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by Twisted Brick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Learning Grain Flavors
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Re: Learning Grain Flavors

What a great experiment, Blue! I don't think enough of us take the time to establish a flavor baseline and just forge ahead with random recipes that sound delicious. (I know - I'm one of them). Just a thought: Since the majority of commercial bourbons rely on 68-80% of the grain bill, you might cons...
by Twisted Brick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Cornmeal
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: Cornmeal

Hey Twisted Brick That was a great thread link :clap: Can’t believe I missed that one but I definitely bookmarked it Thanks . My pleasure, WC. I try to share this post every chance it appears to be relevant. Applying these principles to my mash protocols has resulted in an uptick in my spirit quali...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 319

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Deplorable wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:48 pm

A garden hose is GHT. You need a NTP to GHT adapter to go from the 1/2 copper to your garden hose.
Looks like this. Big box store should carry it.
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Shotty pressure test
Shotty pressure test
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 342
Views: 93357

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Thebigbrewbowski wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:58 pm
What length of CSST should I order for a 2" column for the RC? 1/2" x 48" should be good? Only have a 6" extension ontop of the T.
You can find the answer to this question multiple times in the first few pages of this thread. Give it a read.... and help yourself!
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: New Member

Welcome Andy!

It's a great time to learn distilling, safely and competently. Enjoy your build and learning.

Twisted Brick
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: conical fermenter as a boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: conical fermenter as a boiler

Curious about this concept myself. I have a Spike Flex fermenter for brewing small batches of beer and have wondered if it could function as a still? https://spikebrewing.com/products/flex Not that it is a conical fermenter but similar in nature. It looks like Spike Brewing has quietly moved into t...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Cornmeal
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: Cornmeal

Do I have to cook cornmeal the same as cracked corn? By virtue of cornmeal’s individual grain size, a number of advantages are presented to the distiller, namely less fuel used, shorter mash times, quicker and more uniform gelatinization of individual corn grains, and ease of access to the grains b...
by Twisted Brick
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hail The Mighty Thumper
Replies: 14
Views: 333

Re: Hail The Mighty Thumper

Haggy, How generous of you to share your knowledge to create such a valuable tool for us! I am closing in on the completion date of a two-keg thumper rig and would be keenly interested in the modeling you can provide. As I get experience with it, I will be more critical of the data I collect (volume...
by Twisted Brick
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 319

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Sorry gents, it worked yesterday! I was just finishing a bourbon strip...

The (bad) link is for a 1/2" copper female threaded adapter, the same ones I (and Deplorable) used.
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by Twisted Brick
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Fittings for a Shotgun?
Replies: 28
Views: 319

Re: Fittings for a Shotgun?

Great to know I'm trying to get one I'm just wondering how the water will hook up as in what he will use to fit my hoses to it I just use hose clamps right now I'd like to keep it that simple These are what I used and will be going on yours. Makes it easy to hook up and break down using hose clamps.
by Twisted Brick
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3529
Views: 363255

Re: Jokes

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by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

Thanks for nudge, Zapata. These rye berries came from Central Milling in NorCal. Their website has a boatload of raw grains and flours and is a virtual baker’s (and Distiller’s) candy store. All of their products are top-quality. At $25-30 per 50lb sack, their organic grains are very reasonable and ...
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello Home Distiller
Replies: 5
Views: 64

Re: Hello Home Distiller

Welcome down the rabbit hole, FF!
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Curious about rye

Thanks. I've read anywhere between 100-113F works, so you're not far off.
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1272

Re: Pot still, single run.

The Baker wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:54 pm
Hair dryer?

Geoff
Perhaps, but thinking about it, would take forever. One might try resting the jar in the oven at a low setting overnight, but who knows?

still_stirrin's remedy is sound (and timely), but his warning is the definition of valuable experience passed on: "been there - done that!"
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Curious about rye

Good question. I mash in the rye malt and barley malt at 115f to do a beta glucan rest. Then in another vessel I boil some water and add the corn and some alpha amylase enzyme. When the corn drops to 190 or 180 I add them together, adjust the temp to 148 and leave it overnight. So you're adding the...
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

beta glucanase like seb-flo or a beta glucanase plus xylenase (plus other stuff) like ViscoSEB ought to help. (personal rep for seb-flo, viscoseb is on my list to try when the sebflo runs low). Malt has both glucanase and xylenase, but I think you more or less gotta step mash on the way UP, which y...
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1272

Re: Pot still, single run.

