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by still_stirrin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: frozen corn
Replies: 23
Views: 4026

Re: frozen corn

the REAL question is ....Frozen Corn for a mash. I can get frozen corn pretty cheep and can't imagine why it wouldn't work, but have never made corn whisky becuase its hard to get anything but frozen corn in the UK unless you want to pay a huge price for it Sure, it’ll “work”. And you don’t need to...
by still_stirrin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??

At 180 proof, you could still increase the reflux ratio to push the product purity up. That would increase the time investment, but it would reduce the ester carryover to the product. But I would still expect some of the “fruit & honey” character to show up in your collection, especially closer to t...
by still_stirrin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is there an "Idiots guide" to whiskey?
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Is there an "Idiots guide" to whiskey?

My question is, “what's the idiot recipe for a first mash?” Side note, what's a good hydrometer to get? This is a good beginner’s recipe. It doesn’t require mashing grains, which I’m assuming you’re clueless about. https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=725 Read it through thoroughly....
by still_stirrin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: frozen corn
Replies: 23
Views: 4026

Re: frozen corn

OZBrewer1 wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:55 am
So the question is....... Frozen Corn for a mash?
Why not? It might get expensive if you’re buying frozen corn though.

I keep all my grains in the freezer until I’m ready to brew.

What is your REAL question?
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by still_stirrin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??

Well, you STARTED with a FRUIT wash....what’d you expect from it? If you start with a sugar wash, it’ll have less fruity taste. But I’ve found that Rad’s All Bran recipe in the Tried & True forum makes a great neutral, not too sweet nor fruity. What surprises me is that you thought your “cleaning ru...
by still_stirrin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Corn mash
Replies: 13
Views: 111

Re: Corn mash

When can I be sure that the corn is fully gelatinized? Take a little bit on a spoon and put it into your mouth. If it's mushy and soft, like a pudding, then it is gelatinized. If it is still "crunchy" like the corn kernel (I know, you used corn meal so your's is probably quite mushy already), then ...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What’s the minimum spirit run collection increment I should take on an 8 gallon boiler?
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: What’s the minimum spirit run collection increment I should take on an 8 gallon boiler?

Huck, When I first started distilling, I would collect in a large group of small jars. It took me but a few runs to realize how much heads, hearts, and tails to expect. Soon, I would collect in small jars until I was past the heads so I could collect in larger jars for the hearts. Now, I know how bi...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: UK Still Builder/Supplier
Replies: 40
Views: 487

Re: UK Still Builder/Supplier

Never rely on a pressure gage to signal an overpressure condition! Always provide an atmospheric vent path to preclude pressure build up. ALWAYS. ss If you are suggesting a check valve... What PSI would you recommend? Absolutely NOT! No valves. Open vents only. And a 1/4” diameter hole is not adequ...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: UK Still Builder/Supplier
Replies: 40
Views: 487

Re: UK Still Builder/Supplier

Adding a thermoport to one elbow with pressure gauge popped in could be an option then I guess. Any accumulated pressure would just pop the gauge... Never rely on a pressure gage to signal an overpressure condition! Always provide an atmospheric vent path to preclude pressure build up. ALWAYS. ss
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: EC-1118 and a sugar wash
Replies: 16
Views: 8996

Re: EC-1118 and a sugar wash

Seanjohn19 wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:45 pm
zouthernborne wrote:
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:14 pm
I've been running washes for neutrals, rums and whiskeys for the last few months...
.... How did your run turn out? Also how much sugar did you add per liter?
You did notice that his comment was from 10 years ago, right? I hope you can wait another 10 years for your answer. :crazy:
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 199

Re: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl

My stock pot potstill has a flat lid. But I cut a hole big enough for a stainless steel sink basket strainer (from the local big box store) to fit. The tail piece is 1-1/2” ID, so I made a piece that fits 1-1/2” copper pipe (I had to pound a little flange on the end of the pipe) and it threads right...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Hello again
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: Hello again

If I were you, I’d get the grains individually bagged and blend when I was ready to brew. The reason being, you’ll have a better mix of the grains with more uniformity that a grainery would due to their production size. They simply wouldn’t have control to accurately mix such a small batch of grains...
by still_stirrin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How long should a 30 liter / 8 gallon reflux spirit run take?
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: How long should a 30 liter / 8 gallon reflux spirit run take?

Huck, I have a combination LM/VM head on a 39” tall x 2”ID column packed with 13mm glass marbles. And my boiler is heated with two 4.5kW 220VAC elements that I run on 110VAC giving me potentially up to 2.2kW of input power. When running a 10 gallon charge of 30%ABV low wines, it takes roughly 90 to ...
by still_stirrin
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Measuring abv on small spirit run
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Re: Measuring abv on small spirit run

That “sickly sweet” smell of jars 1 & 2 is more like “solventy, I would suppose. Ethyl acetate smells like fingernail polish remover and it is reminiscent of “sweet & fruity”. You can recognize this smell when your wife does her fingernails. Another solventy smell is acetone, one of many ketones pos...
by still_stirrin
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: t500 thumper
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: t500 thumper

sampvt wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:54 am
Would a t500 with an alembic dome in pot still mode, benefit from the addition of a thumper and if so has anyone done it or know where to go to buy the materials to do it.
At the end of the rainbow distiller's home goods store.
by still_stirrin
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First liebig condenser
Replies: 15
Views: 476

