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by stillman
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" column
Replies: 29
Views: 8322

Re: 4" column

Thanks for the suggestions. I cut the heat back. Put a 3/8" spacer down the center of the liebig and increased the water flow. I'm getting almost a gallon jar per hour. I kinda did this run to work out what the heck I have been doing wrong. The still is a work in progress. The next project will be t...
by stillman
Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" column
Replies: 29
Views: 8322

Re: 4" column

Thanks for the suggestions. Tube running through the condensor is 7/8" Inside Dia. I'm going to try putting a 3/8"Dia spacer down the center to try and get the vapors up against the walls. For me the heat should be OK with all that cooling happening. The initial idea of the still was to do the runs ...
by stillman
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" column
Replies: 29
Views: 8322

Re: 4" column

Usually about 4 or 5 hours. I think I need a better heat source. The stovetop is convenient in the current situation It seams as if it should be a lot faster with the column and condenser the size that they are. It is strange to me that while stripping there is vapor coming out of the condensor alon...
by stillman
Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:44 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" column
Replies: 29
Views: 8322

Re: 4" column

Hi folks,

It's been awhile since posting. Been busy.

Here's a pic of my still in potstill mode.

To use for reflux I put an additional section on the column

Any comments are appreciated.
by stillman
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:19 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: absinthe from Alameda
Replies: 3
Views: 2222

It's been a long time since I posted. Been Busy :wink: Here's a video regarding the Lance Winters and Absinthe http://us.video.aol.com/player/launcher?ar=us_en_video_748x541_full&mode=1&pmmsid=2055842" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow I don't believe that $75 for a limite...
by stillman
Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:25 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka in the news
Replies: 5
Views: 4252

Vodka in the news

Here's an interesting article on Vodka tasting.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5332432.stm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

Cheers
by stillman
Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Stainless steel
Replies: 7
Views: 2309

Any food grade stuff is usually 316. I do a lot of restaurant stuff in 304.

But I like to think that I wouldn't want to drink from the tail pipe of an automobile :lol: :lol:
by stillman
Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: dumb question
Replies: 24
Views: 5074

Hi guys, About the superheating. A real easy way to prevent that is to take some scotchbrite to the inside of your boiler. Put a little grain in there to give the boil something to start from. However I've onlyheard of this happening with glass. New glass. And in a microwave. I really am unsure if t...
by stillman
Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Molasses Powder?
Replies: 13
Views: 5152

Sorry for the late reply. No I can't get a pic of it. Imagine a pinhole through a piece of paper. You have to hold the pot up to a light and you will see the hole. Or you can fill it with liquid and have it drain outl all over the place. I wish I new the reason. But the solution is easier. Use bette...
by stillman
Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:00 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Lookey what I found
Replies: 9
Views: 3354

That's pretty clever. Increase the surface area by cutting an acme thread down a dowel. I don't have time to sit and figure it out right now but he's getting about 3 or 4 time's the flavour out of the same piece of wood.

Simple but beautiful idea. I like it.
by stillman
Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:03 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Molasses Powder?
Replies: 13
Views: 5152

There is a farmers supply chain here in Canada. Shur-Gain Feeds. If you bring a bucket they will fill it for 35cents a pound. My 5gal bucket ended up @ 66lbs. Maybe look them up on the web for a local outlet. After the bucket was filled, the guy tells me that the higher grade stuff is prepackaged i...
by stillman
Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:55 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Burnt flavored rum? What to do?
Replies: 10
Views: 3812

Good Morning Gentleman, More bad news on that molasses. I ran a batch last night. After it was finished I turned everything off and went to sleep. This morning when I woke up I started with the clean up. While scrubbing the bottom of the pot I noticed pitting in the stainless. I don't know what the ...
by stillman
Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Burnt flavored rum? What to do?
Replies: 10
Views: 3812

Thanks for all the replies. It's a bummer taking the time to go get the ingredients, cook em, pitch the yeast, wait for fermentation and distill only to find out that the main ingredient was crap to start off with. AAAARRRGGGGG. I'll follow with the suggestions and give feedback to the results. Than...
by stillman
Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anyone ever aged on toasted maple?
Replies: 8
Views: 3756

I did read, on one of the other websites about some people using maple wood. I haven't tried it and would like to know how it works out for you. Try and wait a couple of months. Maybe it will give you a better read on the effect. Around where I am, there are a lot of fruit orchards and I would like ...
by stillman
Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Wow! You could make a beauty with this!
Replies: 16
Views: 4958

Buy the tank and outfit as a still. Prepare the mash ahead of time in 14 big new rubbermaid garbage cans. Wait for fermentation to complete. Book a week off of work. Load the sucker up. Start distillin'. And distillin'. And distillin'. And distillin' When it's all done fill up 2 big charred barrels....
by stillman
Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:19 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Burnt flavored rum? What to do?
Replies: 10
Views: 3812

This is my 3gal stove top pot still. It's cleaned after every use. I'll try the redistill-brown sugar approach. I do have a 1/8 thick sheet of copper. Maybe that will help but I was sure i didn't burn it the second time. The flavour and smell came out the same though.
by stillman
Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:07 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Burnt flavored rum? What to do?
Replies: 10
Views: 3812

Burnt flavored rum? What to do?

