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by LWTCS
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Bees
Replies: 50
Views: 3306

Re: Bees

I'm in Florida, so orange blossom is super common (though still spendy). Melaleuca trees were imported in the early 1900s for all sorts of potential uses. Mostly to help dry up the Everglades there by also assisting in reducing the mosquito population. I think Henry Flagler was fairly instrumental i...
by LWTCS
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: New (to me) 300 liter fermenter!
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: New (to me) 600 liter fermenter!

Common for wine storage.
It should also have a little squeeze pump that lets you put it under vacuum.

Those are nice.
by LWTCS
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Vinegar Run No Output - Noob Question
Replies: 9
Views: 129

Re: First Vinegar Run No Output - Noob Question

Yep water and vinegar is not going to behave like an alcohol mixture. As a matter of interest, how big is your element? Or are you using a hot plate? Are you using a PID? I am using a 220V Single Element Controller with 5500 watt heating element. This is the heater specifically https://milehidistil...
by LWTCS
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Vinegar Run No Output - Noob Question
Replies: 9
Views: 129

Re: First Vinegar Run No Output - Noob Question

Yep water and vinegar is not going to behave like an alcohol mixture.

As a matter of interest, how big is your element? Or are you using a hot plate?
Are you using a PID?
by LWTCS
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from the Sonoran Desert!
Replies: 10
Views: 165

Re: Greetings from the Sonoran Desert!

It's good to have brewing friends, I'm sure you'll pick up a lot. Just keep in mind a distillers beer is different from normal beer, some of our practices are hard to accept for beer brewers. It's also more forgiving. Welcome, and have fun! Just to clarify miss_mash, Corsaire was referring to a dis...
by LWTCS
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rhum agricole recipe build
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Rhum agricole recipe build

Grassy qualities will have been cooked out.

Some say rum from panela can remind them s a bit like tequila. I never thought so but but evidently some do.
by LWTCS
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from the Sonoran Desert!
Replies: 10
Views: 165

Re: Greetings from the Sonoran Desert!

Welcome.
Sounds like your gonna do well.
by LWTCS
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Modular steam generator
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Re: Modular steam generator

Better pic here.
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by LWTCS
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Modular steam generator
Replies: 29
Views: 1435

Re: Modular steam generator

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Using this guy here on mine
by LWTCS
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Making a Faux Dark Rum from Neutral Spirits
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Making a Faux Dark Rum from Neutral Spirits

Give it a shot and see what you think.

So are you or are you not distilling anything?
If so, I really don't understand why you just dont make rum?
by LWTCS
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Making a Faux Dark Rum from Neutral Spirits
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Making a Faux Dark Rum from Neutral Spirits

Best Cuban platino ever is a molasses based vodka lol. Not kidding though. Molasses is bullfrog tough. If you can find some "neutral" that has a molasses base it'll get you so much closer. Theys a few out there that come to mind that are distilled in Florida. Shame really. Molasses is just not a goo...
by LWTCS
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Vapor Temperature
Replies: 71
Views: 1493

Re: Pot Still Vapor Temperature

Extreme? Not extreme at all. Fact is , more or less daily fodder (more recently). It's why we're here no? To talk about all things distilling. You wanted us to be part of your education and journey or you wouldn't have posted, no? It just sounds like you weren't expecting to be called out by the sel...
by LWTCS
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Vapor Temperature
Replies: 71
Views: 1493

Re: Pot Still Vapor Temperature

Sorry Bama. Jed is not being cryptic on purpose.
He is leaving you an opening for you to explain that you understand how distilling actually works beyond the simplicity of evaporation.
by LWTCS
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Vapor Temperature
Replies: 71
Views: 1493

Re: Pot Still Vapor Temperature

Bama, explain the circumstances that an operator would choose to increase the input during a run.
by LWTCS
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Vapor Temperature
Replies: 71
Views: 1493

Re: Pot Still Vapor Temperature

That depends on where your temp probe is. If it’s installed at a location to sense the temp of the liquid in the pot you can absolutely control the temp of that liquid at any set point, boiling or otherwise. Not of you want it to boil, as it will only boil at one temperature until you start taking ...
by LWTCS
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Barley?
Replies: 10
Views: 344

Re: Barley?

