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by theholymackerel
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Agave Mexicana
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Re: Agave Mexicana

Yep, it's oily, and it's probably why it has such a soft mouth-feel.

I'm definitely gonna leave it white, tannins would ruin it.
by theholymackerel
Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Agave Mexicana
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Agave Mexicana

A Navaho friend of mine helped me find/dig/and clean up the penas from several agave Mexicana's. They aren't as big as the commercially grown azuls. I baked 'em in a pit like a pig at a luau. I ground 'em and fermented 'em with wine yeast. A 20 gallon ferment after draining off the liquid and pressi...
by theholymackerel
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Water cooling question-
Replies: 9
Views: 1048

Re: Water cooling question-

I use a coil in a bucket/barrel with my potstills.

If the bucket/barrel is equal in size to yer boiler (or larger) no running water is needed. As an added benefit, you end up with a bunch of warm/hot water after yer run to clean up with!
by theholymackerel
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Shine that "melts" in your mouth?
Replies: 28
Views: 1902

Re: Shine that "melts" in your mouth?

Sorry, I already made two runs with no problems. You should instruct the parent site to revise their information as well. The parent site is not under our control, like the forum is. The parent site started decades ago as a simple project to pull together any and all info about distillation. The go...
by theholymackerel
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First time distiller at 3000 ft above sea level
Replies: 23
Views: 2390

Re: First time distiller at 3000 ft above sea level

Schmicter wrote: A still should not be under pressure and any pressure created from necked down fitting will not effect boiling temp....period
Exactly.

A necked down fitting will only increase vapor speed.
by theholymackerel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Damn homeowner associations
Replies: 32
Views: 1644

Re: Damn homeowner associations

LOL, would love to see people try this shit in Australia. I really feel for you guys sometimes Neighbor left a nasty letter in our mail box saying she was reporting us to council if our dogs didn't stop barking within the week Missus went next door and told her That because her cat in our yard was ...
by theholymackerel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Plague in oregon!
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Plague in oregon!

Here in New Mexico we have a hand full of plague and hanta virus deaths each year.
by theholymackerel
Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Prepping
Replies: 37
Views: 1359

Re: Prepping

The whole concept of waiting till something bad happens, and then grabbing yer rifle and "bug-out-bag" is an epic fail from the start. Once the power goes out, it's already too late. The moment the power goes out you better already be where ya need to be. If the power stays off for a year and a half...
by theholymackerel
Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Prayers needed
Replies: 71
Views: 2402

Re: Prayers needed

My household will pray for you and yers.
by theholymackerel
Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Trouble
Replies: 68
Views: 2532

Re: Trouble

My household will pray for yer whole family.

I'm so sorry!
by theholymackerel
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Cops are out of control
Replies: 77
Views: 3993

Re: Cops are out of control

I don't get pulled over but once or twice a year. It only happens when a cop is bored: I drive using cruise controll and set it for 2 MPH over whatever the speed limit is. When I get pulled over I listen politely, follow directions, and as soon as possible mention I'm tired and I'd really like to ge...
by theholymackerel
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: rifles
Replies: 598
Views: 67113

Re: rifles

All my rifles except my Ruger 10-22 and 2 of my .50 cal BP rifles (an ancient Hawkens, and a modern stainless Winchester) have been gathering dust for years. I find that my 10-22 is my go-to weapon of choice. It takes care of most anything i need. The 2 .50 cal BP rifles are for hunting (BP season o...
by theholymackerel
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Identify this gunk in my spirits
Replies: 7
Views: 1245

Re: Identify this gunk in my spirits

I'm guessing that it is wax or thick oils precipitating outta the lower proof alcohol. At higher proof it probably is miscable.
by theholymackerel
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Camping and distilling.
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Camping and distilling.

