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by Dutchmancreek
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Circulation pumps
Replies: 6
Views: 1387

Re: Circulation pumps

if the pump puts out to much install a bypass so excess drains back to tank. do not restrict the flow. Right..........buy a valved "Y" connection used for garden hoses and run one fork to the condenser and the other back to the tank. you can adjust the flow to the condenser without putting back pre...
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Hobby/Business
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Re: Hobby/Business

I missed that one (saw the sign but didn't stop) in August but I did stop at the other distillery mentioned in the article, the Isiah Morgan place. http://www.ellenjaye.com/wh_isaiahmorgan.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow I wasn't much impressed. The owner didn't wan...
by Dutchmancreek
Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Valved reflux question
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Valved reflux question

Yeah, I'm with dutchman, I have heard a lot of bad comments on that design, they are supposed to be really hard to run... the easiest design to run is the vapour management, so simple I can run one.. :) :D Not really hard to run, just fussy and require attention. The design is also more complicated...
by Dutchmancreek
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Valved reflux question
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Valved reflux question

Use the 2x2x2...it'll be fine. You can also use 2" for the condenser shell.

By the way, there are better designs out there. Check out the threads for Vapor Management stills. They are as easy (or easier) to build than the LM valved reflux and work more efficiently.
by Dutchmancreek
Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Plumber's Tape?
Replies: 22
Views: 2501

Re: Plumber's Tape?

Aren't the ptfe seals in the ball and gate valves used in VM stills the same material as the "plumbers tape"? Why are the valves acceptable and there is disagreement about the teflon tape?
by Dutchmancreek
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Glass carboys
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

Re: Glass carboys

To clean carboys (and bottles with dried material in the corners) I put in water, detergent, and a length of brass or stainless chain (small links). Shake it around and the chain will scour off all the bad stuff. Rinse, sanitize, and you're done.
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: still plans (Build or buy)
Replies: 8
Views: 2806

Re: still plans (Build or buy)

Unless you can afford to get one of those beauties from the Colonel (I wish I could), then your best course is to build one using the many examples in this forum. You'll probably enjoy it and it will be a learning experience for when you build your second still ( I know you will).
by Dutchmancreek
Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:49 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Looking for a label site.
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Looking for a label site.

What's wrong with a length of masking tape, and a Sharpie scribbled 'contents'? :lol: Personally, I think that if I put in all the time, expense, knowledge, and labor that's necessary to make a fine spirit then I should be proud enough of it to properly label and bottle it. Then again, I have a fri...
by Dutchmancreek
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: New kid
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: New kid

First of all get rid of the silicone hose.

Second, if everything is stainless steel, you need to get some copper in the system.

I don't understand the part about the 6mm hose on top of the head with a smelly drip.
by Dutchmancreek
Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Where do you find 2" copper pipe/fittings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1252

Re: Where do you find 2" copper pipe/fittings?

I go to a commercial plumbing company. Residential plumbers don't carry larger size stock. These people will sell me 2" copper pipe cut to whatever length I specify and provide all fittings. I just give a list to the lady at the desk and she calls a guy to fill the order and he brings it up in a box...
by Dutchmancreek
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Final Filtering
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Final Filtering

I bought a good toaster oven at the Salvation Army store for $10. I keep it in the shop for toasting. If it gets messed up I'll just pick up another.
by Dutchmancreek
Sat May 30, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: found some copper, is it safe?
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: found some copper, is it safe?

The copper itself wouldn't be as much a worry as the solder that might have been used to seal the downspouts and seams. They wouldn't use lead free silver bearing solder in structural applications like this. You might be able to find lead test kits in a good hardware store.
by Dutchmancreek
Sat May 09, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A simple way to flavor whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 12128

Re: white whiskey?

What is white whiskey?? ive tried making whiskey from vodka using american oak chips toasted , a little maple syrup and toasted malt, and its great! thanks cheers from Canada White whiskey would be corn or grain whiskey that has been left "white", that is, not aged in oak barrels, etc. Sometimes ca...
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: choice of still advice? (and other!)
Replies: 25
Views: 1778

Re: choice of still advice? (and other!)

Pot stills are definitely not inferior to column type stills...they are just used for different purposes. The best whiskey and brandy in the world is distilled in pot stills but they aren't the most efficient for running high purity neutrals. Large stainless pots with heavy bottoms and good lids are...
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: choice of still advice? (and other!)
Replies: 25
Views: 1778

Re: choice of still advice? (and other!)

regarding the still: I had been slowly coming to the conclusion that the pot still is the way to go for brandy and whiskey. but due to my fascination with the options present in a valved reflux still, I am undecided... Could a person use a valved reflux still as a pot still by removing the condensa...
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: choice of still advice? (and other!)
Replies: 25
Views: 1778

Re: choice of still advice? (and other!)

