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by jward
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 14
Views: 513

Re: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

I don't know about any liquid tannin products. I had these and similar in mind tannin riche or tannin complex They aren't magic elixirs sold to make vodka into whiskey. They are solid products used by the wine industry. I expect that I will test some of these while waiting on time an oak to do their...
by jward
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?
Replies: 14
Views: 513

Re: Anybody using Liquid Oak Tannins?

I have used some of the wine making tannin products in mead and have wondered about their application in spirits. I expect it warrants some experimentation. I will say that I have used them in conjunction with time on oak and not so much in place of time on oak.
by jward
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Bourbon Cuts for 'Complexity'
Replies: 18
Views: 1458

Re: Bourbon Cuts for 'Complexity'

I think you really just have to grab the bull by the horns... I hear ya. I am considering the approach where I can hold a middle heart jar for some white with a wider cut for time on oak. I also think about not going as wide and and then do all feints run to add in on the aging. I will have to figu...
by jward
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Bourbon Cuts for 'Complexity'
Replies: 18
Views: 1458

Re: Bourbon Cuts for 'Complexity'

This has been my frustration since I began distilling: I now recognize the acetone in almost every bourbon, so powerful with my sensitive nose, that it ruins it. I can taste the dirtyness. But, without this dirtyness, I can't seem to achieve the same complexity on my AG spirits. This has been a spl...
by jward
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: The regs about Scotch Whisky
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: The regs about Scotch Whisky

What you want to make of the EU dictating this... is up to you. I like to be informed by such things even if I don't feel the least bit constrained by them. In brewing beer I would give props to Reinheitsgebot but pre-prohibition pilsner will have corn and Belgian styles calling for caramelized sug...
by jward
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Cracked my hydrometer!
Replies: 15
Views: 269

Re: Cracked my hydrometer!

I’ve gone 12 years without breaking one.... Still coddling the one I originally bought for brewing 30+ years ago... Same here, except it's only 15+ years. The paper scale can move around and be adjusted by gently tapping. At this point it's more of a keepsake as I use either a wider or narrower ran...
by jward
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: All grain woes. Something's gotta give here
Replies: 81
Views: 1412

Re: All grain woes. Something's gotta give here

I really want to build a centrifugal separator, or finding a used washing machine that I can manipulate into something usable for cheap. Cleaned up washing machine came to mind too. Another thought was a honey frame extractor. Maybe a fruit press like for squeezing grapes or apples. Probably not di...
by jward
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 1.5 distillation?
Replies: 75
Views: 1631

Re: 1.5 distillation?

wpkluck wrote:
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:16 am
The most ridiculous part of this argument, is that people care what I call my own hooch.
It's one thing to call your stuff whatever you want. I respect your freedom to do that. It's another thing for what you call your stuff to have meaning to others especially in a discussion.
by jward
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 1.5 distillation?
Replies: 75
Views: 1631

Re: 1.5 distillation?

This was taken from the glossary Chris linked. Distillation The process of boiling and condensing a mixture of volatile liquids that changes the relative concentrations of those liquids in the output. Distilling 1.5 Process for doing multiple runs; First run is a stripping run, second run you add t...
by jward
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 1.5 distillation?
Replies: 75
Views: 1631

Re: 1.5 distillation?

jonnys_spirit wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:21 pm
If a thumper was a condenser it wouldn’t evaporate any of the alcohols and no vapor would come out.
It wouldn't even thump.
by jward
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Lost my favorite cat today
Replies: 35
Views: 1747

Re: Lost my favorite cat today

Sorry for loss of both Stranger and Heyoo. My avatar is of "my favorite". She recently got sick and lost way too much weight. A different vet may have got that sorted out, but she probably burnt 8 or her 9 nine lives.
by jward
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The liar's bench
Replies: 6218
Views: 264158

Re: The liar's bench

goinbroke2 wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:54 am
<photo of coffee mug saying trophy wife missing>
What say ye? An insult or a compliment (as I intended)??
Trophy Wife is an OK joke among most of my friends but occasionally someone reacts like your wife did.

Sometimes I introduce my one and only wife as "my first wife". :wink:
by jward
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Electric heating elements
Replies: 10
Views: 539

Re: Electric heating elements

I went with the flexibility of the TC fitting and recommend that route as other have suggested.

