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by Hawk_
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stumped on Hook Rum fermentation
Replies: 13
Views: 981

Re: Stumped on Hook Rum fermentation

bellybuster wrote:as a great song writer once said "Let it Be"
Yep, just let it be. Warmer temps will help but if you dont have that option, just be patient. It will do its thing and you will thank yourself later.
by Hawk_
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stumped on Hook Rum fermentation
Replies: 13
Views: 981

Re: Stumped on Hook Rum fermentation

It may take a while. 1118 is a slow ferment yeast from my experience. My ferments for hook have taken up to a month and it is way worth it. For a 8 gallon run I use, 10 pounds of sugar, 1/2 gallon fancy molasis 4 vit c pills 4 tsp yeast neutrients 4 tbs bakers yeast. even at 72-75 it takes a while. ...
by Hawk_
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: drain valve on boiler... propane fire?
Replies: 17
Views: 1782

Re: drain valve on boiler... propane fire?

spencer321 wrote:this is what i was thinkin, ORR i could just mount it as low as possible on the actual side of the boiler
Damn that would be a nice boiler. All set for electric and all.
by Hawk_
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: drain valve on boiler... propane fire?
Replies: 17
Views: 1782

Re: drain valve on boiler... propane fire?

I mounted my drain on the side as far down as possible. Teflon gaskets are used. I just welded on a 2 inch ferull and added a reducer to 3/4 to the ball valve. Ill be changing it to a butterfly valve as soon as the parts get here.
by Hawk_
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Here she is. Not sure what to call the design.
Replies: 32
Views: 5370

Re: Here she is. Not sure what to call the design.

Nice and shiny! I dig the look!
by Hawk_
Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cleaning a new boiler
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Cleaning a new boiler

Ill do both a vinigar and a feints cleaning run. I want this perfect. Thanks guys. I ended up taking my boiler to a professional business. My friend ended up not being able to do it for one reason or another. One thing this welder asked me. Does this need to be a food grade weld. I asked what the di...
by Hawk_
Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cleaning a new boiler
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Cleaning a new boiler

Tater wrote:I would :)
Ive got a good half gallon of fores. Would this be sufficient for cleaning or do you think I should just make a whole batch?
by Hawk_
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Mile Hi heater element.
Replies: 11
Views: 1843

Re: Mile Hi heater element.

That heat element does good for an 8 gallon batch but no control. I had one but just sold the whole rig. No more MileHi for me! Id go with what PrairiePiss said and get an element and controler.
by Hawk_
Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: New Mile Hi
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: New Mile Hi

Dephlagermater, What ever you call it. LOL
by Hawk_
Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cleaning a new boiler
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Cleaning a new boiler

I will soon have my new keg boiler done. I will have a new 4 inch ferrule on top along with a 2 inch for a sight glass to the boiler. I will also have 2 two inch ferrules put in on the sides at the base. one for heating element and the other for a drain. My friend is Tig welding it for me. Do I do a...
by Hawk_
Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: thought my distilling days were over
Replies: 10
Views: 778

Re: thought my distilling days were over

Wow. Makes one think. I switched from cigs to the ecig and feel way better and still get my Nic.

Glad you are still kicking with no impairments!
by Hawk_
Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging and Oak
Replies: 11
Views: 1126

Re: Aging and Oak

Why is it that most dont use oak chips? Most of my stuff doesnt last long enough to be aged on oak but I have a few recipies on oak now. Oatmeal bannana gerber, barley gerber and Blackberry brandi to name them. Had some Oatmeal last night after 4 months on oak and it seemed just fine.
by Hawk_
Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: HawkingRage Swamp Cooler
Replies: 41
Views: 5828

Re: HawkingRage Swamp Cooler

Here is my Mod for the top of my tower. It is a half ball that screws in from the sides into the tower. I drilled a hole in top and added a pushconnect mount for my return from the still to the tower. The air is allowed through the base of the Ball pointing down towards the barrel. This keeps my cei...
by Hawk_
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Disinfection water reservoir
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: Disinfection water reservoir

I just drain mine every time. My water comes out of the tap at 60F and by the end of the run Im at 75. Once I hit tails I disconnect the warm water from the tower and hook it up to the hose to drain to the sink. By the time Im down to 15% My tank is near empty. I dont feel the need to keep it and cl...
by Hawk_
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: DIY Alcohol Lamp (Burner, Candle, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 16520

Re: DIY Alcohol Lamp (Burner, Candle, etc.)

