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by amdamgraham
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Looking for some help from a Senior C++ developer
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

Re: Looking for some help from a Senior C++ developer

You mention being a C+ developer but there may be more Python folks out there who could write something - then you just need to brush up on python for editing? Just a thought.
by amdamgraham
Fri May 17, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Oh for the love of God...
Replies: 46
Views: 3034

Re: Oh for the love of God...

I'm only on #2. I foolishly set the original on the drying rack by the sink. Wife broke it.. so, basically - all my fault. :D
by amdamgraham
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Rye
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Rye

It wasn't clear in your post whether you are going to use high temp Sebstar Alpha and/or also Sebstar TL. My understanding is that in a high rye (or oat) content mash you want to also add the TL so it liquifies.
by amdamgraham
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Removing flourpaste, but how?
Replies: 13
Views: 1213

Re: Removing flourpaste, but how?

Am I reading this right that some of you are putting flour paste into threaded connections? Why not past around the outside? In stills with no threads there are lots of gaps that get blocked by smearing flour paste on the outside. When it comes time to disassemble the parts come apart easily. After ...
by amdamgraham
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Grinding to flour for Bain Marie
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Re: Grinding to flour for Bain Marie

... the small amount of rye and wheat used will not necessitate the use of SEBflo TL enzyme, which is use to liquify the glue like effect of those grains, but in usage of higher amount, it is of great assistance.. Mars So does the SebFlo TL not aid in the breakdown and fermentation of the rye and w...
by amdamgraham
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first mini whiskey oak barrel.
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: My first mini whiskey oak barrel.

Knowing the brand would help. I have used 1L and 2L and can confirm that temperature change is helpful. I am thinking also of pounding in a more solid bung than what comes with mine. I've only really aged out to 3 months because the angels take too much. A 5L would be helpful in adding a bit more ti...
by amdamgraham
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Grinding to flour for Bain Marie
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Re: Grinding to flour for Bain Marie

OK, here we go here is the flour-grind result, as promised: 10lbs painted mountain corn (an heirloom variety), 1lb oats, 1lb red wheat and 1lb rye. All of the grains were ground to a flour-like consistency. The rye was set aside for later. 6.5 gallons of water in a BOP over propane burner. I started...
by amdamgraham
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Grinding to flour for Bain Marie
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Grinding to flour for Bain Marie

I bought the stone wheel components for my Corona (Cha-ching!-ouch) and I plan to grind my corn (10lbs) and oats (2lbs) into flour consistency to expose more of the starches for better gelatinization during the boil. I'll be pitching in a pound of Rye during cool down for added flavor. My concern is...
by amdamgraham
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Stone plates for corona mill info
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: Stone plates for corona mill info

I just got my stone wheel pieces and assembled to my Corona. It's not cheap, they really stick you for the parts. Grinding from full corn kernel to flour is actually physically easy but time consuming. I only make 12lb batches so it's not the end of the world. I run a bain marie so I distill on grai...
by amdamgraham
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Element and controller questions
Replies: 18
Views: 2071

Re: Element and controller questions

Can someone who has built the Auber controller with exterior heat sink post a picture of your completed unit? I am looking to build one (240v for 30AMP) but I'd like it to be safely mounted or contained.
by amdamgraham
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First All Feints Run
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: First All Feints Run

I have a bain marie pot still. Would watering down feints to low ABV help spread out a feints run in the hopes of gathering some good cuts in the middle?
by amdamgraham
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Help pass iodine test
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: Help pass iodine test

Are there any bits and pieces of corn in your sample? You mentioned "cracked corn" but nothing about the grind. If you did not fine grind the corn and cook the daylights out of it to gelatinize it then you'll see a lot of black/blue in your test. read the threads on corn. People have many different ...
by amdamgraham
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Heirloom corns and grains resource
Replies: 38
Views: 4647

Re: Heirloom corns and grains resource

So I did a quick check on some (science/industry) corn websites and found this site http://www.starch.dk/isi/starch/maize.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow where they compared different types of corn. The starch range was 59.9% - 64.8% across the types. So from a hobb...
by amdamgraham
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 1st Pot Still Build
Replies: 12
Views: 1726

Re: 1st Pot Still Build

To echo Greggn, 5 gallons is way too little cooling and ice may/will lead to what I recall is called "huffing" where you are creating a vacuum of sorts at the output due to the high temperature disparity and that affects the flow. It's winter, find yourself a rain barrel and convert it. Let it fill ...
by amdamgraham
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quality SS Packing
Replies: 43
Views: 4155

Re: Quality SS Packing

That makes more sense to me now. I couldn't tell if some scenarios included plates and others didn't. Thank you.
by amdamgraham
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quality SS Packing
Replies: 43
Views: 4155