Dancing4dan wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:02 pm
COSTCO was selling something like those but they had a spigot at the bottom.
With a rubber seal that isn’t compromised by iced tea with lemon.
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" Column Packing and Extension
Replies: 55
Views: 1201

Re: 6" Column Packing and Extension

Evil Wizard wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:45 am
I have a 6" column and I use geolite/hydroton. Porous, light, cheap and irregular sized. Pick it up at a hydroponic store.
Just curious, EW,

What would you say is the average size of the hydroton? A quick glance at these arouses interest.

Twisted
by Twisted Brick
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Hoga Stills
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Hoga Stills

The North American contact is below. Armindo can probably put you in touch with the right individual in Portugal.

Good luck.


The contact would be Armindo Da Costa

Email: admin@hogacompany.com
by Twisted Brick
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Should I buy this
Replies: 20
Views: 495

Re: Should I buy this

Amazon sells a 2" sanitary 90* for $14. You can get PTFE gaskets, tri-clamps and 2" caps at Glacier Tanks. Buy extras.
by Twisted Brick
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

Twisted brick, the grains used for malting are from a local market sold as food for birds. I usualy use wheat but I tried barley too and the result was the same. I tried different sources of grains for malting but the result was the same. I start by puting the grains into a permeable bag and put th...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

I tried everything, from different tehniques in malting, soaking malt very long to release more free limit dextrinase, mashing between 60-62.5 degrees celsius, long saccharification rests, short rest for preserving enzimes during fermentation. None of them worked. Where does your grain come from? W...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 528

Re: Curious about rye

Would I treat the rye just like the barley? I normally bring my water to 165 degrees and then turn the heat off and add my corn and keep stirring until the temp drops to 152 and then I add my barley. Would I add the rye in at this time as well? Or with the corn? It depends on the percentage of rye ...
by Twisted Brick
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 68
Views: 1397

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

Thanks for the kind words TB. The last 5 months have been a journey of enlightenment. The new still is a big improvement over what I started with. The improvement in the speed of the stripping runs, and the overall character of the product off the spirit run are far more than I expected. The flavor...
by Twisted Brick
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 68
Views: 1397

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

Great job, Deplorable. I remember when you first got your barrel and grains and had a plan. You executed that plan even while upgrading your still midway through the project. :clap: Yours is an excellent example for all others looking to take on their first all-grain mash. In a year, when you sit do...
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Hello

Hey White Pelican! While experience is the best teacher, the next best option for distilling can be found in Tried and True. Recipes, (grain ratios), processes, yeast etc - they’re all there and all you gotta do is copy ‘em to learn ‘em. Why and how things work in this hobby takes a little more expe...
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Great info
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Great info

Welcome, naa674! The depth of information in the HD ‘archives’ is your goldmine, just waiting to be unearthed. It’s gonna take a fair amount of reading to get jump-started, but as you can tell, the rewards are enormous. My wife has extended family in Olathe and Overland Park. We always enjoy our vis...
by Twisted Brick
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Order of Operations? - Modular Stills
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: Order of Operations? - Modular Stills

Since a competent neutral starts (for me anyways) with stripped low wines, it makes sense to learn pot distilling before refluxing, not the other way around. Ultimately, the quality of the final spirit requires a mash and ferment handled with care and all the controls one can muster, regardless of t...
by Twisted Brick
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Teslaquilla (Tesla Tequila)
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: Teslaquilla (Tesla Tequila)

. Yeah, the list of celebrities associated with a line of spirits is long. True, you can't begrudge them for trying to produce a competent spirit and realize a fair profit for their risk. I brought up Elon Musk's offering simply for the artificial demand created by the name and shape of the bottle ...