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by DFitz
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?
Replies: 38
Views: 4080

Re: The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?

I'll go with "one that doesn't leak". If that glass ruins your whiskey it was probably ruined before it hit the glass
by DFitz
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: From the land of the trappists
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: From the land of the trappists

Just brewed a trappist style triple. 20 gal of a Westmalle clone...

cheers!
by DFitz
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: My Mega Masher Fermenter
Replies: 26
Views: 3249

Re: My Mega Masher Fermenter

Nice score! Soon enough you'll have it figured out.
by DFitz
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Bourbons
Replies: 75
Views: 5748

Re: A Tale of Two Bourbons

Ha! One of the angels passed out in the barrel
by DFitz
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: best place to buy a pH meter?
Replies: 8
Views: 1694

Re: best place to buy a pH meter?

I use a Milwaukee MW102. It's a pretty good meter. If you buy a meter and find you constantly need to re-calibrate then you've probably wasted your money as it's not reliable.
by DFitz
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Aging in uncharred barrels
Replies: 4
Views: 720

Re: Aging in uncharred barrels

It does have an effect on the spirit, all negative. I would recommend browsing Amazon or EBay for some hardwood activated charcoal. You can filter the spirit with the charcoal to achieve what I believe you're looking for. Do some searching, you'll find a few threads on it.
by DFitz
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Storing an empty oak barrel
Replies: 8
Views: 1604

Re: Storing an empty oak barrel

Just me : I'd rather have to rehydrate and retighten a barrel than risk water going funky and permeating my likker barrel if I couldn't refill it with likker right when I emptied it . +1. I heat my boiler to 150f and pump the hot water into the barrel till it's sunk. When the waters cool it usually...
by DFitz
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Lager and ale question
Replies: 54
Views: 5319

Re: Lager and ale question

I use a similar temp controller. STC1000+ has been programmed to accept several differ fermentation profiles. My lager profile automatically goes through the fermentation duration, then ramps up automatically for diacetyl rest, then ramps down to lagering temps. without any assistance. The ramp is ...
by DFitz
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Lager and ale question
Replies: 54
Views: 5319

Re: Lager and ale question

I use a similar temp controller. STC1000+ has been programmed to accept several differ fermentation profiles. My lager profile automatically goes through the fermentation duration, then ramps up automatically for diacetyl rest, then ramps down to lagering temps. without any assistance. The ramp is a...
by DFitz
Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: What heating element would you use?
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: What heating element would you use?

I've changed my elements out just recently.
http://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/e ... ple_tc.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by DFitz
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Stainless fabbers, need some advice on building a boiler.
Replies: 13
Views: 1788

Re: Stainless fabbers, need some advice on building a boiler

Due to basement ceiling height constraints (6.5') my boiler has to be short and wide (like a hockey puck) and there's nothing out there that I can find that can be adapted so I'm going to have to make it myself. All I have to weld with is a flux core 120V wire feed welder which does not have a gas ...
by DFitz
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Bourbons
Replies: 75
Views: 5748

Re: A Tale of Two Bourbons

Please keep in mind my statement about leaving the product in the bottle for an additional year. I found a remarkable difference after that first year, and even more so in the second.
by DFitz
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Bourbons
Replies: 75
Views: 5748

Re: A Tale of Two Bourbons

So it seems most general consensuses are rite ..Used barrels with added wood adjunct is the way to go... I believe it's a matter of taste. I've found using a new barrel for bourbon is going to offer the best product. I think that using a barrel a second time works, but not near as well as a new bar...
by DFitz
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Bourbons
Replies: 75
Views: 5748

Re: A Tale of Two Bourbons

I've found the heavier oak notes to settle out to some fine tasting bourbon after a time in the bottle. Another year and you'll see what I mean.
by DFitz
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element in a Copper Pot ?
Replies: 6
Views: 929

Re: Heating Element in a Copper Pot ?

Try this
http://stilldragon.com/index.php/compon ... brass.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by DFitz
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Digital therm source ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: Digital therm source ?

