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by still_stirrin
Wed May 12, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Whiskey first timer
Replies: 12
Views: 234

Re: Whiskey first timer

...Corn is typically too thick to lauter... I suppose that is what most say, but not all. For the record, My bourbons are 50% corn and I always lauter. I’ve got a method that works for me, tricky but successful. I ferment in carboys (a throw back to years of home brewing), so a relatively clean wor...
by still_stirrin
Wed May 12, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Whiskey first timer
Replies: 12
Views: 234

Re: Whiskey first timer

...Do you rinse the grains after squeezing to catch remaining sugar? “...remaining sugar...” Are you fermenting “on the grain” or lautering your mash before you ferment? If the former, then rinsing the squeezings would water down your distiller’s beer and wash in proteins from the trub. Besides, if...
by still_stirrin
Wed May 12, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Head space in a still
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: Head space in a still

+1 to what Setsumi said. It’s not a matter of the ullage that makes cuts difficult to determine, it’s the amount of wash and the “pace” of the boil, ie - rate of vapor production. For example, if you ran your 5 gallon wash in a 6 gallon boiler and you collected at the same rate (liter per hour), you...
by still_stirrin
Tue May 11, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Start and stop
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re: Start and stop

One question to those who use the 240V elements: is there a difference from those you buy for a hot water heater vs those from still supply places? An electric water heater element is just a resistor in a piece of (heat conducting) metal. The metal is usually a steel alloy, sometimes stainless stee...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 10, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?

thanks great idea im gonna do just that but think ill go with 50 ft of the !/2 inch just for extra knock down and yes im a plumber so know all about ease of soldering and working with copper 50’ is overkill. And 1/2” tubing is not better than 3/8”, less surface area compared to the flow area (ID). ...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 10, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?

Magic, Here’s a “build suggestion”. If you get some scrap Romex wire (12/2) and strip the jacket to copper, you can use the wire to “thread” around the 3/8” copper tubing and then just use a dab of flux and solder the copper wire to the tubing. It’ll hold your formed coil in shape for years to come....
by still_stirrin
Mon May 10, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: What does a preacher do on his day off? Run Shine!
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: What does a preacher do on his day off? Run Shine!

PeoplesPastor wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 11:39 am
Monday is the day I recharge from leading my church so it’s also the day to distill some bourbon.
.....and to think, Jesus turned “water into wine”. Woooooop!
by still_stirrin
Mon May 10, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: What size emmersion chiller is every one using?

Magic, I attached a link to a wort chiller in your other (My First) thread. It is a copper chiller made with 20 or 25 feet of 3/8” soft copper. The Brewer’s Hardware store had it for $77USD. I believe you could buy a roll of 3/8” copper from the big box store for 1/2 that and “roll you own”. I sent ...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 10, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: For Best Results Keep the Mash ABV's Down
Replies: 13
Views: 13809

Re: For Best Results Keep the Mash ABV's Down

...So given that has anyone tried boiling for a wash? Wonder what flavors it would give? You try it! I’ve done a wort boil for bourbon and single malt mashes many times...and it was nice in the spirit, with a bigger “mouthfeel” and reduced tannins or residual proteins in the product. How well it be...
by still_stirrin
Sun May 09, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: First Mash

i don't have an immersion cool but seems simple to make... was wondering if i could make one out of pex tubing instead of copper for price reduction... “buy once...cry once”. https://www.northernbrewer.com/products/copperhead-immersion-wort-chiller?variant=30232177049644&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIho7Z3KS-8...
by still_stirrin
Sun May 09, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: First Mash

- 50 lb bag of cracked corn - 15 lb bag of malted 6 row barley crushed - 30 gallons of water - 6 packs of bread yeast. - 30 gallon stainless steel pot i'm gonna have to do in two batches and then when cooled combine together in a 32 gal brute trash can. Here’s my suggestion; 1) mill the corn to a “...
by still_stirrin
Fri May 07, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 58
Views: 911

Re: Learning to make cuts.

... is there a way to approximately tell where the hearts will begin and finish? <— Well, you could dip your finger into the drip every once in a while and taste it. ... I collect in small jars, 200ml (maybe too small from what most distillers are using here)... What's the trick? ... taste and smel...
by still_stirrin
Thu May 06, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

Martin, I don’t need to argue with you. I quoted you and your claim about “big producers”, not Johnnie Walker specifically. And I did not insult you, unless you took it that way. I simply added correction to your mis-statement.
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by still_stirrin
Thu May 06, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How do the big producers make their cuts?
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: How do the big producers make their cuts?

