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by stillanoob
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 18
Views: 324

Re: Fire Extinguishers

I am a bit of an extinguisher nut as an ex-FF. I have no less than 5 of them scattered around the property plus one I carry in the car. In the shed I have one just outside the door that I leave open for ventilation. Don't have it too close to the still or you may not be able to get it when you need ...
by stillanoob
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Making Wash with LME
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: Making Wash with LME

I'd ask: Why all the concern with a perfectly clear wash? Nothing I have ever put through my still has been perfectly clear except for apple cider. It all came out well. Just rack decently so you don't have a lot of crud and go.
by stillanoob
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Worm trouble
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Worm trouble

If your worm can't handle the still it isn't the worm's fault, it is just undersized. My worm can knock down anything my still can throw at it, even with the burner blasting full bore. In fact when running low and slow it huffs until the water warms up a little because it collapses the vapor. And fo...
by stillanoob
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Best practicies for grass mowing
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

There are a lot of better places to get information than here. But... Don't let the grass get too tall before mowing. It grows better if you are cutting the tips of the blades rather than the stalks. Use a mulching type of mower so that the clippings are small and compost directly. Don't mow when it...
by stillanoob
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project
Replies: 23
Views: 2190

Re: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project

[quote=CoogeeBoy post_id=7663106 time=1617409052 user_id=78033 I was hoping you wouldn't say that! Got to make a lot more or get a second smaller still! Just when I was thinking about getting a bigger one. Dang [/quote] Yeah, sorry about that. I saved part of the hearts of the stripping run because ...
by stillanoob
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project
Replies: 23
Views: 2190

Re: 55 Gallon Plum Brandy Project

I prefer mine double distilled.
by stillanoob
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1967
Views: 122526

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

I like the MO2. I used EC 1118 the last two years and it gets really dry and seems to lose more apple character. The first year I thought it might somehow be that year's apple mix. Downside is that I can only get it in small packets in this country. I contacted Mangrove Jack to no avail. However, I'...
by stillanoob
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 543

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

I have proofed down apple brandy with hard cider. It was very good but somehow I prefer the brandy proofed with water. You might try proofing your whisky with hard cider and see how you like it. As noted above the cuts for apple brandy and whisky are very different. With apple the flavor is in the h...
by stillanoob
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vinegar and Sac on same day?
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Vinegar and Sac on same day?

That is what i did.
by stillanoob
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Using Foreshots
Replies: 31
Views: 643

Re: Using Foreshots

I use it as a cleaning solvent. I tried it as a had sanitizer but it really dries the crap out of your hands.
by stillanoob
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Fermenting & Distilling on the Grain & Fruit
Replies: 15
Views: 413

Re: Fermenting & Distilling on the Grain & Fruit

Not a whole lot of experience here but... So far I have fermented on the grain since I seem unable to figure out how to lauter. Plums I ferment on the fruit until the cap sinks and then then I rack and finish the ferment. I really want the flavor of the plum skin in the wine and brandy. Apple and pe...
by stillanoob
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3696
Views: 393509

Re: Jokes

I was going out to see a cabin to rent in the middle of the woods. Friend of a friend was the landlord. Place seemed cool and so did the landlord. He asked med to lunch, I said sure. He served up deer he found on the side of the road. He said it must have been killed the night before. Delicious. I t...
by stillanoob
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 112
Views: 24763

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

Sounds about right to me. I seem to wind up at about 65% aggregate by the time I cut it off. Glad to hear it isn't still bitter, whatever the cause. Now leave it alone for as long as you can stand it but even in 4 months it should start showing its character, at least enough to where you can tell wh...
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 30 gallon copper pot
Replies: 35
Views: 1021

Re: 30 gallon copper pot

Nice! Good to see the old school carried forward! Thanks for sharing. I was gonna polish mine when I built it vut then I just started using it. I have been asked how old it is as it is already getting a nice patina to it.
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: First still = FREE still!
Replies: 14
Views: 1947

Re: First still = FREE still!

