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by trthskr4
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: I'm back.
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: I'm back.

Good to see some familiar folks still here Tater.
by trthskr4
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: I'm back.
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: I'm back.

Lol, I've got some UJSSM that I got my buddy hooked on. He ran out and so did I . Now I get cussed at every time we talk because he's buying Johnny Walker black or blue label to replace it. Says $340 a bottle stuff is the closest he can find. It's gotten me a 6 figure job and multiple promotions I g...
by trthskr4
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: I'm back.
Replies: 10
Views: 890

I'm back.

Been a while but I'm glad my account is still active. Haven't done a run in almost 6 years but stocks are getting low. Gonna be brushing up and cleaning out the cobwebs.
by trthskr4
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:24 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: A silly mistake to make. . . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 969

Re: A silly mistake to make. . . . .

Wax usually. Just saw an episode on The History Channel's "How it's Made" about thermometers. Should be NO toxic chemicals in it AFAIK.
by trthskr4
Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Android Calculator for distillers
Replies: 33
Views: 4145

Re: Android Calculator for distillers

trial&error wrote:how about a 3D bar code so lazy people like me can scan it and download it form the market :mrgreen:

Really??? You're too lazy to go to the market and search for "Stillmate"? OMFG! You're in the wrong hobby if that's too much work. Don't ever try all grain mashes. LMFAO!
by trthskr4
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Android Calculator for distillers
Replies: 33
Views: 4145

Re: Android Calculator for distillers

Good app. Any chance of getting options for standard/ metric in a settings menu?
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First spirit run of UJSM, probably could have done better
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Re: First spirit run of UJSM, probably could have done better

One point I forgot to comment on was the abv at which you stated you would oak at. Don't put oak in your spirit over 65% I would even say 62% approximately. The higher proofs pull out tannins from the wood and will make a more harsh drink. It may also pull a more campfire flavor from it rather than ...
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First spirit run of UJSM, probably could have done better
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Re: First spirit run of UJSM, probably could have done better

Uncle Jesse was using a column still with that recipe. The 80% figure is based on that and the fact that legal distilleries cannot collect anything above that number and call it whiskey. Don't stick hard and fast to the numbers, collect all except fores in small lots of pints or half pints and let t...
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Hey you Florida Crackers
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Hey you Florida Crackers

If I were in FL, I wouldn't get my ass on the road right now to save my life. No where is safe, we've sent thousands of our finest down there for Superbowl Sunday and not one of them's gonna ask for any directions so I expect some of the end up in Cuba by Tuesday. Just for the record, not all us Lou...
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:52 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Maybe a silly Q....but
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: Maybe a silly Q....but

The yeast don't care, they'll eat it regardless of the concentration levels it's at. Don't worry about it because you just made a lower abv wash, it's just gonna end up with less eth concentrations in the end which is better for a turbo anyway.
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Baking Soda in Mash
Replies: 7
Views: 1734

Re: Baking Soda in Mash

Probably gonna give it a "salty" taste. Also, need to know what kind of chemical reactions will take place in the wash after introducing the baking soda. It's generally accepted that it is a no no to add baking soda to a wash. Stripped low wines and spirits before a run yes, wash no. I suspect that ...
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: cutting out the forshots
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: cutting out the forshots

Not to get into a pissing contest with Hook, but I have to say this...I speak from running a pot still only. Pot stills don't concentrate very well, so therefore, there will be lower concentrations of everything in the wash in the output of the still. Even after running through 3 times there will st...
by trthskr4
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: cutting out the forshots
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: cutting out the forshots

Hook, you run a column for your spirit runs don't you? Or do you do flavored spirits on a potstill?
by trthskr4
Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: cutting out the forshots
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: cutting out the forshots

No problem.
by trthskr4
Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: cutting out the forshots
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: cutting out the forshots

First off, welcome. Second, first appearances are often deceiving. 14" is fine, some have much taller ones. It's best to take some foreshots EVERY time you reheat the wash or strip. You have to understand that some volatile compounds are always present (maybe just less concentrated) in every alcohol...
by trthskr4
Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lactic Souring
Replies: 33
Views: 39534

Re: Lactic Souring

Has anyone tried adding a lacto culture to their wort along with the yeast? I am curious because this method seems to give a lot of control to brewers over souring in beers. Could this also be of some value in a wash in order to obtain differing degrees of souring? Yes I have, I've tried several di...
by trthskr4
Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Natural Progression, first mashing attempt.
Replies: 16
Views: 1053

Re: Natural Progression, first mashing attempt.

