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by OtisT
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging information
Topic: shooting thumper with cherries
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: shooting thumper with cherries

Sounds interesting pynys pub. Any chance you could attach a pic of your rig. I am having a hard time visualizing the shooting chamber thing, especially after your comment on back pressure. Would be nice to understand your rig before answering. Safety first. As for shooting after heads, that is corre...
by OtisT
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Cancer and other medical shit.
Replies: 92
Views: 7384

Re: Cancer and other medical shit.

Only one more year of treatment and not five? What a great surprise.

I hope you have a nice spirit aging now that will be ready in a year when you celebrate.

Otis
by OtisT
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do certain things increase your heads cut
Replies: 32
Views: 553

Re: Do certain things increase your heads cut

Keep the ferment in the yeast's optimal temp range. Ok so not even 24 hrs after your advice and I forgot to turn my heater off and my mash is at 30c. You can lead a horse to water...... So I turned off heat and removed insulation. Temps over night were 10c but it only dropped from 30c to 29c is the...
by OtisT
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Sundae Chocolate Bourbon
Replies: 97
Views: 10414

Re: Sundae Chocolate Bourbon

It sounds like most of you are using pot stills? Anyone using a flute and making getting a "ready to barrel" in one run? If so, what are you seeing for alcohol % ? Or should I treat this like other whiskeys when making my cuts? I tend to follow the % and taste. If this one carries a difficult taste...
by OtisT
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts

From my limited experience, go well under 10% if you want subtle. Maybe around 5-6%.

Be sure to update us on what you decide and how it turns out.

Otis
by OtisT
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Still used for lavender essential oil 4 times, safe to distill gin now?
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Still used for lavender essential oil 4 times, safe to distill gin now?

I occasionally extract oil using one one of my spirit stills. My rule is that if I can smell the oil, it should be cleaned before distilling spirits in it. Cleaning before a gin run would be especially important IMHO. I use a mildly acidic water with a light brushing to clean mine. Let it dry and sm...
by OtisT
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Tubing and Thumper question
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Tubing and Thumper question

It's not the steam pressure that is the concern, it's the vacuum caused by the cooling of the boiler sucking the contents out of the thumper back though your system. Your system should not have much pressure at all as it is open to the atmosphere. So either add a vacuum relief valve or crack a line...
by OtisT
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 425

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

A lot of people talk about "compressing" heads. As the equipment we distill with shouldn't generate any pressure at all I'd see the term "concentrating" as more appropriate. I agree that concentration is a much more appropriate term. I have been using the terminology I read/learned here on HD by sa...
by OtisT
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Shady's Sugar Shine
Replies: 149
Views: 31767

Re: Shady's Sugar Shine

I'm planning on making a gin using juniper berries from my own tree. I have made gin once before. But this time, I want to cutback the botanical's, and make a lighter tasting gin. Can't wait! I’m with you, liking lighter gins. By lighter, I mean less Juniper. I use Shady’s recipe for my base and fo...
by OtisT
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Swaging Tool Drill Bit
Replies: 32
Views: 658

Re: Swaging Tool Drill Bit

Never considered swaging with a drill; Is there an advantage? I use something like this, and a hammer. HDX-Swaging-Tool-–-1000-012-501.jpg Cost was less than 8 cad beer tokens. That and a pipe flaring tool used on exhaust systems for 1.5 and 2 inch pipe. Largest is 3/4" actually. Can't imagine usin...
by OtisT
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Swaging Tool Drill Bit
Replies: 32
Views: 658

Re: Swaging Tool Drill Bit

I have a set like Bushman posted that goes up to 7/8. Love it. works great on soft copper and with a powerful and fast drill I have used it on hard drawn copper. Its just tough to hold the pipe if it is straight. P.S. It gets hot as hell use caution. Have you tried a low RPM drill motor? Just wonde...
by OtisT
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Swaging Tool Drill Bit
Replies: 32
Views: 658

Re: Swaging Tool Drill Bit

OtisT see if this helps. http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21258 I have the tools that Expat and Deplorable posted an have had varying degrees of success, next time I use the tapered expander I will try it in a drill. In the op video I noticed a bend in the pipe that in effect was ...
by OtisT
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Swaging Tool Drill Bit
Replies: 32
Views: 658

Re: Swaging Tool Drill Bit

Bushman, thanks for sharing that. I like the type you shared. I have used the hammer in kind and find it a PITA, mainly because it is hard to maintain a grip on the pipe without crushing/scaring It while trying to hammer the flaring bit in. I don’t think the tool you shared would present the same le...
by OtisT
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" over a 2" Reflux Condenser Head? Help
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: 3" over a 2" Reflux Condenser Head? Help

I can’t speak from experience to the LM side of what you propose, but I have done a lot of distilling with a 2” VM head over a 3” packed column and don’t see any issues with it. (Of course, I don’t know what I’m missing.). The way I see it is my copper coil RC in the 2” section can handle my max of ...
by OtisT
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 425

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

I too had read the "complete distiller" and tried to follow it twice, and was thinking that if it was in full reflux, how is it going to stack in the column?? I’ve never tried to stack foreshots, personally using the slow heat up approach to bleed off foreshots without any reflux going. I have had ...
by OtisT
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: gifted copper plate But it is yellow?
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: gifted copper plate But it is yellow?

