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by NZChris
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Double volume, double the run time?
Replies: 39
Views: 382

Re: Double volume, double the run time?

Didn't want to set myself up for at 30lt spirit run and end up doing a 24 hr shift. If that's what you have to do, just bite the bullet and do it. With a 500W element and no insulation, it's going to take time. Get used to the idea, or do what you have to do to fix it. If you can run the obvious he...
by NZChris
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sugarwash not coming alive
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Re: Sugarwash not coming alive

You may have an air leak.

What is the SG now?

What is the pH?

Feel the fermenters. Is the temperature even from top to bottom, or is the bottom temperature colder?

An SG of 1.100 is a bit greedy and can be a problem if you don't do everything else correctly.
by NZChris
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Double volume, double the run time?
Replies: 39
Views: 382

Re: Double volume, double the run time?

The only thing that is going to affect the amount of time and energy required to finish the run is the amount of heat lost during the run. If you do what I've told you in another thread, you will already save time and money. If you do what I've put out there in several other threads about efficiency...
by NZChris
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4265
Views: 709358

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I am new in this hobby brothers, my hydrometer and refractometer are still traveling towards me, I cannot check the SG. My mash was 3.5 ph and tasted like little bit sour wine, on the smell was like light vinegar, I am distilling it right now, started it on high (striping run). It started 110 proof...
by NZChris
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka
Replies: 63
Views: 26385

Re: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka

I'm not a great fan of wheat, so I went the other way and used a fraction of the amount of bran, but put an aquarium pump inside the fermenter to aerate it until the headspace ran out of O2 and left it running to agitate it with the CO2 bubbles until the ferment was nearly finished. Less than half o...
by NZChris
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Feints run
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: Feints run

Assuming it's a pot still, ferment, or keep aside, enough wash of a matching style to top up the still for a full charge.
by NZChris
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Wiki Editors
Topic: Calculators
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Calculators

The dilution calculator has always been flawed. E.g. at 80%, 1l has 800ml of alcohol. To dilute that to 40% you need to finish with the 800ml in 2l. While the calculation might seem logical, in practice, by adding 1l, you would get close to 1.960l at a bit over 40.8%. I'm sure it's a lot easier to d...
by NZChris
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: delayed run
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: delayed run

pynys pub wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:17 pm
Can I just keep the wash in a shop fridge for that long ( 6 weeks ) and then run it the first chance I get ?
Yes.
If it is well airlocked, you don't even need to chill it. Racking won't improve it and, if you're not careful, can add O2 which is needed for vinegar.
by NZChris
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is there a fix?
Replies: 26
Views: 372

Re: Is there a fix?

MX450 wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:29 pm
how are we sopposed to learn if we dont ask?
Same way I did and still do .... research.
by NZChris
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New here
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: New here

Welcome to the forum. Like the Moonshiners TV program, Youtube should be treated as entertainment, not a research tool. Don't be fooled by enthusiasm and video making skills into thinking that what you are watching is well researched and produced by experienced and/or educated/qualified distillers. ...
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: new in the game
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: new in the game

Welcome to the forum.

A simple pot still might be a cheaper option, plus more efficient and capable of producing better quality product than a CCVM, so do your homework before you get your wallet out.
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Dumping Backset/dunder
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: Dumping Backset/dunder

I have enough vege garden that hot backset is a handy weed killer. Without the vege garden, I would adjust the pH and spread it on the lawn, fertilize trees and vines etc..
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Maximum Proof for consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 1266

Re: Maximum Proof for consumption

I have noticed a shot of 130 and higher makes most anyones nipples hard and skin flush like instantly. How i discovered that, well we will leave that story be. Have some 130 proof in your first aid kit for when someone you like has a heart attack. Have a bottle of water in it for the bastard who ri...
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New Still, New problems!
Replies: 10
Views: 162

Re: New Still, New problems!

Unless you did vinegar then sacrificial alcohol runs, you could also have problems caused by toxic flux and oils from the build.

