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by zed255
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Many Persimmon!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 339

Re: Many Persimmon!!!

Astringent and non-astringent. Related to the soluble tannins in the fruit before it is ripe.
by zed255
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help with spirit run that didn't go so well.
Replies: 10
Views: 177

Re: Help with spirit run that didn't go so well.

If it were my run I'd set aside anything that I was already happy with and chuck the rest back in the boiler to run again. I'd like to suggest a couple things: 1) Barring some emergency, try to NOT interrupt a run. You can of course if you absolutely have to, but try to set aside the time to do it i...
by zed255
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Sacrificial Run
Replies: 29
Views: 4299

Re: Sacrificial Run

I save mine in an old plastic jug that formerly held a cleaning product and clearly marked it as forshots. My missus will occasionally steal some to remove soap scum in the bathroom; she says it does a brilliant job but stinks. Otherwise I just use it where a relatively mild solvent is in order. Iss...
by zed255
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Sacrificial Run
Replies: 29
Views: 4299

Re: Sacrificial Run

The sacrificial run is always recommended as final assurance there is no oil or flux residue left, especially in areas where mechanical / manual cleaning and direct visual inspection are difficult or impossible. For me, a new build gets the full cleaning regimen. A significant modification requiring...
by zed255
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Genetically engineered yeast
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Genetically engineered yeast

Cannabinoids are not legal at the federal level in the US. Discussion of such things is verboten here, even if you live in an area of the world where it is legal, like for me living in Canada. The site is owned by a US citizen and as far as I know hosted in the US, so the rule to not discuss anythin...
by zed255
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Chinese TIG Welders and Monkeys?
Replies: 14
Views: 351

Re: Chinese TIG Welders and Monkeys?

If you have the extra money, and it will cost more than you think, buy the welder and the required accouterments and work at gaining a new skill. My advice is don't scrape the bottom of the barrel with regards to the equipment, look at AHP, Everlast and similar; these will be way more affordable tha...
by zed255
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Curious about rye
Replies: 30
Views: 526

Re: Curious about rye

In that case I would replace 5lbs of corn with the rye. It won't technically be a Rye Whiskey as it needs 51% or more of Rye to be classified as such, but there is enough there to make a good impact. Not in Canada. Pass a bottle of whisky through a room with a single rye grain in it and we can call...
by zed255
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.
Replies: 13
Views: 523

Re: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.

I'm in Ontario too and was asked for basic personal info when buying crushed oyster shell from TSC. I asked why and was told because it was intended as a feed / supplement they needed the info should any recall or product issue arise so purchasers could be contacted. I'm not too paranoid so they got...
by zed255
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...

rubberduck71 wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:33 pm
I wish I lived closer! Would love to collaborate on a build (I'm a noob). Originally from Ontario, but live in the States now.
Anything in particular you could use help with? Remote collaboration might be possible for some items.
by zed255
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...

mangolia, the controller is just a cheap eBay 10kW power controller, link below. Just for the record, when controlling AC current the switching element is actually a TRIAC, not an SCR no matter that the ad says (conceptually a TRIAC is actually two anti-parallel SCRs). Everything else is just off th...
by zed255
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mashing season
Replies: 24
Views: 347

Re: Mashing season

AvE is 'release the schmoo' among other entertaining isms.
by zed255
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 698

Re: Go to neutral wash?

But, the secret to a good neutral (a.k.a - vodka) is how you process it. I always distill it at least twice, stripped through the potstill and then refluxed to a high %ABV in my LM/VM reflux still. And sometimes, I even triple distill it, running the high wines back through my small gin still (a st...
by zed255
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 298

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

120V elements will be fine wired in series on 240V so long as they are the same wattage. Unequal wattages would skew the voltage split, overdriving the lower wattage and under driving the higher wattage. The current is common in a series circuit but voltage sharing relies on equal resistances. Ohms ...
by zed255
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 698

Re: Go to neutral wash?

Teddysad's Fast Fermenting Vodka (FFV) and Birdwatcher's Tomato Paste Wash (TPW)
by zed255
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 698

Re: Go to neutral wash?

Some seem to feel Birdwatchers has a slightly disagreeable flavour on the back end of the palate. I can't say because though I do often use tomato paste it is a secondary ingredient for me. I don't find it lends anything of consequence, but I'm not relying on it solely.
by zed255
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 698

Re: Go to neutral wash?

