Search found 2452 matches

by OtisT
Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How much neutral can you tame a gin with?
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: How much neutral can you tame a gin with?

+1 to what Zed said. Also, regarding the cloudy product: Gin is cloudy from the oils in it. At lower proof the oils start sticking together and form the clouds you can see. Increasing the proof to around 45% usually clears things right up, so you can eliminate the cloudiness w/o diluting the flavor....
by OtisT
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Vapor speed, reflux condenser size, power input
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Vapor speed, reflux condenser size, power input

Hi MtRainier With a CM rig, I would not worry too much about the temp of water output from you condenser. The output temp will be what it is, based on other factors. Here is a simplified version of tuning to get you going. First I would verify that your Dephlag can knock down all of your heat. Open ...
by OtisT
Mon May 31, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single malt whiskey using LME
Replies: 94
Views: 1875

Re: Single malt whiskey using LME

LME is really easy to work with. The stuff I have used sure smelled nice.

The only warning I have for you is that it foamed up quite a bit during the strip.

Otis
by OtisT
Wed May 19, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Needle Valve for Dephlegmator
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: Needle Valve for Dephlegmator

TwoSheds. What is the max power you can apply to your still? You want to ensure you can provide enough flow to knock down all vapor when you are at full power (100% reflux). I have run a few 5500w columns that use a 1/4” needle valve for coolant flow control. I used those cheep brass valves with no ...
by OtisT
Thu May 13, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 673
Views: 98910

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

BlueSasquatch wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 1:23 pm
Working on reading 23 pages, would there be a benefit to making this out of a solid piece of wood, over multiple pieces? I also have a 30"x30" Wood CNC, which should make cutting out perfect circles, quite easy.
Check out my post on Oct 13th, page 21 of this thread. Otis
by OtisT
Wed May 12, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Head space in a still
Replies: 26
Views: 1200

Re: Head space in a still

Otis, you bring up a good point. Something I've wondered about recently. Many members here run 10 gallon spirit runs and claim a run time of around 6 hours for a "pencil lead sized stream" So what's the stream size or run time for a spirit run of half that volume of the same abv low wines? My spiri...
by OtisT
Wed May 12, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Head space in a still
Replies: 26
Views: 1200

Re: Head space in a still

Mike. Another factor making cuts difficult for you is that you could be running too fast (too much heat). From my experience running batches from 2 gallons to 13, you can’t run a pot still with 1/4 the volume in 1/4 the time of a full boiler. I’m talking about time producing, not counting warmup. Th...
by OtisT
Tue May 11, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 65
Views: 2819

Re: Learning to make cuts.

There is one thing I know of that can cause an unpalatable jar in the middle. If you muck around too much with power/reflux/takeoff during the run, the collection jar that is in place when you make those changes can be off compared to the jars around it. Otis Thanks OtisT, I did mess a little bit w...
by OtisT
Tue May 11, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper?
Replies: 617
Views: 216770

Re: Thumper?

Fly727s wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 3:15 am
I have a full size beer keg boiler, and also a 1/2 keg - would the 1/2 keg be a good thumper?
Yes. A thumper half the size of you boiler will work just dandy. Insulate the thumper if you can to save time/energy.

Otis
by OtisT
Sun May 09, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Learning to make cuts.
Replies: 65
Views: 2819

Re: Learning to make cuts.

Could one of those unpalatable jars be in the middle somewhere? Highly unlikely. All of the jars contain all of the same flavor components, some starting high and finishing low, some starting low and finishing high. If you have a unpalatable jar in the middle, whatever is making it nasty will be sp...
by OtisT
Thu May 06, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 673
Views: 98910

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

:thumbup: Sweet new tool you got there Badmo.

Otis
by OtisT
Sat May 01, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Other Stilling Hardware (condensers, flanges, controllers)
Topic: Vacuum Pumps for Vacuum Distillation
Replies: 13
Views: 769

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: 13
Views: 769

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: 13
Views: 769

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: 401

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: 99
Views: 3306

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: 331

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: 5148

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: 5148

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: 488

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: 847

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: 847

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: 271

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: 508

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: 508

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: 661

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: 36626

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: 257
Views: 22494

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: 1359

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 ...