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by al_shine
Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Malt extract question
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Malt extract question

This might belong in the newb forum, so please move it if necessary. I have been wondering this for a couple weeks and not found the answer. I have learned that to ferment grain you need to malt it, which is a process of sprouting the grains so that natural enzymes are released. Alternatively, you c...
by al_shine
Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: mushrooms?
Replies: 33
Views: 1800

Re: mushrooms?

Probaly Reishi (ling chi) mushrooms. Paul Stamets is the man. fungi.com is a good source for spawn.
by al_shine
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: mushrooms?
Replies: 33
Views: 1800

Re: mushrooms?

If you're willing to jump right in to tissue culture work then you can probably take a tissue clone from store bought mushrooms. If you're successful you'll have isolated a known fruiting strain, which is good. I'm not sure if it'll be cheaper than buying an isolated strain in solution, but it'll be...
by al_shine
Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: mushrooms?
Replies: 33
Views: 1800

Re: mushrooms?

Yeah, what can I say? A lot of the interest is around tripping. I don't think most mycologists are really bothered by that, because after about two months of study, funny colors and the giggles aren't the weirdest thing you know about mushrooms. As far as saving the world, besides being delicious, t...
by al_shine
Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: mushrooms?
Replies: 33
Views: 1800

Re: mushrooms?

Sorry for the slow reply, you caught me on my laboratory day. Fungi are amazing, yeasts and mushrooms included. I'm in the USA so I don't know any Aus providers of spawn, however, I usually use www.sporeworks.com and they are fast and good quality. Local spawn will probably be fresher, however, and ...
by al_shine
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: mushrooms?
Replies: 33
Views: 1800

Re: mushrooms?

Morels are a mycorrhizal mushroom that grows in conjunction with a tree. There has been limited success in growing them. Oysters are a very easy beginner mushroom to grow. in fact, if you go to http://www.mweme.org there is a little slide show *cough* someone made to get my brother growing them on h...
by al_shine
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Inline ethanol % meter
Replies: 66
Views: 19677

Re: Inline ethanol % meter

I know it's not computer measured, but I like that specific gravity measure with the flow through tube...

Anyone have a link for that?
by al_shine
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Cleaning a new still...
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Cleaning a new still...

How large of wash should I make to clean out a full sized keg pot still?

This will be it's second run after a water testing run.

Thanks.
by al_shine
Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Beginners toolkit. (Please critique)
Replies: 4
Views: 757

Re: Beginners toolkit. (Please critique)

20 inch liebig condenser, recirculating with a submersible pump in a bucket ice water. Cools like hell. Need to do an cleaning alcohol run, waiting for my tri-clamp to come in the mail. In the garage with the windows doors open. There is a stove and a carbon monoxide/fire alarm right next to it, wit...
by al_shine
Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Beginners toolkit. (Please critique)
Replies: 4
Views: 757

Beginners toolkit. (Please critique)

Hey Gents, Trying to make sure I have all what I'll need (besides the still) before I start. The still is a full size keg pot still. Have: 1 x propane burner 1 x 15 gallon plastic fermentation barrel w/ airlock in lid. 1 x fish tank style fermentation thermometer 12 x quart mason (for cuts?) 6 x hal...
by al_shine
Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Worth packing scrubbers into pot still for neutral runs?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: Worth packing scrubbers into pot still for neutral runs?

right. I'm mostly interested in rum and fruits, although I like gin a lot. the "vodka" would be mostly for friends. Looks like my first wash is actually going to be wineo's simple sugar wash. There is a GFS near my parents but it's a good couple hours from where I live. Thinking about making a run o...
by al_shine
Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Worth packing scrubbers into pot still for neutral runs?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: Worth packing scrubbers into pot still for neutral runs?

I don't mind some flavor, because I was thinking of trying the rice vodka, which apparently has a nice flavor.

Good to know. Now I just have to figure the whole enzyme thing out.
by al_shine
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Worth packing scrubbers into pot still for neutral runs?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Worth packing scrubbers into pot still for neutral runs?

Hello gents...

