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by castleclr
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to Distilling Looking for Literature
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: New to Distilling Looking for Literature

The parent site link in the header up above is great, but you listed off 3 of the main topics on this forum. A simple pot set up, see pot stills, and the Uncle Jessie topic will get you going well.
by castleclr
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Oranges and UJSSM
Replies: 1
Views: 748

Oranges and UJSSM

Had a half gal of ujssm sitting around, so I did this. Put 6 smallish oranges, a tbl spoon of vanilla, bout third cup honey, and a half cup of condensed milk in the vita mix. Whipped it up good and added the ujssm. It smells like an orange julius. Very cloudy so it went out side in the snow for a fe...
by castleclr
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: I "had" an empty fermentor.
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: I "had" an empty fermentor.

I racked this after the sg went below 1. The smell still was very light and the finished taste too. Just now finished stripping it. I did a slo strip close to a spirit run. The heads tasted almost like I didnt clear well, burnt yeast, but very slight. Very lite smell. The heart portion was very good...
by castleclr
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: how bad are the fumes!
Replies: 19
Views: 2765

Re: how bad are the fumes!

Think he's read that a treatment for metho poison is etho consumption.

Don't know if you got troubles or not, but a shot of your finest can't hurt.

I have run vapors out a few times and doing ok.
by castleclr
Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Dumb Question?
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Dumb Question?

Look up about 3".
by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hydroseparation
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

Re: Hydroseparation

Husker, I tried a method posted here by myles and another or 2,,, refers to a book,, scotch thing,, shows up in a search. myles, I used water to dilute for separation. How can a body tell when the separation vessels should be dumped? Smell, visual? OK,,so in go the feints, use wash to dilute strip f...
by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hydroseparation
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

Re: Hydroseparation

By aggregate abv,,??,, I kept a gallon of spirit that started at about 70 and ended just above 50. Total collect spirit was about 2 1/2 gal, started comming out at apprx 75, ended about 15.

Is that what u asked?
by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hydroseparation
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

Re: Hydroseparation

I had about 15 gallons of UJSSM strip, fresh and the now cleared, colored stuff I wrote about awhile back. In glass carboys, diluted to under 27 abv, sat for 3 days or so, siphoned the middle third from each carboy, ran that third on pot still, taking only down till I felt the tails were tasting too...
by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: I "had" an empty fermentor.
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: I "had" an empty fermentor.

Comming up on 48 hours on this ferment. Started off a little slower than UJSSM, but only a couple hours. Very noticeable is the lack of odors, very faint smell at first, like a very light UJSSM, now is perking along with a very light floral/boiled egg (not rotten and not fruity) scent, much much fai...
by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hydroseparation
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

Hydroseparation

I just tried hydroseparation and I do think it worked out well. The pot run on apprx 5.5 gals came out tasting nice.

Is there anything good I can do with the remaining 11 gals of 27 abv. Run it? Dump it?

Is it worth while to run the heads and tails from the run through a column?
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by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Blue Distillate Dangerous?
Replies: 53
Views: 19223

Re: Blue Distillate Dangerous?

So, I put about a cup of lemon juice (cause I have no real acid) in the carboy, let it sit a few days, nothing changed color or fell out, so I diluted to 27 abv, let sit for hydro separation, and it all seem good after the pot run, tested a sample for any futher percipitate and all well. I believe m...
by castleclr
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: A quick Chemistry Question
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: A quick Chemistry Question

When I do a charcoal filter run, the best results are when a HOT section of the tube follows down with the point where the alc. was first introduced to the water in the filter, the whole tube doesnt heat up, just about a 3" section. When the first filtered alc. exits, there is no more heat for the r...
by castleclr
Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: I "had" an empty fermentor.
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: I "had" an empty fermentor.

T'was the only yeast in the house, and 2 other fermenters will be "open" this week, so I was trying to make a -least ingredients possible- use up what was laying around- wash. Only about 10 oz of trub/yeast mix went into bucket. Have done many column runs with UJSSM, no flavor problems with the reci...
by castleclr
Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: I "had" an empty fermentor.
Replies: 4
Views: 512

I "had" an empty fermentor.

Have stocked up a few gallons of UJSSM, so thought I would try to make some neutral wash. I only had one package of Vodaka Yeast with Ag. I made a starter with that one pack with the intention of making three, 25L washes. Boiled and strained one half gallon of UJSSM mixed grain trub, added one each ...
by castleclr
Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Now what to with it all?
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Now what to with it all?

If you were close, I would trade you half for half some of my stripped UJSSM.

It is so easy having fermenters going and just havent gotten around to doing anything but strip, in the stillin' fashion, of course.
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by castleclr
Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Converting hotplate.
Replies: 15
Views: 772

Re: Converting hotplate.

