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by Smokee
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fermenting in Brewzilla
Replies: 14
Views: 520

Re: Fermenting in Brewzilla

I have the 17 gallon (65L) BrewZilla but only cook my grains in it. I use the pump to sparge, which has made a nice increase in my SG over my old pot. I use the screens to separate out the grain and ferment off the grain in a 6 gallon bucket. I, personally, wouldn't ferment in a $700 pot.
by Smokee
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?

I agree with Still_Stirrin on the EC 1118. I'm a die-hard Fleischmann's user for my whiskey but use champagne yeast for my fruit ferments. I did a cherry brandy a few years ago and it turned out well on EC. My first try was with baker's and it was no bueno. I didn't like it, did a little research an...
by Smokee
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Wheat Foam

Give us an update on the results.. Mars Two nights ago I started another round of mash, this time for the whiskey I usually make. I decided to make this with a good bit more wheat than what I usually do. I tried 5 Star anti foam, this morning there was no foam/mess. I added 4 drops and there's no f...
by Smokee
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: Another dilution thread

Assuming that you are doing your calculations correctly and you temperature correct, there is no sugar involved and you are still 15% off, your alcometer is likely to be off by quite a bit. That has happened to me and trying to get the calculation right seemed impossible, but the problem was that t...
by Smokee
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: Another dilution thread

Smokee, Here’s a link for you that might help you with this question: https://www.thespruceeats.com/will-liquor-freeze-760302 But, be sure to note what temperature the article points out as the “set temperature” of a typical home freezer... Cheers. ss Thanks, S_S... from this info it looks like 32%...
by Smokee
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: Another dilution thread

Corsaire wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:37 pm

I've got a bottle of commercial limoncello in my freezer for about a week now. It's 25% abv. It's not frozen.
I believe that info was from a popular distilling youtube channel... good to know. Thank you! :thumbup:
by Smokee
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: Another dilution thread

The Baker wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:20 am

Must be a FAIRLY modern tradition.
They did not HAVE freezers in the good old days!

Geoff
Limocello's relatively new, early 20th century, so.....
by Smokee
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: Another dilution thread

Such a difference only matters if you're planning to sell your liquor. I would agree in most cases that I make liquor. Traditionally, Italians put Limoncello in the freezer and serve it cold, At 30% or less it'll freeze. Finding a balance of low alcohol and not freezing is where I'm at. I'd like to...
by Smokee
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Another dilution thread
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Another dilution thread

I'm hoping I'm putting this in the right place. Feel free to move it. After 7-8 years of making whiskey pretty much the same way I decided to try some new things. Being of Italian decent I decided to try making some Limoncello. My grandfather would slip me some at dinner when I was young and I reall...
by Smokee
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: What is the recommended temp for fleischmann's yeast
Replies: 14
Views: 3206

Re: What is the recommended temp for fleischmann's yeast

I found this thread while searching for feedback on temps using Fleischmann's, very interesting to read about how much higher temps ppl are using with this yeast. I'm a die-hard Fleischmann's user, been making whiskey for almost 7 years with it. Shortly after the Covid lock-down this yeast disappear...
by Smokee
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Wheat Foam

StillerBoy wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:21 am

Give us an update on the results..

Mars
Definitely will! I did the first strip last evening but it was my usual AG mash. The wheat strip will have to wait til Sunday, when we get back from the mountains.
by Smokee
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Wheat Foam

But the best way to reduce foaming overall is to use anti-foam, plus giving the ferment some head space.. on a 6 gal batch you need at least 4 - 5" space when using anti-foam.. this is the one I use, and works very well... the grains will cap but will not foam.. https://brewhaus.com/anti-foam-agent...
by Smokee
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Wheat Foam

If you would have boiled your wort in the kettle while brewing (before transfer to the fermenter), you could have skimmed much of the proteins off, as it creates a lot of foam as you reach the boil. Having brewed beer for nearly 30 years now, I’ve seen a lot of “hot break” foam and wheat is definit...
by Smokee
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Wheat Foam

Damn, I just realized I put this in the wrong place. Sorry about that!
by Smokee
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Wheat Foam

If you would have boiled your wort in the kettle while brewing (before transfer to the fermenter), you could have skimmed much of the proteins off, as it creates a lot of foam as you reach the boil. Having brewed beer for nearly 30 years now, I’ve seen a lot of “hot break” foam and wheat is definit...
by Smokee
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Wheat Foam
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Wheat Foam

I'm trying a new AG, pitched the first bucket last night. This morning when I check before going to work I found it pushed foam up through the airlock & up the latex hose into my "mash exhaust" pvc system then back down into two other airlocks I had going. I'm trying a wheat mash, about 65% wheat, f...
by Smokee
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Running a new 4-plate bubble column
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Running a new 4-plate bubble column

