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by rangitang
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: favorite mixed drink
Replies: 227
Views: 73065

Re: favorite mixed drink

Absinthe + sparkling mead = ... I don't have a name for it. How about Valhalla in the Afternoon? Do you brew a sparkling mead? I have yet to do this and I have wanted to for some time. I believe that sparkling dry mead was the precursor of Champagne until cheaper grapes became available. My favouri...
by rangitang
Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 35
Views: 20600

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Clarifying the mollasses makes a big difference shortening fermentation time and resulting in a more complete fermentation since a lot of the unfermentables will be left in the sludge. I have been getting better fermentation since adding a cup of unpasteurised Apple cider vinegar to 8 gallons of rum...
by rangitang
Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 518
Views: 177113

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Clarifying the mollasses makes a big difference shortening fermentation time and resulting in a more complete fermentation since a lot of the unfermentables will be left in the sludge. I have been getting better fermentation since adding a cup of unpasteurised Apple cider vinegar to 8 gallons of rum...
by rangitang
Mon May 25, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: how long to distill for?
Replies: 10
Views: 686

Re: how long to distill for?

hey, new to distilling here and need some help. i have a milk can pot still, with a rounded top on it(SS bowl), with a 3/4 " column that extends 6" above top of bowl on top of pot. i fill pot to 3/4 full, and boil. the column is at 90* and my thermo is just outside my condensor, measuring the temp ...
by rangitang
Mon May 25, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: 1500W hotplate or Propane
Replies: 21
Views: 3517

Re:

I think as long as your column can keep up, the more heat you put in the faster you go. The only problem I've heard of with the PSII is that the condenser is a little small. I'm assuming the high capacity column is high capacity because it has a larger condenser and column. So I think you'd only ge...
by rangitang
Mon May 25, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: How exactly does this work?
Replies: 7
Views: 1488

Re: How exactly does this work?

Hi Vi-Blue Thanks for the breakdown on making cuts. As a noobee I am coming to terms with this and I was interested especially when you say the heads are giving out when flavour and BURN changes. Do the heads burn with a yellow tip that dissappears in the hearts? I am distilling in a thirty litre st...
by rangitang
Mon May 25, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Question and new still pics...
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Question and new still pics...

Hi Ismassive yes the still is very sweet. You might want to put a piece of half inch iron plate under the kettle on top of the burner for better heating without torturing the kettle. Some clean copper scraps in the kettle makes for a better boil also as it breaks earlier and more evenly. Happy disti...
by rangitang
Mon May 25, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Not another "new distiller"
Replies: 39
Views: 6802

Re: Not another "new distiller"

Great posting Damian. Would that be a "making a living still"?
by rangitang
Mon May 25, 2009 5:12 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 206468

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

I havecaught myself in another mistake that while not a dangerous mistake it is a sin of ommision and should be noted. Making notes as you go for reference. The parent site stresses the importance of this. In my enthusiasm to get going I neglected this detail and am now realizing how easy it is to f...
by rangitang
Thu May 14, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5341
Views: 362090

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I am running a ten gallons of mollasses and brown sugar this evening. The wash started at 1.07 and finished at .002 and I now have some dunder to go with and I have started with collecting the rum oils according to Pugi. As a rank novice I am having difficulty keeping the still head temp at 78-82C. ...
by rangitang
Wed May 13, 2009 6:40 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 206468

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

Yes Rad apart from my pride suffering and the realisation again that a person can get old and still do dumb s%$t no real damage was done and looking back it could certainly have been a lot worse. I have however taken a second look at safety and made some changes towards improving things. My wife, th...
by rangitang
Fri May 08, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Cellar,Sheds,Basements,Garage??
Replies: 64
Views: 5417

Re: Cellar,Sheds,Basements,Garage??

