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by still_stirrin
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Proofing down scotch to get more peat
Replies: 12
Views: 116

Re: Proofing down scotch to get more peat

...however...the Germans brew a beer that's flavored with smoked rocks... Well, a little misleading Bruce. The Germans used the “hot rocks”, which were fired in a wood fire to heat their brew kettles, which were actually wooden vessels in the early days. Here’s a good “side read”, although it is a ...
by still_stirrin
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heads....
Replies: 9
Views: 161

Re: Heads....

I don’t like heads in my hearts either. So, I pull a little foreshots from each strip, then when running the spirit run I collect into a dozen, or more jars. I’ll cut out the heads to early hearts just to keep the product jars clean. Then, after airing for 24 hours, I’ll blend the jars back to a ves...
by still_stirrin
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: How much dephlegmator/condensor do I actually need?
Replies: 4
Views: 33

Re: How much dephlegmator/condensor do I actually need?

So, I went to the parent site and used the “condenser size” calculator for 5.5kW heat input and assuming a 775 W/sq.m per *C (a conservative average for heat transer capacity) and the calculator predicts a 144 inch long x 1/2” ID vapor tube, assuming this to be copper. As a result, 3” ID shell with ...
by still_stirrin
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper from a cleaning keg?
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: Thumper from a cleaning keg?

When you pull the “valves” out, does the down tube come out too....like a Sanke keg? If so, you may need to remove the spring (ball) piston from it and leave the rest of the valve in. The “vapor” side (without the down tube) should be OK to remove the whole valve assembly. Gosh, I wish I had that cl...
by still_stirrin
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: Silicone

Sorry whoeve moved my other posts I have some more info.wasn't expecting it to be done so quickly Is this your post: https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=80720&start=30 I think you just got lost somewhere along the way. Oh well, at least this is a “crosslink” to the post for you. Ho...
by still_stirrin
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Aging with oak after sherry/whisky barrels tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Aging with oak after sherry/whisky barrels tips?

WAG (wild ass’d guess). . . 1 cube from a 1” (25mm) long stave per liter. Then, wait...like 6 months, at least. You could make several jars, each with 875ml (quart mason jar) and add 1 cube to one jar, 2 cubes to another jar, 3 cubes to a third jar, and so on. Then, observe the performance, ie - col...
by still_stirrin
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: my setup
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: my setup

The Inkbird PID is 20 amps, the element is 2000 watts. It’s plugged into a 15 amp outlet. I expected it to pop the breaker running full power but it doesn’t. Probably not, because most circuit breakers will tolerate short periods of (slightly) higher current draw before snapping. But as they “warm ...
by still_stirrin
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: For how long can I keep the Mash before distilling
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: For how long can I keep the Mash before distilling

....I should distill it in a week or two, when I get a Pot or make it myself. Maybe you’ve put the cart in front of the horse. When you get, buy or build a still, you’ll need to do a few cleaning runs first. For example, 1st a good water/steam run, then 2nd a 50/50 water and vinegar run, and finall...
by still_stirrin
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Too much yeast or sugar?
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Too much yeast or sugar?

See no reason you can’t scale things up for a larger ferment. But I’d recommend switching away from a Turbo yeast as it can produce some crap in the fermenter. Bread yeast from the grocery store will do just fine for most washes. Also, there is no good reason to push the OG above 1.075, as it too wi...
by still_stirrin
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Turbo 500 Voltage Controller
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: T500 Voltage Controller

Yes, for a while at least.

The SCR is 110VAC rated, is that your power system’s line voltage? Also, it is posted for (up to) a 4kW resistive load, although it is adviseable to keep it in 2kW circuits for longer life. So, what you’re powering can make a difference to the life expectancy.
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by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

Told ya.

Yer lucky you didn’t burn out your controller....or did you?

I ran the numbers and gave you a caution. Your results are because you chose to disregard what you read. Just lucky you didn’t do more (serious) damage.
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by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Leaking boiler
Replies: 33
Views: 594

Re: Leaking boiler

Shady, You’re wrong. It’s the threads that seal. The lubricant simply allows you to tighten the joint better. I’ve plumbed hundreds of homes and buildings, water and gas, and the teflon is not used as a sealant. Next time you join pipes together, wrap the pipe threads and twist them hand tight. Then...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Sundae Chocolate Bourbon
Replies: 103
Views: 11117

Re: Sundae Chocolate Bourbon

I have my first ferment going. It's about 25 gallons. I have a few questions: 1 - I got a little rammy and put everything together all at once and didn't wait until 150 to add the barley malt. This is my first real mash. Did I mess things up? Did you hold the mash temperature at 150*F until the sta...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: When to add wheat?
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: When to add wheat?

