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by JeeterBee
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project
Replies: 81
Views: 4669

Re: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project

Sounds like some yummy liquor. My plum brandy from last year is about a year old. It has been sitting in my oak barrel aging nicely.
by JeeterBee
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Methanol Test Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 14686

Re: Methanol Test Kit

NJen thanks for doing the research. I might try to get my hands on some of those chemicals. I have a friend who works in a lab. It would be interesting to send a sample into a lab and have them tell me some legit levels. I just wasn't satisfied with the blue/yellow flame test. I was getting yellow a...
by JeeterBee
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Methanol Test Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 14686

Re: Methanol Test Kit

Well, that kit is probably cheaper than a new wife, but the latter might solve a multitude of issues!! Lol yeah definitely. I haven't got a price quote for the test yet. Plus I would like more info from the company or people that have used the test. I want to make sure the price reasonable and it g...
by JeeterBee
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Methanol Test Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 14686

Re: Methanol Test Kit

Yeah I get that. I am pretty positive that my recent and best spirits have very little methanol in them. I think I had my initial greedy stage where I wanted to keep and hoard as much drinkable alcohol that I could. Now that I have a decent stock to age. I now only want to produce and save the very ...
by JeeterBee
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Methanol Test Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 14686

Re: Methanol Test Kit

I will have to look into it more. I thought that it gave you a specific color range kind of like a pH test strip that indicated a percentage of methanol by volume.
by JeeterBee
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Methanol Test Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 14686

Methanol Test Kit

Hello Folks, Hope y'all have had a good start to the new year. I have had the urge to test my stored alcohol to see the actual level of Methanol in it. I have a gallon of heads I would like to test as well just for the sake of science. I looked for a reputable test on line and I found this: https://...
by JeeterBee
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

Hello All, Happy Holidays. I wanted to give another update. I will make this a short one. I took all the heads and tails from the run above and diluted it down to 35%. I ended up with an 8 gallon feints run. I ran it pretty slow. The first gallon came off the still between 82 - 80% ABV. The smell wa...
by JeeterBee
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

Here is an update on my plum brandy project. I had a few days off last weekend. The weather was cold but decent. I decided to combine all the heads, hearts, and tails from the last spirit run with 5 gallons of the same plum wine from this year. I added water until I got a full 15 gallon charge. This...
by JeeterBee
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

I will give that a try. It would save me a ton of time.
by JeeterBee
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

So it has been a couple weeks since my cut and blend situation. I have a 2.5 gallon jar that has everything combined from the middle jar down to the jar where things got cloudy and had a oil film on the surface. We will call that the lower half. The lower half is very mellow and nice tasting. It tas...
by JeeterBee
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

Well the cutting didn't quite go as planned. I started towards the tail end at jar #54. Jars 55, 56, and 57 had the oily film on top. Jar 54 tasted good. Then I work my way up the line until I got to the mid point of the jars. I have two big 2.5 gallon glass jars. I poured all of the last half of th...
by JeeterBee
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

Those are the kind of comments and advice I was looking for. It is 24 hours later and I grabbed jars 36 & 37 and have them a good sniff. They smelled very light compared to yesterday. I chose those two jars because they were both 70% ABV and I wanted to add them to a partial gallon of the same plum ...
by JeeterBee
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

Thanks still_stirrin I knew as I hit the submit button that someone would be on to roast me. I don't expect you to make cuts for me. I was more looking for some theoretical advice. Like with plum brandy you probably want to: "stir clear of the first 10 jars because they have the most methanol" or "f...
by JeeterBee
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Mirabelle Plum Brandy Cut Advice

Hello All, I have read several good posts on this site about making brandy cuts. I have a post on here about a plum brandy that I am currently finishing up. I just did a 14 gallon spirit run of 40% low wines. I have a 2" pot still with a 40 inch tall column. I removed all the packing for this run bu...
by JeeterBee
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Big Batch
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

My First Big Batch

Hello Stillers, I was perusing through Craigslist looking for something that I don't need. I came across a guy selling the big blue 55 gallon drums with the fully removable lid. The drum had contained corn syrup and was rinsed real good after use. He wanted $20 for the drum. Up to this point I had d...
by JeeterBee
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project
Replies: 81
Views: 4669

Re: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project

Good info Cranky. Sounds like you recommend no packing. I don't think my plum logs have seasoned enough. I would guess that they have only sat through the summer. They might need another 6 months to a year. I will set some aside for a future project. I think this will be quite the run experience. I ...
by JeeterBee
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project
Replies: 81
Views: 4669

