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by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

Hawke, sorry if I said 3.5L charge. . .it's actually 3.5 gallons. So, I'm assuming that collecting in 250 ML containers is small enough? Thanks, Dan
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

Vaj and Dndrhed, many thanks, I appreciate the advice, both of your comments were helpful. I'm getting there. Thanks again.
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

Bootlegger. . .I used all caps to call immediate attention to an error that I had made in the previous post. Re-read it and you'll see what I mean. By catching the attention of the group quickly with all-caps I hoped to save you or anyone else on the forum the inconvenience of answering the wrong qu...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

OOPS, IN THE LAST POST I WROTE THAT NUMBER 6 IS UNCLEAR TO ME. I MEANT NUMBER 4. BASICALLY, IT'S NOT CLEAR TO ME HOW TO DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF HEAT TO RUN IT AT. SHOULD I JUST EYEBALL IT, SO THAT IT'S COMING OUT SLOW AND STEADY?
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

You're right, I'm working with a cool antique, and I'm kind old myself. When you say "run it slower" do you mean something like this: 1. Insert 3.5 gallons of wine in the pot. 2. Turn the propane on high until the foreshots show up. 3. Collect and discard 200ml (or so) or foreshots. 4. Turn the flam...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: IDEA FOR THE MODERATORS
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: IDEA FOR THE MODERATORS

Well, I hadn't given much thought to the legal aspects. Don't get me started about that one. Aside from that, here's my point. I read, read, read about distilling---and I learn a lot. I also go on the sites (Distiller, New Distiller, HOme Distiller)---and I learn a lot. But I guess you have to be a ...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: IDEA FOR THE MODERATORS
Replies: 6
Views: 471

IDEA FOR THE MODERATORS

I have a business idea for one or more of the moderators. Just a thought: A great service for amateurs like myself would be if we could make a 15-60 minute telephone appointment with the "Distillers Coach" and talk to the coach by phone for, say, $1 or $1.50 per minute about a distilling problem or ...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

OOPS. . .NOTE TO HAWK, HUSKER AND GMAN. . .JUST TO BE CLEAR, HERE IS THE QUESTION AGAIN. ASSUMING I DON'T HAVE A PARROT AT THIS TIME, CAN YOU HELP ME CLARIFY THE FOLLOWING: I have been advised on this site that I should probably be collecting only what comes across between 193 and 203 F and discard ...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

Thanks GMan, I was looking at some of the parrot threads earlier this a.m., but didn't see the one you sent with the great photos. I'm going to show it to my engineer buddy and see if he might help me tackle that. QUESTION: Assuming I can't make and install a parrot for awhile, I would love it if Ha...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Installing a thermometer in a potstill

Thank you Hawke and Husker---both very valuable answers to me. Since my pot still is kind of a family heirloom from the old country, I would rather not drill a hole in it for a thermometer if it's not necessary. And, since I only plan to distill one thing (our traditional family brandy), it makes se...
by Polenta
Sat May 10, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Installing a thermometer in a potstill
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Installing a thermometer in a potstill

Hello the group. . .I have a classic copper potstill made in my family's village in Italy. It holds five gallons with room to spare. I make wine but am now using the still to distill some of my wine into aqua vitae (basic Italian brandy). My question: I would like to install a thermometer in the sti...
by Polenta
Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:11 am
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grappa Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 6659

BRANDY HYDROMETER

Thanks for making things so clear! When you're just starting out, it really helps when you have more experienced people who are patient and willing to go to "ground zero" on the advice. Thanks. I'll go look at hydrometers this afternoon. Another rookie question: As a short-term measure (just to have...
by Polenta
Sun Jun 12, 2005 6:53 am
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grappa Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 6659

POTSTILL TEMPERATURE

Thanks Grayson. The reason I asked about the possibility of using an "outside" thermometer to estimate temperature with a potstill is that I saw two previous notes on this site in which the guys mentioned attaching a regular stove thermometer to the outside of the copper when there is no port. Not s...
by Polenta
Sat Jun 11, 2005 7:35 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grappa Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 6659

BRANDY/GRAPPA

I love the way you guys convert and benchmark---those are the signposts I need to guide me. Thanks, too, for the temperature advice, I'll use that. Problem is, I don't think the still I'm getting has a thermometer built into it or even a port for one. When you say that the temperature needs to be ta...
by Polenta
Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:43 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grappa Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 6659

ITALIAN BRANDY/GRAPPA

Tater. . .it's about 15 liters. It's a cool design---traditional, except it has a double copper bottom with a space in between the two layers of copper for oil. There is a little port where you add the oil. Having the layer of oil between the two layers of copper helps prevent burning the pomace. wh...
by Polenta
Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grappa Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 6659

Brandy Will Do

Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. Well, I knew that making grappa from pomace was tricky, but I thought (probably naively) that I could pull off a couple bottles of brandy for the reunion by simply distilling the wine. Are the first few distillations pretty much doomed to failure? I have made...
by Polenta
Sat Jun 11, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grappa Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 6659

Grappa Advice

I have an Italian family reunion coming up in late Sept. On Aug 15 I will have a traditional Italian copper pot still delivered to me. I want to make 4-5 liters of grappy for the reunion. Can I make a decent grappa in that amount by simply distilling a few gallons of good quality zinfandel? Any grap...