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by StogieFarts
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4388
Views: 776859

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Black Eye wrote:he can dig the calculator out and multiply by 10
:lol: You mean that futuristic number-counting machine? :lol:
by StogieFarts
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Thought on these chips?
Replies: 18
Views: 1463

Re: Thought on these chips?

I was just being a smartass Stogie. Thanks for the consideration though. Sniff......sniff......do you smell that? It must be the smell from the massive brain fart that I had when I originally read your post! :mrgreen: Now that I look at it, I'm like, "Duh! Of COURSE he was being a smart ass!" I gue...
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Thought on these chips?
Replies: 18
Views: 1463

Re: Thought on these chips?

jarheadshiner wrote:
FullySilenced wrote:did you follow the nuke procedure and cycle etc?
What's this nuke procedure you speak of? :twisted:
Check out the following topic:

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... =4&t=38991
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Drinkable ABV?
Replies: 25
Views: 1339

Re: Drinkable ABV?

Most of the store bought whiskey that I enjoy is 40% (80 proof), but I personally decided I wanted to "up" mine a little bit. So after I did a spirit run, my blended product (all the jars I kept for drinking) came out to 78% (156 proof)! Way too strong to drink straight! So I used the calculator her...
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How to Make UJSSM for Newbies - by StogieFarts
Replies: 94
Views: 80719

Re: How to Make UJSSM for Newbies - by StogieFarts

I just wanted to give a quick update on this. When I do a stripping run on this recipe using my basic pot still, I usually start collecting at around 60% ABV, and I collect all the way down to 20%. I feel EVERYTHING in that range (minus the initial foreshots which I chuck down the drain). I then sav...
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: My sugar wash from a beginner distiller
Replies: 8
Views: 2016

Re: My sugar wash from a beginner distiller

For the record, if you're at Walmart, you can pick up a bag of cracked corn (in their pet food aisle) and then take a stab at the Uncle Jesse Sour Mash recipe. You can click the link in my signature below to see my notes on it. It's a fantastic recipe, and all the ingredients can be purchased at Wal...
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4388
Views: 776859

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I've also read lots of comments about each generation improving (and it is) but no explanation why it is improving? Anybody know? Thanks If I had to take a wild guess, I'd say it's improving due to the backset that you are continuing to throw into each new fermentation. That backset contains a lot ...
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 78
Views: 45679

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I've also read lots of comments about each generation improving (and it is) but no explanation why it is improving? Anybody know? Thanks If I had to take a wild guess, I'd say it's improving due to the backset that you are continuing to throw into each new fermentation. That backset contains a lot ...
by StogieFarts
Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: jack daniel mash
Replies: 9
Views: 3447

Re: jack daniel mash

I second the UJSSM recipe. In fact, my latest spirit run of that recipe came out at 78% ABV. I diluted it down to 55%, and let it sit on a small amount of Jack Daniels Wood Chips (which can be purchased in most stores, sold as BBQ smoking chips). The stuff is FANTASTIC. Has that sweet flavor with a ...
by StogieFarts
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What to do with left over washes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: What to do with left over washes?

Did I just read 3 gallons of liquid in an 11 hour run? :esurprised: Yeah......it was my FIRST time ever doing a spirit run, and I horribly overestimated how slow I needed to run it. Since I was always told to run a spirit run SLOW, I was only letting a few drops per second come out of my coil. I ha...
by StogieFarts
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: question on diluting.....
Replies: 32
Views: 2960

Re: question on diluting.....

I would think that half pint jars should be fine. That is what I personally use, but I end up using a LOT of those. So my plan for my next spirit run is to use these smaller half pint jars to collect heads (probably 5 jars or so with my still).....then switch to larger PINT jars for the hearts (Coll...
by StogieFarts
Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What to do with left over washes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: What to do with left over washes?

I recently ran my first SPIRIT RUN, and it took me over 11 Hours to complete. Like you, I finally stopped it around 70% because I was awake for almost 24 hours at that point! I was told to not run it so slow (I was getting about 3 drops per second), and instead, go for a very fine stream (just above...
by StogieFarts
Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Need some input on first batch
Replies: 29
Views: 1797

Re: Need some input on first batch

I use a mixture of both. I make a flour paste to apply under my lid, and then clamp it shut with those paper clips. Works like a charm every time!
by StogieFarts
Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Re: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?

Just put some in a spoon and add some water. Actually diluting to lower ABV like 20% or 30% will bring out flavors you may not notice above 40%. And it will give you a better indication of what is there. You are just testing for cuts. No need to be so technical with the diluting. Your not bottling ...
by StogieFarts
Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about the foreshots
Replies: 16
Views: 1530

Re: Question about the foreshots

Do foreshots have to be removed from every stripping run, if you are doing say 2 or 3 stripping runs ? I tend to be on the safe side and remove foreshots from every distillation. So if I am stripping, I remove the foreshots. Then when I run a spirit run, I still remove the foreshots. Again, I am ju...
by StogieFarts
Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Re: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?

