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by Stella34
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Re: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser

If you knew my husband, you would not worry for a second about offending me with such a mildly off-color term. He never worries about it in the slightest. He is pretty funny, so I forgive him!
by Stella34
Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Re: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser

"Coon bone"??!!! Hilarious! ( and Brilliant!) Looks like I better get to that glossary, and some intense reading. Thanks for taking the time to repeat info and offer me a couple of shortcuts on my long journey up the learning curve! Fruit is ripening by the second as we speak! Anything that saves ti...
by Stella34
Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest

Thanks slow69. A couple of other "coaches" have told me something similar, so I will be doing something different with the next run. I appreciate the advice.
by Stella34
Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Re: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser

Hi Snackson, cob and Bigbob, Thanks for the quick responses. You are right Bigbob. Our stills are siblings! Ok, so now I see that I have been doing things in a pretty weird way, but other than doing the cooling backwards and upside down and using ice, It's kind of amazing that it worked anyway someh...
by Stella34
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest

Thanks skow69. My cooling procedure does need some changes. I prevent the water in the coil container from draining from draining by lifting the outlet tube so the container is full of ice water until it gets too full and the water warms up. That works for the best part of the run, but the last part...
by Stella34
Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Recommended tubing going out of Condenser
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Recommended tubing going out of Condenser

Hi all, I apologize in advance if I am asking for a repeat of information posted a zillion times. I did many searches but haven't discovered the magic words to unlock the secret info. I have read just enough on the site (I am a newbie) to infer that it is a very bad idea to have clear plastic anywhe...
by Stella34
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest

Thanks for all the nice greetings guys. It is really fun to have a place to talk about all the nuances of fermenting and distilling. Kareltje, Your comment was most helpful. A couple of times I had vapor coming from the condenser spout and it made me nervous. I knew it wasn't good. My solution is to...
by Stella34
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest

Thanks everyone for taking the time and effort to advise me. Very helpful.Things are clearer now.
by Stella34
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Running a small still
Replies: 59
Views: 11401

Re: Running a small still

Hi BigBob. I seem to have stumbled into a very similar way of doing this small still thing. I think it is because I am a cook way more than a scientist or an engineer. These fellows who build their own stills...Whoa! Way out of my area of interest or expertise. According to the thermometer in the to...
by Stella34
Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar

I will test the SG before. Thanks for the tip. Der wo have you made slivovice using this method?
by Stella34
Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar

I haven't done anything yet, der wo. Sounds like you are pretty sure I should pitch it out and start over?
by Stella34
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar

Thanks to everyone for trying to help me figure this out. I think I will try to salvage the mash. The vinegar smell is there, but not that strong. For a fun distilling video that demonstrates what I am trying to do see here: slivovice.org/ The instructions are specifically to put the whole unpitted ...
by Stella34
Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Re: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest

Thanks Bigbob! I will definitely check your suggested posts. I am in Oregon, BTW! Moved here 3 years ago and LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the road signs. Stella 34
by Stella34
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 22
Views: 969

Newbie from the Pacific Northwest

Hi all, I am a retired female and a new distilling hobbyist who has experienced what I think is great success with a small 2.5 gallon copper pot still. I have had about a dozen successful runs using apple and grape wines to make brandy. After distilling, I store my eau de vie in 5 liter oak casks. I...
by Stella34
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Plums fermenting for Slivovice smell like vinegar

I have quite a few very ripe sweet plums in the orchard. Tthey are so juicy you almost have to drink them instead of eating! My plan was to ferment them with the object of distilling Slivovice in the traditional way as much as possible. I followed the excellent and charming youtube video on the subj...