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by Andy Capp
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Molasses Rum
Replies: 56
Views: 4691

Re: Molasses Rum

OMG this thread has my head spinning :crazy: Far too much tweaking going on for what should be the easiest drink to make. Please don't take this the wrong way but keeping it simple makes the best rum and your effort was anything but simple. :lol: Blackstrap molasses, bakers yeast, water. The only in...
by Andy Capp
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Proof lowered after design changes
Replies: 17
Views: 912

Re: Proof lowered after design changes

Keg sitting closer to burner sounds like the culprit. Too much heat would cause smear through your run. That's probably why your getting less of everything.
Try backing off the heat and see how that goes.
by Andy Capp
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:30 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Cleaning scorch out of a converted keg
Replies: 11
Views: 1236

Re: Cleaning scorch out of a converted keg

Nothing cleans stainless better than stainless scrubbies. Wire a couple up on the end of a broom stick with a bit of detergent and elbow grease.
by Andy Capp
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Favorite guitarist?.
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Favorite guitarist?.

Angus Young - AC/DC
Try playing the guitar while jumping around like he does. Man is a freak. :twisted:
by Andy Capp
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Yet another wheat malting thread. Easy method.
Replies: 20
Views: 2016

Re: Yet another wheat malting thread. Easy method.

Hey Fart, Doin well with the malting. If i may make a suggestion, it's easier to use the storage crates from the beginning without using the buckets. Just less things that need cleaning and storing. Drill a line of small holes along the bottom at one end of the crate. When soaking the grain, fill th...
by Andy Capp
Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Electrifying my Corona
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Re: Electrifying my Corona

I've used a washing machine motor with no pulleys. just lined it up to the corona and joined with a good thick short bit of rubber hose as the tailshaft. then use a power controller to slow it down or speed up.
by Andy Capp
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:18 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Storing in stainless
Replies: 31
Views: 2293

Re: Storing in stainless

I use a 50 lt keg for aging rum. Had it going for about 12 months now. Holds 45lt plus charred oak staves. I cut a short length from one of the end boards off a used whiskey barrel I have and sit that on top of the keg as the lid. It's been routed 1/2 inch to fit over the keg opening so it wont slip...
by Andy Capp
Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: fermentation too hot
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: fermentation too hot

I've toured a single malt distillery that was fermenting at 34c chasing the fruity esters, so it all depends on what's fermenting and what flavour profile your after.
Bakers Yeast thrives at that temp but others will struggle.
by Andy Capp
Fri May 06, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Movies You Can't Watch and Why
Replies: 55
Views: 2675

Re: Movies You Can't Watch and Why

Brokeback mountain. There i said it.
The idea of watching a film with Donnie Darko playing leap frog with the Joker just doesn't sit well with me.
by Andy Capp
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The 30,000 member
Replies: 102
Views: 6006

Re: The 30,000 member

Best thread ever :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Andy Capp
Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: G'day from australia.
Replies: 12
Views: 501

Re: G'day from australia.

Welcome ausguy
Tasted a bottle of Beenleigh's new copperpot rum couple of weekends ago and was very impressed. Liken it to Mount Gay or Matusalem.
The molasses should be cheaper up your way. Pay $28.00 for 25kg of Queensland Molasses down south here.
Enjoy the site.
by Andy Capp
Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: 40 creek whisky
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: 40 creek whisky

Hi Shovelhead
Their website says they make a blended whisky. That means they distill separate single grain washes then blend the product after aging. Much like the Scottish do with their blended whisky.
Looks like a lot of work to try and replicate but if your keen then go for it.
by Andy Capp
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Liebig angle
Replies: 14
Views: 1645

Re: Liebig angle

So long as the liebig is designed/built/operated correctly, i can't see how any vapor can escape at vertical. However, if you slow the coolant and ramp up the heat then i spose it would be possible. I run mine at vertical because i was having huffing issues that wouldn't go away using a tapered angl...
by Andy Capp
Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I just put a member on ignore.
Replies: 47
Views: 2016

Re: I just put a member on ignore.

