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by stillanoob
Fri May 07, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: North west fruit tree brandy
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: North west fruit tree brandy

I'm just starting out my distilling journey. I've been building an electric keg pot and sixtel keg thumper and I'm getting pretty close to my sacrificial run! HD has been a northstar along the way. Thank you. I'm basing this build on yummyrum's post. There is a lot of fruit where I live, so I hope ...
by stillanoob
Thu May 06, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: To stir ........ or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: To stir ........ or not?

I toss in the yeast, give a quick stir, close the lid and leave it alone.
by stillanoob
Thu May 06, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Big Ass Parrot
Replies: 20
Views: 277

Re: Big Ass Parrot

I love my parrot for stripping runs. Not only does it make it easy to see when to cut off but on all grain runs it collects oils that then don't go into my low wines. Honestly, with the small volume of my parrot and my lack of sophisticated taste I doubt I could tell the difference if I used the par...
by stillanoob
Wed May 05, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 38
Views: 989

Re: Fire Extinguishers

SF, nice to hear about good things about volunteer firefighters. Many folks don't know that 70% of all the firefighters in the US are volunteers. I was one for over 15 years until my knees just got too bad. I also worked summers for the CDF. I would say though that at least of the guys and gals I kn...
by stillanoob
Wed May 05, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 38
Views: 989

Re: Fire Extinguishers

Uh, yes indeed. A 5 pound ABC with a sperate, flexible nozzle would be great in your shop. Unless you machine say, magnesium. Not really following where you're coming from with the "advice" you wrote in your post regarding not to use an ABC extinguisher on a Magnesium fire. The only thing you shoul...
by stillanoob
Tue May 04, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 38
Views: 989

Re: Fire Extinguishers

Washingmachine wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 2:44 pm
Is it practical for me to have an ABC extinguisher in the shop
Uh, yes indeed. A 5 pound ABC with a sperate, flexible nozzle would be great in your shop. Unless you machine say, magnesium.
by stillanoob
Tue May 04, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Sanitation on Distillation Day?
Replies: 16
Views: 244

Re: Sanitation on Distillation Day?

I sanitize nothing on distilling day. I am fairly careful before that. But on stilling day I rack from the carboy into buckets, pour them into the still and go. The still itself is the one thing I never use any sanitizer on.
by stillanoob
Sun May 02, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Fermenting time
Replies: 18
Views: 432

Re: Fermenting time

I use a graduated eye dropper to quickly water down samples to around 40%. If you know the approximate ABV of the sample the graduations make it easy to get in the ballpark of 40%. It also makes for small samples, you want to give it a good smell as much as taste. If you are sipping you will end up ...
by stillanoob
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Death of my faithful Dog
Replies: 35
Views: 704

Re: Death of my faithful Dog

I lost the love of my life about ten years ago. I still miss her. I always said if I could teach her to brush her teeth I'd marry her. You have my sincere condolences, I know how you feel and how great your loss is.
by stillanoob
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1999
Views: 125743

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Haven't posted in this thread in a while. I have been having fun with a series of Honey Bear runs. Good stuff but I am still working on my cuts. The only fruity goodness I have done lately was to bottle up 1/2 of the plum wine we made last year a couple of months ago. It came out really nice, clean,...
by stillanoob
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Avoid doughballs
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Avoid doughballs

I too use a paint mixer and a right angle low speed drill. As long as you put the corn in at a reasonable rate no dough balls. I wouldn't mix the enzymes in to the water, at least with the ones I use. For my mash to wind up at 185 (ideal for the enzymes) after stirring in the corn I need the water t...
by stillanoob
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 38
Views: 989

Re: Fire Extinguishers

PS...I reckon it gets stored in the flammables locker from now on, with the paint, thinner, etc... Good to see I am not the only one with a flammables locker. I have two, one for gas and fuels and one for paint and other flammables. Made of metal and attached to the outside of the shipping containe...
by stillanoob
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6361
Views: 283133

Re: The liar's bench

I too was worked up about cuts. For starters, find the best jar. Then take a few either way, depending on the size of run and jars you use. A lot depends on your tastes too. I don't mind some heads but I really don't like tails. The hardest thing is to not be greedy. In my last whisky run I got a li...
by stillanoob
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Big Clive dot com
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Big Clive dot com

Ya notice that the bottle he just "distilled" is almost as full as it started? And that there is just a tiny bit left in the still. What an amateur crock of crap.
by stillanoob
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6361
Views: 283133

Re: The liar's bench

I used to have a '62 Chevy 3/4 ton that I drove in San Francisco back in the early 80's. I can't tell ya the number of times some yuppie ahole would get right up behind me on a hill. I'd have to set the parking brake and tell said ahole to back their fancy BMW or whatever up or face the consequences...
by stillanoob
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I Want To Build A Still
Replies: 20
Views: 649

Re: I Want To Build A Still

Well I sort of paid for it outright on Ebay but I wouldn't fancy that excuse holding up with the plod should they pay me a visit. I am guessing you live in England. Should Mr. Plod pay you a visit he will be much more upset about other things. I doubt the police will worry about the legality of you...
by stillanoob
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I Want To Build A Still
Replies: 20
Views: 649

Re: I Want To Build A Still

My kegs still have the brand name on them. At least one I got was from buying a full keg, drinking it with friends and forfeiting the deposit. Is that illegal? Maybe so. However, I can't say I have lost any sleep over it. But then I have any number of milk crates that threaten me with a $1500 fine a...
by stillanoob
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I Want To Build A Still
Replies: 20
Views: 649

Re: I Want To Build A Still

Hmm, well maybe I am wrong on that. Back when I worked in a bar there was a deposit. If a keg was short the bar was charged the deposit. Then it was theirs to do whatever with. But that was a long time ago and in a different country.
by stillanoob
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I Want To Build A Still
Replies: 20
Views: 649

Re: I Want To Build A Still

I've done numerous searches on line and cant seem to find anyone who will sell a single keg. I've been offered a 50L SS keg that came out of pub that's closed down but it's got makers marks on it so if possible I'd rather avoid it and buy one legally. There is a certain irony in wanting a legal keg...
by stillanoob
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 38
Views: 989

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: 264

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: 9
Views: 393

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: 486

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: 28
Views: 2520

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: 28
Views: 2520

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: 1999
Views: 125743

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: 672

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: 324

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: 749

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: 472

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...