If it's a full on lactic then it'll take about a week or so to complete the process.

Yes it's definitely a whole new ballgame.
by trthskr4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How covert are you?
Replies: 34
Views: 1705

Re: How covert are you?

I'm moderately covert but lots of folks around know I make. They know why too and they know I'm safe and don't give it to kids. I never ever ever sell anything, not even the spent grains. Folks around here are more worried about meth and stuff. Those a$$holes aren't so scrupulous, blow up sh!t and s...
by trthskr4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Wives
Replies: 31
Views: 1517

Re: Wives

HookLine wrote:
complicated world with nothin but shades of gray.
Ain't that the truth, sir.

Most nothing ain't what it first seems. Never quite that simple.

Lots of wisdom in those words. For sure.
by trthskr4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: If you don't cut the top of the keg how do you clean it?
Replies: 15
Views: 3101

Re: If you don't cut the top of the keg how do you clean it?

Leave the backset in it overnight. The acid will clean it pretty good. I have a pound of copper mesh in mine so I just stick a stick in and rub that around on the bottom and then rinse.
by trthskr4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Birds: Or not a good idea?
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Happy Birds: Or not a good idea?

I tried to steal the neighbours chooks with my spent grain :) every time I threw it on the lawn they'd find a way through the fence. I was hoping they'd eventually just settle in :lol: (didn't work) Chicken rustler!!! I do the same thing with my kids. I toss food out on the neighbors lawn and hope ...
by trthskr4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: #3 Novice tip of the week winner
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: #3 Novice tip of the week winner

On propane burners I've personally ran UJSM's while they were still bubbling. The recipe says to be sure to run every 3 days or so IIRC to keep it from going through the second ferment. That's why I did it. I've never had any problems with it even doing that, but it can get better if you let it sit ...
by trthskr4
Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: #3 Novice tip of the week winner
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: #3 Novice tip of the week winner

Rednose, Some washes are a PITA to clear much past the cloudy stages. Some washes (rice and sugar come to mind) clear crystal clear. The clearer you can get it the better but I wouldn't kill yourself over it unless you're using an internal electric element in your boiler. With boiling chips and some...
by trthskr4
Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Natural Progression, first mashing attempt.
Replies: 16
Views: 1053

Re: Natural Progression, first mashing attempt.

Give it a whirl and see how it works out for ya. Let us know what you think.
by trthskr4
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Natural Progression, first mashing attempt.
Replies: 16
Views: 1053

Re: Natural Progression, first mashing attempt.

You can also try 1-1 ratio of grain to water, then drain the liquid and do it again but use the liquid from the first cooking instead of water to boil the second in. Just top up with water to keep the 1-1 liquid to grain ratio. I never go above 1.5lbs per gallon. There is a point of diminishing retu...
by trthskr4
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Starch Conversion trouble
Replies: 13
Views: 974

Re: Starch Conversion trouble

Corn is hard to convert compared to other grains but all grain will be lower in yields than washes with sugar. Don't be discouraged. You said you boiled it at around 154 *F. You need to get corn up around 185* for that short amount of time. 155-160 is fine for overnight cooking.
by trthskr4
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to age real high proof with oak.
Replies: 31
Views: 2169

Re: How to age real high proof with oak.

Fester, What size barrels are you using. One thing I've wondered, since I only have 5L barrels, is everyone thinks about the surface area inside the barrel according to size. What few think about is the surface area exposed to atmosphere outside the barrel. There is an exchange somewhere in between ...
by trthskr4
Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to age real high proof with oak.
Replies: 31
Views: 2169

Re: How to age real high proof with oak.

Me too Blanik.

I usually start aging mine at 65% for a week or so, then lower abv to 55 for the rest of the process.
by trthskr4
Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:17 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Barrell spirals and different toast levels
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Barrell spirals and different toast levels

Take a piece of oak, cut it down into roughly 1" x 1" x 3 to 6" staves. Take a torch, propane to oxy/acetyl and slowly pass over the sticks. The object should be to make the outside of the wood cracked so that there's jagged little crevices all in it but you still want some "wood" left under that th...
by trthskr4
Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging Whisky
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Aging Whisky

I would definitely suggest starting the aging at no higher abv than 65%, Unless you're doing around a 12 gallon batch then there's too much oak in it to begin with and you'll end up with just a woody to "camp fire" flavor and not much else. 65% to me seems like the highest point of the balance of wa...