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by Brett
Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3659
Views: 383905

A farmer was sitting on his porch one day when a young man drives in and comes to the door. "Sir, I was driving by and noticed you had a lot of milkweed in your pasture. Would you mind if I went out and got some milk?" "You don't get milk from milkweed," the farmer replied. "Oh yes," said the young ...
by Brett
Sat May 27, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Flour Paste
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

i leave it a little more sticky than a dough mix, this way it sticks better to where im applyin it, something you could try is to take a lighter and to apply heat to where you put the paste before you start the run, this way you have a nice dry/baked seal straight away
by Brett
Sat May 27, 2006 7:20 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apples
Replies: 13
Views: 5190

Apples are great to work with :P one of my best wines/brandys was with a apple and blackcurrant mash although i forgot the quantaties i had a 25ltr fermenter bucket of apples and i think it was a 2ltr soda bottle of blackberrys (the bottle topped of with OJ for storage).
by Brett
Sun May 14, 2006 5:20 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bad Info on Plastic Use in Stills
Replies: 31
Views: 6465

water is pretty much saturated with natural metals and the such u find in the tap water, if you distill or run it through reverse osmosis then the water becomes verry much more aggressive, eating copper pipes and leaching plastics? i actually use pirex glass in the microwave. plasticisers (used in p...
by Brett
Sat May 13, 2006 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3659
Views: 383905

a guy walks into a bar with a monkey on his shoulder. The bartender approaches and asks "What can I get ya?" The guy tells him "Gimme a beer" When the bartender goes to get the beer, the monkey jumps off the guys houlder and runs down to the pool table. He picks up the cue ball, sniffs it, and swall...
by Brett
Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:47 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ferment beans?
Replies: 17
Views: 10402

but if the methanol yeild is higher than with grain and the beans have little (less) starch than the grain then you have to look at the costs vs output between the 2.
by Brett
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ferment beans?
Replies: 17
Views: 10402

think i mentioned about beans here before i was a registered user, for the life of me i cant remember the answer, but there was some reason to not use them, maybe excess methanol?
by Brett
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: proof burning
Replies: 11
Views: 4918

basically if u have to hold the flame to it for some time then its under 50%, if u touch the flame to it and it burns its 50 or above
by Brett
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Turbo Yeast for Wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 20565

aidas i have 5 gallons of rose 7 day table wine that everyone loves, it was a kit, not as good as a pure ingredient slow ferment but it makes for a great drinkable every day table wine, most my wines take up to a month or so in fermenting and many of them taste just fine without aging for example th...
by Brett
Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: proof burning
Replies: 11
Views: 4918

there damn near invisible in the daylight


look for the heat vapour and or pass ur hand a foot or so away over the top quickly to feel for heat
by Brett
Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:03 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Firewood
Replies: 25
Views: 7545

yep its aluminium baking foil, the shiny stuff in a roll you use around the kitchen :P my new boiler is a 33ltr stainless stockpot and im planning to weld a skirt around the pot, about 1 inch bigger in diameter, sealed at the top and extending down to reach the ground while the pot is sat on top of ...
by Brett
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:18 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Firewood
Replies: 25
Views: 7545

i put shielding (baking foil) around the bottom with a few air holes ;)


my new boiler will incorporate this into the boiler complete with a flue pipe out the back at the top :P
by Brett
Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Firewood
Replies: 25
Views: 7545

heat control isnt going to be as instantanious as using gas or electricity but i think it should be possible, iv been looking into a design using a Rocket elbow stove design in a old steel oil drum with perlite insulation and control (heat routing) flaps, rather than an open wood fire its more of a ...
by Brett
Fri Apr 14, 2006 7:43 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Firewood
Replies: 25
Views: 7545

aidas the process of converting oil into biodiesel needs the methanol/ethanol, straight oil will mess the engine up pretty quickly. currently biogas may work out around the same price as the pump gas even a little cheaper depending on the mash ingredients and not counting personal time put into it, ...
by Brett
Fri Apr 14, 2006 5:48 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Firewood
Replies: 25
Views: 7545