As a newbie, without the temp gauge, in a pot still, how does a beginner judge the temp of the mash? I could see using the temp gauge as a “guide” until ya have made a few runs? What is the “trick” to judging the temp? I too wanted a thermometer in the beginning. But I was too lazy and impatient to...
by stillanoob
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4093
Views: 470707

Re: sweetfeed whisky

Naw. More chance of infecting it by fooling with it. It isn't exposed to air as there is a nice co2 blanket in the fermenter. Well summumagun. I didn't know Yep, as the yeast produces co2 it pushes the air up and out, since co2 is heavier. The cap is irrelevant and will fall as the fermentation nea...
by stillanoob
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4093
Views: 470707

Re: sweetfeed whisky

Naw. More chance of infecting it by fooling with it. It isn't exposed to air as there is a nice co2 blanket in the fermenter.
by stillanoob
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4093
Views: 470707

Re: sweetfeed whisky

I never touch the ferment. Pour it all in the fermenter, hang the stocking of oyster shells, pitch yeast and walk away. Open it a week later and run it. It is always done. I have an aquarium heater in there to keep it warm. What is the benefit of stirring it up? With a fruit where there is a real ca...
by stillanoob
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 112
Views: 24763

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

Now that the master has spoken... :D Did it taste bitter before you ran it? I am guessing not as you didn't mention it. I have never (in my all of 4 runs of apple brandy) had a bitter taste. Like Cranky says it can take a while for the apple to show up. Actually, in mine it is there strong at first,...
by stillanoob
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Parrot
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Parrot

I find my parrot quite handy. I only use it on the stripping runs. Mine has a funnel and I accidently made it a little low so that it is mostly full during operation. Turns out that for all grain it is a big plus as it also collects oils that then do not make it into my low wines. As to charcoal, I ...
by stillanoob
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 112
Views: 24763

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

Stillanoob, I am in the middle of my first ferment of plums for a plum brandy. Can I ask what are your quantities for plums / water? How may kilos plums / litres water? What is your yield at the end? Presumably you make a starter, what surprises me is that it isn't more common. Finally, do you push...
by stillanoob
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: First time distilling
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: First time distilling

Use the turbo wash to clean your still and toss it out. Go peruse the tried and true recipe section, pick one and do it as described. Saves so much time instead of re-inventing the wheel. And welcome!
by stillanoob
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3696
Views: 393509

Re: Jokes

So in Australia that would be dunny buggy? Perhaps our down under friends could elucidate.
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Forum Rules, Notifications and Helpful Hints
Topic: Thread resurrection
Replies: 30
Views: 1050

Re: Thread resurrection

Click the board index link above. Select the appropriate sub-forum. You should see a "new topic" button.
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?

Thanks for the link IG. The fact that your buddy's is better than yours is a compelling reason. Also it is fun to build stuff and I have the tall keg just sitting around. Are you running whisky or brandy?
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4093
Views: 470707

Re: sweetfeed whisky

I'd guess tails too. Tannic is, well, tannic and grain husky tasting and sort of dries your tongue. You wouldn't be the first around here to have the ability to taste small amounts of tails. I am not one of them naturally but since I have been using a heads and tails mixture for hand sanitizer for a...
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Forum Rules, Notifications and Helpful Hints
Topic: Thread resurrection
Replies: 30
Views: 1050

Re: Thread resurrection

I would say that sometimes at least it may not be pointless to answer a question from a long dead thread. Yeah, the OP may not get the answer but others might. And I totally agree that a +1 or things like that are pointless and just add to the clutter.
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?

Thanks I'G., I know to keep the ABV below 40. Iwas wondering if yours wound up much lower than 30%. Sounds not. I have been reading up on thumpers for a while. Your take on the process of a thumper that is better than a 1.5 distillation? Intuitively it feels to me it would be better but I have no re...
by stillanoob
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?

Thanks for the replies. Good to know I am headed in some sort of reasonable direction. IrishG, when you do your "true" 1.5, what is your starting ABV in the second run? I do wonder if my plan above puts enough cider in the low wines to be effective. Another question: Is there any reason why a thumpe...
by stillanoob
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Apple brandy 1.5 distillation - % of cider in second run?

Thanks Jonny, I appreciate the feedback. I'm a heads monster for apple brandy. I agree the flavor is in the heads. I was lucky enough to do my first run with a French trained distiller who worked in the cognac trade and know makes apple brandy and he says the same thing. He showed me to toss the for...