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by PaulN
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Grain Alcohol and Moonshine
Replies: 20
Views: 19011

Re: Grain Alcohol and Moonshine

And a pound of hops. That would taste like piss.
by PaulN
Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Cellar,Sheds,Basements,Garage??
Replies: 64
Views: 5474

Re: Cellar,Sheds,Basements,Garage??

In the basement, away from prying eyes, out of the weather, and easy access to all my tools and materials that I would need.
by PaulN
Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Gerber
Replies: 890
Views: 202684

Re: Gerber

I love this one! It's simple and covert. No one would look at you funny if you're buying baby cereal, sugar, lemon juice, and baker's yeast at the grocery store. I need to give it a try at I run my current sugar wash.
by PaulN
Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:22 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Why do you distill???
Replies: 56
Views: 4440

Re: Why do you distill???

I do it because I can, and because I only know one other person who does this, so I get points for being 'out there'. I've made some good beer, acceptable wine, and this just seems like a natural progression. Plus, the product that I can make at home is what, 90% cheaper than what I would find on a ...
by PaulN
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:50 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Solar brewery
Replies: 10
Views: 1811

Re: Solar brewery

That is certainly a step in the right direction. Now, to be able to run a still on a setup like that...
by PaulN
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: cross flow condenser
Replies: 18
Views: 2300

Re: cross flow condenser

If you are working close to another finished joint, you can wrap it in a wet rag. I've done this when working with fussy plumbing fittings. This will keep the finished joint from getting hot enough to melt what you've already done. Just be careful of any steam that it might create. That crap will bu...
by PaulN
Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: carbonation
Replies: 12
Views: 756

Re: carbonation

Around here most cooler bottles have twist off tops, which are more difficult to seal with a bench top capper. How about picking up some Grolsch style bottles and doing a bottle fermentation? Of course, you would have to educate people on how to pour them or they will end up drinking the yeast sedim...
by PaulN
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: pressure cooker pot still
Replies: 12
Views: 15599

Re: pressure cooker pot still

I bet I get popped for this, but you could use an enameled pot for your boiler. As long as you don't cut into it, and don't chip the surface, it will fine, and will be about a third of the price of stainless. I would still use the stainless steel bowl for the lid, however, since you will be sawing a...
by PaulN
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: pressure cooker pot still
Replies: 12
Views: 15599

Re: pressure cooker pot still

I've been making wine for a few years myself, and just recently got into this side of thins. If you are looking to get a few runs under your belt to see if you like distilling, I would say go ahead and build the pressure cooker setup. I have one, and it 'works', but I really can't do anything seriou...
by PaulN
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Testing PH level
Replies: 4
Views: 3501

Re: Testing PH level

I just started adjusting the pH of my washes. I've made some wine before, and those fermentations would always take about 3 weeks. I thought that was normal. I tested my tap water and discovered that the pH is over 8! When I adjusted the pH down with lemon juice my fermentation times dropped down to...
by PaulN
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:45 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Fermentation Chest
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: Fermentation Chest

If you need to cool your wash, you might want to try this little gem:

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It seems to work pretty good.
by PaulN
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Shiny bits
Replies: 15
Views: 1611

Re: Shiny bits

That is lovely. It's funny, seeing something so nice and professional sitting next to the Home Depot bucket! It must be nice to have friends with such great skills.
by PaulN
Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Calculating specific heat
Replies: 22
Views: 2813

Re: Calculating specific heat

Actually, this is exactly the sort of thing that a high school chemistry student should be working on. What I mean is, it's a relatively simple exercise in terms of doing the math. Converting this idea into practice is also fairly simple, but tedious as well. Power consumption can also be easily mea...
by PaulN
Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will this work?
Replies: 10
Views: 1227

Re: Will this work?