Hi guys, Made about 35 gals of rum mash using feed grade molasses and sugar. This is my second attempt at making rum. The first time I just followed along with the recipes and it worked out great. The molasses came from a different supplier. This time, the rum has a very strong burnt taste. Makes it...
by stillman
Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Wha Happen?
Replies: 14
Views: 5054

Wow, I finally got some work done other than makin' hooch. :lol: :lol:

Can one of the moderators tell us what is happening when the debug mode is going on?
by stillman
Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: GREETZ AND HOWDY T'Y'ALL!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 2493

Wow :shock:
by stillman
Sun Jun 04, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Stainless welding question
Replies: 17
Views: 5583

Hi Jaxom, For mig welding stainless you will need a mixed gas. I don't know which welding supplier you are using but Home Depot or something like that is not going to give you the right answer. You have to find an industrial welding supplier in your area. This should be easy. They are everywhere. Lo...
by stillman
Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:16 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Molasses Powder?
Replies: 13
Views: 5152

There is a farmers supply chain here in Canada. Shur-Gain Feeds. If you bring a bucket they will fill it for 35cents a pound. My 5gal bucket ended up @ 66lbs. Maybe look them up on the web for a local outlet. After the bucket was filled, the guy tells me that the higher grade stuff is prepackaged in...
by stillman
Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:00 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How long
Replies: 12
Views: 2781

Is it being implied that the alcohol will, after some time, no longer be alcohol. I might be wrong but i think that wine will last for decades. I think Enlikil is worried about the wash going bad if he doesn't distill it soon after it is finished fermenting. I've usually tried to run mine right aft...
by stillman
Wed May 31, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" column
Replies: 29
Views: 8322

I got the copper packing in last week and made the reflux coil yesterday. It'll just hang through 2 holes in the cap at the top of the column. I ended up just using a 13.5 gal keg. All the fabricating was getting real expensive and time consuming. While I was building the big double boiler I saw Lev...
by stillman
Sun May 28, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Cut-in-half whiskey barrels
Replies: 7
Views: 2434

Take the wood staves. Cut them into pieces that will fit into whatever container you are storing your hooch in. Toast or char to your liking. Add to your jar of hooch. Wait as long as you can. Enjoy. 8) 8) 8) I think possum or pothead said it best though. Putting oak on neutral spirits is like oak f...
by stillman
Fri May 26, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Biggest Mess?
Replies: 25
Views: 5400

Fell asleep watching TV while the still was going on the stove. Catch bottle filled up and the rest ran off and bleached the industrial grade tiles in my appartment kitchen. A big Homer Simpson DOHHHHH for me. Now I have white patches on the floor in front of the stove.
by stillman
Wed May 24, 2006 6:56 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Store bought Rye Whiskey
Replies: 3
Views: 1671

Store bought Rye Whiskey

Was at the local farm supply picking up a bucket of molasses and saw the bags of Rye. So I picked me up one of those and a bag of cracked corn. As I was cooking up the molasses and researching Uncle Jesse's rye recipe I realized that (after 15 years of drinking Wiser's and Canadian Club) I have no i...
by stillman
Mon May 15, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Rum in the news
Replies: 9
Views: 3246

So that's what they do with all the missing tourists in Jamaica! :lol:
by stillman
Mon May 15, 2006 6:48 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Maple flavor
Replies: 7
Views: 2065

Maybe next year when the maple sap is running again I'll take the kids back to the sugar bush. Here it's open for about 1 or 2 months during the spring thaw. If I see the same guy I'll let him know but I doubt there will be any left. Too many thirsty relatives. I got about 1 1/2 gallons @ between 45...
by stillman
Sat May 13, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Maple flavor
Replies: 7
Views: 2065

Only distilled the run once. If there was any flavor in there I wanted it to stay in there. After a while I couldn't tell the difference. Brought a bottle over to my sister's and she loves it. I don't know what to think. I guess you all know what everyone is getting for Christmas presents this year....
by stillman
Thu May 11, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Maple flavor
Replies: 7
Views: 2065

Running the maple syrup wash now. Not too sure what it's going to come out like. Took a taste test and the maple flavor comes across but not in any huge way yet. Will find out on the 2nd distill I guess. Not much for methanol. The first 50ml got tossed anyways.