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by Bob Loblaw
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Scorched wash :( what a waste
Replies: 21
Views: 2567

Re: Scorched wash :( what a waste

Big scorch. I pulled off the fill port cap and there was scorched material on the surface. I had to chip the crap off the element. I can't figure it out because on the first run I wasn't as careful about the trub, and it didn't scorch but this one did.
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Scorched wash :( what a waste
Replies: 21
Views: 2567

Re: Scorched wash :( what a waste

I am finding out that Rye washes seem to be my achilles heel for scorching. I made up a batch of 51% rye/35% corn/rest Barley. Took it off the grain and let it sit for a day. Carefully siphoned off just above the trub. That batch started smoking out the boiler before I even got the still head on. Ru...
by Bob Loblaw
Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg boiler?
Replies: 33
Views: 4714

Re: Keg boiler?

mendozer wrote:what are those parts called? the stainless flange things.

Spuds? Ferrules? etc
Sanitary ferrule. Get em on Amazon or eBay
by Bob Loblaw
Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg boiler?
Replies: 33
Views: 4714

Re: Keg boiler?

Why cant the 4" fill port double as the mount for the column? And actually that can be the drain flipped upside down. Or do you find u need more holes? The whole idea is to not have to completely disassemble your still to empty and fill when doing multiple runs. My still stays setup all the time. W...
by Bob Loblaw
Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg boiler?
Replies: 33
Views: 4714

Re: Keg boiler?

Ok so the bittom side port is for your element. Whats the smaller one at the top? And whats a general consensus for top port size? Small (2") port at the top is for a sight glass. Not terribly useful except to check foaming, it turns out. But I may change it out and add a thermometer in a metal cap...
by Bob Loblaw
Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg boiler?
Replies: 33
Views: 4714

Re: Keg boiler?

If you are going to go to the trouble to modify the keg with a larger cleanout port, then I suggest flipping it over and using the existing sankey fitting as a drain on the bottom. Add a 4" fillport + your desired size of column fitting on the top. Electric on the side. The flip is a great approach ...
by Bob Loblaw
Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to crack whole corn for cheap?
Replies: 43
Views: 4607

Re: How to crack whole corn for cheap?

Fifty pounds of cracked corn will set you back about $10. So unless you got 150 pounds or so of free whole corn, you're better off heading to the feed store than you are heading to walmart (where you can get a grain mill for $25).
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Rye Whisky Plan of Action
Replies: 12
Views: 1072

Re: Rye Whisky Plan of Action

Good call Braz. I'm not looking to sell this stuff. :) It's just for my own enjoyment so why not add a little rye! Thanks for the suggestion! I'm a big rye fan as well. Only caveat I'd put on that is that rye costs about 5x what corn does. At least malted rye vs. feed corn. I can get a 50 lb bag of...
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bad? smells, infections etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 3960

Re: Bad? smells, infections etc.

My last run was my first AG. It was a 51% rye blend. I was supposed to run it a week after mashing - but you know, things came up. Didn't get back to for about 3 weeks. I didn't know what was going to greet me when I finally got back to it and I figured I may just have to toss it. But I guess I got ...
by Bob Loblaw
Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Lemon grass
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

Re: Lemon grass

I've made a clove/lemongrass infused vodka before. Also had lemongrass infused Lao Lao when I was in Laos a couple years back. Good for infusions, although it can be a bit perfumy imho. I prefer a lemon zest.
by Bob Loblaw
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: 6" or 4" Keg Top Ferrule
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: 6" or 4" Keg Top Ferrule

6" is 50% bigger, and 2x the price of 4". And you need a ferrule, a clamp, and a reducer. Not even considering the cost of a drill bit... OR the drill you need to make that sucker turn. If you really want a 6" opening on a keg boiler, I'd add a separate 6" fill/cleanout port. But for a column attach...
by Bob Loblaw
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Possible Boiler?
Replies: 17
Views: 2028

Re: Possible Boiler?

However there are studies suggesting some butane sources will leave behind a slew of heavy metals after evaporation. I'd seriously reconsider using it. That is unless you plan on addressing the possible heavy metals issue. That's kind of a turd to drop in the punchbowl without so much as a link. Ma...
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Frozen mash?
Replies: 9
Views: 784

Re: Frozen mash?

Freezing/cold doesn't kill yeast. Only heat and/or too much alcohol. Plenty of folks out there with sourdough starter in their freezer saved for the future. Thaw it out and it will restart.
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Festivus
Replies: 20
Views: 851

Re: Happy Festivus

Now it is time for the feats of strength!
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: One step closer but so far away
Replies: 88
Views: 4675

Re: One step closer but so far away

I'm surprised no one has asked... why are you going with 3/4" for a worm? For a keg boiler, 1/2" should be fine. Saves a whole lot of $. But I agree with T-Pee, a Liebig is a smarter choice.
by Bob Loblaw
Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Push fit connectors
Replies: 16
Views: 4950

