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by skydivemd
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Medusa - another 4" flute build
Replies: 40
Views: 2566

Re: Medusa - another 4" flute build

You don't happen to have access to a Dremel with flex shaft, do you? Put on a sanding disc and drop the long, thin handle of the flexible shaft down on top of the middle tube -- would not take too long before it was flush with the plate.

Looking really nice all around by the way.
by skydivemd
Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can we still download parent site?
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Can we still download parent site?

LOL! I have no clue what an fn site sucker is. Just let me know if I can download the site. An example of a site sucker would be a program like Teleport. You just point it to a web address and tell it what you want it to do, i.e. download the entire site and make it viewable offline. But alas, the ...
by skydivemd
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: I JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST STILL!!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

Re: I JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST STILL!!!!!

Well, let's not be alarmist here. Stainless and copper are BEST for boilers and pretty much every other damn part of a still. An aluminum boiler can still be serviceable for a time with the understanding that it is a reactive metal and will require more care and attention (read: time) and will have ...
by skydivemd
Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hey Yall! I'd appreciate some help if ye dont mind.
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Re: Hey Yall! I'd appreciate some help if ye dont mind.

Yep, can't stress it enough that there is some really great information available here that you will benefit from knowing it before hand -- it will save you the time and headache of questioning what you are doing. Many great questions and answers -- what type of pot to use, what size copper tubing, ...
by skydivemd
Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Survivalist Still??
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Survivalist Still??

This leads to very weird and off-color commentary...

So, you got some fermentables in your pocket, or just happy to see me?!?

I knew nothing good would come of this and see there - nothing good :)
by skydivemd
Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: HELP GETTING STARTED
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: HELP GETTING STARTED

Certainly didn't mean to sound like a jerk in the previous post. Just that when you are able to start reading, learning and synthesizing information from the very beginning you will be a much better and safer distiller. And it really is just darn interesting stuff to read about. Please never hesitat...
by skydivemd
Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: HELP GETTING STARTED
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: HELP GETTING STARTED

How much time have you spent reading at the Parent site? (link along top of your page) And searching for answers to these questions in the forum? I ask because these are very basic and fundamental questions, the answers which will not be spoon-fed to you. Most all here would highly recommend taking ...
by skydivemd
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cone still
Replies: 35
Views: 3941

Re: Cone still

blanikdog wrote: And safe landings, and beware of whuffos. :)
A man who knows his terminology! You jump? And thanks for good advice.
by skydivemd
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Survivalist Still??
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Survivalist Still??

Prairiepiss wrote:Wow some people really shouldn't think. Let alone build crap and sell it to unsuspecting people.
What leads you to believe that any thought actually went into this monstrosity?
by skydivemd
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cone still
Replies: 35
Views: 3941

Re: Cone still

Zia Guca, Your questions have been answered as you asked. First you wanted to know about the advantages and disadvantages of this setup - this was answered. It can be made of easily available and inexpensive equipment. But, it's output is poor in quantity and quality. Then you wanted to know about d...
by skydivemd
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Copper working
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Copper working

If you know best, that is OK. You have something in mind that you want to try so I say "go for it. " Plenty of members who had an idea and saw it through have made valuable and occassionally poignant contributions to the volume of knowledge available for all HD members. And there is nothing wrong wi...
by skydivemd
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: What a GREAT place to be!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: What a GREAT place to be!!!

I'll echo the welcome aboard, Sir. Glad you found this place.
by skydivemd
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Copper working
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Copper working

I really didn't think about using the solder due to transfer of heat, or in this case cold for good reflux action. The better contact my copper has with itself, the better the flow of heat away from the gas which will in my theory be most efficient. ...I hope in a year I will be pulling jars of 98%...
by skydivemd
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: When in Virginia...
Replies: 13
Views: 453

Re: When in Virginia...

