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by Badmotivator
Sun May 09, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

I just completed a bunch of barrels today. Ain't they pretty, all lined up and proud?
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I love seeing a big rack like that, but one of those in particular made my heart flutter a little more than all of the rest:
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by Badmotivator
Sat May 08, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Any chance of just selling the pre-made barrel heads? Save on freight and time sourcing and weathering the oak.. I would be interested in that because I live in Australia and shipping would be easier. Less bulky. I love the idea of these barrels but would not be able to make them. I am not skilled ...
by Badmotivator
Fri May 07, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

So this is charred, ya? Will it become an option for purchase in your shop??? :D Duck I just put together 14 barrels today, crossing the “100” line. They’re all filled with water. I’m on vacation this weekend, but when I get back those barrels will have proven tight and they’ll be ready to go! All ...
by Badmotivator
Thu May 06, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Here’s a treat! IrishGnome came through like a goddamned champion on the custom shields for charring barrel heads. It isn’t every day that a new tool gives you such a giant leap in quality and convenience, eliminates problems, etc. so when it happens... boy, that’s a good feeling that doesn’t wear o...
by Badmotivator
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Damn! My barrel's too big!
Replies: 31
Views: 1545

Re: Damn! My barrel's too big!

Salty, my research leads me to think that wax use is extensive in cooperage. “ A natural wax is then put between the joints to prevent minor leaks from happening in the first 10 minutes that whisky is put in the barrel before the wood has a chance to swell.” from https://vinepair.com/articles/bourbo...
by Badmotivator
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New Member
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: New Member

Puns are the lowest form of humor, so you’ll fit right in here. :) Welcome!
by Badmotivator
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Re: Spirit run math

I know I’m late to this party, but I have a couple of suggestions for wpkluck that might help: 1. You should shorten your spirit run times by running them at high power. I know that it is basically orthodoxy that spirit runs have to be run slower on a pot still, but I am a die-hard heretic. My resea...
by Badmotivator
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New old guy who finds this really cool
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: New old guy who finds this really cool

Welcome! I hope you find a few things here to set your kettle boiling. :) I found that I enjoyed other spirits even more as I got into this hobby. Maybe it’ll be the same for you? Anyway, if you run into trouble or want to have folks suggest adjustments to your plans, you’ll find a lot of helpful pe...
by Badmotivator
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

News: I think I am going to scrap the circle-cutting jig. That thing is awesome when it’s set up juuuuuust right on granddad’s old bandsaw. Which it never is. The blade deflects, gets bogged down, I say bad words, it’s ugly. I’ve decided to just freehand a “circle” on a compass line, and do all of t...
by Badmotivator
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Manufactures Ads /Links
Topic: Badmotivator Barrels
Replies: 0
Views: 1248

Badmotivator Barrels

Hey, folks. If you would like to try aging spirits in Badmotivator Barrels but you can't make them yourself, you can purchase them here: https://badmotivatorbarrels.com The site also has thorough and up-to-date instructions on how to build them . The original Badmotivator Barrel thread is still wort...
by Badmotivator
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: ABV question for small cask
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: ABV question for small cask

It looks like this is one of those questions where you will be given different answers from different people. In homebrewing, when you start to worry about the minutiae of recipe or technique, you can take comfort in the knowledge that no matter what, it’s going to turn out “beer” one way or the oth...
by Badmotivator
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Thanks. I miss some things using tapatalk. I never saw your signature. Your work is awesome. Shoot, I never thought of that. I’ve had a link to my instructional videos in my sig for years, and I thought that would be enough for anyone who might need them. Darn it. Folks, at the risk of being accuse...
by Badmotivator
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

How long should the oak be seasoned and should it be out in full weather rain etc or partially shielded? Stave mills put their wood out in giant yards and just let it sit there, in the weather, for years. My opinion is that oak should have as long as you can stand to wait. A rainy season with the o...
by Badmotivator
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

I know this looks weird, but bear with me... IMG_6899.JPG I decided to pull a Medium Toast, No Char barrel from the store and run a test on it. Here's the idea: In years past, the barrels I made used wood weathered over maybe one winter, which works. But during my long hiatus, I had a bunch of wood ...
by Badmotivator
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

I read this thread a while back and researched on google but I haven't been able to find a good way to cut a circle. Have you posted your circle cutting jig? I was planning to remake that video with my newer jig, on my "new" (1973) bandsaw, but haven't gotten to it yet. In the mean time, I included...
by Badmotivator
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Funny thing is that I have a 12 ton press too and was going to use it to press in the head. I know that one of your pots split, so I am trying to figure out where the middle ground is. My friend and I just bottled a blend of brandies that he was aging in badmotivator barrels since Jan ‘17. One of h...
by Badmotivator
Thu Mar 25, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Whiskey barrels for aging
Replies: 28
Views: 1503

