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by bobtuse
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: propanol 2 in the tails
Replies: 40
Views: 4912

Re: propanol 2 in the tails

Agreed, my comment upon seeing the results was that I was including perhaps too much late heads in the final cut and perhaps I should wait another jar. If you look at the Acetylaldehyde in the hearts column, it is much lower than what would up in the final mix. I am by no means claiming experience o...
by bobtuse
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: propanol 2 in the tails
Replies: 40
Views: 4912

Re: propanol 2 in the tails

Mg/l=ppm. Not sure what type of liquor photonics was testing, have to go back and look at that. If it was neutral vs. Whisky that would certainly account for higher acetalaldehyde.

Still learning what all the numbers mean..
BoB
by bobtuse
Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yellowish wash? Is this normal?
Replies: 23
Views: 3237

Re: Yellowish wash? Is this normal?

Seriously? No one is going to call this guy on this? After all the dissing of turbo yeasts (rightly so) when used for distilling, this guy comes along and wants TO DRINK HIS WASH! All the talk of methanol and fusel oils and heads and hangovers and no one thinks this is a bad idea? It probably wont k...
by bobtuse
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: VM size of tee
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

Re: VM size of tee

Spot on E.F. My column is insulated, the horizontal is as well, but I stopped it at the 90. shor nuff, the vertical and reducer are hot to the touch. Thanks for the thermodynamics lesson. I never intended to learn about vapor flow, physics and thermodynamics and such with this hobby, but it is a ple...
by bobtuse
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: VM size of tee
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

Re: VM size of tee

Ive got an important addition to this discussion, Regarding placement of valve, horizontal or vertical. I didnt think there was any difference, hadn't read anything that convinced me one way or the other, TILL TONIGHT! My valve is on the vertical side, after the 90 bend. Learning the hard way, I had...
by bobtuse
Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Gin Basket
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: Gin Basket

All good points, thanks for the input. Macerate and re-pot distill sounds the easiest to me. will give it a shot.

Bob
by bobtuse
Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Gin Basket
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Gin Basket

Ok, not to get all drmiller100 on y'all, but in my musings, I was thinking about gin, and gin baskets, and where I would put it in my VM column. I read where someone put a satchel of botanicals in the column, just under the T. my thoughts is that may reflux a lot of the flavor out? What about after ...
by bobtuse
Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: UJSM in 55 gal fermenter?
Replies: 12
Views: 2201

Re: UJSM in 55 gal fermenter?

Thanks for the numbers Husker, gives me an idea of how to run it, just more appropriately sized. And all this cause some guy had cheap 55 gal drums for sale on Craigslist! I like the idea of rotating out into carboys, its a lot of transfering etc, but keeps everything going. Id need to get a few mor...
by bobtuse
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: UJSM in 55 gal fermenter?
Replies: 12
Views: 2201

Re: UJSM in 55 gal fermenter?

Loud n clear. Was thinking it was a bit much. Need to dial up the patience a bit. Much as my mates would love buckets of booze, slave to the still is not what I want. Thanks all for keeping me in check.

Bob
by bobtuse
Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: UJSM in 55 gal fermenter?
Replies: 12
Views: 2201

UJSM in 55 gal fermenter?

I have a 15.5 gal keg boiler, and thinking of getting a 55 gal fermenter to cut down on waiting time. Also about time to try a UJSM run. I understand the principal of adding the backset and more sugar to keep fermentation going, but can you do this in a 55 gal fermenter? I can only pull out 12-13 ga...
by bobtuse
Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Offset-Head still design - opinions please
Replies: 50
Views: 7973

Re: Offset-Head still design - opinions please

I've found the fill port on my boiler to be indespensible. Combined with a drain valve at the bottom. I break down every run ATM but if you are in a spot to be able to leave your rig set up you will appreciate it. Especially if you have easy access to welding/welders. My $.02

Bob
by bobtuse
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What's the highest safe alcohol percentage to drink straight
Replies: 61
Views: 12659

Re: What's the highest safe alcohol percentage to drink straight

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Mmmm Looks fun :roll:

Great friends to stand around and film it too.....
by bobtuse
Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Birth Announcement
Replies: 3
Views: 759

Birth Announcement

Hi all, Just wanted to say thanks to everyone here for their help and knowledge. It has resulted in an new column coming into being. Wasn't planning on building one so soon, but it seemed like y'all were having so much fun... Completed a water test run and low wines cleaning run on pretty well a sta...
by bobtuse
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Thermo recommendations??
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: Thermo recommendations??

Point taken Punkin. I got the same run around from the rep. They need to changetheir web site to reflect that info. Thanks for the link Minime. Hadn't thought to look for NOS. The USB thermos were an idea but I don't really want to add hooking up a laptop to the checklist of startup procedures. Does...
by bobtuse
Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Thermo recommendations??
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Thermo recommendations??