The ferules come in different lengths. https://www.brewershardware.com/2-Tri-C ... ory_id=379
by jward
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Help with Single Malt ABV / Attenuation
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: Help with Single Malt ABV / Attenuation

Simple fix: You're doughing in at too high a temperature, controlling your fermentability for body, as in beer. Since your fermented wash (wort) is going to be distilled, you want to get every ounce of sugar you can out of your valuable malt, so add it closer to 150-151F if you only have 10 lbs. Id...
by jward
Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: spent grain for animals
Replies: 12
Views: 298

spent grain for animals

Any gotchas some aspiring homesteader should know about feeding spent grains to livestock?
In beer brewing not all animals get along with hops so if you use mash hops those might need to go to the compost bin or be used as mulch. While I have chickens in mind I am curious about any issues in general.
by jward
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: A theory of the reflux distillation column.
Replies: 40
Views: 1265

Re: A theory of the reflux distillation column.

This comment has taken me further towards the idea of temperature gradient regulation. Thanks! This is a completely new type of still. Not lm, cm or vm. And it requires a completely different way of thinking. Originally, I was just going to use the jacket to cool the gas a bit and allow a bit of pa...
by jward
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: A theory of the reflux distillation column.
Replies: 40
Views: 1265

Re: A theory of the reflux distillation column.

I would expect in a traditional top reflux still that is putting out azeo product to also be sending condensed azeo product down the still driving the separation lower within the column. Since impure vapors are not really reaching the reflux condenser at the top once it's running at equilibrium the...
by jward
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Novel way to grind my malt
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Novel way to grind my malt

I wondered about hitting some cooked up corn with a heavy duty immersion blender.
https://www.amazon.com/Waring-Commercia ... B001CDTN0W
Only makes sense to me if I already had one. Then again maybe it could double as a trolling motor....lol
by jward
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: A theory of the reflux distillation column.
Replies: 40
Views: 1265

Re: A theory of the reflux distillation column.

I'm attempting to brainstorm along with you and not trying to stillsplain anything as I am not qualified for that. Sorry if any of this reads that way. I am sure you understand distillation better than I do. The theory sometimes seems very close to the thinking that if I run at the correct temp I ge...
by jward
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Pasta water whiskey anyone?
Replies: 39
Views: 1034

Re: Pasta water whiskey anyone?

Do you salt you pasta water?
by jward
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM cleaning run is... FRUITY??
Replies: 10
Views: 304

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

Meads have an acid that's not in fruit wine right ? I wonder if distilling mead could produce some unique aroma/flavor because of the unique acid content? Honey has gluconic acid which relates to glucono delta lactone which when in solution with water can convert to gluconic acid or back depending ...
by jward
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: A theory of the reflux distillation column.
Replies: 40
Views: 1265

Re: A theory of the reflux distillation column.

I realize I am out of my depth but my intuition says you would want the temperature gradient over a longer portion of the column. Please keep sharing.
by jward
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: A theory of the reflux distillation column.
Replies: 40
Views: 1265

Re: A theory of the reflux distillation column.

Sounds like one needs to distill through a packed column jacketed and cooled like a liebig.
by jward
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Pineapple farmer - new to distilling
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Pineapple farmer - new to distilling

Welcome. Pineapple melomel is a favorite. Please share as you work out how to make good pineapple brandy.
by jward
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: 5000W 220V SCR Controller - "Review"
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: 5000W 220V SCR Controller - "Review"

I will be coming from my 4 prong dryer outlet ( 30AMP 220V ) 2 hots, 1 neutral, 1 ground to the SCR, and then off to a 3 prong chinesium (5500W 240V(35cm) ) element 2 hots, 1 neutral. That is probably 2 hots and ground. The 220V is between the two hot wires. Neutral is not used. Grounding is requir...
by jward
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Raspberry Pi Still Contoller
Replies: 70
Views: 2261

Re: Raspberry Pi Still Contoller

TimothyChurch wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:53 pm
I dunno for sure. I'm also probably just being too over-analytical!!! :egeek:
That's the beauty of your controller. You can add any over-analytical stuff you deem necessary or valuable. Please keep sharing.
by jward
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Raspberry Pi Still Contoller
Replies: 70
Views: 2261

Re: Raspberry Pi Still Contoller

Is the temperature actually changing or do the readings have jitter?
by jward
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:23 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: PREPPING - Yes - No - Why !
Replies: 210
Views: 18448

Re: PREPPING - Yes - No - Why !

If I were expecting to lose the ability to purchase yeast I would probably setup a sour dough starter before running out of the commercial yeast expecting local yeast would infiltrate and dominate over time.
by jward
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Condenser water cooler.
Replies: 43
Views: 1398

Re: Condenser water cooler.

You might consider having the hot output from the liebig go to the heater core and then go to the bucket. The hottest water will give up its heat better.
by jward
Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Thumper filled up
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Thumper filled up

First time using a still with a thumper. I put about an inch of water in the stainless steel can, just enough to cover the inlet tube. It started working fine but after several hours the tube from the thumper to the condenser cooled and I stopped getting product. Stopped the run, opened the thumper...