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by kyolic
Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Clearing sugar wash - any tips and tricks?
Replies: 18
Views: 2478

Re: Clearing sugar wash - any tips and tricks?

hi All I’m in a bit of a hurry and cannot wait 2 weeks for the wash to settle. As the wash is 100 liters, I cannot move it outside - a cold crash would work best :) the temperature is 20 C where the fermentor is places - so what will work here? Bentonite of course. Dissolve 80 grams (for 100 liters...
by kyolic
Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Stalled ferment
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Stalled ferment

Check pH and correct if necessary. If no activity despite correct pH, just pitch some yeast and add some DAP.

DAP will take care of it most of the time.

Also check temperature of the mash. If it is too low, yeast will become inactive.
by kyolic
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 699

Re: Go to neutral wash?

I would take 1/2 liter of water to 1 kylo of sugar. And I would add some lemon acid to invert it better while boiling. Actually citric acid doesn't help sugar invert better. All it does is to stop crystallizing sugar if the syrup will wait for a while before being used. As for 1/2 liters of water f...
by kyolic
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 699

Re: Go to neutral wash?

Nonsense huh? Maybe you should tell the many thousands of newbs including my self who made it as there first wash that. What ever you might think of it, its a useful and easy wash for first timers. For what its worth I know of at least one Commercial distillery that uses it as a base for thier gins...
by kyolic
Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Go to neutral wash?
Replies: 27
Views: 699

Re: Go to neutral wash?

Birdwatchers is a nonsense hype. A neutral is just sugar + nutrients + yeast. Make invert syrup from sugar (boil 1 kg of sugar in 2 liters of water)- Add the syrup to the water until OG is 1080 - Add some good nutrients (I suggest Yeast Bomb) - Pitch yeast when the temperature is down to 28-30 Celsi...
by kyolic
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Re: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!

Actually you can turn it into pulp and that could maximize vapor exposure. I may try it that way next time. Yet, the flavor was more than enough even this way.
by kyolic
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Re: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!

Alcophile wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:16 pm
Did you crush the corn to maximise vapour exposure to it?
Nope. It is fresh corn as you can see in the pics (something you eat directly out of the package). How can one crack fresh corn?
by kyolic
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Re: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!

What kind of basket is that? It sounds like a great trial run. Homer This one: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sb30hM2SL._AC_SL1000_.jpg https://www.amazon.co.uk/LNDDP-Stainless-Steaming-Vegetable-Multi-tool/dp/B0816R2FB2 I just paid 3 USD for mine, which is high quality stainles...
by kyolic
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Vapor infusion attempt with corn, great success!

Ok pictures first: https://i.ibb.co/X7QHMzZ/20201023-193649-comp-low.jpg Basket Closed https://i.ibb.co/f2sSv6n/20201023-193512-comp-low.jpg Basket Open https://i.ibb.co/FWrF3Dm/20201023-192816-comp-low.jpg Basket in the Boiler (open) 1 https://i.ibb.co/CsVPY23/20201023-192759-comp-low.jpg Basket in...
by kyolic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor infusion in the pot question
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Vapor infusion in the pot question

Seeing the thread by der wo, I decided to give this a go: http://homedistiller.org/forum/download/file.php?id=48237&mode=view You place this in the boiler and fill with fruits to get the vapor infusion. Although I checked the thread several times, I couldn't find the answers to these two questions: ...
by kyolic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

This is what I did when I first started and my first still was a VM which basically only made neutrals. I lived with that whiskey for about 1.5 years until I built my second still. Not just the better product but the satisfaction of doing it right and producing a product that is 10 fold better is w...
by kyolic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

That would likely work but if it were me, I'd go all the way through to making a neutral spirit. Then macerate whatever you want in that at about 60% abv. Then redistill that, just like you would if you were making gin (but with fruit instead of botanicals) A-ha! I get the point now CopperFiend. Th...
by kyolic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

CopperFiend wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:17 am


I wouldn't add them into the boiler but macerate for a few days instead, then distill.
So that means I do the strip run, add fruit to the low wines, wait for a few days and distill it for the spirit run. Am I getting it right?
by kyolic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

