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by bluc
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Whiskey thief?
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

Re: Whiskey thief?

just put a tap in the barrel :shh:
by bluc
Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Anyone mash in their boiler?
Replies: 19
Views: 323

Re: Anyone mash in their boiler?

I am slowly headed in same direction. I think i have tried nearly everything sieving, sqeezing, straining, draining off the top of the grain, pressing ,sparging and swearing.
Only two ways left i can see both "on the grain" steam and agitating...steam is next contender..
by bluc
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Bloody Butcher Recipes
Replies: 30
Views: 650

Re: Bloody Butcher Recipes

Nice :thumbup: would be interested to hear what you think of it white also..love the spicey grassy un oaked white corn whiskey. I think even more so then aged.
by bluc
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: making a mash from unmalted grain
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: making a mash from unmalted grain

From experience Any unmalted grain you need to step mash(or use angel yeast yellow label) otherwise you still get lots gluggy. Thats likes to scorch. Even when you get good effeciency.
by bluc
Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Taste, rolled oats vs sour mash
Replies: 11
Views: 231

Re: Taste, rolled oats vs sour mash

Corn Cracker wrote:
Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:39 pm
bluc wrote:
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:43 pm
Under pitching yeast can cause dark fruit flavours i often do this on purpose with my rum.
I wrote down everything i did but yeast and nutrients, if i remember right it was 2tbs daddy and 4tbs nutrients, made it into a slurry.
What size was the mash?
by bluc
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Taste, rolled oats vs sour mash
Replies: 11
Views: 231

Re: Taste, rolled oats vs sour mash

Under pitching yeast can cause dark fruit flavours i often do this on purpose with my rum.
by bluc
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Grain Gelatinization
Replies: 16
Views: 1042

Re: Grain Gelatinization

Chuck yellow label angel yeast and forget about it. Besides a quick stir once a day..
by bluc
Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Which corn and how to prepare
Replies: 17
Views: 292

Re: Which corn and how to prepare

I have been doing 70/20/10 like you say with yellow label angel yeast. And sour mashing with 20% backset
The rye can be bit ott for my pallette for next round i am dialling malt rye back to 5%.
70/25/5.
by bluc
Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning Still Parts
Replies: 20
Views: 318

Re: Cleaning Still Parts

Isn't that part of what sacrificial run does re patina fresh copper? Personally break down still citric bath then vinegar run then sacrificial. +New seals once year. I dont do anything between runs. The 86Abv start of tails I figure is more sterile then water will ever be when sitting 2-4weeks betwe...
by bluc
Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Dragonfruit
Replies: 18
Views: 1428

Re: Dragonfruit

Im with salty. Very little flavour. I had one pop up out of the blue. Had it for years just thought it was a cactus of sorts we had no idea what it was. Then one day got big white flowers opened at night and only lasted a day followed by red fruit. Googled told us what it was. Personally would do a ...
by bluc
Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning Still Parts
Replies: 20
Views: 318

Re: Cleaning Still Parts

Citric acid works a treat. Or dunder i guess backset would also work.
by bluc
Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Apple Brandy (plenty of mistakes)
Replies: 26
Views: 273

Re: My First Apple Brandy (plenty of mistakes)

Oh and dont get me started on tails :crazy:
by bluc
Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Apple Brandy (plenty of mistakes)
Replies: 26
Views: 273

Re: My First Apple Brandy (plenty of mistakes)

I dont like heads in anything. Just sayin. With a good ferment you should not need extra flavour from heads. Hearts should be delicious. Ideally i would pulp fruit add zero water(all it adds is...water) then steam strip hard fast down to 10abv(20proof) Then spirit run either pot for max flavour and ...
by bluc
Thu Jul 01, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First run of column still
Replies: 33
Views: 451

Re: First run of column still

If you are a fan of vodka(not neutral) look at wheat. Big chunk vodkas are wheat based. If not setup for mashing look into yellow label angel yeast.
by bluc
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Swapping from plates to pot head mid run?
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Swapping from plates to pot head mid run?

Thanks yummy I should have paid more attention instead of skimming.
In that case a bypass will work as
A bubble cap plate(providing there is a good seal against wall) will hold a bath but a perforated one wont.
Simple turn of ball valve and hey presto full pot mode.
by bluc
Sun Jun 27, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Swapping from plates to pot head mid run?
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Swapping from plates to pot head mid run?

You could put a vapour bypass path/pipe in from below bottom plate to above rc with a ball valve to disable plates and rc..
Do you gave bubble caps or perf plates?
by bluc
Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:38 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Just Post a Pick of your Rig
Replies: 494
Views: 78146

Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Grundefuht wat is your boiler looks like a massive triclover ferrule. And do you use 2 shotgun condensers for pc?
Nice rig.
by bluc
Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Prv's on cornelius kegs
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Prv's on cornelius kegs

Yummy can you buffer a manometer so when it sux back it doesnt suck fluid into the spirit? Maybe a double manometer??
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Prv's on cornelius kegs
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Prv's on cornelius kegs

Bit worried about suck back with a manometer. Matinence free solution is something i would prefer.
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Prv's on cornelius kegs
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Prv's on cornelius kegs

Wondering how to calculate spring strength needed for x pressure on a prv. I age in corney kegs and was content knowing they have a prv. A mate mentioned it may not be ideal. After some research i see they have max 100psi. Looking at this purely in worse case scenario of a fire these things would b...
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Prv's on cornelius kegs
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Prv's on cornelius kegs

Yea good idea link em all up into one manometer. Just want a way for them to "safely" vent in case of fire and not build pressure and explode..
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Prv's on cornelius kegs
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Re: Prv's on cornelius kegs

Or even better low pressure fire streams rather then high volume explosions..
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?
Replies: 37
Views: 839

Re: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?

What do you reakon would get you first alziemers or liver disease.
Because something is gunna. :shock:
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Novice Homemade Whisky vs Commercial
Replies: 48
Views: 936

Re: Novice Homemade Whisky vs Commercial

I think if your goal is to make an absolute carbon copy of a commercial product you may be disappointed. Short of using the exact same process including the years in barrels and blending multiple barrels I think you'll find you might spend years and come up a bit different. I look at it as similar ...
by bluc
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Weight of a wash?
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: Weight of a wash?

Chuck in an ispindle love them
by bluc
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Prv's on cornelius kegs
Replies: 16
Views: 220

Prv's on cornelius kegs

Wondering how to calculate spring strength needed for x pressure on a prv. I age in corney kegs and was content knowing they have a prv. A mate mentioned it may not be ideal. After some research i see they have max 100psi. Looking at this purely in worse case scenario of a fire these things would be...
by bluc
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?
Replies: 37
Views: 839

Re: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?

:crazy: I thought for esters you had to actually hold full reflux Having heat, alcohols, precursors, acids and copper all in the same place at the same time is what will speed up ester formation. Esters require acid and the acid is in the charge, not in the vapor or in the condensation on the walls...
by bluc
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: New steam rig and manometer test
Replies: 40
Views: 2037

Re: New steam rig and manometer test

To manage steam vent on manometer couldn't the last down turn be a liebig?? Water drops = over pressure..
by bluc
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?
Replies: 37
Views: 839

Re: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?

:crazy:
I thought for esters you had to actually hold full reflux
by bluc
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?
Replies: 37
Views: 839

Re: Pot destilling - What is the correct way to destill?

How do you hold a pot still in full reflux? I do it by turning the heat down so that the top is hot but it's not producing. The heat being lost from the boiler and still head is equal to the heat input. I woulda thought it impossible(without an rc) to boil off vapour and hold it in pot. How much ab...