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by Crabmanstyle
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Spirit run water volume
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Spirit run water volume

You would need enough stripping runs to ensure when diluted that your element is covered after your potential yield is removed. Also consider diluting with fresh wash to add a little more flavour rather than diluting with water. Edit after NzChris comment below. For my whiskeys I do 3 strips and sto...
by Crabmanstyle
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Electricity / Spark management when distilling indoors - can lights be on?
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: Electricity / Spark management when distilling indoors - can lights be on?

Once your area is properly vented the risk is minimised and minimised further by the fact that there should be no leaks. Any vapour escape from cooling problems would be quickly identified and still shut down. Ethanol vapour is also heavier than air so it will sink to the ground rather than up to an...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.. Puke
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: My first.. Puke

Third strip today I had 60% full and the puke started again. Went to half power (2kW) and let it run for 30 minutes (experimenting in between with partial and full load) and after the 30 minutes a normal strip. Somebody might have already mentioned it. But what was your gravity SG and FG? I have ru...
by Crabmanstyle
Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Replacing corn with barley in UJSSM
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Replacing corn with barley in UJSSM

I've done barley. Loved it. I'm sure others have also.

https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 15&t=80179
by Crabmanstyle
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Longest time youve let an open/loosely covered ferment barrel sit
Replies: 9
Views: 489

Re: Longest time youve let an open/loosely covered ferment barrel sit

I've left up to a month and got no infection but temps here are on the low side which night help. Great for clearing.
by Crabmanstyle
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Many questions over yeast
Replies: 37
Views: 1205

Re: Many questions over yeast

Great post Mars, and I must add a great question asked also.
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.. Puke
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: My first.. Puke

Third strip today I had 60% full and the puke started again. Not learning yet are we.. If you have lots of malt or if didn't clear or allow to clear.. yeah she'll behave the way it is.. and if you want to push it, then an anti foam will help.. Mars I'd call what I did learning and as I love learnin...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.. Puke
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: My first.. Puke

Interesting replies. My first real puke was my graduation from school. And unlike some I never really learned my lesson for many years! I got a little sense as I aged though and the medicine from this hobby helps. Pure. Third strip today I had 60% full and the puke started again. Went to half power ...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.. Puke
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: My first.. Puke

That happens to me when I heat up too fast Heated up at full 4kW power. What I always did for sugar runs but clearly all grain is different. When I switched to half power it was fine. I wonder once almost at temp if I switched to half power and let run for a while until things settle down then up i...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.. Puke
Replies: 14
Views: 597

My first.. Puke

Not sure if a puke or flood but stripping my 1st all grain today it came out of the condenser like a river. I'd had the pot about 75% full. Left the runoff for the next strip and put in a knob of butter and all went well. Second strip almost ready to start dripping as we speak.
by Crabmanstyle
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: AG Strip and Spirit runs in one go

NZChris wrote:
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:42 pm
I usually aim for four strips, doing three the first day and a strip and spirit run the next.
Similar enough to this . Previous ferments were 2 strips (30l low wines) one day and a top up with the leftover wash (5-10l) to complete the spirit run in a 50 L keg the next.
by Crabmanstyle
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Three barreled shotgun
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: Three barreled shotgun

Good to know! I have been trying to decide between a shotgun or liebig, I currently have a worm and flake on a 6 gallon copper pot, everything made from scratch and it works fairly well, but I do need to circulate the water towards the middle of the run, not a big deal, makes a bit of a mess, need ...
by Crabmanstyle
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Three barreled shotgun
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: Three barreled shotgun

Just my take on this ..shotguns condensers where hardly ever used or seen before people started building Flutes / Bubblers. It seems to me that because they looked good cosmetically hanging off the side of a flute that people kept putting them on. ( In short, eye candy) The Shotgun craze then sprea...
by Crabmanstyle
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Three barreled shotgun
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: Three barreled shotgun

It's more than big enough to knock down 6Kw of steam And steam is harder to condense than alcohol vapor I also have a liebig of about the same length that's 1" inside a 1-1/2 jacket. Both are similar in knock down power but I'd recommend the liebig over the shotgun. Can I ask why you prefer the lie...
by Crabmanstyle
Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5341
Views: 362338

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I used 125 g per 70l ferment (normally on a sugar head I'd pitch 250 for the same amount and take 2 weeks plus at summer at 18C ish temperatures). Maybe time to relax on the yeast, last check this morning on temp was about 20c.
by Crabmanstyle
Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5341
Views: 362338

