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by Don Ventura
Tue May 23, 2006 12:02 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: favorite mixed drink
Replies: 227
Views: 72836

Hendricks and Tonic - Good ole G&T baby... oh wait I gotta buy that..

Well then my own Bombay, Saphire recipe and Tonic with a hit of Lime.
MMMMmmmMMMMmmmMMMMmmm Goood! Toasty!

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DAMN GIN!!!
by Don Ventura
Mon May 15, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: blue agave source
Replies: 8
Views: 2355

I'm still trying to find a decent price on a decent bulk volume source. Although I wouldn't mind growing agave myself. I have the space.. unfortunatley the 12 year wait for maturity may kill me first.

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DAMN NEW PLANT EVERY YEAR!!!
by Don Ventura
Sat May 13, 2006 10:43 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Hydrometer setting. (for Don Ventura ?!)
Replies: 18
Views: 10236

Think I could use regular 1/4od tube for the U and them connect it to the larger 22mm tube that houses the alcoholmeter? Would there be enough liquid to float the gauge? It just seems like with all that larger diameter tube, you will be holding a lot oof distalate that does not transfer out. I know ...
by Don Ventura
Sat May 13, 2006 9:34 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: siphon
Replies: 8
Views: 2458

I usually place the full vessel above the empty one a bit; like, the beer on a chair and the empty on the ground. Fill my siphon full of regular water from the garden hose (doesn't need to be hot) and hold both ends close. Quickly open and place the racking cane/siphon end in the beer, then place th...
by Don Ventura
Fri May 12, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Hydrometer setting. (for Don Ventura ?!)
Replies: 18
Views: 10236

Okay that works - I might try and get the parts for that later this week. A Few Questions Though: Doesn't that hold A LOT of spirit from the run off??? Are you attaching it after you collect you foreshots? Does it effect your head/middle cuts/tails with that much volume trapped in the hydrometer flo...
by Don Ventura
Fri May 12, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: molassis
Replies: 7
Views: 2033

most of my batches of 4G take about 3 weeks to ferment and a week to clear.

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DAMN 48 HR TURBO HOOEY!!!
by Don Ventura
Sun May 07, 2006 12:34 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Uncle Remus' Briar Patch Gin
Replies: 75
Views: 69274

I'm starting a "Bombay Saphire" recipe this weekend if I can get my new buckets and valves in time. I broke down and bought all the botanicals that go into it and even was lucky enough to find the grain bill for the base spirit. Just waiting for my 1183 yeast to get here befor I mash. I love the gin...
by Don Ventura
Fri May 05, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Cleaning question
Replies: 2
Views: 980

Most ppl like to run a basic high temp steam cleaning after doing some elbow grease scrubbing with differnet solutions. The trick of it is, you have to get all that stuff you used to try and clean it with OUT. Lots of water is your friend. Try some different solutions on some scrap copper and then g...
by Don Ventura
Fri May 05, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: I neeeeeeeeed new Vavles - Help.
Replies: 2
Views: 986

I neeeeeeeeed new Vavles - Help.

Okay I've searched far and wide and even emailed a bunch of Vavle and pipe vendors for suitable valves for my reflux column "Fatman". The ones I bought at Fergusons, which BTW were said to be rubber free and okay for what I was doing, turned out to be the exact opposite. I ran that molasses batch I ...
by Don Ventura
Wed May 03, 2006 4:08 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" column
Replies: 29
Views: 8280

/me claps wildly!!! PICS PICS!!!

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DAMN DIGI CAMS!!!
by Don Ventura
Tue May 02, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Latest Batch RHUM
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Latest Batch RHUM

Okay so its been FOUR friggin weeks now that I have been waiting for this rum wash to be ready. Background: 4G H20 Gert Strand 48hr Alcotec Turbo yeast 3# Medium Cane Molasses (Unsulfered Brear Rabbit brand) 3# C&H Regular Brown Sugar 10# Dextrose (corn sugar) Cooked 2.5G with sugar mix for 90 min u...
by Don Ventura
Tue May 02, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Sake
Replies: 15
Views: 6039

OOooOoOoOoooooOOOOOooo I'm excited Bujapat - that looks like fun! KAMPAI!!!!!!!!!!!! Never made saki, but as a chef kinda funny how we drink so much in the restaurant biz that we ultimately decide to make our own likkah. Whats you nightly livation Possum? I do a deli quart of Jack and Coke or Saphir...
by Don Ventura
Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Fatman and Little boy (pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 9802

Thank you very much man. That means a lot cuz there are a lot of man hours that went into it. I gotta say that I am trying to keep up with the jone's on this one though. After seeing a bunch of great stills on this site I knew I couldn't come with anything low end. People here take this very serious...
by Don Ventura
Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:34 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Molasses Weight?
Replies: 2
Views: 11569