Re: First liebig condenser

It's cold outside so the cooling water is very cold...Cooling water goes into the bottom of the condenser...Condenser is at about a 45 degree angle. ...I wondered if putting some boiling chips into the keg might help...on a gas burner... Boil chips would help the heat up time, that is, to give bett...
by still_stirrin
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: UJSSM mash for neutral spirit
Replies: 15
Views: 373

Re: UJSSM mash for neutral spirit

For what it is worth, I was thinking of using the UJSSM recipe and refluxing it into a vodka, to do something similar to Tito's vodka. The materials are cheap. What's the worst that could happen? Uhhhhh....it could actually end up tasting like Tito's vodka ! That would be "the worst" by me, FWIW. ss
by still_stirrin
Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 765462

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I can't dedicate much more to this today. Is it cool to stop and run the rest again a different day? Family is looking at me funny . Hmmmm....you must be a “funny looking guy”! Try looking into a mirror and see if you agree with them. :lol: You must be running a reflux still if you’re at 170 proof ...
by still_stirrin
Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Blueberry/Sugar Wash
Replies: 19
Views: 379

Re: Blueberry/Sugar Wash

BlueberryMan, Is this what your potstill looks like? 9842CB37-4118-4135-AA50-8940362A5BDA.jpeg Be advised, the lid seals are silicone and is not recommended here (PTFE much preferred). Also, the “flake stand”, where the worm is, may be too small for the heat load of the boiler and its capacity. As a...
by still_stirrin
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzymes vs malt
Replies: 32
Views: 693

Re: Enzymes vs malt

Very reasonable Vernue. I would do the same, providing time and temperatures optimum for the respective grains. Only when ready to proceed for the saccarification rest would I combine the separate mashes to a single mash tun. I know....it’s more trouble and effort, but results are better. Besides, “...
by still_stirrin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Questions, Questions, Questions
Replies: 33
Views: 539

Re: Questions, Questions, Questions

You could SELL IT and buy a shiny stainless steel milk can boiler. Copper is much more expensive and so should free up some cash to buy what you want. Now, do you KNOW what you really want?

Get creative....marketing is now the “task at hand”.
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by still_stirrin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first boiler build
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: My first boiler build

A grinding disc on a cutoff saw is your friend. That, and a Dremel with a grinding drum to smooth the edges. Getcha’ a Sharpie to mark the contour (rough at first). As you get closer to the shape, it will fit better and better. Then mark the keg head where you’ll need to open it up to mate with the ...
by still_stirrin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Making mash
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Making mash

How big is your boiler? How do you plan to heat it? With a small stove top still, like made from a stock pot, you can distill smaller amounts. So, building a small still would be a great idea, especially for a brewing rookie like yourself. But, just understand that with a smaller boiler and a smalle...
by still_stirrin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!
Replies: 54
Views: 8440

Re: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!

Seanjohn19 wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:57 pm
What happens in Canada if you get caught with a hobby still not selling just making personal use? Jail time?big fine?
They put you on a “Moonshiners - Made in Canada” episode. :lol:
by still_stirrin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: If I have a boiler and a half of low wines, what’s do I do?
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: If I have a boiler and a half of low wines, what’s do I do?

Or (3), take all of the collection from your 1st spirit run (called “high wines”) and add that to the remaining low wines and rerun that as the last spirit run. And then, make cuts on that.
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by still_stirrin
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: How fast is running a still too fast? Signs of condenser not knocking everything down?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: How fast is running a still too fast? Signs of condenser not knocking everything down?

If you get vapor puffing out of the spout, and you can’t turn up the cooling water any more, you’re running too fast. A mirror at the spout would steam up if you’re pushing vapors out. Otherwise, it’s often hard to see alcohol vapors. If you have a good nose, you can smell vapors escaping too. So th...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Electricity / Spark management when distilling indoors - can lights be on?
Replies: 13
Views: 247

Re: Electricity / Spark management when distilling indoors - can lights be on?

If you don’t keep a light on, how are you going to be able to see the thermometer? :crazy: Would a fan be safer, or less safe when distilling in the house? What about, if you have small children, can they be in the house while you’re distilling? Inquiring “minds” want to know the answers to these, a...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first boiler build
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: My first boiler build

Yes, mine has a 3/4” stainless reducer (1/2” ID) welded to the bottom head. And from that, I have a 3/4” copper female adapter threaded on and run 3/4 type M copper past the skirt, where I have 3/4” male copper adapter threaded into a lead-free brass body ball valve that has a stainless ball. I don’...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can I freeze unusded fermented wort?
Replies: 17
Views: 294

Re: Can I freeze unusded fermented wort?

What about a 1-1/2 run? Put 12 liters in the boiler for the 1st run. Then, take the remaining 6 liters and add the low wines from the 1st strip. You’ll have about the same amount in the boiler both times and the product off the 2nd run will have a higher proof than your usual low wines. Plus, since ...
by still_stirrin
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first boiler build
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: My first boiler build

Tom, that “hose bib” a.k.a sillcock, has a rubber bonnet/washer for the seat to seal. Not good when exposed to your hot wash. I suggest a ball valve, which has a stainless ball and teflon seals. You can get them in your big box store (same place you spied that sillcock).
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