Well said FMH. :clap:
Hard enough learning this hobby without reading all the bullshit some members put on here.
Shit.... hope you can see this post. :D :D
by Andy Capp
Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Just finished my Boka with a water cooled take off.
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Just finished my Boka with a water cooled take off.

cool the take-off before the condenser. i run a mini liebig on the take-off that works fine. no need to put a valve between the two. just hook it up as one line. cooling the take-off doesn't take that much energy and leaves the water cool enough to work the reflux condenser. :thumbup:
by Andy Capp
Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Molasses at Rural King
Replies: 20
Views: 3307

Re: Molasses at Rural King

"What is best given answer when they ask what it is for?"

gardening is the best answer. i actually use a fair bit around home and it works wonders.
here is a link for a quick read
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by Andy Capp
Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:54 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum conundrum
Replies: 43
Views: 5021

Re: Rum conundrum

You're over complicating the easiest wash to make. Why use champagne yeast? It likes lower temps. Use bakers yeast for rum and ferment around 28C for a week or so for a fuller bodied rum or 35C for a hard and fast finish of around 36 hours for a lighter rum. Unless you are experienced in dunder pits...
by Andy Capp
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Developing a Scottish Single Malt Style Whisky
Replies: 57
Views: 4078

Re: Developing a Scottish Single Malt Style Whisky

Jimbo's right about going deep on the strip. The local single malt distilleries in Tasmania all strip to below 5% on output before switching off. One even goes to 0%. How can you argue when they produce the worlds best whiskies? :wink:
by Andy Capp
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: goodbye aus
Replies: 73
Views: 1911

Re: goodbye aus

you lucky lucky bastard :D
taking your copper with you or building a fresh set-up?
by Andy Capp
Mon May 18, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Buying Liquid Enzymes in Australia?
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Re: Buying Liquid Enzymes in Australia?

Even online is difficult. I'm having the same trouble you are so i'll be keen to find an answer to this one.
by Andy Capp
Mon May 18, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Getting some reflux for neutral through a pot still.
Replies: 61
Views: 5370

Re: Getting some reflux for neutral through a pot still.

The coil works great at suppressing the tails but has no effect on heads that i could notice. I last used it with rum, only turning it on once the abv hit 70% to raise it back up to 80% +. This compounded the tails further and produced a larger middle cut than normal. Its aging on oak so i'll have t...
by Andy Capp
Mon May 11, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My Stash After 9 months but....
Replies: 28
Views: 2643

Re: My Stash After 9 months but....

If you want a light to golden rum then don't use dunder. It adds funk that is found in spiced rums which is why the Jamaicans use it. Most rum distilleries don't use dunder. I use molasses,yeast,water and ferment fast at 30 -35c. Finished in 1.5 days it gets racked and into the fridge for a cold dum...
by Andy Capp
Wed May 06, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill
Replies: 1
Views: 771

Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill

Has anyone else caught the megafactories documentary about the new distillery site? I watched the episodes on tv last few weeks but can't find them online so you'll need to dig deeper than i did. Here's a link for info about it. Well worth the watch. http://ficcontentsales.com/programmes/main.aspx?i...
by Andy Capp
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: G'Day from OZ
Replies: 49
Views: 2803

Re: G'Day from OZ

Welcome to the forum TT
Pop down to Nature's works shop at top of Cat and fiddle arcade near the crossing lights and get a 500g block of mauripan yeast for about $4.50
Works on everything i have made no probs at all. :thumbup:
by Andy Capp
Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: The Best Whisky in the World ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2005

Re: The Best Whisky in the World ???

This award has been won by distillers in other countries such as Australia and Japan. You guys are sounding like racists.
by Andy Capp
Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Backslider from Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: Backslider from Australia

Welcome aboard, enjoy the ride.
That still looks super cool, well done. 8)
Kind of looks like it was in a Dr Seuss book. You know the one. " Horton hears a pissed who making whiskey" :lol:
by Andy Capp
Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Birdwatcher recipe "cuts"
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: Birdwatcher recipe "cuts"

Had the same troubles myself when i began distilling. Best advise i read was to taste and smell everything and train your senses. Over time you will learn to taste and smell the differences but only if you know what to look for. Experience is really what gets it done and i don't think there is any s...
by Andy Capp
Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Let's make some rum!
Replies: 116
Views: 7261

Re: Let's make some rum!

Good job Odin. :clap:
Like to see what your thoughts are on an all molasses wash.
by Andy Capp
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Let's make some rum!
Replies: 116
Views: 7261

Re: Let's make some rum!

Odin, what kind of molasses you using? Most blackstraps i've seen are 48-52% sugar.
by Andy Capp
Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Let's make some rum!
Replies: 116
Views: 7261

Re: Let's make some rum!

Odin you legend. Not many people posting on rum so it's good to see your involved. There's gunna be plenty to read. :D If your going to do an all molasses wash i would recommend a fermenter twice as big as the size of the wash. Never had a wash as vigorous as the ones i've done before. I use 7 litre...