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by Skymeat
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best Hotplate Locally
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Best Hotplate Locally

Fair enough - I knew the best way to do it, I was on a short timeline for my plan this week. Free time is rare, so I must make the most of it. The link for HillBilly was great! There's a lot more out there than when I built my still about 4-5 years ago. I did buy a used hotplate - Same thing but an ...
by Skymeat
Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best Hotplate Locally
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Best Hotplate Locally

Lowes/Homedepot is local. Or a restaurant supply. The domed bottom didn't matter very much in my first attempts. The edge of the keg sat on the hotplate surface, and the burner was very close, but not touching the keg bottom.
by Skymeat
Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fwd: Counterfeit Spirits (YOU WILL BE CAUGHT)
Replies: 155
Views: 123480

Re: Fwd: Counterfeit Spirits (YOU WILL BE CAUGHT)

This is likely a scare tactic. I'm sure it's legit for people trying to counterfeit large scale. Just like encrypted rfid tags in designer purses. The argument for loss of tax revenue is so far off the mark that its offensive. I buy local fruit and veggies, yeast, water, propane, honey... It costs m...
by Skymeat
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best Hotplate Locally
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Best Hotplate Locally

I'm needing to setup for indoor runs this winter. I ran my still with an old hotplate a few years ago, but it was a PITA, though it worked great. Any feedback for a locally available hotplate that will fit a Miller 15.5G Keg in the US (Lowe's, Home Depot, restaurant supply)? I'm not in a place to pu...
by Skymeat
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Indoor Finishing Still?
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Indoor Finishing Still?

I'm just getting back into it - So a little behind on my education. Sorry for the rudimentary questions. I think I'm going to make a stripping head that I can run outside, and use the Boka head inside on electric. The first couple times I used it I did it indoors with great success, but I opted for ...
by Skymeat
Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Indoor Finishing Still?
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Indoor Finishing Still?

That's what I figured. Perhaps time for an industrial hotplate and move inside.
by Skymeat
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling smell
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Distilling smell

For me it's a faint alcohol smell while running. Cleaning out the rest of the boiler creates clouds of funky vapor that fly downwind(especially in cold weather). I'm in an urbanish area and have never had any problems emptying the boiler in the front yard though.
by Skymeat
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Indoor Finishing Still?
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Indoor Finishing Still?

*Bokakob
by Skymeat
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Indoor Finishing Still?
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Indoor Finishing Still?

Long tome reading and distilling, but haven't been here for ages. Currently I'm running a 2" Bokabob about 4' high. After the first run I'm getting 170-180 proof, but is needs a second run. I'm thinking about making a small stove top model to do the finishing runs, rather than sitting in the garage ...
by Skymeat
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Commercial Gluten Free?
Replies: 6
Views: 1681

I'm talking about spirits, in specific. I know of some Gluten free beer, and they suck. Gluten does survive the distillation process. If the people drinking it are really sensitive to it like the ones I know it's a bad scene. I'm just looking for input on spirits that are known to be gluten free to ...
by Skymeat
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Commercial Gluten Free?
Replies: 6
Views: 1681

Commercial Gluten Free?

Anybody know of any brands that really are 100% Gluten free?
by Skymeat
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:49 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Tanqueray Slush
Replies: 8
Views: 2066

sorry hookline, I read it right the first time, -10f. I reread it a couple times and thought it was in proof. tired here.
by Skymeat
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Tanqueray Slush
Replies: 8
Views: 2066

so I assume my freezer didn't -75F. But it did turn into a slurpee consistency. BirdWatcher, that is a really sweet story. Meeting JT and talking drinks. I'll try it asap. I already ruled out vermouth as a martini ingredient. But I always went Bond Style. Big Grapefruit fan too. Did you discuss a pr...
by Skymeat
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:07 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: inline stripping flange
Replies: 92
Views: 23270

Ive got to say that is bad ass. I started giggling looking at it. Great innovation.