I glue a larger glass foot onto my glass measuring cylinders so that they are harder to knock over.
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Fruit / Berry Recipes
Replies: 238
Views: 110985

Re: Fruit / Berry Recipes

Slivovitz wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:03 pm
its gonna be an all day thing just to hit 150...
150 what? where? Ignore numbers given to you by anyone and use your senses.
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Fruit / Berry Recipes
Replies: 238
Views: 110985

Re: Fruit / Berry Recipes

Read everything you can find online about slivovitz. AFAIK, letting the fire go out and trying to restart without agitating is just about guaranteed burn on and I have a friend who made that mistake. Butter the bottom of the pot, stir it until it's boiling then put the still head on, don't let the f...
by NZChris
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Infusing botanicals
Replies: 14
Views: 277

Re: Infusing botanicals

Hello Kiwichrismasterdistiller Ha ha. I'm a bit slow. I just realised where you got that from. :D ASFAIK, those Master Distiller/Swill Maker designations are an automated thing based on post numbers, not on skills, experience, intelligence, personality, qualifications, etc.. Stick around. I've foun...
by NZChris
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Another dilution thread

At 80%, 1l has 800ml of alcohol. To dilute it to 40% you need to have 2l final volume, not 1l added. If you use that calculator, add the two volumes and make up your volume to that. That works if you can measure the final volume, which you often can. When I can't measure the final volume, I use the ...
by NZChris
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4265
Views: 709358

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

If you scoop out a third of the trub and add a third of your original grain bill every time, the amount of trub should remain about the same. Trying to remove different coloured spent corn has never worked for me, so I just bail out a third of everything. You can double or triple the size of the nex...
by NZChris
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Another dilution thread

That calculator is not accurate. If you ask it how much water to add to dilute 1l of 80% to 40% it says to add 1l but, once they are mixed, you will have less than 2l and it will be over 40% ____________________ From the TTB Table No 6 80% = 0.86364 40% = 0.95172 Therefor: 1l at 80% is 863g 2l at 40...
by NZChris
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Infusing botanicals
Replies: 14
Views: 277

Re: Infusing botanicals

If you already have one you can use it should do the job. If you don't, there are cheaper options.
by NZChris
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging white rum
Replies: 18
Views: 354

Re: Aging white rum

I've tried making a white rum by refluxing my postilled rum feints a couple of times, thinking that they'd carry a lot of flavour, but my VM column is too efficient and I always end up with neutral. I've considered taking half the packing out and trying again but never got around to it. Worth doing...
by NZChris
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging white rum
Replies: 18
Views: 354

Re: Aging white rum

Also, and somewhat related, I love the taste of it on oak with the cranberries, etc that I added, but I'd also like to strip the color. I've attempted this as I've read in threads by using filtering. This has not stripped any color. Has anyone has success stripping color? If so, what product are yo...
by NZChris
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Simple Bain Marie for infusions
Replies: 10
Views: 204

Re: Simple Bain Marie for infusions

Limoncello in a day I reckon. I usually give the zest one nuke, let it cool and make it up on the same day. I seldom steep gin botanicals more than overnight. If I was removing the botanicals before distilling, holding at about 150F for a while should do the trick, but I don't know how long for. If ...
by NZChris
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Simple Bain Marie for infusions
Replies: 10
Views: 204

Re: Simple Bain Marie for infusions

Check out the 20 years in 6 days thread.
viewtopic.php?f=44&t=55301
by NZChris
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Filter
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Filter

Regarding your post at https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=79226#p7617892 which is now locked. Thanks for that, George at barley and hops and stillit both run pid. That was what I was basing my opinion on. That and propane is getting costly. That didn't sound like the Jesse I know, ...
by NZChris
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Methanol and isobutanol measured by GC in pot still experiment
Replies: 24
Views: 668

Re: Methanol and isobutanol measured by GC in pot still experiment

ParrotHead wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:37 pm
What about all these reports of methanol poisoning?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_m ... _incidents

Are these intentional methanol spikes?
The first sentence in that wiki answers that question.
by NZChris
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Filter
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Filter

Next question: My distillate went blue, what do I do? It's the novice forum. Why are you answering shit questions here. Seems you got something to prove at the expense of a newb. We all know you no it all. The Rad style of help is no longer needed. Cschmidtke didn't ask a shit question. If I was Cs...
by NZChris
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Filter
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Filter

Verdigris from not keeping it clean and dry between uses.
by NZChris
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Filter
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Filter

Next question: My distillate went blue, what do I do?