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by S-Cackalacky
Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs
Replies: 371
Views: 20919

Re: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs

S-C, i was (in my head) in theory trying to run as a CM reflux, with a partially packed column, when in fact...i was running more as exactly you describe...i'm sure most just returned to the boiler. so... Q:did it help to have the pot boiler chugging along with no output? A: it does not appear to h...
by S-Cackalacky
Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs
Replies: 371
Views: 20919

Re: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs

Maybe once I get the coil installed on my riser, I can do some controlled experiments with reflux to see if there are any significant affects. The passive reflux we see with pot stills can be affected by many variable outside influences. The cooling coil might provide more constant and stable influe...
by S-Cackalacky
Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs
Replies: 371
Views: 20919

Re: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs

HDNB, were you running with a packed column? If not, I wouldn't think you would be stacking fractions. The distillate would simply drop back into the boiler/thumper and remix with the wash. It sounds like you were running somewhat as a CM reflux still. That's not my intention. I'm only looking to co...
by S-Cackalacky
Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs
Replies: 371
Views: 20919

Re: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs

Well, but that is the challenge, then, isn't it? To not see what you want, but to be objective enough to find the truth of the matter. What we need now is to design an experiment that will isolate the effect of passive reflux. Maybe to create conditions of high reflux and low reflux so we can measu...
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from California, take two
Replies: 42
Views: 1261

Re: New from California, take two

living in california I completely understand wanting to hallucinate........an alternate universe is preferrable Dangerously close to discussing politics there, aren't we? It's not perfect, but I can sure think of plenty of shittier places to live... Quite right StillinOnYa. This is a distillation f...
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4305
Views: 736823

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Sorry, it was in a drinking glass, so I just assumed it was some gnarly lookin' distillate.
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4305
Views: 736823

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

If that's what it looks like coming out of the takeoff, I would assume a massive puke.
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: electric moonshine !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 640

Re: electric moonshine !!!

Congratulations on going electric! I would look at resoldering that element connection. You don't want wash leaking out onto your electrical connections.
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs
Replies: 371
Views: 20919

Re: Speed of stripping & speed of spirit runs

Well, one thing you guys have accomplished here is to show that ABV is a moot point in a fast compared to slow pot still run. It would appear that the differences in ABV are so small that it is a non-issue. What is perhaps more important is smearing. Have any of you who have experimented with this s...
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: A troll post to get a reaction off this post Moonshine, Cult
Replies: 6
Views: 2736

Re: Moonshine, Culture and Marvin Sutton

I ran into an old boy in a little restaurant in Cocoa Beach, FL once that I hadn't seen in a long while. Turns out he had suffered some brain damage since last we had met. Burned out on some psychedelics I think it was.
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from California, take two
Replies: 42
Views: 1261

Re: New from California, take two

Sungazer,what about the original post suggest to you that the op is trying to get high and trip out? There are many hobby distillers here making absinthe and I bet none are doing it for any reason than learning to master the art of making a very complicated manufacturing processes and refine it int...
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: getting my 7.75 gal Still put together
Replies: 37
Views: 3199

Re: getting my 7.75 gal Still put together

For pot still mode, I would leave some copper in the column simply because it looks to be all stainless and the copper would help for sulfide removal. No need to remove the defleg - just run without cooling water.
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: final gravity
Replies: 13
Views: 4179

Re: final gravity

I don't know the yeast you used, but if the sg is still above 1.000, it still has sugar in it. Could have stalled for a variety of reasons - low PH, alcohol stress, temp, etc. The only other reason might be unfermentables, but that usually only happens with something like a rum ferment. If you decid...
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: never brewed befor, giving it a go
Replies: 11
Views: 1622

Re: never brewed befor, giving it a go

I wish I had some advice to offer. Just be carefull at the home brew store - those guys would try to sell you their Grandma if they could.
by S-Cackalacky
Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: home distiller anonymous
Replies: 576
Views: 26731

Re: home distiller anonymous

Thank you my friends. Had my left knee replaced. Went very well. Headin home with my new bionic knee now. Maybe I can find a way to utilize these new titanium parts to press grain and apples better :ebiggrin: Glad to hear it wasn't a pickin' finger. At least with the knee, you have an excuse to hav...
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Self Evaluation
Replies: 28
Views: 1128

Re: Self Evaluation

I don't have a reflux still and my only knowledge of them is what I read here. That said, it would appear that that's the only option - that is, turn it into a boka. That might be the simplest way to make it into a workable still. I think I would also track down the person who built that thing and g...
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from California, take two
Replies: 42
Views: 1261

Re: New from California, take two

Welcome to the forums. Take a read of the links in my signature. Those links will give you a good start here. There's a lot to read and a lot to learn. You need a good base of knowledge before building or experimenting.

