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by hoochinoo
Thu May 16, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My New Worm Barrel
Replies: 7
Views: 1929

Re: My New Worm Barrel

i was just pricing STAINLESS STEEL drums the other day and the price of $700.00 per each came up... hard to believe the price of $10.00... if so, i recommend buying them all and start your own resale business for a short time.
by hoochinoo
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Coupla designs I came up with. Opinions?
Replies: 26
Views: 3099

Re: Coupla designs I came up with. Opinions?

I could not read the length of copper from where it meets the boiler to the elbow where you have the thermometer... so i won't be able to comment on that. If i were you, i would lose the thermometer, you don't need it... apply heat to the boiler and touch the plumbing and you can feel the heat trave...
by hoochinoo
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thoughts on/about Design
Replies: 16
Views: 1661

Re: Thoughts on/about Design

The boiler and your source of heat is going to be important to drive the system. I think, regardless of the column size you would need a good boiler and a source of heat. In your first picture that upside down salad bowl, why can't you find a large pot, say a 5 gallon one with a lid, cut out the lid...
by hoochinoo
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: storing new still question
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: storing new still question

I would recommend boiling some water and running it through. In my pot still, i have a total of 14 feet of copper connected without a break... i just run the hot water in one end wearing gloves, as it gets pretty hot, i run the boiling water right through it and out the condenser end.
by hoochinoo
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Making Sake
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: Making Sake

When I decided to make Kambucha I bought a bottle and poured it into some tea and two years later my culture is still going strong.... I was wondering if anyone has tried to use either unfiltered sake, miso paste, or soy sauce for the Koji source in a similar manner. (non pasteurized of course)? If...
by hoochinoo
Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Making Sake
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: Making Sake

Folks,

I just checked and the site where i got the information is back on and i found it at the following link:

http://makesake.com/about/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

I must extend the credit to this site where i got the recipe. Thanks.
by hoochinoo
Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Making Sake
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: Making Sake

Any good long-grain polished rice will make good sake. i have tried long grain rice but the outcome taste is different... while making two batches, i ran out of sushi rice and used long grain rice and the outcome just did not taste the same. there was something different about it. Then maybe there ...
by hoochinoo
Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Making Sake
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: Making Sake

I did not know how to edit the original text, so i am adding the following.
please note that the rice indicated is sushi rice.
by hoochinoo
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: "Your still is too small!"
Replies: 11
Views: 901

Re: "Your still is too small!"

i have a 5 gallon boiler and after using it a while am finding it small for the effort. On the other hand, i think for a novice that i was when i started it may have been too much bite to take at one time. At the beginning, i thought about going with a 15 gallon setup, propane and the works and thou...
by hoochinoo
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Making Sake
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Making Sake

Hi folks, The following is a method I downloaded from a web site on the internet some time over a year ago on making sake. I have tried this recipe over ten times and it has produced the same consistency every time. Over time, I experimented and made some minor adjustments and I hope to share them w...
by hoochinoo
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Eleanor Pictures
Replies: 32
Views: 5386

Re: Eleanor Pictures

Nice rig.

If I can recommend,

- make a cross brace where you can clamp it to the handles on both sides. I use a piece of wood that goes across. That way you don't have to be using all of those clips.

- are you using something like flour dough to seal the lid while operating the still?

enjoy.
by hoochinoo
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Kmart cracked corn bird feed is it ok?
Replies: 13
Views: 1394

Re: Kmart cracked corn bird feed is it ok?

That is pretty expensive. Go to a feed store and get 10 times that weight for 10 to 13 dollars.
by hoochinoo
Fri May 30, 2008 5:29 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Enzyme Quantities
Replies: 56
Views: 3711

Re: Enzyme Quantities

Sounds elementary.


Is there a way to know or measure the starch content in the mash before applying the enzymes to then be able to determine effectiveness.

Is this a valid question?
by hoochinoo
Thu May 29, 2008 6:41 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Enzyme Quantities
Replies: 56
Views: 3711

Re: Enzyme Quantities

what i got is a powder I git 5 lbs at a time works good 1 tea (of each-glucose and amylase) at about 150f , almost instantly
Wow.
What kind of a magic powder are u usein?
by hoochinoo
Wed May 28, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Enzyme Quantities
Replies: 56
Views: 3711

Re: Enzyme Quantities

I bought this amylase that had the same instructions of 1 tsp per 5 gallons. That was the only instructions provided on the 1.5 ounce bottle. I called the distributor and asked some additional information for application, the dude told me that I was asking an odd question. Company is called Crosby a...
by hoochinoo
Wed May 28, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: pics of R2D2 still
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: pics of R2D2 still

This is one heck of a beast.
by hoochinoo
Wed May 21, 2008 5:24 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Thumper question.
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Thumper question.

