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by MtRainier
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: My Gin Journey
Replies: 42
Views: 667

Re: My Gin Journey

One other thing is I cut a circle aluminum piece and put it on top of the hotplate to bond the two because as you know the bottom part of the boiler is concave so I am wondering how you are able to use an induction plate to heat up the boiler, because in your case since the induction cooktop is fla...
by MtRainier
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: My Gin Journey
Replies: 42
Views: 667

Re: My Gin Journey

This isn't completely related to your gin, but your boiler looks very similar to the MileHi one that I have for doing smaller gin runs. Even though it's stainless, mine is ferrous enough to work on an induction burner, and yours might too. You can run it on top of an inexpensive Ikea induction cookt...
by MtRainier
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Bokakob build
Replies: 17
Views: 320

Re: Bokakob build

What is the leibig for on the boka still? I thought the point was that only liquid comes out of a boka?
by MtRainier
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Recommendations for still manufacturer
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Recommendations for still manufacturer

I wish the hobby were more open and that COVID wasn't keeping us all apart. I find that I quickly make more than I can handle, so my still sits idle often, and it would be nice to have interested folks over to sip bourbon while watching the drips. With a 100L still you can do a strip and spirit run ...
by MtRainier
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Recommendations for still manufacturer
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Recommendations for still manufacturer

Yummyrum wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:21 pm
MtRainier tried to import one as it appeared cheaper option but by the time it arrived , it cost closer to 3 times as much .
This is true. Doing it again I would have purchased domestically from someone who had already imported it.
by MtRainier
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Recommendations for still manufacturer
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Recommendations for still manufacturer

I don't know how shipping works to Canada vs US, but be skeptical about "including shipping". My price included shipping, but it turned out that just meant putting it in a crate and putting it in a shipping container. I imported a 100L jacketed still directly from Whenzhou Yayi in China and detailed...
by MtRainier
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When do you take 4 shots when flute still
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: When do you take 4 shots when flute still

the temperature is fixed by the amount of alcohol in the liquid. You probably meant do you run at a lower power level? Personally, I run full power until the boiler starts to get quiet (which means it's close to boil), then I turn it down to around 25% and hold my hand on the column starting at the ...
by MtRainier
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1010

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

Interesting. Thanks for the reply. I've been trying to take off the white pith lately and that seems to get me much cleaner and less bitter citrus flavor. The pith seems to make it taste more vegetal. One other thing I've noticed is that the flavor balance changes significantly over the 4-5 week per...
by MtRainier
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1010

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

FWIW.....0.04 of a gram of lime or lemon zest in a 4L macerated boiler charge is quite enough.........pays to buy and own a good set of digital scales for gin making. SBB, I've been struggling with the amount of peel or zest from citrus in my recipes because I've been trying to peel/zest and dry fr...
by MtRainier
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Diluting Stripping Yield for Spirit Run
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Diluting Stripping Yield for Spirit Run

Yep, as others have said, in the strip just collect down to the point where your total strip ABV is around 30% so you don't have to dilute and you'll likely end up with the fractions you save after the spirit run being barrel proof automatically. so I guess I'd say add in those tails and heads too i...
by MtRainier
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from Maryland
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: New from Maryland

Welcome. Good to have more locals here.
by MtRainier
Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1010

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

You could do small batches of essence in something like this instead: https://pelletlab.com/product/master-distillers-1000ml-distillation-kit/ Get rid of the rubber stopper and thermometer in favor of a ground glass stopper. The heater power control doesn't cycle on and off. It's a constant wattage ...
by MtRainier
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?
Replies: 20
Views: 521

Re: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?

I'm in the "keep it" camp where you just keep it on the shelf labeled so you know what it is and I bet down the line you can blend it with new stuff you make to get some really nice extra flavor in the new stuff. You don't have to obey any kind of strict TTB labeling requirement so don't be too worr...
by MtRainier
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Facebook distilling group question...
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: Facebook distilling group question...

