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by n_plains_drifter
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Photo Info
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: Photo Info

Call me paranoid, but any pics I upload are sanitized by processing them through an image conversion website. That will strip location data.
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First liebig condenser
Replies: 15
Views: 498

Re: First liebig condenser

Normandie:

Tres jolie!

Drifter
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Just because it worked last time means nothing about this time!
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Just because it worked last time means nothing about this time!

NZChris, I'm not sure whether I've seen your design or not. Link? I started a 'worm' inserted into the boiler after a run that I was going to run chilling water through and the run that heated water through another coil in my next wash to preheat.While it probably conserves energy,I think it wii be ...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Did a “fast” 25 liter/7 gallon stripping run over 6 hours, took 100ml of the middle area, smells funky, is that okay?
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Did a “fast” 25 liter/7 gallon stripping run over 6 hours, took 100ml of the middle area, smells funky, is that okay

Good on you for a successful first strip. You're on your way and now you've got experience to reflect on. I'm running a pot on propane, and am a couple of months ahead of you. My typical strip is 20 - 23l, and I run in about 2 hours. My spirit run of the same size is usually is about 5 hrs. On my sp...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Just because it worked last time means nothing about this time!
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Just because it worked last time means nothing about this time!

Yes indeed. I'm running a 30l pot and getting to know my garage really well, now that I'm in the middle of a hard core effort to fill a 20l barrel with UJSSM. Stripping my third charge of the night right now. I set up with music and a portable table for my notebook and laptop so that I have fewer ex...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Just because it worked last time means nothing about this time!
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Just because it worked last time means nothing about this time!

Couple'a runs back, last week in Dec,I was stripping a couple of boiler fulls of UJSSM. For reference, I run a propane pot, so working in the garage, with the door cracked for CO control. As you might figure from my handle, it gets cold in the northern plains, and we get some big drifts from time to...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 765983

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

If you want to fill a barrel quickly, having each generation producing enough low wines for a spirit run is very helpful. What NZChris said. I'm new to UJSSM, but I started by coming off a Gumball Head off my last AG Bourbon, using that backset into 85 l. Finished stripping 3G tonight, with a spiri...
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Drifter's Northern Plains Cream
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Drifter's Northern Plains Cream

This is a holiday recipe that'll make you a lot of friends. This has become a tradition 'round here. A commercial example of this would be Bailey's, but this version is richer, creamier and far more delicious. This recipe sounds like it might be a lot, but trust me, it goes really fast, even if you ...
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

On a related note, I did the conversions and got .4 ml / 500 ml product for anyone who might want to experiment.
by n_plains_drifter
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

This past weekend, while preparing to mix up a batch of holiday spirts, I realized that rather than use a 3-4 liters of my early product that's benn aging for a couple of months, I could use up the second gen UJSSM that I ran weekend prior. I added a total of 1.4 ml of the mocha and vanilla (.7 ml e...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: two threads on cuts
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: two threads on cuts

Howdy Phathead, I'm new and learning cuts too. I've had more luck finding tails with grain based beer. Sugar washes seem to ferment cleaner and the tails aren't as pungent. I run a pretty basic pot, so I'm bringing lots of flavor forward. If you run your spirit run down to 20% or so, you may get 'is...
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 765983

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Hey folks, newish to distilling. I've got two generations of ujssm stripped, and the third one fully fermented and ready for its stripping run. in the meantime, I've been pondering something. Knowing that reflux stills are better for neutral spirits while pot stills are better for things like bourb...
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Full charge spirit run
Replies: 13
Views: 366

Re: Full charge spirit run

The difference in a 40% low wine and a 28 - 30% low wine charge is in what the end product one is making.. 40% is the mark for neutral, 30% or less is for a flavor product.. and that for pot still use, whereas with a reflux a different approach is required.. two different animals.. Mars Mars: I ran...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Full charge spirit run
Replies: 13
Views: 366

Full charge spirit run

If you're new and questioning why you'd take the old timers advice to strip 4 and run 1 spirit: here's a fellow newb's experience. I run a 2" pot with a custom built lyne arm to a 3/4 over 1/2 liebig. This is my second gumball (sugar head on top of spent grains from an all grain mash). The first was...
by n_plains_drifter
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 765983

My Cheatin' Heart! Working Gen II

I've been ponderin' my next thang, and wondering what I could make that would a) taste fine, b) teach me something new. I was strippin' last night (with my clothes on), and looking for a new project. You can hardly go anywhere on HD without a UJSSM reference, so what do you think tripped my trigger?...
by n_plains_drifter
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from PA
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: New from PA

Howdy Jordan, Lots to learn, and plenty of experienced folks to get you unstuck if you need a hand. First still presents any number of decision points: what type, build or buy, start small or go big. Each option will have proponents and detractors. Best bet is to figure out what you like to drink, o...
by n_plains_drifter
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome. My story has more similarities than differences with what the OP and others here have posted. I'm new to the craft, but my first batch after the sacrificial was an all grain corn whisky.

Brewing provides a firm foundation, and will ease your transition.

Best, Drifter
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Barley Mash
Replies: 31
Views: 1166

Re: My First Barley Mash

RD01, I'm working on the same level of experience as you, but have been lurking here off and on for years making my plans and noodling a pot build. A little thing called Coronavirus pushed me over the brink, and plan became action. One advantage I may have is that I've been a serious beer (ale) brew...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go

NZChris wrote: I usually aim for four strips, doing three the first day and a strip and spirit run the next. How fast do you strip? I've been taking about 4-5 hours for 12 gallons of wash. If I can go faster that would be great. I've seen some here say that you can strip as fast as your product con...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go
Replies: 11
Views: 311

AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go

Do y'all strip one day and then run spirit on another? That's how I've done it in the past, but switched it up. This past weekend, my 3nd AG beer was clearing up, and I figured that it was time to run. It was a bourbon mash, off-grain, at about 45l, two strips worth in my 30l boiler. Set up and star...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Barley Mash
Replies: 31
Views: 1166

Re: My First Barley Mash

And why would you use sugar if you're using malts? Not sure what the OP's level of experience is, but adding sugar is a way to ensure that you get gravity points even if your efficiency sucks. I'll come at it a slightly different way: RD01, Good on ya for running with this. All grain mashing is an ...
by n_plains_drifter
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Homemade Pot Still - 6 Gallons
Replies: 24
Views: 1213

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: 170

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: 869

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: 132

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: 66

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: 81
Views: 1899

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: 869

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: 20
Views: 706

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: 809

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 ...