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by Setsumi
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Dimroth - Will this Work?
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: Dimroth - Will this Work?

i would do the central 22mm tube with water. my only concern is the lenght of 250mm. yes i know reflux coils are not long and they do knock all vapours down. the problem is in the column the hot ethanol is contained. if your pc does not cool your product down enough it still could be above flashpoint.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Making Wash with LME
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: Making Wash with LME

LME should get you a clear wash once the yeast has finished and settled. if you start on all grain get yourself a big clarifying tank. all post ferments get filtered and pressed to get most out that the grains will give. distil from there. fill the still with a syphon fom the clarifying tank.
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Repurpose an electric water heater?
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: Repurpose an electric water heater?

in my neck of woods we still get copper water heaters geysers that is replaced by newer. most new is iron as Demmy says
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: Re-using the yeast cake?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Re-using the yeast cake?

on oyster shells, any shel from the beach will work, the old beat up limpets prolly the best for pickup. any feed store should have shells for chickens ask for skulpgruis. you can use egg shells also. myself use chalk or bordkryt. just buy the better known brands and whatch out for the china imports...
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me
Replies: 21
Views: 334

Re: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me

My current element comes in at 2 700W despite being labeled 3 000W. I was concerned that 2 700W may be insufficient to drive a 50l keg with a fully packed column, when in spirit run mode. sit with the same, 3kW element that only runs 2.7kW. my 4kW only makes 3.6kW. but the 2.7kW should be more than...
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: adding a bubble plate to an alembic-style pot still?
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: adding a bubble plate to an alembic-style pot still?

if you can fit it, give it a try. doubt you will increase proof much without active reflux... problem, where will you fit a rc? before going there though, have a read on lentils for alembics and what they do. further, read to understant what the alembic onion does.
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me
Replies: 21
Views: 334

Re: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me

Have I missed something? Does the calculator assume that the input is a 8 to 10% ABV. I plan on stripping first and then running 38% ABV Low Wines through the CCVM, will this make a difference to the calculated numbers? it is a very long time ago i did any calcs for HETP and you may get different a...
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Hello from South Africa

you will get better responses if you post in an appropriate forum.

for reflux, taller = purity and diammeter = speed.
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me
Replies: 21
Views: 334

Re: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me

and if you realy want to be happy with your numbers, do not borrow a lab alcholmeter thad has a scale between 80-100%. then you will realy see where 95% sits.
by Setsumi
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me
Replies: 21
Views: 334

Re: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me

I see HETP bandied around a bit so I thought I would do some research not knowing what it was. Was rather disappointing, I had visions of 95% with my new CCVM with 6mm Raschig Rings, apparently my ignorance is inversely proportional to my expectation; Using the calculator provided in one of the thr...
by Setsumi
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Worm trouble
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Worm trouble

build a Liebig cooler and use the worm as immersion cooler for beer.
by Setsumi
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cloudy after Proofing Is there a fix?
Replies: 15
Views: 355

Re: Cloudy after Proofing Is there a fix?

cloudiness at 50% and 79%, i nevwr had it at that high proof. i will suspect your alchohol meter being not accurate.
by Setsumi
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Another hard lesson - Temp would not drop to pitch yeast
Replies: 20
Views: 431

Re: Another hard lesson - Temp would not drop to pitch yeast

myself let it cool pasively. takes about 7-8 hours to cool to 55C to pitch gluco and then i leave it overnight and pitch yeast in the morning. yes it is 24h that the procces takes but i am not busy all that time.
by Setsumi
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller
Replies: 640
Views: 65356

Re: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller

if you continue to source parts, even though you own 3 flutes allready.
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by Setsumi
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Another South African joining the clan
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Another South African joining the clan

welcome Kettel. fellow Safrican here. enjoy the the ride. potstill or reflux? build or buy?
by Setsumi
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: New rye Try
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: New rye Try

greggn wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:23 am
BourbonBoi wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:16 pm

*Iodine starch test to confirm ferment is done*

Iodine tests for the presence of starch ... not the absence of sugar.
jip. to see if it is done taste it. my fwrments taste dry and a little sour when done... say like a grand cru
by Setsumi
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi Everybody!
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Hi Everybody!

