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by Ferment_It
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Driving into Canada
Replies: 13
Views: 699

Driving into Canada

My Dad brother and I are heading north in a few weeks for the walleye opener. Been thinking it would sure be nice to cap off the nights with some of my wheated bourbon or rye with the added benefit of knowing that our heads will be clear at dawn when the lines are tight. I understand you can carry 2...
by Ferment_It
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Temperature for barrel aging
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: Temperature for barrel aging

My thoughts...

Rum is made and aged in the tropics. Hot, humid, and low temp swings - I'd try to keep it close as possible.

New 5 gal oak barrel is going to oak the shit out of that rum pretty quick. If possible run a batch of whiskey through it first to soften the blow.
by Ferment_It
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:19 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Insulating your pots?!?!
Replies: 23
Views: 1425

Re: Insulating your pots?!?!

Fiberglass welding blanket works well if your on propane and want a little extra assurance that your insulation won't flame up.
by Ferment_It
Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: discovered something today
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: discovered something today

Been doin this about a year now, used the yellow extra thick gas line tape and just keep adding more tape to both flanges before a run, haven't cut it off yet. Works like a champ. Not sure if it matters but I always line it up the same way. Also, you can use a razor to clean up the inside so it does...
by Ferment_It
Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: 8% ABV in 6 hours
Replies: 213
Views: 18289

Re: 8% ABV in 6 hours

Nice data hooch. It doesn't look like you had a very long lag phase. Was your yeast rehydrated prior to your experiment? I assume the short lag is largely due to the massive inoculum you used, but it still takes time for the yeast to wake up and get to eating- your data doesn't show this. Any ideas ...
by Ferment_It
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter
Replies: 48
Views: 5244

Re: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter

Here is an abstract describing the optimization of invertase production using Saccraromyces Cerevisiae. Section 3.3 finds that the maximum amount of invertase was produced in 48 hrs. Section 3.4 finds production of invertase is maximum when Sucros was used as the source of carbon. It also finds tha...
by Ferment_It
Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter
Replies: 48
Views: 5244

Re: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter

Bold statements Mitchy. Can you back up your claims regarding invertase production in yeast being tied to reproductive cycles? If I understand correctly, you are saying yeast will make an enzyme irregardless of whether the enzymes are needed and it is always made just after they bud (undergo mitosis...
by Ferment_It
Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter
Replies: 48
Views: 5244

Re: Dissolving sugar vs. Dumping into fermenter

It was in booners casual all corn thread. Don't know how to link using tapatalk. Sorry.
by Ferment_It
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:59 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Still learning CORN w/ ENZYMES
Replies: 71
Views: 3469

Re: Still learning CORN w/ ENZYMES

Here's a vote for Woodshed's enzymes. They work dam well, are cheap, and he is a significant contributor to our forum. I used em last week to make a low malt 4 grain. Hit 1.073 at 2.25 lb/gal. First time I've had to water a (ag) mash down before pitching yeast.
by Ferment_It
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: An observation in airing
Replies: 27
Views: 1805

Re: An observation in airing

I'm on my phone so I can't fix the link... Google the title. It should take you there. Lead author is Joaquin Christiaens
by Ferment_It
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: An observation in airing
Replies: 27
Views: 1805

Re: An observation in airing

Nice observation. Thanks! Read a paper a while back but wasn't able connected the dots. In short, the authors found that fruit flies are attracted to the nasty components of yeast ferments, specially isoamyl-acetate and ethyl acetate. The authors propose an evolutionary strategy where yeast make thi...
by Ferment_It
Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2115
Views: 115490

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Ferment it!
by Ferment_It
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Do turbulators actually work?
Replies: 56
Views: 3902

Re: Do turbulators actually work?

Cool experiment but I would argue that total water use per run is a better metric for efficiency than the HTC. You said that you measured flow rates but i didn't see these results. Do you have any water usage data?
by Ferment_It
Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: H.R. 2903 is up to 83 co-sponsors...
Replies: 517
Views: 60475

Re: H.R. 2903 is up to 83 co-sponsors...

