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by NZChris
Wed May 12, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5549
Views: 388546

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Fitted my pot still & preheater Liebig temperature controllers with a tidy solenoid setup to replace the jury-rigged spaghetti of hoses and spare solenoids that I'd cobbled together when a solenoid failed during a run.
by NZChris
Wed May 12, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is this correct??
Replies: 47
Views: 1249

Re: Is this correct??

Does it taste OK? I would never take out the wood this early unless I had used far too much. Even then, I would leave some wood in the jar. Slow down. Don't expect to replicate 10 year old whiskey in a month or two. Make something else that will taste ok in a few weeks, then make some liquor for agi...
by NZChris
Wed May 12, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

You seem to be in the minority there Chris, seems to me 95% of people like to start with the cleanest neutral that they can to make Gins and Liqueurs. I don't mind being the odd one out. Being clever with the choice of wash makes me fine gins without the time and expense of refluxing to neutral. I ...
by NZChris
Wed May 12, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 780

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

I've never bothered to try proofing whisky heads jars to 40% to see if they louche and I'll probably forget next time too. I have seen some spectacular louches happen when putting an OEG foreshot into about 80ml of clear spirit taken after Odin's recommended 400ml. They mostly happened when doing an...
by NZChris
Wed May 12, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

I saw a post from NZChris that 24% low wines vs 40% low wines will give you different heart cuts. Can you elaborate on this? https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=83081 Low abv strips are great for capturing flavors. Use them for whiskey, rum, brandy, etc.. If you are trying to make ...
by NZChris
Tue May 11, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Start and stop
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: Start and stop

If you have to stop and restart and there are some solids in the boiler, give it a good stir to get the solids back into suspension before turning on the power or lighting the fire.
by NZChris
Tue May 11, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

I've made a lot of gin using only pots. As long as the choice of wash is compatible with, or complements, the type of product you are aiming for, you can get away with using double pot distilled base spirit.
by NZChris
Tue May 11, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

There is one thing I know of that can cause an unpalatable jar in the middle. If you muck around too much with power/reflux/takeoff during the run, the collection jar that is in place when you make those changes can be off compared to the jars around it. Otis Thanks OtisT, I did mess a little bit w...
by NZChris
Tue May 11, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Liebig size and element
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: Liebig size and element

I tried using thermochromic paint on my Liebigs. It was very educational as I could see the hot/cold interface moving up and down the Liebigs during the runs.
by NZChris
Mon May 10, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 780

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

cob wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 8:30 pm
No louching if the still is to clean? really?
Don't assume that commercial distillers are doing their spirit runs using the same still that has just done three or four stripping runs of wash like many home distillers would be doing.
by NZChris
Mon May 10, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

I did mess a little bit with the controller. I'll keep that in mind for next runs. When asking questions, or describing experiences, making sure that everyone is on the same page is very helpful. Confusion and bad advice often occur because newbies and helpers have made assumptions regarding a choi...
by NZChris
Mon May 10, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 780

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

No louching if the still is to clean? really? The article doesn't say that, so that's an assumption that you will have to test yourself. I'm a hobby distiller, so I don't make the same product through the same dirty still head every day, but I often do let the heads clean up the still head and cond...
by NZChris
Mon May 10, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 780

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

Some used to use the demisting test to find the end of the heads. I doubt large distilleries still do it.
https://www.bostonapothecary.com/demist ... %20louche.
by NZChris
Sat May 08, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

Could one of those unpalatable jars be in the middle somewhere? Highly unlikely. All of the jars contain all of the same flavor components, some starting high and finishing low, some starting low and finishing high. If you have a unpalatable jar in the middle, whatever is making it nasty will be sp...
by NZChris
Sat May 08, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: UJSSM in carboys?
Replies: 14
Views: 168

Re: UJSSM in carboys?

I'm sure it won't be impossible to drag out a third of the trub each time, but you might have to invent a tool to help you do it.
by NZChris
Sat May 08, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 62
Views: 1023

Re: Learning to make cuts.

I think I flunked. Regardless of what method you use, it is wise to make up a sample of your proposed final choice and make sure that it's what you really want before committing the jars to one vessel. Personally, I no longer use this method as it has caused me to make mistakes in the past. Even th...
by NZChris
Sat May 08, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy Gin newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Cloudy Gin newbie

If you are a home distiller wanting to make robust gin for your own consumption, get over the louche. A bit of louche in the bottle or in a G&T is a good thing in in my book because it is an indication of robust flavor. If you have an on objection to the louche, you can dilute your gin with the same...
by NZChris
Fri May 07, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: charred or not
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: charred or not

If you are having a hard time deciding what you want to do, char only two sides for one of your experiments.
by NZChris
Fri May 07, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Seen on tv
Replies: 44
Views: 4873

Re: Seen on tv

My four year old Grappa & chicken breast is very nice.

The run I did today is also very nice, but has a bite that the four year old doesn't have, (no surprises there.)
by NZChris
Fri May 07, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: charred or not
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: charred or not

I leave my narrow cut white, especially if there’s not much in the drinks cabinet, then get on with making wide cut product for aging.
by NZChris
Wed May 05, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5549
Views: 388546

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Selected a very tight heart cut on yesterday's sugar & grape pomace spirit run. I'm confident it will be a great base spirit for a variety of products because this isn't the first time I've done it.

The feints will go through my Bokakob to make some much needed high proof neutral.
by NZChris
Wed May 05, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: My new Liebig.
Replies: 136
Views: 67732

Re: My new Liebig.

That research was done on a continuous distillation using a Coffee still. If that is what you’re running, I recommend you don’t use a stainless Liebig. All of my strips are done using copper Liebigs and only the spirit runs use stainless.
by NZChris
Tue May 04, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Liebig size and element
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: Liebig size and element

I always control before the inlet to minimize the pressure on fittings and hoses, which have a tendency to fail when you have a visitor that you want to impress with your still building skills, or if you're not watching.
by NZChris
Tue May 04, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Liebig size and element
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: Liebig size and element

I do it because I have constantly changing demand with some of my stills. It's especially good if you're running a still off grid on a wood fire or solar and have limited water or have to cart it.
by NZChris
Tue May 04, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Liebig size and element
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: Liebig size and element

The higher volume in a 1" jacket is better if you want to automate the water flow.
by NZChris
Mon May 03, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: My new Liebig.
Replies: 136
Views: 67732

Re: My new Liebig.

rootbeers wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:26 pm
I have to point out that your claim to not have a flavour advantage using Copper....
Read my post again, then read that research again. I only use my SS Liebigs for spirit runs.

Also see: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 0450.x/pdf
by NZChris
Mon May 03, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first stripping run
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: My first stripping run

If I had 7.5%, I’d get over 4 gallons of low wines of about 27%, so I suspect that you have either shut down your strips too early, or have a vapor leak.
by NZChris
Sun May 02, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Logical progression
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Logical progression

It sounds like you are building about what I built. It's been doing it for me for over thirty years, I ran it yesterday :D

Welcome to your new adventure.

Cheers
Chris
by NZChris
Sun May 02, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5549
Views: 388546

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

If you open and close the distillery door on a cold, windy, day it will make enough difference for you to be able to measure it.

There is no point in raising abv off the spout if it means that you then have to add water to get your heart cut back down to barreling strength for aging.
by NZChris
Sun May 02, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first stripping run
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: My first stripping run

2 gallons is a lot less than I would expect. What is your Low Wines collection's abv?