I Dig It. I can imagine the smell of the wash coming through. Would be cool with heads from UJ or a rum.
by Hawk_
Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Gerber
Replies: 886
Views: 199612

Re: Gerber

My ferments take a couple weeks too. Dont worry, as long as it is doing its job just let it take its time.
by Hawk_
Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Second try at corn beer
Replies: 7
Views: 1201

Re: Second try at corn beer

So its not a bad thing? Or taboo?
by Hawk_
Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Second try at corn beer
Replies: 7
Views: 1201

Re: Second try at corn beer

Can you post a recipe for your corn beer, mildly hopped? The lighter one that your wife drank most of. Thanks Well, a little unorthidox. 6 pounds corn. boiled to gelatinize. added enzymes and mashed out over night. came out with a OG of 1.03 Brought to a boil and added 2 pounds of sugar. Ive never ...
by Hawk_
Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you all, especially our mentors for your time and passion!
by Hawk_
Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Wash ph
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: Wash ph

OK, On topic. The other day I was running a 5th gen UJSMM and wanted to declorinate the new water to go into the fermenter. I accidentally put in Citric acid instead of vit C. After I added my backset laced with sugar is when I noticed the bottle that I used. 24 Hours later still no bubbling. Maybe ...
by Hawk_
Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How big a pump for a 2 inch Bokakob Slant?
Replies: 10
Views: 664

Re: How big a pump for a 2 inch Bokakob Slant?

Braz wrote:The one I use is rated for 8' head lift and 345 Gallons per hour. It is plenty.
Same here
by Hawk_
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: If I wanted to add a bubbler to my 2" pot still
Replies: 13
Views: 1405

Re: If I wanted to add a bubbler to my 2" pot still

I am running bubbles on a 2 inch pipe dephlag. it is only 4 inches long and does the job nicely. I use it when running 3 plates or when running 2 plates with a packed column on top of that. Running with the bubbler and a packed column will increase your take off speed and percentage. At least in my ...
by Hawk_
Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Big Storm Coming
Replies: 15
Views: 547

Re: Big Storm Coming

I'm west of Prairie and we have had near whit out conditions most of the day. People on the roads are idiots. Time to move further north.
by Hawk_
Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fore shots
Replies: 20
Views: 10928

Re: Fore shots

For me Duracell is on the right track. I usually take most of a quart off of 6 gallon boiler charge and pitch it. I don't reflux, just pot still... so why just keep processing the same distasteful alcohol over and over. It seems to me to be smarter to make cuts early in the process and strive for a...
by Hawk_
Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: What about blending?
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: What about blending?

I have some Barley Gerber thats been on oak for a couple months. Maybe Ill mix a bottle of that with my 5th Gen UJ. I also have some all bran that I may try that with too. My UJ is something completly different from all the other flavors. Something I wasnt expecting. I love it, my wife likes it and ...
by Hawk_
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Odds and Ends I've Built Lately
Replies: 13
Views: 2492

Re: Odds and Ends I've Built Lately

Cool looking stuff. Does the black paint burn or sluff off?
by Hawk_
Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Interesting thought
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Re: Interesting thought

I think what he is asking is: When making a spirit run with several runs of low wine, the effect of diluting the low wine with the back-set (not fresh wash) from the last stripping run. Would it add more favor, as opposed to diluting with water. Good question; I'm also looking forward to feed back ...
by Hawk_
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Interesting thought
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Interesting thought

Ok. After doing say 3 different generational stripping runs you proceed with a spirit run. Assuming that cuts where made for heads and tails could you do the spirit run with the last set of backset for the dilution fluid? This way you wouldn't loose flavor from the run I'm thinking. Thoughts?
by Hawk_
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: White sugar?
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: White sugar?

Go to the tried and true section. Look up the Birdwatchers. This will answer your question.
by Hawk_
Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Holidays Fellers
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Happy Holidays Fellers

Same to you wash and to all you fellers as well. Stillin safe and loving your families this season.