Re: Quality SS Packing

I use a Bain Marie with a 4/5" diameter column that is approx 18" high. I experience quite a bit of smearing through the run so I want to introduce scrubbies to try and help distinguish the cuts a bit better but I don't want to over-do it - this is a pot still after-all. It sounds like you folks are...
by amdamgraham
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Heirloom corns and grains resource
Replies: 38
Views: 4647

Re: Heirloom corns and grains resource

I've been exclusively using an heirloom variety called Painted Mountain, a multi-colored corn. It's worth noting that these heirloom varieties don't contain as much starch as feed corn so I'll be curious if someone who is highly experienced can recreate a recipe and report on the yield difference. I...
by amdamgraham
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalization now
Replies: 52
Views: 6798

Re: Legalization now

I believe the Craft Modernization Act was incorporated into a broader bill (ref below) but the home distillation component was stripped out. I think a more specific action item would be helpful in writing your representative. So are 'we" asking our reps to write a completely new bill or perhaps for ...
by amdamgraham
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legalization now
Replies: 52
Views: 6798

Re: Legalization now

Contributing to HD is definitely a good idea as is writing to your own representatives because legalization had bipartisan support from, as I recall, 51 representatives on the Craft Modernization bill. it is likely that legalization was supported by your representative. You can ask your representati...
by amdamgraham
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Malted corn
Replies: 11
Views: 1466

Re: Malted corn

If it's not bread yeast, then what did old timer's use? Were they relying on natural air-born yeasts to start the ferment? I know the recipes for farm cider just used what was on the fruit but that isn't boiled into sterilization as part of the process.
by amdamgraham
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: White waxy, soapy substance
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: White waxy, soapy substance

My first thought was also "Rye" - the rye and barley plant look very much alike with whiskers (probably not the official term).. Was your grain source definitely barley?
by amdamgraham
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Lurker now Member
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: Lurker now Member

After watching the video I assume that you now elevate the jar closer to the end of the worm so it doesn't splash out all over the place near your burner, right? If you can do it easily I would recommend getting the flake stand position such that the distillate exits as far away from the heat source...
by amdamgraham
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Dilution from barrel proof to sipping proof
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: Dilution from barrel proof to sipping proof

I dilute my spirit with quality tasting spring water (purchased), not distilled water. I understand that the minerals in some spring water brands may create cloudiness under some circumstances but I don't drink distilled water normally so why add it to my whiskey? I make my ice cubes at home with ta...
by amdamgraham
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: temp gauge
Replies: 10
Views: 614

Re: temp gauge

We had three temp sensors in our Bain Marie back when we were in the early learning stages and were considering tighter temperature control. There was a gauge in the outer boiler, the inner boiler and at the top of the head. This all plotted onto a graph at regular intervals thanks to a home built p...
by amdamgraham
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Legal Production in Washington State
Replies: 7
Views: 1624

Re: Legal Production in Washington State

I have looked into this a lot and may pursue a commercial operation in the future. It is not for the faint of heart and it is not cheap to start a distillery. That being said, if we all listened to the nay-sayers, we'd never do anything so... Keep in mind that the Federal government doesn't care abo...
by amdamgraham
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What OG to expect?
Replies: 8
Views: 818

Re: What OG to expect?

I will share this tidbit for anyone using cracked corn. Grind it into flour if you can and cook it for two hours... I typically hand-grind corn into a course meal and I cook for 1 hour at 190-200. My yields have been frustratingly low. Recently I cooked-up a batch using store-bought cornmeal which i...
by amdamgraham
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Alcohol Tolerence
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Alcohol Tolerence

Possibly in addition to this - without the reference becoming over-bloated with information - would be an example mash/product/still that are ideal for the yeast tolerance referenced. So as a simple reference table and the understanding that lines blur... Medium/example yeast strain/all grain /pot s...
by amdamgraham
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: How to bend copper pipe to form a traditional worm
Replies: 22
Views: 2564

Re: How to bend copper pipe to form a traditional worm

I have a flake stand for my large rig and a leibig for my small one. As I mentioned in my earlier post the flake stand is made with a 60 gallon rain barrel and I distill in a basement. There is an identical rain barrel outside that fills from my roof and is above basement level. When I need to fill ...
by amdamgraham
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: How to bend copper pipe to form a traditional worm
Replies: 22
Views: 2564

Re: How to bend copper pipe to form a traditional worm

We took three evenly cut lengths of light-duty shelving truss and stood them on end vertically such that it formed three pillars that if you drew an imaginary line from point to point would form a triangle if you were looking down on it. The truss has gaps evenly spaced all along it (for inserting t...
by amdamgraham
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: "Reserve" bourbon aging
Replies: 9
Views: 968

Re: "Reserve" bourbon aging

My brothers and I did some glass jar tests and it was amazing how exposure (or lack thereof) to oxygen changed the spirit. Wood casks breath which is why I buy small wooden casks to age my spirit. I know there are people here who successfully "age" using staves in jars but I am curious about how the...