You n I both know that Yummy , shame a lot of Newbs don't know though, its marketing at its worst/ best ...depending on who's angle you look at it from. It pisses me off A LOT that people new to the hobby are tricked into buying things that are not what they seem by dodgy marketing strategies. :thu...
by Setsumi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: The output composition of distillate
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: The output composition of distillate

If you have a thermometer in your vapour path, watch the spike and drop on stabalising, and note the rise in the end. it may help to guide you to when to start take off and the tails cut.... but trust your nose and mouth for cuts. I have a thermometer port just in case. Can you expand on the above ...
by Setsumi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Novice question
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: Novice question

myself would rather dump the pot ale and start fresh. the only thing in pot ale or backset is tails, and they will come out fast with the new alchohol, because they are concentrated.
by Setsumi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: We have come a Long way
Replies: 12
Views: 2357

Re: We have come a Long way

So to revive this thread. During Covid-19 we had lockdowns with numerous extended alcohol sale bans, this was accompanied by the closure of restaurants which left most South Africans high and dry. These draconian measures sparked a massive surge in home distilling which is legal here for own consum...
by Setsumi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: The output composition of distillate
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: The output composition of distillate

1. yes i will make a fores cut because a strip cut will be rough... rather take all on the strip. 2. yes you want a high abv on all, fores and heads can be a bit higher because you will take it off slower. 3. yes myself take in fractions.... 250mmlfor heads and 350ml for hearts, even though i run a ...
by Setsumi
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Getting Mashed
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Getting Mashed

8Ball wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:53 am
76.2C is okay for the unmodified grains. I’d wait till the mash was at 65C before adding the malted grains.
+, mash at lower temps. you want it to ferment dry.... unless you will drink the beer.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6269
Views: 274519

Re: The liar's bench

TB, i aint saying i dont believe your story but my pop would say, make it a bit taller and it would walk itself.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New Build Questions & Current Design.
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: New Build Questions & Current Design.

i do not think you will wind 8mm into a double coil that will fit a 2" pipe. a single 8mm coil will be enough for 2". if you do want a double wind the first coil with large spacing so that the second coil can fit partial into the gaps.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum guys, what the hell is this?
Replies: 15
Views: 489

Re: Rum guys, what the hell is this?

just run it,,, bet you it will turn out fine. myself not into rhum, but i know a good rhum should have a bit of funck in it. ferments can clean up wifh runs.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Brainstorm with me please
Replies: 17
Views: 396

Re: Brainstorm with me please

just a note, more to myself.... stop buying stuff you dont need. and more important, do not give it away to new stillers.... you may need it on an easter morning run.
by Setsumi
Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6269
Views: 274519

Re: The liar's bench

Now , a horse's defensive measures are fight and flight . Strappin the leggs of a cold blooded horse will normally enforce compliance . A hot blooded horse , on the other hand . will fight you to the death . You got to get out ahead of that . I roped him up for a throwen hitch and laid him down wit...
by Setsumi
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Easy Street "Bourbon"
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Easy Street "Bourbon"

get yourself high temprarure enzymes and ditch the sugar.... yes all the malts should convert but at 1.04 they converted poorly or you had too little corn. up your corn meal. i use 20kg in 80lt of water. roughly you can double your meal. would like to see your sg on higher corn and malts though
by Setsumi
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Position of RC coil in column
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: Position of RC coil in column

and make sure your coil is at least 60mm above your packing
by Setsumi
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Position of RC coil in column
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: Position of RC coil in column

I need to trim my housing for the RC coil. Is this about the maximum height one would need to pull the RC up by? https://i.imgur.com/hjwHzq7.jpg?1 Thanks for me that would be more than max. you need to balance your take off and reflux with the coil. on my twins (plated columns) and 3“ column i rath...