Hey all, The last piece i need for my column, the thermometer, came in the other day, and it was all wrong....I have been looking for a thermo with a remote probe cause the t is a bit high, and Im a bit short.... Also one that is accurate to a tenth of a degree, seems the jump to tails happens withi...
by bobtuse
Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shiny bits
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Re: Shiny bits

Ive a 2"-1" over 8 inch taper sitting on my desk waiting to go on the pot head.......

Never stop fiddling.

Bob
by bobtuse
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shiny bits
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Re: Shiny bits

huh...moderator?
Plus an early one of the VM head which is ever so close to being ready.....
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by bobtuse
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Coolant flow rate for VM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: Coolant flow rate for VM?

Yes Hook, single coil. I got off on the idea of a coldfinger being enough on its own, so I built a single coldfinger of 1" pipe and a capped reducer on the end to center the drips. 9" overall. Minime scared me into thinking that wouldnt be enough so I wrapped a coil around the whole thing. all Ive r...
by bobtuse
Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Coolant flow rate for VM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: Coolant flow rate for VM?

Well, the bigger hammer method helped at least, got another pump rated @ 535gal/hr @ 1' and plugged it in. Got the whole system up to 30 gal/hr which at least by looking at it seems like it should work. at least its enough to attach the damn column to the boiled and run the water test. Yeah mini, I ...
by bobtuse
Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 1 liter 2 minutes?
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: 1 liter 2 minutes?

Yes, and this is the part of the design i can't really get around....Its approx 48" from the bottom leibig inlet to the inlet of the reflux condenser (this isnt even mounted on the keg yet, just trials at this point..) Ive got an extra 4" between the bottom of the reflux condenser and the takeoff T ...
by bobtuse
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 1 liter 2 minutes?
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: 1 liter 2 minutes?

Sorry this is getting double posted in Novice distillers as well.... tried moving bin up, higher than the leibig input even and didnt help all that much really. sticking point seems to be pushing it through the reflux coil as much as hight. Im thinking a bigger pump is needed or switching the coil t...
by bobtuse
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Coolant flow rate for VM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: Coolant flow rate for VM?

ok, had some time to run some tests... stated flow rate on package was 200 gal/hr @ 4' hight. I got that. Running only product condenser, I got 100 gal/hr. Running only reflux condenser I got 15 gal/hr Running whole rig, even with pump elevated above leibig input was 7 gal/hr. Putting reflux condens...
by bobtuse
Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:00 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Coolant flow rate for VM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Coolant flow rate for VM?

I just picked up a pond pump for my column, and the flow rates were somewhat less than advertised. :evil: When running through my rig I am getting a liter in about a minute and a half, translates to roughly 7 gal/hr. Seems just a trickle, is that enough for a 2"x 48" column? Also thinking of swappin...
by bobtuse
Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 1 liter 2 minutes?
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

1 liter 2 minutes?

Hi all, I just got an aquarium pump for recirculating cooling water to a 1/2 inside 3/4 leibig 18" long and a 1"x 8" coldfinger with single wound 1/4" tubing. The flow rate was a bit less than advertised, full out thru the rig gives me 30 liters/hour. Seems just a trickle. Any clue if this is enough...
by bobtuse
Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shiny bits
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Re: Shiny bits

Thanks guys! Leibig coming as part of the column build,although I do like the traditional aspect of the worm, as well as portability and lack of electrical needed. im designing everything to be interchangeable, part of my issue with trying to fit a thumper inline as well. Home Depot bucket....ya, ug...
by bobtuse
Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shiny bits
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Re: Shiny bits

Welds, my fave is the base of the column, he used bronze i think? color is the same and it just disappears. only got away with it cause of the slip fit.I thought the fill port was just goin to be a niceity, but already I love it.
by bobtuse
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shiny bits
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Shiny bits

Love the welder that takes product for payment!
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by bobtuse
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: thumper with strip run?
Replies: 12
Views: 1980

Re: thumper with strip run?

Im with ya goose, I dont unnerstand 'em yet either.....yet.

Using the doubler wasn't much of a pain in the ass, its just configuring it into this new setup. I may be able to work it, for this next batch Im a going to go without it and see what happens...
by bobtuse
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: thumper with strip run?
Replies: 12
Views: 1980

Re: thumper with strip run?

I've charged the thumper with water, and low wines with backset from a previous run. Still had quite a bit of flavor, iwouldnt call it a light rum really...
by bobtuse
Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: thumper with strip run?
Replies: 12
Views: 1980

Re: thumper with strip run?

That does make sense. More and more as I look at the new build, it will be easier to just ditch the idea of the thumper altogether and go with the strip/spirit method. I loved the idea of getting an 'extra' distillation without much more effort, but it just might not be worth it.... I've been making...