Hey loserscumbag,

A homebrew beer website will have a lot of info on all grain brewing. And there’s a bunch of them on the internet. Try searching the web and read up a while. Brewing is a fundamental skill and often assumed when someone comes here to learn about distilling.
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by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

Well you guys still know what yer talking about. Rechecked the spec and they are 450w at 120v, so using the math above it looks like I can run just under 4 Amos at 240 for a total of 900 w and not blow anything up Not much power there. I’d look for some other elements. In fact, 4.5kW/240VAC element...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Leaking boiler
Replies: 33
Views: 594

Re: Leaking boiler

Geez Mr. Potatohead. The teflon tape, properly called “plumber’s tape” acts as a lubricant between the threads as you tighten the threaded joint. It is NOT a sealant. It is a lubricant allowing you to torque the fittings a little tighter. The pipe threads are tapered and naturally get tighter as you...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: It's the little things in life
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: It's the little things in life

It reminds me...it’s getting close to Thanksgiving! Time to go to the store to get my turkey.
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Leaking boiler
Replies: 33
Views: 594

Re: Leaking boiler

Order a teflon tri-clover gasket. It has the bead designed in so you don’t use a rubber O-ring.

https://www.morebeer.com/products/forge ... DvEALw_wcB

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by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

Anybody smart enough to do the math? 2 x1500 UNKNOWN watt elements. they measure 35 ohms (each). (And) in parallel, 17 (ohms,) and in series i'm showing 62 (ohms)...can i run more current through the two in series at 62ohms at a higher current to get the same heat? If running in series, your elemen...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

Agree with yummy, the resistance of each of the elements rated for 120VAC should be roughly 9.6 ohms: VxV / P = 120 x 120 / 1500 = 14400/1500 = 9.6 ohms. Here’s a chart that relates Ohm’s Law: 50C1920B-478D-44CC-A6DE-74B73A0C6C06.gif If you’re planning to run the elements from your 220VAC (240VAC pe...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?
Replies: 32
Views: 644

Re: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?

Commercial Vodka had a more neutral taste and smell but had a certain harshness about it....My vodka was smoother on the pallet and did not have the harshness. Most often, commercial spirits are not cut very well because they are all about “the profit margin”. However, commercial producers pay more...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Go to neutral wash?

Forgetting about simplicity. What would you all say is the smoother more traditional vodka? I prefer Rad’s All Bran for “neutrals”. It’s easy to make, a good fermenter, and a clean finisher. The bran flakes buffers a crashing pH and softens the “sugar bite”. I (personally) prefer grain-based neutra...
by still_stirrin
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: white powdery...mold? on AG
Replies: 19
Views: 201

Re: white powdery...mold? on AG

Infections have been studied a few times here, but this thread by der Wo is worth your read: https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=64615 I think what you have is a lacto bacteria infection, albeit a young one. The crusty layer looks like grain particles floated to the surface and drie...
by still_stirrin
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: white powdery...mold? on AG
Replies: 19
Views: 201

Re: white powdery...mold? on AG

Let’s see it. Snap a foto and post it here.

We’ll see if it is a lactobacillus pellicle (a bacterial growth). I doubt that what you’ve got is really a powdery mold.
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by still_stirrin
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stovetop Home Distilling Equipment
Replies: 9
Views: 244

Re: Stovetop Home Distilling Equipment

Caution: it has plastics in the alcohol path, including the proof testing tube. Best to go the “build your own” route, although the boiler looks quite robust and includes a T/C style vapor outlet which would make adapting a homemade stillhead to the boiler easy. And the thermometer is unneeded for d...
by still_stirrin
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Musing about my Liebig performance
Replies: 77
Views: 1129

Re: Musing about my Liebig performance

Would such a twist be beneficial for creating a wanted disruption in the flow pattern? Unnecessary. The shotgun condenser (tube in shell) design provides a significantly larger “conductive surface” area (the surface area of the multiple vapor tubes) through which heat is conducted to the coolant ch...
by still_stirrin
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?
Replies: 32
Views: 644

Re: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?

...So as the controller is new to me I will gradually increase temperature until I get flow —> Incorrect approach! ...I will then tweak the power to give the required flow rate and continue tweaking to maintain the same flow rate —> Better approach. Do you understand how a PiD works? By adjusting t...
by still_stirrin
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4880
Views: 320060

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Brewed a German dopple bock Saturday (O.G. 1.074) and my 5-grain bourbon Sunday (O.G. 1.064). The airlocks are buzzing today.
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by still_stirrin
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

zed255 wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:10 am
...I don't want to stuff up this whiskey with too much tails, so can anyone offer some advice?
Sure....don't get "greedy". Cut tight on the top and be gentle with the bottom.
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