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by tombombadil
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??

Oh man, that's pretty awesome, makes sense now. I love mead, make a few batches and year, but don't have anything that old. I pay a lot per gallon of honey so I definitely coitus not being myself to distill it. Several people have mentioned making honey likker and really loving it. I think Croatian ...
by tombombadil
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??

You wasted one of the most expensive washes you could make on a cleaning run?
by tombombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: My Home Cousin's Process Plan
Replies: 29
Views: 1013

Re: My Home Cousin's Process Plan

Hmm.... so I should do my normal fermentations but use the old dunder in the spirit run and thumper?
by tombombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: My Home Cousin's Process Plan
Replies: 29
Views: 1013

Re: My Home Cousin's Process Plan

What's your "old dunder"? Just dunder infected by whatevers in the air in your area and then given some time to get funky for a while? I've got about 5 gallons of funky stuff from last year. I took dunder and added oyster shells, sugar, fruit, dry malt extract, a bottle of lambic beer. Left it uncov...
by tombombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from the desert!
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Hello from the desert!

Seems like lots of AZ folks joining lately.

If you're in to single malt, AZ grown and malted barley: https://sinaguamalt.com/

And these guys: http://www.grainrandd.com/

And also note that winco usually sells cornmeal and steel cut oats at a reasonable price.

Welcome!
by tombombadil
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Arizona
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: Hello from Arizona

Welcome!
by tombombadil
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: My Home Cousin's Process Plan
Replies: 29
Views: 1013

Re: My Home Cousin's Process Plan

Very cool, thanks for documenting this.
by tombombadil
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Isle of Man!
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Hello from Isle of Man!

There's plenty to learn on here, welcome!
by tombombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first all-grain/on the grain project
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: My first all-grain/on the grain project

Mashing at a lower temperature should make a more fermentable mash, might help you get a lower final gravity and a higher yield. I add the malted grains at 148, so the mash will be like 145 and then I let the trmp drop over night and have had no problems. Maybe 10 or 15 mashes that way now? You don'...
by tombombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Whiskey Dunder Pit
Replies: 27
Views: 2684

Re: Whiskey Dunder Pit

It's on my list of stuff to experiment with but I haven't started yet. Still finishing up a chocolate bourbon run... To be more specific, my plan is to make a "Heavy Jamaican Korn Likker", try to follow something in line with the cousins process but with a corn whiskey base. I'm hoping somebody else...
by tombombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distillation attentiveness
Replies: 20
Views: 385

Re: Distillation attentiveness

I generally stay in the stillin shed and a read a book or pick at my guitar. I might go inside for a bio break or to get water etc... I'm mainly afraid of what might happen if my condenser malfunctions and fills my stillin shed with high proof alcohol vapor. Could it explode? I have no idea... and I...
by tombombadil
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Thumper filled up
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Thumper filled up

astrotraveler wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:06 pm
Ah Ha! Thank you so much - I never saw anything about insulating the thumper! Makes perfect sense. I'm looking forward to running batch #2. thank you
No problem, good luck!
by tombombadil
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Thumper filled up
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Thumper filled up

The more energy you're losing through the walls of the thumper the more volume/energy you have to add to complete your run.
by tombombadil
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Thumper filled up
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Thumper filled up

Either it's not well enough insulated or its too small. I have a steam stripper system set up, the steam boiler is 8 gallons, the mash boiler is 16 gallons. I put about 11 gallons of mash in the mash boiler. If I don't insulate the mash boiler then it fills up and starts puking before I can collect ...
by tombombadil
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to group
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: New to group

Welcome!

Ya, this area is for introductions. Spend a lot of time reading on the wiki and in the new distiller area, then ask questions.

You're in the right place though, I've been in here pretty regularly for about a year and I still learn new stuff by reading old posts.
by tombombadil
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:04 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

That would be a really cool table though.
by tombombadil
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Deciding on 3/4 column height,any advice??
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Deciding on 3/4 column height,any advice??

Sounds like you want to build a pot still. I don't believe there's any benefit to having a tall column on a pot still. If it were me, I would make it just tall enough to get whatever angle I wanted on the condenser. Whatever the desired condenser angle, surely the column wouldn't need to be 3 feet h...
by tombombadil
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Very, very high ester whiskey?
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Very, very high ester whiskey?

I was just wondering about this after reading your cousins rum thread. After this current run is done I'm going to have a few pounds of this, a few pounds of that left over and a bunch of corn, was thinking about trying to make a "Heavy Jamaican Style Korn Likker" as an experiment. I need to pick up...
by tombombadil
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Howdy From Phoenix, AZ (USA)!
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Howdy From Phoenix, AZ (USA)!

Welcome!
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: wondering if I'm heading in the right direction
Replies: 13
Views: 447

Re: wondering if I'm heading in the right direction

You might also consider a similarly sized stainless milk can from Amazon. You would have to make a hole in the lid and add a triclamp adapter but having a bigger opening makes them easier to clean.
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: greetings from steel city
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: greetings from steel city

Welcome!
Distilling is a fun extension of the beer brewing hobby for sure.
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5160
Views: 347457

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Started the final mash for filling my first 5 gallon barrel.

I've got two more stripping runs and two more spirit runs to go and I should be ready to fill that sucker!
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Diastatic power of green corn malt
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Diastatic power of green corn malt

You mentioned that you wanted to use the right amount of green corn malt to make sure you get to 1.06 instead of only 1.05 so I thought you might be a little confused. Nobody can tell you the diastatic power of the corn that you malted. It depends on how much protein the corn started out with, what ...
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Diastatic power of green corn malt
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Diastatic power of green corn malt

SG is really more dependent on grain to water ratio. The more stuff you've got dissolved in the same amount of water, the higher the SG. The enzymes just convert the starches to sugars. So the enzymes really determine the FG (final gravity) more than the SG(starting gravity). So if you want a higher...
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.
Replies: 127
Views: 2516

Re: My first.

Also, I feel your pain on the "one mash at a time" problem. I did finally get 2x12g fermenters so I can have 2 going all the time. That helps a little. A 40 gallon brute is on my wishlist for sure though.
by tombombadil
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.
Replies: 127
Views: 2516

Re: My first.

I got this bourbon on the recommendation of the guy at the liquor store and I'm not really a big fan. I drink bushmills red label straight at room temperature no ice but this one so far the way I like it best is in hot chocolate. It is really oakey and sorta sour. IMG_20210101_202325984.jpg Ive not...
by tombombadil
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: New Years. What Did You Sip
Replies: 27
Views: 499

Re: New Years. What Did You Sip

Lemoncello and sweet tea, lemoncello and soda.
by tombombadil
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109684

Re: whats your music

HateBreed's 2020 album is pretty good.
by tombombadil
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: French Canadian newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 206

Re: French Canadian newbie

Welcome ay!
by tombombadil
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What to do with the feints?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: What to do with the feints?

I put my reflux column on my still and run them through that. I use it for flavored stuff. Lemoncello, apple pie etc... Done it twice so far and enjoyed the results. I toss the feints from that run though.