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by zapata
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Rip tony rice
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Rip tony rice

RIP indeed. His album of Gordon Lightfoot songs is an overlooked gem, and proof that lightfoot was a much better songwriter than artist. Although I guess you'd say that about just about anyone's work Tony covered.
by zapata
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: For Wineos and Shadys Sugar Shine - Is distilled or tap water preferable for fermentation?
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: For Wineos and Shadys Sugar Shine - Is distilled or tap water preferable for fermentation?

But if your area uses chloramine rather than chlorine then it won't just dissipate. Treatment with campden tablets (1 tablet per 20 gallons I think?), vitamin C or slow carbon filtration will take care of chloramine. I will say there was a cool study done on scotch source waters a while back. They f...
by zapata
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: Fermentation finished?
Replies: 24
Views: 496

Re: Fermentation finished?

A proof and trail hydrometer, aka alcoholmeter is calibrated to give accurate readings only in distilled spirits. But it can be used to give unitless insight. Just throw it in, and see if it drops over the next 24 hours. If not you know it's done. If it drops, wait until it doesn't drop for 24-48 ho...
by zapata
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Soxhlet Extractor Build
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Soxhlet Extractor Build

Yup, all good points all around. One more aspect of extracting on a plate would be the agitation which would also enhance/speed up the process. But like you, IDK if the heat is good and imagine it varies with the botanical.
by zapata
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Melter Honey
Replies: 23
Views: 1040

Re: Melter Honey

Definitely gotta find me an apiary. Not only does this sound delish, the only thing I like better than good booze is free fermentables!
by zapata
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Safety question vinyloximinosilan
Replies: 16
Views: 423

Re: Safety question vinyloximinosilan

IMHO flour paste is a trick for addressing emergencies, not something to deal with or rely on on an ongoing basis. A small kit of staybrite and stayclean flux and solder is $15 from every welding supply store in the world, any good HVAC part store, or even amazon. I'd fix it hard and permanent, not ...
by zapata
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Soxhlet Extractor Build
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Soxhlet Extractor Build

Design looks like it will work fine. It doesn't look very cheap/efficient with all the T's, 90's and clamps. If that matters. Maybe not, what size are those pipes? I'd consider eliminating the vapor bypass arm completely by running the vapor through a smaller riser tube up through the extraction cha...
by zapata
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: Balcones Single Malt
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: Balcones Single Malt

All Balcones tastes like decent but not great moonshine to me. The malt at least shows promise for what they will be able to put out a decade from now. But I think their blue corn is more or less as good as they can make it, and IMHO it's priced at least a shelf higher than it drinks.
by zapata
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: UJSSM mash for neutral spirit
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: UJSSM mash for neutral spirit

I've made fine vodka from UJSSM-ish washes. I wouldn't do it if you really want a neutral. If you're just doing it because you think the first gen is garbage, it's not. But you can always just make a better 1st gen. IMHO the improvement in generations comes more from the buildup of bacteria and acid...
by zapata
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story
Replies: 114
Views: 20597

Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

sight glass looks like stilldragon:
https://stilldragon.com/2-brass-sight-glass-kit.html
by zapata
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Former production distiller getting into home distilling
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: Former production distiller getting into home distilling

Maybe. The way I read it the R&D exemption really is for lab testing. If anybody looks it would be hard to say you really paid for GCMS testing on gallons of product. OP's scenario likely involving gallons of drinkable product sounds like it would be easier to justify as market testing, but that is ...
by zapata
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Former production distiller getting into home distilling
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: Former production distiller getting into home distilling

I would personally be careful about the situation you put the boss in. Even if he's cool, it may just be ignorance. I've seen an amazing level of ignorance in the small distillery business, and I wouldn't want to exploit that in someone who was doing me a solid. If you distill on site, the productio...
by zapata
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Trouble sealing the immersion heater inlet
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Trouble sealing the immersion heater inlet

That's exactly what I would do. Plug that hole with a flat (curved) sheet (assuming it is oversized), and solder on a flange. Either pull a dimple or use one of the radius faced ones ala: https://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/ptbulkhead_tool2tc.htm or https://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/tc2rsf.htm
by zapata
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM Still Operation Instructions questions
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: LM Still Operation Instructions questions

I will say now that the main point has been driven home that it is useful to not take it too far. Of course any still can be driven by power input, at least to a certain extent. All Cooling Management stills are also power management stills, if'n ya tweak the power knob rather than the cooling knob....
by zapata
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?
Replies: 27
Views: 635

Re: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?