I haven't tried it myself, but Shady's Sugar Shine seems to be getting quite a following. I have been happy with my own twist on the Deathwish Wheat Germ and Teddy's Fast Fermenting Vodka is similar.
by zed255
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Oaking and aging the T-Pee way
Replies: 529
Views: 86791

Re: Oaking and aging the T-Pee way

I'm no expert, but I think anything home distilled has to be put up surprisingly dirty to resemble almost any commercial example. Tight cuts are for drinking white and making loose cuts are better for ageing on wood. Also, I think AG batches will stand up better than any sugar based recipe. Maybe I'...
by zed255
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Ontario
Replies: 7
Views: 113

Re: Hello from Ontario

Welcome. Lots of Ontarians here. Approximately where abouts?
by zed255
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3529
Views: 363197

Re: Jokes

I tripped on my wife's bra. It was a booby trap.
by zed255
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: New fermenter question.
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: New fermenter question.

I have a barrel that a family member used to store an inflatable pool in over the winter. Smelled horribly of vinyl and chlorine when I got it and was thinking it unusable. I washed it out, let water stand in it, washed and dried. After airing for a while it still smelled a little funky but I went a...
by zed255
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Planning first column build Modular CCVM 3"
Replies: 50
Views: 4195

Re: Planning first column build Modular CCVM 3"

Jig saw, good blades and cutting oil / fluid. That's how mine was cut for my 6" ferrule. Cut the hole slightly undersize and rest the ferrule on the keg. If you cut on size (or heaven forbid over size) to recess the ferrule you will have fits trying to align it.
by zed255
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Musing about my Liebig performance
Replies: 80
Views: 1353

Re: Musing about my Liebig performance

If water supply is not an issue where you are, then a smaller diameter 24" liebig condenser might work. I don't see any reason you couldn't use either a shotgun like NZChris suggests or a dimroth (coil in a shell) for shorter solutions. Get creative, there is no one solution to your problem. Edit: I...
by zed255
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Musing about my Liebig performance
Replies: 80
Views: 1353

Re: Musing about my Liebig performance

For what it's worth, I had done a bunch of reading and settled on 3/4" over 1/2" (about 22mm over 15mm equivalent) that had an outer jacket from inlet to outlet length of 36" (~1m). I did include a spiral in the water jacket made of 12ga copper wire for a close fit, with coil spacing of about 1" (25...
by zed255
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

For what it might be worth, I ended up keeping the blend fairly clean, just a little late heads and a little early tails. The bulk is one container with a little toasted oak and a little light char oak. The balance I split, one on a sliver of toasted oak only, the other on a sliver of light char oak...
by zed255
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...

HomerD, the element cover is just some ABS drain parts. No issue with heat. The pot if I recall is about 10l capacity, maybe 8l to the handle rivets. Condenser is just a coil over cold finger arrangement. Chauncey, no real need to hide but I generally run indoors for convenience. My early runs were ...
by zed255
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: So bored I'm building stills I don't even need...

Buttoned up with a 120V 1500W element, a controller and output spigot. My Covid19 'Mutt' is done, just not sure how much it will get used. As mentioned in the OP this was just spare parts and boredom.
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by zed255
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1140
Views: 233781

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

I use about a half cup of the crushed shells for chicken feed supplement hung in a screen basket. I also use my own recipe that is more like DWWG or FFV where my germ / bran remains in the wash, which I believe has been beneficial. My only difficult ferments have been 'off the grain' types. Yeast do...
by zed255
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2091
Views: 506159

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

It taste like vodka, albeit sweet, it smells like vodka but I have to drink alot! To get s buzz. Wiered. Let the lady folk taste it to make a lemon drop and got good reviews but she said she also didnt feel anything. I have found the effects of homemade hooch with good cuts / processes differ from ...
by zed255
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

SS, I agree with not wanting to be greedy. I have learned that lesson already. All I really want is to add enough to achieve an initial ageing strength of about 62% ABV, if reasonable to do so without resorting to water. I'm just stymied by the lack of clarity in what I have to choose from. Too much...
by zed255
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Mixed run - AG and Gumballhead?

Well, I have gotten around to doing the spirit runs on the AG. The gumballhead to follow. Ended up doing two tandem runs in the smaller pot still and will likely end up doing the same with the gumballhead. I have some observations and need a little advice. The runs went smoothly, save for higher ABV...