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by Blais
Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe as a first (and second) run.
Replies: 8
Views: 2241

Cool, thanks.

I didn't think mailing it would besuch a hot idea, especially given it's flammability.
by Blais
Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe as a first (and second) run.
Replies: 8
Views: 2241

Update: I found someone else who's had (but not really enjoyed) absinthe before to try my batch. The response was; "A-yea. That's absinthe. *cough*". I've only ever tried Pernod pastis so I guess it was a bit of a reassurance to know that my absinthe tastes like absinthe to someone who's had it befo...
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe as a first (and second) run.
Replies: 8
Views: 2241

That's not me, it's some kid I know. P.S. The previous post is a work of fiction and is not based in any way on fact. The information provided is for entertainment purposes and not meant to be taken as fact. The images are a dramatization and the substances depicted are non-controlled and legal unde...
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

pintoshine: I think I'll try your C-clamp method and thanks for the cleaning tip. My next project will be with beer so I'm sure the washing soda tip will come in handuy. As for the product of my novice efferts: I feel a warmth in the general abdominal regian and a numbness/sedative effect in the hea...
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe as a first (and second) run.
Replies: 8
Views: 2241

Absinthe as a first (and second) run.

Yesterday I posted pics of my new still ( http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5181&highlight= ) and made my first liter of absinthe. Today, I tried another with some adjustments, repairs (thanks defcon4!) and recipe tips I found, and figured I'd post my results. http://i173.photobucket.co...
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

Hahaha!
I'll be there soon, I think. I'm sipping hard on the Absinthe I made last night. BTW the Squid is not me, it's Cthulhu (I wish I was Cthulhu).

Absinthe and Lovecraft... Just need oil lamps and piano music to complete the setting
:D
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Second run (w/ Fractional Reflux operation instructions)
Replies: 77
Views: 134159

Please sticky! I'm planning on a reflux build and the tips in this thread are the best I've read so far.
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

Thanks for the tips, especially on fixing the leaks. I'm going to try another run tonight and see how it goes.
by Blais
Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

Yeah, I learned that the hard way. I'm going to try and correct that today and try another run this weekend. The Absinthe came out pretty good, but a little lacking in wormwood flavor. Is it generally a bad idea to increase the heat until there is a steady flow out of the still? I'm still not sure i...
by Blais
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

Ok, I think I fixed it but the quality is lower.
by Blais
Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:28 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

I'm thinking that's what I should have done. It's been almost three hours and I barely have 1/3 of a litre. I just sampled a bit though, STRONG. I need to get a hydrometer but even the few drops I had made me cough. My thermometer's probe sits above the level of the wash, should I assume that the te...
by Blais
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

Wierd, I can't find anything wrong with code. Does this address work? http://bp3.blogger.com/_GveyGQyfP6A/Rzo7MOf3orI/AAAAAAAAAAM/SwjdFOcqsAY/s1600/Photo%2B91.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow I usually use photobucket but it hasn't been uploading for me lately. Also,...
by Blais
Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My first still.
Replies: 5
Views: 2282

My first still.

I posted this over in the stills forum, but I figured that since I'm a novice, I'd post it here too. Here's my first pot still construction: http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w53/hollowgrind/Photo91.jpg http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w53/hollowgrind/Photo92.jpg 8 Qt. ressure cooker form wallmar...
by Blais
Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My first attempt. (Be brutal)
Replies: 30
Views: 5238

My first attempt. (Be brutal)

Here's my first pot still construction: http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w53/hollowgrind/Photo91.jpg http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w53/hollowgrind/Photo92.jpg 8 Qt. ressure cooker form wallmart: $29.99 Copper tube and fittings: $20.00 Thermometer: $5.00 Bucket from dollar store: A predictable...
by Blais
Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Signifigant ethanol evaporation during handling?
Replies: 16
Views: 5015

Very good.
Thanks for the replies!
by Blais
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Signifigant ethanol evaporation during handling?
Replies: 16
Views: 5015

One more thing. That is a wine vinigar 'factory' vessel. It says Italy on the bottom. I have the 5 gal one. It is made to trap the sedimend below the spout. You buy a live mother and it will live in that for a lifetime or two. traditionaly they are handed down (one of the live mothers) in a new ves...
by Blais
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Signifigant ethanol evaporation during handling?
Replies: 16
Views: 5015

Like UJ said, I wouldn't use one of the Brita water filters for alcohol. This topic has been brought up many times and there is more then just charcoal in those filters. ~r~ Duly noted. I've weighed the cons of the brita process fully and it's really just a pinch measure (didn't have the money for ...
by Blais
Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Fried dill pickles
Replies: 34
Views: 6833

Oh heck yeah! We used to serve deep-fried pickles and jalapeno slices at a bar where I worked. I found the best method is to use Klausen brand or similar crispy pickle, so it doesn't wilt into mush in the frier, and really coat it with clam-fry batter before you throw it in. P.S. The fried Jalapeno ...
by Blais
Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:50 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Signifigant ethanol evaporation during handling?
Replies: 16
Views: 5015

Signifigant ethanol evaporation during handling?

I was browsing an interesting article on Vodka filtration where 24 people sampled Grey Goose and a brita-filtered budget vodka in a blind taste test. The cheap, home-filtered vodka won and the testers hypothesized that it might have been evaporation of some of the ethanol during the filtration proce...