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by loneswinger
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: how to increase the "head"
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: how to increase the "head"

So many responses and most are good.

+1 to Carapills, Wheat, or Oats. My favorite though which was not mentioned is unmalted Rye (coarse ground flour). I get excellent head retention and lacing throughout the pint, the emptied glass could be used as a ruler.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New Take on a Great Design... ODs Magic Flute - Mark 2...
Replies: 490
Views: 54779

Re: New Take on a Great Design... ODs Magic Flute - Mark 2.

It is good that you guys are really trying to get detailed design plans out there. Designing in a method to disable plates is also good. However, I too doubt the use of the weir as opposed to a pipe style downcomer. Unless it is perfectly level, the reflux is just going to more or less spill down in...
by loneswinger
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: How measure abv using a sg hydrometer
Replies: 9
Views: 2855

Re: How measure abv using a sg hydrometer

One can calculate ABV using an SG (specific Gravity :)) hydrometer, but one cannot measure abv with it. Either way, you don't need two hydrometers to do it. And you have no idea what I thought as I have no idea what you think. I was speculating as to your thoughts, but you are right, I don't know w...
by loneswinger
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from North Idaho
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Hello from North Idaho

Welcome,

I can't be too far from you either,

Cheers,

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: How measure abv using a sg hydrometer
Replies: 9
Views: 2855

Re: How measure abv using a sg hydrometer

Dablin, If it is just alcohol and water, then you can correlate gravity to ABV as it is one to one. For spirits containing sugar it is not so simple as it is now a tertiary system of alcohol, water, and sugar. Now a gravity reading does not uniquely determine the concentrations and more information ...
by loneswinger
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Millet whisky
Replies: 35
Views: 10111

Re: Millet whisky

In his book Ian Smiley said: "Millet is a cereal grain that is very commonly used in home whiskey making, and is contended by many distillers to make the best whiskey of all the grains...." So I'm wondering; Anyone working with millet :?: I was hoping when I saw this thread resurrected that you wer...
by loneswinger
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First wash - jumped right to all-grain
Replies: 24
Views: 1066

Re: First wash - jumped right to all-grain

I am not a wood expert so I can't help you here. I have heard that the oak should be seasoned for a year or more before use. I have had good luck with barrel staves and oak cubes, bad luck with oak chips, but have never used lumber. As per your experience I will agree, cracked corn sparges fairly ea...
by loneswinger
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Hobby Distillers Busted in VA
Replies: 17
Views: 3439

Re: Hobby Distillers Busted in VA

OK... we got SE asia and Canada chimin' in to talk negative politics about the US. Yall need to review the rules of this board. The next post about politics will get the poster a short vacation from the boards. Just a word to the wise... In fairness, it is difficult (if not impossible) to discuss '...
by loneswinger
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Agave Nectar Tequila Trial
Replies: 47
Views: 50765

Re: Agave Nectar Tequila Trial

Not artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes, quite different. One is a flower, the other is a tuber, and the two are completely unrelated.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM design question
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: VM design question

Not sure what you mean by centering the reflux. Are those the diagnal plates I see in some column designs? The plates are usually some sort of liquid takeoff. Reflux centering is something that you put in the column that will take the reflux running down the walls and force it back into the middle ...
by loneswinger
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn potential conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Corn potential conversion

A decent yield would be about 230 points-kg/liter, similar to barley numbers. That is about 28 ppg.

I would have expected about 1.062 for your mash from the corn alone.

I use steam injection to bring the corn to a boil to prevent scorching.

Cheers,

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help with cuts
Replies: 7
Views: 468

Re: Help with cuts

Your numbers sound about right. If it is hard for you to taste the differences, try mixing 1 spoonful of spirit with 2 spoonfuls of water then tasting the result. It is much easier for me to detect other flavors when the alcohol is diluted down (this dilution will really open up heads flavors). Just...
by loneswinger
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM design question
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: VM design question

Altogether, not bad. I would recommend using stainless steel pot scrubbers instead of the ceramic beads (unless you already have them) as this will save some money. You could also go with a 2x2x1 tee and save the cost of the 2x1 reducer (unless you already have them). You can put the thermoprobe in ...
by loneswinger
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Agave Nectar Tequila Trial
Replies: 47
Views: 50765

Re: Agave Nectar Tequila Trial

Sounds good Horse_Shoe. I found that the tequila flavor really opens up if you let it age for a month or three, even if you let it age without oak. As to recycling the dunder or the heads/tails..I really am not sure if this is appropriate for tequila or not. Maybe give it a try and see what happens....
by loneswinger
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apples into likker, TASTY
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Apples into likker, TASTY

