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by vagabondmountainman
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: mason jar lids
Replies: 174
Views: 57923

Re: mason jar lids

I tried these 4x4 PTFE squares based on a recommendation from Rolling on another thread and they work great. $20 for 100 of them and free shipping. You have to cut them to size, but it only takes a minute and you can cut several at once with scissors. I cut them just slightly larger than the jar lid...
by vagabondmountainman
Fri May 29, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast question from a homebrewer's perspective
Replies: 45
Views: 4883

Re: Yeast question from a homebrewer's perspective

Thanks. I'll check out the podcast if I can find it, otherwise I'll go with your recommendations and try something like 70% pale 12 Munich, 10 brown, and 4 each of the chocolate and extra special. I bet this one would make a great split batch---half of the mash hopped and boiled as a Belgian Dubble,...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 28, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast question from a homebrewer's perspective
Replies: 45
Views: 4883

Re: Yeast question from a homebrewer's perspective

Its a great yeast. I like the bourbon that it makes but haven't tried it in a single malt. I hadn't heard of Westland until now I'll have to check it out. It sounds like an amazing grainbill. It would be an interesting mash to try. Do you have a recipe recommendation or guess as to the percentages o...
by vagabondmountainman
Tue May 26, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast question from a homebrewer's perspective
Replies: 45
Views: 4883

Re: Yeast question from a homebrewer's perspective

I like experimenting with different yeasts--I do it often in my beers, for example fermenting an IPA or stout batch split into 2 fermenters, one with my go to English Ale yeast (WLP 007) and a Belgian yeast such as a Saison or Trappist variety. They make for very different beers from otherwise the s...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 21, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Double thumper for bourbon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Double thumper for bourbon?

I'm starting to ferment some bourbon washes and plan on using my thumper somewhere in the process. I'm thinking of stripping with the thumper down as low as 10%, and then the spirit runs without it for a bit lower abv and more flavor. I've never done a one-and-done with a thumper, so no experience ...
by vagabondmountainman
Tue May 19, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Possible Whiskey Grain Bill?
Replies: 19
Views: 1676

Re: Possible Whiskey Grain Bill?

Nothing wrong with that. I do this sometimes doing 2 mashes in one day in my 25 gallon mash tun and putting them into a big 55 gallon food grade barrel to ferment. Then I have two washes to strip separately and combine for one spirit run. But don't make too much work for yourself at the start. No ma...
by vagabondmountainman
Tue May 19, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Possible Whiskey Grain Bill?
Replies: 19
Views: 1676

Re: Possible Whiskey Grain Bill?

That's a nice single pot set up. You should get pretty good efficiency with that. The mesh strainer and bag makes sense if you are sparging and fermenting off the grain, but not sure you need the extra step with the bag if you are fermenting on the grain. I always sparge and ferment off grain with m...
by vagabondmountainman
Mon May 18, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Double thumper for bourbon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Double thumper for bourbon?

Thanks guys. I've run into the same problem as you Beerswimmer with running bourbon with a thumper on both the strip and spirit runs. My hearts cut was up around 170 proof and it was smooth, but had lost some flavor. I was thinking 1 run with 2 thumps would amount to 2 plates (1 for the boiler and ....
by vagabondmountainman
Mon May 18, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Possible Whiskey Grain Bill?
Replies: 19
Views: 1676

Re: Possible Whiskey Grain Bill?

Are you planning fermenting on or off grain? If you've never mashed before, one of the T&T recipes that doesn't contain cracked corn might be a good place to start. Cracked corn is a lot of work to mash without enzymes, especially if you've never mashed or sparged before. You would get a great whisk...
by vagabondmountainman
Mon May 18, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: are u using thumpers to strip?
Replies: 48
Views: 7015

Re: are u using thumpers to strip?

Hey TDick, I've only been using thumpers for a couple years, so others may have some better advice for you, but here's my take plus a couple other bits of advice I've learned that might help you on your first couple runs with the thumper- First--just want to make sure you've done a vinegar clean-out...
by vagabondmountainman
Sat May 16, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Double thumper for bourbon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Double thumper for bourbon?

So the Cousins process for rum seems interesting, but a little more involved than I want to get into--especially adding lime and acid and boiling to concentrate the esters. I'm more interested in getting a flavorful bourbon right at cask aging strength in one pass using two thumpers. Doing a double ...
by vagabondmountainman
Fri May 15, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Double thumper for bourbon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Double thumper for bourbon?

Thanks SMY that is a great link.
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 14, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: High ester yeast for whiskey
Replies: 94
Views: 18789

Re: High ester yeast for whiskey

I haven't used Saison yeast for rye yet, but have had amazing results using it for bourbon, so I'm guessing it would be similar. I've tried white labs french saison, saison 2, and trappist high gravity yeasts for different bourbon runs and they have all been very good. I repitch the yeast after usin...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 14, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Aging observations- time of year!
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Aging observations- time of year!

