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by kpex72
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Fermenting with DADY instead of turbo
Replies: 23
Views: 2510

Re: Fermenting with DADY instead of turbo

Airlocks can lie. Use a hydrometer and check ph. There is great advice above.
by kpex72
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: New fermenter question.
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: New fermenter question.

dieselduo wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:48 am
PBW in hot water should do the trick
I second this. Great advice!
by kpex72
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Aerator in the fermenter
Replies: 20
Views: 554

Re: Aerator in the fermenter

Chris says it's useful. I don't see how it could hurt. Well, depending on what is in the fermenter, the extra agitation could make it puke all over the place. I'd recommend a blow off tube over an airlock if anyone wishes to experiment. This technique has it's place, but for the average hobbyist, I...
by kpex72
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Stalled ferment
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Stalled ferment

My .02 cents: check and correct pH, re-aerate, then re-pitch some yeast. See what happens. If nothing in 3 days - just run it then try and see what went wrong.
by kpex72
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Too much yeast or sugar?
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Too much yeast or sugar?

Hello, for the last few years I have been making a gallon a year from a 6.5 bucket of mash to distill, using sugar and turbo 48 yeast. This year i have a 44 gallon fermentation bucket because i thought i could make a bunch at one time to ferment. My question is, can i use multiple packs of the turb...
by kpex72
Sun May 03, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: FLUTE TALK
Replies: 1819
Views: 97028

Re: FLUTE TALK

Sorry to bring up an old thread. I see some LM automated still like the iStill or the Genio Still. Do you guys think we could do the same with a CM (flute) still ? Regulating the coolant flow to the dephlegmator using the vapor temperature above it ? Goal is get a good ''automated'' NGS spirit run....
by kpex72
Sun May 03, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller goodies
Replies: 6
Views: 1269

Re: Controller goodies

I'm going to give a hard second on anything from www.auberins.com. Great products and great customer service. Everything I use came from them.

They sell kits and accessories all the way up to assembled units.
by kpex72
Sun May 03, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: TS AMA Electric Corn Grinder
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

Re: TS AMA Electric Corn Grinder

This falls into the category of: if you have the $$, you will wish you bought one years ago. I consider it a must have. When running whole corn, I use the second from the coarsest screen, then re-grinding again using the second from the finest. Quickly turns a 50Lb bag of whole corn into a nice flou...
by kpex72
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Adding Sugar to Traditional Corn Whisky Mash?
Replies: 19
Views: 9736

Re: Adding Sugar to Traditional Corn Whisky Mash?

Wow I know this thread is old but I’m interested to hear about the last comment the OP made.? About using the leftover grain not from the boiler but from the fermentation is what I can gather he was asking about and I’m curious aswell. Can you make a great quality all grain whiskey distill it then ...
by kpex72
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: Steam jacketed mash tun
Replies: 1
Views: 1146

Re: Steam jacketed mash tun

This is an old thread, but since you are still active, I'd toss my .02 cents in. If you have a double walled mash tun, yes, you can mash, ferment, and distill all in the same vessel. You would need to make sure the top has an appropriate sized tri-clamp fitting, or have the lid modified to accommoda...
by kpex72
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: When would you deem an agitator necessary?
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Re: When would you deem an agitator necessary?

It doesn't have anything to do with size. It's what you're putting in it. If you are cooking on the grain, it can be a solution to prevent scorching. ^-----Agreed 100%! However, you don't realize how much you need (or want) an agitator, until you get one. Your heat up times drop dramatically regard...
by kpex72
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Why are pot stills better?
Replies: 12
Views: 1282

Re: Why are pot stills better?

Hate to say it, but I think it probably comes down to cost. You can make some huge pot stills for a lot less than huge column stills. Each still type has a purpose, but the traditional methods were using pot stills. They are also the most affordable. Putting two and two together, that's my opinion w...
by kpex72
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Buying Supplies
Replies: 68
Views: 9957

Re: Buying Supplies-what about kits?

OK, so I'm not sure what 'nutrients' are but I'm guessing it's not corn, barley, and sugar or kits. Did I get that right? No, I was thinking about yeast nutrients, enzymes, clearing agents, and all other supplements in general. Also, no one is tracking actual grain sales etc., unless you did someth...
by kpex72
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Double-wall boiler safety/operation
Replies: 34
Views: 4344

Re: Double-wall boiler safety/operation

Do you have a part number for the stainless ones? My plastic ones are showing their age by getting hard for me to put my 3/8" plastic tubing in. The stainless ones I've seen are for metric air line like Still Dragon sells, which I don't want. Sorry, I'm using the metric ones for 12mm tubing. Just b...
by kpex72
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Buying Supplies
Replies: 68
Views: 9957

Re: Buying Supplies-what about kits?

