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by jdetechguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Corn availability
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: Corn availability

What about making a typical shine? If you have access to sugar and/or molasses, you can add a few pounds of corn meal, wheat flour, rye if available, etc. to make an old school type of recipe. Put that in a new charred barrel and I think you'll have something that you'll enjoy. Its something we trie...
by jdetechguy
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Still Dragon 240v Controller Fine Tuning?
Replies: 57
Views: 4431

Re: Still Dragon 240v Controller Fine Tuning?

WOW, I liked mine, until I saw yours. Great job.
by jdetechguy
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2087
Views: 498689

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

If its truly stalled and not just slow, you can search previous posts from this recipe, you will find a ton of advice. RAD had a good post that helped me out. Here is the link. Just scroll down and look for RAD14701. We found that the vegetable fertilizer made it run like a bat out of hell, but we g...
by jdetechguy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New guy from Missouri
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: New guy from Missouri

Welcome to HD. Good luck.
by jdetechguy
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2087
Views: 498689

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I really like baker's yeast all around. But, its not so easy to find in these parts of Ohio, USA. DADY is more available through the brew supply shops.
by jdetechguy
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Solvent, lava and decompensation tower
Replies: 6
Views: 644

Re: Solvent, lava and decompensation tower

I switched from lava rock to 1/2 ceramic rings in a 4" column. My proof went up from 186 to 190. And, the rings came in a nice mesh bag. I put the whole bag in a dishwasher to clean it out. Does a pretty good job, but make sure you run it alone and do a dishwasher cleaning round afterwards.
by jdetechguy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Still Dragon 240v Controller Fine Tuning?
Replies: 57
Views: 4431

Re: Still Dragon 240v Controller Fine Tuning?

I went a little crazy with my Still Dragon controllers. We use the 5500 watt elements, but thinking to move to 6500 when the old ones pop. We have been using these for 3 years. One of them stopped adjusting, but we have not needed to fix it, since its stuck in full on and we use it to heat water. Ni...
by jdetechguy
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What kind of reading is this
Replies: 22
Views: 815

Re: What kind of reading is this

Stripping Run allows you to do a fast run up front to get as much alcohol out(strip out) of your mash or wash quickly. Its almost always a first run, and not the final run. We often skip detailed cuts during this run, and worry about that at the distilate run. Just one way to do things.
by jdetechguy
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What kind of reading is this
Replies: 22
Views: 815

Re: What kind of reading is this

It gets easier. Stick with it.
by jdetechguy
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi Everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Hi Everyone

Enjoy and do a ton of reading
by jdetechguy
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Pope's 10-plate Continuous Column
Replies: 115
Views: 7764

Re: Pope's 10-plate Continuous Column

pope, this is a wonderful thread. Its a PHD in continuous plate columns.
by jdetechguy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Aging
Replies: 9
Views: 1379

Re: Aging

I hear that Diageo does this with many of their products. We have not tried it, but certainly asking about it.
by jdetechguy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi all from South-Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Hi all from South-Africa

Welcome to HD. Best distilling education in the world.
by jdetechguy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New from Massachusetts
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: New from Massachusetts

Welcome. Lots to read.
by jdetechguy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stall in fermentation
Replies: 24
Views: 1042

Re: Stall in fermentation

With a good PH, and vitamins, have you tried repitching the yeast with a high krausen? Purified water is not healthy for yeast.
by jdetechguy
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stall in fermentation
Replies: 24
Views: 1042

Re: Stall in fermentation

I have been adding glucoamalyze to many of my fermentations prior to pitching yeast. The AG's that normally stall at 1.10 or so, it seems to drop closer to 1.00. That said, sometimes its nice to leave a little behind for flavor profile. As distillers, we think 1.000 is the best, but not always. For ...
by jdetechguy
Fri May 29, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: Infection
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

Re: Infection

We had a bourbon that ran similar. Smelled Horrible, tasted horrible through out the entire process. I had all the supplies so we tossed it in a barrel and it ended up being one of our most flavorful, awesome bourbons. Proving the points made by others above.
by jdetechguy
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the Bay Area!
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Hello from the Bay Area!