JesseMarques wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:11 am

If you like a clear spirit with fruit flavor try putting real fruits in your neutral and redistill it. I also never did it, but looks like some guys here does it
You mean adding fruits at the spirit run? This is doable?
by kyolic
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

Recently I am experimenting with artificial flavoring (apple, peach, apricot, etc) of the neutral spirit. To be honest I am getting great results depending on the artificial flavor I am using. However, no matter how good the spirit tastes, you can still sense the artificiality to a certain degree. D...
by kyolic
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help needed for oak stick size
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Help needed for oak stick size

I found a guy who will provide American White Oak sticks for me. He is going to slice the oak to the size I desire. I will be using these with Nuclear Aging only. However, I am not sure about the size. I plan to have them cut as 2 cm X 12 cm (0.75 inch X 4.75 inch) and use one stick for a liter of s...
by kyolic
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: My new pot still
Replies: 4
Views: 650

Re: My new pot still

I have produced like 30 liters of spirit with it so far, and not a single issue. 8)

Works extremely efficiently and I love the taste (column is fully stuffed with copper mesh).
by kyolic
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?

8Ball wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:07 am
It might finish in 5 days. I’d use 20 grams. I’d also pay attention to all the great advice you’ve been given.

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20 grams for 40 liters of mash at 1080 OG? Is that really enough? I remember reading 70-80 grams for 40 liters. :?
by kyolic
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?

still_stirrin wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:38 am

Whatcha’ fermenting?

Fruit mash.
by kyolic
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?

2 things you need. Tempature definition and later, patience. At 70, the same yeast would take the better of 2 weeks. 86 degrees is the maximum I can reach. So I think that it will ferment within a week with proper amount of Yeast Bomb added. Am I right? And also how much of it for 40 liters of wash...
by kyolic
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Is the baker's yeast slower than brewer's/distillers yeast?

I have never used baker's yeast before and planning to give it a go. My 1080 mash ferments dry in 5 days with good quality wine yeast (using Yeast Bomb as the nute). Will it ferment dry in 5 days also with the baker's yeast? I really cannot wait any longer than that. And how much baker's yeast shoul...
by kyolic
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Nuclear Whiskey / Nuclear Rum and Spirits Rapid Ageing
Replies: 1039
Views: 143718

Re: Nuclear Whiskey / Nuclear Rum and Spirits Rapid Ageing

A video of nuclear aging with UJSSM:

by kyolic
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: ABV during spirit run
Replies: 7
Views: 325

Re: ABV during spirit run

8Ball wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:01 am
The search feature here is your friend, have you ever tried using it??

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=17290

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That link doesn't answer my question.
by kyolic
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: ABV during spirit run
Replies: 7
Views: 325

ABV during spirit run

I read somewhere that if low wines ABV exceed 30% during the spirit run, making the cuts gets much more difficult. Is this true?
by kyolic
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Yeast Bomb on action!

Well, the smell was so terrible that forced me to make a quick decision for dumping it down the toilet. :?
by kyolic
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Yeast Bomb on action!

Kyolic a couple of things to consider, as far as I know fruit ferments dont need extra nutrients. The other is that many people ferment fruits with no airlock of any type, I doubt that you really needed to throw it down the toilet. Edit , posted at same time as Corsaire Well as I wrote above, it wa...
by kyolic
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Yeast Bomb on action!

but they run it soon after active fermentation finishes. That was not the case for me unfortunately. It was too late when I discovered that the fermentation was over and the mash was fully infected as the tank was getting air inside. It smelled like dead fish left under the sun for a week and there...
by kyolic
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Yeast Bomb on action!

just chugging along, doing it's thing I like your airlock, and how ya mounted ya temp probe, good job!! Thanks. :) Well I had to build such an airlock after a tragedy. :) Last time, high gas pressure due to Yeast Bomb blow off the water in the standard airlock and let air in the fermentation tank; ...
by kyolic
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast Bomb on action!
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Yeast Bomb on action!



Fruit (pear) mash with Yeast Bomb added as the nute.

Is it fermenting or what? 8)
by kyolic
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Spirit gets cloudy after adding water for dilution
Replies: 11
Views: 519

Re: Spirit gets cloudy after adding water for dilution

Ok it was the fucking plastic hose at the end of the cooler.

Never and ever get plastic involved in the system. Lesson learned!