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by John Barleycorn
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: H.R. 2903 is up to 83 co-sponsors...
Replies: 517
Views: 66139

Re: H.R. 2903 is up to 83 co-sponsors...

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by John Barleycorn
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: need help drying out my ethanol
Replies: 51
Views: 15601

Re: need help drying out my ethanol

So, to address the original questions:

-- run it through a decent reflux rig.
-- use the sieve sources that were provided.

Or do we still need more commentary?
by John Barleycorn
Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: need help drying out my ethanol
Replies: 51
Views: 15601

Re: need help drying out my ethanol

Gads! Price analysis, subsidies, conspiracy theories, personal time? Gents, let's take a step back and enjoy the endeavor. :D I do a lot of fishing. If my objective was to eat fish, I could buy it cheaper at the fresh fish counter in the local supermarket. Then again, I could get it even cheaper in ...
by John Barleycorn
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: The Distiller's Guide to Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Re: The Distiller's Guide to Rum

I'm only about half way through it ... but it's been a great read so far. I found some of the techniques used by the surveyed microdistilleries very interesting. I was hoping for more history ... maybe the authors/editor figured that some folks would find that boring ... IDK... but I like that kind ...
by John Barleycorn
Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6163
Views: 250918

Re: The liar's bench

I've had to deal with transplant New Yorkers for most of my life. Many have unrealistic expectations about life in the country. It'll take many of them at least a week or two (or more!) just to sleep reasonably well at night. The darkness, quiet (except for animal noise), and isolation can cause som...
by John Barleycorn
Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Methanol question
Replies: 16
Views: 1496

Re: Methanol question

Edit: Gee wiz! Never mind!
by John Barleycorn
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Question
Replies: 4
Views: 438

Re: Yeast Question

Some yeasts digest certain sugars more efficiently then others. Can't recall the scientific details... Yep, it's related to the strain's ability to take up maltotriose, which can typically be up to 15% - 20% of the wort sugars. Some strains can use virtually all of it, some strains can't use it at ...
by John Barleycorn
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:47 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalization
Replies: 14
Views: 2118

Re: Still Registration and Reporting

Im not sure why anyone would find it "misleading" or "irresponsible" to sell kits or parts. It is baffling. We sell more kits and parts than anything else. I posted here to let everyone know that there are no reporting requirements on kits and parts. I am hoping to quell some of the misinformation ...
by John Barleycorn
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalization
Replies: 14
Views: 2118

Re: Still Registration and Reporting

The TTB requires manufacturers of finished, functional equipment to report (only if asked). They define a still as, "Any apparatus capable of being used for separating alcoholic or spirituous vapors, or spiritous solutions, or spirits, from spirituous solutions or mixtures..." We can sell kits with...
by John Barleycorn
Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cross tube column
Replies: 12
Views: 1004

Re: Cross tube column

I had a 3" which had three cross tubes. There was never a problem knocking down the vapor. If anything, I had more issues with it knocking down too much ... a very small flow was more than adequate .... I had to get a better valve for better control at such low flow rates. Finally started using only...
by John Barleycorn
Tue May 06, 2014 3:47 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: sugar mixing theory
Replies: 41
Views: 2204

Re: sugar mixing theory

I guess I misread the thread title and OP ... silly me.
by John Barleycorn
Sun May 04, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: sugar mixing theory
Replies: 41
Views: 2204

Re: sugar mixing theory

*Sigh*
by John Barleycorn
Sat May 03, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: sugar mixing theory
Replies: 41
Views: 2204

Re: sugar mixing theory

woodstock wrote: I know, lots of folks are gonna call bs on this
I'll call bs on this. You can't change physics.
by John Barleycorn
Fri May 02, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

For anyone interested, the laws for each state laws can be reviewed at: http://www.hobbydistillersassociation.org/?page_id=213" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow The page only attempts to address specific sections of the state codes that: (1) Restrict the manufacture of sp...
by John Barleycorn
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Local brew shop selling stills
Replies: 20
Views: 2801

Re: Local brew shop selling stills

Idaho is one of those states that is focused primarily on manufacture and possession. Basically, you have to be caught in the act, or there has to be evidence that you were manufacturing ... at which point the act is considered a "Liquor nuisance" ... then seizure authority kicks in (so they can sei...
by John Barleycorn
Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Local brew shop selling stills
Replies: 20
Views: 2801

