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by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 17, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Medicine taste in stilled rum
Replies: 35
Views: 1249

Re: Medicine taste in stilled rum

I don't know how you fellas make Rum that tastes like band aids. It must be a special talent.
by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 17, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4416
Views: 807766

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Not looking forward to the first few gens, but wanting to get to gen 3/4/5....etc. There is no bad UJ, keep the early gens and drink them white or oaked, appreciate them for what they are, set a bottle or two aside to compare to later generations. Generations 3,4 and 5 are still only scratching the...
by Saltbush Bill
Sun May 16, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to Stilling
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: New to Stilling

Welcome to the hobby Bandit.
Others will be along shortly to answer your questions.
Any future questions need to be asked in the appropriate section of the forum..... we try to keep this part for welcomes only.
by Saltbush Bill
Sat May 15, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Restarting stuck ferment
Replies: 19
Views: 290

Re: Restarting stuck ferment

A 6.5% ABV would be considered adequate and acceptable for some bread and ale yeast. That's about as high an ABV as they can ever produce. A quick look around the net will see figures for bread yeast of 6% right through to 14% and beyond. Personally I'm sure it can do at least 12% ABV quite happily...
by Saltbush Bill
Fri May 14, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All Hearts Spirit Run
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: All Hearts Spirit Run

NZChris wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 10:47 pm
Running with a reflux still, there is a chance that you could compress quite a lot of desirable flavors into the first jar off the still.
What if you ran no reflux, Boka Needle valve wide open, A CM run without coolant to the Reflux, heat input adjusted to suit, both spring to mind.
by Saltbush Bill
Fri May 14, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Restarting stuck ferment
Replies: 19
Views: 290

Re: Restarting stuck ferment

If Youngs Dried Active Yeast,is a bakers yeast thats kind of cool for it.....try bumping the temp up to around 33-34C
by Saltbush Bill
Thu May 13, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All Hearts Spirit Run
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: All Hearts Spirit Run

The short answer is that if you made good tight cuts the first time, and it is a pure hearts cut , you shouldnt have to make any cut at all on the infusion run. If you really want you could collect a few ml in small jars at the beginning of the run and smell the contents just to be sure.
by Saltbush Bill
Thu May 13, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Head space in a still
Replies: 24
Views: 502

Re: Head space in a still

To put it simply, you should keep the abv of the wash lower
High abv stresses the yeast and makes for bad tasting booze.
by Saltbush Bill
Thu May 13, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: antique still
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: antique still

Is it really a great idea to ruin an antique by drilling a hole in the side and putting a thermometer there. Do you think that there is a reason that the previous owners / builder didn't put one in it ? Building a product condenser for it would be time and money better spent. As Mashable has pointed...
by Saltbush Bill
Thu May 13, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Head space in a still
Replies: 24
Views: 502

Re: Head space in a still

Tx Mike wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 2:39 am
My initial abv was 16%,
Are you saying that the wash ABV was 16% ?
by Saltbush Bill
Thu May 13, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Another new guy!
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: Another new guy!

Hi Chris , it looks like your making moves in the right direction, I tried to help a friends son run one of those tiny cheap potstills a few months ago, what a frustrating experience. Nasty little thing.
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Florida
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Greetings from Florida

Welcome to home distillers Teatotaller.
teetotaller wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 7:38 pm
I'm quite taken by the idea of building an all-copper still, though I know it's not the most "practical" option.
I'd be interested to hear of a more practical option.
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1205

Re: Learning to make cuts.

I don't get too hung up on water temp I think it is more about flow rate for mine Again its about using your senses, there is no particular temp that will suit all condensers. You need enough flow to get a temprature gradient happening. Feel the condencer.....warm to hot at the top.......dead cold ...
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Carboy Closure for Aging?
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: Carboy Closure for Aging?

Rrmuf , its called an exothermic reaction.......the higher the abv of the alcohol the more noticeable it becomes.
Cutting anything above about 90% back to 40 or so it becomes very noticeable.
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi novice here
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: Hi novice here

Welcome aboard Bantasbees, Care to tell us a little more ?
What do you mean by "old style" Im guessing pot or pot and thumper?
What sort of spirit do you hope to make ? Whisky ? Rum? Brandy or something else ?
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone else got the Wuhan?
Replies: 257
Views: 19184

Re: Anyone else got the Wuhan?

First shot today.....8 hours ago......only side effect seems to be thirst, having a large UJ and soda to fix that.
On second thoughts the thirst could be normal.
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1205

Re: Learning to make cuts.

He gave me the advice to not be greedy, even if my keeper jars were less than I wanted, since I can save those “almost hearts jars” for my next run and not really view it as wasted effort. Since then, I’ve made some great spirits. Good advice in my opinon, as a newb learning to make cuts, the last ...
by Saltbush Bill
Wed May 12, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

You will find that any gin foreshot will louche.......nothing unusual there.
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Hello from South Africa

Welcome aboard Cobus......someone here was playing around with pineapples in recent weeks.
EDIT
Right here I do believe. https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 11&t=83204
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1205

Re: Learning to make cuts.

My feeling is that your going to battle to make anything like a neutral using a pot anyway........there are those who claim they can......Ive yet to taste the evidence. Your going to have to distill at least 3 times making cuts each time to even get close. You will need to run only what you chose as...
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Carboy Closure for Aging?
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: Carboy Closure for Aging?

I feel that it's generally recommended to rest your spirits for a similar period after proofing to allow for some time to get over the terrible shock of being mixed with water lol! Ive read that many distilleries cut from barrel proof back to bottle proof with water over a period of weeks rather th...
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Reasons for slow fermentation?
Replies: 21
Views: 542

Re: Reasons for slow fermentation?

How can you stir it to much at the begining? What effect would that have?
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 30 gallon copper pot
Replies: 38
Views: 1358

Re: 30 gallon copper pot

Nice work...
..great still.
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

The whole demisting thing sounds wierd to me.......Ive never heard of or seen heads louche.
Your theory could be right Cob.
by Saltbush Bill
Tue May 11, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Liebig size and element
Replies: 15
Views: 237

Re: Liebig size and element

Sporacle wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 10:35 pm
My technical measurement now for water flow is ... ouch, hot, warm, cooler and cool as I run my hand along
Thats the way , the more you learn to do things by using your senses , the better the distiller you will become.
by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mile High Flute Run
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: First Mile High Flute Run

I'm not a fan either Larry .....I once saw some of their early builds here in an Au distillery........back then I was shocked at the quality....it wasn't good. I can only assume that things got better as time went by as Ive not seen another example first hand since in this country. As far as Im awar...
by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Moonshine with Momma
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Moonshine with Momma

My mother likes the gin that I make. Shes asked several times to watch and help. Has enjoyed the process both times.
by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mile High Flute Run
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: First Mile High Flute Run

Agree with the above....any flute is going to be a bitch to run without a needle valve.....you need very precise adjustment to the defleglamator water flow.
by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Basic tools for building a still
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Basic tools for building a still

I'm going to agree with the others , 6 gal is 22.7 L is on the small side, you will get real bored with that really quickly. I started with a 25L boiler and it wasn't long before I was wishing for bigger. Spend the time and effort knocking up a keg boiler with a Pot still head and thumper .....much ...
by Saltbush Bill
Mon May 10, 2021 2:58 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Are washes distilled with or without the (dead) yeast?
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Are washes distilled with or without the (dead) yeast?

The simple answer is .......leave as much as you can behind.....most will be sitting on the bottom of the fermenter after a few days to a week of inactivity. If your the fussy type "Id suggests so" then go through all of the rigmarole of racking and cold crashing and what ever else tickles ya fancy....