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by smeag
Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Making Apple Pie Shine
Replies: 14
Views: 4527

Re: Making Apple Pie Shine

Thank you sir for fast reply. I hope that maybe the cin oil was coming to top and not fully dilluted throughout mixture.
Little bit of aging will tell.
by smeag
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Making Apple Pie Shine
Replies: 14
Views: 4527

Re: Making Apple Pie Shine

Hello, I know there are many apple shine post but I ended up on this one and made the recipe. My question is on the 2 tsp of cinnamon oil. After I was finished with the recipe I had to taste it, wow it was mostly hot cinnamon taste. Will that subside after the 2 week aging? Or should I have used 2 d...
by smeag
Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Wino's Sugar wash stuck?
Replies: 10
Views: 1421

Re: Wino's Sugar wash stuck?

PH is key to speed for me. My water is 7.5 but after mixing WPOSW to the letter the next day my PH has dropped to 3. I add about a TBS of Calcium Carbonate per gallon to get it back into the high 4's or 5
cut my time from month and a half to 10-14 days
by smeag
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:48 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1172
Views: 246729

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

My low ph adds weeks to the ferment. I've found adding the calcium carbonate to the tune of 3 tsp per ph level. My well water is 7.5, but after 2 days of ferment I check the ph and it is 3.1. I only added 1/4 tsp of food grade citric acid other than that the recipe was followed to the letter using 1...
by smeag
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:12 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1172
Views: 246729

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

With the ph adjusted, much faster ferment. Is the citric acid for anything other than lowering the PH? I had to add 5.5 tsp of calcium carbonate to get mine right and thought I would cut way back the citric acid (I used 3 tbs of lemon juice).
by smeag
Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 518
Views: 177122

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

what kind of results from aging pugirum in an oak barrel?
by smeag
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1172
Views: 246729

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

Check out what Wai‘ona said PH - may be key to speed, Mine took 3 weeks this time (faster than last couple) but been raising PH with calcium carbinate and speeding up
by smeag
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:00 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 35
Views: 20600

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Just so happens I have Geritol but no Vitamin B, will this substitution have any ill effect on the taste?
If B is better which? B1 or B complex?
by smeag
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:00 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 518
Views: 177122

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Just so happens I have Geritol but no Vitamin B, will this substitution have any ill effect on the taste?
If B is better which? B1 or B complex?
by smeag
Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:14 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1172
Views: 246729

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

Maybe PH is slowing me down also. First try at WPOSW I deviated from the recipe and blamed that on my 37 day ferment. This time I followed the recipe to the letter using super starter distiller's yeast. Started on Feb 7 SG 1073, ph of mixture was 5.2 (my well water is ph 7.5 limestone) 5 days later ...
by smeag
Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4389
Views: 778893

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I'm on my 5th generation now (11 days kinda slow still even after aerating), I started out using whiskey yeast with Amyloglucosidase (AG). Does the AG also keep rejuvenating along with the yeast?
by smeag
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:56 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: starting SG and ending SG
Replies: 17
Views: 1411

Re: starting SG and ending SG

Here's a link to brewhaus calculators, just what ya lookin for

http://www.brewhaus.com/Calculators_s/46.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by smeag
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: different types of oak
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: different types of oak

American Indians tanned their hides with tannin and tanic acid from the acorns, and some acorns can kill a cow.
Other's boil and leach out all the tannin and eat em.
by smeag
Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:25 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: slow wash
Replies: 20
Views: 1047

Re: slow wash

I keep mine warm with a ceramic reptile heater (from pet store) that is a 150W and screws into any light socket. Same idea as light bulb but with no light or glass to be broken.
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by smeag
Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Popcorn sentenced
Replies: 36
Views: 2101

Re: Popcorn sentenced

He didn't help the "for personal use cause"
Ripping off all the honest tax payers is crap talk when it comes to personal use, I pay sales tax on the supplies, parts, containers and Taxes on water, land, house, and the damn tax on gas and electricity.
by smeag
Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: 1400W for 25L still ?
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: 1400W for 25L still ?

