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by hypnopooper
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Stripping run on first all grain
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Stripping run on first all grain

My wood paddle of choice is made of Maple. It's all natural and very nice... https://www.etsy.com/listing/118310268/mash-paddle-for-beer-brewing-36-inches?ref=shop_home_active_3&pro=1&frs=1 I went with this because is was going to a real maker not some reseller for stuff made in China, I felt it was...
by hypnopooper
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Metric Ferrule - Standard Pipe
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Metric Ferrule - Standard Pipe

Most copper ferrules are made to fit to type DWV copper pipes. I would sand the ferrule down, or turn in down in a lathe.
by hypnopooper
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Heating wattage for 6 inch column
Replies: 47
Views: 1293

Re: Heating wattage for 6 inch column

I run a 6" column that I made. It has 4 bubble plates, and about 40" inches in height. I use (2x) 5500 watt elements to heat up a steam powered Bain Marie style boiler. I heat up with 11000 watts, drop to 5500 watts for pulling product. Im still working out my controller options and efficiencies, as...
by hypnopooper
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast recommendations?
Replies: 26
Views: 2559

Re: Yeast recommendations?

I have used Red Star DADY from a brew store and it was fine but not as buttery as the USW-6 in my opinion. I now use the USW-6 for most of my all grain whiskey's/bourbon batches and honestly its a great yeast for those. For a 30 gallon mash I use 30-50g of yeast. That's a cost of only $3-$5 of yeast...
by hypnopooper
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby
Replies: 15
Views: 515

Re: Social Media Resources related to our Hobby

I'm with LWTCS on his response. I too had wandered around some of the other social media groups. I found quite a few in the Facebook groups ,but left them quickly. All I found were some incredibly stupid folks that do really stupid things. I have been on ADI forums (not bad but definitely not a hobb...
by hypnopooper
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Bending small copper tube
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: Bending small copper tube

Annealing will make the job easier, or buy pre-annealed soft copper tubing(its already mostly clean). I've done the bending with ice frozen in the annealed tube and that was helpful. Sand, sugar, and salt are also good options depending on how intricate the work is and how long it will take you to d...
by hypnopooper
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1878

Re: Crystal malts

Well it was 85 lbs to be fair and it did fit but it would have over flowed if I didn’t pull 5 gallons off and ferment into a five gallon Lowe’s project bucket. Next batch will be reduced a bit to ensure the next batch will fit completely without over bubbling during the ferment.
by hypnopooper
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1878

Re: Crystal malts

Ran the batch today... omg it is very good. The flavors definitely carried over for the midnight wheat malt at 10% of the mash bill, but not too strong. My wife was wanting to drink it before aging... I got somewhere between 3-3.5 gallons total product. I can’t wait to get this in a new charred oak ...
by hypnopooper
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Distilling on grain
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: Distilling on grain

Sk8brew, I think it's going to depend on how fine your grain particles are and what your grain to water ratio will be. You'll definitely want to ensure that grains stay away from the elements to help reduce the chance of any scorching. I run a Bain Marie style electric powered low pressure steam jac...
by hypnopooper
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Going legal
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: Going legal

Call BSG, ask to setup a new customer account. BSGcraft.com
by hypnopooper
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Neutral on plated column for gin
Replies: 25
Views: 903

Re: Neutral on plated column for gin

Virandell, 8-10 plates will makes a decent neutral spirit. If you don't have that many plates, you can always makes multiple spirit runs on your 4 plate column, then water down the your multiple collections to about 40% or less and run it again through your 4 plate column. Continue the process until...
by hypnopooper
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1878

Re: Crystal malts

No shady, I was saying that with the all malt grain bill there is no other additional starches to convert as you would if you were also mashing corn and using the malt to convert the corn to sugars. That being said, my final mash was quite viscous. I totally mashed the wheat malt at 153F for an hour...
by hypnopooper
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1878

Re: Crystal malts

Otis, My final ferment volume is about 30 gallons. Since this is my first run of this mash recipe, its difficult to know exactly what my final volume would be, so I'm guessing with water amounts and grain amounts. It does look like its about 3.4 lbs to 1 gallon of water. For future batches, I may th...
by hypnopooper
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1878

Re: Crystal malts

Otis, I was shooting for around 30 gallons or so for final fermentable volume. I ferment in a BRUTE 32 gallon trash can (Clean and never used for trash of course. But with all the grains I'm not sure if its going to be too much for my BRUTE. If it is, I'll simply add a 5 gallon HD/Lowes project buck...
by hypnopooper
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1878

Re: Crystal malts

I just mashed a wheat whiskey this morning. In this mash bill about 10% of the wheat is midnight wheat malt from Briess. Also dark roasted malted wheat doesn't produce the astringent flavors that chocolate malted barley does, as there is no hull to the grain. additionally, I grind all my grains to a...
by hypnopooper
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Corn and Malted barley
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: Corn and Malted barley

For Corn Whiskey, this recipe works very well. and will fill a 32 gallon Brute garbage can to about 30 gallons. There is a large batch mashing corn thread in the forum if you cannot cook the corn without scorching at https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=65703 25 Gallons water. No iron...
by hypnopooper
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Grain Mills in South Africa?
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Grain Mills in South Africa?

