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by v-child
Thu Aug 26, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Mosquito traps
Replies: 10
Views: 257

Re: Mosquito traps

There's a couple of homemade mosquito traps on youtube using 5 gallon buckets, a small fan and a lamp. Kind of a hillbilly clone of some commercial traps.
by v-child
Thu Aug 26, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New to column build
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: New to column build

Most people using a reflux column have a vent (without pressure relief) to the atmosphere. This allows us to dial the cooling water down or up depending... I think most of us aim for a hot but slow trickle from the reflux coil return line to get a good reflux action. If you have vapors coming out of...
by v-child
Fri May 14, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Restarting stuck ferment
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Restarting stuck ferment

Is the cost of 6kg and a bit of cheap yeast worth all the trouble and time? Run it as is, learn the lessons and try again.
by v-child
Sun May 09, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: who likes to shoot?
Replies: 110
Views: 7249

Re: who likes to shoot?

[/quote] Tree rats are fun with an air rifle, but sometimes I like to pop them with my suppressed 22/45 and subsonic rounds. In the back yard, in very limited for field of fire. Even with a bb gun. [/quote] Exactly the same setup I have. It's quieter than any of the airguns, I also have a suppressed...
by v-child
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzyme Shelf Life
Replies: 20
Views: 1078

Re: Enzyme Shelf Life

All my enzymes are kept in fridge alongside the yeasts. Never had an issue with conversions.
by v-child
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Toast damp / new wood
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Toast damp / new wood

Wood can be dried naturally or kiln dried, I suppose oven drying is about the same, unless you believe there is some nuance missing in one or the other.
by v-child
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Toast damp / new wood
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Toast damp / new wood

I toast my oak sticks (1"x1"x4") in an oven at 380F for 2 hours. I'll say that between the toast and the char, the wood is pretty much dry.
by v-child
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modification Design Help
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Modification Design Help

Most folks here will tell you to run your stripping runs pretty fast after collecting the fores and heads. After you reach into the tails, keep the better parts to blend back in before your spirit run. The chinese still works OK after you get rid of the silicone seals.
by v-child
Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modification Design Help
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Modification Design Help

Have you used this still yet? What are you trying to improve on? I have this exact still, (before I started building my own) and it works pretty good right out of the gate.
by v-child
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Heads and tails in rum...
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: Heads and tails in rum...

In the pot still (spirit run), after the fores and heads are done, I'll open the pot and dump about a gallon of molasses in the pot to finish the run. I'll get a noticeable but subtle molasses smell and flavor in the rum. I do not keep any of the heads and discard most of the tails. What charge siz...
by v-child
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello people
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Hello people

Some of the newer guys will offer gems also. Lot of info here.
by v-child
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the Western U.S.
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Hello from the Western U.S.

Yes I am. Most don't figure out the connection to Hendrix. Some of the older blues guys are great, but nobody better than Jimi. SRV is high on my list also.
by v-child
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello people
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Hello people

Welcome aboard! Lot of knowledgeable folks live here.
by v-child
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the Western U.S.
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: Hello from the Western U.S.

Sorry nobody has greeted you into the family yet. Hope you enjoy the hobby and information that some of the most knowledgeable home distillers in the world can provide. Just be careful with regards to safety and info sharing.
by v-child
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Heads and tails in rum...
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: Heads and tails in rum...

In the pot still (spirit run), after the fores and heads are done, I'll open the pot and dump about a gallon of molasses in the pot to finish the run. I'll get a noticeable but subtle molasses smell and flavor in the rum. I do not keep any of the heads and discard most of the tails.
by v-child
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirts
Replies: 129
Views: 13253

Re: HD T-Shirts

TDick, the first cup is outstanding. Simple and to the point. Shading is spot on! My Bro lives near B-ham, he said it was pretty rough there.
by v-child
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Your vegie garden
Replies: 137
Views: 14521

Re: Your vegie garden

BoomTown wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:36 pm
What's the purpose of the PVC pipes down into the buckets?
Allows water to the bottom of the bucket a lot faster than soaking from the top. Keeps the roots deep.
by v-child
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Your vegie garden
Replies: 137
Views: 14521

Re: Your vegie garden

BoomTown wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:09 am
Has anyone ever use just spent grains as potting soil?
I mix them in with the regular compost and let nature do the work.
by v-child
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Made my way to my cabin
Replies: 5
Views: 900

Re: Made my way to my cabin

I miss hanging out with my son as he's out making his way in the world. BTW, I'm jealous.
by v-child
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Pot Still that puts out higher ABV than a reflux in one run???
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Pot Still that puts out higher ABV than a reflux in one run???

Setsumi wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:51 am
v-child wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:42 am
You can get pretty high numbers running a pot still very slow with a high (45-50%) charge in the boiler. Not quite as high as a good reflux though.
yip,that is true... BUT i doubt you will get 12 plates🧐
Correct, I get about 85% max and certainly not throughout the run.
by v-child
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Cheep cooling reservoir
Replies: 11
Views: 1901

Re: Cheep cooling reservoir

"Where we live our yard waste is collected in 95 gallon plastic containers and we allotted 4 per household. So I got on the phone and had our trash company send out another container."

We I live, the Water utility/ Waste service charges an extra monthly fee for a second container. Yours?
by v-child
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Pot Still that puts out higher ABV than a reflux in one run???
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Pot Still that puts out higher ABV than a reflux in one run???

You can get pretty high numbers running a pot still very slow with a high (45-50%) charge in the boiler. Not quite as high as a good reflux though.
by v-child
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ferment/distil in boiler
Replies: 62
Views: 3064

Re: Ferment/distil in boiler

Tater: "Grand pa use to say shit in shit out."

Garbage in, garbage out. Holds true in many aspects of life.
by v-child
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Barley vodka with some potato
Replies: 5
Views: 383

Re: Barley vodka with some potato

Might be worth giving it a shot in a small batch.
by v-child
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: the best brandy with CM still
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: the best brandy with CM still

I'll drink to that.
by v-child
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: the best brandy with CM still
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: the best brandy with CM still

"Also bear in mind that we cannot close to matching the quality control labs of major beverage manufacturers. We might (and probably do) have carcinogenic congeners like ethyl carbamate in our carcinogenic home-made ethanol beverage and we don't know the quantity." Nothing personal, but most of us t...
by v-child
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: the best brandy with CM still
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: the best brandy with CM still

tiramisu wrote:
Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:07 pm
The taunting is relentless.
Explain
by v-child
Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Corrugated Coax for CCVM
Replies: 14
Views: 537

Re: Corrugated Coax for CCVM

I’ve used that stuff at our local FM radio transmitter site . Black jacket comes off easy but you won’t get the foam insulation out . Its bonded to the copper. The white dielectric is made from Teflon in most mil-spec RF cable. BTW, Most copper used in wire/ cable is virgin copper. Sometimes it app...
by v-child
Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Barley vodka with some potato
Replies: 5
Views: 383

Re: Barley vodka with some potato

You mentioned potato powder. There are many advocates of dehydrated potatoes on this site. Potatoes have too much water to starch ratio to be very useful.
by v-child
Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Corrugated Coax for CCVM
Replies: 14
Views: 537

Re: Corrugated Coax for CCVM

Scoring and ripping the outer cover isn't too much of an issue. Unless this is cheaply made RF coax, removing the white dielectric will be a bitch. This stuff usually isn't cheap either. The part number and manufacturer should be on the outer covering every foot or so. Use this data to reference the...