I plan on mostly rums and fruit washes, but if I wanted to try to make a relatively neutral spirit, would it be worth packing some copper scrubbers in my pot still, or should I make a reflux attachment as well?
by al_shine
Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Solar Powered Ethanol Project Help
Replies: 26
Views: 5109

Re: Solar Powered Ethanol Project Help

Yeah, the trough design is awesome, especially if you can use that much. For more personal sized projects, I was thinking more along the lines of http://www.humboldt.edu/~ccat/solarcooking/parabolic/bart_orlando_arcata_plaza_2003_smaller.image.jpg that keeps itself pointed at the sun, with a large p...
by al_shine
Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Solar Powered Ethanol Project Help
Replies: 26
Views: 5109

Re: Solar Powered Ethanol Project Help

With two mechanical engineers and two computer scientists you'd think you could create a motorized parabolic solar oven that knew what time of year it was and where the sun was and where the black pot is. Parabolic reflectors are the fastest heating designs in the solar oven world. 2kW per square me...
by al_shine
Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Aluminium... Is it dangerous to cook in?
Replies: 11
Views: 2369

Re: Aluminium... Is it dangerous to cook in?

oh man. alcohol vapor getting released from pits over a flame is a terrifying mental image.
by al_shine
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Fermenting
Replies: 33
Views: 1497

Re: Fermenting

punkin wrote:mix one teaspoon of a sample with one teaspoon of water, that gets mine down to 40% where it won't harm my taste buds and it also opens the spirit up and allows the full flavours to come through. Obviously when you get down to lower %'s you mix less water....
Ingenious.
by al_shine
Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

Re: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)

see? One dimmer gives infinite control. Sounds good. I was thinking "Now when 'n' the heck would I have four sliders half down!?" Just wanted to make sure. Reckon' I'll give this a shot then. Run two pairs on one circuit, so two inputs. 3 with on/off switches and 1 with a slider. Make a nice little...
by al_shine
Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Aging in a small wooden keg
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Re: Aging in a small wooden keg

Rod wrote: I am drinking it as it ages , so top up will be a lot more

Sounds like a lot less than your share!
by al_shine
Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

Re: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)

so you're talking about making a switchboard out of four of something like this: Lutron 600 Watt White Slide-to-Off Dimmer Model: S-600PH-WH $17.93 http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=70763-000000539-S-600PH-WH&detail=&lpage=none" onclick="window.open(this.href);return fals...
by al_shine
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:31 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

Re: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)

Runaway, dont really se what you mean. in a still, you wouldnt connect a thermostatic controller, just a straight power controller. No feedback. I'll admit that I was over thinking the problem. Doesn't really matter what the sign of the temperature coefficient of the rods are, because even if they ...
by al_shine
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....

theholymackerel wrote:al_shine, why is there a valve on top of yer still?

If it closes off the vapour, ya just built a bomb. If the column is clamped on (as it appears), yer bomb is even bigger.

:shock:

That's not a valve, that's an access port and a thermometer.
by al_shine
Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

Re: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)

*edited for mis-applying ohm's law Well, he says in the ad that he has a bunch of them, so if anyone can reckon with me for a workable controller design for a full size keg still, I am willing to let my still be a guinea pig. I don't think I have 220 volt outlets readily available. Can't you use 110...
by al_shine
Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....

There are no-weld elements available. Alcohol vapor in a fairly enclosed space, with an over-heated element can make a very large bomb. That is a good darn point. How do you make sure? Do the no-weld bolt in? could you provide an example? It's actually looking to be pretty cost effective to get a s...
by al_shine
Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:12 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

Re: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)

oh, good point. a single one of those elements would be the "large" heater for a keg still.

That's what I get for browsing ebay when the neighbors dogs wake me up too early.

Are there any recommendations? most of the talk seems to be about control, not the elements themselves.
by al_shine
Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:23 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)
Replies: 17
Views: 2123

How suitable is this heating element? (Ebay)

Hello everyone. Looking to put internal heating on a keg. I've been reading through making controllers and stuff like that. Then I found a listing for this four branch heating element ( ) My thought is to switch each of the four elements individually with standard rocker switches (of proper rating) ...
by al_shine
Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....

internal heating sounds good. I did notice the rounded bottoms, i picked up a full size keg and a quarter keg (7 gallons, I think?) I was thinking I might use the pony keg for smaller runs, but if I have to have a lot of welding done, I may just stick with the larger keg. Maybe I can find a muffler ...
by al_shine
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Keg buying tips and other newbie questions....

Hello everyone. I got my brother to solder myself up a water cooled condenser arm when he built up one for himself. (His is in the picture, doing a water test run.) still-and-outlaw.jpg Now I'm going to look at stainless steel kegs someone is selling of craigslist today. Does anyone have any keg buy...
by al_shine
Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: Turn 2 Bales of Hay into 5 Gallons of 99.7%abv for Under $5
Replies: 8
Views: 6075

Re: Turn 2 Bales of Hay into 5 Gallons of 99.7%abv for Under $5

the big round bales or the little rectangular bales?
by al_shine
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 123173

Re: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka

What kind of rice is being used? White? Brown? Long or short grain? sticky?