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by 8Ball
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes

Second run with my home made copper pot still, I had a stupident. Not accident, which is something you can't avoid. I had left the pot on the edge of a bench and was just going to grab a sponge. I heard the horrible, clanging, gut wrenching noise, turned around with a brick in my stomach, picked up...
by 8Ball
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes

Sorry to hear of the mishap, and I’m sure there was that “oh f...” moment which isnt any fun. But glad all turned out well. Maybe you’ll get a different product you like better as a result. J Yea, when I heard the crash I didn’t want to turn around. Luckily, the thing hit the concrete floor right o...
by 8Ball
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How useful is boiler temp? Whenever I’m at the vapor point I see nothing
Replies: 15
Views: 276

Re: How useful is boiler temp? Whenever I’m at the vapor point I see nothing

For trivia purposes, my 5G copper pot & 1.5” riser starts to produce fores at 198F pot temp during a stripping run. Sometimes at a little lower temp during a spirit. In both cases, I smell them in the air shortly before the drip starts. To answer your question, heat up slowly and when you start seei...
by 8Ball
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Safety of recycled copper pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Safety of recycled copper pipe

Just my $0.02, if it is copper pipe a good scrubbing with dilute acid until it shines like a new penny and cutting off any soldered ends should get you a useable piece of material. Only dodgy thing would be potentially old lead solder, hence to suggestion to physically cut any soldered sections awa...
by 8Ball
Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes

Twisted Brick wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:48 pm
Sorry to hear of your mishap, 8Ball. It is said that dents (myth?) give a copper still its identity and character, and now yours has a bit of history.

Twisted
Oh yea, it has a few new beauty marks!

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by 8Ball
Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes
Replies: 8
Views: 220

My Pot Makes A Nice Sound When It Crashes

Got in a hurry and wasn’t paying attention — knocked my empty copper pot off the burner when I turned to rinse out the cooler. Man does it ever make a nice sound as it crashes & rolls. Bent the hell out of the cape collar. Got out my small ball peen and was able to reshape it to good as new configur...
by 8Ball
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First time making whisky
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: First time making whisky

I’d skip the sugar initially and just do a step mashed all grain. This will give you the best flavor. Ferment on the grain. Strip & spirit with tight cuts. Age with used American White Oak. THEN do a piggy back sugar head using the spent grains.

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by 8Ball
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Corn mash
Replies: 16
Views: 240

Re: Corn mash

Sounds like it should work and will make a good drop for you. I leave 20% headspace with my all grain ferments with good results. If you don’t have any high temp enzymes to add to your corn, you could add a couple pounds of the malt a little at a time while stirring it. Will help thin it out some ev...
by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Sweet Feed Mash - No sugar added
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Sweet Feed Mash - No sugar added

Make your own sweet feed with good corn, oats, and malted barley. Add the molasses afterwards as suggested earlier.

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by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: First barrel run
Replies: 17
Views: 214

Re: First barrel run

cob wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:40 pm
8Ball wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:15 pm
Just checked. It’s up to $8.25 for 50# now ...
#1 Grade Whole Corn
-Triple cleaned to remove foreign matter and excess dust
-Aflatoxin tested
super secret source there 8Ball??
Here ya go!
https://centralstatesonline.com/product ... e-corn-50/

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by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: First barrel run
Replies: 17
Views: 214

Re: First barrel run

The last time I bought corn, I paid $7.50 for a 50# sack. Very clean, fresh, feed grade. My grain grinder & drill make short work out of creating fresh, coarse ground as needed. 🎱 Damn. Great price. Thats a lotta likker for not very much money. Just checked. It’s up to $8.25 for 50# now ... #1 Grad...
by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Previously filled barrel now evaporated safe to use?
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: Previously filled barrel now evaporated safe to use?

Good advice so far. The instructions for my 5G cask were to pour a gallon of almost boiling water in it and put the bung in loosely. Slosh it around a little and then let it sit for a few hours. That should cause it to swell and seal up good.

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by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Measuring abv on small spirit run
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: Measuring abv on small spirit run

Yummyrum wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:34 pm
If its a pot stilled spirit run , it will be roughly 80% at the start of the run ( heads end) , around 65% in the middle of hearts and stinky tails around 55% .
+1

I get similar percentages with my pot still spirit runs.