Welcome to HD,
by jdetechguy
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Introduction

Enjoy. You will learn as much here as anywhere in the world.
by jdetechguy
Thu May 21, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Grinder for corn
Replies: 28
Views: 3854

Re: Grinder for corn

...about how far out from touching are you setting the plates? Here’s how I do it: 1) loosen the plate adjustment until it doesn’t grind at all with the power off. 2) pour the grain into the hopper with the hopper flow adjustment slide closed. 3) plug it in and slowly open the slide until a small f...
by jdetechguy
Thu May 21, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Mashing cracked corn
Replies: 27
Views: 2398

Re: Mashing cracked corn

You did give me a great idea though for a new bourbon we're looking to make. I may stop fermentation at 1.010 to sweeten it up a tad. I appreciate the idea. Glad you were inspired, jdetechguy. Whatever ideas I may have sown were coincidental, not intentional. :mrgreen: You may have seen the previou...
by jdetechguy
Fri May 08, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Continuous Stipper Build
Replies: 69
Views: 5868

Re: Continuous Stipper Build

You sure have my interest. We need a continuous stripper, but its commercial and I am just trying to learn from everyone that has tried.
by jdetechguy
Fri May 08, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Mashing cracked corn
Replies: 27
Views: 2398

Re: Mashing cracked corn

Thanks. I did a test once with identical mash bills, one with just 2-row for malt, and the second with malt and gluco. The gluco mash converted slightly higher than the malt-only mash. At the hobby level, the higher alcohol potential from adding gluco is probably minimal, but I still like the idea ...
by jdetechguy
Thu May 07, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Mashing cracked corn
Replies: 27
Views: 2398

Re: Mashing cracked corn

If I remember correctly you're working with larger volumes in a commercial setting. Can you share how your steam wand is configured? Altho I'm a firm believer of using gluco enzymes alongside malt, I'm curious how your process contributes to higher dextrins. Oh, and what kind of corn do you typical...
by jdetechguy
Thu May 07, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Mashing cracked corn
Replies: 27
Views: 2398

Re: Mashing cracked corn

I have done NOTHING with corn that isn't flaked. But from the large amount of reading I've done here the trade offs most people seem to be making with corn are either accepting low (or at least lower) efficiency, increased cooking time (over night in many reported cases), or both. The trend also se...
by jdetechguy
Thu May 07, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Mashing cracked corn
Replies: 27
Views: 2398

Re: Mashing cracked corn

We mill the corn and then add boiling water on top. We let that sit at about 175 degrees for 2 hours. When it cools a little bit into the range, we add alpha amylase from Proof33. Proof33 charges about $29 a quart, but worth the price. We get a specific gravity of 1.065 from that combo. We have also...
by jdetechguy
Thu May 07, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 5 day wash?
Replies: 14
Views: 921

Re: 5 day wash?

If you search the birdwatcher's tried and true, Rad had some good ideas on getting finished in 3 days. I think he added some baking soda or oyster shells to help with PH. He also added some 30-10-10 fertilizer and Epson salts. Be careful on fertilizer. You don't want to accidently drink that. https:...
by jdetechguy
Wed May 06, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Longtime gone, hoping to renew acquaintances
Replies: 27
Views: 1463

Re: Longtime gone, hoping to renew acquaintances

Welcome back. We did the same thing. We went commercial, enjoying the life of breaking even. Its still fun, but it once was more fun.
by jdetechguy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Quick and dirty continuous still
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: Quick and dirty continuous still

OK Realistically , forget about what you are trying to do and just run the fermentented Molasses wash through the 4 plate still . He’s my logic . First off , a continuous stripping still will only get you close to 50% AVB ... and thats an efficient still... not a half arsed attempt .. You’ll need a...
by jdetechguy
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Walmart Sugar
Replies: 27
Views: 2355

Re: Walmart Sugar

I got Walmart sugar for $7.60 for 25 lbs. I am making sanitizer out of it though.