NcHooch wrote:Doesn't everyone on the east coast and south of PA have a propane powered turkey fryer ? ;)
That's rhetorical, right... :D
by skydivemd
Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: buying triclamp parts
Replies: 17
Views: 1463

Re: buying triclamp parts

stillbuilder wrote:will a 4" stainless triclamp flange fit on a standard 15.5 keg next to the traditional 2" opening?
I think he means he want to weld a 3" or 4" flange on the top of the keg adjacent to the pre-existing 2".
by skydivemd
Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: my introduction
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: my introduction

Welcome to HD Ray!

Now put up some pics of that communal still so we can all be mesmerized by the shinny copper.
by skydivemd
Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the Heartland
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Hello from the Heartland

looks like a hot plate on an inverted cookie sheet. Interesting design on the hot plate either way.
by skydivemd
Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How are folks getting 93-95% abv with a boka still?
Replies: 17
Views: 1798

Re: How are folks getting 93-95% abv with a boka still?

I purchased a roll of mesh from amphora society, but I unrolled it and crammed it in with a wooden dowel, just mashed in. Some people here have had the experience that when they unpack then re-pack their columns with different technique that they can get a noticeably higher %ABV spirit. You may nee...
by skydivemd
Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 1.5" vs 2" bok still
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

Re: 1.5" vs 2" bok still

you need to check out you local scrap yards... Will definitely second moonshine guy's advice on this one. Just stopped by a scrap yard recently (thanks NChooch!!) and was able to find 1.5", 2", 2.5" and 3". Took a length of 2" and 3" with me for $5.00/lb. Now if they just have some nice 4" when I s...
by skydivemd
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 1.5" vs 2" bok still
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

Re: 1.5" vs 2" bok still

I made an offset-head reflux still in 1.5" Type L copper tubing back in 2000 ( can refer to Matt's Offset-Head Still on the Parent Site ). I too did not have enough $$ to get everything in 2" copper and I was buying a lot more couplers :roll: . Of course, to the best of my knowledge, this was "pre-B...
by skydivemd
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Fermenter blew it's top
Replies: 13
Views: 533

Re: Fermenter blew it's top

OlympicMtDoo wrote:... good to know I'm not the only one that screws up from time to time. :lolno:
You certainly don't have a corner on that market! I think for most of us, its not a matter of if, but rather when!
by skydivemd
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Shorty, the 10 plate column
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Shorty, the 10 plate column

Oh man, I so have column envy!

What can you tell us about specs?

Can't wait to see the results of a run. Hurry up!

skydiveMD
by skydivemd
Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 2" keg reflux
Replies: 23
Views: 3116

Re: 2" keg reflux

Um... about the pic with the pistol on the table with the cognac... guns and alcohol DO NOT MIX! Way too many tragedies begin that way.

Please be safe my friend!

skydiveMD
by skydivemd
Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: First build progress: Keg pot still
Replies: 23
Views: 8826

Re: First build progress: Keg pot still

Looking like a really nice set-up! Helps that you got the skills -- nice TIG work, btw.
by skydivemd
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 524196

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Just prime and bottle it. When your friends ask about the tomato flavor, tell them it is "electric ketchup." :). Well, at least it would go great with a burger and fries! But more seriously, the primary reason I had for brewing up the BW's was the poor taste and amount of congeners I got with the T...
by skydivemd
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 524196

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Time to update -- See initial post on page 50 (phew... Impressive thread for an impressive recipe!). So things had slowed down awhile ago and I can hazard a guess that there has been no activity in the airlock for the past week. Initial plan had been to run it on Tuesday 8/7 and that should have bee...
by skydivemd
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 149
Views: 53679

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Time to update -- See initial post on page 50 (phew... Impressive thread for an impressive recipe!). So things had slowed down awhile ago and I can hazard a guess that there has been no activity in the airlock for the past week. Initial plan had been to run it on Tuesday 8/7 and that should have bee...
by skydivemd
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:19 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 524196

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

For those who are "metrically-challenged" I just made up a batch of BW and wanted to share what I did. I used two 6.5 gallon plastic bucket primary fermenters (from the homebrew shop). Each was cleaned and sterilized prior to use. Each holds 5 gallons of BW to allow enough head room for krausen. Int...