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by Expat
Mon May 10, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?

50' of 3/8" soft copper very effective at knocking down the temp. Might be overkill to some but I wouldn't go any smaller for my 55g mashes.
by Expat
Mon May 10, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Fermented, cold and racked shelf life
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Fermented, cold and racked shelf life

Monkey wrench time. 6 gallons demented to 1.0 SG, then in fridge for 3 days and racked... ready to distill...but guests coming to stay. I can't set up still and need to vacate the fridge. Question: How long a shelf life will the shine last before stilling??? Refrigeration or cold crashing can be he...
by Expat
Sun May 09, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Carboy Closure for Aging?
Replies: 15
Views: 337

Re: Carboy Closure for Aging?

I use regularly carboys (6 at current count) for post barrel storage, also aging. A properly fitted natural cork is all that's required.

Open them up every one and awhile and swish things around to get some extra air in there.
by Expat
Sun May 09, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: First Mash

No extra sugar! Why bother doing grain if you're going to thin the taste with sugar, otherwise you might as well make a batch of UJSM.

I'd also grind the corn down a bit from cracked otherwise it'll hurt your yield, and also boil the hell out of it until it all gels.
by Expat
Fri May 07, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The humble vanilla bean. I love it dammit.
Replies: 93
Views: 13276

Re: The humble vanilla bean. I love it dammit.

Cut & pasted this from amazon: FYI: Vanilla beans come in two grades: A and B. Grade A beans are best for cooking, given their high moisture content. Grade B beans are more concentrated and better for making extract. Since we're talking about long-term aging/flavoring, my thought would be that Grad...
by Expat
Fri May 07, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy Gin newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Cloudy Gin newbie

Hi All We have just finished our second gin production, a food processor 24 hour maceration in the still Plymouth gin. Everything went to plan, came out of a small pot still crystal clear 77% abv, needs a little work on the flavour but acceptable. Our problem is when we try to cut it back to bottle...
by Expat
Wed May 05, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Big Ass Parrot
Replies: 20
Views: 308

Re: Big Ass Parrot

Amazon has a easy return policy, get your money back.
by Expat
Wed May 05, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: How to make Banana pudding cream moonshine?
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: How to make Banana pudding cream moonshine?

This is one is a bit of an oddball, so you'll likely need to do a bit of experimentation; perhaps post up the recipe when you figure it out. Off the top of my head... It's a corn based product, so your base could be UJSM or a simple all corn mash. See booner's casual. Else use a neutral base. Cream ...
by Expat
Tue May 04, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Sanitation on Distillation Day?
Replies: 16
Views: 255

Re: Sanitation on Distillation Day?

None required, boiler sterilizes everything in it, distillate will kill anything else.

I would recommend cleaning your collection glassware in advance though. Nothing like reaching for a jar to find out it stinks of tails.
by Expat
Tue May 04, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: The case for Reflectix insulation
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: The case for Reflectix insulation

This is a thermal image of my still operating. The riser temp was 195 degrees F. I would guess the boiler was warmer than that. You can see the riser in the picture, it is plenty warm. I have circled the boiler that has Reflectix insulation on it. This image tells the story better than I ever could...
by Expat
Mon May 03, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

Settle, rack and settle again. Patience is key.

Cold crashing helps, but time is the only thing sometimes. Accept that you won't get every drop and size your batches to hit the volume you want to make.

Else, build yourself a thumper and steam the muck.
by Expat
Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 47
Views: 1243

Re: Is this correct??

Just a quickie if I'm not pushing my luck too much....I've got some old scotch whisky barrel staves to age my whiskey on, do I need to rechar and if so do I then need to soak in water before adding them to my distillate? I'm guessing a rechar isn't a bad idea as only the one side of the staves (ins...
by Expat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 47
Views: 1243

Re: Is this correct??

Thanks expat was wondering if I could strip from the 50% I stopped at down to about 10%. I'll save it as a smaller low wines run! I have a 12 litre chinese pot so may just charge that and do another smaller spirit run. May get another couple litres. Kinda, the proof of the tail strip will be down l...
by Expat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 47
Views: 1243

Re: Is this correct??

