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by Tummydoc
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What am I smelling?
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: What am I smelling?

He didn't add it to the ferment, he used it to clean up a stripping run. I'd guess you hydrolyzed some ester. I've only used it to minimize ethyl acetate which is sweet, so not a clue as to what you cleaned up.
by Tummydoc
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: conical fermenter as a boiler
Replies: 18
Views: 390

Re: conical fermenter as a boiler

That's not for distillation. It's just to eliminate the need for a hood during a long wort boil. Without either, you'll release a gallon of water as steam in your brew area which may be problematic depending on your setup.
Water mist is used as the condenser.
by Tummydoc
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hail The Mighty Thumper
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: Hail The Mighty Thumper

Haggy, probably over my head on this, but i think your input variables could be changed. Volumes and ABV are critical input variables, but your other input is run time. Most of us don't decide run time and use that to determine required energy input. Much more commonly we set the power as a constant...
by Tummydoc
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Learning Grain Flavors
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Learning Grain Flavors

Oh and my previous washes have fermented on-grain but I'm contemplating running this off-grain, as my 5-gal buckets that I use for fermenting, won't hold the whole mash in them. (Normally I just fill a 2nd container with the overflow, but keeping things separate this time for a reason) Time to upgr...
by Tummydoc
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Oh NO!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Oh NO!!!

You've made fire starter, but not drinkable liquor. Ive had 2 scorches and could not eliminate the taste. If you boil 1/4 cup powdered brewery wash in water in the boiler for a few hours your element should come clean enough. Scrape as much char off as you can beforehand. No need to repeat the vineg...
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Old but new again
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Old but new again

I'd add an internal extension to convert the slobber box into a thumper.
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM Still Operation Instructions questions
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: LM Still Operation Instructions questions

Also, methanol content is minimal, and distributed throughout the run, not in the fores. You need to read more and not watch George at barley and hops. Distillation of a mixture of alcohols in water behaves quite differently than pure alcohols.
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2234
Views: 131128

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

This summer I was getting white sugar at wallmart 25 lb bags for $8.77. Just went back to restock and now they are $11.78! Crazy
by Tummydoc
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 149589

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

You're making OEG from the hearts of a neutral that has already been cut. The first 15-20 cc of the OEG run have concentrated citrus oils. They aren't dangerous, but are only soluble in concentrated alcohol. So if you include them and dilute to 40% your gin will turn cloudy as they come out of solut...
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: 5 gal barrel who made it?
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: 5 gal barrel who made it?

Gibbs sells paraffin lined 5 gallon barrels for general storage (pickles,sauerkraut). Hope the P on your barrel marking doesn't stand for Paraffin.
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: odd tasting sugarshine
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: odd tasting sugarshine

If the wash tasted like sugar water, it hadnt fully fermented. Doesnt explain the taste. But a stripping run doesnt yield much quality liquor.
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Lebanon
Replies: 14
Views: 223

Re: Greetings from Lebanon

Welcome. Your english is excellent, hope you spirits will be also. If your goal is a neutral, you'll want a still capable of reflux.


by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Order of Operations? - Modular Stills
Replies: 10
Views: 332

Re: Order of Operations? - Modular Stills

Not really a progression in my mind. Each spirit is independent for the most part (other than gin which requires a clean neutral ie vodka). Think of it more like dance. Knowing foxtrot doesn't really help you with tango or salsa but each requires a sense of rhythm. Making rum, whiskey, or vodka are ...
by Tummydoc
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 149589

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Your eyes clearly haven't bleed enough. It's all in this post, back at the beginning.
by Tummydoc
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 15 gallon new build
Replies: 17
Views: 885

Re: 15 gallon new build

Adjustable legs are fine, but i just put my electric keg on a small harbor freight movers dolly for $7.99. My fermenters are on those also (30 gallon brute).
by Tummydoc
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still
Replies: 21
Views: 329

Re: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still

Im a little confused by your use of terms, but if I understand you have already done 3 stripping runs and the combined into a spirit run producing neutral. How tall is your column? You want to do cuts on this spirit run, then using only the hearts rerun this with botanicals. You won't have to separa...
by Tummydoc
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 149589

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Yes 2 liters will be ballpark, but trust your senses. I find i can push a little beyond 400ml per liter and still be fine. You'd probably be fine collecting 2200 mls. I also like a citrus forward gin and often add back the first 10cc. You'll have more louche from the citrus oils, but that doesn't bo...
by Tummydoc
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 18
Views: 653

Re: My first still

That enclosure will work fine. And I agree with SOCD that I'd go with a CCVM reflux design. Less temperamental than a coolant management column.
by Tummydoc
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello From WV
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Hello From WV

Welcome to HD. I removed the tapatalk advertisement for you. Please remove before posting in the future. It's in the rules. Thanks Sorry, where's the tapatalk advertisement so I can make sure to remove it? It's not an ad in the ap, it's the signature line on the app. Just delete your signature line.
by Tummydoc
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airstill
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: Airstill

Use an old computer power cord to plug the fan in. Then plug the heating element into a cheap router speed controller. I got mine for $17 USD from amazon. You want the fan to run full speed and not slow down as you vary power input.

I only use mine as a small gin still for OEG


by Tummydoc
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Safe to shalack the crackly end of a coon pecker?
Replies: 28
Views: 801

Re: Safe to shalack the crackly end of a coon pecker?

Many of us filter fruit macerations with paper towels. Cheaper and faster than cofee filters.
by Tummydoc
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Chicken feed mash?
Replies: 11
Views: 1120

Re: Chicken feed mash?

SGB, are you an expat in SEA or has KFC become global? I have an American friend who is an expat in SEA for 15 years. Mainly Cambodia and Laos. Lives like a king in that economy.
by Tummydoc
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Medicine taste in stilled rum
Replies: 22
Views: 718

Re: Medicine taste in stilled rum

Ardbeg??
by Tummydoc
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

If you've got a decent neutral, forget the artificial flavors. You can make limoncello, strawberry panty dropper, Grand Marnier all with macerations and no redistilling. Sambuca using licorice extract and sugar is easy. Lots of options.
by Tummydoc
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Cool old pot still
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: Cool old pot still

Check for lead, probably loaded.
by Tummydoc
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Little help with still setup for whiskey
Replies: 15
Views: 486

Re: Little help with still setup for whiskey

I'm not clearly seeing a reflux condenser (maybe below the thermometer in the first picture?). If there isn't one, all the configurations are equivalent. The packing puts more copper in your vapor path, but the plates should provide adequate copper. Not sure why you say the plates aren't removable. ...
by Tummydoc
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4961
Views: 330592

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I tossed a few tunas in a 45% neutral a few days ago, mixed in some inverted sugar and the result was a little surprising as far as taste. This was an experiment and now it a keeper. It don't taste half bad without the sugar either. That's 1/2 a gallon that evaded the reflux. sounds a bit fishy. Ge...
by Tummydoc
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1933
Views: 110317

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

I've never had a roasted chestnut, none grow in my neck of the woods. I would think if you are looking for adding flavor you'd be more successful macerating the nuts in neutral to make a chestnut liqueur or vodka. Fat infused whiskeys are trendy (bacon, peanut butter, coconut). Could make a nut butt...
by Tummydoc
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 5904
Views: 181245

Re: Three Word Story

Haggis every Sunday
by Tummydoc
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Modular CCVM build

Agree with kimbodius, no real need for a control valve to limit flow to the RC in a CCVM. only needed in a CM still.