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by NZChris
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Polishing Finished Spirits
Replies: 14
Views: 371

Re: Polishing Finished Spirits

You don't have to put the whole jar through the filter. To save time, I only ever filter the dirty liquor. If a filter doesn't work as well as you hoped and you've put the whole jar through it, you're back where you started and you might as well have racked off the clear and drunk the dregs.
by NZChris
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: How do you stop yourself from drinking your stash too early?
Replies: 32
Views: 2778

Re: How do you stop yourself from drinking your stash too early?

I'm getting better at reprocessing feints into usable products using techniques that have come up on this forum, so a lot of what I drink to keep my hands off my good aging stash is made out of my rubbish, but I do like my young, narrow cut, white dog too. My stocks of white dog UJSSM and neutral fo...
by NZChris
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Well that sucked
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Re: Well that sucked

We usually lose power and internet in a good storm, so you're very lucky :D

White dog UJSSM is the go to around here when the power goes out because I can always feel my way to where that jug is :D
by NZChris
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Bushman’s 2 Gallon Gin Recipe
Replies: 36
Views: 878

Re: Bushman’s 2 Gallon Gin Recipe

I toasted the orange peel and halved the quantity, but nobody commented on any differences to my usual gins. It is very nice gin and the remaining peel is in my apothecary for other projects.
by NZChris
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Esters from Lime salts - using sulfuric acid; process
Replies: 49
Views: 4410

Re: Esters from Lime salts - using sulfuric acid; process

I've used H2SO4 for rum for over thirty years. It's dangerous if it's miss-handled, so do your research and wear the recommended PPE when using it.

Just because it is also used for lead acid batteries, doesn't mean that what you bought was used in a battery :crazy:
by NZChris
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Polishing Finished Spirits
Replies: 14
Views: 371

Re: Polishing Finished Spirits

This has all been a thorn in my side forever. I age my bourbon in glass with charred oak strips for four years then cut it to 100 proof. At that point it gets hazy (before that it's crystal clear). This makes me think along the oils theory, but at 100 proof? I think they should be still dissolved a...
by NZChris
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: to clear or not to clear.
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: to clear or not to clear.

I've never bothered to rack or clear grains or rums. With a suitable setup AG can be run with everything in the boiler or the trub in the thumper and that's about as dirty as you can get :D UJSSM I filter through the grain bed via the spigot and dump it straight into the boiler. The first half bucke...
by NZChris
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: One large ferment Vs multiple small ferments
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: One large ferment Vs multiple small ferments

If I'm using my 55g, I fill it in place and empty it with a siphon or a cheap 12V pump. If I'm worried about solids blocking the pump, I siphon through a sieve into a container and pump from the container.
by NZChris
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: to clear or not to clear.
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: to clear or not to clear.

What are you making?
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: So it seems I have alot of grapes...
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: So it seems I have alot of grapes...

If you don't have fantastic brandy grapes, take the early and late jars off in small volumes and then try prospective blends to find something you like. I do that, then do a sugar wash using the backset , pomace and trub, distilled with the feints, to use with products that benefit from lightly flav...
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Keeping the SOH Happy
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Keeping the SOH Happy

Her Indoors bought a large coil of of heavy copper cable in a charity shop for just this sort of project, so thanks for the idea. :thumbup:

Cheers
Chris
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apples per Gallon ???
Replies: 14
Views: 1636

Re: Apples per Gallon ???

Seeing as you have a wine press already, think about building two or three slatted dividers to emulate old school hessian cider presses. Their design is more efficient than wine presses. A thick slab of rubber, e.g. a piece of car tyre, under the jack keeps the pressure on the pulp while you take a ...
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apple brandy question
Replies: 71
Views: 1290

Re: Apple brandy question

11 months of planning and preparation is less stressful than a week of panic and bleeding knuckles and usually makes better product :D
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 11
Views: 403

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

If you are really unlucky, there is a bacterial infection that can cause a ferment to go 'ropey'. It behaves like snot.
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Polishing Finished Spirits
Replies: 14
Views: 371

Re: Polishing Finished Spirits

I rack off the clear, give the jar a swirl and filter the dregs through my liver.
by NZChris
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is the T500 ultimate kit a decent buy
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Is the T500 ultimate kit a decent buy

It seems like a lot of money for a still that has sealing materials that an industrial gasket supplier advised me not to use.
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Other great forums for beginners?
Replies: 10
Views: 281

Re: Other great forums for beginners?

Adding water lowers SG, adding sugar raises SG.

I aim for 1.064 for fast ferments and minimum off flavors.
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: First time distiller
Replies: 7
Views: 113

Re: First time distiller

What do you want to make?

A traditional grappa?

Lots of alcohol to get drunk on?

Something in between, which is probably the easiest with the still you have?
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: First time distiller
Replies: 7
Views: 113

Re: First time distiller

Be very careful if you shield around the still. Applying heat above the level of the charge can cause burning and burnt flavor is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of, plus, burn on is very hard to clean off the inside of the still.
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 party
Replies: 102
Views: 7749

Re: COVID-19 party

I start getting Santa jokes around this time of year and sometimes take the beard off. Sometimes I don't.

Haven't yet :D
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Chinese still worth it?
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Chinese still worth it?

This one is too easy. Drop the thermocouple into the flake stand to the height of the condensate outlet. Use any cheap fleabay/whatever solenoid valve and controller to gravity feed water into the bottom of the flake stand. I use 12V DC because sometimes I run off-grid. Overflow into a bucket and us...
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best recipe for single run on a pot still
Replies: 37
Views: 2053

Re: Best recipe for single run on a pot still

You don't have to make only one cut from a spirit run. I very often do a narrow cut for drinking as young white dog and a wider cut for aging. I's a trick I do to keep my mitts off my aging stash. It's why I have more 2013 than 2017 UJSSM in my cellar and why there will still be 2013 aging in my cel...
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Chinese still worth it?
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Chinese still worth it?

Deplorable wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:13 pm
I wouldnt dink around with a worm condesner personally.
I've recently bought a European copper alembic that came with a worm condenser. I automated the worm and I'm very impressed with how well it works. Cool product out and very hot waste water to the drain.
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best recipe for single run on a pot still
Replies: 37
Views: 2053

Re: Best recipe for single run on a pot still

I just found half a demijohn of 2013 UJSSM and proofed a sample. Very nice :D If you make plenty, often enough, and don't let the seagulls at it, how long it takes before it's ready for drinking eventually becomes irrelevant. If you only put down a wash when you are running low, you will never get t...
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Alcohol total litres in vs out?
Replies: 13
Views: 295

Re: Alcohol total litres in vs out?

"Alcodens and the OIML tables", have you got links?
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best recipe for single run on a pot still
Replies: 37
Views: 2053

Re: Best recipe for single run on a pot still

This method is re-using our yeast and good corn, but are most guys running an additional ferment tub or two with the additional cost outlay so as to do the stripping runs and even spirit run in the same day as mention on previous page...or is this then not a sour mash ? I don't know of many that do...
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Grape brandy tastes like whisky
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Grape brandy tastes like whisky

Not with making brandy.
by NZChris
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Grape brandy tastes like whisky
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Grape brandy tastes like whisky

I'm hazarding a wild guess that you added sugar because 1.060 is way too high for the ingredients you used.

To get decent grape flavor into your brandy, I suggest you use about 24kg more grapes.