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by zapata
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash
Replies: 132
Views: 17874

Re: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash

So I love this wash, very clean and any "off" flavor is a light flowery honey sweetness. Which I kinda recently figured out. Kale is one of / the highest source for many carotenoids. Almost as much beta carotene as carrots, more lutein and zeaxanthin than any other food, 2nd only to cabbage for beta...
by zapata
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New BokaKob Advice
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: New BokaBob Advice

I have considered using it to make a temperature failsafe that switches the still off should the cooling water get too hot(or the area above the condenser). :clap: That is a FANTASTIC idea. I think it would require the DSPR300 model rather than the the DSPR120 version though, and a spare temp senso...
by zapata
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New BokaKob Advice
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: New BokaBob Advice

I think a detail about pot size that hasn't been explicitly stated yet is that pot size and still size don't really affect each other. You could have a 2" boka on a 30 gallon still if you wanted. The inter related specs are for power and column diameter. And while a 2" column will work at 2kw for mo...
by zapata
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: build expander/countersink drill bit (video)
Replies: 8
Views: 140

Re: build expander/countersink drill bit (video)

nice tricks there, cheers
by zapata
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...

Gotcha, I missed that you wanted to malt it. Also, I didn't even know pop corn won't malt, that's good to know. It does mash and convert, but makes sense that it wouldn't germinate for malting.
by zapata
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 94
Views: 3852

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

Interesting results NIN. Hey, if you get a chance, can you measure the holdup of the packing? You mentioned it seems like a lot, but quantification would be interesting to me because I'm a nerd and don't really know exactly how or when it might matter much, but think it may be relevant. It's not a p...
by zapata
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Liqueurs
Topic: Noyaux?
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Noyaux?

You know, I did a batch way back and it was amazing, I didn't know it was called Noyaux though. I sure don't have the recipe I used, or remember much about it at all. I do remember I used cherry and token peach stone, base was a tight cut white whiskey. I'm sure I obsessed over the cyanide for weeks...
by zapata
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: How long before first success?
Replies: 53
Views: 3758

Re: How long before first success?

My first run was in the last millennium, and the breadth and depth of our collective knowledge is a whole new paradigm. Read till your eyes bleed. Think it through when you're driving down the road. Put it to practice, then think it through with every sip. It's all right here. That said, my first ru...
by zapata
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Increase safety
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Increase safety

I'd rethink that GFCI situation. If we were friends in real life you'd get one just so I'd shut up about it. For real, show of hands, who has never had a mishap in the still room, say a suddenly squirting hose, spill or splash? It's totally a DIY able job, maybe not legally depending on where you're...
by zapata
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...

er, no. The basic corn does not have any additives... Yeah, I saw that. I was just pointing out that at least the US pigeon feeders also sold various grits, calcium carbonates, shells etc, which are handy in a ferment, but a few of them did have all sorts of other supplements even though the produc...
by zapata
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Swaging Tool Drill Bit
Replies: 32
Views: 658

Re: Swaging Tool Drill Bit

I think the high rpm heats the hard copper enough to help anneal it. That seems to help the swaging process. That was my thinking too. Reminds me of "flow drilling" a trick I picked up from Harry (RIP) back on yahoo. Doesn't work for big jobs, but for 1/2" and smaller it's a treat. You can use any ...
by zapata
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 94
Views: 3852

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

Really? I recall everything I've ever read recommends letting it reflux for 30 min and some go longer. It's a thing. Think about it like this, the acetone that's gonna end up in fores after a 2 hour full reflux isn't just sitting in the boiler the whole time. I think long equilibrium phases are a h...
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Increase safety
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Increase safety

Might rather flood to dilute as much as fine spray though? IDK for sure. 1 thing I do damn near every run that is probably extra, but IDC. I low pressure test the rig while it warms up. A balloon works fine, blow it up a bit, twist it closed, stretch over the condenser or vent depending on setup and...
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from NC
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Hello from NC

Cackalack represent!

Share a krupnikas recipe if ya got one. Had a taste of one out of Durham a while back, no idea if it's good though, nothing to compare it to.
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Cover Crop Oats and Cereal Rye ???
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Cover Crop Oats and Cereal Rye ???

Local farmer had oats for sale a while back at what seemed a good price. After getting them I realized they were oats + an equal amount of... vegetation? I guess the horses don't care and just eat it all? But after accounting for all the other crap in 'em it wasn't really a great deal by weight. I d...
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: racing pigeons need the best quality corn...

