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by Ayay
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:27 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: السلام عليكم from.......well you can probably guess :)
Replies: 12
Views: 908

Re: السلام عليكم from.......well you can probably guess :)

A more powerful burner will get your boiler up to speed quicker, but when the first drips come out you can choose to continue at high speed for stripping, or at low speed for an output that can be cut. Stripping runs cannot be cut because the heads/hearts/tails are completely mixed up...there will b...
by Ayay
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: السلام عليكم from.......well you can probably guess :)
Replies: 12
Views: 908

Re: السلام عليكم from.......well you can probably guess :)

Hi, I figured I left quite a bit behind; but I wasn't sure what was going on, since the temp dropped and the distillate stopped flowing. I figured I was better off safe than sorry later on. I still have some 100L of wash (mostly TPW from the recipes I found floating around) to play with, and I've a...
by Ayay
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Bobbing Alcometer
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: Bobbing Alcometer

The bobbing is caused either by turbulence of the incoming stream, or variations in the alc content. Ram a stainless scrubber into the bottom of the parrot to calm the influx. If this does not work then your alcometer is reading the true alc fluctuations.
by Ayay
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: solder w/ cig lighter?
Replies: 25
Views: 4156

Re: solder w/ cig lighter?

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by Ayay
Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: solder w/ cig lighter?
Replies: 25
Views: 4156

Re: solder w/ cig lighter?

I solder 3" pipes with a lighter all the time. Solder is like candle wax...lick the flame on a brick of solder and the solder drips off. Let some of the drips fall into the joint and even the thickest coppa is jointed...easily as strong as candle wax on a girder. OK; I use the lighter to light the B...
by Ayay
Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:38 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: need your feedback on column....
Replies: 37
Views: 2761

Re: need your feedback on column....

Feedback on a column happens according to the thermometer. Heat input, the coolant flow, and the boiler mix all play their part in the thermometer temp. Columns work according to a thermometer. Pot stills work according to ABV. Gaskets must seal against leaks...no leaks allowed in any still...do wha...
by Ayay
Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:58 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Concrete boiler
Replies: 18
Views: 2668

Re: Concrete boiler

There's foamed concrete, and concrete mixed with styrofoam and other stuff. Replace the aggregate with air holes and you have insulation.

I used plaster-of-paris mixed 50/50 with vermiculite. This can be smeared on and built up layer by layer. A chicken wire mesh inside will make a strong shell.
by Ayay
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I live you, man...
Replies: 80
Views: 3736

Re: I live you, man...

All in the spellin. Ask the wizzard about spells.
by Ayay
Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much packing do you use in a Bokakob?
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Re: How much packing do you use in a Bokakob?

The slower and cooler the ferment, the more care needed against infection. Beer and wine brewers have to take extra care for brews going on for months. Brewing for the still is fast and dirty...lots of yeast...higher temps...all done in two or three weeks. Infections can't get a leg in, but the brew...
by Ayay
Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I live you, man...
Replies: 80
Views: 3736

Re: I live you, man...

The third is one two many...aah the forth not enough...
by Ayay
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much packing do you use in a Bokakob?
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Re: How much packing do you use in a Bokakob?

Yes clean those scrubbers; 24 hrs seems too much, just 1 hour should let the vinegar do it's thing. Pack the scrubbers in tight enough so that you can breathe easily through the column or as Rad says, ' provide decent functionality' :) . Extremely tight packing may inhibit breathing. Fake scrubbbers...
by Ayay
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Head and tails for flavour in cuts, Tails for tempering.
Replies: 18
Views: 1337

Re: Head and tails for flavour in cuts, Tails for tempering.

Start with the purest hearts you can. Hearts are for drinkin, but they can be adulterated with heads and tails for taste...more or less according to taste or greed.
by Ayay
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Have a quick question.
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Have a quick question.

+1 moosemilk. Any pot will do 90% in the early stage if you run it slow enough. but pots are not made for this. A reflux still should do 95% easily when it's run slow. Running slow increases the ABV regardless of the still. Do it with what you have. Tune your still as best you can while not forgetti...
by Ayay
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distillers activated carbon
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

Re: Distillers activated carbon

I find distillers activated carbon very useful. It's not a filter as such, more of an absorber of smells and flavors that pass through the finest filters. The best way to use activated carbon is to add a small quantity to the container of spirit and let it stand for a few days weeks or months. The h...
by Ayay
Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Cold weather setup
Replies: 13
Views: 2420

Re: Cold weather setup

Basically any heat source will do. If the source is weak it will run continuously and if it's strong it will cycle on and off if it has a thermostat. An airtight box is as inportant as the insulation. Lights are not the best energy wise unless they are heat lamps. Here's mine, outside is a digital t...
by Ayay
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: About flux
Replies: 26
Views: 6487

