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by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: noobs
Replies: 86
Views: 4237

Re: noobs

theres got to be a million threads about yeast and cultures here. and yeast eat nutriants...lol if you feed them they will grow Bullshit. Nobody here knows what yeast needs. They can tell you what worked for them or what their daddy used. Nobody here knows jack shit about what yeast needs to grow. ...
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: noobs
Replies: 86
Views: 4237

Re: noobs

. i have always been told [...] no question is a stupid question. . Man, I had that shouted at me by some badasses. Bad. Asses. Nobody here would mess with those guys- you're lyin' if you say you would. And that's what they said. Again and again. Loudly. In my face, in my ear, to my back while I wa...
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Question?
Replies: 12
Views: 703

Re: Question?

Oh, yeah- I'm not saying I drink the heads right out of the still.
Just that I don't throw them out.

And I run a kinda small still, I guess. 20 liters, max load.
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Question?
Replies: 12
Views: 703

Re: Question?

From the parent site-
methanol is mostly a product of fruit fermentation.
Those running sugar or grain, really not much to worry about there.

Me, I'm cautious, but not wasteful.
That's all I'm sayin'.
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: noobs
Replies: 86
Views: 4237

Re: noobs

well we do have a chemist :lol: More than one, if hobbyists count. :) Mycology too- but although I know a good bit about growing various kinds of fungus, 8) I didn't start in on yeast until this summer. But still I'm surprised that nobody here know the first thing about yeast. Lots of great copper ...
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: noobs
Replies: 86
Views: 4237

Re: noobs

Well, I was thinking MD, but you're right about the problems of giving advice online. But wouldn't it be sweet to find a PhD mycologist, who actually *knows something* about yeast? Or a million other professions, that was just an example. This forum is a community, and the more experts we have- in a...
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Arbutus unedo spirit
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

Re: Arbutus unedo spirit

Just guessing, no experience-
but I'd say "fruit is fruit" and you could prep and ferment it just like you'd do with grapes or pears or anything else. The authentic product uses wild yeast, but a packet of champagne yeast would likely give you a very drinkable product.
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: noobs
Replies: 86
Views: 4237

Re: noobs

You're missing the point- if y'all gang up on a noob and chase him away, it's not the noob who loses out. It's you.
There's no telling *what* somebody brings in with them- somebody could be a huge resource, and you'd never know it.

Edit- examples? Anybody here a lawyer? A doctor?
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: noobs
Replies: 86
Views: 4237

Re: noobs

I'm a noob, and my questions have been handled pretty well, mostly. Maybe I ask better-than-average questions. (There was a bit of fuss with punkin, but in the end I just let him be and he left me alone, and now it's cool.) I honestly was nervous posting the one question, but it turned out ok, so......
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: What is "yeast nutrient"?

I've got really pure tapwater here at the foot of the Rockies, no luck there. But it's clean enough to use for diluting, no need for distilled. But the answers are upthread- use the stuff I expected, plus experiment a bit and see for myself. Then I will *know* the answer and not have to rely on anyb...
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: What is "yeast nutrient"?

So you see why "read, read, read" just isn't going to do it. :roll: Guys, I appreciate all the input- each of you has done much more of this than I have, and all of you know what has worked for you. Let's say I'm using plain sugar and aiming for 15-20%. It's just to keep down the amount of time I sp...
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:13 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shot measure for 95%
Replies: 45
Views: 2622

Re: Shot measure for 95%

Maybe mix it in advance? Make up a gallon or whatever of premixed drink, then pour it out by the glass full. That way it stays consistent all the way through. You can still drink too much, but you'll notice you're doing it.
by Dr_T
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:04 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: What is "yeast nutrient"?

I'm not too concerned about all natural- but I do have malt.
You use just malt? No urea, no other additives?
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: What is "yeast nutrient"?

I do like "clean and fast". But I have a lot of years of cooking experience, including a good bit of bread and dough work, and I know yeast doesn't really like surprises- that's why you have to put it in some diluted wash to prep it. I guess I'll just have to try both ways and see what works for me....
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: tools for the new folks
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: tools for the new folks

Fire extinguisher! I look and make sure it's there every time I start a run. It always is, of course- right where I left it. What's with the pan for jars breaking? I collect in canning jars, I can't imagine one breaking on it's own. Is there something about distillate that's a source of trouble? I m...
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: What is "yeast nutrient"?

@Hawke- Understood. Depending on what type of yeast. Bread yeast, 10-14%, champagne yeast maybe to 20 with luck. But there's a definite limit- and it's not 7%. @rad- Right, that's where I'm at. I'm reading and learning, and I have more questions than answers. I can do controlled experiments to answe...
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

Re: What is "yeast nutrient"?

