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by OtisT
Sat May 01, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Other Stilling Hardware (condensers, flanges, controllers)
Topic: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation

Hi Rootbeers. I bought my vacuum pump at the auto supply store. I’m sure you know that this is dangerous stuff. Be careful. Yep, I am, I have enough lab experience to know how dangerous steam is... I’m no expert though I have a little experience. I have learned the hard way that you can’t vacuum wh...
by OtisT
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Other Stilling Hardware (condensers, flanges, controllers)
Topic: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation

I don’t think a carboy is a good thing to have in your vacuum system. It’s thin glass and not designed for that kind of pressure. Very dangerous at the pressure you need to have a significant impact on evaporation temps. Boom. What is the benefit of the extra space? If it’s part of the overall volum...
by OtisT
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Other Stilling Hardware (condensers, flanges, controllers)
Topic: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation

Hi Rootbeers. I bought my vacuum pump at the auto supply store. I’m sure you know that this is dangerous stuff. Be careful. I’m no expert though I have a little experience. I have learned the hard way that you can’t vacuum while the heat is on! The boiler will outpace any vacuum system. And you need...
by OtisT
Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Good morning from the PNW
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: Good morning from the PNW

Tripwire, Welcome to HD. Is your river rivalry an east/west thing or possibly a north/south thing, and which bank are you on? I’m on the East side and everyone knows we make better booze on the east side. ;-)

Otis
by OtisT
Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: I did it! I have officially started the journey.
Replies: 94
Views: 2006

Re: I did it! I have officially started the journey.

I’m really enjoying following this thread. Keep up the great work. Otis
by OtisT
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Finished product color
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: Finished product color

PoppaW, As said above, it’s mostly about the wood type, wood treatment and time. I made a few threads where I played around with various woods and treatments (toasts/char). I took lots of pictures that show how varying toast levels, char, and different woods look compared to each other. To see those...
by OtisT
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: High Ester Bourbon
Replies: 48
Views: 4876

Re: High Ester Bourbon

So this bourbon may be better than I thought. It’s been a see-saw ride for sure, so what is one more twist in the story.... The problem. The small samples I have pulled every few months have the same medicinal smell/taste. I know what I am smelling for and it just hits me right from the start. When ...
by OtisT
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: High Ester Bourbon
Replies: 48
Views: 4876

Re: High Ester Bourbon

So 2.5 years in to this, how does the spirit taste? Short answer: Crap. It has a distinct off smell/taste to it. The best description I can come up with to describe that smell is “band aid”, which I believe is the same as what some call a “medicinal” smell. Airing my jars after the spirit run there...
by OtisT
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Sediment in coffee filtered whiskey
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: Sediment in coffee filtered whiskey

If a filter does not do the trick, you could let the spirit settle then siphon off the clear liquid.

Otis
by OtisT
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Pot still or column still in pot mode, which is faster?
Replies: 20
Views: 579

Re: Pot still or column still in pot mode, which is faster?

foolproof wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:44 am
I thought I replied my bad. A CM still.
Cool. The CM columns I am familiar with are not vented (except through the PC as previously mentioned) so with no RC or dephlag cooling, it should produce product just as fast as a pot head will if all else is equal. Otis
by OtisT
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Pot still or column still in pot mode, which is faster?
Replies: 20
Views: 579

Re: Pot still or column still in pot mode, which is faster?

What kind of column is it? VM, LM, CM? If your column is not closed off from the atmosphere (like a pot still) then you may be limited in the power you can use with your column and the Pot still would be faster for stripping. Example: My VM head will work for pot stilling, but it is vented on the to...
by OtisT
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Dimroth - Will this Work?
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: Dimroth - Will this Work?

What is your maximum power input? What is your water flow rate through the coil? Is your water supply consistent and cold, or a reservoir/pump system? ****** I run a similar dimroth. (See my pot-n-thumper post in my signature for info on my dimroth). My coil will pass 3.5 lpm or 1 gallon per minute ...
by OtisT
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: needing some help with cuts - reduced sense of taste
Replies: 17
Views: 416

Re: needing some help with cuts - reduced sense of tasteo

OK, I’ll explain how I make cuts to see if it will work for you by feel. I collect in jars so that each has the same volume and each is 5% or less of the total volume. (20+ jars). Tails cut As I sample jars from hearts toward tails, the smell of tails starts feint and gets progressively worse. The t...
by OtisT
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: needing some help with cuts - reduced sense of taste
Replies: 17
Views: 416

Re: needing some help with cuts - reduced sense of taste

I’m curious if your sense of taste is totally gone, or if you can possibly detect some things that maybe are not tastes but more like what you feel in your mouth. For example, if you proof down samples from your jars, if you take a sip can you detect a difference between jars 2, 7, and 15? (Be sure ...
by OtisT
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me
Replies: 21
Views: 452

