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by corene1
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: A couple of clueless
Replies: 13
Views: 274

Re: A couple of clueless

Very nice still. I would agree that a bigger cooling source would be a good idea. Maybe a plastic trash can. About the take off spout. Is that a plastic hose feeding a plastic parrot? I can't tell from the photo. If so take it off as the alcohol will leach chemicals and flavors from contact with the...
by corene1
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stainless Steel Drum Boiler
Replies: 47
Views: 1521

Re: Stainless Steel Drum Boiler

The duralon is the closet to what I have used except it does have an adhesive on it. You could call them and ask about the adhesive properties. McMaster has good stuff but is expensive, The braded PTFE with Aramid fibers is very stiff and not very pliable. I have used that type of packing in big sli...
by corene1
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stainless Steel Drum Boiler
Replies: 47
Views: 1521

Re: Stainless Steel Drum Boiler

Just thought I would throw in some of my thoughts on this build. For a sealant tape we have used PTFE expanded sealing tape or packing. Here is a link that shows a product similar to what we use. https://www.equalseal.com/PTFE-Valve-Stem-Packing-s/2147.htm It is very soft and formable. See if there ...
by corene1
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cost comparison for welding.
Replies: 15
Views: 320

Re: Cost comparison for welding.

Our shop would charge you 1 hour for that job if you had all the fits prepped and the holes cut. 1-1/2 if we cut the holes. If you brought it by after work I would do it for free. Probably a long drive from your house to California though. If you have a brew shop locally see if they have someone tha...
by corene1
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Dry COB
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Dry COB

There are a few articles here on using dry COB. Some folks would do a simple sweetfeed by mixing it with water and molasses, others would make an all grain mash cooking it and using liquid enzymes. My personal favorite was buying rolled corn and rolled oats cooking them down and mashing in malted b...
by corene1
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Dry COB
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Dry COB

There are a few articles here on using dry COB. Some folks would do a simple sweetfeed by mixing it with water and molasses, others would make an all grain mash cooking it and using liquid enzymes. My personal favorite was buying rolled corn and rolled oats cooking them down and mashing in malted ba...
by corene1
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

Ya know, I bet there is still some of those strange critters runnin round out there. I plum lost track of that ol ostrich I has for a while. I think he wound up back at Jimbo's place not sure though.
by corene1
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Liqueurs
Topic: Final proof question
Replies: 15
Views: 1083

Re: Final proof question

NZChris wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:11 am
Why does it matter? If it tastes nice and the abv is near enough, that's good enough in my shed.
:clap: Perfect answer!
by corene1
Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: It is not pretty, but seems to work as a first...
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: It is not pretty, but seems to work as a first...

I always like to see folks starting from scratch and building their own still, learning from the ground up so to speak. Your still is simple and well thought out, it should work well for you. Well done. Make sure those brass fittings are lead free though.
by corene1
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: What could go wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 793

Re: What could go wrong?

Nothing wrong with doing things differently or experimenting. Thing is you need a base to work from first. That is the tried and true recipes as well as standard fermenting and distilling procedures. Once you have a base then you have something to compare you modified versions to. Just my thoughts t...
by corene1
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

Jed , I don't believe a single one of them critters from the past could cause a tenth of the damage that this new breed of critters out there is causing, not even that wild monkey that Flatbush has hidden somewhere. I think these new ones are some kind of genetic mutation that warps the brain in str...
by corene1
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: What could go wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 793

Re: What could go wrong?

Just reading your original post. With 4 gallons of water and 16 pounds of sugar how do you get a starting gravity of 1.132? I get closer to 1.184 giving a potential of a 24% starting ABV if it somehow fermented down to 1.000 for a finish gravity. Sugar has a PPG of .046 points per pound of sugar in ...
by corene1
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: New Member of the Mop Wringer Club
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: New Member of the Mop Wringer Club

Hey windy , Nice to see you here. You know we are always learning something. Just saw a picture of the mop wringer on the fermenting barrel and smacked myself in the fore head. Why didn't I think of that . Such a good idea.
by corene1
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is it supposed to be blue?
Replies: 43
Views: 1136

Re: Is it supposed to be blue?

