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by cranky
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor escaping from liebig output
Replies: 21
Views: 342

Re: Vapor escaping from liebig output

Do you know what the temperature and humidity were inside the room you were running it in?

I run into that frequently, mostly when the temp is cool and humidity is high.
by cranky
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: BIRTHDAY WISHES
Replies: 1190
Views: 62778

Re: BIRTHDAY WISHES

Happy Birthday Tater
by cranky
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Blueberry/Sugar Wash
Replies: 19
Views: 432

Re: Blueberry/Sugar Wash

Blueberry Man wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:50 pm
Unfortunately, it looks as if I started my distilling career the same way. I'll screw up a few batches until I figure it out.
That's all part of the learning process, we not only need to learn what we are doing we also need to learn what we like. I have a feeling you'll get there very quickly.
by cranky
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Blueberry Farmer that's new to the group
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Blueberry Farmer that's new to the group

Welcome Blueberry Man :wave:

I'm always happy to see new people interested in fruit :D
by cranky
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Blueberry/Sugar Wash
Replies: 19
Views: 432

Re: Blueberry/Sugar Wash

Blueberry Man wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:39 pm
straight juice and zero sugar. The wine that I've been making the past few years is very good. I learned that it tastes better between 8-12%. I only use juice for my wine. No water is added and I use Lavlin EC-118.
That is the perfect recipe for brandy too.
by cranky
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Blueberry/Sugar Wash
Replies: 19
Views: 432

Re: Blueberry/Sugar Wash

Mr P. he didn't boil he simply pasteurized to 160 which is much different than boiling. While yes it could alter flavor some it won't alter it as much as boiling. Personally I would go for a gentle pasteurization before the compden myself. I've never been a fan of the stuff. Blueberry Man I'm trying...
by cranky
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Glass carboy and Lalvin EC-1118
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Glass carboy and Lalvin EC-1118

Can you tell me more about what that means "you don't ferment on the grain" Since it's been a couple days and nobody has answered this I figured I would. A lot of the whiskey makers will leave the grain in their mash during the fermentation which is "fermenting on the grain" just before running the...
by cranky
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Glass carboy and Lalvin EC-1118
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Glass carboy and Lalvin EC-1118

I personally don't care for bakers yeast. My sugar washes are based on the All-Bran recipe and my go to yeast is 1118. If I use bakers yeast my wife complains that she can taste the yeast even though I can't. One important thing with yeasts is they need to be kept at the temperature they like, baker...
by cranky
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Mr P's Hot Cinnamon Schnapps (fire piss).
Replies: 171
Views: 38589

Re: Mr P's Hot Cinnamon Schnapps (fire piss).

Funny thing, In November I was getting Christmas decorations down from the attic and came across these. cinnamon #2 - C.jpg My wife and I have been enjoying it while I was off on Christmas vacation. They are 5 years old. The light colored one is cut and sugared. The darker one is the original bottle...
by cranky
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 90
Views: 21129

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

Even the common as dirt Golden Delicious varies from place to place, the ones at my place aren't quite the same as the ones at my friends and so on. It's funny how that happens. I know that apples from west of the Cascade mountains are actually sought after for their flavor, particularly Golden Del...
by cranky
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 90
Views: 21129

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

Am I misinterpreting things regarding acidity? It will affect the starting Ph which can be adjusted but isn’t the strongest flavors in higher acidic apples?? Hence baking apples being tart but minimal sugar which is compensated by adding sugar through baking. I don't think that's necessarily true. ...
by cranky
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 90
Views: 21129

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

I agree with Chris, I feel concentrate is a good way to add sugar and flavor but it might also make it more acidic.
by cranky
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Slow or Fast Ferment Question
Replies: 19
Views: 605

Re: Slow or Fast Ferment Question

We obviously have different definitions of "slow" and "fast" To me anything less than a month is considered fast. I wouldn't consider 4 days a difference, nor would I ever under any circumstances consider anything finished in only 3 even if it has slowed and is reading as if it were finished. Crank...
by cranky
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Slow or Fast Ferment Question
Replies: 19
Views: 605

Re: Slow or Fast Ferment Question

Experiment I've done bread yeast and sugar wash, indicate that there is not much of a different in finished product, vera a 3 day or 7 days.. what I did notice was that once finished the 3 day cleared much faster than the 7 day ones.. We obviously have different definitions of "slow" and "fast" :th...
by cranky
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apple the easier way ??
Replies: 96
Views: 12598

Re: Apple the easier way ??

