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by MichiganCornhusker
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.

so I'll just dry it inside on the racks that I'm going to build, nice thin layer inside with hot air and fans, rest spread outside in the blazing sun. Should be dry by Saturday morning? Right? Right...? You'll be surprised just how fast the malt will dry out simply by forcing air through it on tray...
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: liebig design question
Replies: 27
Views: 422

Re: liebig design question

If you’re worried about capability, just make the Liebig 1” longer and skip the wire wrap. 3/4” over 1/2”, Easy peasy, no need to pet it.
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.

Another thing that I thought about this morning:
I find my corn malt develops plenty of enzymes by the time acrospires are only 2cm long. I can see several advantages to keeping your malting time to a minimum in your situation.
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.

Lay them flat on the bedroom floor (very supportive SO) spread the grains 10-20cm deep (not enough space), wet with spray from a 2l PET bottle with holes punched in the lid. Turn, wet, spread 3 times a day for 5 days. On day 3 I got hold of an old bed sheet (from the very supportive SO) and covered...
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first all-grain/on the grain project
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: My first all-grain/on the grain project

When the water temp hit 165F, I added the rye and the corn in a straining bag. I wrapped the bucket in 2 moving blankets. When temp dropped to 152F, I added the distiller's malt. I don't understand what your were after with these temps. 165F is too hot for the rye malt, it probably denatured the en...
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn mash
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Corn mash

Another batch ready to distill 21-01-03 Boiled 16 gallon H2o Add 20 pounds fine ground cracked corn at 1100 hours. Simmered til 1230 hours. Added 1 1/2 tsp no name alpha to thin. Stir,stir, stir more. Chop heat and wrap it all up. When temp down to 194 added 19 pounds fine ground flaked barley. Sti...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First lauter/ all grain. Didn't quite go as planned...
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: First lauter/ all grain. Didn't quite go as planned...

Mashed in the corn with 10 or so gallons of water just below boiling. Initial temp was between 185-190 so we added the Sebstar HTL, about 25g. We let it sit for about 1.5 hours. The enzymes seemed to help loosen it up. It was still warmer than the desired 155 or so for adding the grains so we stirr...
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzymes vs malt
Replies: 19
Views: 333

Re: Enzymes vs malt

Who said anything about there being no difference between malted and un-malted grains? To go back to the original questions: am I missing something by not using barley malt (or any other malt)? I would say yes! You don’t say what you’re current bourbon recipe is. Is it all corn? Corn with un-malted ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzymes vs malt
Replies: 19
Views: 333

Re: Enzymes vs malt

I don’t believe anything has changed.
I guess I’m not understanding what you’re getting at.
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzymes vs malt
Replies: 19
Views: 333

Re: Enzymes vs malt

Not Enzymes vs malt It should be Enzymes and malt. +1 There is no battle between enzymes and malt. With liquid enzymes you get all diastatc power, but none of the malted grain flavors. With malted grains you get the diastatic power, plus the flavor of the malted grains. Liquid enzymes allow you to ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Diastatic power of green corn malt
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Diastatic power of green corn malt

Did yet another experiment this morning.

1 part corn malt, 4 parts raw corn meal, at a 2# per gallon ratio. (20% malt)

SG of 1.057 in an hour.
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: steam stripping on the grain
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: steam stripping on the grain

I've made whiskey with steam and I've made whiskey with fire. I've done the side by side comparisons, and there is a substantial difference in flavor between running clear, racked ferment, and cloudy stuff including yeast, trub, and grain. I'm not saying that if I ran it all together it would taste ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I’m back kinda maybe we will see.
Replies: 29
Views: 564

Re: I’m back kinda maybe we will see.

Great to hear from you, PP, amazing what goes on in a life when you don't hear for a while.
What a strange thing to go from off-grid to Hawaii and back again.
Best of luck on the transition, and super curious to hear about distillery, keep us posted.
Take care.
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Some of my favorite western movies...
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Some of my favorite western movies...

jedneck wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:54 pm
Jeremiah Johnson
One of my all time favorites.

Been a long time since I've seen it but I remember liking the sketti They Call Me Trinity
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2255
Views: 136641

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Prairiepiss wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:21 pm
And who said it was for Hobby? I might be looking at going legit.
Oh hell yes, I hope that comes to pass! :thumbup:
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Diastatic power of green corn malt
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Diastatic power of green corn malt

I can't give you a DP for corn malt but I can tell you what I've done before. 2# raw corn meal cooked in 1 gallon of water. Add 1lb air dried (not kilned) corn malt and mash at 150F for an hour. SG = 1.085 (3#/gal) also: 2# raw corn meal cooked in 1.5 gallons of water. Add 1lb air dried (not kilned)...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2255
Views: 136641

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Great to see ya post up, Prairiepiss!! Hope to see more of you.

Oh, and that is a nice looking pot.
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Christmas Gift from My Wife and Kids
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Christmas Gift from My Wife and Kids

I was given a small stainless pot still, Three things to know: 1) You have found the right place to learn how to drive that little still. There is no better place on the internet to learn than this very forum. 2) There are inherent dangers in running a still, be sure to read up on how to clean and ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Some of my favorite western movies...
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Some of my favorite western movies...

Here are a couple more that come to mind:

The Last Outlaw (inventory...)

Lonesome Dove (the original mini-series based on the novel)
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Another Christmas gift newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: Another Christmas gift newbie

Welcome in, you have definitely found the right place.
Read up and pay attention here and you will be able to get up to speed on how to safely run your new still and make great spirits.

Also, just FYI, the adventure you are about to embark on is a felony. Just so ya know, don't tell, don't sell.
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: Midwest Contingent
Replies: 149
Views: 15676

Re: Midwest Contingent

Thanks for the update, Stogie, sure is nice to think of a day when we could all meet up again without thinking about setting the chairs 6' apart!
Take care, Hope to see ya this year.
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: New Years. What Did You Sip
Replies: 27
Views: 435

Re: New Years. What Did You Sip

Still sipping...
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by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: charred would...amount needed
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: charred would...amount needed

I use a piece of solid oak about 3/4” x 3/4” x 4” long.
Toasted to 400°F for 90 minutes, charred on all 4 sides.
One piece in a quart of 120 proof whiskey for about a year works well.
Sorry, I have no experience with chips.
by MichiganCornhusker
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Think I screwed up!
Replies: 8
Views: 283

Re: Think I screwed up!

Good advice has been given. Also, if that was the first alcohol run through your still you should toss all of it, it’s considered a sacrificial cleaning run. Oh, and the water filter you poured it through almost certainly isn’t suitable for alcohol. Finding this forum was your first step toward well...
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: pressure?
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: pressure?

Sure, there will be some bit of pressure on the boiler side when running a loaded thumper, but shouldn’t be any on the thumper side. BUT, these steamer rigs are sometimes used for really sloppy ferments in the thumper. It’s still unlikely but imaginable that a full thumper with stuff floating in it ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sweet Potato Vodka
Replies: 26
Views: 17392

Re: Sweet Potato Vodka

The Baker wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:59 am
Unless you REALLY wanted to do the experiment....?
Sometimes it’s just that simple!
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https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=50835
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: pressure?
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: pressure?

D4D, happy so see you like the design, it has been a great setup for me for years now. I pilfered all the ideas for it by combing this forum and I’m really satisfied with how it turned out. You’re right that there shouldn’t be any pressure in the thumper, it’s open to atmosphere through the Liebig. ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2255
Views: 136641

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Time to build that strip canoe, Bushman!
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Ideal 4" still?
Replies: 15
Views: 715

Re: Ideal 4" still?