Checking my "Book of Yields" 5th Edition, Francis T. Lynch (remember I am a chef) ... Sorry UK/Euro/Aus/NZ folk, these are all AV (US) ounces, and not fluid ounces. 1 Cup of Molasses = 11.60 Ounces 1 pound of Molasses = 1.4 Cups 1 Gallon of Molasses = 11.6 Pounds (it's nice when there are 16 Cups in...
by Don Ventura
Thu Apr 20, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Tools For The Trade
Replies: 30
Views: 61063

...but, whoa? how do you quantify that? LOL sorry man sometimes I forget that my "ebonics" doesn't come out very well in text. "like whoa!" is more of "Damn thats bad ass!!" I was saying that becuase it has the highest output rate of all the other grinders, and although it does require more torque ...
by Don Ventura
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Tools For The Trade
Replies: 30
Views: 61063

Thought this was kinda nice for those of you that want the best of everything... A nice little grinder review site; gives results, and torque and all the techy info. http://waltonfeed.com/self/grind3.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow might be a little hard to find th...
by Don Ventura
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Just bought me Still
Replies: 40
Views: 10835

Thats an interesting breakdown of the process.. will be interested in what ppl here think.

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DAMN IM CURIOUS NOW!!!
by Don Ventura
Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tater your still
Replies: 1
Views: 1722

wow...

Babblefish?

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DAMN HUH!!!
by Don Ventura
Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:49 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Gibbs Brothers barrels
Replies: 14
Views: 5513

TY for the info Furball.

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DAMN WHAT ARE THOSE EBAY BARRELS LIKE!!!
by Don Ventura
Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:48 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Used Whiskey Barrels
Replies: 8
Views: 2809

Went to Walmart yesterday and picked up a barrel that would be similar to a #542 rustic barrel at the kentucky barrel website. Only paid $38 and I thought it was a great score being a Jim Beam barrel. Smelled WONDERFULL!! There is still @ a gallon or so of something sloshing around inside. Plan to ...
by Don Ventura
Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:45 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Whiskey from flour
Replies: 3
Views: 5934

Thats what the internet is for man! Paypal is your friend if you dont have a credit card. Buy it and have it delivered.

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DAMN GOTTA LOVE UPS!!!
by Don Ventura
Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Sourmash a surprising hit
Replies: 12
Views: 3721

Very Cool swag. Might have to pick some of those up.

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DAMN WHERES MY CC AGAIN!!!
by Don Ventura
Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: malting update
Replies: 16
Views: 4447

Thats good sh!t copper. Now how do you intend to clean those sprouts off, or are you going to mill it green?

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DAMN CAMERA!!!
by Don Ventura
Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Sourmash a surprising hit
Replies: 12
Views: 3721

The best thing we got going for us is that they think just cause we are old we are stupid....makes it alot easier to catch them don't it? Wow that really hits close to home swag. I just had my first son and hes 18 months old right now. I know all the sh!t I got into and if he's even hald as bad as ...
by Don Ventura
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:41 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Valved reflux questions
Replies: 10
Views: 4669

well for those crazy whacked out US measures, I used a 7/8" tube from a closet hanging pole, then wraped it in 50' of telephone cord. Why? Well I'm not really sure... I just know the first coil I did on that 7/8" pole was too narrow for the condenser and there was way too much space btwn the coil an...
by Don Ventura
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Fatman and Little boy (pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 9802

Damn that looks good LHCB. Hopefully Ill be able to put this Rum wash to good use on my day off and we will see if this coil I have now was worth all the time I put into it. If not Ill be running to Home depot later that day... ------------------------------------------------------------------------...
by Don Ventura
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:46 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Slurry
Replies: 8
Views: 1690

I made a tiny airlock especially for this with a plastic pill container, a straw and a bottle cap. DOOODE!!!! What can you do with a Paper Clip, a Yard of string, a Golf Pencil and some Chewing gum???? ------------------------------------------------------------ DAMN KNUKLEHEAD McGYVER RULES!!!
by Don Ventura
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Column Packing Dirty
Replies: 13
Views: 3232

Okay. he he he :P

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DAMN IM SOLD!!!
by Don Ventura
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Valved reflux questions
Replies: 10
Views: 4669

Naaaw 1/4 OD tube is fine for what we are doing. I used approx 19' out of a 20' spool of 1/4" refrige tubing I got at Home Depot. On a 1 1/4" tube I got an overall single coil of 15". I only have about 1/4" of overall clearance from the walls of the condenser, but the center whole of 1" is my bigges...
by Don Ventura
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Fatman and Little boy (pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 9802

LHCB - how much tube did you use to start, and how long is your finished dbl helix? I'm still kinda itchin to make one just for good measure. You can never beat overkill!

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DAMN BETTER SAFE THEN SORRY!!!