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by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What am I smelling?
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: What am I smelling?

Did you add it to the low wines or the must/wash? Did you follow a strip/spirit protocol? Low wines can be pretty nasty but they clean up real nice in the spirit run.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airlock pulled water through
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Airlock pulled water through

I put a couple drops of red wine in my S style airlocks so I can see from across the room whether they’re trending positive or negative pressure.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1269

Re: Pot still, single run.

I like the large mouth vessels for larger pieces of staves (not cut down to fingers) and have several one gallon size.

Wonder if you could get a cork to fit the 10l jar?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.
Replies: 13
Views: 508

Re: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.

This could be a very useful alerting mechanism if for instance a certain batch of feed corn were say for example to be found to be contaminated with high levels of pesticides. I’d like to know if i was feeding that to my yeasties.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 16
Views: 404

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

When you mash try to do a starch test with iodine to confirm that all starches are converted.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Back to work, the bars in nola are open!
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Back to work, the bars in nola are open!

Good to hear Chauncey! We’ve got a room at the andrew jackson and reservations at oceana grill over thanksgiving and looking forward to a couple days in the quarter.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: BIAB question
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Re: BIAB question

Depends on whether you want to ferment on or off grain. I ferment on-grain normally and squeeze it when complete. I prefer to maximize extraction and feel like that helps.

Others ferment off grain and sparge like a beer.

Commercially it’s also done both ways.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 34
Views: 616

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

You can freeze the kale. I don't think it takes much. Super-Kleer usually works great on my wines if I even use it but I also sometimes start the ferment with a bentonite slurry. Time is the best clearing agent. Glad you're moving on from the turbo and charcoal dance. Better sooner than later. Cheer...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Sourcing Likker Bottles
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Sourcing Likker Bottles

I make wine so have a bunch of wine bottles and also use either the reusable whiskey corks or a regular wine cork. I've got a handful of decanters too and will keep other cool looking whiskey bottles that I can re-label. If it's etched or I can't remove the branding then it goes in the recycle bin.....
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 68
Views: 1394

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

I'll put my hand under the spout and rub em together like it's sanitizer and cup them into my nose to get a big wiff too.. Love it!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Looking recipes to try
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Looking recipes to try

Here's a some in the Tried & True Recipes forum:
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=14

Welcome to HD and read all the beginners info till your eyes bleed lol!

Got any pics of your setup?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 266

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

Bollox! It's either the angels sent by the whiskey gods taking nips along the way or you've got teenagers... What you need is a camera!

Cheers,
jonny

ps - congratulations on the barrel!
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: your thoughts on dephleg
Replies: 17
Views: 343

Re: your thoughts on dephleg

If you haven’t gotten it yet. If you already have it try packing some copper mesh in there to conduct a little better.
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 297
Views: 19435

Re: No Mash No sugar

I don't have a particular thread - just what I've read about making sake. Ferment takes about a month and is typically at a lower temp and the rice additions are made over a period of days as well instead of all at once - from what I gather the conversion of starches to sugars doesn't happen all at ...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirts
Replies: 67
Views: 2506

Re: HD T-Shirts

I have several "Distillery T-Shirts" of places I have done "The Tour" and no-one around here gives a sh*t what's on your T-Shirt. Just my $0.02!
johnny-cash-middle-finger.jpg
Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 297
Views: 19435

Re: No Mash No sugar

My understanding is that gravity is not necessarily the best indicator in this koji scenario. I've done Sake's a couple times using koji/yeast and it takes a while for the koji to convert the rice to sugars. The yeast converts the sugars to alcohol as the starches are converted to sugars. This is on...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: extra grains
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: extra grains

+1 on adding grocery store oats and maybe even a small (5-10%) addition of a specialty malt. Sometimes I’ll toast the oats in the oven. Gelatinization and liquid enzymes ensure a good conversion. Feed corn is cheap @ $7/50# here but i’ll also use grocery store corn meal 5# bags.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux from this design?
Replies: 26
Views: 555

Re: Reflux from this design?

The open design with a helmet on top would be pretty cool. Say 15-20x 1/2 tubes on a 4” fitting with some area for good air flow. 48”tall? 60”?

Cheers,
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast bomb making
Replies: 16
Views: 331

Re: Yeast bomb making

Acidity increases as pH value decreases.
Alkalinity decreases as pH value decreases.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux from this design?
Replies: 26
Views: 555

Re: Reflux from this design?

So this is essentially an air cooled dephlegmator/column section?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast bomb making
Replies: 16
Views: 331

Re: Yeast bomb making

When I do a large ferment I'll start a couple days early rehydrating one pack (or cleaned slurry from my fridge), add some stovetop low SG mash, move it up to a 5 gallon bucket and add some more mash (still low'ish SG) - Starting it all a couple days early with nutes (boiled yeast and/or fermaid dep...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: 4" plates vs packed testing for neutral
Replies: 41
Views: 5640

Re: 4" plates vs packed testing for neutral

I was wondering if anyone had used packed material (eg; copper mesh/etc) and incorporated j-tube or similar downcommers into the packed arrangement to separate sections of flooding/fluid-bath.

How might this affect the stacking and output WRT a packed column?

Cheers!
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Does ageing whiskey affect alcohol measuring?
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: Does ageing whiskey affect alcohol measuring?

Yeah just enjoy it and approximate'ish is usually close enough for most home distillers. I believe the TTB delineate's between different amounts of eg; solids in the product under measure. ie if it's a liquer with sugars added it's going to measure different or perhaps a fruit macerated product with...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Trying out my Distilling Senses in Public
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Trying out my Distilling Senses in Public

My girl squirted a little in my hand at the Nashville Botanical Gardens for an art install walkthrough we did couple months ago and we both swear it was pretty close to honey bear lol!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirts
Replies: 67
Views: 2506

Re: HD T-Shirts

That’s what tatoo’s are for! So we can ID eachother even when the fancy threads have been work bare.

And whatever you do please make it cost at least double. I don’t mind double’ish.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Polishing Finished Spirits
Replies: 22
Views: 781

Re: Polishing Finished Spirits

I'd think that distilling would clear up any mash issues. I use bottled spring water for proofing. That might help as a test?

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: New fermenter question.
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: New fermenter question.

Fill it with corn mash and infected backset a couple times and it'll smell real good!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Fermaid K ingredients?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Fermaid K ingredients?

Fresh bakers yeast boiled works well. I've used yeast supplement from the grocer too as well as trub.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Fermaid K ingredients?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Fermaid K ingredients?

Pugi's Rum or "Pugirum" https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5994 I will start with my " Yeast Bomb " 2 vitamin B, crushed with mortor and pestal 5 teaspoons of 20-0-0, agrcultural fertalizer 1/4 teaspoon of epsom salt 1/4 cup bakers yeast 1 gallon water Boil all for 15 minutes and ...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 64
Views: 1269

Re: Pot still, single run.

Bare handed for the shed ass-istant... Good stilling practices are highly encouraged lol..