If buying a still puts you on the fed's list, what happens if you buy a whiskey kit? You aren't put on a list, per say. Suppliers have to keep 3 years of records of any sales of major components that can be used for distillation. If asked , they are required to turn them over. If you buy a Mashtun,...
by kpex72
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Chinese double-wall still, ordering and setup
Replies: 88
Views: 9883

Re: Chinese double-wall still, ordering and setup

With Alibaba, you use a Logistics company who will provide you all Freight costs up front, but will not quote the tariff. Once it clears customs, bond is paid, etc. they send you the Customs forms with everything shown, tariffs and all. You pay that and they coordinate an LTL delivery to your place....
by kpex72
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Aliexpress/Distillarus store?
Replies: 40
Views: 6671

Re: Aliexpress/Distillarus store?

Irishgnome, not sure where you are, but if US, there is a $800/day exclusion from tariffs. Customs may or may not stop any given package, and may or may not check its value. But I think we still have a 25% tarrif, so if possible I would split it up into 2 orders. The way some of their pricing and p...
by kpex72
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Double-wall boiler safety/operation
Replies: 34
Views: 4344

Re: Double-wall boiler safety/operation

A bit late to this thread, but I have a nearly identical setup- I run 11KW and fill the jacket 1/3 full of distilled water. I barely reach 1 psi in the jacket on initial heat up, then it drops off when I lower the power. No worries. I was a bit nervous at first, too. Hopefully you have it up and run...
by kpex72
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Novice to enzymes
Replies: 24
Views: 1815

Re: Novice to enzymes

Fiddleford: Keep us posted. I've been wanting to do an all corn mash myself, but have a few recipes ahead of it, so I'd enjoy hearing your story. I'm ordering some enzymes in anticipation for it in the next few weeks, myself.
by kpex72
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Run (Sacrificial Run)
Replies: 7
Views: 782

Re: First Run (Sacrificial Run)

Are your running a PID electronic controller with SSR for a low watt density coil, or just using the stovetop type setup? May times if you use the stove top, or a non-continuous regulated power source, you will get surging as the element heats up and lowers back down as you reach the desired temp or...
by kpex72
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mash abv?
Replies: 23
Views: 4868

Re: Mash abv?

You might be surprised at what you can make. Also, it's fun and its a hobby. Relax and enjoy!

Welcome to the forum!
by kpex72
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I think it's time to upgrade..
Replies: 15
Views: 1195

Re: I think it's time to upgrade..

Just a quick note. While doing my own research long ago, be careful about column sections. Many import stainless steel sections and have them copper plated domestically. Since they created a copper section from SS, some companies call it domestically made and it would actually qualify for buy Americ...
by kpex72
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mash abv?
Replies: 23
Views: 4868

Re: Mash abv?

As an AG beer brewer myself, I understand your concern. Now, distilling is simply adding one extra step (and omitting the hops). That extra step plays a major role in flavor development. Unlike beer that you can hop and/or dry hop to mask certain flavors while complimenting others, we don't get that...
by kpex72
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Why does my moonshine taste like bread/yeast!
Replies: 22
Views: 6272

Re: Why does my moonshine taste like bread/yeast!

Possibly scorching and / or bad cuts come to mind first.
by kpex72
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Run (Sacrificial Run)
Replies: 7
Views: 782

Re: First Run (Sacrificial Run)

Sounds to me like you ran the still to hard. But I don't know your setup. First thing I learned: pot/head temperature means nothing when using a thumper. You just learned something and answered your own question. If you choose to use thermometers on your setup, make sure your Thumper has one. Althou...
by kpex72
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Possibility of a FAQ write up on Enzymes?
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Possibility of a FAQ write up on Enzymes?

Thanks for the quick replies. @acfixer: Ironically Booners All Corn is one of the examples where people had success and failure issues. 15 pages worth. I guess I just need to shut up, quit doubting and try the actual recipe on my own. I'm overthinking rather than doing. I was also eyeballing this as...
by kpex72
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bird. Wash ready to strip?
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: Bird. Wash ready to strip?

Thanks for the info!
by kpex72
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I think it's time to upgrade..
Replies: 15
Views: 1195

Re: I think it's time to upgrade..

Hey all! I have an all copper teeny tiny 1 gal still. It's time to upgrade so I can make some more quantity to enjoy. I am pretty comfortable with the basics as far as mashing and cutting etc. I have basically just grown out of the small size after a couple years. I want to make neutrals to drink a...
by kpex72
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Possibility of a FAQ write up on Enzymes?
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Possibility of a FAQ write up on Enzymes?

I am looking to do an all corn mash with enzymes. It's the challenge I am after to see the taste difference over adding malt. I have searched the forums and found many good threads with info. I started taking notes, but quickly realized that I found conflicting information on how to use the enzymes ...
by kpex72
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Blue Distillate HELP
Replies: 19
Views: 1443

Re: Blue Distillate HELP

Frosty, I don't know where you live, but letting it sit out in the sun for a few hours and it will dry up quick.. If it's small, toss it in the oven on the lowest setting for an hour.