Good luck to you and stay safe.
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2194
Views: 126741

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Somebody's pet outgrew them?
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Self Evaluation
Replies: 28
Views: 1128

Re: Self Evaluation

If you remove the top cap and the RC and disconnect it from the boiler, can you look through it and see daylight with no obstructions? Looks like a Boka, but I don't see any signs of plates. Like Skow said, if it's meant to be a VM, that itty bitty little takeoff ain't gonna do much. Posted with Skow.
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: top for a thumper
Replies: 14
Views: 1145

Re: top for a thumper

What FMH said. There's a big thumper thread somewhere on the forums that has a lot of variations on how to design and build a thumper.
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: December 17th 9:05 pm
Replies: 315
Views: 11216

Re: December 17th 9:05 pm

Ahhh, you young fellas with your surfing boards. No good can come of it I tell ya.
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: getting my 7.75 gal Still put together
Replies: 37
Views: 3199

Re: getting my 7.75 gal Still put together

Congratulations! Nice looking little still. Should make you a nice drop.
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: My "Still Tutorial" CM
Replies: 34
Views: 14542

Re: My "Still Tutorial" CM

Not under any delusions that it's anything other than a pot still. The only purpose it will serve is a way to delay the vapor from going to the PC long enough to assure that the thumper is up to heat. It's all about trying to avoid as much smearing as possible. You might say it's a way of extending ...
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Self Evaluation
Replies: 28
Views: 1128

Re: Self Evaluation

Sounds like you took away some good lessons from some of those not so good first runs and recovered nicely with the second attempt. I think, if you intend to wood age some of your spirits, stripping runs followed by a low wines spirit run is a good way to go. Often times, a single run out of a pot s...
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: My "Still Tutorial" CM
Replies: 34
Views: 14542

Re: My "Still Tutorial" CM

Hey T-Pee, I was thinking of wrapping the top of my pot still head like that. When I use my thumper, the pot still head (riser) is moved to the thumper output. I was figuring I could reflux everything back to the thumper until the heat is stabilized and then shut off the cooling water to allow the v...
by S-Cackalacky
Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Water
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: Water

Just got home from collecting 40 gallons of spring water from out the side of the Massenuten mountain ridge. Never had it analized but I imagine it's high in limestone minerals. I hope to use it for likker makin' at some point. I'm currently using it for drinking water because my water conditioner i...
by S-Cackalacky
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: home distiller anonymous
Replies: 576
Views: 26731

Re: home distiller anonymous

Damn, I guess that one flew by me like a dose of salts. Jimbo, hope all is well with you. Please tell me it ain't a pickin' finger. Whatever it might be, you're in my thoughts and prayers.
by S-Cackalacky
Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from Missouri
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: New from Missouri

Welcome to the forums. There's a link to the reading material Bigbob referred to in my signature along with a couple of other links that you should read. Turbo yeast is best used for making ethanol fuel. It won't produce a quality drinking likker. Good for a sacrificial cleaning run, but not much el...
by S-Cackalacky
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 956
Views: 143793

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

I think one of the reasons for using the hearts cut is because doing cuts afterwards using low wines would be difficult with the botanical flavors in it.
by S-Cackalacky
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Need crusher/grinder/press suggestions.
Replies: 13
Views: 1754

Re: Need crusher/grinder/press suggestions.

I would suggest that if you can only afford one or the other, make the press the priority. There are ways to grind apples and other fruit on the cheap. Take a look at Cranky's "Let's get carried away with fruity goodness" thread for his build using a $4.00 mud mixer attached to a drill. I used a ver...