Lol, well if the shoe fits... Donde esta la zapataria? Interestingly I don't know if anybody has actually asked before, but I was thinking more along the lines of the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. With a stache like that I bet you would taste your mescal breakfast all day long. https://uplo...
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Condenser-to-Dephlegmator
Replies: 33
Views: 3168

Re: Condenser-to-Dephlegmator

Yes, it should be, but may not be immediately noticed. Keeping the condenser full allows a little bit of buffer while it heats up. Or at least that's what I see as the benefit. That said, that stampede still is a hot mess of sure, you can string things together like that, but why in the world would ...
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: Cool bit of history
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Cool bit of history

I grew up drinking Old Smuggler, and still drink it from time to time. 1 step above real cheap is probably the nicest thing I've ever heard anybody other than my old man say about it :)
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Keep fresh water fresh
Replies: 14
Views: 672

Re: Keep fresh water fresh

Wonder how much alcohol it would take to treat it? Most of us make more heads than we know what to do with anyway.
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Why not remove fores on a stripping run
Replies: 19
Views: 644

Re: Why not remove fores on a stripping run

I rarely cut fores on a stripping run. I have done it, but see no need. I hear people making a case for it, but I just don't see it in my shed. I'm gonna make a fores / heads cut on the spirit run, why bother before then? (rhetorical question, I know some people think they have an answer, it just do...
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Cracked Corn Flavor
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Cracked Corn Flavor

Maybe corn is just the nastiest whiskey grain mother earth has given us and if it weren't for a greedy industry that realized it's the most efficient grain in terms of ethanol production then we'd never have to suffer it a glass at all? /ducks But yeah, I can taste a difference between feed corn and...
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The Americas Cup 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 287

Re: The Americas Cup 2021

I personally find the AC pretty boring most years. It's like basketball to me. I couldn't possibly care less about the NBA and watching 8 foot tall immortal millionaires sink swish after swish. But give me a good NCAA battle any day. Similarly, I casually glance at some AC action each year. But I'm ...
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?
Replies: 27
Views: 635

Re: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?

I’m guessing hearts and half the tails, then age in oak for ten years to mellow it out. But that’s just a novice guess, looking forward to your input. Several times in this thread you have referred to the various cuts as if they are real things which can be blended. They aren't. There is no definit...
by zapata
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 20
Views: 953

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

Those results show a 60 point drop in 4 days. No normal wash has 60 points worth of dextrins.
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can You Make a Drinkable Rum With No Experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 604

Re: Can You Make a Drinkable Rum With No Experience?

Please don't take this the wrong way, but if your go-to drink is rum with Pepsi, you like Pepsi more than rum. Any beginner can make a rum good enough for drowning in Pepsi, probably on the first try. Making one that a rum nerd will gush over sipping neat is more trouble. I'd suggest a 10-15 gallon ...
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?
Replies: 20
Views: 520

Re: Sweet'n Glo 5-68 For Rum?

That seems like a whole lot of DAP and vitamins. I think you've got enough of each in 1 gallon for a 10 gallon wash. I'd also try a 1 quart test ferment of just clarified molasses. The thread linked above had serious fermentation problems, and reported some kind of biocide additive. Better see if it...
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

Hell yeah! I can absolutely see paying those prices for quality organic grains.
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum for mojito
Replies: 80
Views: 1684

Re: Rum for mojito

I've used semethicone based "wind settlers" many times, works absolutely fine in ferment or boiler. Note that semethicone and purpose designed anti-foam can settle. So shake the jar before using, and be aware it can settle out in the ferment if you want it to carry over to the boiler you may need to...
by zapata
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 755

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

P.S: I haven't yet figured out how to quote indidual phrases and paragraphs and reply to each on its own, so I'd appreciate some insight, and thanks again. I often do it manually, especially like when quoting the TTB I just wanted the formatting, I wasn't quoting a member. Replace these parenthesis...
by zapata
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 755

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

Just an update, but that legal definition of vodka is archaic and has been widely ignored for years, finally with official support. Notice 176 from April 1st 2020 (no, not april fools!) Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages https://...
by zapata
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Converted Mash won't separate
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Converted Mash won't separate

Sweet! What kind of rye are you malting? As in where are you sourcing it? Local farmers, bulk bin at the food co-op, etc?