Re: Whiskey barrels for aging

Ha! I've got a sweet hook up on once used Barrel Mill 5 gallon barrels from the local distillery for $50 a peice. But sometimes you don't want to commit to making 5 gallons of something only to find out after all that aging you don't like what you made. Good point. Great price though! Also, sometim...
by Badmotivator
Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Whiskey barrels for aging
Replies: 28
Views: 1503

Re: Whiskey barrels for aging

That's All Great information! Twisted Brick and I have chatted a good bit about making a couple of these. I still go back and fourth about just leaving the barrel head whole, and putting a 1.5 inch ferrule on the side (top) of the Baine Marie. Of course the maturation curve is going to be fully dep...
by Badmotivator
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Whiskey barrels for aging
Replies: 28
Views: 1503

Re: Whiskey barrels for aging

I just checked out your website. Glad to see you're making these for retail sale now. I hope they're bringing you a little bit of income. The size seems about perfect for what I get out of a 25 gallon ferment. You've got a few spirits now Im sure that have matured well in them. Tell me, how long yo...
by Badmotivator
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Whiskey barrels for aging
Replies: 28
Views: 1503

Re: Whiskey barrels for aging

I particularly love “Yes We Are All About The Environment”

Gotta put that on my website. :)
by Badmotivator
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story
Replies: 115
Views: 23348

Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Badmotivator, amazing work! Hope you're still happy with ur build? I plan on adding a 4 inch ferrule to my keg as filling and cleaning port and want to solder it, just the way you did with the 8 inch. How did you heat the top of the keg? Should i try to heat evenly around the ferrule before adding ...
by Badmotivator
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 679
Views: 101172

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

I'm thinking of making some of these. The lid is a press fit. What I'd like to know is how much of a press fit ? 10 thou over ? 20 thou over ? Or how much force does it take to properly press in ? 2 tons ? 4 tons ? 6 tons ? Thanks for the great thread. Cheers, CD! I don’t think you need to worry mu...
by Badmotivator
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Barrel Surface Area to Volume Ratio, Bourbon and Wine
Replies: 11
Views: 15687

Re: Barrel Surface Area to Volume Ratio, Bourbon and Wine

The table I set up looks pretty well junked. Here's the gist of it as an image:
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by Badmotivator
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I aint dead. But almost...
Replies: 35
Views: 3111

Re: I aint dead. But almost...

Welcome back! It's nice to see an old familiar name. :)
by Badmotivator
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 15gal keg still build.
Replies: 38
Views: 6141

Re: 15gal keg still build.

Thanks for the update, JD. Now we're gonna need regular updates to know you're safe too. I grew up down there but's it's been a long time. I don't remember anything even remotely like what you all are going through in the 20 years I lived in the Bay Area. It's a little shaky sometimes but these wick...
by Badmotivator
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 15gal keg still build.
Replies: 38
Views: 6141

Re: 15gal keg still build.

JD, for more ideas about element placement and a cabinet around your still, take a look at my boiler build:
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by Badmotivator
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Coffee roasting
Replies: 70
Views: 8567

Re: Coffee roasting

I don't know how I missed this thread, Nerdy. I've been roasting my own coffee for about 12 years. I bought a Hottop roaster, for which I paid around $750. At the time I thought it was a silly extravagance, but it's still going strong. I figure I save at least a couple of bucks for every pound I roa...
by Badmotivator
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Panela Yield Question
Replies: 40
Views: 4799

Re: Panela Yield Question

I found records from yet another batch of panela I processed which resulted in virtually the same yield I documented earlier. 55# of panela in 40 gallons ferment, finished dry at 10 00 with an 8% ABV. Distillation resulted in a cut of 8.2 liters when proofed down to 56% ABV. Just for apples to appl...
by Badmotivator
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cooling Water Disposal Question
Replies: 28
Views: 2842

Re: Cooling Water Disposal Question

Lucky you, here in extremely wet Seattle my water rates are about 25 cents per gal :x OVZ Are you sure, OVZ? That seemed crazy to me so I looked up the highest rate in your area. It looks like the highest bracket (heavy user, peak months) is charged $11.80 per 100 cuft. I make that out to be 1.6 ce...
by Badmotivator
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Panela Yield Question
Replies: 40
Views: 4799

Re: Panela Yield Question

Anyone remember this hare-brained idea? https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=64060 We were seeing SHY numbers for panela around 10 or 11. That means every 10-11 pounds of panela produces a gallon of 80-proof hearts. Your number will vary because of a million little differences in your...