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by bum.jug
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Jackson Crossflow Condenser
Replies: 58
Views: 42240

Re: Jackson Crossflow Condenser

Per air cooling: I've been having a little trouble keeping my 55gal drum of water cold for an entire vm run now that it is ~100 degrees outside here, about 15-20F hotter inside my tin-sheathed shop. For my last 16 hr run I just took an old shit doublewound coil coldfinger and put my cooling water th...
by bum.jug
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM first run notes
Replies: 4
Views: 667

Re: VM first run notes

Patchwork: I find that after an excruciatingly slow heads removal I can pull azeotrope really fast. Yeah, about a liter every 20 minutes. 2in x 49in column, 12in double wound condenser. Other than that, pretty standard, I gleaned the design from the many posts , it works just like its supposed to. P...
by bum.jug
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM first run notes
Replies: 4
Views: 667

VM first run notes

Just ran my new column for the first time, tell me what yall think. 2x1x2 tee to a 1" gate valve to a 3/4 in 1" leibig. Here are the numbers: Vm column run 1 5 gal ecj low wines @ +-40%abv started 4:30 4:56 temperature spike begin foreshots collection 6pm 7pm foreshots done 8:16 cut heads, left colu...
by bum.jug
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Cachaca
Replies: 84
Views: 18725

Re: Cachaca

Just got a hold of a 50lb bag of evaporated cane juice from the local bakers supply. 1.08 to .095 in about a week. I am not after Cachaca, but just messin' around with rum. Point is, I'm stripping it right now and the low wines taste like no other rum I've tried. Incredible. It'll be Agricole in the...
by bum.jug
Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Should I put it in the still or in the compost?
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Should I put it in the still or in the compost?

It's always hard this time of year. Right now we are experiencing the lowest temperatures ever recorded in this part of the world. So, it was an unseasonable warm day when I mashed 27#'s malt rye, 11#'s 2-row malt, and 3#'s cracked corn. My usual rye grain bill. I had a good conversion, it came out ...
by bum.jug
Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Corn and methanol

Did the spirit run last night. That shit came out good! Like chewin on creamed corn. Harsh taste was confined to the first 1l heads. Drinkable and smooth at 155 proof. Watered to 80 proof it is great... can't wait to see how it tastes after a few months on wood. Wierd how during the strip the heads ...
by bum.jug
Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Corn and methanol

Always heard of it as kind of a "cheat". I'll give it a shot though.
by bum.jug
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Corn and methanol

Alright Goose. I am ready to be educated. What is beading oil and how do I use it?
by bum.jug
Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Corn and methanol

Already got enough caveties.
by bum.jug
Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Corn and methanol

Okay, got around to the rest of the batch. It came out normal and the low wines taste great. So this got me thinking: I ferment on the grain in a 55g stainless drum. This time I let the batch sit for a few days after ebulation has stoped in the fermenter before running it. Then dipped a 5gal bucket ...
by bum.jug
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Re: Corn and methanol

Yeah, Dunder. This is how I usually treat my corn, as well. This stuff just had such a painful burn to it that I initially thought that I had poisoned myself. I'm just afraid of tainting the rest of my low wines with this stuff, but I guess I could run em seperately. Hmm, hawke. Time to poke around ...
by bum.jug
Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn and methanol
Replies: 14
Views: 2677

Corn and methanol

Just finished run one of three in a 36gal all grain cracked corn mash. Everything started okay, but a little headsy, and as the run progressed there was this really harsh chemical burning flavor that was persistent down to 18%. Needless to say, I spit on this one and I separated this from my normal ...
by bum.jug
Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Blackstrap Molasses + Enzymes
Replies: 7
Views: 1979

Re: Blackstrap Molasses + Enzymes

Pocket digital refractometer. Ahh, the benefits of working in The Industry.
by bum.jug
Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Blackstrap Molasses + Enzymes
Replies: 7
Views: 1979

Re: Blackstrap Molasses + Enzymes

Aren't there nonfermentab;e sugars in the molasses? When my wash is fermented out it still has a brix of 7-10. That means there are sugars in it that the yeast can't get at... because they are not sucrose or glucose. So using something like the glucoamylase might break these into fermentables. Right?
by bum.jug
Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Blackstrap Molasses + Enzymes
Replies: 7
Views: 1979

Blackstrap Molasses + Enzymes

An experimental wash for me, trying to break the 10-11% barrier that I usually get from my molasses rum washes. As I understand it, the molasses I use is about 35-38% fermentable sugar. The yeast I use is standard superstart distiller's yeast (18-20% abv tolerence), but my washes always end up in th...
by bum.jug
Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Mullti still Distillery
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Mullti still Distillery

If the top of the column is open to the air or if there is an air gap between the top of the boiler and the "lyne arm" how will you build the pressure to drive the thumper? kingearwig There is no air gap. I just was too lazy to try to draw a tri clover clamp. Oops! As for the column, it wouldn't us...
by bum.jug
Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Mullti still Distillery
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Mullti still Distillery

Alternatively, I was thinking of having the line from the VM be 1.5" or 1" all the way to the condenser, giving me a beginning reflux ratio of 4:3 or 2:1, bot of which are acceptable, I think.
by bum.jug
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Mullti still Distillery
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Mullti still Distillery

First off, I didn't know quite where to post this so Mods, If you think it belongs somewhere else, feel free to move it. So, Being a little upset with my current pot and LM setups for various reasons, I've decided to integrate them into one large, built-in system. I have almost all of the parts to b...
by bum.jug
Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi, Y'all
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Hi, Y'all

Hi. Been lurking on this site for quite some time now. I am here to get some advice and to give it, too, from my limited knowledge. I currently have a boring ol' pot still in which I make absinthe and rye whiskey, and a LM column for making neutrals. I use 15.5 gal kegs for fermenters, and for the b...
by bum.jug
Sat May 09, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe recipe
Replies: 273
Views: 153980

nontraditional coloring process.

Okay, so I've been reading this and the other absinthe thread, and am now two batches deep. I have been using a tweaked version of nigels recipe with more green anise, less star, and spearmint. I macerate the herbs and 5.5l 180 for at least 24 hrs at 90-100 degrees farenheit, strain, and distill. I ...
by bum.jug
Thu May 07, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Octuple parrallel compound coil
Replies: 18
Views: 3576

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Nope, not me... I'm just some low level peon...
by bum.jug
Wed May 06, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Octuple parrallel compound coil
Replies: 18
Views: 3576

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Okay, so I am a hobby 'stiller, this picture is from work (yes, a DSP, please don't blow it up), cant go into any more details than that. At home I run just a 15.5 gallon pot with a much simpler condenser, and a 2in LM nixon stone column. I was just blown away when I saw this thing in person, though...
by bum.jug
Mon May 04, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Octuple parrallel compound coil
Replies: 18
Views: 3576

Octuple parrallel compound coil

First of all: Hi and thanks. I've been lurking for a while and y'all have been a great help over the years. What do y'all think of this condenser? It goes on top of a 900 gallon pot and is glycol cooled. Note the 2in outlet to reduce pressure. This baby can rip. Theoretically. http://i709.photobucke...