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by WithOrWithoutU2
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Condenser water cooler.
Replies: 29
Views: 602

Re: Condenser water cooler.

Just a consideration...depending on where you live and cost of water versus electricity, you may want to look into the overall cost of actual water use. I am on city water, and the city I live it front loads the water bill with fixed cost and fees. So whether residents use a lot of water or not, the...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First lauter/ all grain. Didn't quite go as planned...
Replies: 11
Views: 250

Re: First lauter/ all grain. Didn't quite go as planned...

stillanoob, What Setsumi says here is true: flaked maize should be allready be gelatenized. your other unmalted grains may have benefited by the high temp and enzymes. but the enzymes and malt should convert it. But, flaked corn will make a thick mushy paste when mashing. So, you need plenty of hul...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Are these copper scrubbies - opinions please (pics included)
Replies: 8
Views: 166

Re: Are these copper scrubbies - opinions please (pics included)

I've had good luck with the brand "Chore Boy".
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 6085
Views: 196077

Re: Three Word Story

the wife will
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3” vm build, could use advice
Replies: 55
Views: 886

Re: 3” vm build, could use advice

5B783885-5D25-4FBE-B802-D2C4AB257427.jpeg15742447-BD0A-499D-96C7-DB447912BC3F.jpegI could use some advice on thermometer placement. Most designs I see have the thermometer coming in from the top of the tee on an angle towards the column. Questions; Could the thermometer come straight in from the si...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: New steam rig and manometer test
Replies: 14
Views: 480

Re: New steam rig and manometer test

Very nice, sir. Very nice. Looking forward to hearing more on how this goes for you.
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: quest fo neutrals
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: quest fo neutrals

Welcome. Be safe.
by WithOrWithoutU2
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: When a manufacturer says "double distilled" do they mean one stripping run then one spirits run or two spirit runs?
Replies: 12
Views: 548

Re: When a manufacturer says "double distilled" do they mean one stripping run then one spirits run or two spirit runs?

...any way they please for marketing purposes. +1 It is the black eye on the industry. Marketing Departments take HUGE liberties with terms. Some would even call it flat out lying. I once had a friend ranting and raving over a new bourbon that he tried. The bottle said it was a aged 12 years. I poi...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help quick please
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Re: Help quick please

If it were mine, I would rack it into buckets. Squeeze the grain bed, and let everything have a week to clarify, then run it. Since its a small(ish) batch, save the grains for a gumballhead. I already fermented off grain. I squeezed the grains for all they had and then made a gumballhead. The gumba...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help quick please
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Re: Help quick please

It appears finished, but the gravity is at 1.01. A quick search seems that for an AG like mind that is not uncommon. The PH is about about 4 based on PH strips and the temp is still good. So I think it is just done. Think about letting it settle for a day or so and then running it.

Thoughts?
by WithOrWithoutU2
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help quick please
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Re: Help quick please

Good move. I sometimes have so much insulation that I have to loosen it off when the ferment creates too much heat. Chris, you called it. The temp rose over 90f. The way I put the insulation on it wouldn’t be easy to take off. So I removed the lid partially. Temp dropped back down. Another lesson l...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help quick please
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Re: Help quick please

How did it go? So far so good. It is bubbling away in the 30gallon. Decent cap, and would have been close with the 20gallon. It was better to be safe than sorry and put the extra time in. I ended up wrapping it in some insulation to help keep the temp where I need it. My first real attempt at AG, e...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Drifter's Northern Plains Cream
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: Drifter's Northern Plains Cream

Is the Cream the same as Heavy Whipping Cream?
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help quick please
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Re: Help quick please

Thanks everyone. Well, I had mashed in on a 30 gallon barrel. So I decided to wash it real quick and transfer the mash back to it to ferment. The 30 gallon barrel is not as well set up for fermenting, but I will make it work. In hindsight, I should have just left it in the 30 gallon barrel and tried...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help quick please
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Help quick please

Question how much head space do I need? I’ve go about 17 gallon mash in a 20 gallon barrel. The grain bill is 20lbs golden promise, 10lb flakes barley, 7lb flake corn, and 3lbs of flakes out. I’ve got about 4 inches left to top. I could take 5 gallons out a d put in another fermentor but would rathe...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Column packing options?
Replies: 27
Views: 926

Re: Column packing options?