I agree with the holymackerel....if you want whiskey and brandy use a pot still. There a lot of examples in these pages but I have one bit of advice. If you want to get into it, build a still of a decent enough size that you can run good size batches and make good cuts. A small stove top still will ...
by Dutchmancreek
Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: insulating keg
Replies: 4
Views: 624

Re: insulating keg

I do it exactly like 'eternalfrost'.....reflectix insulation and the metal tape they sell to use with it. I use a propane burner so I don't run the insulation all the way to the bottom of the keg...a few inches of clearance and no problem. The top of the keg is insulated with discs of reflectix with...
by Dutchmancreek
Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:56 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: On the Quest for cheaper yeast
Replies: 27
Views: 3811

Re: On the Quest for cheaper yeast

Whatta ya mean "do it right"? I've made a lot of whiskey with bakers yeast, as well as "distillers" yeast and if I might say so it's pretty damn good. If it makes you shudder then do it however you want, but don't tell everyone that they're doing it wrong.
by Dutchmancreek
Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:48 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: You can get free white oak.
Replies: 15
Views: 2510

Re: You can get free white oak.

The government requires that most pallets used for shipping product under contracts be dipped in a preservative solution. Unless you can read the stamp or stencil on the pallet, you can't tell if the pallet is treated or not. Stay away from pallets.
by Dutchmancreek
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:12 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: LP tank
Replies: 35
Views: 2284

Re: LP tank

I'm with Dunder....I use a cork with a hole drilled through it to hold the thermometer. You can get corks of nearly any size to fit whatever you need.
by Dutchmancreek
Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will this work?
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Will this work?

The ice won't make enough contact with the coil to provide good condensation. In the few places where it is in contact, the copper will quickly "melt a hole" so there will be no contact and therefore no cooling. You'd have to be constantly dumping in crushed ice. Then you'd be using water plus the e...
by Dutchmancreek
Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: tell me what u think
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: tell me what u think

Don't use "steel wool". It will ruin everything you put through it. For column packing most use copper scrubbers or mesh. Be sure the scrubbers are pure copper and not plated steel...then you will be back to ruining your distillate.
by Dutchmancreek
Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What a weekend..
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: What a weekend..

The milk cartons are also good for transporting 20 pound propane tanks. They fit right in and wont tip over. Those cartons are some of the handiest things you can have around.
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: World Class Distillation Apparatus - Valved ver- First run
Replies: 18
Views: 2124

Re: World Class Distillation Apparatus - Valved ver- First run

Firstly, congratulations on going with the valved reflux instead of starting with the internal reflux as so many others (including myself) did. You would just have eventually changed anyway. This way you start a step ahead. This set up can certainly run flavored spirits. I ran UJSM in mine for quite...
by Dutchmancreek
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Bob Lennon's World Class Distillation Apparatus?
Replies: 14
Views: 2657

Re: Bob Lennon's World Class Distillation Apparatus?

I built one of those before I ever got into this forum (otherwise, I wouldn't have done it) and used it for a while. I soon found I was much better off with different equipment and the original was cannibalized for parts. The valved reflux type is not difficult to build once you get past making your...
by Dutchmancreek
Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:33 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Question on flaked corn maze
Replies: 7
Views: 1327

Re: Question on flaked corn maze

I'm with Punkin on this one. I always put backset back into the fermenter. I tried a higher percentage but down to about 25% seems to work best. The flavor is best after about 3 generations of backset. Just watch your pH.
by Dutchmancreek
Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Column insulation where to buy
Replies: 6
Views: 960

Re: Column insulation where to buy

I wrap the top two thirds of my keg boiler and my column, when I'm using it with a foil backed insulation called "Reflectix". You can but it by the foot at Ace Hardware or by the roll at most home improvement stores. I never thought of the water heater jacket idea...it's probably a better insulator ...
by Dutchmancreek
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Safety - A reminder that this stuff is dangerous
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: Safety - A reminder that this stuff is dangerous

Light your charcoal with a chimney starter. That way there's no flammable liquid to fool around with.
by Dutchmancreek
Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:49 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Newbie just starting out. Would like to hear your opinions.
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Newbie just starting out. Would like to hear your opinions.

1. Turbo yeast might work fast but can also leave bad flavors in the product. Use Distillers yeast, wine yeast, or just bakers yeast. 2. Look in the "tried and true" section and make a good sugar wash according to the instructions. 3. A good mash, good yeast, and careful distilling will eliminate th...