Re: Push fit connectors

Good info. I think a lot of the questions I've seen are about use of push-fit connectors for cooling. They're fine for that use.
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 1-1/2 triclamp keg connection
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: 1-1/2 triclamp keg connection

You'll need a bell 1 1/2 x 2" bell reducer and a short length of 2" pipe to attach the ferrule to. The bell reducer will be too large in diameter for the ferrule. I don't think you could solder the ferrule directly to the bell reducer, as the potential for leaks would be pretty high. Maybe you could...
by Bob Loblaw
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New 4" flute build
Replies: 13
Views: 2736

Re: New 4" flute build

Actually, I kind of had to push the project to the side while focused on my day job. I built up most oIf my dephlag - which I have to say was a pretty daunting exercise in soldering. I'm still not sure it's leakproof at present... In the middle of that I had to get a new drill press and I still have...
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Simple 7 gallon copper pot still from ebay, thoughts?
Replies: 39
Views: 2168

Re: Simple 7 gallon copper pot still from ebay, thoughts?

You're in college? You should be able to find a beer keg pretty easily. Lest we forget, we don't condone illegally procured beer kegs... If you want a keg, legally purchase one... Stealing one from a party or from a beer distributor/manufacturer isn't what we consider legal procurement... Just sayi...
by Bob Loblaw
Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Simple 7 gallon copper pot still from ebay, thoughts?
Replies: 39
Views: 2168

Re: Simple 7 gallon copper pot still from ebay, thoughts?

You're in college? You should be able to find a beer keg pretty easily. Remove the spear and use it for your boiler. You can even put it back together and return it when you're done. Order a stainless Sanitary Ferrule and clamp off of Amazon, and the copper fittings from Zoro tools. Nice thing about...
by Bob Loblaw
Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Problem with my reflux still...choking? back pressure?
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: Problem with my reflux still...choking? back pressure?

I'm confused. You said you were running 60% feints and low wines from sugar washes. But there were corn pieces in your backset? I'm assuming some details were omitted here. Might be important ones. One thing I'd suggest, if you're running on grain, don't try to reflux it. Strip it and then reflux it.
by Bob Loblaw
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Simple 7 gallon copper pot still from ebay, thoughts?
Replies: 39
Views: 2168

Re: Simple 7 gallon copper pot still from ebay, thoughts?

I'd buy something off Craigslist before I'd buy off ebay. Not sure where you are, but do a search. There generally seem to be builders offering keg boilers/copper pot still heads w/liebigs. At least in my area. Going rate is about $250 for something like this - http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/for/...
by Bob Loblaw
Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Mile Hi keg connector kit?
Replies: 10
Views: 1103

Re: Mile Hi keg connector kit?

you can find SS ferrules and clamps for less than $15 on Amazon. Quality is just fine. You'll also need solder/flux for joining SS to copper. Check out Harris Staybrite. And you want M-type copper for the best fit on that ferrule. L-type is too tight, DWV is too loose.
by Bob Loblaw
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: highest alcohol from a pot
Replies: 20
Views: 4354

Re: highest alcohol from a pot

Sounds like he was commenting on a single pint jar, not the overall run... I get jars higher than 145 proof when pot stilling, but the overall blended proof is much lower before diluting to drinking proof... This was my interpretation too. I usually get higher proof stuff a the start of the run, dr...
by Bob Loblaw
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: highest alcohol from a pot
Replies: 20
Views: 4354

Re: highest alcohol from a pot

ABV out of a normally run pot still is locked to the ABV of the wash or low wines put in. You will get what you get. Running fast can lower the ABV but there ain't nuthin makin it higher than it can be For you to get 145 proof you'd have to be fermenting a pretty high ABV wash/mash. 20% plus. Anyth...
by Bob Loblaw
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Scandinavia
Replies: 21
Views: 807

Re: Greetings from Scandinavia

Welcome SJ!

Just tell 'em you're a grower not a shower.
by Bob Loblaw
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Water Pumps for reusing cooling water
Replies: 10
Views: 2210

Re: Water Pumps for reusing cooling water

Two words: harbor freight

get one with at least 10 feet of head lift, if you are going to do a reflux still. Pond pump is easiest, you don't need a 12V converter
by Bob Loblaw
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: bent keg chimb repair?
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: bent keg chimb repair?

I did the keg flip trick, cut off the skirt. Love the result. The 2" drain rocks. So nice not to have to tip & glug
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by Bob Loblaw
Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: 2" ferrules and clamps
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: 2" ferrules and clamps

Tough to say how well it will fit - I have found that some fit a sanke fitting well, while others bind a bit. The thinner/cheaper ones seem to work better on the keg. The pictures make that one look pretty thin, but you never know what will arrive in that box. At least it's coming from the US, not c...
by Bob Loblaw
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sour Corn Starter
Replies: 28
Views: 21461

Re: Sour Corn Starter

Brendan - good info. I read this along with your other post on Bourbon. Question for you - do you think a sourdough culture could be used as a starter for the sour mash? The starting methodology here seems like the hit or miss type of approach one can take to get a mother culture going for bread bak...