The difference in ambient temperatures is why rum ages faster in the tropics than whisky ages in Scotland. Most of my rums are aged in an old fridge fitted with an element controlled to ensure that the temperature is always tropical, even on cold winter days. What is your preferred aging temp Chris...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 14, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Double thumper for bourbon?
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Double thumper for bourbon?

Does anyone have experience running a double thumper rig for all grain bourbon or scotch? I've read a lot of posts about folks doing this for rum in the traditional Carribean style, but haven't really been able to find much in my searches about people doing it for bourbon. I use a single thumper and...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 14, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109133

Re: whats your music

I love the steel drivers. If anybody out there is into bluegrass, jam, Americana,jazz funk etc, I just go an email about an online music festival for charity happening this weekend with a pretty good line up. Its Friday, Saturday, Sunday for 5-6 hours each day. I'm not sure if there is a charge, cou...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu May 14, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: are u using thumpers to strip?
Replies: 48
Views: 7015

Re: are u using thumpers to strip?

I run similar to you running #2 slow at the start and throwing out fores/heads on every run. I still worry about smearing during the spirit run however as I try to avoid over heating to not bring tails through earlier. I'll do take off as a drip, drip, drip but avoid a stream on spirit run. For str...
by vagabondmountainman
Mon May 11, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109133

Re: whats your music

Thanks for the tip, vmm. I'm on it. One time I saw RE at a small club, nature called and on the way to the men's room I slipped into a hallway where the sound of the band wrapped and was ridiculously good. I was pretty lit and pulled my (blues) harp outta my pocket and ripped off a coupla riffs to ...
by vagabondmountainman
Mon May 11, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Spent beer grains?
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Spent beer grains?

That's awesome you are getting it at 1.03. You're already at about 3%. 1 pound per gallon more grain should bring you up to about 1.06 which would put you in the neighbor hood of 7.5-8% ABV for your distillers beer. Pretty good for only 1 pound of grain and no sugar per gallon. How big is your masht...
by vagabondmountainman
Mon May 11, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109133

Re: whats your music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXJZYoTMNFU It’s been ten years or so now, but I saw Railroad Earth about a half-dozen times and they always did this song. I enjoyed their music and sound a lot. Twisted Yeah they are my favorite. They are incredible to watch live. I go to shows whenever they are wi...
by vagabondmountainman
Sat May 09, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109133

Re: whats your music

by vagabondmountainman
Fri May 08, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Spent beer grains?
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Spent beer grains?

I allgrain brew at least a couple times a month and have recently started doing sugar heads with the second runnings of any of my higher gravity beers. Usually if I do a 10-15 gallon batch of something above 1.060, I can get 5-10 gallons of second runnings to come out around 1.025-1.03. I bring that...
by vagabondmountainman
Fri May 08, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109133

Re: whats your music

by vagabondmountainman
Tue May 05, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?
Replies: 30
Views: 3382

Re: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?

Seems like it's a heated subject that many can argue about like politics! Referencing back to several posts ago on this thread, when I visited some of the Classic Moonshine states they all had copper beginnings and endings. I say go with whatever works for your purposes at this time. :) Yeah thanks...
by vagabondmountainman
Sun May 03, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?
Replies: 30
Views: 3382

Re: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?

Hey Dew, thanks for your feedback. My boiler is a stainless steel brew pot, and my thumper keg is a stainless 5 gallon keg. Otherwise everything is copper--the pot head, lyne arm piping, thumper and condenser parts. So technically its not all copper, but I wasn't considering the boiler in there, and...
by vagabondmountainman
Fri May 01, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?
Replies: 30
Views: 3382

Re: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?

A couple people have asked, and I realize I never put up a picture of my current set up. 26 gallon stainless brewpot boiler with a 2" pot head, reducing into 1" that I either go straight into a 1" over 3/4" liebig or across a 1" lyne arm into 5 gallon thumper and then out to the liebig. I pretty muc...
by vagabondmountainman
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Storage of spirits in Mason jars
Replies: 38
Views: 4268

Re: Storage of spirits in Mason jars

Interesting idea. I will give that a try on my next sugar head run. I'd like to try putting some 100% peated malt in a little bag like that for my spirit runs on scotch too. I get a pretty good peat smoke flavor using 100% peat malt for the wash, but its never quite enough. That gin bag is a great t...
by vagabondmountainman
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?
Replies: 30
Views: 3382

Re: Safety of Chinese Stainless Steel Condensers and Still parts?

I didn't know there was an import fee. That changes everything. I was looking at a nice 2" stainless shotgun condenser that would be $100 including 2 week shipping to the US. Is there a way to calculate import fees? I just assumed that was already taken care of by the seller. All the clamps and thin...
by vagabondmountainman
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Storage of spirits in Mason jars
Replies: 38
Views: 4268

Re: Storage of spirits in Mason jars

Nice idea on the Corny Kegs Porcupino. I have a bunch of them, but they are almost always filled with homebrew beer. I guess that could be a good excuse to order more, or a use for the old ones with poor seals. I need to find a good deal on new or once used 5 gallon-8 bourbon barrels. 1/2 gallon mas...