I asked the questions because for me, I ferment and distill on the grain and mill through about 60 lbs of grain for a batch. I mill everything down to a near flour consistency to get to the starches easily. Since I won't be separating the grain from water for distilling, the finer particles are no i...
by hypnopooper
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Grain Mills in South Africa?
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Grain Mills in South Africa?

What type of grains and how much are you planning on working with? Will you be fermenting and distilling on the grain, will you be separating the grains after ferment before distilling, or are you planning on lautering? These are questions you need to have an idea on before choosing a mill that will...
by hypnopooper
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: DIY Homemade Thermowell
Replies: 16
Views: 6158

Re: DIY Homemade Thermowell

NIN,
This is a great write-up on the DIY thermowell... I will be using this for building a custom length sanitary RTD thermowell for my boiler. I'm curious should I add a dab of glue or some sort of adhesive to keep the sensor at the end of the tube when building one of these? Thanks.
by hypnopooper
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Time for a new controller.
Replies: 13
Views: 693

Re: Time for a new controller.

Since I lack the skills of building my own controller at the moment...I bought the completed Auber STL200 controller unit which features the DSPR400 and the SYL-2362. Being new to theses types of controllers, I spend about an hour each time I use them to ensure I know what I'm doing. I'll eventually...
by hypnopooper
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Mashing cracked corn
Replies: 27
Views: 2881

Re: Mashing cracked corn

Have you tried a finer grind on the corn? Maybe, something like a hammer mill? My experiences from last week were as follows: I ran a 26 gallons of water treated with the appropriate amount of Five Star 5.2 pH Stabilizer. Mash bill was 50lbs of corn and 12.5lbs of malt and got 18.5 brix with no enzy...
by hypnopooper
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Recommended mills
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

Re: Recommended mills

+1 on the AMA USA Electric Grain Grinder from Tractor Supply. I was able to grind a 50 pound whole kernel corn bag to flour/meal grist in about 20 minutes. I had to refill the hopper 3 or four times but no issues. For malt it was pulverized to near flour very easily as well. I will be fermenting and...
by hypnopooper
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: small ferrrules
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: small ferrrules

There was a seller on Amazon selling 3/4" copper ferrules but they seem to no longer be selling them. I came across a supplier several years ago that was an off-shoot from Still Dragon that had some and I bought them out of their supply I think it was like 6 total was all they had. Unfortunately tha...
by hypnopooper
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 10304

Re: 6" column build

I had to bring some water to boil in order to do a citric acid soak for the column insides. I was able to bring cold water from the tap with 15 gallons to 180F took 45 minutes with the agitator running. I'm happy with that.
by hypnopooper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 10304

Re: 6" column build

I would think that the oil jackets are great but are probably leaning a lot on the controller for slow and controlled runs. Some use peanut oil others have use a heat transfer fluid that can easily get to 350is degrees but the fluid I’m told is rather expensive. For my controller, I chose the Auber ...
by hypnopooper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 10304

Re: 6" column build

Pope, Yes, 2x 5500w elements is definitely a beautiful sight and experience to have. I had to add a 60 Watt breaker switch into my electrical panel in the garage, then run 6/4 electrical power lines from the box to the corner in the garage. I saved a great deal of money by installing it all myself. ...
by hypnopooper
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 10304

Re: 6" column build

As a followup, I ran a 10 gallon 50/50 vinegar run last weekend. No leaks on the column and yes this boiler running (2) 5500 elements is fully capable of producing enough dense steam in the jacket to move the steam in the boiler to the top of the column. Issues left to complete: There were some thre...
by hypnopooper
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 10304

Re: 6" column build

Got my boiler delivered today from Distillex on AliExpress. A word of caution on the delivery times, be very patient. I ordered over Thanksgiving week, and it was finally delivered today. Additionally communication was sometimes not very good. However, the quality looks to be pretty decent, I'm not ...
by hypnopooper
Sun May 31, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: New Way to Double Boil?
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: New Way to Double Boil?

So actually the while the water is not a great conductor of the heat, steam is. So, I think that with a 1 bar pressure valve and less water maybe only 1/4 or so you should be able to cook the mash quite easily. You will also need a sight glass to ensure your water level.
by hypnopooper
Sat May 30, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: SCR
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: SCR

edit...My bad your looking for the controller not the element.... I just bought a controller from Auber Instruments, It's made in China but haven't fired it yet as I have to wire in a new 220 line. https://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=sp...