ShineonCrazyDiamond wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:26 am
In my experience the grainy earthy barley flavor on day 1 is what becomes the sweet flavor after 6 months. What you need is time, and a little patience. If you want a white drink today, make vodka or stick to the original UJ.
+1
by LWTCS
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: SD 240V Controller Pot: 50%=0, too sensitive
Replies: 30
Views: 1106

Re: SD 240V Controller Pot: 50%=0, too sensitive

The POT is literally $2.75
Less than precise? Perhaps with out an amp meter to provide a window to understand the adjustment.
More precise than a typical propane regulator? Er,,,,yep.
by LWTCS
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Easy Large Batch Mashing
Replies: 215
Views: 36895

Re: Easy Large Batch Mashing

bilgriss wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:06 am
RD - Respect.

I think we should take a poll on how many members' significant other would let them wrap up a 50 gallon ferment in their living room.

Haha first thing I thought of.
Never happened here where I dwell.
by LWTCS
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Hurricanes
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Hurricanes

Man I hate hurricane season.
by LWTCS
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Vapor Temperature
Replies: 71
Views: 1493

Re: Pot Still Vapor Temperature

100% what the guys have already mentioned. If you must, pic a bench mark temp (because you seem data driven?) And work toward either direction to help dail in your point of view. Truthfully, it just sounds like you need (dozens?) more runs under your belt. Just pretend you are blind (or in the cover...
by LWTCS
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: NewBee with a dream
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: NewBee with a dream

Nice intro.
Best hobby ever.
by LWTCS
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 8006

Re: 6" column build

I could see where a PID controller would be useful for controlling the HTF temp in a Baine Marie. Yes sir. IMO, it's the only scenario where a PID makes any sense for power management. That all makes a lot of sense to me. I've seen at least one commercial still that was jacketed with oil though, do...
by LWTCS
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 6" column build
Replies: 101
Views: 8006

Re: 6" column build

2x 5500w of power is an aw-inspiring sight in the garage! The elements are directly in the jacket? I'm curious exactly how the jacket works i.e. is the jacket completely filled with water or oil, jacket volume, heat up times, etc. Just curious is all. Completely filled with water would be the worst...
by LWTCS
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Minimum ABV to distil with botanicals in the boiler?
Replies: 25
Views: 679

Re: Minimum ABV to distil with botanicals in the boiler?

This here is what I was talking to you about Bushy, fyi.
Bout a .5 mm hole maybe 1mm OC.

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by LWTCS
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Minimum ABV to distil with botanicals in the boiler?
Replies: 25
Views: 679

Re: Minimum ABV to distil with botanicals in the boiler?

Some operators do like the higher abv vapor passing across their botanicals. It depends on your ratios. Understand that the high abv can drag over some green, acrid qualities. Again it depends quantity / quality of botanicals and techniques ( vapor infused, maceration, or both). I personally would p...
by LWTCS
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vodka help
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: Vodka help

Can confirm that at least 5% oats in the grain bill is delightful.
by LWTCS
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Earliest output from a column - what is it?
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: Earliest output from a column - what is it?

still_stirrin wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:39 am
The first smell I get off my reflux head is acetyaldehyde. It has that “green apple” smell. It is highly volatile and will usually boil off even as your boiler is coming up to a simmer.
Yep. even before the lyne arm (or the like) gets hot.
by LWTCS
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Ashy smell to my UJSSM Gen 4 wash
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Ashy smell to my UJSSM Gen 4 wash

Wondering if the "ash" note is actually sulfur....
by LWTCS
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Earliest output from a column - what is it?
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: Earliest output from a column - what is it?

Without being technical,,,straight up fores.
by LWTCS
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: My 3 year old
Replies: 24
Views: 708

Re: My 3 year old

Color looks spectacular.