I recently bought a 4-plate bubble column from China. I make all-grain whiskey a couple times a month on my pot still and thought I'd start trying something new so, for $300, what the heck. I ran it last week, stripped 2-6 gallon buckets of my usual AG through the old pot still then ran it through t...
by Smokee
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion

I ended up getting the RoboBrew 17.1 gallon, it'll be here tomorrow. I would of went with the Anvil had they had them in stock, with the bigger RoboBrew I can do everything in one evening so that kind'a worked out. I mashed in 6 gallons last night and will do another tonight for 2-6 gallon buckets. ...
by Smokee
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Red/Blue quick connects
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Red/Blue quick connects

I need to fix the tubing to my dephleg and product condenser. I saw in a video I've recently watched these blue and red plastic quick-connects, pretty much like what I have on my air compressor but they're plastic. I'm using a small pond pump to circulate the cooling water, I'd love to make the conn...
by Smokee
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion

I run the robobrew 3 for beer. Have done many batches and am pretty satisfied with the performance. Cleanup is a snap and it saves space and time.Two things: heating the initial water is a bit slow at 1500 w, so i tend to use propane and a 10 gal pot to get started. And the addition of a sight glas...
by Smokee
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion

I appreciate the info, zed. I'm on Amazon reading the feedback, there's quite a few low ratings. I also checked Grainfather's and 25% of its feedback were 1 star. I don't base my purchase on that alone but I'm surprised how low both were. I'll do more reading tonight when my wife puts one of her Bra...
by Smokee
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion

Take a look at the anvil foundry. The pump is external. I like it Thanks, diesel! I looked this up and like it. The only thing I see that makes a difference to me is the programmable steps the Robobrew has, does the Anvil not have a programming option? Also, how do they handle the dual voltage? Dif...
by Smokee
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Brewzilla/Robobrew opinion

I usually make 2-12 gallon batches of all-grain mash a month, have been doing this for 6-7 years. I heat using a 10 gallon modified pot on propane then carry that into my nerd-cave to mash-in. It's kind of a bitch with hitting the right temps, carrying boiling-temp water, adding more heat if needed....
by Smokee
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decent Bottles?
Replies: 34
Views: 2160

Re: Decent Bottles?

8Ball wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:20 am

Might as well show off that wall of participation trophies too while you guys are at it ...
I can't speak for pickled but I was born before the pansy generations that got participation trophies. Sorry you feelings got hurt. :roll: :wave:
by Smokee
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decent Bottles?
Replies: 34
Views: 2160

Re: Decent Bottles?

pickled wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:41 pm
Thanks for the backhanded advice.
You're only a couple months into this forum, you'll soon develop the skills to be able to filter out the egos. :D If you wanna find a bottle to show off the product of your new hobby, nothing wrong with that... have at it. :thumbup:
by Smokee
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I blew up my element by boiling it dry :(
Replies: 10
Views: 831

Re: I blew up my element by boiling it dry :(

I bought a new still last year, 16 gallon with a 5500 watt 240V element and I was concerned about this as well. I learned to add the water first. I fill up the still on my spirit runs first and allow a bit over the element. Then I add the alcohol from the stripping run which puts me way over the ele...
by Smokee
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decent Bottles?
Replies: 34
Views: 2160

Re: Decent Bottles?

https://www.bottlestore.com/industry-container-catalog/food-and-beverage/wholesale-glass-liquor-spirits-bottles/glass-bottles-for-liquor-and-spirits.html https://www.thecarycompany.com/containers/glass/bottles/liquor?capacity=1397 https://packagingoptionsdirect.com/ https://www.specialtybottle.com/g...
by Smokee
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Malt mashing gravity and technique
Replies: 9
Views: 740

Re: Malt mashing gravity and technique

Last night I did part two, my second mash. Strike temp was 160* this time and I used 14lbs instead of 12lbs I used in the first. I left the pot alone over the night & checked gravity this morning, 1.050 @ 130*. This is pretty much what I get with my usual corn/wheat mash. I'll get home this afternoo...
by Smokee
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Malt mashing gravity and technique
Replies: 9
Views: 740

Re: Malt mashing gravity and technique

dieselduo wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:26 am
I usually get the strike water to 162 and mash at 151 on single malts
How much water are you using? Reason I ask is that I don't think my 12 lbs grain will drop the 5 gallons of water that much. It dropped from 149* to 144*.

I'm going to use more heat tonight, thanks for the suggestion!
by Smokee
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Malt mashing gravity and technique
Replies: 9
Views: 740

Re: Malt mashing gravity and technique

8Ball wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:03 am
... Let it naturally cool down to pitch temp overnight on the grain...
I always do this with my mash but didn't last night, not sure why (It might of been the cocktails). I'll def do this tonight, thanks! :thumbup: