Search found 1425 matches

by frozenthunderbolt
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Cigars
Replies: 215
Views: 12079

Re: Cigars

I was watching "Shenandoah" with Jimmy Stewart yesterday and in a couple of spots he was rolling his own cigars and cutting them in 1/2 to get more mileage.... I've seen the movie before but never focused on the little bit of historical accuracy. 2 butts worth of waste if you cut them in 1/2! You w...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash
Replies: 136
Views: 18723

Re: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash

In the end mine turned out ok, but had something there that I noticed more than any side tastes I get with BW. Does it work as a nutrient? HELL YES! My favourite recipe not so much, BUT if I had a proper reflux column, quite possibly.
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: figs are make'in
Replies: 56
Views: 6520

Re: figs are make'in

likker liker wrote:Frodo
how do you know when to pick figs?
once the birds have takin a single peck out of every fruit. If it aint pecked, it aint ripe :wink:
by frozenthunderbolt
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Filtering with activated carbon?
Replies: 99
Views: 30155

Re: Filtering with activated carbon?

So after reading all three pages of this post,,, I'm gonna try a simple product question! I've seen the use of these Brita pop-in fiters recommended or at least suggested, given that they are made of fairly good plastic yea plastic but well packaged AC any thoughts? NO PLASTICS WITH DISTILLED ALCOH...
by frozenthunderbolt
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4879
Views: 319542

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Getting ready to make a trip to get some new trash cans to store grains in. ....stupid sweet feed loving mice. It wouldn't bother me if the closet place to get sweet feed was less than a two hour trip away. Oh well, I got one good run before they got into the bags. Lesson learned and back to UJ for...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 23, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4879
Views: 319542

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Just started 20L wash of pseudocydonia sinensis (Chinese quince) wine for brandy making (10-15 kg quince, 4.5 kg sugar, water to 20 L after cooking the cored quince pieces) - last lot came out tasting like Turkish delight (Several years ago) and then I ruined it by adding raw quince and oak. Won't m...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 16, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4879
Views: 319542

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Got my lil sister into brewing a few years ago, shes back from college for the weekend so I got out the still and we ran 20L of some plum wine of hers that was too dry to be drinkable yesterday. Got 13x 250ml jars - going to show her how to cut and dilute in about 10 minutes time. Will take the fein...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 09, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Gin, Gin and More Gin
Replies: 19
Views: 2541

Re: Gin, Gin and More Gin

SS, I think I'm on the right track, for safety sake I'm gonna put a bit of copper scrubby in the 1/2" tube to prevent anything from floating up the exit hole. I think the hardest part will be blending....not to mention the plethora of recipe's I have to choose from!!! Keep you posted. Titus-a fishu...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 09, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Spiced rum recipes
Replies: 7
Views: 5084

Re: Spiced rum recipes

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... 11&t=24301
- Mash Rookie's Daughter's Spiced rum essence
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 09, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Banana Goodness.
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

Re: Banana Goodness.

NgrainD wrote:But they're my nanners and I wanna convert them NOW! :lol:
Slow bake them in the skins then. 60-90C oven for as long as it takes (in a deep sided baking dish)
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 09, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: figs are make'in
Replies: 56
Views: 6520

Re: figs are make'in

Shudder figs , I got a thread on figs here somewhere , I can post a link for you when I next get on the lappy :thumbup: Figs take a good few yrs to come good, tastes something like a mescal gone wrong fresh out of the still ^^^ Exactly this. Despite all the other experiments, I still maintain that ...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 02, 2015 11:58 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Pálinka - The Fruit's Spirit
Replies: 140
Views: 51321

Re: Pálinka - The Fruit's Spirit

As in my Feijoa Schnaps thread - It turns out I'm experimenting with this, this season; one bucket of feijoa skins and sugar for the alcohol, one bucket with no skin, just fruit and little sugar
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 02, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Feijoa (pineapple guava) schnapps
Replies: 32
Views: 4160

Re: Feijoa (pineapple guava) schnapps

InglisHill wrote:Sounds good FTB!

I am trying an entirely new method this season as well, we shall see how it goes :)
Do share! :D
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat May 02, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Feijoa (pineapple guava) schnapps
Replies: 32
Views: 4160

Re: Feijoa (pineapple guava) schnapps

I have a theory I'm testing this season: that the flavour and aroma that is carried over in distillation actually comes from the skins. I've done up a bucket with minimal skin and a little sugar as if I were making wine, and another that is just Skins water and sugar. I'm going to run them both once...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The weirdest thing your wife has ever caught you doing...
Replies: 30
Views: 1489

Re: The weirdest thing your wife has ever caught you doing..

"Aw fuck"
SOH walks in to find me sitting on the couch in my kilt, thumb pissing blood as I have just run it onto the blade of the gladius machete I was re-working the edge of . . .