A coil in a bucket requires no running water, pump, or electricity.
by theholymackerel
Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Howdy from Texas
Replies: 14
Views: 714

Re: Howdy from Texas

Howdy, and welcome!
by theholymackerel
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New guy from texas
Replies: 11
Views: 578

Re: New guy from texas

Howdy, and welcome!
by theholymackerel
Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: new member
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: new member

This is the "welcome" section... so let me start by saying Howdy, and welcome!

Now I gotta tell you that you posted this in the wrong section... try the "Novice distillers" section for better results.
by theholymackerel
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: Hello Everyone

Howdy, and welcome!
by theholymackerel
Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: outdoor Temperature
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: outdoor Temperature

It doesn't matter what yer distilling, or what type of still you are using... the only difference between summer stilling and winter stilling is your personal comfort, and how much heat you have to use.

Insulation (for you and yer still) makes winter stilling easy and nice.
by theholymackerel
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:06 am
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: South Western chicken soup
Replies: 13
Views: 2404

Re: South Western chicken soup

That sounds awsome!

I bet some tomatillos and black beans would be good in it too.
by theholymackerel
Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas ideas?
Replies: 27
Views: 931

Re: Christmas ideas?

I'm hoping for a new colomation lens, and a better finder scope for my telescope.
by theholymackerel
Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much alcool to get from 3 Litters of Red Wine
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: How much alcool to get from 3 Litters of Red Wine

3 litres of wine at 10% abv would yeild 0.3 litres of distillate.

NB: There always is loss/waste. Trying to get ALL the alcohol will only leave you twisting the tigers tail...
by theholymackerel
Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Elk
Replies: 20
Views: 1152

Re: Elk

I live in northern New Mexico, near the Colorado border.

We have MANY more elk here than people. I like it that way.
by theholymackerel
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: SMOP
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: SMOP

Fourway coined that term about a decade ago during the process of trying my extra-thick mashing method.
by theholymackerel
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: shisha
Replies: 20
Views: 1829

Re: shisha

Yall don't wanna hear this, but two AMAZING things will happen if yall quit tobacco:

1) Yer cuts will get MUCH better and become almost too simple.

2) Women will give yall more attention. You will get more dances, kisses, and possibly other "perks" once yer smoke free...





I wish yall luck...
by theholymackerel
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: drum-heater...
Replies: 26
Views: 1434

Re: drum-heater...

The original question was if the drum belt was ok for heating a fermentation.

My answer was: insulation was all needed.

If the ferment is warm enough by itself why would ya use insulation?

I don't know what yer getting at... are ya just arguing for argument's sake?
by theholymackerel
Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: drum-heater...
Replies: 26
Views: 1434

Re: drum-heater...

yankeeclear wrote: So summer the same wrap keeps the temp down, winter keeps the temp up?
No sir.

I just use insulation when it is cold and I need to keep the fermenter warm. In the summer it would make the ferment too hot making the "heart" cut too small and the distillate a bit "whiff".
by theholymackerel
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: drum-heater...
Replies: 26
Views: 1434

Re: drum-heater...

Well, I wouldn't say it is that simple... Actually it is. I live at roughly 8k feet in the Rocky Mntns. It gets COLD here. Fermenting in a 13 gallon fermenter in an unheated storage building was giving me slow ferments in the winter with negative 20-30 overnight. So I made a fermenter blanket outta...
by theholymackerel
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: drum-heater...
Replies: 26
Views: 1434

Re: drum-heater...

Fermentation creates heat.

If ya need to keep a fermenter warm all ya need is insulation.

The pros are fermenting batches that are so large that they need to provide cooling to their fermenters.
by theholymackerel
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Potstill for maximum efficiency? (to save water)
Replies: 4
Views: 1426

Re: Potstill for maximum efficiency? (to save water)

If you make yer coil bucket larger than yer boiler you will not need to change out the water. Also, don't stir the water in yer coil bucket... you WANT it to seperate into layers of different temperature. The top layer may be so hot as to steam, but the bottom layer will be cool and the distillate w...