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by stillanoob
Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 2095
Views: 138443

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Well, I didn't quite get carried away with fruity goodness. More like moved by fruity okness. You never know what contact will (rim shot) bear fruit. Last year I helped install an antenna at a new hams house and I told her I was always looking for fruit. Whaddaya know, I got an email yesterday sayin...
by stillanoob
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Meme’s
Replies: 157
Views: 9934

Re: Meme’s

IMALOSERSCUMBAG wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:55 am
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Ahahaha! That is me!
by stillanoob
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: filtering low wines before spirit run
Replies: 24
Views: 451

Re: filtering low wines before spirit run

baldyben wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:51 am
I too apologize for my sharp reply , Its just that i am quite new to all this and i thought it might have been a good idea . I had heard of carbon filtering the final run and thought why not the low wines as well. Now i know...lol
thanks Dave
No worries! :thumbup:
by stillanoob
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: filtering low wines before spirit run
Replies: 24
Views: 451

Re: filtering low wines before spirit run

baldyben wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:27 pm
stillanoob wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:10 pm
Yes. The carbon sellers will sell more carbon and you will be doing your part to keep the economy rolling along.
Thank you for your constructive advice
I apologize. My intent was to say no, there is no purpose but my oft misguided sense of humor got the best of me again.
by stillanoob
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: filtering low wines before spirit run
Replies: 24
Views: 451

Re: filtering low wines before spirit run

Yes. The carbon sellers will sell more carbon and you will be doing your part to keep the economy rolling along.
by stillanoob
Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Desert Island Hooch
Replies: 16
Views: 250

Re: Desert Island Hooch

Apple brandy for sure. You can make cider and apple butter too. Apples are like the swiss army knife of fruit.
by stillanoob
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: juice from cobbler fruit
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: juice from cobbler fruit

The heat will cook off the alcohol for sure. It might be tasty though, who knows?
by stillanoob
Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: juice from cobbler fruit
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: juice from cobbler fruit

Yes, you can put some yeast in and let it ferment. Both the laws of man and physics allow it.

As far as how long, as always it is temperature dependent. A couple of days warm would ferment most of the sugars. In the fridge it will be a long time.

I'm curious as to what the goal is here.
by stillanoob
Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 2095
Views: 138443

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

So jealous of the plums! The whole county here is having a poor plum year. And my second favorite thing I have ever made was the white plum brandy. :evil:
by stillanoob
Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: water cooler and a very cool old engine video
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: water cooler and a very cool old engine video

Very cool! Maybe it is running in HRPMs (half revolutions per minute) :D

He was running it dry with no cooling though, I wonder why?
by stillanoob
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Just had my first scare
Replies: 48
Views: 677

Re: Just had my first scare

I think my biggest mistake was I had read on here that lots of guys fire high temp until they start getting some likker then dial the heat back and keep that pencil stream, I always fire slow to medium and this time I fired high, I run full blast until I start feeling warmth at the condenser. I can...
by stillanoob
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Just had my first scare
Replies: 48
Views: 677

Re: Just had my first scare

To me this makes the most sense, I know the lines weren’t plugged when I fired up because I had just done my cleaning runs last weekend. I did have the heat turned up more than normal because I was stripping. Thanks for your help The thing is you don't know for sure. All you know is that it wasn't ...
by stillanoob
Thu Jul 08, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Apple Brandy (plenty of mistakes)
Replies: 26
Views: 295

Re: My First Apple Brandy (plenty of mistakes)

Great first foray! I have been making cider for many years and I believe that the best brandy is made from cider that is so delicious you have a hard time distilling it because you want to swill it as is. I find the best drinking cider is fermented at cooler temperatures over a fairly long period. W...
by stillanoob
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Using spent grains as mulch or compost?
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: Using spent grains as mulch or compost?

Around here critters seem to munch on it, even after fermenting on the grain. Excellent for compost too.
by stillanoob
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Big Ass Parrot
Replies: 29
Views: 1136

Re: Big Ass Parrot

Even if you do use one, the Alcometer does everything in its power to turn its back to you when you want to read it anyway. Haha! I thought I was the only one that happened to! I use a 0 to 40% alcometer. So it stays submerged until near the end of my run. I can see at a glance where it is at withi...
by stillanoob
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Finishing Whiskey
Replies: 19
Views: 418

Re: Finishing Whiskey

To finish my whisky I generally tilt my head back and tip the glass up high...

