, losing a dog is realy sad.. pets have that ability to fix your moods. stay strong.
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 43
Views: 1024

Re: Is this correct??

Couldn't agree more twisted. I ran down to 10% on 4 stripping runs! 6.5 litres a time, I think maybe my backset bumped it up too much. Good sound advice though, I think in future instead of low and slow I'll go a tad quicker and bump that abv down, still going now and just in the 80% mark, 9 hours ...
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Just Post a Pick of your Rig
Replies: 469
Views: 69384

Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

It's not a funnel, it's a sieve to keep the nasties out of the distillate. I find that I get gnats in my distillate if I leave it open, and it's annoying. Now I just place a sieve over the opening of the container and it keeps them out. And yeah I'd like to insulate the element's contacts, I just h...
by Setsumi
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Just Post a Pick of your Rig
Replies: 469
Views: 69384

Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

After all the trouble you spent to create a good drop, why would you use a plastic funnel? and it would be safer to insulate the geyser element. use the top part of a 1lt plastic cooldrink bottle. a 75mm hose clamp fits nice on the element nut.
by Setsumi
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzyme Shelf Life
Replies: 18
Views: 409

Re: Enzyme Shelf Life

i live in a different part of the world and my enzymes are called a different name, but i am pretty sure it is much the same. i used my first set of 125ml each for 18 months before i ran out of alpha. they converted on the last as good as on the first.
by Setsumi
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: CCVM RC coil lift mechanism
Replies: 26
Views: 551

Re: CCVM RC coil lift mechanism

The thing with a condenser cooled vapor managed reflux system is that the water flowrate can vary and that will have a significant reaction to the reflux ratio. Small “dynamic changes” will keep you in hysteresis, literally. Thank you SS for pointing the CCVM major weakness.. As the temp stability ...
by Setsumi
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Avoid doughballs
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Avoid doughballs

i do 20kg maize meal and 2kg flaked/poridge oats. put 5kg maise meal and oats in fermenter and 15lt of boiling water. stir with mash padle by hand, add 2.5ml HT Alph amylase. add 15lt water and 5kg maize meal. continue till all meal and water is in. add 2.5ml HT Alpa amylase. yes some dough balls, b...
by Setsumi
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Unsure what I'm collecting
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Unsure what I'm collecting

Did you taste some of first 7l? Maybe all alcohol is there. +1 Did you get ANY alcohol and if so, how much? You haven’t provided much info to go on ... nope, he said 7lt of fores and heads. that why i said 30lt at 30% will be 9lt of 100% and that 7lt of fores and heads is too much...? maybe i read ...
by Setsumi
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: CCVM RC coil lift mechanism
Replies: 26
Views: 551

Re: CCVM RC coil lift mechanism

i want to agree with SS, but... to manage CCVM you first need to know where the bottom of you coil is. i have a 15mm copper pipe as intlet to the coil that is longer than the coil on the outside of the column with a mark on the pipe that show the coil bottom. then you need a way to lift your coil. i...
by Setsumi
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Unsure what I'm collecting
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Unsure what I'm collecting

30lt of say 30% low wines will be 9 lt of 100%... what still are you running? pot or reflux. if reflux you might have collected most. 7lt as fores and heads seems just too much on 30lt of low wines...
by Setsumi
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: SPP Wire
Replies: 14
Views: 390

Re: SPP Wire

Odin had a comment on copper SPP. think it was you have to be carefull of oxidation after the run.

i had a couple of liters of copper tubing cuts that i used in a packed column. they showed oxidation when dry, espesialy the bottom portion.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6361
Views: 283128

Re: The liar's bench

there was a time where most development in europe went into diesel tech, small engines and smaller cars. today most development goes into electric cars. myself will prolly move on to the tall trees before i am forced to drive one. but my kids will have to drive them.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6361
Views: 283128

Re: The liar's bench

Thank you for the replies. I apologize for taking this thread in this direction, supposed to be story telling. but just for info. I have 36 10 oz jars, been airing for three days last night, be 4 now. Wanting to learn and cuts seems to be the hard part for me as it is more art than science. For a s...
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from south africa
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: Hello from south africa

My low wines are typically a bit stronger than that, sometimes over 40% in total (not taking off fores). I think I should let the still run a bit longer then. maybe follow the current low wine storage thread and ask there. but, for sugar washes for neutral 40% combined is prolly right, for flavoure...
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from south africa
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: Hello from south africa

a combined abv of 30% is an ideal low wine ‰. 3 strips will equal close to a full boiler charge for a spirit run.
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Arduino Microcontrolled still
Replies: 28
Views: 665

Re: Arduino Microcontrolled still

you can measure volume. that should get you close to vapour speed and if you could control power input based on collection volume speed it should fit into common distillation theory/knowledge. that is, you will not be hampered by temps that will constantly rise during the run. but in the end cuts w...
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: to cook or not to cook
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: to cook or not to cook

shadylane wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:42 pm
Here's my free advice :lol:

When making UJ, don't cook the corn. :lol:
A sugar wash doesn't want or need lots of starch.
+1
if you cook or gelatize unmalted grains you need to add enzymes. either malted grains in a quantity to convert or HT enzymes.
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Arduino Microcontrolled still
Replies: 28
Views: 665

Re: Arduino Microcontrolled still

well you have been told and showed that temprature does not play a role in distilation. you can measure volume. can you measure collection volume speed? that should get you close to vapour speed and if you could control power input based on collection volume speed it should fit into common distillat...
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from south africa
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: Hello from south africa

welcome Sethral. myself a saffer. HD has much to offer. some is different from sa folklore or the bs on local whatsup and fb groups. but a bit of research will show HD to be superior.