By the way, now down to 57% on run so think I'll go to 50% then call it a day! Your taste buds should tell you when it's time to stop. If you're planning to age on old slightly more tails are generally desirable as they will change into interesting flavor given long enough. You can also strip what'...
by Expat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 869
Views: 93777

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Yeah, IMO a chiller is critical equipment to batch grain mashing; waiting the temp to drop gives the nasties a chance to breed. Ice works so long as you're careful with your volumes, but not easier as running a coil for 10 minutes.
by Expat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 47
Views: 1243

Re: Is this correct??

So basically 9 hours, crank up the pace a bit more and remember don't rely on the thermometer or refrac to make your decisions, keep checking the taste, smell and feel to figure out where you want to stop collecting.
by Expat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 47
Views: 1243

Re: Is this correct??

Sounds like you're running a lot slower than I would, 16 some hours on a keg still and not even done is intolerable. Remember you're making a whisky (and not a neutral) you will want some of the fractions on heads and tails tails side of the middle hearts to include in your blending. Full spirit run...
by Expat
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Amazing deal on pre-fitted sanitary keg
Replies: 13
Views: 606

Re: Amazing deal on pre-fitted sanitary keg

They have some nice toys, I'd buy that.
by Expat
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Low wine collection and storage
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: Low wine collection and storage

After the fores cut, I strip directly into a 5g glass demijohn. Sufficient room to go deep, just use appropriate precautions when moving them.
by Expat
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Boka heli coil construction
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Boka heli coil construction

A well built jig is a thing of wonder.

Nice work!
by Expat
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: fermenter upgrades
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: fermenter upgrades

I like the square barrel look. Is it #2 plastic stamped? yea hdpe #2 I've fermented in them for years. 65 gallon. I ferment on the grain, my goal with the strainers is I will steep/soak the grain before i cook it in the barrel. The strainers are so i can draw the water that's sour off the uncooked ...
by Expat
Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: fermenter upgrades
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: fermenter upgrades

I like the square barrel look. Is it #2 plastic stamped?
by Expat
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Big Clive dot com
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: Big Clive dot com

Seems consistent with the level of youtube distiller expertise.
by Expat
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Gin. That’s all!
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: Gin. That’s all!

Hey! I’m Georgina, my interest in making my own Gin has been peaked! I’m hoping to get some tips on safe production, the right equipment and not going blind! Hey Georgina, welcome to HD! Sounds like you're settling in just fine lol Gin is a wonderful thing and you're definitely in the right communi...
by Expat
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Look what i got
Replies: 20
Views: 485

Re: Look what i got

Never felt the need to put a tree rat dick in my booze, but whatever floats your boat I guess.

Sounds like a wild night behind the bar!
by Expat
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:38 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Creating whiskey from rectified spirit
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: Creating whiskey from rectified spirit

Hi, I'm planning to start a small business. I want to create a nice whiskey using rectified neutral spirit. Hey Nischay, Welcome to HD. As others have mentioned reading is available to answer your questions and so should be your place to start. To your plan, short answer, you can't turn bulk spirit...
by Expat
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 20
Views: 538

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

Corn has its own distinct flavor and inclusion will really depend on if that flavor suites you. In terms of a compliment I'd go with the barley.
by Expat
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Canada
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: Hello from Canada

Decided to get my self a new hobby during covid. Have done a ton of reading on this site and ment to post on here a lot earlier. Put together my first still(CM) last summer and I am about to start on my next but I will be looking for plenty of advice. Thanks for having me. Hey Merle, welcome to HD!...
by Expat
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Solid Stove Plates - as a Heat Source (not great IMO)
Replies: 12
Views: 328

Re: Solid Stove Plates - as a Heat Source (not great IMO)

This is similar to what I am trying to build now. Are you using the voltage controller to better control the temperature? I intended to just use the mini-stove's wheel - 1, 2 or 3. But using the voltage controller seems like a better idea. No, you can't use the built in controls; its an infinity te...
by Expat
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Building Carbon Filter help
Replies: 28
Views: 751

Re: Building Carbon Filter help

SheepDale wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:54 am
I want to build my own activated carbon filter to polish my spirit.
So I'll pose a question in return. Why do you need to filter your spirits at all? Because there really isn't a good reason to be doing so. A clean fermentation, conservative cuts , airing and aging are all that a required.