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by Expat
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: New custom keg
Replies: 17
Views: 187

Re: New custom keg

Chauncey wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:56 am
Beats detachment of the column and turning the hot bitch upside down
True dat.
by Expat
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: New custom keg
Replies: 17
Views: 187

Re: New custom keg

Very nice! Looks like it'll serve you well.

Smart move getting all your port options done up front.

1/2" is pretty small for a gravity drain, so you might find some pain there. 3/4" or 1" are preferable.
by Expat
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: How do uou make your activated charcoal ,need clarification
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: How do uou make your activated charcoal ,need clarification

Better question is why are you using charcoal at all :?:

It's a lot easier to make a clean spirit than to try and extract the garbage after distillation. Clean ferment I.e. not overloading the yeast, and good cuts/airing are all that's required.
by Expat
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Where to get bottles in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 338

Re: Where to get bottles in Canada

user604 wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:22 pm
I've been saving liquor bottles, mainly Appleton Estate and Tanqueray. But what are people using for aging vessels?
Oak barrels?
by Expat
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Where to get bottles in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 338

Re: Where to get bottles in Canada

If the label glue won't come off with alcohol, or soapy water its probably oil based. In which, case lighter fluid (e.g. Ronsonol)will take it off quick.
by Expat
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Foamy head on rum and coke
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Re: Foamy head on rum and coke

Toxxyc wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:25 am
OK so years it'll be. Also, what's UJ? Sorry, I'm new.
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by Expat
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Lemoncello, first attempt
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Lemoncello, first attempt

I just topped above the level of lemon. When a month has gone by I’ll strain it into a bigger pot, add the simple syrup and proof it to 35% or so. Then I’ll bottle it. This is just the “soak” stage. Normally people use 95% and then it louches when they proof it down. I’m just starting with 42% and ...
by Expat
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Lemoncello, first attempt
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Lemoncello, first attempt

The fog is louching because the alcohol % isn't sufficient to keep the lemon oils in solution.

Given the lemon ratio you're using, its going to be a concentrate; Why not start with azeo so you have room to proof later.
by Expat
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Get the sugar industry involved
Replies: 19
Views: 984

Re: Get the sugar industry involved

tiramisu wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:43 pm
Walmart is everywhere
'murica!
by Expat
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Get the sugar industry involved
Replies: 19
Views: 984

Re: Get the sugar industry involved

tiramisu wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:35 pm
Walmart is a much better price for sugar.
Sounds like you're assuming Johnny is in the US.
by Expat
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Where to get bottles in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 338

Re: Where to get bottles in Canada

I recap 750ml green glass san pellegrino bottles. I buy a case every couple of weeks normally, so I've saved up quite a few.
by Expat
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Distillers/bread yeast in cold basement
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: Distillers/bread yeast in cold basement

Expat, Wow looks like a sticky mess! Glad to know this works well for you. I’m also making lots of HBB to fill a 5gal Gibbs barrel. What temp do you usually pitch at? Yeah, little puddle of condensation on tile floor. Nothing too serious thankfully. The other barrel had no issue with the same input...
by Expat
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Distillers/bread yeast in cold basement
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: Distillers/bread yeast in cold basement

Basement in the 60s, check
Bread yeast, check.

It's no problem just add the insulation as mentioned. Plenty of heat being generated by the ferment.

Pitched HBB this morning, working hard enough the cap pushed the lid off despite ample head room.
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by Expat
Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 852
Views: 87348

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Well my first all grain I think was a success. I was super nervous and thought I made one mistake but it all worked out. I had my temp probe in about 2 inches of the water. When it got to 150f added my malt and used my paint mixer drill and that temp jumped up to 160f. Was worried but after was abl...
by Expat
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: HBB leftovers
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: HBB leftovers

Not really sure where to put this post. I was thinking HBB thread but it didn't really feel right then I thought about Jimbo's wheated bourbon and gumballhead but "no" again. So I'll put it here and know it might be moved. I've been using HBB as one of my staples for years now and barreling what I ...
by Expat
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: is this rig the right set up
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: is this rig the right set up