I'm in the laundry room for winter (wife will have no propane in the house) so I'm using a 1500w and it gets the job done on a 30L but takes time. The dimmer switch (router control) I got from harbor freight melted and quit on warm up last nite, only used it about 12 times. Cheap for 15 bucks, but h...
by smeag
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4389
Views: 778893

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

when you do your next batch, dump your water, sugar and backset in from a decent hieght. This will stir things up enough to bring the lighter stuff to the top. I like to skim this off of mine. From the 3rd set on, I would start skimming off the corn meal before resetting the wash and replacing it w...
by smeag
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: strawberry panty-dropper
Replies: 710
Views: 209630

Re: strawberry panty-dropper

After testing several batches I've found lemon juice (couple squirts per jar) instead of citric acid yeilds a darker red and cleaner strawberry taste, more in the aroma than the taste. Maybe The amounts of citric acid I was putting in (couple pinches each 1/2 gal jar) is wrong.
by smeag
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Popcorn sentenced
Replies: 36
Views: 2101

Re: Popcorn sentenced

here's a repost of the link with Popcorn's affidavit: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/tne/pr/2008/M ... Sutton.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by smeag
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Aging
Replies: 28
Views: 1046

Re: Aging

I split my white oak into thin strips using just the heart of the wood, then put into dehydrator at 145° for 20 hours, then toasted at 450° in the oven for a couple hours wrapped in foil. I haven't inserted them into my jars yet (first try at wood aging) but before I do I was going to charr one side...
by smeag
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: question about temperature
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Re: question about temperature

Boiling chips of some kind (to break up bubbles) more head space and listen to how hard it's boiling
by smeag
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: strawberry panty-dropper
Replies: 710
Views: 209630

Re: strawberry panty-dropper

I've been leaving the stawberries in the mason jars and pouring spd back in after dilution, most times it doesn't stick around long enough to be an issue. I've read 3 months self life with the berries. Anyone have spd go bad? Is 3 months really the safest time? Seems like they would preserve longer ...
by smeag
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Could someone look over my shopping list?
Replies: 15
Views: 1138

Re: Could someone look over my shopping list?

I've recently started looking into distilling and I've decided to take a leap into this hobby. I've been reading as much as I can and I think I know what I need and what to do, but I'd like it if someone could look over my shopping list and tell me if I'm getting everything I need and if I've got s...
by smeag
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Could someone look over my shopping list?
Replies: 15
Views: 1138

Re: Could someone look over my shopping list?

Lowe's Home Improvement stores sales translucent buckets (HDPE) that have liter scale on one side and gal scale on the other and the lid is secure. around 5 bucks
by smeag
Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: rivets
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: rivets

Most hardware stores have em, like for attaching dog name plates to collars. The ones you do by hand..never seen them for my pop rivet gun
by smeag
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: You can get free white oak.
Replies: 15
Views: 2585

Re: You can get free white oak.

The reason splitting came to mind was not only the surface area but the laboring my table saw was having cutting though green wood I was trying to cut, wrong blade for one thing. splitting into inch slabs would help with the shorting of seansoning (drying). thanks barney fife for bring to my attenti...
by smeag
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: You can get free white oak.
Replies: 15
Views: 2585

Re: You can get free white oak.

I've got white oaks growing on my place, hunters know them well for their acorns are favorite for deer. I heat my house with wood so I've taken some white oak logs and split them into inch thick slabs with my log splitter and plan on seasoning them awhile then hoping the splitting instead of cutting...
by smeag
Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: S/S Scrubbers
Replies: 7
Views: 1633

Re: S/S Scrubbers

If you read The Compleat Distiller (which I highlighly recommend) you will see it is indicated that pot scrubbers are the most efficient packing materials: Comparisons Z (surface area of packing / volume of column occupied by packing) Marbles 3.6 Solid cylinders 7.2 Raschig rings 14.4 Pot scrubbers...
by smeag
Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: S/S Scrubbers
Replies: 7
Views: 1633

Re: S/S Scrubbers

Why do some swear by SS scrubbers other's like myself use copper mesh rolled. Is SS only when you have a copper column? I have a SS column so I use the copper, others use the rings. Not to sound so nOObish, but I was under the opinion that the copper reacted with the distillate which is desired, so ...
by smeag
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Where'd your name come from??
Replies: 254
Views: 22138

Re: Where'd your name come from??

smeag was my online character in one of the first across the net killem games. It was called Marathon and preceded most all group battles over the net (1994). On a Macintosh 0f course.