Re: Local brew shop selling stills

He told me it's legal to own and sell you just can't put alcohol in it. I don't think I believe him. I'm assuming the shop is in Ohio? He's probably referring to the Ohio statutes but ignoring federal laws. The laws in each state are different. Some focus just on the manufacturing of "illicit" spir...
by John Barleycorn
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

This sixteen page document that was written by JB could have been said in one or two pages. *sigh* Why do you need to register your distillation equipment but not your winery or brewery equipment? More regulation and oversight by the government. The proposal includes a proposed exemption in "26 USC...
by John Barleycorn
Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

S-Cackalacky wrote:If I put it in my car, no taxes, not penalty. If I put the same alcohol in my mouth, I'm committing a felony.
THAT is very well said, SC! Even a politician should be able to understand it.
by John Barleycorn
Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

This is particularly true of the legislative audience because they won’t take an amateur group very seriously if they don’t perceive a threat. I'm guessing that's why HDA hired a professional lobbyist. As for the threat, the only thing politicians seem to fear is failing to be (re)elected ... getti...
by John Barleycorn
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

Yes, please don't let a little light personal humor get in the way of the effort. There's a huge difference between "idea" folks and "doers." After all of the time I've spent as a volunteer in various organizations, I know the difference all too well. The rubber hits the road as soon as any real wor...
by John Barleycorn
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:05 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: boiling and then cooling water/mash
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: boiling and then cooling water/mash

I'm not sure what you're trying to do either. However ... The boiling point elevation (BPE) is based on the molality of the solute you use and the boiling point elevation constant of the solvent (0.51 for water). I doubt you want to play with solvents other than water ... at best it will be more exp...
by John Barleycorn
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:30 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

Decriminalization would indeed be a great start ... but it's just that ... a great start. It could well be our first stepping stone, but let's keep our eyes on the prize. :thumbup:
by John Barleycorn
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:30 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US
Replies: 544
Views: 46090

Re: Legalizing Hobby Distilling in the US

Gentlemen, Please be careful not to shoot the messenger. Rather, stay focused on how you might help the effort. I've followed Tom's efforts since this past May. He has dedicated a significant amount of his personal time as a volunteer and he has in some sense placed himself in harms way. So I applau...
by John Barleycorn
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Flavor profile
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: Flavor profile

I haven't found the chart to be very useful in practice ... but it's handy when trying to understand where these flavors are supposed to be relative to each other. I think it's easier to do things by color. Take a snapshot & keep decent notes & you'll start to pinpoint the flavors you like. But, no ...
by John Barleycorn
Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: dextrose
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: dextrose

+1 rockchucker
You'll be disappointed if you're looking for flavor. The lack of flavor is one reason why dextrose is good for priming beer, or back sweetening ciders.
by John Barleycorn
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Strong Irish Stout
Replies: 14
Views: 2078

Re: Strong Irish Stout

banjoboy1234 wrote:im more after a high alcohol ... <SNIP> ... im going on a camping trip with some friends
LOL Ok, now everything makes perfect sense! I'm guessing that by the wee hours you'll say "who needs the beer?" ... and just pass the whisky bottle around. :D
by John Barleycorn
Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Strong Irish Stout
Replies: 14
Views: 2078

Re: Strong Irish Stout

+1 Fastill, skip the sugar and use extract. And by all means necessary, don't ruin a stout with champagne yeast! That would be a crime against humanity itself! :D Use and Irish Ale yeast, or Notty. I'm not sure what you're shooting for, but what you're describing doesn't come close to anything that ...
by John Barleycorn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Amylase Question
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Amylase Question

implying a starch scale on a refrac is just guesswork. Agreed. But I didn't see that being implied anywhere ... only a guess that "gelling is complete when it [gravity] levels off". That's not an unreasonable guess. Various viscographs for maize show similar behavior. It increases as the granules s...
by John Barleycorn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Amylase Question
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Amylase Question

A refractometer measures a refractive index, which is affected by the density of the sample. For our application the scale is just based on sucrose, but soluable solids will affect the density of the sample ... hence calibration with distilled water. So Skow's observations WRT increasing density don...
by John Barleycorn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Amylase Question
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Amylase Question

Last mash was 8# corn, 1# rye, 1# malt in 5 gallons water (plus enzymes). OG was 1.087. I undertand what you're saying about observing your gravity as you cook. But I don't understand how you would a get a higher OG from 10 lbs of grain than you would from 10 lbs of sucrose ... or is that higher re...