Re: About flux

All fluxes are lead free. Lead is not a flux. Go for lead free solders and let the cleaning deal with the fluxes.
by Ayay
Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Sugar wash heads and tails
Replies: 18
Views: 7864

Re: Sugar wash heads and tails

All-Grain washes struggle to get enough sugar to be a problem. Sugar washes can go as high as you dare. Yeasts are naturally coded for A-G, but not yeasts genetically modified either by forced selection or gene therapy. Treat your sugar wash like an A-G. Do as the A-G's do with your sugar wash and y...
by Ayay
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: About flux
Replies: 26
Views: 6487

Re: About flux

Lead-free-flux must mean the flux used for lead-free-soft-solder. These fluxes are either acidic zinc chloride, or the rosin type as used in electronics. The rosin type leaves a more stubborn residue, but is nowhere as good as the zinc chloride for big chunks of copper. Rosin is best for electronics...
by Ayay
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Odin's Lazy Bastard Corn Likker
Replies: 67
Views: 8133

Re: Odin's Lazy Bastard Corn Likker

SoMo wrote:He's using a condensed corn product not sugar, kinda like DME but corn.
OK, so is DME and LME a kind of molasses of corn syrup? High in sugar plus full of corn goodness?
by Ayay
Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Who keeps there heads and who tosses them
Replies: 30
Views: 1404

Re: Who keeps there heads and who tosses them

Early heads are best done once only along with the foreshots. They take the longest time every time, so take the time the first time. I try hard to get the purest foreshots and early heads the first time, and happily toss them never to be done again. Late heads should be the transition between heads...
by Ayay
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Odin's Lazy Bastard Corn Likker
Replies: 67
Views: 8133

Re: Odin's Lazy Bastard Corn Likker

Great idea Odin! Corn syrup is the cheapest sugar available in the US thanks to subsidies. May not work in Oz because we subsidise or protect the sugar cane enough to add it to petrol.
by Ayay
Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:08 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Wee bit of confusion about a still
Replies: 8
Views: 1271

Re: Wee bit of confusion about a still

Hey greykiwi, a square boiler is no consequence. It's what the columns above are doing.
t's what you do with what the boiler does .
by Ayay
Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cuts by ABV
Replies: 32
Views: 2800

Re: Cuts by ABV

Cuts by ABV applies to pot stilling what outputs a variable ABV. The range of ABV depends on the ABV of the charge in the boiler and the speed of the drips coming out the condenser. Reflux stilling outputs a constant ABV in the mid-90's ABV, but heads/hearts/tails can be smeared beyond recognition e...
by Ayay
Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Home made bottle labels
Replies: 194
Views: 16242

Re: Does anyone use labels?

Awesome label scow69!

Labels are essential for anything that sits around for more than a week. Secret codes if you have no licence. Friends and relatives love secret codes.
by Ayay
Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:06 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Cornflakes whiskey
Replies: 982
Views: 168608

Re: Cornflakes whiskey

planethax wrote:I don't think anyone has used the trub for second generations.
I have done this using backset and trub; second generation is awesome but third did not work due to ph I think.

Now I do the first generation in order to get the second. Then do the first again.
by Ayay
Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:40 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: All hearts rerun
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: All hearts rerun

You found it out! Re-running hearts will give better hearts. This is because you took another cut out of the heads and tails no matter how little they are. With due care and attention the re-run can be got before the re-run. Until then, a re-run is often faster and better than any other after-treatm...
by Ayay
Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:50 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Proper placement of therm in a pot still
Replies: 13
Views: 1519

Re: Proper placement of therm in a pot still

A thermometer on a pot still can tell you one thing...the difference between the ambient temp and when the hot vapors hit the thermometer. The numbers on the thermometer have no meaning after they have done this. Caressing the apparatus by hand leads to the same result. If you feel the top of the bo...
by Ayay
Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:14 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Thanks againplus need help
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Thanks againplus need help

With a pot still your ABV is steadily declining. With a reflux still your ABV is all 95%+....but both of them need cuts to find the hearts. Ferment whatever you have and let your still make the cuts more easier to do. Get the heads out pure as possible. Take the hearts free of heads and tails. Tails...
by Ayay
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My good deed
Replies: 15
Views: 1056

Re: My good deed

Understanding goose eye is a good sign! If he doesn't make sense, it's your fault.
by Ayay
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:25 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Instantaneous RR measurement
Replies: 26
Views: 3780

Re: Instantaneous RR measurement

Instantaneous RR measurement would be nice. It will give another set of readings to look at alongside the many other things to watch. Opening the needle valve wide open during the run and comparing the product output before and after will give the numbers, but so doing will de-stabilize the column a...