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by Biker Mark
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: All grain turned vinegar
Replies: 13
Views: 1919

Re: All grain turned vinegar

I did sanitize everything as I always do. No airlock, I just set a bucket lid on top to let gas out and keep bugs and dust out. Its an indoor fermentation. Possibly 8 degrees difference from 1 reading to the next. I think your on to something SS. It smelled fine but tasted vinegar. I may have dumped...
by Biker Mark
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: All grain turned vinegar
Replies: 13
Views: 1919

All grain turned vinegar

I mashed in a high rye AG mash. 5.5# cracked corn 3# malted rye (ground) 1.5# 6 row malted barley (milled) Used RO water, added 1/4 tsp gypsum to adjust ph to 5. Cooked corn 90 minutes at 190°. Reduced to 150 and added malted Rye and Barley. Held 145° for 3 hours, cooled to 85° and pitched 1 tbsp re...
by Biker Mark
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Watermelon Fail
Replies: 9
Views: 3162

Re: Watermelon Fail

I would say my watermelon shine had an aftertaste of watermelon rind. Which mellowed with age. It's been about 3 months and the flavor is improving.
by Biker Mark
Thu May 31, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Watermelon Fail
Replies: 9
Views: 3162

Re: Watermelon Fail

I did my 1st watermelon run last night. Fresh off the still I would describe the taste as "dry". Late hearts took on some sweetness. I took 2 large watermelons, cut up and ran through the blender. Then strained through a paint strainer bag, and added 5lbs sugar melted in water to the fresh juice in ...
by Biker Mark
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Shared Recipes
Topic: Mango Brandy
Replies: 0
Views: 2071

Mango Brandy

I was shopping at my local Costco a while ago, and discovered Langers Mango Nectar. So I checked for preservatives, none, good! Did a little sugar math and this is the recipe I have been doing that the ladies love so much. This recipe is scaled for a 6.5 gallon Ale Pale. 4 Gallons, (+ 1 gallon for t...
by Biker Mark
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: adding backset or wash/mash to your distallate
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: adding backset or wash/mash to your distallate

I accidentally filled my still for a new run, and realized I had forgot to dump the backset out from the previous run. :oops: About 2.5 gallons of mash and about 1 gallon of feints, added to 2.5 gallons of backset that was left in the still. I pumped out about half, since the way I realized what I d...
by Biker Mark
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

Do you not get smearing with the copper line drooping in the middle as the pic shows? Very little if any. Its not as severe of a bend as the pic seems. And the 3/8ths has never been a problem, since I only run cleared washes. I do ferment on the grain, but I strain and clear for a few days after fe...
by Biker Mark
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

The tubing is actually 3/8ths all the way from the end of the arm to the money spout. Pic just looks like it reduces. Might be wrong. I thought 1/2" was the minimum recommended. The end of the arm is 3/8", the in/out on both thumpers is 3/8", and the worm is 3/8". Didn't make sense to up size tubin...
by Biker Mark
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

The tubing is actually 3/8ths all the way from the end of the arm to the money spout.

Pic just looks like it reduces.
by Biker Mark
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Stripping/ spirit runs with thumper?
Replies: 9
Views: 2199

Re: Stripping/ spirit runs with thumper?

I run 2 thumpers on both spirit and stripping runs. For strips, I put mash in the main boiler, and in the 1st Thump. I put tails from previous run in my 2nd thump. For spirit runs I put what I collected watered down to around 30% abv in my boiler, and 1st thumper, and leave my 2nd thumper dry. I hav...
by Biker Mark
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

Running 2 thumpers all the time now.
by Biker Mark
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1681
Views: 124111

Re: What is everyone drinking?

Been doin' NC Hooch's Bourbon recipe in a BOP. Got some aging on toasted oak for the holidays. Dam fine drink. And I follow it up with Jimbo's Gumballhead method to get the use out of my spent grains and yeast bed. Some may think its a sin to do this to an "All Grain", but I blended a little of the ...
by Biker Mark
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First All Grain Mash
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: First All Grain Mash

I won't speak for bilgriss but I do a bit more barley myself. It takes the corn down just a bit. I like using 60 corn, 20 rye or wheat malt, and 20 barley malt. For me that balances the corn perfectly. Sounds like a winner. I'm gonna give your grain bill a try. I think I'm going to raise the bill t...
by Biker Mark
Sat May 13, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First All Grain Mash
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: First All Grain Mash

I won't speak for bilgriss but I do a bit more barley myself. It takes the corn down just a bit. I like using 60 corn, 20 rye or wheat malt, and 20 barley malt. For me that balances the corn perfectly. Sounds like a winner. I'm gonna give your grain bill a try. I think I'm going to raise the bill t...
by Biker Mark
Sun May 07, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First All Grain Mash
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: First All Grain Mash

bilgriss wrote:Looks good. I personally like the barley percentage upped just a little, but that's only personal preference.
Personal preference for flavor, or for ease in mashing?
by Biker Mark
Thu May 04, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

still_stirrin wrote:With the newly added thumper, did you add any new piping? Are there solder joints which have not yet been cleaned through a sac run?

ss
Yes, a new 6" pipe between the 2 thumpers.
And solder joints, it's a copper thumper.
I see you're point.

