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by jonnys_spirit
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Explain CCVM to me?
Replies: 17
Views: 194

Re: Explain CCVM to me?

Here’s a good article to reference:

https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... =1&t=46605
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: R.C. with variable diameter
Replies: 11
Views: 140

Re: R.C. with variable diameter

I was thinking of winding two separate copper coils for my CCVM so you don't need to raise/lower the coil. One fully blocking the feed into the PC and the second positioned just above the output path... Water flow valves down by the boiler.. Mostly so you don't need to get up on the ladder with a ta...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best set-up for whiskey
Replies: 18
Views: 420

Re: Best set-up for whiskey

I've used US05 a number of times and i'll typically purchase a handful of different beer yeasts when I'm running whiskey just for variety... I'll build up a starter for a large pitch as the mash usually takes a couple days and harvest/clean yeast from that first ferment in the series to use and make...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Legalization of Home Distilling
Topic: Don't Shoot at your neighbors
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Don't Shoot at your neighbors

That's a lot of barrels for that small alembic - He's been working hard for 70!

Don't let em in without a warrant and have your bugout plan in place before they arrive... You just might get a heads up..

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: HBB leftovers
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: HBB leftovers

Probably could chuck in some more honey malt too for a little flavor bump if you like that kind of thing?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First time using a preheater for strips
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: First time using a preheater for strips

You usually see these with a vapor path doing the heat exchange. Love the different KISS approach utilizing what you had to make it work!

Did you DIY the fluted reducer section of the lyne arm as well?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 30 gallon copper pot
Replies: 26
Views: 498

Re: 30 gallon copper pot

Very nice work love it! Clean it from the inside with whiskey lol :)

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Is the thumper the difference?
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: Is the thumper the difference?

ABV and boiling temp of liquids and related vapor are related like this. CelsiusABV600.jpg The ABV of the liquid in both the boiler and thumper interact as well as ABV of the related vapors - And it changes throughout a run as the alcohols are depleted... Choosing cuts by ABV or temp is not necessar...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Just need someone who "knows" to tell me my still design looks good?
Replies: 26
Views: 624

Re: Just need someone who "knows" to tell me my still design looks good?

This looks like a good pot still! I'd add more ports if you can do it... Something larger on the bottom for draining as well as the top for cleaning and/or refilling without breaking it all down. I find a thermowell towards the middle of the boiler helpful but you don't really need any thermometer.....
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Buttery flavor
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Buttery flavor

i throw in dollop of butter on strips lol... But that's to prevent puking...

Also do some research on yeast and diacetyl production - Buttery Chardonnay and how malolactic fermentation plays in to this.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Earth based condensing theory question
Replies: 24
Views: 406

Re: Earth based condensing theory question

How about. Recirculating water system where the hot wayer goes outside to be cooled then back inside to feed your condenser. Water seems to be pretty good at transferring the heat and it’s easy enough to move especially if you can implement a pump and some valves to control the speed. I’m thinking a...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 20
Views: 318

Re: Spirit run math

If you want to be more efficient with the still you have at the moment you could up your fermenter to a 32 gallon brute pretty easy so you don't have to wait as long to do the next ferment and you could use your buckets to hold unrun beer. Doing 3-4 full strips charged with wash/beer then a full cha...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Flexible mead recipe.
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Flexible mead recipe.

Just ferment it like you would any particular mead recipe and strip/spirit run it. I’m a huge fan of spirit made from honey and have used it with various fruits and grains. I’ll make it whenever i can get discount honey and occasionally do a special batch and pay regular honey prices. Adjuncts like ...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

I do the same with a flour sack towel stuffed in the carboy throat so it can breathe and upend it into the milk can to dump low wines into the boiler. I don’t have a teflon racking hose yet for higher abv but i do use a standard auto siphon to rack into a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 at a time for filling th...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

Milk crates are pretty good for holding and moving carboys around safely but I tend to just be very careful and lift mine without any contraptions... I get nervous thinking about it!
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

I don’t recommend those carboy handles. A full carboy is heavy and lifting by the neck with the handle concentrates a lot if pressure at that point. Shattering carboys are very dangerous. Handle with extreme care and be safe.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

That tubing probably isn’t the right diameter for garden variety 1/2 copper from the HW store...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

Would be very convenient to have a couple lengths in the shed. Ordered.

Cheers!
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

Teflon tube and cooper racking cane -
Quickun PTFE Teflon Tubing Tube, 8mm ID x 10mm OD Teflon Tube for 3D Printer, 3.3Ft Length
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 899

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

I saw this stone mill at the international shop today while picking up a bag of glutinous rice. Feels good to have other options but i enjoy the nostalgia.
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Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 14
Views: 499

Re: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

Agree with OVZ and on the other hand I've purposefully made small quantities of over-oaked wines and ports to add to my aging stock for so-called finishing touches - Added the wine sometimes and pieces of the wine macerated wood other times... As a matter of fact when I draw off an aging bottle the ...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Grappa
Topic: Grapa Help
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: Grapa Help

I've used the EX-V for increased extraction on grapes.. Might be worthwhile? Can turn the skins rather mushy too if you use too much.

https://scottlab.com/fermentation-cellar/enzymes/

If you have adequate quantity i'd stick with a traditional approach.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: foreshots for sacrificial?
Replies: 14
Views: 258

Re: foreshots for sacrificial?

The sacrificial run removes any oils and fluxes which are captured in the output. Recommended to not re-use sacrificial run product for further sacrificial runs. Burn it (safely). That’s why it’s called sacrificial - because you provide this alcohol to the stilling gods in the form of a sacrifice. C...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 899

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

I did a corona mod with some nested homer buckets and running it on a drill. The battery drill wasn’t really enough to get through a run so i bought a dedicated corded drill with more power that wouldn’t overheat. A couple spills of my rigged up hopper was pretty frustrating. Ended up with an agrist...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Agitator?
Replies: 36
Views: 2991

Re: Agitator?

$500 for 240V single phase? Wonder how many amps that draws.. that might make a lot of sense for stripping AG on gas. Hi Jonny - try Distillex Store on Aliexpress. They seem to have them coming in and out of stock. Thanks! I’ve heard that store mentioned around here and found a couple of these in t...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Agitator?
Replies: 36
Views: 2991

Re: Agitator?

I tried searching distilling agitators on alibaba but no luck for 240V 2" TC style.. Any pointers? I don't know what size boiler would be appropriate for a 6" plater but 4" seems to be adequate for hobby sized boilers 30g and under... How much capacity and power would it take to drive a 6" btw (just...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Agitator?
Replies: 36
Views: 2991

Re: Agitator?

$500 for 240V single phase? Wonder how many amps that draws.. that might make a lot of sense for stripping AG on gas.
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: 120v element in small boiler
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: 120v element in small boiler

Are those bananas?
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Mile Hi 220V 30amp Variable Controller Question
Replies: 13
Views: 270

Re: Mile Hi 220V 30amp Variable Controller Question

Much cheaper to hard wire it and mount the controller if you;re running a circuit to a box but that's just a suggestion... The plugs and sockets get pricey... And the element is already on a twist-lock plug/socket for easy and safe disconnect...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Mile Hi 220V 30amp Variable Controller Question
Replies: 13
Views: 270

Re: Mile Hi 220V 30amp Variable Controller Question

It's also left open so you can hardwire the controller to the circuit drop and the element is on an extension (6ft?)... I wired a dryer plug to mine and use that outlet with is 30A 240V but I might hard-wire it someday to a dedicated circuit.