Just reading about your situation and all the advice given is dead on. Get that still clean first, especially if it has been sitting for a year. Any moisture inside it over time will leave traces of copper sulfate. Scrub it manually then steam it with water and vinegar. Typically for about 30 to 40 ...
by corene1
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

Your a good man TB , so glad everything is working out well for your son. So many good folks here on the bench wish I could meet you all at some point in time.
by corene1
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Jane Presentation
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Jane Presentation

Hi Jane, welcome to the forum. Lots of information on these pages to learn from and quite a group of helpful distillers to guide you when you get a bit off track. I have certainly learned a bunch from this group. Have fun and be safe.
by corene1
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

Hardest thing in the world is watching your kids go through something like that . I will be sending good thoughts of hope your way.
by corene1
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular flute with options
Replies: 164
Views: 11273

Re: Modular flute with options

Maybe I am missing something , but if you are worried about fluid remaining in the column after the run simply take the column off the boiler when it is warm and invert it. Everything will drain out the top and the residual will evaporate. That is what I do. Shut the still down , pull off the produc...
by corene1
Wed May 27, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Rivets and Seams Decision
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Rivets and Seams Decision

That still of mine that you are showing is riveted . I use the rivets in conjunction with a folded interlocking seam to help hold it together during assembly and while I solder. It is quite strong. The bottom is 48 ounce and the cylinder is 20 ounce. It is still running with no failures. I built ano...
by corene1
Wed May 20, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My first build would like input
Replies: 20
Views: 1405

Re: My first build would like input

Very nice build . I like to put a support stand under my condensers. They gain a bunch of weight when they are full of water.
by corene1
Wed May 20, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: New Liebeg condenser
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

Re: New Liebeg condenser

Now I’m confused. Again. Just busy building first Liebig and elsewhere on the forum was told “make the Liebig longer”. SB Bill maybe? Here 30xs says OP’s condenser may be “too efficient” with wire wrap? Just made drawings for a 48” Liebig in SS, this due to ease of availability of materials in our ...
by corene1
Mon May 18, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: New Liebeg condenser
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

Re: New Liebeg condenser

Not quite for sure how long it will be ,probably a 42 inch chamber with the rings at 4 inch intervals. The cross tubes should increase cooling surface contact area for the condenser as well as cause a turbulence in the vapor flow. My thought on the turbulence would be to increase vapor contact time....
by corene1
Mon May 18, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: New Liebeg condenser
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

New Liebeg condenser

Well I know i always say keep it simple but I was tinkering at work and thought of building a new liebeg condenser that would be a bit more efficient and use less water to cool with during a run. This is a practice piece I came up with. Basically a 1/2 inch tube with rings attached to create separat...
by corene1
Sat May 16, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Welding options other than solder for stainless
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Welding options other than solder for stainless

Quick question for the solder guys who really know what they’re doing: I’ve used scotch brite pads and acetone to clean and prep metals for soldering, avoiding sandpapers because the grit on the paper could actually be oxides of some kind.. I think I heard this once relative to prepping aluminum fo...
by corene1
Fri May 15, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

Love to listen to you fellers talk about the old time. Wish I had some of the experiences and stories that you have shared here. Reminds me of when I was young and all the families would gather for a big BBQ and in the evening Grand parents, parents and children would sit around the burn pit and sha...
by corene1
Fri May 15, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Stripping Speed-How quick can you rip?
Replies: 33
Views: 2680

Re: Stripping Speed-How quick can you rip?

For me it depends on what I am stripping. Rums and whiskies get stripped pretty fast but if I am stripping in the pot still to make a neutral with the reflux still I will strip a bit slower. Probably a quart every 15 minuets, versus a quart every 10 minuets. I will stop collecting for the spirit ru...
by corene1
Tue May 12, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

HAHAHAHA!!! That will learn ya to not pass out at the bench. He did do a good job though. You must remember that the Monkey was loose at the time and causing people to do all kinds of things that normally wouldn't be happening. I thought for a while that the monkey was gone but I think he was just ...
by corene1
Tue May 12, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Stripping Speed-How quick can you rip?
Replies: 33
Views: 2680

Re: Stripping Speed-How quick can you rip?

For me it depends on what I am stripping. Rums and whiskies get stripped pretty fast but if I am stripping in the pot still to make a neutral with the reflux still I will strip a bit slower. Probably a quart every 15 minuets, versus a quart every 10 minuets. I will stop collecting for the spirit run...
by corene1
Tue May 12, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 5942
Views: 227651

Re: The liar's bench

HAHAHAHA!!! That will learn ya to not pass out at the bench. He did do a good job though. You must remember that the Monkey was loose at the time and causing people to do all kinds of things that normally wouldn't be happening. I thought for a while that the monkey was gone but I think he was just l...
by corene1
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: My First Build is finished
Replies: 4
Views: 1251

Re: My First Build is finished

Hate to be the bad voice but the glass thumper should go. On the coil for the worm. What size is it? Needs to be at least 3/8 inch ID to prevent a possible blockage and pressure buildup. Also It looks to have some low and high spots in the downward spiral. This will lead to puddling and possible huf...