I’m no metallurgist, but that looks exactly like brass and does not even closely resemble copper. I personally would not use it.

What does it sound like? Brass has a definitive ring to it, while copper sounds much more dampened.

Otis
by OtisT
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Impact of forest fire smoke on fruit for distilling
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Impact of forest fire smoke on fruit for distilling

Hi folks. I’m curious about the impact of forest fire smoke on fruit for distilling. Currently, massive climate change induced fires rage across the western US. Orange skies and the sickly smell of creosote and other nasties extend across the major fruit growing regions of CA, OR, WA and more. Other...
by OtisT
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!
Replies: 249
Views: 23999

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Ya, different strokes.... and please consider my advice in the context of the question asked. The poster In the previous message I replied to said he could not tell a heads cut point by smell and asked for advice, so I gently recommended he consider trying by taste. I smattered my response with “jus...
by OtisT
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: How to mark the glass (video)
Replies: 12
Views: 238

Re: How to mark the glass (video)

Thanks for sharing Demy. I have done this myself with great success, marking my carboys in one liter increments. Alternative method: As an alternative to using a dremmel tool for marking a glass as this video shows, I used a craft etching paste (acid) to mark each measure line. The little jar of gla...
by OtisT
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!
Replies: 249
Views: 23999

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

I’ll just reply to your post, not the whole thread, that you should consider making head cuts by taste, not smell. Just my personal opinion that I find this more definitive/repeatable than cuts by smell.
by OtisT
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First run in almost a year and first Plum brandy
Replies: 61
Views: 1539

Re: First run in almost a year and first Plum brandy

Bushman wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:18 pm
Just picked a bunch of plums today now I have to fight my wife for them.
We know who is going to win this one. Nice knowing you Bushman. (Insert smile face with black eyes here). Otis
by OtisT
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: vapor temp swings and bursts
Replies: 24
Views: 463

Re: vapor temp swings and bursts

He is running a pot still, so no packing. The way this is described, I’m not sure if your product stream is consistent or not. Is your product stream consistent while your thermometer is seeing temp surges? It could just be early condensation drops on the thermo probe that stop dripping when things ...
by OtisT
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: vapor temp swings and bursts
Replies: 24
Views: 463

Re: vapor temp swings and bursts

What is your heat source? Is it on a controller for consistent power, or perhaps a hot plate or stove that cycles on/off?

Otis
by OtisT
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: CCVM Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 581

Re: CCVM Questions

#1. On the colum of a ccvm still, is it necessary to make the tee and the arm going to your condenser the same size as the colum? No, assuming you don’t want to fraction with a 1:1 reflux ratio. I don’t know anyone who does that. I run a 1” output on a 3” column and a 3/4” outlet on my 2” column an...
by OtisT
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Input on Junior Still Build
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Input on Junior Still Build

It depends on what your needs are. Just my opinion, but you will want something with a smaller minimum volume than you can get with that short/fatty. Several ways to do this, and I’ll list a few: Maybe a tall/skinny? (1/6 bbl, 5 gal total volume.). As an example, I have a short/skinny that holds abo...
by OtisT
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi from PDX
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Hi from PDX

Howdy neighbor and welcome to HD. You want to make a clean neutral there are some good recipes in the tried and true section. My favorite is Shady’s sugar shine. You will want a fractioning column to get the cleanest neutral, and I don’t know many who fraction using a 1” column. 2” seemed really slo...
by OtisT
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First run in almost a year and first Plum brandy
Replies: 61
Views: 1539

Re: First run in almost a year and first Plum brandy

Looking good OVZ. :-)

Otis
by OtisT
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: has anyone turned a big barrel into a little barrel?
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: has anyone turned a big barrel into a little barrel?

I’ll bet the staves could be remilled into staves for a badmo barrel head. I make those in 1 to 3 gallon size and they age product at a pace like a large barrel. See the link to badmo barrels in my signature below.

Otis
by OtisT
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1406

Re: Crystal malts

Hypno. You may get 4 gallons of of high wines from that batch, but after cuts you will be left with only half that. (Approximation). My assumption above about your yield is based on the weight of the grains you are using. Has little to do with the amount of water. As for your target ABV, you should ...
by OtisT
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1406

Re: Crystal malts

Sounds tasty hypno. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

What is your total ferment volume after adding all the grains?

Do you plan to do 2 or 3 more ferments with the same bill to fill that barrel?

Otis