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by Gaztops
Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Why we don't use lead
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Why we don't use lead

In England In medieval times, many people thought tomato's were poisoness after quite a few people died over a short period. when infact it was the pewter plate used to serve the tomato's was to blame because of the reaction to the lead by the acidity of the tomato.
by Gaztops
Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Very easy 15 minute wash
Replies: 33
Views: 2884

Re: Very easy 15 minute wash

bluenose wrote:a brand of grape juice in north america
The UK also has the Welch brand, i didn't know this until recently.
by Gaztops
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109680

Re: whats your music

I was born late sixty's and grew up in the 70's and early 80's, so i'll listen to anything from those eras.
by Gaztops
Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: You know you are a Shiner when…
Replies: 365
Views: 35024

Re: You know you are a Shiner when…

When your neighbour finds out that you have tapped into his electicity.
by Gaztops
Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: High-temperature yeasts
Replies: 17
Views: 1890

Re: High-temperature yeasts

Jack Keller has a comprehensive list of different yeasts and the mechanics of them.

http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/strains.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Gaztops
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Is building a still easier than registering?
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: Is building a still easier than registering?

Do some research and have a go at building your own still, you'll learn more about the distilling process and it's more fun. :D
by Gaztops
Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Shine that "melts" in your mouth?
Replies: 28
Views: 2077

Re: Shine that "melts" in your mouth?

There was some guy on here, a Medical Student , was using a glass carboy as a boiler.

A load of people screamed at him not to use glass, but this guy new better.

The end of the story is......One shattered carboy and one badly burned Med Student.....ironic isn't it.
by Gaztops
Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Need help buying first still.
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Need help buying first still.

It's a lot cheaper if you do some research and build your own still. Also you will learn alot more about this craft along the way.

I built a potstill with a liebig condenser and with other things like a fermenter , hydrometers, aquarium heater, etc.... was up and running for around £90
by Gaztops
Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: another turbo ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2005

Re: another turbo ?

For safety reasons you should dilute the spirit down to 40% or below.

This link is to a calculator of dillution.

http://homedistiller.org/calcs/dilute" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Gaztops
Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Need help buying first still.
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Need help buying first still.

I would be very careful buying from outside the UK, if the seller doesn't come up with the goods then it would be difficult getting a refund.
by Gaztops
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Wine Making Site
Replies: 5
Views: 1698

Re: Wine Making Site

The Guys that run this fourm have won numerous awards for their wines.

http://www.winesathome.co.uk/forum/index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Gaztops
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 524832

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I don't fit airlocks with sugar washes because my fermenter isn't airtight. I've never had a wash go bad yet.
by Gaztops
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 9
Views: 813

Re: Hello from the UK

Hello Guys, my total setup from building a potstill with liebig condenser to fermenting gear, hydrometer, etc came to £90

It is a lot cheaper making your own.

I did have enough copper tube from fitting my bathroom suite, so the price of the copper isn't included in the total.
by Gaztops
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: Likker Container Questionis
Replies: 19
Views: 2126

Re: Likker Container Questionis

I collect my likker in 250ml jars so I can make decent cuts and use empty wine bottles to store.
by Gaztops
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Just wondering about syrup flavoring.
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Just wondering about syrup flavoring.

I'm not sure whether you have an outlet in the States but this Company has nearly everything.

http://www.syrupsandstuff.co.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How long does Distilling take?
Replies: 27
Views: 5423

Re: How long does Distilling take?

And, yes you really don't need the thermometer. But, I did add one to mine. Even just for stripping runs I like to watch what it is doing. I take detailed notes. It helped me learn my still. I took notice of what has been said many a time on the forum by people who know what they are talking about....
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1575
Views: 100174

Re: What is everyone drinking?

My daughter came back from Tenerife the early hours of this morning and brought me a bottle of Jamesons Irish Whiskey.

A couple of fingers with soda....perfect. :ebiggrin:
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: only the lonely
Replies: 32
Views: 1541

Re: only the lonely

Chin up Googe, it could be worse you could be English like me. :D
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Gratitude.... Lets share some
Replies: 24
Views: 1078

Re: Gratitude.... Lets share some

I always reply to these threads. Without the knowledgable peeps on HomeDistiller, i would have probably blown myself up or had some sort of poisoning from either the likker or the fuel I was going to use for heating the still. A big thankyou from me. You all run a good, safe and tight ship. keep it ...
by Gaztops
Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Newbie looking for some answers...
Replies: 14
Views: 622

Re: Newbie looking for some answers...

For £50 you could have bought a high quality 17 litre/ 3 gallon stainless steel stockpot from Makro and made your own condenser.

I think you will regret buying a pressure cooker because of the small volume it holds. After cuts you will only get about a jam jar of spirit.
by Gaztops
Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Moonshine.. why do you get so wasted?
Replies: 65
Views: 8836

Re: Moonshine.. why do you get so wasted?

After drinking moonshine I usually feel the effects more the next morning than on the previous night when i was drinking it.
by Gaztops
Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Thank you!
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Thank you!

Without this site my moonshining endeavor would have but much harder. I totally agree. Without the HD forum I would not be as confident or competent with making liquour. All the information is there, you just got to put the time in and look for it. Everything you need to know at the touch of a butt...
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Drinkable ABV?
Replies: 25
Views: 1279

Re: Drinkable ABV?

I have a couple of bottles of cornflake whiskey at 55% Abv which I use with mixers and I have a couple of bottles of hook rum at 40% Abv for drinking straight.
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How long does Distilling take?
Replies: 27
Views: 5423

Re: How long does Distilling take?

Where's the logic.....spending hours soldering up parts of the pot still and condenser so there is no leaks, then drill a hole in it to add a thermometer.
by Gaztops
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 524832

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

It would be better if you could get the SG down to 0.990 before you rack it into the boiler.
by Gaztops
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first post and introduction.
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: My first post and introduction.

The wash will last a long time if kept in an air tight container with an airlock fitted.
by Gaztops
Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Death in Australia being linked to homemade spirits
Replies: 37
Views: 5774

Re: Death in Australia being linked to homemade spirits

They could have poisoned themselves over a short period of time like a weekend binge.
by Gaztops
Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Tasting of your Spirits
Replies: 18
Views: 897

Re: First Tasting of your Spirits

It's no wonder your guts are feeling sore. That's an incredible amount of alcohol to consume in one session.

You'd be good at morse code with the shakes.
by Gaztops
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:20 am
Forum: Forum Rules, Notifications and Helpful Hints
Topic: email from Brewhaus
Replies: 703
Views: 164254

Re: email from Brewhaus

I'm sure a lot of T500 buyer's from the UK are keeping a close eye on this thread with some concern.

What starts in the USA usually ends up over here......like McDonalds.
by Gaztops
Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1575
Views: 100174

Re: What is everyone drinking?

Hook Rum with black currant.....nice :D