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by metalsmith
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Essential Oils
Topic: steam injection + thumper = fruit hydrosol - the scorch ?
Replies: 6
Views: 125

Re: steam injection + thumper = fruit hydrosol - the scorch ?

I know and understand nothing about essential oils. I do know how to scorch a thick mash. Steam will be your friend.
by metalsmith
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: My old cat made a double decade
Replies: 26
Views: 463

Re: My old cat made a double decade

When I was dating my wife, she had a kitten. She still had it when we married. That damn thing hung on for 23 years, just to spite me.
by metalsmith
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: CAUSTIC SODA in the steeping water
Replies: 6
Views: 179

Re: CAUSTIC SODA in the steeping water

I believe that is used to make hominy as well.
by metalsmith
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the UP
Replies: 12
Views: 542

Re: Hello from the UP

Hey Uper, Welcome!
by metalsmith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" Column Packing and Extension
Replies: 55
Views: 1192

Re: 6" Column Packing and Extension

6 inch pipe with 6 perforated plates should do neutral ok. My experience is I could not cool it well enough. The power to fill the plates took bunches of cooling for the product condenser. 60 degree cooling water could nor fow fast enough to stay ahead of the plates,
by metalsmith
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Confessions of an amature distiller.
Replies: 18
Views: 862

Re: Confessions of an amature distiller.

I heard that a horse feed mash did a great whiskey. ( you know, sweet feed). Being vegan I ate the entire bag of producers pride all grain sweet feed before I could try to “mash” it.
by metalsmith
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Dry COB
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Dry COB

Picking up any COB has been a trick at TSC. Many stores don’t carry it and can’t order it in. See if they have feed molasses and add that in.
by metalsmith
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Should I or shouldn't I?
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Should I or shouldn't I?

Assuming this is the first alcohol run through the still, it will have nasty things in it that will not distill out.
by metalsmith
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Inverted keg drain options
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: Inverted keg drain options

I built one this way, but went with 2 inch ball valve and 90. Had a 4 inch tri clamp on top. More for cleaning, as I ran a 3 inch outlet.

As a boiler you may not have any trub or solids to plug a one inch valve.
by metalsmith
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I know the turbos get a hard time, but why?
Replies: 96
Views: 2887

Re: I know the turbos get a hard time, but why?

The worst hang over I ever had was from turbo yeast. Worse than MD 20/20.
by metalsmith
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Gerber
Replies: 886
Views: 195577

Re: Gerber

I cant find the Gerber Barley anywhere. But Wal-Mart has an Oats, wheat and Barley cereal mix. https://www.walmart.com/ip/3-pack-Earth-s-Best-Organic-Infant-Cereal-Whole-Multi-Grain-8-oz-Box/191853654 Would this be a viable cereal. I'm really trying to stay away from a turbo wash for my sac run, an...
by metalsmith
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Would You Trust Silver Solder For Keg Boiler Legs?
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Would You Trust Silver Solder For Keg Boiler Legs?

OK, my opinion, 3/8 rod is too small to take the heat, regardless of the fastening technique. Angle iron frame to lift the tank and heat, 1/2 inch threads to adjust at the bottom, away from the heat. I found this chart online . At 750F a 3/8" rod can stand 572 lbs of max load. I planned on using 4 ...
by metalsmith
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning Patient Rooms - High ABV
Replies: 30
Views: 1467

Re: Cleaning Patient Rooms - High ABV

Wil-lh, I had to laugh at the “ the devil you dance with...”. Comment. Do we make the state fire marshal happy, or the Medicare/Medicaid inspector happy. Or the Joint Commission surveyor happy, or that doctor that does not care about anything but “me”.
by metalsmith
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Why does PID control work?
Replies: 90
Views: 3878

Re: Why does PID control work?

Make your set point 250 and don’t worry about it.
by metalsmith
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning Patient Rooms - High ABV
Replies: 30
Views: 1467

Re: Cleaning Patient Rooms - High ABV

WileE Coyote- You can brew whatever you want. But you have to check with your Facilities Director and Risk Management Director before you use anything you brew up in the hospital. The risk is huge. And I mean HUGE. You could loose everything you have worked so hard for. HOMELESS is not out of the qu...
by metalsmith
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Would You Trust Silver Solder For Keg Boiler Legs?
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Would You Trust Silver Solder For Keg Boiler Legs?