55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project

Hello All, I was very fortunate this year. A friend called me over to pick his heavy laden plum tree. He has what I believe are mirabelle plums. They are sweat, juicy, and a beautiful golden yellow. I made some wine out of them last year and it was extremely good. This year I made 13 gallons of wine...
by JeeterBee
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars
Replies: 25
Views: 4767

Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

I have been playing with mine quite a bit. I wouldn't say they are 100% accurate but they are pretty dang close. I have been using both of the tiny ones and they read the same as each other. When it come to my regular sized alcometer vs. the mini ones, there seems to be a sweet spot of accuracy whic...
by JeeterBee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars
Replies: 25
Views: 4767

Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Otis, Try this link. I had hard time finding it. I try to stay away from plastic as much a possible. I have a glass tube called a wine thief but it can be messy and difficult to use. I need to buy one of the glass alcometer tubes with the wider base. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%...
by JeeterBee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars
Replies: 25
Views: 4767

Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Hello All, I was able to find and buy a miniature alcometer off of eBay. It took several weeks to arrive so I had forgot I even ordered it. It showed up today and boy is it tiny. I tested out a range of different ABVs and to my surprise, it is pretty accurate. I am going to use it to test 250 - 500 ...
by JeeterBee
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Collection Rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Pot Still Collection Rate

Tomb,

I believe my analog meters are way off. I would like to know just how many watts I am using during various runs or parts of the runs.

Do you find your digital meter pretty accurate?

Thanks,

Jb
by JeeterBee
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Collection Rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Pot Still Collection Rate

Hello All, It is Christmas day and I am doing one of my last spirit runs for 2018. It is a spirit run that I split in half. It is the same low wines diluted to 40% ABV split in half but ran at two different speeds. The first half I ran super fast. The first run was collected at about a pint every 5 ...
by JeeterBee
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Collection Rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Pot Still Collection Rate

I am going to do a spirit run this weekend. I am going to do this run real slow. I will be very educational. It will be the second half of 20 gallons of low wines. I kept 2.5 gallons from the first half that is aging in oak. It was ran fast. My assumption is that I think I will like the first half b...
by JeeterBee
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Collection Rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Pot Still Collection Rate

Jog6, How slow did you slow your last run down to? I have another 10 gallons ready for next Sunday's spirit run. I will slow it down to about 10 minutes a pint. I am curious to see which one tastes better. The low wines are identical so the only difference will be run collection rate. All my jars ar...
by JeeterBee
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Collection Rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Pot Still Collection Rate

Yeah thanks Cranky. I am trying not to over think it too much. I am pretty please with how my still operates. I am trying to understand what's going on during the run. The ABV is now dropping steadily and the temp is rising. Does that indicate tails is now starting or heads is actually ending? I wil...
by JeeterBee
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Collection Rate
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Pot Still Collection Rate

Hello All, Spirit Run Sunday is in full effect. I am running 10 gallons of 40% ABV UJSSM. I collected my 500 ml of foreshots and 3 quarts of heads at about 1 quart per hour. That was SLOW. I turned up the power to around 1080 watts. I am now collecting into pint jars at a rate of one pint every 5.5 ...
by JeeterBee
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Purity Calc Question
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: Pot Still Purity Calc Question

I have been trying to think of a good signature for my profile. I want it to funny because it is a joke. I think I have it: I have searched the forum and I have read my self stupid. I know you can't run your still by ABV, temperature, or through advice. You must use taste, smell, and sometimes even ...
by JeeterBee
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Purity Calc Question
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: Pot Still Purity Calc Question

NZ, That is how I've been trying to do the math. I have 13 gallons of 66% ABV stripped product. Don't all jump me at once guys but I used a calc in the parent site to figure out how much water to dilute down to 40% ABV for my spirit run. I could have did the math but it just seemed pretty efficient ...
by JeeterBee
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Purity Calc Question
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: Pot Still Purity Calc Question

I am still completely a noobs but I do have several spirit runs under my belt for the year. Finding all these new calcs are pretty cool. At this point, I am merely just using this calc to find out how many jars I need to have outside and to plan my day accordingly. It is winter and snowing here. Las...
by JeeterBee
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot Still Purity Calc Question
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Pot Still Purity Calc Question

Hello, I have a question for you folks. I have been playing with the calculators on the parent site. When I input all my info into the Calc it generates a ton of good info. It calculates main run and tails. What I don't quite get is why it doesn't calculate the heads part of the run? I am assuming t...