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by Skymeat
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Good Prices online copper
Replies: 21
Views: 7228

I got 6 feet for 15$. It took a lot of shopping around thought, and it was scrap. But the local plumbing supply said 12$ a foot new.
by Skymeat
Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: bokakob or valved still
Replies: 30
Views: 7658

I just used the plans as a guideline. I made the column pretty much to spec (but resized(2"x48"))and picked up a 15.5 keg as a boiler. The hardest part was figuring out how to mate it with the keg. When I figured it out, it was just a matter of buying and waiting for the parts.
by Skymeat
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: bokakob or valved still
Replies: 30
Views: 7658

It took me a long time, and a lot of trial and error, but I have a bokakob mini that I am really proud of. I could have bought one cheaper I think at this point after buying new tools and parts. But I wouldn't trade it.
by Skymeat
Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Tanqueray Slush
Replies: 8
Views: 2066

Tanqueray Slush

So the fan in my freezer that blows cold air into the fridge broke, so I turned the freezer on coldest, so it would keep the fridge cold enough. I didn't open either for a couple days, till the replacement fan showed up. When I did open the freezer a half full bottle of gin in there had almost froze...
by Skymeat
Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sloowww ferments
Replies: 14
Views: 2563

What would the Ideal Ph be?
by Skymeat
Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Square Oak Box for Aging?
Replies: 34
Views: 9521

Pintoshine, You may have it. It wouldn't be hard to drill out a log with only basic power tools, and a little imagination. Heck of a lot easier than making a box.
by Skymeat
Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Scottish pot stills
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

I'll chip in couple bucks...
by Skymeat
Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Using Corn Meal
Replies: 33
Views: 5394

Putting the column on the keg is truly simple once you have the parts. All you need is:
1) a copper to female (C X F) connector on the column
2) a NPT to Tri-clamp fitting
3) a tri-clamp
4) and an o-ring.

The last three can be found at Brewhaus.



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by Skymeat
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Valved VS. Internal Reflux Designs and the Bokakob build
Replies: 28
Views: 9736

Point taken.
I have about 200 pages of beer brewings.
Half the fun is the documentation. Oh what a nerd I am...





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by Skymeat
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:45 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: bokakob or valved still
Replies: 30
Views: 7658

A little trial and error:

The winner is on the Far Left.


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by Skymeat
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:34 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Using Corn Meal
Replies: 33
Views: 5394

I live in a town where the local PD estimates that 2% of households are growing dope. Fermentation smell is the least of my worries.
It does smell pleasant. I'm just worried about the roar of a high pressure propane burner in the carport for 12 or so hours at a go.
by Skymeat
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:27 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Sharing First Experiences, ARC, 11k sugar, bentonite slurry
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

Put pictures on PhotoBucket, or Picassa. Whichever one you don't use for family portraits.
by Skymeat
Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Good store bought spirits
Replies: 27
Views: 4695

Beefeater, or Cascade Gin
Three Olive, or Mazama (peppered) Vodka
And the hoppiest IPA's I can get.
by Skymeat
Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Valved VS. Internal Reflux Designs and the Bokakob build
Replies: 28
Views: 9736

Finished pics.


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by Skymeat
Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: bokakob or valved still
Replies: 30
Views: 7658

I just made a Bokakob column. I used 2" copper. To attach to the keg I got a 2" copper to female "C X F", and from Brewhaus a 2" male to Tri-clamp fitting, and a tri-clamp. For the condenser I went through about 40 feet of 1/4" tubing before I figured out how to do it right. But the last 15 feet fin...
by Skymeat
Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Valved VS. Internal Reflux Designs and the Bokakob build
Replies: 28
Views: 9736

I think I was once again being slow:) The compression sleeve, and nut stay put....

I'll post a couple pics soon. It looks damn impressive to me. Might be ugly, but forces of nature can be.




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