:-)
by stillanoob
Sun Jul 04, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apple (Scrumpy Cider) Brandy Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Apple (Scrumpy Cider) Brandy Advice

I agree with Chris, the trick is in the heads cut. I was lucky enough to get to run some apple brandy with a commercial distiller who make an awesome apple brandy. He trained in Cognac and has a 1700's giant copper pot still. To him there is only heads, hearts and tails. In the beginning of the run ...
by stillanoob
Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: is anybody going to cookout for the 4th
Replies: 14
Views: 256

Re: is anybody going to cookout for the 4th

Hell yeah! Today and tomorrow. Today is my trademark burgers with 25% pork, 75% bison and herbs & garlic. Tomorrow is brisket and pulled pork, gonna have to get things going real early to have those done on time. No need to take a pic, I just use a Weber.
by stillanoob
Sat Jul 03, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thoughts on my build plan?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: Thoughts on my build plan?

Deplorable wrote:
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:20 pm
stillanoob wrote:
Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:29 pm
… What is better about a shotgun?
Storage
Ya got me there, no doubt.
by stillanoob
Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thoughts on my build plan?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: Thoughts on my build plan?

With a shotgun you either have to waste water (not an option in my drought stricken area, I am on a well) or use a pump to recirculate. If you have any plants that need water you can direct your used cooling water to them (from any condenser). My Davies condenser (inner and outer water tubes and on...
by stillanoob
Thu Jul 01, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thoughts on my build plan?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: Thoughts on my build plan?

… What is better about a shotgun? Mobility? Good point. I don't move my still around and so the worm works for me. Another downside of the worm is I need to rinse and then dry it inside so I don't get any blue build up. Overall though I love my worm, it will knock down any amount of vapor and alway...
by stillanoob
Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thoughts on my build plan?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: Thoughts on my build plan?

Worm Tube is iconic for it's looks, but there are many better condensers out there these days, shotgun is a popular one, compact, low water usage, can handle most of what anyone throws at it, if sized correctly. You could probably use the 35 gal as a res with that. Why do you say that? I have a 15 ...
by stillanoob
Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Feels so good
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Feels so good

Nice! Since it was quite recently I remember the feeling of those first runs well.
by stillanoob
Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Novice Homemade Whisky vs Commercial
Replies: 48
Views: 1018

Re: Novice Homemade Whisky vs Commercial

Naw, nothing like 20 years. If you carefully follow the recipes and advice here you will make something decent right off the bat. Truly excellent will shortly follow if you keep reading and learn from your own experience. The first bit up the learning curve is quick. Then you get to the part you can...
by stillanoob
Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 2095
Views: 138443

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

My cherry tree isn't quite ready. I picked the first few yesterday. Tasty but not quite sweet yet.
by stillanoob
Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Small batch in large still?
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Small batch in large still?

I'm not a master distiller but I'll throw this out there, i put a 5g pot with a lid on it, weighted down with a 10#weight inside and i have ¾ copper fittings keeping it off the bottom of the pot still. This dramatically helped my cuts with 5 gallons of wash in a 20g pot. Hmm, that is an interesting...
by stillanoob
Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Small batch in large still?
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Small batch in large still?

I was deciding if I wanted to rerun my sugar wash. I ended up with 7 galls at 30% which was enough to run again. No problem making cuts but did end up with a ridiculous amount of heads. (terrible recipe). You're a better man then I, I despise heads. I'll find a use for them though, might age them a...
by stillanoob
Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Small batch in large still?
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Small batch in large still?

I've run 1.5 gallons in my 12 gallon gas fired still, no problem. You didn't have any issues making clean cuts? Reflux or pot? I'm still a new guy, so take it with a grain of salt. It was a pear/apple brandy. I like heads in brandies. Especially after it ages. I hate tails, no matter what type of w...
by stillanoob
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 2095
Views: 138443

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

That was kinda what I guessed. I made some cider a bunch of years ago from fancy organic apple juice, unpasteurized or filtered. It too was lacking. There is something about starting the ferment while it is freshly pressed that contributes a better apple flavor.
by stillanoob
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Just did a upgrade!! Gravity feed water circulator
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Just did a upgrade!! Gravity feed water circulator

I think I went up to 20 PSI or so. Not that it needs to be anything like that much. I left it for 20 mins or so and the gauge hadn't budged and soapy water found no leaks. I pressure tested because I did flare fittings to attach to the keg and there were several soldered fittings as well. I wanted t...