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by Zeotropic
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I finally mashed my last bag of corn and when it is done I am going to have to decide what to make next but I am leaning towards rum just to see if I can make something drinkable because I don't like any of the store stuff I have tried. I think this mash is going to be much more productive than my l...
by Zeotropic
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1617
Views: 109561

Re: What is everyone drinking?

I sipped some Pyrat XO Reserve rum that I put on oak sticks 8 days ago because it was undrinkable and I wondered what it would do. It is actually really good now. The oak sweetened it and took away the nasty solvent flavor that it used to have. I was shocked by the transformation.
by Zeotropic
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mashing with Infected Backset
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Mashing with Infected Backset

Zeo, Unfortunately that’s mold in your bin, not lacto pellicle. A big difference and not near as appetizing. I wouldn’t want to use the mold scum, although the backset below it is still probably OK. Bacteria doesn’t like to grow in such an acidic environment. ss Yeah I figured it wasn't lacto but i...
by Zeotropic
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mashing with Infected Backset
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Mashing with Infected Backset

Tonight I am making a batch of all corn if my low propane levels don't totally screw my plans up. I have included about 3 gallons of infected backset because it was all I had to adjust ph so it will be interesting to see in a few weeks how that works out for flavor. I figured I would post here rathe...
by Zeotropic
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: How can I make a water tight seal?
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: How can I make a water tight seal?

Use Silicone sealer ... it will stick like shit to a blanket and is flexible so different heat expansion issues won’t matter . Just make sure the silicone is fully cured before you test it with water . This - just use a silicone that is heat resistant - just go to you your large hardware and start ...
by Zeotropic
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

does someone know if you need to add nutrients to a malt extract wash? And will ec 1118 work? I dont know anything about brewing. If you don't know anything about brewing you need to learn. I say this as someone who knows very little about brewing myself but that just means I need to do more resear...
by Zeotropic
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

does someone know if you need to add nutrients to a malt extract wash? And will ec 1118 work? I dont know anything about brewing. If you don't know anything about brewing you need to learn. I say this as someone who knows very little about brewing myself but that just means I need to do more resear...
by Zeotropic
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Easy Street "Bourbon"
Replies: 9
Views: 226

Re: Easy Street

IMALOSERSCUMBAG wrote:
Zeotropic wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:29 am
Op is there sugar in the recipe? I see some comments mentioned ditching the sugar but I don't see any sugar in the list.
This is my recipe that I am developing. I added the sugar to see if it boosted alcohol output. I'm in the testing phase.
Ok I guess missed that part. I better reread it.
by Zeotropic
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Easy Street "Bourbon"
Replies: 9
Views: 226

Re: Easy Street "Bourbon"

Op is there sugar in the recipe? I see some comments mentioned ditching the sugar but I don't see any sugar in the list.
by Zeotropic
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Go big or go home- 42" Liebig
Replies: 59
Views: 1082

Re: Go big or go home- 42" Liebig

Tom Kat wrote:Expat beat by 6 inches! Story of ny life!
Mine has a 54 inch jacket.
by Zeotropic
Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Other Stilling Hardware (condensers, flanges, controllers)
Topic: How to make an everlasting PTFE gasket, Very Easily...
Replies: 30
Views: 70348

Re: How to make an everlasting PTFE gasket, Very Easily...

opus345 wrote:Great tutorial. What is the recommended thickness of the cardboard or mat board?
As thick as required. [emoji16]
I have been using regular corrugated cardboard. At least when I'm not using crocheted cotton yarn.
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 647
Views: 89912

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Thanks. I miss some things using tapatalk. I never saw your signature. Your work is awesome. Shoot, I never thought of that. I’ve had a link to my instructional videos in my sig for years, and I thought that would be enough for anyone who might need them. Darn it. Folks, at the risk of being accuse...
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2297
Views: 148376

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

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I got corks from the hardware store. I bought one of each of the bigger sizes so that I can figure out what sizes I need.
I don't know if it was a good deal but I was happy to finally remember to get them.
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 647
Views: 89912

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

I read this thread a while back and researched on google but I haven't been able to find a good way to cut a circle. Have you posted your circle cutting jig? I was planning to remake that video with my newer jig, on my "new" (1973) bandsaw, but haven't gotten to it yet. In the mean time, I included...
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2297
Views: 148376

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Have fun opening cans. I foresee sore fingers. Mrs Cranky has that down pat, a short butter knife or church key is all it takes and no sore fingers. She opened 320 Thursday and another 110 Friday with no problems. Switching from apples from trees to cans of juice from the factory? Quite a different...
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2297
Views: 148376