D Major wrote: Any of y'all have good apple runs?
Actually no, I only tried it once before and it wasn't very good. Glad to hear of your success and thanks for the recipe, I will give it a try some day.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Hobby Distillers Busted in VA
Replies: 17
Views: 3439

Re: Hobby Distillers Busted in VA

Pretty pathetic bust given the extent of the investigation. If the VA government sells that ounce of weed, the gun, the booze, the stills, and garnishes the wages of the arresting officers, well they probably still wouldn't break even. What a waste.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Amyloglucosidase
Replies: 13
Views: 4406

Re: Amyloglucosidase

For future reference, amyloglucosidase is the same as glucoamylase is the same as gamma-amylase. You will need both alpha and gamma, or alpha and beta to get good conversion.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quick VM question
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: Quick VM question

That all sounds pretty good. Glad to hear it worked out.

I have never tried detuning my reflux to get a flavored spirit, I always just use a pot still. Some people have done it with success though so good luck.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quick VM question
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: Quick VM question

If you can put in a bit of packing in a short extension above the VM port it will help a bit. Isn't there a risk that you will have to bleed out more heads contaminated ethanol by doing that as some heads components will linger in the packing and dilute into the ethanol? I thought the same thing. N...
by loneswinger
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: how much oak
Replies: 17
Views: 2441

Re: how much oak

I don't wrap mine in foil, just drop them on the barbi and let them cook to desired char-ness. Becuase the oak staves I have come from a barrel made of French oak with a cab-sauvg the inner part is a nice burgandy red stained from the wine, I only char the staves on the three other sides. It addds ...
by loneswinger
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: how much oak
Replies: 17
Views: 2441

Re: how much oak

100 square cm/litr sounds like good to start with. I'll make a bunch of 1/2 litre 60% portions with oak toasted at various temps and experiment with chips, chunks and sticks. I also heard 2-5 % of sherry/port added improves or a few raisens. Does that work? Sounds pretty good if you want to experim...
by loneswinger
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quick VM question
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: Quick VM question

No matter how long you let the column equilibrate, I believe there is in fact a gradient. If the word disturbs you, you can mentally substitue "difference" if you like. Based on my reading of The Compleat Distiller (2nd ed), one of the basic premises of a vapor management still is that the alcohol ...
by loneswinger
Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: how much oak
Replies: 17
Views: 2441

Re: how much oak

I want to start with self toasting of oak. I have a little snack-oven with variable temperature chipped some wood and toasted at 450F for 3 hrs. This produces oaky/vanilla flavor I'm told. Wat is the recommend square centimeters of exposed oak (both sides of chips) per litre of 60% bv liquid to get...
by loneswinger
Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help! Extremely Low ph 2.9
Replies: 19
Views: 1846

Re: Help! Extremely Low ph 2.9

I am surprised there is any acidity at all. Are you talking about after distillate or the residue? Both water and ethanol have pH close to 7. There is not enough other stuff in the distillate to swing the pH so much. Apparently there is. I found an article: Baldwin, Andreasen, and Adams, J. Agric. ...
by loneswinger
Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quick VM question
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: Quick VM question

Sounds good. Keep us posted.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help! Extremely Low ph 2.9
Replies: 19
Views: 1846

Re: Help! Extremely Low ph 2.9

By the way, i´m curious about acids, are they very volatile ? or are there any substances in the barrels that increase ph ? when i end distilling, i use to have 4.6 to 4.8, after 2 or 3 months on a barrel, its usually at 5 sometimes even 5.2, is it oak working ? Yes there are certainly volatile aci...
by loneswinger
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: POLL: Should our ranking system be changed?
Replies: 64
Views: 2755

Re: POLL: Should our ranking system be changed?

Since my time on here, I have not been able to correlate people's distilling knowledge with their post count. I say get rid of everything but the post count.

-Loneswinger
by loneswinger
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: need help !!!!!
Replies: 29
Views: 1230

Re: need help !!!!!

Ok everybody stop with suggestions, reading this thread made me want my hair out (what is left anyway). This 'problem' is the most common problem that is encountered and has been discussed a multitude of times. I think I said in a previous thread that this 'problem' is encountered about 1 to 2 times...
by loneswinger
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Agave Nectar Tequila Trial
Replies: 47
Views: 50765

Re: Agave Nectar Tequila Trial

Belive it or not the scorched was smoother in the end and had a less harsh bite to it. I put the flame ( used a weed burner)to the nectar until it started to bubble up from the flame. I did not burn it, might say I caramelized it till it got thick. So do you think that the agave nectar that you pur...
by loneswinger
Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quick VM question
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: Quick VM question

The Baker wrote: Wouldn't the lighter vapour be more alcohol-rich??
No, alcohol vapor is heavier than air which is heavier than water vapor.

-Loneswinger