I know I'm are smart azz, but cars use radiators and fans for a reason; they work within the parameters set by the operating environment in which they exist. Think about this a little differently. If your coil is long enough you can put a box fan on it and skip the water altogether. I've done it and...
by PaulN
Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hybrid Pot Still
Replies: 13
Views: 3710

Re: Hybrid Pot Still

I KNEW I was going to get popped for that comment. Yes, I know it's pretty sutpid to not attend a still while it's running. I mean, it's only producing rocket fuel, right? What could possibly go wrong, I checked everything twice before plugging it in...KABOOM! To take this in a slightly different di...
by PaulN
Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hybrid Pot Still
Replies: 13
Views: 3710

Re: Hybrid Pot Still

I think this will work, only because I run my very small still at very low power, so the risk of flooding should be minimal, and I should get some reflux. The pot itself is insulated with R-20 fiberglass batting, including the lid. I've found this really helps the efficiency, just like it should. In...
by PaulN
Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: New to the Game
Replies: 16
Views: 1687

Re: New to the Game

What about freezing? I know it's generally poo-pooed here, but it does work. Do a search for Apple Jack if you aren't familiar with the idea. Does it give the same result as distilling? Yes, and no. The basic results are the same, you concentrate alcohol in the solution, but the approach is differen...
by PaulN
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:12 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hybrid Pot Still
Replies: 13
Views: 3710

Re: Hybrid Pot Still

Rad and Wildbill, Thanks for the replies. I was sure someone had tried a similar approach, whether intentional or not. The idea of running such a small column is a function of availablility (I can get the parts at any hardware store) and balancing power as I run my still at very low power input. I r...
by PaulN
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hybrid Pot Still
Replies: 13
Views: 3710

Hybrid Pot Still

I would have to guess that this has been covered before, but I didn't see anything, so I'll risk the embarrassment and ask anyway: I was running my little a gallon sized pressure cooker pot still last night, and enjoying the outpot, when it occured to me that I should be able to improve on it by sim...
by PaulN
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Newbi here- Need fermenting container advice
Replies: 9
Views: 1161

Re: Newbi here- Need fermenting container advice

Regarding a worm, I was in Lowe's today looking at tubing, and I can't believe how much prices have dropped. Copper seems almost reasonable again. A twenty foot section of 3/8 OD tubing can be had here, in Ohio, for less than $12. I would just go with that. Twenty feet might be overkill, but it cert...
by PaulN
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:39 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: how do i know how strong it is??
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: how do i know how strong it is??

Buy a proofing hydrometer. Listermann's sells them for $6.95, or any brew shop should have them.
by PaulN
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Advise needed please
Replies: 19
Views: 1955

Re: Advise needed please

I've brewed some beer with extraacts before. The liquid is cooked down into either a syrup or powder for later use by you, the home brewer. The profiles of these are almost always nutritionally complete and only require the addition of water and yeast. If you have to add sugar to the extract then, s...
by PaulN
Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:35 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What exactly is brewers yeast
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: What exactly is brewers yeast

but will this brewers yeast i threw in there make it taste like ****? i mean its just sitting in the bottom...Shuold i just pitch 2 ounces of bakers yeast on will my distiller take away the nasty smell or flavor of this old yeast??? proofing must be different then adding water and letting it sit fo...
by PaulN
Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:59 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: What exactly is brewers yeast
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: What exactly is brewers yeast

You should really 'proof' your yeast if it has been sitting for a while to make sure it is viable. However, you should still be able to pitch new yeast into your wash and get fermentation. Baker's yeast, brewing yeast, wine yeast, whatever you can get should work as long as it's still good. Your loc...
by PaulN
Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My first run
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: My first run

Congratulations, PaulN... Also glad to hear that you are using a stainless steel pressure cooker instead of aluminum... Not sure I'd agree with removing the safety pressure relief plug, however... It was put there for a reason... I'd rather have to deal with a high pressure vent issue with potentia...
by PaulN
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My first run
Replies: 5
Views: 466

My first run

So, I finally went ahead and assembled the parts for my first still, a very small pot still. It consists of a 4 quart stainless pressure cooker, 10 feet of 1/4 inch tubing, and a 20 inch box fan to cool the worm. I started my wash about 4 weeks ago, a simple sugar wash with some champagne yeast that...