I'm sure there are many others :-D
by frozenthunderbolt
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: recycling sugar from home canned jellies
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: recycling sugar from home canned jellies

Yup. I've made 'Marmalade vodka' before - more like a citrus schnapps really.
Boiling water to melt and dilute to a sensible SG (based on 50% by weight of the marmalade).
Some vit B and a tsb of DAP for nutes and it came out well once double distilled.
by frozenthunderbolt
Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Distilling old homebrew
Replies: 12
Views: 2205

Re: Distilling old homebrew

I've run it quick and dirrrrty in my still - straight from the bottle fizzing. If you leave enough head space it will work.
A standard 'new still' set of cleaning runs will get rid of any odd tastes if you also give your packing a boil in water and bicarb.
I got a nice whisky? out of it.
by frozenthunderbolt
Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Cigars
Replies: 215
Views: 12079

Re: Cigars

You will find Fair Trade Tobacco to be a very well ran Forum with great members eager to help people starting out. Interestingly, there was post on the Fair Trade Tobacco on the Home Distilling Forum, I take part on that Forum under my real name so I did not post on that thread, but as your post in...
by frozenthunderbolt
Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Pot still - alquitar, alembic or moonshine
Replies: 9
Views: 1701

Re: Pot still - alquitar, alembic or moonshine

Hey Rumbo, I suggest you check out Bucaneer Bob's rum recipe in the Tried and True section. Aged dunder in your ferment, and dunder-essence will get you where you want to be flavour wise. Any pot still type still should work for you once you are comfortable running it. I would suggest something smal...
by frozenthunderbolt
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Parrot vs senses
Replies: 31
Views: 1987

Re: Parrot vs senses

I've got a pair of pretty parrots. They set on the shelf because they are almost useless. ^ this. I bought one. Used it twice in the last 5 years. Collect in 10-20 jars smell, dilute, sample. Rub drips from the stream on your fingers as you run, feel the difference, smell it, rub a drop on your gum...
by frozenthunderbolt
Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4879
Views: 319542

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Frozenthunderbolt, my very first "keeper" run was using a wash made up of old AHA contest meads. All kinds: metheglins, cisors, and melomels. When it came off the still, I aged it on some toasted cherrywood chips. I bottled it and its now about 8 months old. Initially, it was OK. Now, the mead basi...
by frozenthunderbolt
Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4879
Views: 319542

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Ran honey(ish) shine - mostly left over mead (that wasn't much good - pretty bland) and a bit of quince wine.
Came out tasting well of honey with a aftertaste of quinces.
by frozenthunderbolt
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sanitizers
Replies: 47
Views: 1627

Re: Sanitizers

I use bleach (unscented; plain calcium hyperchlorate) mixed with water on all my plastic and glass fermenters.
Rinse 3-5 times with hot water and I don't have a problem.
Who needs to sterilize a still? :-D
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Using malts in place of yeast
Replies: 79
Views: 5256

Re: Using malts in place of yeast

The Japanese use some kind of fungus to ferment sake, but to the best of my knowledge it's not something those ignoranuses on Moonshiner's would have knowledge of. Otherwise, yeast is yeast - whether it's wild or something you buy in the grocery store. I'm sure some of the old timers just thought t...
by frozenthunderbolt
Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4879
Views: 319542

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Fruit salad brandy (mixed fruit wines) 21st, googes green goo vodka spirit run 22nd, and hail mary run with feints, old beer, funky wine etc to consolidate bottles before moving - expecting to get some tequila like stuff after several years on oak!
by frozenthunderbolt
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: I hope this is one of those "good" infections
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: I hope this is one of those "good" infections

Yup, that's lacto.
Will need major bleaching of the fermenter to get rid of it now!
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: A little spoon feeding *For New & Novice Distillers
Replies: 142
Views: 194756

Re: A little spoon feeding

Sticky it and make it a screen in the sign up process!
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Question on freeze distilling.
Replies: 47
Views: 3411

Re: Question on freeze distilling.

Possibly useful after doing a pot still run to make cuts, then jacking to boost ABV (assuming you can put outside to freeze - jacking in a freezer is a waste of power).
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: silly shine & silly wine
Replies: 39
Views: 6759

Re: silly shine & silly wine

I did a 'Hail Mary' type run today. All the bottles of less than perfect wine from the last few years. Good preparation for moving house! Hope to get some reasonable 'fruit salad' brandy from it + feints to use with the rougher wine, and assorted failed experiments + some hideous fig wine that I exp...
by frozenthunderbolt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: other thing homade
Replies: 31
Views: 1190

Re: other thing homade

Tap wrote:A really good reference is a book calle "the art of fermentation" by Sandor Elix Katz. Tons of good stuff in there.
1+ on this book - it's excellent :D