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by Theo
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Let's see your controller box
Replies: 212
Views: 56500

Re: Let's see your controller box

Here's an update on mine, it's not wired up just yet. Haven't decided if I'm going to place an analog meter above the controls yet. I did not mount anything on the lid of the box. That way I could position all of the wiring & not disturb it when putting on the lid. Otherwise it would be like sittin...
by Theo
Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 206114

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

My biggest mistake was not starting to distill 20 years ago! But I wouldn't have had help from the forum. But I could have some good age on some whiskey. I know, woulda, coulda shoulda. :yawn:
by Theo
Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First AllGrain Bill
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: My First AllGrain Bill

Flaked maize might gelatinize at 165 in 15 minutes, because flaked grain is steamed (cooked) before it is rolled into flakes. If it doesn't fully convert, try more temp & more time. The 1.06 SG means you did a good job of getting the starch into solution. I use coarse corn meal, soak it at 195 for 2...
by Theo
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Parrot Beak Tube Diameter
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Re: Parrot Beak Tube Diameter

I used a 3/4 tube for my parrot & a 1 X 3/4 cup. No problems what so ever. I should have made the tube shorter so the hydrometer would peek out the top. I could then gently set the hydrometer to the bottom of the tube.
by Theo
Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 6178
Views: 207059

Re: Three Word Story

careful next time.
by Theo
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Way you learn?
Replies: 21
Views: 775

Re: Way you learn?

It's usually a matter of 'want to'. Homer Hickam wrote October Sky (good movie too). He was a poor math student, yet taught himself calculus by reading the book. That is doing it the hard way!
by Theo
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: what age group are you in? please do this POLL
Replies: 52
Views: 2374

Re: what age group are you in? please do this POLL

toast860 wrote:im 25. and don't want to get any older. already falling apart.
Just wait, things will continue to hurt, sag, slow down, speed up. But I still get up every morning to see how fun life is going to be. :thumbup:
by Theo
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Big week ahead
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Big week ahead

I had the smoke from the ammeter too. I disconnected the ammeter & just ran it. Kinda like running a pot still without a thermometer. Works for me!
by Theo
Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Good Mashing Corn
Replies: 24
Views: 1037

Re: Good Mashing Corn

Corene1,
What does the feed store call this stuff? They use the same generic bag for most of their grains, but have a different sew-on tags for each type.
by Theo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First timer, distilling awfully slow
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: First timer, distilling awfully slow

Throw away the thermometer, turn up the heat & do more reading. Keep it safe.
by Theo
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: my first run with 220v
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: my first run with 220v

Jholmz, Start the water as soon as you turn on the heat. Just a little cooling will keep you from being surprised when the condensate starts flowing. Once things get cooking you can dial in the heat & cooling. You have lots of power available. Practice to see how many amps give the required flow rat...
by Theo
Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: yep, I did use those spent grains....
Replies: 21
Views: 2388

Re: yep, I did use those spent grains....

Coyote wrote:The deer and the geese love the spent grains

So does the dog and OMG the dog farts are the
worst thing ever


Coyote
I was thinking of making dog treats with spent grain. Maybe not such a good idea. :wtf:
by Theo
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 6178
Views: 207059

Re: Three Word Story

SMACK! POW! OUCH!
by Theo
Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: yep, I did use those spent grains....
Replies: 21
Views: 2388

Re: yep, I did use those spent grains....

My buddy has some wild turkeys that know when the spent grain is served. :thumbup:
by Theo
Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 6178
Views: 207059

Re: Three Word Story

Hair on fire
by Theo
Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller
Replies: 619
Views: 62822

Re: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller

If you think listening to the airlock on a fermenter is therapeutic, you might be a stiller.
by Theo
Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Incomplete Starch conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: Incomplete Starch conversion

Overheating to 190 shouldn't matter as long as malt isn't added until the temp is down to 152. Also 1/2# of malt isn't enough to convert that much grain. Generally you need a pound of 6 row malt for every 5 pounds of grain.
by Theo
Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Recommended 5 gallon barrel for aging?
Replies: 55
Views: 11533

Re: Recommended 5 gallon barrel for aging?

I picked two of the 5 gallon Balcones barrels from my local brew shop. $85 each. They were used for their blue corn whiskey. They are very well made.
by Theo
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3660
Views: 384195

Re: Jokes

An Aggie wanted to raise chickens. His neighbor gave him some fertile eggs to get started. But he planted them too deep. :wtf:
by Theo
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Better Method if you absolutely HAVE to use Turbo Yeast
Replies: 131
Views: 101062

Re: Better Method if you absolutely HAVE to use Turbo Yeast

Thermal runoff is when a process gives off heat, that increases the process which increases heat output and on and on.
by Theo
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Need info from someone with vast electrical experience
Replies: 19
Views: 2285

Re: Need info from someone with vast electrical experience

Pay attention to the amp AND voltage ratings on fuses. I lost a bet that a 5 amp fuse is a 5 amp fuse. We tore apart a 125 volt & a 250 volt fuse of the same amp rating. They are physically different sized elements! Theo, you actually won that bet. 5A AC is 5A AC regardless of voltage. AC and DC ra...
by Theo
Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Feed spent grains to the ducks?
Replies: 10
Views: 1371

Re: Feed spent grains to the ducks?

A brewer out here has a pig farm to use the spent grain. He serves the pork in his restaurant. Mighty tasty!
by Theo
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6213
Views: 260818

Re: The liar's bench

I told the critter that some of my friends are known to eat beaver. He left.
by Theo
Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6213
Views: 260818

Re: The liar's bench

I was enjoying a nice walk in the woods when I surprised a nasty tempered she bear. She was prolly nasty cause she had a couple of cubs along side. I shinnied up a tree. She tried commin up after me, but I had picked one barely thick enough to hold me. She was growling at me sumptin fierce. I waited...
by Theo
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Need info from someone with vast electrical experience
Replies: 19
Views: 2285

Re: Need info from someone with vast electrical experience

Pay attention to the amp AND voltage ratings on fuses. I lost a bet that a 5 amp fuse is a 5 amp fuse. We tore apart a 125 volt & a 250 volt fuse of the same amp rating. They are physically different sized elements!
by Theo
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: SSR Terminology
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: SSR Terminology

I wish I would have seen this before I built mine! :crazy: it would have saved 3 trips to the hardware store & 1 to the electronics store. THAT is a very complete kit. I would add an on/off switch.
by Theo
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6213
Views: 260818

Re: The liar's bench

Bubba likes them corn mazes. But when he hits the jug, he can't find his way round one hay bale. Kinda fun to watch tho! And safer than givin hooch to that dern monkey!
by Theo
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Powering with electricity
Replies: 41
Views: 1586

Re: Powering with electricity

There are 2 electricity rates where I am. The higher rate is $0.10 per kilowatt hour. Using an 8 gal boiler with 2 1500w elements, here are the costs to run 70 liters (about 18 us gals): 3 stripping runs of 23l at 2 hours each, using 3000w = 18KWH plus a 10 hour spirit run at 2000w = 20KWH for a to...
by Theo
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6213
Views: 260818

Re: The liar's bench

Liar's Bench! The new reality show! :clap:
by Theo
Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Anybody Huntin'?
Replies: 169
Views: 8524

Re: Anybody Huntin'?

Not hunting this weekend. Teaching a hunter education class.