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by n_plains_drifter
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons
Replies: 23
Views: 758

Re: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons

I love your mash paddle. Mine is much simpler, a piece of left over oak flooring cut to resemble a skinny canoe paddle. A 12 oz beer bottle was my pattern.

Good work all around.
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New member
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: New member

Welcome! And there is nothing wrong with a pot still. Now you've got one, and you can work on your column.
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

Ahhh, got it. Thanks!
by n_plains_drifter
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Great info
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Great info

Welcome. Lots of good info here.

Drifter
by n_plains_drifter
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hey y'all
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Hey y'all

Welcome, hope you are following the do's and don'ts. Stay safe.
by n_plains_drifter
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1288

Re: Pot still, single run.

Howdy D4D, I'm not much ahead of you in terms of experience, my first distillation was in late spring this year. I'm running a simple pot, but I've now done a couple of 4X distillations in addition to multiple 2X so perhaps my perspective may help. I didn't catch a description of your still in this ...
by n_plains_drifter
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

8Ball wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:48 pm
Piggy back sugarheads are a great way to stay out of your aging stock.
Do tell, not sure what you mean by 'piggy back'. Details?

Thanks, Drifter
by n_plains_drifter
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: conical fermenter as a boiler
Replies: 18
Views: 391

Re: conical fermenter as a boiler

Interesting concept for sure. Others may have a more experience, but my concern would be temperature control once you got to where distillate started to evaporate. You'd probably need the ability to mix cold water with your hot water source. How big is that conical? Looks like the 7 - 10 gallon size...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Plastic model kits
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Plastic model kits

Welcome back. I've been a committed modeler for a while now. I don't do many cars, but I've got a half-dozen or more in the collection. Mostly I'm an airplane guy, but I'll build just about anything. I've got a Sprint car that's giving me fits - don't try to glue the chrome plated stuff, it doesn't ...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Testing 1-2-3
Topic: Showing how to make a 'list' of items.
Replies: 2
Views: 2053

Re: Showing how to make a 'list' of items.

This is a test. Just a test of the list numbering system. If this were a real list numbering, you would be given specific numbered items.

This is my numbered list:
  1. Number 1 point
  2. Number 2 point
8)
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Easy Large Batch Mashing
Replies: 220
Views: 40644

Re: Easy Large Batch Mashing

Thank you sir. Not perfect, but a giant step forward compared to the last batch.
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Breaking down cracked corn WITHOUT heating?
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: Breaking down cracked corn WITHOUT heating?

Ant Dr: Not sure how strong your aversion to mashing goes, but a simple solution might be to purchase steam rolled corn from your local (or internet) brew store. The steam rolling process does most of the 'cooking' for you. The processed corn looks like the boxed dried pre-mashed potatoes you get at...
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Easy Large Batch Mashing
Replies: 220
Views: 40644

Re: Easy Medium Batch Mashing - fermenting off-grain

SCD & posters, thanks for the insights. After catching a bit of flak on another post about the length of time my mashes take, I did some research and wound up here. This past weekend I got to try out some of the techniques discussed here. More of an Easy Medium in terms of size, but much was the sam...
by n_plains_drifter
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How much space is enough for your distilling?
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: How much space is enough for your distilling?

Deplorable, you and I are at about the same stage, only I've been reading since 2015 or so. :) took a pandemic to get me over the hump. This has been something I've wanted to do since college, about 1979 or so. How big a barrel are you doing? I've got two 5's that I bought for making wine, but I've ...
by n_plains_drifter
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

I have yet to snell them, but I realized I wasn't aging on charred, so I just made up a batch so that I could get a bit more color. When I pull that off, I'll let it smooth for a couple of weeks, and then I;m going to set aside 3 jars of identical product. One clean, one with Vanilla, and one with m...
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: How do you stop yourself from drinking your stash too early?
Replies: 37
Views: 3147

Re: How do you stop yourself from drinking your stash too early?

Mostly it's willpower. And I have other bevies to fill in. New to distilling, but decades of beer and close to 10 of winemaking. Also, supplement with store bought.
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How much space is enough for your distilling?
Replies: 37
Views: 876

Re: How much space is enough for your distilling?