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

My first all grain. Have about 140 litres (35g) of 100% malt barley and about 15% peat. Fermenting off the grain and reusing the spent grain in a UJSSM style sugarhead with maybe 6th gen backset from previous runs. All grain has a sg of 1.066 and sugarhead 1.070. That's the way to go pulling the su...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5341
Views: 362338

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

My first all grain. Have about 140 litres (35g) of 100% malt barley and about 15% peat. Fermenting off the grain and reusing the spent grain in a UJSSM style sugarhead with maybe 6th gen backset from previous runs. All grain has a sg of 1.066 and sugarhead 1.070.
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: EZ Solder 2" Shotgun
Replies: 84
Views: 13628

Re: EZ Solder 2" Shotgun

2 liter every 15 minutes is amazing to me I've a 2" x 24" shotgun with 5 1/2" tubes and with 4kW power and maybe 1/2 liter per minute cooling I'm getting 1 litre ever 10 minutes on a strip and it's coming nowhere close to its full potential. I'm restricted by my power supply only. Love the toolmaki...
by Crabmanstyle
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 206555

Re: Tell us about your mistakes.

I'd posted this a few months back in a different subsection but this might be a better place for it When positioning my lower element on an old Budweiser keg I went 10mm to low and broke the original weld seam. Never noticed until I filled it up to test and seen the leak. I'd researched enough but n...
by Crabmanstyle
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: T500 boiler. Lit on fire.
Replies: 14
Views: 2501

Re: T500 boiler. Lit on fire.

Am I the only one who cringed when you mentioned you used flour to put out a fire? Flour is combustible, so please don't do it again. https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/question150.htm Nope, you are not. Got lucky this time. If you think an ethonol bang is bad try a combustible ...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Met a fellow distiller
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: Met a fellow distiller

NZChris wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:06 pm
Wanker
This made me laugh so hard. Not because of said gentleman but because it's a word I haven't heard in ages! Ah I'm a simple fellow.
by Crabmanstyle
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Met a fellow distiller
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: Met a fellow distiller

It seems like a list of things not to do. Exactly what I thought. Unless I'm mistaken everything I was told went against everything I have learned. I've no idea if my product would be acceptable to those on the forum, however I love it. Knocks the socks off bottom shelf spirits. Didn't ask him wher...
by Crabmanstyle
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Met a fellow distiller
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Met a fellow distiller

Picking up some brewing things today for my new venture of cider off an online advert, I spotted a condensor and we got chatting. I nodded and agreed (for politeness) as everything I learned from here was wrong. Running a homemade reflux I think (I'm pot so not sure) Turbo yeast No heat input contro...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All barley sugar wash
Replies: 14
Views: 423

Re: All barley sugar wash

:?: My two cents worth ...isn't a UJSSM a stand-in simple Corn whiskey / (aged properly) a Bourbon...this, with barley or malt would be a simple Scotch / Irish whisky...or am I just pissing in the wind? I guess yes! Yet to try the UJSSM as corn is not common here so went with cornflake whiskey. Is b...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5341
Views: 362338

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Making a roasted barley (Thanks 8Ball) sugar wash based on UJSSM, word for word except barley instead of corn.and using what I think is a 5th gen backset from Odin's cornflake whiskey. First unroasted barley run was amazing so can't wait to see how the roast turns out.
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All barley sugar wash
Replies: 14
Views: 423

Re: All barley sugar wash

8Ball wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:03 pm
Well then, a little for your plate: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=73053

🎱
Thanks 8ball. Next generation work in progress and barley roasting as I type. Looking forward to this.
by Crabmanstyle
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All barley sugar wash
Replies: 14
Views: 423

Re: All barley sugar wash

Thanks for the replies - need to digest them as I sample. I forgot to add I'd used the backset from odin's cornflake whiskey, a few generations in. The barley is pretty much on my doorstep and free. Corn is not common here.
by Crabmanstyle
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All barley sugar wash
Replies: 14
Views: 423

All barley sugar wash

Question to you all and I can't find this anywhere on the site that I can remember. I made an all barley sugar wash, basically a UGSSM with barley rather than corn maybe 8 weeks ago. 1st impressions were that it was very sweet and I wasn't impressed. Put on a combo of medium and dark oak chips for a...
by Crabmanstyle
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello all
Replies: 10
Views: 332

Re: Hello all

Welcome - what part of the country are you in?
by Crabmanstyle
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Pumping Wash Into Still
Replies: 23
Views: 1543

Re: Pumping Wash Into Still

With no solids there really should be no issue as the specs are fine from what I can remember. What's the inlet dia?