From the sounds of it, you're getting essentially no reflux and are driving in pot still mode only. Changes are required. Yes, insulate the column and boiler. Pack every inch of column the between the boiler and the takeoff with copper mesh (or similar) which is dense enough to slightly restrict air...
by Expat
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Easy Large Batch Mashing
Replies: 260
Views: 46324

Re: Easy Large Batch Mashing

Mashed in this morning with another 10x HBB, net 105# , still at 160f. Malts in the morning.
by Expat
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Earth based condensing theory question
Replies: 24
Views: 406

Re: Earth based condensing theory question

Seems like a complicated way to work things, easiest and likely best thing you could do is just have a 50g barrel reservoir and a recirculation pump.
Easier to install, easier to maintain.
by Expat
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Alcoholmeter
Replies: 34
Views: 14110

Re: Alcoholmeter

Has anyone ever experimented with a bobber-type SG indicator? I’m thinking about building one, that will sink automatically around 1.01 FG. If used with a clear plastic cover for the fermenter, it would provide an instant, and perhaps even gradual, indication of current SG. Of course, the weight of...
by Expat
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

I don’t recommend those carboy handles. A full carboy is heavy and lifting by the neck with the handle concentrates a lot if pressure at that point. Shattering carboys are very dangerous. Handle with extreme care and be safe. I think we can all agree with your points here. Lifting the carboy exclus...
by Expat
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 899

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

F76CCC40-0264-4A63-9869-567B6345D383.jpegI bought this mill off of Amazon I paid around 100$ I think. I buy 50lb bags of cracked corn from our local feed store and this mill turns it into a nice powder, I have milled corn, barley, rye and wheat in it so far, it takes like an hour to do 20lbs, it’s ...
by Expat
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 899

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

Take the bottom off the bucket, and stack it, easy to clean out. Add a lid if you don't like dust. Expat, how do you keep it from torquing over to the side? Maybe it's my mill, but it seems like there is a lot of torque. Cool idea though. Never had too much of a torque issue. Perhaps the weight of ...
by Expat
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 899

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

Step 7: Grab the jig saw, outline the bucket on a 2x4, cut just inside the line so it will fit, and screw the carriage bolts through both blocks of 2x4, this time with the bottom one widthwise to the mill and try again - SUCCESS! If you look close in the picture below you can see what I did. Take t...
by Expat
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 852
Views: 87348

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Well, it looks like my current batch of HBB has decided to take a slow path. Running hard from pitch it hit 1.04 and appears to have slowed to a crawl. Barely bubbling and the cap has dropped. Temp is 83ish and the pH is fine, got that sweet and sour taste.

Waiting to see if it'll work out.
by Expat
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: On the use of shells to buffer pH
Replies: 151
Views: 13700

Re: On the use of shells to buffer pH

wpkluck wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:19 pm
Hanging a bag begs the question of whether the bag should hang near the top, or near the trub.
Doesn't matter so long as its not buried.
wpkluck wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:19 pm
But hanging a bag can interfere with sealing the cover.
The cover doesn't need to be sealed, plenty of CO2 to cover the working mash.
by Expat
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 852
Views: 87348

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Looking really good expat. I finally got enough grains for a 30gallon mash. Just need to run to tractor supply for some rolled oats and some oyster shells. Look forward to trying this recipe and the large batch method. Thanks dizzle, most of that thanks should go to SCD, as its both his recipe and ...
by Expat
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 899

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

The corona mill is definitely a good choice after it's modified to run on a drill.

Replacement the handle with an appropriate thread hex head bolt, and a big funnel to the top and you're done.

Takes me maybe 10 minutes or so to turn 55# of corn to meal.
by Expat
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Oak and whiskey
Replies: 119
Views: 30812

Re: Oak and whiskey

All of this is why I want to make 53 gallons and just purchase a new charred oak barrel... Then I look at the hours involved It's hard to imagine being able to make enough product to justify such a large barrel. Consider that filling a 5g barrel is roughly 220lb of grains and 110 gallons of ferment...
by Expat
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New here
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: New here

Hey Elliott, welcome to HD!

Tons to read and learn here, enjoy the rabbit hole :)

Btw, re cold, if you want to trade please let me know. Hovering around -15c for the last two weeks here in Canada. Lol

Have fun, play safe!