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by midwest shinner
Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5159
Views: 347300

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Just a follow up on my previous posts, my recipe which I'll call my spring cleaning "whisky". I started with about 3 gals of Popcorn Suttons corn whisky recipe, which I wasn't wowed by, I made a 5 gal leftover recipe with wheat bran, cornmeal, oats, h20, enzymes, and yeast. I ended up running my cm ...
by midwest shinner
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5159
Views: 347300

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

P.S. MCH my wife talks about how she wished she had swipped you fruit loops bottle quite often. Almost thinking bout making her something similar. If I do I'll pm ya
by midwest shinner
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5159
Views: 347300

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

MCH,it's been a super rough year, but the wife and I are moving to Pagosa, hopefully by the s3:16. But either way we will be there by the next year and hopefully we can help/plan/host some of s3:17 at the very least.My time in IL has definitely run its course, it's time to be happy with life everyda...
by midwest shinner
Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5159
Views: 347300

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Howdy y'all, been waayyy too long since I've run anything. Today I've got about 3 gals of Popcorn Suttons corn whisky recipe that I wasn't too fond of at about 80 proof to add to about 5.5 gals of a "leftover partial mash" made up of wheat bran flakes, cornmeal, oats and a wee bit of sugar. Will put...
by midwest shinner
Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: BIRTHDAY WISHES
Replies: 1190
Views: 62683

Re: BIRTHDAY WISHES

Damn f-ing sorry I missed these wishes til now, truly... thank y'all and best wishes to every one of ya every day you're lucky enough to open your eyes. Spent the bday with the fam and finished my last swig of '13 apple brandy from my shared harvest that year with Jimbo. Should be making my last bat...
by midwest shinner
Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Essential oil still?
Replies: 27
Views: 14351

Re: Essential oil still?

God, I've told the wifey to let me build her a small set up so I don't have to spend as much $$ on oils for her diffuser/ humidifier(which I will admit I do benefit from, especially during cold/congestion season)for her to run on the stove top/ counter. Plus it has the added benefit of teaching her ...
by midwest shinner
Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Hard to watch
Replies: 62
Views: 8948

Re: Hard to watch

I can't imagine having to swallow something like that Shed, at least without making some form of negative comment. Although I have seen Windy handle a similar situation without a word and it still makes the wife and I laugh our asses off just talking about it. But you are right though IMHO, because ...
by midwest shinner
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 31
Views: 868

Re: Happy Holidays

This is the time of year to raise a glass(or 3) to your good fortunes, your friends, family and anything else you are blessed enough to have to make you happy and comfortable. To truly recognized how lucky you are. Sorry to get all sappy, thanks for starting the thread Tater :thumbup: Cheers and Hap...
by midwest shinner
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: T-Pee's forays and escapades into all-grain brewing
Replies: 62
Views: 2163

Re: T-Pee's forays and escapades into all-grain brewing

Dammit this argument was much better in person, that's for sure :problem:
by midwest shinner
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: T-Pee's forays and escapades into all-grain brewing
Replies: 62
Views: 2163

Re: T-Pee's forays and escapades into all-grain brewing

I definitely like sugar heads for spent grain batches, why not squeeze everything out of them grains that you can? Or for a traditional moonshine recipe for those who may want that kinda product.There's certainly at least a handful of uses in stilling, making yeast starters is another one that comes...
by midwest shinner
Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum conundrum
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: Rum conundrum

Whatever you decide to do definitely take a taste of the wash and see if there's any sweetness left to it, if it is sweet you have a stalled wash. But you could still have distillable alcohol in there maybe just less than planned. Did you take a starting gravity with a hydrometer before pitching the...
by midwest shinner
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday, GA Flatwoods!
Replies: 29
Views: 701

Re: Happy Birthday, GA Flatwoods!

I know I'm a bit late but happy bday anyway flat woods! I know we don't know each other well but I've learned from your presence here and enjoy your posts. I may have in fact tried a swig of your bottle at s3 but that's the problem with having 60+ bottles to choose from, you unfortunately are bound ...
by midwest shinner
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum conundrum
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: Rum conundrum

Yeah rgreen, sometimes those molasses washes surprise ya and explode with activitiy(I usually find this within the first 48 hrs or so in a happy ferment) almost as bad as some grain mashes...In my experience a good rum wash would have some decent molasses(I get mine for $13.99 a gal at GFS, a bulk f...
by midwest shinner
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: S3:16
Replies: 151
Views: 14965

Re: S3:16

Gonna be starting my s3 :16 mash on my days off next week hopefully if I get this other batch clogging up my fermenter finished first. I'm stoked, gotta talk to ya via pm or something Shed, as Tracy and I truly were not joking and are planning on pulling up roots here and coming out your way. We nee...
by midwest shinner
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum conundrum
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: Rum conundrum

Just a couple quick notes on rum that will hopefully help ya at some point. -Molasses or rum washes love bakers yeast, that's the only wash or mash I use this yeast in, because bakers yeast is cultivated in a molasses or cane sugar substrate, so that is its prime environment. -a proper(or happy) rum...
by midwest shinner
Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: T-Pee's forays and escapades into all-grain brewing
Replies: 62
Views: 2163