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

cranky wrote:Today I got a few more cans of free apple juice
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At least as far as Mrs Cranky knows :shh: In reality It's actually 576 cans :roll: which is 51 gallons of apple juice.
Have fun opening cans. I foresee sore fingers.
by Zeotropic
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 647
Views: 89912

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Funny thing is that I have a 12 ton press too and was going to use it to press in the head. I know that one of your pots split, so I am trying to figure out where the middle ground is. My friend and I just bottled a blend of brandies that he was aging in badmotivator barrels since Jan ‘17. One of h...
by Zeotropic
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Pasta water whiskey anyone?
Replies: 45
Views: 1462

Re: Pasta water whiskey anyone?

Sorry, didnt catch it in that case. Lots of replies and I'm sure I accidentally scrolled past a couple. Lol... but after dwelling on it, I'd hate to store up that much pasta water, but maybe just replace the water you would've used if you're mashing? Gives at least a little extra food and nutrients...
by Zeotropic
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Pasta water whiskey anyone?
Replies: 45
Views: 1462

Re: Pasta water whiskey anyone?

I didnt catch anyone mentioning it in all the replies, but unless your someone who doesnt season your pasta water (turn it as salty as the ocean), I dont even think you'd want to attempt this. And if you you don't season your pasta water, I honestly think you'd be better off seasoning the water to ...
by Zeotropic
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

IMG_20210321_183813186.jpg IMG_20210321_184111751.jpg This is everything I have distilled this year. The jars are two batches of 50/50 corn oat all grain done booners style and one batch of gumballhead off the spent grains from that. The carboys are (left to right) low wines from booners casual all...
by Zeotropic
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I'm on the pink run now. I just tasted a few drops of the heads on my tongue and it has a definite watermelon flavor. I guess the artificial watermelon flavor comes over in the distillate. It's going to be interesting to see what the spirit run is like on this. I found that when I ran some lime cel...
by Zeotropic
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I'm on the pink run now. I just tasted a few drops of the heads on my tongue and it has a definite watermelon flavor. I guess the artificial watermelon flavor comes over in the distillate. It's going to be interesting to see what the spirit run is like on this.
by Zeotropic
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Other Stilling Hardware (condensers, flanges, controllers)
Topic: How to make an everlasting PTFE gasket, Very Easily...
Replies: 30
Views: 70348

Re: How to make an everlasting PTFE gasket, Very Easily...

Figured I should report back with my findings on the crochet version.
It is working perfectly. The trick was to get the crochet stretched properly before you wrap it otherwise when you wrap it it'll stretch and then it'll be too long.
by Zeotropic
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

This first batch of mixed mess has a ton of alcohol in it it started coming out at 78% and I'm trying to strip it down to having low lines at about 35% but I I'm getting impatient because I've never had a stripping run go this long and have this much alcohol. Also for all the nasty stuff I put in th...
by Zeotropic
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5486
Views: 379792

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

IMG_20210321_134416500.jpg Today is spring cleaning for me. I got way behind on distilling and did way too much mashing so this weekend I'm trying to get everything at least stripped because I have some that's been sitting for well over a month and various mixtures that I can't remember what they a...
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1617
Views: 109561

Re: What is everyone drinking?

Tonight I have been sipping Far North Spirits Bodaleen Bourbon.
It is one of the best commercial whiskeys I have had.
by Zeotropic
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Booner's Casual All Corn
Replies: 553
Views: 87220

Re: Booner's Casual All Corn

I'm just spent. Too much time and too many days on the still, wrecking the kitchen, etc. To do this Booner's the way I want, I'm going to order a 26 gallon still with agitator and build out my brew room in the basement. I don't enjoy mop wringing Or you could build or buy a thumper :) Stay safe OVZ...
by Zeotropic
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Booner's Casual All Corn
Replies: 553
Views: 87220

Re: Booner's Casual All Corn

Stripped the first 10 gallons or so. 2.25 gallons at 40% Have another 8 to strip. I will not make any more all grain batches until I upgrade to my 26 gallon still with agitator. The amount of time and effort for such paltry yield has really stolen the fun out of this. Shame that sugar washes don't ...
by Zeotropic
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Building a still is like Nuclear Fusion
Replies: 19
Views: 409

Re: Building a still is like Nuclear Fusion

and if you planned your column sections right, you'll be able to store all of your kit inside the boiler. Now that's an idea. My 30l keg would require way too many short sections, but I like the idea of a still that collapses down into one keg which can then be stored compactly. That would be the b...