Racing pigeons huh? Sounds like a new a hobby is calling me!

A quick look around didn't show me any amazing sources in USA, but did suggest pigeon feed suppliers would also likely have useful calcium carbonate sources, but some may have unwanted supplements as well.
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Compiling a kit for Gin only distilling
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: Compiling a kit for Gin only distilling

Seems he learned 99% of what he knows from this forum. Which makes him the best distiller on youtube! And, for whatever it's worth, I've built every still I've ever used except for lab glass stills. It ain't hard. Cheaper, better, more fun, useful skillset easily picked up, only requires tools you ...
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Free Keg
Replies: 20
Views: 569

Re: Free Keg

Looks perfect for a rum style double thumper ala Jamaica or Demerara. I've had some good whiskey from some double thumpers too.
by zapata
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 94
Views: 3852

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

For holding up packing, a much better solution to flat screens and grids and such is a cone shape rather than flat. Much more surface area, no choking. Cone pointing up is how the lab and industrial ones I've seen are installed. Thick copper ground wire has worked well for me, but for some of these ...
by zapata
Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1145

Re: A little re-torted

Anybody able to clue me in on how much alcohol vapor oughta be produced by 9Kw of heat so I can account for how long my run may be? In theory 9 kw can produce 47.7 liters of pure ethanol an hour. (rule of thumb, 1kw = 5.3 liters ethanol, 1.6 liters of water, or the relevant proportion based on the ...
by zapata
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: New ideas and innovations
Replies: 71
Views: 3957

Re: New ideas and innovations

Oh yeah, it definitely pulls out nasties, and the nasties are there early/throughout the run. For sure. What I meant was that in my neutral column those nasties have apparently always been there and are just held down by the 20 TPs above them. I think it is absolutely worth pursuing for anybody with...
by zapata
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Running a thumper?
Replies: 18
Views: 1300

Re: Running a thumper?

I guess it depends on the pipe sizes used, back when I last played with a thumper everybody used small pipe for everything, so we had a 1/2" or maybe 3/4" vapor in for the thumper. So I picture just a simple liebig on that line. For a one and done it's functionally the same as charging the thumper w...
by zapata
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Science and engineering intro
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Re: Science and engineering intro

Boston Apothecary has talked about freeze jacking prior to distillation, particularly how it concentrates less volatile acids more than stripping. Like most of his stuff it's heavy on theory, history, philosophy and eloquence. A site search there would probably be stimulating.
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: New ideas and innovations
Replies: 71
Views: 3957

Re: New ideas and innovations

How many of you column builders have built and trialled a Fusel Side Draw section for your column? https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=70666 :wave: Mostly with a liquid tap as I suggested in that thread. Gonna take a few more years of rarely playing with it to perfect experimentally. Or...
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: How much corn/water in beverage cooler?
Replies: 8
Views: 618

Re: How much corn/water in beverage cooler?

2nd the mash calcs, always worked for me too.
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: 7 years in the shadows
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: 7 years in the shadows

Neat journey. From here to brewing to finally back here to start distilling because the brewing worked out so well you can't do it for a while. Life is funny.
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg heating element placement and welding technique
Replies: 11
Views: 978

Re: Keg heating element placement and welding technique

If you're paying for sanitary welding, definitely flip it upside down, use the existing 2" as your drain and weld at least a 4" in the top. Parts are cheap compared to quality welds, and a larger opening is fantastic for cleaning and future proof if you get a bigger still. Also have him weld some nu...
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Spirit run coming out low ABV
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Spirit run coming out low ABV

https://web.archive.org/web/20120229050 ... ory/strong
(btw, I couldn't readily find that on current homepage, is all that old content gone?)
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Looking for something between hydrometer and alcoholmeter to measure final gravity of wash.
Replies: 33
Views: 1737

Re: Looking for something between hydrometer and alcoholmeter to measure final gravity of wash.

Also, I don't think the extreme of the range has any effect. Something like a scale or digital thermometer may commonly be more accurate mid range, but does this apply to hydrometers? Isn't it for all intents and purposes a ruler measuring how high or low the bulb floats? And aren't all rulers just ...
by zapata
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Running a thumper?
Replies: 18
Views: 1300

Re: Running a thumper?

Experimented with a corn wash that I don't like the corn flavor. Unpopular opinion: corn is gross. It's only ok in a bourbon because the malt, rye, wheat and barrel hide it. Not even fancy all corn whiskies are very good (cheers Balcones). Corn's highest use other than fuel is as a filthy bacterial...