Proud to join the ranks as a HDA hobbyist!
by Ferment_It
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Kicking the can
Replies: 24
Views: 855

Re: Kicking the can

I'm in for lil kick every month.
by Ferment_It
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Continuous fermentation
Replies: 24
Views: 1298

Re: Continuous fermentation

The process is called genetic drift. Over continuous feeding and starvation events you would select for bugs that are different then the ones you started with. I guess you could get lucky and have a good mutation take over but it would be a crap shoot. We might be able to increase the odds of pickin...
by Ferment_It
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Booner's Casual All Corn
Replies: 446
Views: 67313

Re: Booner's Casual All Corn

Yes S-cack. The enzyme yeast use is called invertase - it does the same thing as when you invert on the stove. Yeast chew up the best carbon and energy source first then move on to the second. It's called diauxic (sp?) growth. So if you give them sucrose without inverting it yeast must produce this ...
by Ferment_It
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: BLUEBERRY JUST SITTING THERE
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Re: BLUEBERRY JUST SITTING THERE

I'm thinking its probably a concentrate. One can makes 2.5 gal. OP just added yeast to the syrup before diluting.
by Ferment_It
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Ph Meter
Replies: 30
Views: 2104

Re: Ph Meter

Great idea with the drops bear. Bought a cheapo pen(~$25) from Amazon that had good reviews. Figured all those people can't be wrong. Calibrated it off my lab's 4, 7, and 10 pH solutions. Crap. Calibrated off the 4 and 7. It's a little better but only marginally better than paper... Pretty much a +/...
by Ferment_It
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Kirschwasser (cherry eau de vie)
Replies: 74
Views: 7162

Re: Kirschwasser (cherry eau de vie)

Thanks guys. Friend has a pear tree heavy with fruit, we don't have a crusher or press so we weren't really sure how to move forward. The boil method will put pear brandy back on the map. Regarding the pears, I have read a few times that when you make perry the fruit should be picked and stored for ...
by Ferment_It
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stripping runs vs Spirit run
Replies: 92
Views: 5821

Re: Stripping runs vs Spirit run

Francis. Great, we get it. You have a fancy plastic vacuum "still" up on top of a mountain somewhere that can pull hearts out at 40C leaving tails behind. You are not concerned with universally accepted fact that plastics leach chemicals into your spirits and are concerned about the highly debated a...
by Ferment_It
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stripping runs vs Spirit run
Replies: 92
Views: 5821

Re: Stripping runs vs Spirit run

If you do a low temperature stripping run, you will lessen ethyl carbamate production and lessen off flavors from cooking the yeasts and residual sugars. The backwash is better for reuse, and the distillate is clean for the spirit run at a higher temperature. If you do the stripping run at a low en...
by Ferment_It
Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Well duh.
Replies: 48
Views: 1280

Re: Well duh.

Chris, I don't think lldpe - Brute trash can plastic- is good for high temps. HDPE is much more resilient. I think I remember reading 170F was max for lldpe and hdpe is good at temps above boiling water- can't seem to find that source again though. Anyone have any solid info on this? I'd love to ste...
by Ferment_It
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper running dry???
Replies: 12
Views: 1078

Re: Thumper running dry???

Boiler will suck back all the liquids from the thumper if you let it cool before you disconnect everything.
by Ferment_It
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: S3 2015 meeting defined
Replies: 656
Views: 27508

Re: S3 meeting defined

Keep the posts coming, lot of us living vicariously through you guys! Yall might wanna consider adding some structural support to that table... Bigbob, you got a lot of "work" in front of you if you plan on reviewing that whole lot!

I'll be rocking my S3 shirt this weekend wishing I was in Pagosa.
by Ferment_It
Fri May 29, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: why are electric controllers so expensive?
Replies: 59
Views: 3272

Re: why are electric controllers so expensive?

Bear you are getting the security warning because of the secure "https" in the link. Your browser won't recognize the security certificates using the secure protocol- https- and as such it warn you that the site is not trusted.
by Ferment_It
Sat May 16, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Rye flour experiment....
Replies: 48
Views: 3000

Re: Rye flour experiment....

GA are you saying that the gelatin helps clarify the beer and settle out particulates? This would make it easier to siphon above the grain bed. Dam good idea, If i understand correctly isinglass would work similarly

Sorry OP for the hijack...
by Ferment_It
Thu May 14, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Panela/Piloncillo RUM
Replies: 297
Views: 38951

Re: Panela/Piloncillo RUM

Sugar Daddy just let me know the he has restocked since getting hit hard by distilleries in the past few months. I'm looking forward to my first attempt at rum! I figure I can get two runs out of a 36# order of pilonchilo, the first one will be light for mixed drinks and the second heavier for sippi...
by Ferment_It
Thu May 07, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: S3 2015 meeting defined
Replies: 656
Views: 27508

Re: S3 meeting defined

Package arrived today! Booner's all corn this weekend! Thanks again.