If your interested in getting more out of your runs you can collect down to about 30% and save the tails for a feints run. Oh yeah, I know that. The problem is that this was my first time doing a spirit run, and I severely UNDERESTIMATED how long it would take! I started it around 5:00pm, and I was...
by StogieFarts
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Re: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?

I do it with spoons. After airing, use your meter to gauge the proof of each jar. If its 80% you need 1 spirit :1 water, so 1 Teaspoon of spirit & 1 Tsp of water into a desert spoon and taste. If it's 60% then you need to go 2/3 spirit to 1/3 water. 2 Teaspoon / 1 teaspoon . If it's 50% 4:1 is requ...
by StogieFarts
Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Diluting during Tasting - How much is too much?

Let me preface this by saying I'm aware of the calculator on the parent site , which tells you how much to dilute a product from X% down to Y%. :) However, what about when sampling in small, micro amounts for taste tests? How do you dilute such tiny samples? Perhaps I should recap where I am at: I j...
by StogieFarts
Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How to Make UJSSM for Newbies - by StogieFarts
Replies: 94
Views: 80719

Re: How to Make UJSSM for Newbies - by StogieFarts

Hey SF My compliments on a very interesting article. I have read it through and then went back an skimmed looking for an answer on a bit of the puzzle in trying to get it in my head. When you add the new corn and sugar wash, do you mix up,everything in your fermenter? The reason I am asking is that...
by StogieFarts
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling Advice
Replies: 76
Views: 86851

Re: Distilling Advice

rescueeddie wrote:Should I discard the first 2 ounces on every run?Eddie
How big is your boiler? I distill about 12 liters (or 3 gallons) in my small setup, and I usually discard about 100ml each time just to be safe.
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4388
Views: 776859

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

1. What is the ambient temperature where you are storing your fermentation bucket? Is it too cold? Assuming the yeast is GOOD, the only thing that I know of which would effect fermentation is: - Temperature - pH level of the wash So make sure your temps are not too hot/cold, and you may need to chec...
by StogieFarts
Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit

cornsqueezer wrote: If you have something like a cast iron pan or a thick metal disc it will absorb and retain heat so you have more even heat might help with the stove cycling on and off a little bit :thumbup:
You know, I never thought of that. Great idea! :thumbup:
by StogieFarts
Fri May 31, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Gravity issue
Replies: 12
Views: 788

Re: Gravity issue

I didnt want to risk putting through the still and ending up with some 60% alcohol :( Gav For the record, I run a basic pot still and my first run is ALWAYS 60% coming out. So depending on your wash ABV% and the kind of still you're running, expecting to get 60% may be right on target for a first r...
by StogieFarts
Fri May 31, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Minimum Pot still size
Replies: 55
Views: 4857

Re: Minimum Pot still size

I'm not sure why, but I am finding this thread highly entertaining! Is it too early in the day for a bucket of popcorn? :ebiggrin: :clap: :moresarcasm:
by StogieFarts
Wed May 29, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: I call her Pig
Replies: 12
Views: 2722

Re: I call her Pig

Looks very similar to my little setup (complete with an electric stove)! Thanks for sharing the pics! So let me ask you this......are you doing stripping runs or just slow spirit runs? The highest ABV I am getting (from a 9% wash) is around 60% ABV, and I haven't been able to light a flame with that...
by StogieFarts
Tue May 28, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit

" I plan to run the stove at around THREE (3) on the dial." I take this to be a electric stove? dont be surprised if you have problems.. Yes, it was mentioned in my post above that this was an electric stove. I realize that it's not entirely accurate to gauge temperature, but it's what I have to wo...
by StogieFarts
Tue May 28, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit

Thanks for all the helpful replies. You guys rock! :thumbup: I have no idea what temp I am extracting it at. I use an electric stove, and the temperature is adjusted by a knob that simply has numbers: 1 through 10. When I do a STRIPPING RUN, I set it to roughly 7.5 to 8 on the dial, with no adjustme...
by StogieFarts
Mon May 27, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit

I found this other calculation which also puts me at around 75% vapor when collecting a 40% low vine spirit run: http://homedistiller.org/theory/theory/strong" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow So how are people collecting and saving 80-70% for the UJSSM recipe if the spir...
by StogieFarts
Mon May 27, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit

" http://homedistiller.org/theory Is it safe to assume that the DIRECT link for the calculation I'm asking about is the one located here: http://homedistiller.org/calcs/pot_calc If so, then allow me to ask this follow-up question. I hear that the generic whiskey "hearts" to collect is between 80% a...
by StogieFarts
Mon May 27, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Question about Calculating ABV % on Spirit

I tried to look up this question under the Parent Site -> Calcs, but couldn't find this exact calculation. Nor do I know if this CAN be calculated, but I thought I'd ask you find folks here. When I do a typical STRIPPING run, my 9% sugar wash usually begins collecting at 60% ABV. That ratio seems to...