Re: T-Pee's forays and escapades into all-grain brewing

Man Tpee last time I saw you you were arguing about why sugatheads were great, what happened to you? Enough berating from some other members? jk, the best of luck to you with your foray into AG. Any questions or hangups feel free to pm me and I'll help ya any way I can or at least point ya in the ri...
by midwest shinner
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Pot Still Leibig Condenser Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: Pot Still Leibig Consenser Question

I don't believe you can have too much cooling water on a pot still,as long as all the vapor is getting knocked down you're all good. The only downside is if you aren't using a cooling barrel of some sort and all that water is just going down the drain(being wasted) instead of recycling it, then I'd ...
by midwest shinner
Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: refractometer convert
Replies: 73
Views: 6589

Re: refractometer convert

That's true dad, but there are calculators online and in brewing apps to calculate abv% from fermenting or fermented mashes/washes. So its not too difficult to figure out. But yeah, I do really like my refractometer, my only advice for people who may be looking for one is look on Amazon, you will fi...
by midwest shinner
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Kirschwasser (cherry eau de vie)
Replies: 74
Views: 7918

Re: Kirschwasser (cherry eau de vie)

That is true buddy, I just recently found a big crabapple tree outside my work with grape vines growing around it and both are just stuffed with fruit. And I just planted 2 seedling apple trees at my house that I'll keep inside over this next winter to bring out to Colorado when we head out there ne...
by midwest shinner
Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Kirschwasser (cherry eau de vie)
Replies: 74
Views: 7918

Re: Kirschwasser (cherry eau de vie)

As always I love the label Jimbo. Your fruit posts always make me jealous, I need to find me some land and start up an orchard. Or just find some folks who don't bother picking their fruit, but out by me that's a rarity. By the way if you want help with apples in the fall just let me know, with some...
by midwest shinner
Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday bearriver
Replies: 22
Views: 564

Re: Happy Birthday bearriver

Happy birthday! I'll raise one to ya after work :thumbup:
by midwest shinner
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Deciding on recipes
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Deciding on recipes

+1 to MCH's scorching advice, that flavor never goes away. Ask me how I know... :roll:
by midwest shinner
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Can I save her?
Replies: 30
Views: 805

Re: Can I save her?

As for the yeast part I think everyone else fully covered that, I just wanted to add a +1 to rads post. IMHO the 2run method is the way to go, it shouldn't take any more time than 1 slow run and should yield more, better product. I've even gone 3 runs when I felt it necessary
by midwest shinner
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to the site
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: New to the site

Welcome, you do have a lot of reading/ research ahead if you want to progress, but best of luck in your endeavors and if you ever get really stuck send me a pm. If I can't help ya I will try to send you in the right direction at least and really I would hope a lot of others know that about me here too
by midwest shinner
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: S3:16
Replies: 151
Views: 14965

Re: S3:16

If all goes as planned hopefully the wife and I will be out that way already, but either way I plan to be there for this. Have to get my stilling area in order but hopefully I'll have more of a selection to share this next time.
by midwest shinner
Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: preparing crimped oats for enzymes
Replies: 18
Views: 1460

Re: preparing crimped oats for enzymes

That is true grinding will probably help with faster conversion, at least it can't hurt. I just figured the rolled grains break down easy enough as it is and my mill is an undersized PITA hence my advice. But hell why not try both if you've got the grains and think you'll like the oat whisky enough(...
by midwest shinner
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: preparing crimped oats for enzymes
Replies: 18
Views: 1460

Re: preparing rolled oats for enzymes

I can't say for sure having not actually seen what you're working with, but I'd have to say rolled oats are rolled oats. They should be pretty much the same as the grocery store ones, I did the same thing and the oats seemed identical. There shouldn't be any extra prep, rolled grains are steamed and...
by midwest shinner
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Goofy things I do
Replies: 398
Views: 25566

Re: Goofy things I do

You know you're a stiller when... you are setting your table and realize "Wow, these mugs and plates would make a sweet looking still." No really Cranky I love the ingenuity and inventiveness you've showed on this still, great freakin work man, I hope she runs like a dream for ya :thumbup:
by midwest shinner
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: S-Cack's Booner inspired AG Sweet Feed Recipe
Replies: 67
Views: 4197

Re: S-Cack's Booner inspired AG Sweet Feed Recipe

SCack it sounds like you are pretty dialled in for the next time you decide to make this recipe. On the subject of URRV, its a great recipe, just make sure you run it enough times for a true vodka, if that's what you're aiming for. When I made URRV I actually used a mix of jasmine and basmati rice a...
by midwest shinner
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: S3 2015 meeting defined
Replies: 656
Views: 30361

Re: S3 meeting defined

Totally understandable Shed, I'm sure it was an especially long few days for you and the wife with all us drunken degenerates wandering around, taking up your beautiful space :wink: That place that sleeps 24 sounds like a great deal and I'm sure some would like to actually camp out too, I'd be fine ...