While monitoring your temp. Why not include a controller to maintain your temp goal? https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OXPE8U6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1483061565&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=inkbird+temperature+controller&dpPl=1&dpID=41qoIapm7VL&ref=plSrch" onclick="window.open(this.hre...
by DFitz
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Barrel Storage
Replies: 14
Views: 1277

Re: Barrel Storage

No so bad really. I find filling them with hot water, 150ish degrees and soaking them in hot water over night will swell them up just fine. I find this the case unless the barrel was unfit to hold liquid to begin with.
by DFitz
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)
Replies: 76
Views: 8146

Re: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)

Here is a pretty in depth discussion on toasting and caring barrels.
https://www.straightbourbon.com/communi ... s-toasted/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by DFitz
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)
Replies: 76
Views: 8146

Re: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)

Thanks for the reminder, DFitz. This barrel looks like it could be taken apart and put back together pretty easily, nothing dainty about it. Sounds like I could get many uses from this thing. Now you got me wanting to get another for some rum! We're not that far from each other. Hit me up, I have a...
by DFitz
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)
Replies: 76
Views: 8146

Re: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)

Party at MCH'S!!!! :thumbup: Charred my BadMo barrel head today. I went over it very slowly with a torch, never allowing it to catch fire. I'm hoping that this heated it up good so that I get some toasting as well as the char, took about 15 minutes. Sticks are going in the oven now for toasting, I ...
by DFitz
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Possible cornifuge??
Replies: 8
Views: 1817

Re: Possible cornifuge??

This is high on my list. Soon enough I'll be tackling a way to separate liquid from my mash tun. Last time I posted anything the thread was closed due to size though. I've been using my boiler/mash tun for beer and barely based whiskeys with success. I'm considering fabricating a basket perhaps with...
by DFitz
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: pid controller
Replies: 49
Views: 3827

Re: pid controller

Maybe consider one of these instead.
http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_ ... cts_id=444" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by DFitz
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: i need a new aquarium heater source
Replies: 15
Views: 1968

Re: i need a new aquarium heater source

This is what I replaced my aqueon glass heaters with, except I bought the 300W. They're pretty accurate and seem to work as well as my old heaters.
by DFitz
Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Aquarium heater/separate temp probe = bad with corn mash
Replies: 16
Views: 2249

Re: Aquarium heater/separate temp probe = bad with corn mash

Bread yeast doesn't ferment too well in the 70s. It likes temps in the 80s and lower 90s. I'd recommend checking some LHBS and see if anyone carries an American Whiskey yeast even 05 would be better than baking yeast and that's pretty easy to find.
by DFitz
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Aquarium heater/separate temp probe = bad with corn mash
Replies: 16
Views: 2249

Re: Aquarium heater/separate temp probe = bad with corn mash

I have two barrels that I use to hold a water bath for my fermenters. I put the tank heaters in the waterbath and it holds my fermentor at a desired temp.
by DFitz
Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: i need a new aquarium heater source
Replies: 15
Views: 1968

Re: i need a new aquarium heater source

Over the summer I washed both of my 300w tank heaters and put them up to dry. Short story, I backed into the cabinet they were sitting on and they both hit the garage floor. Damn things are $50 a piece now. Ugh!! Two fresh heaters this year. I hope they last. Sorry, other than eBay you'll pay dear f...
by DFitz
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Motor
Replies: 31
Views: 2891

Re: Motor

[/quote]You can find them around. Surprisingly, I found one in a farm equipment machine shop that was 16"...was like $30. Lucky find for me. Circle math never was my strong suit. I like pie, and don't understand pi. :)Good luck on your decision...[/quote] agreed! I find getting creative in search te...
by DFitz
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Motor
Replies: 31
Views: 2891

Re: Motor

So I picked up the two motors and they look and run great. I'm slowly working on the mill (go cheap with the possibility of having to replace it or go big $$...? ) and looking toward the drive. Just curious....outside of measuring it directly...how do I find the diameter of these motor shafts? Tryi...
by DFitz
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Motor
Replies: 31
Views: 2891

Re: Motor

I've got a 30:1 reduction gear I picked up cheap. It's been gathering dust since. My thoughts were to use it to power a press. On a 3/4 hp motor it'd be a brute. Just sayin... DFitz.. where did you get it on the cheap? These things are pricey, even at surplus center Sorry about the late reply. I ge...