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by zymos
Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: setup of PSII for running UJSM
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: setup of PSII for running UJSM

Just pointing out for those that might not be familiar with the design that it is made to be easily run either as a reflux still OR a pot still...
by zymos
Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: setup of PSII for running UJSM
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: setup of PSII for running UJSM

Am i correct in my understanding that using a reflux - PSII - still is a waste with UJSM? I think it is more clear to say that using a PSII AS A REFLUX STILL would be a waste. The column can easily be used without running water through the tubes at the top, in fact there is a valve right there to m...
by zymos
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Removing Color in infused vodka?
Replies: 13
Views: 2044

Re: Removing Color in infused vodka?

Gelatin pretty much needs to be used where there is also tannin (ie red wine), or it will just stay in solution and keep it murky...
by zymos
Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:22 am
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: M*A*S*H still
Replies: 8
Views: 3399

Re: M*A*S*H still

kiwistiller wrote:the lab glassware still had gin botanticals in the boiler I think :)
...because they were always drinking out of martini glasses...

Can't seem to find a picture of it, but I'm pretty sure it had a condensor on it...?
by zymos
Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: M*A*S*H still
Replies: 8
Views: 3399

Re: M*A*S*H still

That's weird, cause they were constantly showing them in their tent drinking, and they had a still made of lab glassware...
by zymos
Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Removing Color in infused vodka?
Replies: 13
Views: 2044

Re: Removing Color in infused vodka?

...they want the infused flavor, just not the color...
Could try just a quick run through a potstill...
by zymos
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Fermentation question
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: Fermentation question

Will the P.S. wear off in 24 or 48 hours? I think I read somewhere that it will kill wild yeast and become inert in that period so that one can pitch "good" yeast. It doesn't work that way. The whole point people use it is to prevent refermentation of sweet wine in the bottle-if it didn't persist t...
by zymos
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: first millet mash issues....
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: first millet mash issues....

I'm telling you from experience:
boiling is more than sufficient to expose all the starch.

But grind it if you must...
by zymos
Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:23 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Black vodka is no laughing matter
Replies: 16
Views: 1375

Re: Black vodka is no laughing matter

Commercially, I believe the recommendation is to filter at 4% higher than your desired bottling proof (but that might be for pad filters not carbon...?)
by zymos
Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: oil on top
Replies: 16
Views: 834

Re: oil on top

,,,and i have never washed out my brand new quarts. don't think that has anything to do with the oil slick... i get it to, coffee filters catch it.... i always use a triple.... i do unpack lots of brand new spiegalau and riedel glassware and crystal.....MUST be washed before use... boric acid..... ...
by zymos
Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Brewers Yeast, can it be used?
Replies: 10
Views: 3872

Re: Brewers Yeast, can it be used?

Strangely enough, the 3rd post in this thread says: "FYI, the "ONE Brewer's Yeast" from GNC does NOT work. It says it contains active yeast, but this is not the case. Do not buy it..." I have no idea why a nutritional supplement from GNC would claim to contain "active" yeast in the first place. Whol...
by zymos
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Brewers Yeast, can it be used?
Replies: 10
Views: 3872

Re: Brewers Yeast, can it be used?

"Brewer's yeast", which I believe is rarely found in the past decade or 2, IS spent yeast from beer fermentation. "Nutritional Yeast" is what almost any store will sell, and it IS produced specifically as a nutritional supplement. Red Star has been making the stuff for years and years. If you compar...
by zymos
Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Brewers Yeast, can it be used?
Replies: 10
Views: 3872

Re: Brewers Yeast, can it be used?

nutrients that would help the bakers yeast to ferment faster/better? Yes, but the nutritional yeast doesn't provide all of the required nutrients... Boiled yeast may actually provide more nutrients and is probably cheaper than dried nutritional yeast... I'd say you've gotten that backwards, or at l...
by zymos
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Where to find Agave and couple other Tequila questions
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: Where to find Agave and couple other Tequila questions

The only thing you are going to find IS agave sweetener, unless you happen to live next to a tequila distillery in Mexico. I doubt there'd be any way to handle to cooked, pressed agave "juice" to get it to you in any decent shape. Concentrating it to the syrup is really the only realistic way of pro...
by zymos
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:00 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 3529

Re: Yeast Storage

Yeast actually keeps WAY better under beer (or whatever ferment you collected it from) than it does under water.
by zymos
Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: first millet mash issues....
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: first millet mash issues....