+1 to Stillerboy's advice.

Ceramic rings have been getting some interest as well. https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 17&t=77413
by WithOrWithoutU2
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newbie in DesMoines
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Newbie in DesMoines

(Which is what brought me to this site, ive malted corn, now what?). MH, Welcome to the forum. The midwest is a great for all its grains. Working the land yourself will give you access to high quality and cheap grains. The fact you have the equipment, and knowledge to Malt these grains yourself wil...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Maceration!
Replies: 8
Views: 390

Re: Maceration!

"What is best" is really subjective. It depends on what type of a product you are after and personal preference. Limoncello is a very popular macerated product. Lot's of articles here on how to and process. Geist is German product that often uses citrus fruits in the vapor path. Here is a link that ...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Who is George?
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Who is George?

He is a guy who owns a retail store that sells products to make beer, wine and spirit. He has his own YouTube Channel. His videos range from "how to", "Product Reviews", and general education about distilling. In terms of Distilling, he has the largest following although there are a couple others th...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Former production distiller getting into home distilling
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: Former production distiller getting into home distilling

Welcome. Nice to be able to use your former employers equipment still. Is he letting you take it home or will you be using it at your former place of work. Maybe you can become his R&D department and get ingredient at no cost. I know! He implied I could take it home and use it but I might just brin...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.

Just guessing To get 10 gallons of 95% neutral alcohol Will take at least 200ish gallons of 10% wash. Figuring less than half of the fermented alcohol will make the cut for neutral. From my rough estimates, 200 gallons of Shady's Sugar Shine wash @10% would cost about $200. That assumes $0.50/lb fo...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Former production distiller getting into home distilling
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: Former production distiller getting into home distilling

Welcome.

Nice to be able to use your former employers equipment still. Is he letting you take it home or will you be using it at your former place of work. Maybe you can become his R&D department and get ingredient at no cost.
by WithOrWithoutU2
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.

Get your 2" column to a to a minimum height of 48". Pack with the ceramic rings (probably 3/8" for 2" column). Use the CCVM Tee to control reflux out to your shotgun condenser. I just used this same set up except I had 3" column, 1/2" rings packed in a 36" column, used a gate valve and got 95% no pr...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: finished first ag
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: finished first ag

Congrats
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 352
Views: 24799

Re: No Mash No sugar

Thanks, Teddy. Using Jessie's abv results, I deduce that he got his best conversion rate using 85C water. I am not sure it had the best conversion, but rather best yield. Jesse stated that the cooked batch did not settle as well so he did not rack off as much product to run. I would imagine if he l...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 352
Views: 24799

Re: No Mash No sugar

I've got a bunch of Sweetfeed. The stuff is notorious for not being able to grind due to the molasses. I wonder how it would do if I took boiler water and let it sit for hours in a insulated cooler until it dropped to 90.

Thoughts?
by WithOrWithoutU2
Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Sourcing Likker Bottles
Replies: 29
Views: 882

Re: Sourcing Likker Bottles

I use mason jars and replace the lids with PTFE discs. Seals very nicely. +1 Good thing about this is that Mason jars are stackable, bottles aint. PTFE lids are easy to make too. I don't make mine. I just buy them. Cheap and they have perfect sizes for both wide and regular mouth size for Mason jar...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first ferment...I think it's stuck!
Replies: 45
Views: 1143

Re: My first ferment...I think it's stuck!

Fair enough, but I have to say that the basic PID I built is pretty simple and I can't see how it can screw up and not work. PiDs are excellent tools for mashing and fermentation, when you desire temperature control. But, for distillation you need heat input control, not temperature control. Heat i...
by WithOrWithoutU2
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Sourcing Likker Bottles
Replies: 29
Views: 882

Re: Sourcing Likker Bottles

I use mason jars and replace the lids with PTFE discs. Seals very nicely.
by WithOrWithoutU2
Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How much water for proper gelatinization
Replies: 12
Views: 1910

Re: How much water for proper gelatinization

i gel (dough in) at 250grams/600mL of water. after mash in i dilute with another 400mL in the fermenter when all settles the grain bed makes up about 40%, cleared beer about 60% of the volume “Dough in” - that’s the term I should’ve been using from the start. And “ml” and “grams”? That a whole lot ...