OK, my opinion, 3/8 rod is too small to take the heat, regardless of the fastening technique. Angle iron frame to lift the tank and heat, 1/2 inch threads to adjust at the bottom, away from the heat.
by metalsmith
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning Patient Rooms - High ABV
Replies: 30
Views: 1467

Re: Cleaning Patient Rooms - High ABV

I too am in the healthcare field. You are risking a huge fire using high proof alcohol on surfaces. Hand sanitizer needs to be 70 percent or better to kill bacteria and viruses. Do not “aerosolize “. It. Do not saturate surfaces with it. It only takes a spark to ignite. Ask your State Fire Marshall ...
by metalsmith
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Questions for those using Rotary Evaporators
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Questions for those using Rotary Evaporators

Thanks, a divine to distill with vacuum.
by metalsmith
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Questions for those using Rotary Evaporators
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Questions for those using Rotary Evaporators

OK, What, in very specific terms, is a rotary evaporator? Please pardon my stupid.
by metalsmith
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When to stop collecting distillate?
Replies: 23
Views: 1893

Re: When to stop collecting distillate?

Ok, an answer that is not helpful, not technical, and a bit disrespectful, (Sorry).

“Just before you quit drinking..”
by metalsmith
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: My little Still puts out
Replies: 6
Views: 860

Re: My little Still puts out

Hey Boom, I call my still “Slut”. Because it really puts out. Sort of on topic!
by metalsmith
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Copper mesh distilling
Replies: 24
Views: 1258

Re: Copper mesh distilling

Expat wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:50 am
I don't think that copper columns really make all that much.......Unclear to me if copper in the boiler makes a material difference to the process.
But it is so classic... and pretty.
by metalsmith
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: My new moonshine reflux pot 6.29''ø 160'' Column
Replies: 40
Views: 2180

Re: My new moonshine reflux pot 6.29''ø 160'' Column

I tried a 3 perforated plate 6 inch diameter head and found I had to throw so much heat at it to load the plates I could not make a big enough product condenser to stay ahead of it. It also smeared all the way through.
by metalsmith
Fri May 22, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: River Drive barrels?
Replies: 9
Views: 895

Re: River Drive barrels?

Google took me to Barrels Direct, got confused. Thanks!
by metalsmith
Tue May 19, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: River Drive barrels?
Replies: 9
Views: 895

Re: River Drive barrels?

Do they have a web site?
by metalsmith
Mon May 11, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Wheat flour whisky
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Re: Wheat flour whisky

I did a mash Sunday. All wheat, no malt. 2 pounds wheat per gallon. Toasted the wheat to a nice caramel color. Used a little butter for flavor. Added milk for water, and a pound of Italian sausage for flavor too. Put it on home made bisket, nothing like biskets and gravy!
by metalsmith
Sun May 10, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Taste the old backset
Replies: 16
Views: 2449

Re: Taste the old backset

acfixer69 wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:44 pm
I would never dip my finger in anything that old a year old and not expect the same or worst results. But I have that's how I now no what not to do. :lol:
My Dad told me to leave anything under 21 alone.
by metalsmith
Sun May 10, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone have a favorite Brisquit recipe?
Replies: 24
Views: 2094

Re: Anyone have a favorite Brisquit recipe?

Cranky,........ My lawnmower is a great example, top of the line Honda that would cost the best part of a kilobuck to buy new. Got it at the dump, the idle jet was plugged so it surged when running. Took 20 minutes to figure that out........ I worked on that d*** thing 3 weekends straight. Wife wan...
by metalsmith
Sun May 10, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4945
Views: 329470

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

ShineonCrazyDiamond wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 3:15 pm
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Sauerkraut on crawdad tails?
by metalsmith
Thu May 07, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Do you belive in ghosts?
Replies: 19
Views: 1938

Re: Do you belive in ghosts?

Yes, animals and humans. It has to be a struggle. What you are familiar with, and what is next. ?