Yep- that's pretty much what I was relying on. So, that's the most-current, most-believable list? I can take that as "the truth"? Follow up question, from reading the main site: Max initial specific gravity should be no more than about 1.070, which gives an abv of about 6.5% or so. So to go higher, ...
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What is "yeast nutrient"?
Replies: 16
Views: 790

What is "yeast nutrient"?

It seems like a lame question, I know. It seems like if I'd just read,read,read I would have the answer. I bought some 'yeast nutrient' from a homebrew shop- come to find out, it's DAP and urea. No B vitamins, no magnesium. So, what is the most basic mix to supply yeast with what it needs? (Assume a...
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: norcalshine stills on ebay?
Replies: 15
Views: 1214

Re: norcalshine stills on ebay?

CD is probably just a copy of the HD parent site, anyway. :roll:
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: norcalshine stills on ebay?
Replies: 15
Views: 1214

Re: norcalshine stills on ebay?

Really? Ten bucks? Sheesh.
Last time I bought a torch, it was like $40 or more. Came with a gas cylinder and some other stuff.

So how much is a roll of silver solder? And what else would you need- some flux and a brush, a hacksaw...
Huh. Maybe you really could build one for less.
by Dr_T
Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: norcalshine stills on ebay?
Replies: 15
Views: 1214

Re: norcalshine stills on ebay?

If you're just looking to try one out, you could run water through it. I'm with the others when it comes to plastics- unless you know what you're getting, you don't know what you're getting. Once you have it, you could then re-modify to remove any questionable materials, improve efficiency, or whate...
by Dr_T
Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with electricity!
Replies: 54
Views: 7393

Re: aging with electricity!

Yeah, I'm not saying it's a miracle. Frankly, I'm not the kind of person who could taste the difference between good stuff and better stuff anyway. But cheez whiz is pretty tasty. Put it on some Triscuits, and chow down! Edit- I guess a better example of what I'm trying to say is microwave ovens- wh...
by Dr_T
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with electricity!
Replies: 54
Views: 7393

Re: aging with electricity!

I think that the fact that there was an effect at all shows that there is potential for a usable technique. Think of cooking as a comparison- a sheet of cookies baked at 375 for 11 minutes will be great- bake 'em for 20, they're trash. Same idea here; finding the right time/voltage mix is all that w...
by Dr_T
Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with electricity!
Replies: 54
Views: 7393

Re: aging with electricity!

I'm sorry, but.. what did you say?
Better with electricity?
Worse with?
No change?

(And, what kind of contacts? Copper wire? DC or AC? )
by Dr_T
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with electricity!
Replies: 54
Views: 7393

Re: aging with electricity!

whould not this be electrosynthesis? I know if you do that to water it brakes it down into--1 hydrogen/2 oxygen,, whould it not do the same to alcohol? and have something like 2 hydrogen an 1 oxygen ? Right! But imagine if it leaves ethanol alone, and breaks down nasties into harmless gases that di...
by Dr_T
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: scotch still
Replies: 14
Views: 2517

Re: scotch still

brewmaker1 wrote:this ain't Playboy. You have to actually read the articles in here.
I'm stealing that for my sig block- thanks!
by Dr_T
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with electricity!
Replies: 54
Views: 7393

Re: aging with electricity!

See, that's where the homebrew community comes in- answering questions like that. I may not have 30 years left in me. Really, I could die tomorrow. And if I could enjoy a glass of (what tastes like) 30-year old liquor, I might die happier. Or it could be a big scam. But hey- I'd rather find out that...
by Dr_T
Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with electricity!
Replies: 54
Views: 7393

Re: aging with electricity!

Sounds just barely plausible.
I imagine it's not so much the electricity, but the titanium. Probably acts as a catalyst, much like heated copper does.
by Dr_T
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:47 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shot measure for 95%
Replies: 45
Views: 2622

Re: Shot measure for 95%

Apologies DrT, i was acting very judgementaly and rather hasty on a subject (safety) that i have strong opinions on. Apology accepted, and returned as well. Safety is important, it's not possible to be too safe. I appreciate your concern for my wellbeing, and others' too. All that out of the way- w...
by Dr_T
Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shot measure for 95%
Replies: 45
Views: 2622

Re: Shot measure for 95%

Please don't confuse hate with disrespect. "It's just a expression." And please, don't *you* confuse disagreement with disrespect- I honestly don't store unlabeled jars of stuff, I was trying to understand your example of unauthorized consumption. After all, it would be just as easy for somebody to...