I store all of my gear in the utility room in my basement. I pull the cars out of the garage and set up in there to process. Setup and tear down every time. Mut I'm propane and in suburbia so I need ventilation.
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller
Replies: 607
Views: 58994

Re: If you've ever....you might be a Stiller

If your PhD scientist daughter comes home after a few years out of the house and says "Dad, I don't even need to see that all hooked up to know what you're up to!", you might be a stiller.
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

Howdy Zed, I did a similar experiment with AG & GH a couple of months back. I'm running a basic pot on an 30l boiler. A difference btw my AG and yours was that there was a very discernable tails cut, starting at about 55%. Everything from that point on went to feints. For the gumball head, II was pl...
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

Did a search but nothing showed up, please point me to the right spot if I've missed a topic somewhere. A couple of months back I was at the local brew store, and they were selling off a bunch of items that didn't get much love. As per usual, I'm digging around in the corners since I have at least o...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Why store in a dark cool location?
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Why store in a dark cool location?

Twisted, We'll all agree that we don't want skunky single malt or pretty much anything else that we've worked so hard on. The good news is that the reason beer gets skunky when exposed to sunlight (or even some fluorescent sources) is a the light reaction with some of the compounds in hops that flav...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How long before first success?
Replies: 55
Views: 4356

Re: How long before first success?

Late to the party. My first is eminently drinkable, but I've had this craft as a to-do since the late 70's, and I've been lurking here and learning for a half dozen years. Add to that that I've been brewing for 20+ years and wine for the last 8 or so, and I had a bunch of the basics down. First was ...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First still build 3”ccvm
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: First still build 3”ccvm

Flipping great work. Congratulations and may great product flow.

Best, Drifter
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First set up, First mash
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: First set up, First mash

Agreed, do a quick Birdwatchers and use that for your sacrificial. I saved my sac for my next build, marked with a skull &crossbones so there can be no mixups.
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Favourite still for whiskey
Replies: 38
Views: 1276

Re: Favourite still for whiskey

Still a newb, but I've probably got a dozen and a half strips complete with my pot- 30 L into a 780 mm liebig, and 5 spirit runs including a 4X for neutral. No experience with anything else. I run a 23-25 l strip in 2 hrs. 3 or 4 strips, and I have a full boiler for my spirit run. Not gonna lie, a s...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: ujssm spirit run and making cuts
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: ujssm spirit run and making cuts

Howdy PP, and welcome. I'm not very far ahead of you, but I've now got 4 spirit runs in (2 on one batch), and a number of strips where I've taken my time and collected in multiple jars and investigated (and kept a jar of hearts) to learn my system better. I'm running an 8 gal boiler over propane to ...
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Full Volume Spirit Run
Replies: 0
Views: 341

First Full Volume Spirit Run

My first spirit run was only about 3 gallons of AG corn whiskey low wines, so it didn't take a whole lot of effort or time. This time, I was scaling up to full production. I made 4 batches of Bird Watchers and stripped them out using my pot. I also had the second half of my first 'real' strip - firs...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How long before first success?
Replies: 55
Views: 4356

Re: How long before first success?

Speaking as a total newb with exactly one spirit run under my belt, I'll say that it took me one to get something that makes ME happy, and that could be shared without complete embarrassment. I just hope I don't have a 5 year drought before my next success! That said, it comes after 2 decades of bre...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: eBay milk cans + mile hi lids are not plug and play
Replies: 19
Views: 2775

Re: eBay milk cans + mile hi lids are not plug and play

Damn, I wish I saw this a month or two back. I had the same problem and ended up buying a small brew pot with out the lid because I wasn't smart enough to figure out the turnbuckle solution.

Ah well, now I have both a 3 gal and 8 gal boilers. Might have to be a custom thumper build in my future!
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1023
Views: 189632

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Just read lots and lots of this thread. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't read it before running my first real wash after my very first simple winemaker's country wine (sugar/lemon juice) wash for my sacrificial. If I had, I'd have run for the hills and not tried an AG until I had more experience w...