Hears some reading
Thanks a lot. It makes sense now.
by hoochinoo
Tue May 20, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Here is my still, now what?
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: Here is my still, now what?

galv. floor flange which i have read is bad what should i use? You definitely want to get rid of that galvanized-- it will rust. the condensor to cool It does not matter. You want it cooler to knock off the vapors. What is the temp of the water supply? I would also seal the lid of the boiler with f...
by hoochinoo
Tue May 20, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Red in Foam?
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Red in Foam?

[quote]I add 3lbs white sugar to 3l of water [quote]

I think you are using too much sugar.

The red maybe oil based color... maybe.
by hoochinoo
Tue May 20, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Thumper question.
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Thumper question.

how much time you rekon you gonna save cutin it shorter.
I don't know? That is what I am hoping that someone has tried this among us.

I use electric. If I was to cut the arm, the thumper would be about 15 to 18 inches away.
by hoochinoo
Tue May 20, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Red in Foam?
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Red in Foam?

... if your wash is done fermenting then there should not be any foam.
What were your ratios of sugar to water?
by hoochinoo
Tue May 20, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Boiler
Replies: 12
Views: 1070

Re: Boiler

That is one brave move I will never attempt no matter how desperate I am for a boiler.
by hoochinoo
Mon May 19, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: New Member Intro.
Replies: 11
Views: 1011

Re: New Member Intro.

Amen brothers.

welcome McGyver. I am already studying your hobo still and the information you provided.
by hoochinoo
Mon May 19, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Thumper question.
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Thumper question.

I'm more inclined to thank that the accumulated alcohol is left after still is shut down Absolutely not. I had a marker on the glass thumper before the operation and observed the operation all the time. Here is what I observed in the thumper and how it was bubbling: Since I have a thermometer at th...
by hoochinoo
Mon May 19, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Thumper question.
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Thumper question.

There are some good points here and they make sense. - Yes, I do get an increase in the volume of liquid in the thumper with the measured ABV% I provided. However that is diluted in the overall volume. Not sure if it would make sense to search and calculate in reality how much hooch I lost. On the o...
by hoochinoo
Sat May 17, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Thumper question.
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Thumper question.

why you lookin to change it . have you floated a tester in it. mostky that aint the licker left behind. I did but the ABV% was about 20%. I started out with 14 cups of water in the thumper and came to have 22 cups at the end. The reason I was thinking of shortening the length of the arm was maybe t...
by hoochinoo
Thu May 15, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Movement to legalize in the USA
Replies: 61
Views: 4638

Re: Movement to legalize in the USA

I Do not believe that distillation of hard liquor should be allowed Freely. It is dangerous and the freedom in the hands of unqualified public can cause serious damage. Imagine having to buy insurance for it. Brewing beer and wine is totally a different process and is rather safe. I do not believe t...
by hoochinoo
Wed May 14, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Thumper question.
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Thumper question.

Hi Folks, I have made my second run with a pot still using a thumper. First time I noticed that amount of liquid in the thumper increased during the run. The second time I decided to measure and found that there is a 8 cup increase. Any suggestions to remedy this. I was thinking to shorten the arm l...
by hoochinoo
Mon May 05, 2008 6:25 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: I built my first still and need help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1204

Re: I built my first still and need help!

It tastes really strong, so I'm guessing its about 50-60%. My advice, please do not try the raw hooch if you don't have an alcoholmeter. It can burn your insides. If you want to keep it cheap and simple, for less than $20USD, you can purchase a meter and a glass container and test your hooch as you...
by hoochinoo
Sun May 04, 2008 7:24 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Gambrel scrub oak
Replies: 2
Views: 1092

Re: Gambrel scrub oak

... an update. I processed the wood into 7 inch long and about 1 to 2 inches wide splits, baked in oven for about an hour and scorched the wood black using the torch I use for soldering copper, then stored in with some hooch in glass jar. After a couple of weeks, I can smell and taste some mellownes...