I used a hotwired 1500w plate for a couple years till I switched to gas, it always ran safely. But, after running the gas way down low, I realized 1500w was too much for what I feel is a good speed for a 5 or 6 gallon spirit run. And it is not enough to strip a wash in a convient time frame. Just my...
by castleclr
Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A little confused about oaking
Replies: 21
Views: 1811

Re: A little confused about oaking

Having some gallons going on 3 years in a toasted barrell, (That has been used and emptied and rinsed several times before my testers said the tree taste went away), I will side with a little goes a long way, yes it does have to stay there for the long haul, and time changes everything for the bette...
by castleclr
Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Blue Distillate Dangerous?
Replies: 53
Views: 19223

Re: Blue Distillate Dangerous?

My spirit was not even close to the sample/example above, was much lighter than the back ground color of this page. Is clear now and I have tried a couple of things on samples to try to get color to reappear or something to condense out and so far it stays clear.
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by castleclr
Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Blue Distillate Dangerous?
Replies: 53
Views: 19223

Re: Blue Distillate Dangerous?

Well, I beleive I found the cause,, the worm doesnt drain completely (yes I do flush out and shoot air through it when done, but evidently too many low spots) and that corrosion is the cause. Have soaked on more salt and soda and no green left. I will run it through pot and leibig and salt and soda ...
by castleclr
Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Minimum amount of low wines for first-time spirit run?
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

Re: Minimum amount of low wines for first-time spirit run?

An EEP2 is a pot on a hot plate.
by castleclr
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Teaching the family?
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Teaching the family?

There's definatley no reason to complicate this hobby by having stilling groupies, minors, or your own children getting too intimate with the going ons. But, your family is going to be interested in what dad is doing. I have had short conversations with my kids about what is not apropriate to share ...
by castleclr
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New LM column Still/ Observation
Replies: 11
Views: 830

Re: New LM column Still/ Observation

Your design is like a store bought CM. BH, MH, and others. Unlike yours, those store bought CM dont have a valve in the output that makes a closed system, like yours does. And they have a type of condensor near the top of the colum. The condensor in the top of the reflex colum runs cooling water thr...
by castleclr
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from PA (new member) Glass reflux still?
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: Greetings from PA (new member) Glass reflux still?

looks real cool and no doubt will work fine.

Myseff and many others like to,,mmmmm,,,dick around with or "improve" the colums we have, with copper, and for some, ss, is real easy to do. Adds another bit of interest to being out in the shop.

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by castleclr
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yields and Still Issues?
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Re: Yields and Still Issues?

Dont know if Im qualified to post to a Novice Distiller, but you had no answer yet. A 9% wash is fine. Save your strips up as long as you can stand it,to about 75% capacity of your pot, so you dont have to run as often, and i find big spirit runs are easier to make cuts on. Running a wash, the abv, ...
by castleclr
Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Blue Distillate Dangerous?
Replies: 53
Views: 19223

Re: Blue Distillate Dangerous?

Searches for blue, crystal, and blue crystal, come up, as interpreted by meself, that blue is bad. Unlce J says that. No consensus as to precisely what it is or the cause or cure. Nutrients in wash, hi temp runs, resulting in amonia and copper are the most suggested causes for the color. Several mem...
by castleclr
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Blue Distillate Dangerous?
Replies: 53
Views: 19223

Re: Blue Distillate Dangerous?

I had about 5 gal of strip sitting in half gal jars for about 2 months, uncovered, it looked normal. I dumped it all into a carboy to add baking soda and salt to it, going to make some neutral. So, I then put my air hose (copper tubing) in it and gave it about a 10 minute blast of air to mix things ...
by castleclr
Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Bubble Cap Plates - what makes them so hard?
Replies: 43
Views: 3968

Re: Bubble Cap Plates - what makes them so hard?

Would one large bubble cap work as well as several small ones?
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by castleclr
Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: woot! First Snow!
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: woot! First Snow!

HI desert Cal Or border here and have a couple inches, still falling and sticking, 19f and falling, now back to your regular program.
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by castleclr
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: water heater (as per Ian Smiley)
Replies: 16
Views: 3472

Re: water heater (as per Ian Smiley)

Now recovering from viewing those CU heater tanks and involuntarily launching a carpet F-bombing,,, just how much is a new water heater in your countries? Lots of instant heaters?
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by castleclr
Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Oat Whiskey
Replies: 82
Views: 69267

Re: Oat Whiskey

Master, your oat whiskey due for unveiling 2011, have you "evaluated" it early. (going back over the old posts is like going back home)
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