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by Prospekt
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Ardbeg Production Process
Replies: 8
Views: 1541

Re: Ardbeg Production Process

I can't believe that they consider 55 hours to be a long ferment. I mean, I understand why they do it. But that's gotta be some yeasty, partly sugary wash they're running.
by Prospekt
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Leaky Still
Replies: 14
Views: 1214

Re: Leaky Still

Its really surprising that you had such bad luck. I've never heard of a pot leaking from the pot wall itself before.
by Prospekt
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tri-Clover gaskets with built-in screens
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Tri-Clover gaskets with built-in screens

Just found these cool PTFE tri-clamp gaskets. I'm sure they're costly. http://www.rubberfab.com/products/sanitary-gaskets/screen-gaskets/screen-tc-gaskets This would make a great botanical basket, or even provide a method of holding your packing in place on a reflux column. If you had a 4-5" riser w...
by Prospekt
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: mash is too thick. suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: mash is too thick. suggestions

Well, how did it turn out?
by Prospekt
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: pid controller
Replies: 49
Views: 4071

Re: pid controller

Take a look at the features this http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=559 PID has. (DSPR220) Walking away from the still would terrify me, but this one might give you some of the features you're looking for in a tidy package. Auto shut-down after the still head temp r...
by Prospekt
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Biology experiment for my kid.
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Biology experiment for my kid.

Assuming the gas trapped in initially was CO2 - whatever metabolic process is happening there is re-absorbing the CO2. I wonder if it's a bacterial take-over.
by Prospekt
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Racking-clearing before stripping TPW necessary or overkill?
Replies: 34
Views: 4832

Re: Racking-clearing before stripping TPW necessary or overk

I started letting the wash clear (rack and clear for 1 week) this summer and I'll never look back. Burnt non-fermentables, barley husks, and suspended yeasts carry a lot of flavour into your distillate if you're direct firing. I find that it's un-mistakably yeasty and bready - and not in a pleasant ...
by Prospekt
Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Cloudy Mix Superstition
Replies: 35
Views: 3134

Re: Cloudy Mix Superstition

Posts like this make me want to dip my toe into the reflux game... but then I remember the laundry list of other improvements I want to be working on as well. Not enough time in the day!
by Prospekt
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Cloudy Mix Superstition
Replies: 35
Views: 3134

Re: Cloudy Mix Superstition

I do not use maize because the oiliness is out of control. It's not so much a problem in the spirit as it is a problem shitting up my equipment, particularly my worm. This interests me greatly. I've got a fair bit of cloudy corn spirit which drives me mad. Is it the corn itself that is oily? Or is ...
by Prospekt
Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Process for multiple 5gal fermenters
Replies: 25
Views: 762

Re: Process for multiple 5gal fermenters

I prefer to do three 4 gallon ferments with the bucket setup. I find that with a good starter, any more than that in each pail will blow the lids right off. I use 6 gal buckets, by the way. This should give you enough cleared wash to charge your keg and leave headspace for foaming. This is the way I...
by Prospekt
Mon May 04, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: peat source?
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

Re: peat source?

Sorry to revive such an old thread. But...did this turn out?
by Prospekt
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: I vote to "out" copper from the homedistillation process!
Replies: 199
Views: 25793

Re: I vote to "out" copper from the homedistillation process

Starting to dive back into the forums as the spring starts to warm up. This thread popped up just as I was ramping down my browsing. Odin, thank you for bringing this to the table, as it really is something we all should be informed about. The truth is though, we're not getting anywhere with the dis...
by Prospekt
Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: odd fermentables, what are you planning.
Replies: 23
Views: 1643

Re: odd fermentables, what are you planning.

Alright so after a bit of research on acorns, my excitement is diminished a fair bit. It's been done before on these forums (I shouldn't be surprised) and the results weren't spectacular. Also, apparently there's a European spirit made of acorns. I may still try if there's a solid crop this spring t...
by Prospekt
Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: odd fermentables, what are you planning.
Replies: 23
Views: 1643

Re: odd fermentables, what are you planning.

I'm holding that the deer and squirrels let some acorns for me to pick up after they sprout. I'm holding mamma nature treats me rite. Jedneck you're a genius! Has anyone tried using germinated acorns can be used as a substitute for malt? I know that acorns are grain per se, but of course there woul...
by Prospekt
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD Book?
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: HD Book?