Thanks ss.

BM
by Biker Mark
Thu May 04, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

It's the vinegar in my boiler that I was trying to avoid.
What if I fill the boiler with water, and put vinegar in my current thump keg and the new thump keg?
I bet that would work.
Then water run in all, then sac run.
:think:
by Biker Mark
Thu May 04, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First All Grain Mash
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: First All Grain Mash

Thanks! No, I did not check SG. Partly because of how I arrived at this point, by working an "old school" kind of shiners recipe and method, and improving on it, and part laziness. Ran it off last night. 4 gallons of wash in my Pot still with a doubler. I did add some feints to the boiler, and put a...
by Biker Mark
Wed May 03, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st cooked wash
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 1st cooked wash

Im pretty sure I am.
I did a version of this without adding any sugar.
My 1st All Grain, it fermented pretty fast and I'm gonna run it tonight so we will see.
by Biker Mark
Wed May 03, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First All Grain Mash
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

First All Grain Mash

I have been working on my mashing technique by doing a few batches of "Thin Mash". Now, having a real brew pot and not needing to improvise as much has helped in what success I have had so far. I saw my ABV rising even after reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe, and I figured that meant I was ...
by Biker Mark
Wed May 03, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st cooked wash
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 1st cooked wash

This stuff turned out better than expected. I have run a few batches now and it is very repeatable. I put a half gallon of wash in my 2.5 gallon thumper, along with some feints from the previous run. I also add feints to wash in the boiler. Side by side taste test by some friends believe the flavor ...
by Biker Mark
Wed May 03, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Adding a 2nd Thumper

That's what I figured.
I'll just have to get a couple ferments going and run the cleaning process while they're working off.

Thanks.
by Biker Mark
Wed May 03, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Smaller Heating element?
Replies: 42
Views: 3214

Re: Smaller Heating element?

Would it make a considerable enough difference to be worth it? If you want to raise your ABV or improve separation you would do much much better to add another thumper or a single plate and then run it fast. See the graph on this page EDIT: here is a direct link to the graph: http://homedistiller.o...
by Biker Mark
Wed May 03, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding a 2nd Thumper
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Adding a 2nd Thumper

I'm adding a 2nd Thump Keg to my rig, and was wondering about the cleaning process. With a new still I know to do a vingear run, then a water run, then a sacrificial alcohol run, but is this ALL needed for just a thumper? I don't want to lose my seasoning on my entire still, but I know I have to get...
by Biker Mark
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st cooked wash
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 1st cooked wash

Started a new one, adjusting my recipe, and method. 6# Corn 3# Rye 1# 2 Row Barley 5# sugar I ground the corn to flour and cooked 3# in 1.5 gallons of water at 190° for over an hour till I had pudding. I poured it into a cooler and closed the lid while I cooked the other 3# in another 1.5 gallons of...
by Biker Mark
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st cooked wash
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 1st cooked wash

I ran it off and boy is it good. More flavor than my sugarhead's. It came off the still at 80% abv. I got 3 quarts once proofed down to 120 Proof. I put a medium charred oak spiral in a half gallon, and took the other quart of clear with me for the weekend. The clear was tasty, my friend's liked it ...
by Biker Mark
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st cooked wash
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 1st cooked wash

Racked it to a carboy 2 days ago to clear.
It's ready to run.
I'll charge the still and run it tonight.
by Biker Mark
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st cooked wash
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: 1st cooked wash

It's bubbling the airlock like crazy now.
This wash smells a lot stronger than my UJSM washes.
1st timE using Rye. I usually use Barley, so maybe that's part of the smell difference.
by Biker Mark
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Smaller Heating element?
Replies: 42
Views: 3214

Re: Smaller Heating element?

I never realized there was going to be so much science in making moonshine.

:crazy:
by Biker Mark
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Smaller Heating element?
Replies: 42
Views: 3214

Re: Smaller Heating element?

Its a 2000W water heater element at 120V.
Full "horseshoe" connected type loop element.