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by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: First barrel run
Replies: 17
Views: 214

Re: First barrel run

Gotcha. I was paying $30 for Bobs Red Mill medium cornmeal until I found (through a HD member) Restaurant Depot sells it for $16/50lbs. Don't know how long that is gonna last however, once the pandemic is over. You probably get a group buy price for base malts I bet. The last time I bought corn, I ...
by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Safely Airing Out Spirit
Replies: 15
Views: 282

Re: Safely Airing Out Spirit

Generally speaking, airing out for 24-48 hours is a good way to let some of the higher volatiles to be liberated. No significant product loss and happy angels, win win.

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by 8Ball
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: anyone use this before
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: anyone use this before

You have enough specialty malt to create 10 gallons of aging stock if used as 3% of the grain bill.

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by 8Ball
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: First barrel run
Replies: 17
Views: 214

Re: First barrel run

More water or less grain. You are over 3 pounds per gallon on the grain/water ratio.

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by 8Ball
Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: How far will my sh*t smell??
Replies: 16
Views: 549

Re: How far will my sh*t smell??

You could get an old pot and lid for a couple of dollars. Put a little charcoal in it and light it. Every once in awhile, add some wet wood chunks to it. If you have a real smoker, fire it up and use it while you are running a batch. Now you are just tending to your bbq. Like others said, its only w...
by 8Ball
Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Barrel aging in a Patio Table
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Re: Barrel aging in a Patio Table

It’s all I can do when working on filling my 5G cask. Works out to over a dozen ferments & runs. I’m retired and it still takes me 6 months to a year at best. But I’m more than okay with this situation. My 5G pot & cask keep me well within hobby limits and provide plenty of sipping material in the p...
by 8Ball
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: White corn
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: White corn

I was gifted some coarse ground white corn that was grown in a friend’s garden. Did an all grain with it and some malted barley. Turned out real nice. Cook it good first as stated earlier.

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by 8Ball
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Questions about my first batch
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Questions about my first batch

I find that leaving 20% headspace in the fermenter and the boiler works well for me. If you want to reuse the mash, do an all grain ferment on the grain first, then do your piggy-back sugar heads UJSSM style.

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by 8Ball
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Proof and oaking question
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Re: Proof and oaking question

Since its already cut to 45%, why not split it into two jars and make a science experiment out of it and report back in 12 months or so? Leave one as is and sip on it as suggested earlier and age the other to see about that info on vanilla that OtisT mentioned. Win-win and we all might learn somethi...
by 8Ball
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Some of my favorite western movies...
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Some of my favorite western movies...

The good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Shootist
3:10 to Yuma

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by 8Ball
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: 3D animation how whisky is made
Replies: 7
Views: 290

Re: 3D animation how whisky is made

Nice post. Thanks.

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by 8Ball
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas greetings and happy holidays
Replies: 11
Views: 245

Re: Christmas greetings and happy holidays

Merry Christmas! Ya filthy animals!(a quote from a classic film)

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by 8Ball
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas, Tater! Hope you and yours have a great One.

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by 8Ball
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: 3 year old apple pie
Replies: 3
Views: 169

3 year old apple pie

Sitting here finishing off what is left of some apple pie I made with organic apple juice, the usual spices, and some pot stilled heads I made a couple years ago. Its been sitting in the frig forgotten until today. Let me tell you that it is amazing! You will read here on HD that TIME will sort thin...
by 8Ball
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: gibbs barrel at 3 weeks
Replies: 51
Views: 10213

Re: gibbs barrel at 3 weeks

I found that tasting it young at just a couple of months, yes it was like chewing on a toasted oak stick. At a year not so much, Time, oak, and patience makes a difference. Stay safe OVZ +1 OVZ I’m realizing that stuff I’ve made and didn’t think would turn out to be any good initially after only 2-...
by 8Ball
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Scorched corn mash.
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Scorched corn mash.

Scorched? Nah, call it smokey camp fire. 😎

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by 8Ball
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Tanic taste from oak chips
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Tanic taste from oak chips

My two cents: two weeks of aging won’t get you were you want to be. Put that stuff away for at least a year and THEN see if you screwed up. I’ll bet you a bottle of some of my year old or older that you’ll be glad you did.

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