I've thought about making a personal binder of reference material from this site... it's hard sometimes to remember exactly where you read some piece of information here to pull it up. But in a way, it's kind of the beauty of HD. Every time you dig in, you uncover some unusual or interesting threads...
by Prospekt
Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Plastics, Bad Bad Bad
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Re: Plastics, Bad Bad Bad

I'm eagerly anticipating the new level of scrutiny on this data that will happen as a result of this news coverage. Now that the world is analyzing this information and these experiments, there's a good chance that there's a lot more questions than answers. Unfortunately, the news outlets won't be f...
by Prospekt
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Yellow tint to distallate
Replies: 17
Views: 2752

Re: Yellow tint to distallate

Occasionally I have a flaky, brown metallic substance which I believe is the patina on the inside of my copper. It tends to tint the distillate a coppery yellow colour, but is easily filtered out by a coffee filter. Just throwing out ideas.
by Prospekt
Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Condenser
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Condenser

+1 on the liebig. Put it on a 45 degree elbow with a straight union and you get a still that breaks down easy and has a height-adjustable output.
by Prospekt
Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: putting high % alcohol into pot still?
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: putting high % alcohol into pot still?

Welcome to the forums! Fellow Canuck here and about your age as well. If you take a look at the alcohol distillation temps/concentration chart and learn how to read it (I believe it's in the required reading section), it will clarify it for you. With 40% alcohol in your boiler, your initial product ...
by Prospekt
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: upgrade ideas, need input!
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: upgrade ideas, need input!

How's the seal with the lid/pot working out so far? I would not want to have to deal with 2 large interfaces like that to try and seal up. How about this: Make the hole in your pot lid slightly smaller than the outer diameter of your bowl. So then you can have your bowl come up through the bottom of...
by Prospekt
Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mop wringers for grains
Replies: 17
Views: 3744

Re: Mop wringers for grains

I feel your pain Brutal. I've sworn off fermenting on-grain entirely after a season of ripped cloths, sloppy funnels, messy floors, and sore, pruny hands. False bottom...here we come.
by Prospekt
Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lautering vs fermenting on the mash?
Replies: 33
Views: 5330

Re: Lautering vs fermenting on the mash?

What I don't like about fermenting on grain is that once you squeeze out the grains after your ferment, you're mixing up the trub, and you want to let settle out (another 24-48 hrs) before distilling. To me, this isn't ideal for 2 reasons: the first is that you've introduced potential contamination ...
by Prospekt
Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?
Replies: 21
Views: 3583

Re: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?

Wow, thanks for the feedback guys. I was away over the weekend and so I didn't get a chance to check on the thread. I think this is going to be a winter project for me. From what I gather, I might have success recirculating after the malt addition. What I might try is to build a raised false bottom ...
by Prospekt
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?
Replies: 21
Views: 3583

Re: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?

My experience with a false bottom is the grain bed getting stuck almost instantly. Haven't tried putting a fire under the mash tun with a false bottom in place. Shady, were you using a fine grist or cracked corn? I'm generally using feed corn which is pretty chunky, but I run it through the mill on...
by Prospekt
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?
Replies: 21
Views: 3583

Re: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?

I was thinking that I might need to recirculate with some kind of chugger pump. The problem though I think would be that the pump might not be able to handle the gravy-like consistency of the corn before the enzyme addition.
by Prospekt
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?
Replies: 21
Views: 3583

Corn mash + false bottom. Bad idea?

I'd like to convert one of my kegs into a brew kettle. Ideally with a false bottom/screen and a ball valve so I can cook, mash, and drain off the corn worts in the same vessel. And, yes, this means I'm moving away from fermenting on-grain. Has anyone tried using a standard perforated SS false bottom...
by Prospekt
Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: "Ocean" organic vodka
Replies: 19
Views: 2161

Re: "Ocean" organic vodka

I realize your post is just about the cane-sugar element, but I've gotta say...sounds like a bunch of marketing gimmicks to me. GMOs .... I always try not to get into an argument about this because the ignorance surrounding it drives me into a fury. However, I'm always happy to have an intellectual ...
by Prospekt
Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Letting the yeat settle in my wash?
Replies: 18
Views: 788

Re: Letting the yeat settle in my wash?

...And the big boys seem to ferment for less than 3 days...it seems to me that their washes would be real murky and yeasty.
by Prospekt
Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your favorite easy watching tv?
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: whats your favorite easy watching tv?

+1 on the Walking Dead.
by Prospekt
Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I've kept too many tails.
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: I've kept too many tails.

I know that it's very subjective, and In my own personal opinion, I think it tastes quite nice. But I went and picked up some commercial white dog wheat, and the flavour of that is coarse, but floral, licorice, juniper, pine flavoured. Not too sure how these flavours came from wheat. My wheat whisky...