I set up my stock pot and doubler with coil in my closed in carport. There is a good airflow happenning and at night there is no sign from outside as to my activity. I am at the end of a 200ft drive and I have Jocko the wonder dog old but still impressive at 125 pounds of shaggy St Bernard Lab cross...
by rangitang
Thu May 07, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 518
Views: 177113

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Thanks VB, I shall go on that and carry on. Last night I put together a yeast bomb according to Pugirum's schedule with DAP in place of 20-0-0 and I am looking forward to working with his method. I am very new to the game but so far results have been very encouraging on the rum. I want to make rum i...
by rangitang
Tue May 05, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 206468

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

How dumb can you get. Last tuesday I was running a rum wash thru' and I had used some bee smoker sacking on top of the boiler to shorten the heat up time. All went well and I slowed the propane when I came on temp and ran thru the afternoon but I had to stop when a) I had dropped to 60 ABV and b) wh...
by rangitang
Tue May 05, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: my first rum run
Replies: 0
Views: 407

my first rum run

i have now made a grand total of three sugar wash and six rum wash runs. The first sugar wash run was OK but things improved when I upgraded my 3/8 inch grommet still patterned after that brilliant piece of simplicity Walters or the Samohonka paint can stills on the parent site. I have thirty litre ...
by rangitang
Tue May 05, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 518
Views: 177113

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

One simple question to-day. I have collected some gallons of dunder and thumper juice. How much dunder can be used in the next wash? Can dunder be used in stead of water entirely? Can dunder be used for the yeast bomb? I have done four runs in my stock pot still with very encouraging results however...
by rangitang
Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:51 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"
Replies: 518
Views: 177113

Re: Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum"

Yeast would probably be happiest with B Complex because they like B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6, B9 (Folate), Vitamin B12... That's pretty much B Complex... I think all of the above will be found in bee pollen. I know this came up in another post but ...
by rangitang
Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: yeast
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: yeast

As i mentioned recently, I had a mollasses ferment that had stopped working. I put a battery blanket under the two carboys , wrapped them with a blanket and saw bubbles within twelve hours. How is your temperature? Rum on
by rangitang
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:51 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: my first ever rum
Replies: 6
Views: 727

Re: my first ever rum

Rum mashes are working fine my basement temperature where I am fermenting was a too low for fermenting the mollasses tho' not for brewing beer. I am using Coopers yeast on the last two 20L batches and I must say it starts faster than the bakers yeast I had been using. I will wait several days after ...
by rangitang
Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: my first ever rum
Replies: 6
Views: 727

Re: my first ever rum

I will try ale yeast but so far I am maybe needing a Canadian brand name otherwise would a usual Coopers yeast be an equivalent? So far the initial fermentation of the Mollasses was very quick. I will mind the unfermentables in Mollasses and expect to end a little higher than.000. I have lots of tim...
by rangitang
Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: my first ever rum
Replies: 6
Views: 727

Re: my first ever rum

The mash has been on for six days now. I have put the two 23L carboys on an electric warm pad and wrapped them in warm wrap. the gravity has gone down to .010 and so I think things are going OK.. I am ever thankful for this resource and I am new to distilling and foruming. My heartfelt apologies for...
by rangitang
Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: pollen would do as a nutrient
Replies: 16
Views: 2014

Re: Wild yeasts

I wonder how bee pollen would do as a nutrient as well as a source of wild yeasts. I've used it in meads with good results. However once I used I bunch that I'd collected from our hives that also had lots of propolis mixed in, and it seemed to inhibit fermentation. Propolis kills bacteria, virus an...
by rangitang
Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: pollen would do as a nutrient
Replies: 16
Views: 2014

Re: pollen would do as a nutrient

If you want to save them from certain death put them in any box and feed 50/50 sugar syrup until you can evaluate them, are they queenright etc. Feed syrup out of jar inverted with holes punched in the tin lid.
by rangitang
Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: my first ever rum
Replies: 6
Views: 727

my first ever rum

I put my first ever rum wash together being mollasses with 20% sugar. It started at 1.070 and fermented with real energy as i have not seen in a beer ferment. I used nutrient and a Lalvin wine yeast. At 1.020 the ferment went to hardli a bubble and slowed to fermenting out two points in 24 hours. I ...
by rangitang
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Do you think this will work
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Do you think this will work

I am also interested in the spiral still from 'Alcohol library Sweden'. I think the air cooling is only possible with the ultra low slow cook from the 300W heater. He says it can take eight hours to equalise column. But I am new to this fascinating craft also.
by rangitang
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Still Design
Replies: 14
Views: 1305

Re: Still Design

As a rank amateur leaning on this great site bigly i want tknow what kind of pressure is normal for pot still boiler. I am using a 20L stock pot with a10L thumper. Spring clips and flour dough are doing the job but I still would like to see a pressure gauge on the kettle. I have done four run so far...