“ Big producers do absolutely make cuts ”..... and suggesting otherwise suggests a bit of ignorance of the process. They have an imperative to produce a consistent product of a consistent quality and with consistent flavour that people identify with their brand... I consider Jack Daniels Distillery...
by still_stirrin
Thu May 06, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Scotch/Single malt fermenting
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Scotch/Single malt fermenting

I'm in completely opposite camp - I like my drinks less clean, so I'm fermenting and stilling everything on grain. Even though it would be simpler to lauter on some occasion since I risk scorching. If I want it a bit cleaner, I go for triple distill coz I still like it better than off-grain double....
by still_stirrin
Thu May 06, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Big Ass Parrot
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Big Ass Parrot

Yummyrum wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 3:50 am
...I love building things and in all the years I been at this , never needed a parrot . Glass measuring cylinder with a Alc meter in it works fine for me.
+1. :thumbup:
by still_stirrin
Thu May 06, 2021 4:30 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Scotch/Single malt fermenting
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Scotch/Single malt fermenting

I would lauter a “single malt” whiskey simply because malted barley is relatively easy to lauter. The ferment would be relatively clean in flavor signature, so I would ferment it “like a beer”. I would believe that most brewers who would ferment on the grain do so out of simplicity, ie - simply beca...
by still_stirrin
Thu May 06, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much you expect to loose ageing in barrels
Replies: 22
Views: 435

Re: How much you expect to loose ageing in barrels

Ambient conditions affect shrinkage. The barometric pressure and relative humidity will determine what evaporates, alcohol or water, and to what extent. Hot humid environments will draw out alcohol. But cool arid environments will draw out water. So, the proof can go down or up. And the cask’s surfa...
by still_stirrin
Wed May 05, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: life span of a keg boiler
Replies: 8
Views: 282

Re: life span of a keg boiler

My boiler will out live me. It is a 1/2 barrel 304 stainless Sanke tap beer keg with a tri-clover ferrule TiG welded in for the element. It was welded by a certified sanitary welder, so there are no inclusions in any of the welds. The thing(s) that will fail first are the heat elements ... yes, ther...
by still_stirrin
Wed May 05, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Which Grain for neutral, or is sugar just fine?
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Which Grain for neutral, or is sugar just fine?

Why not try a tried & true neutral recipe (as suggested earlier) and compare it against what you have come up with? If it is not to your liking, then start tweaking it. +1. Storm, unless you’re an experienced all grain brewer, trying to “create” a neutral base for your gins will require several att...
by still_stirrin
Tue May 04, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 20
Views: 524

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

...Does a slow heat up help with scorching? Have you ever made pasta in a pot on the stove top? Starting the boil in a boiler is similar, as the "solution" beit water with noodles or a mash slurry comes up to "boiling temperature" can cause the heavier starches to scorch. So, you bring the water to...
by still_stirrin
Tue May 04, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Sanitation on Distillation Day?
Replies: 16
Views: 253

Re: Sanitation on Distillation Day?

I cooked the mash in my still's boiler. I didn't dump sanitizer in it, but I dipped a sponge in the bucket of StarSan solution & cleaned the insider. Then, I rinsed and did the same with a sponge of vinegar after. Would you recommend using a dedicated pot for the mash, to avoid putting the sanitize...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 03, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: The case for Reflectix insulation
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: The case for Reflectix insulation

Good one Tom. It shows that the (heat) energy is contained within the boiler and riser rather than being wasted to the surroundings. An excellent case for insulating the boiler. And, Reflectex is an excellent (space age) thermal insulation. Question, did you also insulate the top dome of your boiler...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 03, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 20
Views: 524

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

Again, often the scorched taste won’t be eliminated in the spirit run. Maybe you’re luckier than others have been, but I’d advise keeping it separate from your good low wines....just in case. Will it be obvious after the stripping run whether it is scorched and should be left out of the spirit run?...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 03, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 20
Views: 524

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

So, next step is to see if I can clarify the wash. I left it outside for 2 nights, temp got down to 40 F, but the sludge only dropped to about 20% of the carboy. Is this normal for rye? <— Depending on “how fine you grind”, the powder may stay in suspension, especially if there are still some unfer...
by still_stirrin
Mon May 03, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: who likes to shoot?
Replies: 102
Views: 3823

Re: who likes to shoot?

Yes. I did a NFA trust. Before the new rule went into affect. That's why it took 12 months, I was on the bow wave of submittals leading up to the new rules... Ditto. Except I was just behind the bow wave and my stamp took nearly 15 months! But definitely worth the hassle and wait. It’s a “blast” to...
by still_stirrin
Sun May 02, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Just starting out...
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Just starting out...

Question for those with experience: if I place my tri-clamp port as shown on the CAD drawing, is it much of a problem that my vapor path is not quite the highest point of the boiler? Quick answer.....no, it won’t make any difference whether it is “centered” or “at the highest point”. BUT.....the ra...
by still_stirrin
Sun May 02, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Malting Corn and other Grains
Replies: 17
Views: 571

Re: Malting Corn and other Grains

bluc wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 12:54 am
...Lastly, any tips to make a floor malt area rodent proof?
Lots of cats!
by still_stirrin
Sat May 01, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fermenting time
Replies: 26
Views: 613

Re: Fermenting time

So, I ran my wash 5 gallons of it. The one posted above . I was expecting some taste of corn. None. <— Well, you made a “grain flavored sugar wash”. The sugar depletes the grain flavors, so it’s not too surprising you can’t “taste the corn and rye grains”. At least not with the paradigm you might h...
by still_stirrin
Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Slightly different approach to the "what should I buy?"
Replies: 17
Views: 677

Re: Slightly different approach to the "what should I buy?"

but I seriously have no intention of growing into anything larger than 5-gal. Thank you~~~ HeHe.... I said something similar once before. HONEST, there's no way in hell I'm going bigger than my 26 gallon boiler........ :clap: When your products are as good as (better than) “top shelf”, you’ll find ...