* 1 litre of new vegetable oil, * 200 ml of methanol, 99+% pure * lye catalyst -- either potassium hydroxide (KOH) or sodium hydroxide (NaOH) im guessing ur ethonal replaces the methanol, myself id drink the alcohol and keep the heads (meths) for making the bio, that or use the main body for running...
by Brett
Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:52 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Material to make a still...
Replies: 72
Views: 27071

couple of alternate gasket ideas thought this was the best place to put it rather than tools of the trade,,,

as already said paper gasket

and what about a leather seal?
by Brett
Thu Apr 13, 2006 7:48 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Need good rum
Replies: 94
Views: 52988

just gettin a 5 gallon batch ready to ferment only the shop ran out of mollasses :(... im using 5 * 1/2 kg bags of billingtons natural unrefined moalsses cane sugar and 5 * 1kg bags of billingtons natural unrefined golden granulated sugar. (http://www.billingtons.co.uk onclick="window.open(this.href...
by Brett
Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:01 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Smelly Pickle Buckets
Replies: 15
Views: 5135

doubt u will ever get that smell it :( one of the things with plastics
by Brett
Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:38 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: contams again
Replies: 2
Views: 1857

do u sterilise everything u use for racking just before u use it and also sterilise the keg just before u put the beer in, also using campdem tablets during racking, bottling and kegging can help keep the contams away when making wine and beers
by Brett
Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Material to make a still...
Replies: 72
Views: 27071

if our preaching not to use plastics is of putting then that is a good thing, plastics should not be used and the fact it is bad and dangerous will only be used and taken advantage of by the laws to say stillin shouldnt be legalised because theres always some person who will go ahead and disregard a...
by Brett
Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:43 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Backset
Replies: 10
Views: 3031

caramalised sugar is the way to go possum, with my limited n few washes iv found the darker the starting sugar u caramalise the deeper the flavour. just made a batch of rum flavoured with maderines and honey (that maderin rind flavour sure comes accross quick 4 hrs in and its a little to strong (gue...
by Brett
Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:37 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Material to make a still...
Replies: 72
Views: 27071

ill bite my tongue from now on, my "common sense" tells me plastic is bad so i dont use.

we dont need to debate platics anymore i think myself and others have said all that needs to be said..


so from now on i take a role from tater..


One for the list :lol:
by Brett
Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:32 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Valved Reflux Still+voltage controller+lots of driving
Replies: 12
Views: 5513

taint rocket science, i run a big garden water but 3/4 full of water, theres no way all that water is going to get to hot on a run, but just to be sure the return pipe is attached to the top of the bin so the water comes out and runs down the wall of the bin in a spiral motion, Granted it doesnt get...
by Brett
Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: glass marbles
Replies: 12
Views: 3713

i might be able to get a load of stainless bb's the sort used in draw runners the family business used to make them and the draw runners housing, (its the other half of the family tho) but im not sure they would work out better than copper mesh, as the copper helps take nastys out and makes for a be...
by Brett
Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: ? Head cut for 1x distill apple brandy ?
Replies: 10
Views: 4046

currently with my rums and apple n blackberry brandy iv cut the first 40ml per gallon of wash, but recently iv started to go a little more on smell taste and touch, ends up being between 25-40 ml per gallon, the yeast i use and the ingredients dont seem to chuck out to much meths and nasty flavours....
by Brett
Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:58 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Material to make a still...
Replies: 72
Views: 27071

its the same theory for building ur still with lead solder, u cant taste it, u cant smell it u cant see it and theres no obvious signs of it degrading into the final product, but it is there and its lead poisoning and we all avoid using it.
by Brett
Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Material to make a still...
Replies: 72
Views: 27071

My still is made out of glass, with a copper condenser and the outlet to the collection vessel is 1/2" clear plastic tubing. Havent noticed any adverse affects from the plastic, despite running over 6+ gals through it and ur a chemist to run the tests to check the effects the plastic had and what l...
by Brett
Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:56 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: soldering stainless with lead
Replies: 7
Views: 2296

personally i wouldnt solder something that handles liquid nitrogen tho
by Brett
Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:42 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Material to make a still...
Replies: 72
Views: 27071

u can also get a type of bolt that has Grooves/lines cut into the bolt like they use for wheel studs, not sure if this would work (depends on thickness of the still metal) but its an idea. Id thought about this with the cork gasket myself, If u look at the gaskets there chipped pieces of cork, so is...
by Brett
Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:28 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: My still, is it ok and will it work well?
Replies: 12
Views: 2652

Also disagree with the volume point my very first still and i only just built my second was a 7 ltr stockpot in which i would run a 1 gallon batch making 1 bottle of output (rum) For me this was fine and made for a continous process, once distilled id start the next batch fermenting and by the time ...