Re: Not knowing is a terrible thing - HETP shocker for me

As others have said, a person can get very close to 95% with only a meter of packing in a 2” column. In my experience it simply takes some fine tuning of heat input, reflux, and takeoff rate to get there. (Along with a well packed and insulated rig.) It takes experimenting, watching vapor temp while...
by OtisT
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Butter Rum
Replies: 376
Views: 35345

Re: Butter Rum

I reckon Ima make 50 gal ferment next weekend after the HBB is finished stripping and squeezed. I still have some aged dunder from 2017 that was sterilized and sealed. Figure 15% total volume will do for some nice flavors and will add 20% to final spirit run for some complexity and funk. Been holdi...
by OtisT
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone else got the Wuhan?
Replies: 254
Views: 18152

Re: Anyone else got the Wuhan?

shadylane wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:05 pm
Compare past statements and predictions. With what has actually happened.
Then judge whether to believe what they say about the future :wink:
Amen Brother!
by OtisT
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Smaller batch in big still?
Replies: 35
Views: 991

Re: Smaller batch in big still?

I have done something in the past similar to what homebrewer did. I placed a lot of rasching rings in the bottom of my boiler to displace some liquid at the bottom of my boiler. This decreased the minimum volume needed to keep my element covered throughout the run. I didn’t notice any problems with ...
by OtisT
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Brainstorm with me please
Replies: 17
Views: 583

Re: Brainstorm with me please

What kind of condenser do you use? If you have a shotgun you could cut the pipe after the 180degree bend then add a 2” ferrule there for attachment to your vertically mounted condenser. If you have a side attached condenser (2” ferrule attached horizontally) you could use the entire piece as is and ...
by OtisT
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: First Bottle of Laphroaig
Replies: 19
Views: 2459

Re: First Bottle of Laphroaig

Tom. Welcome to the wonderful world of peated whiskey. :thumbup: :thumbup: I’m sItting on two small barrels of the first (and only) peated whiskey I have made. Reading this makes me want to go sample them now. I think it’s been 2.5 years. It smells so wonderful making this stuff. Enjoy your journey ...
by OtisT
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Soldering - too tight of a joint?
Replies: 38
Views: 1364

Re: Soldering - too tight of a joint?

Remember always heat the fitting not the pipe. Im curious how this turned out. Interesting . I find the opersite . I heat the copper and let the heat transfer to the stainless . The copper is a better conductor and will suck away the heat as you apply it . But when its up to temp it will transfer t...
by OtisT
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Running a spirit run on a new 3" column still
Replies: 17
Views: 633

Re: Running a spirit run on a new 3" column still

Wouldn’t this be a packed flute? Yeah I guess you could call it a flute if you like ,its only short a 3-4 plates ...a few down comers.....some sight glasses and a needle valve to adjust water flow to the defleg. Why don't we just call it a Boka .....its only short a couple of slant plates and a nee...
by OtisT
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Running a spirit run on a new 3" column still
Replies: 17
Views: 633

Re: Running a spirit run on a new 3" column still

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:49 pm
I really dont know what people call these things.......a packed pot still with defleglamator?
Wouldn’t this be a packed flute?

Of course, without the little windows maybe it should be a packed kazoo? ;-)
by OtisT
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still built from a Guinness keg... naming suggestions welcome!
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Re: My first still built from a Guinness keg... naming suggestions welcome!

Well my first, back when I didn’t know what I was doing and just starting to learn, was named Jean Ann. My next, the one that taught me so much, was Charlene. Otis
by OtisT
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Today's a good day not still related
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Today's a good day not still related

Reunited, and it feels so good. La, la, la.

Congrats. :-) Otis
by OtisT
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 650
Views: 91367

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Oops, sorry. I re-read the first page and he did start with glue and started using beeswax on page 2.
by OtisT
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 650
Views: 91367

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Where did that glue comment come from? I don’t recall any talk about using glue in the construction of these. All I have made, the ones Badmo makes, and all I have read about folks making use beeswax, oak, and stainless steel.

Otis
by OtisT
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First UJSSM, new still from mash to oak aging, with lots of photos attached
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: First UJSSM, new still from mash to oak aging, with lots of photos attached

Looks like you are having fun. I’m looking forward to hearing how this turns out for you. What temps were your three levels of toast done at? I don’t know about “shocking” the vapor, but if your PC output water is cold you are likely wasting water. Possibly consider reducing coolant flow to the Pc u...
by OtisT
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3” reflux Coil or Dephlegmator?
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: 3” reflux Coil or Dephlegmator?

Just an option for you.... My 2” VM head/column worked fine but I wanted to collect faster. I kept my 2” head/reflux/VM valve/condenser and simply replaced the column under it with 3” parts. There was no need to replace the head because my RC was capable of handling the increased heat, and my VM por...