I wouldn't grind it at all. I've mashed millet 5 or 6 times, and simply boiled it till each grain had ruptured. The good thing about millet is that it doesn't turn to mush when you boil it (at least after 30-40 minutes) so it is easier to work with than some other grains.
by zymos
Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Sorghum Rum
Replies: 4
Views: 5890

Re: Sorghum Rum

In my very limited experience, it is very similar in flavor to malt extract, and not at all reminiscent of molasses.
It made an incredibly buttery rich rum!
by zymos
Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:39 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Ebay barrels
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Ebay barrels

Hawke wrote: Fill with water and soak in a tub for 24 hours, if it still leaks, it will never hold alcohol.
A truly dessicated barrel can take many days to swell up, yet still eventually tighten up just fine...
by zymos
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: copper pot still clean up
Replies: 9
Views: 13947

Re: copper pot still clean up

[quote="Usge" Seems to me, it makes sense that if copper is absorbing some of the bad stuff that over time it would start imparting off-tastes to your distillate. And it makes sense that something that strips it down to bare copper would be the surest way to do that. [/quote] That's not really what ...
by zymos
Sun May 31, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: How much to age
Replies: 35
Views: 1412

Re: How much to age

Worth mentioning that if you are trying to swell up dried barrels, you don't want to tighten the hoops too much at once- when the wood swells, staves will crack if the hoops have been driven too far up.
by zymos
Fri May 29, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 3529

Re: Yeast Storage

Well, you just listed 3 totally different yeasts. Yet if I were making whiskey, I probably wouldn't pick any of them. So yeah- maybe not as much variation is needed (or desired) as when brewing beer, but SOME is. But then again, I've tried dozens of beer yeasts over the decades, but 95% of my brews ...
by zymos
Thu May 28, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 3529

Re: Yeast Storage

eternalfrost wrote:
for distilling, the strain dosent really matter

...that's debatable...
by zymos
Thu May 28, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Question about 17g sugar / Liter for every 1% alcohol
Replies: 3
Views: 695

Re: Question about 17g sugar / Liter for every 1% alcohol

17 gm of sucrose is still as much sugar as 17 gm of glucose though... the fact that it is a discaccharide doesn't change anything...
by zymos
Sat May 23, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: molasses assistance
Replies: 15
Views: 1500

Re: molasses assistance

Throw a tiny bit of sugar in while you're rehydrating...they'll appreciate it. Not that it makes a huge difference, but that goes against what all the "experts" (ie the people that study and also manufacture the yeast) recommend. Rehydrating is NOT making a starter... read about shock excretion...
by zymos
Fri May 22, 2009 5:56 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: tri clamp O ring material
Replies: 12
Views: 1911

Re: tri clamp O ring material

Mud wrote:I use PTFE gaskets from St Patrick's of Texas. They have a silicone version that's tri-clamp x sanke. Wish they had that in PTFE, too.

-Mud
Can you just slice off the ridge on one side with a razor?
by zymos
Fri May 22, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: tri clamp O ring material
Replies: 12
Views: 1911

Re: tri clamp O ring material

I'm pretty sure they make them in PTFE (Teflon) also....
by zymos
Sun May 17, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: white rum?
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: white rum?

I've read that some distilleries distill it again AFTER barrel aging...
by zymos
Wed May 13, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe recipe
Replies: 273
Views: 152537

Re: Absinthe recipe

few fun facts 1.star anise is in inferior ingredient... 2.old absinthe made people trip because of a copper compound from using shitty equipment...you would trip too if your brain was eroding 3.czech recipes are shit 4,you don't trip but things get a little bit brighter 5. [Mod Edit: Please read ru...
by zymos
Tue May 12, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: duh reading alcohol meter
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: duh reading alcohol meter

...the less alcohol you have, the less liquid it takes to float it...
by zymos
Tue May 12, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: which equipment to buy?
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: which equipment to buy?

Hawke wrote: approved by the BATF.
...actually alcohol regulation is now done by the TTB....