I’m trying to decide if I need to heat store bought cider or just pitch the yeast in once the brix is right. Why would you heat it? and what do you mean by "once the brix is right."? I don't like to make assumptions but if you are in the US the only way to buy unpasteurized cider is at the source, ...
by cranky
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Slow or Fast Ferment Question
Replies: 19
Views: 605

Re: Slow or Fast Ferment Question

My personal preference is for cold and slow, I feel it gives me better results but I mostly do fruit and I've read that a fast ferment can "blow a lot of flavor out the airlock". I also generally let mine sit for what some would considerable time after fermenting because in my experience something m...
by cranky
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3613
Views: 376982

Re: Jokes

ornament - C.JPG
by cranky
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

It’s easy to get the pickers caught in the branches. We pruned the lower orchard several years ago and really increased the yield. The upper orchard needs it and I am hoping to work on it this year. Cranky I know you get a lot of free fruit from neighbors have you ever offered to help prune? I have...
by cranky
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

It sounds like you need to invent an apple picking pole. I have made one for a large soft fruit that has a bag to catch the fruit, but for apples a long sock to the picking bag would be ideal if you can find some suitable material. I have a couple different kinds of picking poles and they work well...
by cranky
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

The other day I got a call from the people who own the black apple tree. They said they were wondering where I'd been and said "Pick all you want". I love hearing those words :ebiggrin: So Yesterday I found some time to go over there and pick. I got about 12 buckets of apples APPLES 2- MPV 2- #14a.j...
by cranky
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Found some grain I forgot about
Replies: 5
Views: 321

Re: Found some grain I forgot about

Now that's a thought but Wa is looking like it's quickly moving back to locking down. I do have plenty of flour put back so may just go ahead and use the wheat for whiskey...if I ever find it :roll: Yesterday I found another bag of malt, probably around 8 lbs, I know this is older than the first one...
by cranky
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Well my wife kindly pointed out that I have too much on my plate to mess with a truck load of pumpkins. The house still needs some finishing up, the kitchen needs painted, the siding I started 2 months ago needs the last 6 pieces put up, some doors need changed, the shed needs finished...yada, yada,...
by cranky
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

The other day my wife and I got around to cooking the dwarf Japanese Quince. It took a crap load of sugar to balance out the sourness, at one point it tasted very much like lemon drop candy. There is a ton of pectin in these things too so it made jelly pretty easily. It's not bad jelly but has very ...
by cranky
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Found some grain I forgot about
Replies: 5
Views: 321

Found some grain I forgot about

This evening while making my annual attempt to clean at my garage deep in the east tunnel I found a box with what must be at least 15 lbs of malt and at least 10 lbs of what I suspect is corn but may be wheat, (I need better light to be sure) all ground up and ready to make into whiskey. Every so of...
by cranky
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 702

Re: Crappy first reflux run

What is the temperature and humidity of the room you are distilling in? From your name I'm taking a wild guess that you are in Idaho. I haven't been watching Idaho weather but this time of year around here the temperature is dropping and the humidity is increasing and many people around here this ti...
by cranky
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Ok I am very jealous of you PNW folks. I never find fruit trees here WWWV (WIld Wonderful West Virginia), that just sit there and I can get fruit from. That's one of the things I like most about living here. Pretty much you can have as much free fruit as you have time to deal with, the real problem...
by cranky
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 114715

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

I love finding new and interesting fruit :D Today while driving down the road I spotted these little jewels DWARF QUINCE 05 NOV 20 #1A - C.jpg At a glance I thought they were persimmons but pulling over and closely inspecting them I discovered they were tiny little quince DWARF QUINCE 05 NOV 20 #1B ...
by cranky
Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: My old cat made a double decade
Replies: 26
Views: 639

Re: My old cat made a double decade

That was a good story cuginosgrizzo :lol: Funny how the males tend to be more affectionate. I think one of the best but short stories about Mouse was the day an imposter showed up in the yard. Stranger was a big cat, Siberians are, but not as big as Main Coons of course but he was pushing 20lbs and ...
by cranky
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: My old cat made a double decade
Replies: 26
Views: 639

Re: My old cat made a double decade

I had a similar cat but with one blue and one green eye. The solid white ones often have one eye of each color. Often the blue eyed ones are deaf and the mixed eye ones are deaf on the side with the blue eye. Mouse never had good hearing but fortunately wasn't deaf but as near as we can tell he is ...
by cranky
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: My old cat made a double decade
Replies: 26
Views: 639

Re: My old cat made a double decade

Those are great stories :thumbup: You guys are making me get all nostalgic and it's probably a good think I don't have time this morning to type a lot because I have 20 years of memories and stories about Mouse and another 10 for Stranger but don't want to bore you guys. I do love reading your stori...