I haven't done a ton of unmalted rye nor do I have a lot of experience with what happens to the flavors over time in the barrel, so I may be way off base on this. I got a 50 pound bag of Danko rye from a local farmer and used it in 10-15% quantities in a few bourbon batches as well as a rye whiskey ...
by MtRainier
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 137
Views: 6725

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

Shady and NIN, I think you've both run packed columns with stainless scrubbies. It sounds like these rings do better than tightly packed scrubbies? I've been pretty happy with my scrubbie output, but this sure would be easier to fill and rinse clean. I'd put one plug of copper mesh at the bottom lik...
by MtRainier
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A step beyond Odins
Replies: 11
Views: 854

Re: A step beyond Odins

I've also been playing with angelica, orris root, and grains of paradise added to Odin's recipe proportions and his 43% neutral to mascerate and distill. I have a 1L lab boiler and gallons of neutral to play with, so I can do small batches. I kept not being able to tell when I'd added the other spic...
by MtRainier
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to store my high ABV likker? (Not aging, just storing for 1-3 weeks)
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: How to store my high ABV likker? (Not aging, just storing for 1-3 weeks)

I put it in a gallon jug and cover the top with aluminum foil for temporary storage. Same with glass carboys. I was never aware Reynolds Wrap would cause issues.
by MtRainier
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone else got the Wuhan?
Replies: 177
Views: 12261

Re: Anyone else got the Wuhan?

I'd been looking back through this thread for the vitamin C and D advice, heh. Since the problem ended up being my guts I'm glad I didn't do that. 8)

Hope your fishing was good.
by MtRainier
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone else got the Wuhan?
Replies: 177
Views: 12261

Re: Anyone else got the Wuhan?

I thought I got it couple weeks ago and was going to ride it out at home. Had fever, chills, weakness, but also gut pain. I called doc, and he reminded me that gut pain isn't a symptom and if that doesn't go away overnight I should head to ER. I did that the next morning as it got worse and felt rid...
by MtRainier
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Home Distiller T-shirts
Replies: 110
Views: 6045

Re: Home Distiller T-shirts

I really like the logo. I like the graphic too.
by MtRainier
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Oatmeal Wash Question(s)
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Re: Oatmeal Wash Question(s)

Seems like it could work fine. 15 pounds of sugar and 1.5 pounds of oats in 13 gallons of water will make a ferment that goes just fine. I'd probably increase the amount of sugar to something closer to 1.5 pounds per gallon, like 20 pounds of sugar, but yours will work fine. I'm not experienced enou...
by MtRainier
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirt ===== Poll is now open to vote
Replies: 35
Views: 2409

Re: HD T-Shirt ===== Poll is now open to vote

Depending on the design and text, I'd be interested and voted yes.

It should be recognizable by others who frequent the forum to make identifying like minds easier, but not so obvious that I don't want to wear it because I'm going around advertising illegal activities.
by MtRainier
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone else got the Wuhan?
Replies: 177
Views: 12261

Re: Anyone else got the Wuhan?

Glad you're doing better. Sounded like you were really getting it for a while there.
by MtRainier
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV

I'm having trouble keeping the finger tastes decent if I go below 80 percent. 8) It tastes like tails too much to me if I lower reflux any more or increase heat. I'll keep it around 80 for the moment which still seems to have plenty of flavor. I'm about a third through the run, but I assume the abv ...
by MtRainier
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV

My experience is that every still has happy place on what proof it makes. Yes fewer plates make lower but trying to make it run out of happy zone sacrifices quality. I get it. Weird things can happen, and it can be like trying to drive the car backwards on the highway. I'm hoping that fewer plates ...
by MtRainier
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Red/Blue quick connects
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Red/Blue quick connects

Here's what I use, plus some 3/8" RODI tubing and a hose-thread to push-connect tubing adapter to connect to my utility sink: https://www.lowes.com/pd/SharkBite-3-8-in-Push-to-Connect-x-3-8-in-Mip-dia-90-Degree-Male-Elbow-Push-Fitting/1000192675 It does get warm on the condenser output, and likely w...
by MtRainier
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV

OK, thanks for the advice. I will give it a try. I'll try to hit 75% in the vapor and then increase the reflux a bit to get it up to 78-80%. I know this will end up with a lighter flavored whiskey, but I'm dealing with small barrels and necessarily short aging times that they bring. Actually for thi...
by MtRainier
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: spirit run with plates, controlling ABV
Replies: 9
Views: 729

spirit run with plates, controlling ABV

I'm going to try running 2 plates for a whiskey spirit run for this batch. The 16g kettle is filled with low wines at 30%, and I'd read a post by HDNB where he said he can get 78% off 2 plates all day from 30% starting liquid with "medium-high power and a wee bit of reflux", I think was the wording....
by MtRainier
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Am I missing something obvious?
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: Am I missing something obvious?

Thanks for the suggestions. This polished stainless parrot had me a bit stymied because it didn't look like something easy to modify. I just measured it with the micrometer. It's 0.38 inches ID (just over 3/8") and right at 0.5 inches OD. I was expecting metric since it was made in China, but it did...