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by garnern2
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I’ve now got two small(16L) pots fermenting with DADY. They seem to be taking longer that similar washes in these pots When I USP Ed Red Hat Bakers yeast. I check and record readings everyday, the DADY pots are dropping 6 or 8 points per day, where with Red Hat Bakers yeast they went down 10 or 12 ...
by garnern2
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Update: there's definitely a difference between the two yeasts, and I'm more impressed by the standard baker's yeast. Baker's Yeast: Due to the temperature still being close to 90F, my 60F hydrometer actually sinks lower than its lowest marking! The sample was also relatively clear, which could be a...
by garnern2
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Since no one gave me a straight up or down opinion on Distiller's Active Dry Yeast in this recipe, and since I ran it a few nights ago and wasn't happy with the results, I decided to make it again. I made a 6 Gal batch then split into two fermenters, one with baker's yeast and one with DADY. We wil...
by garnern2
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Since no one gave me a straight up or down opinion on Distiller's Active Dry Yeast in this recipe, and since I ran it a few nights ago and wasn't happy with the results, I decided to make it again. I made a 6 Gal batch then split into two fermenters, one with baker's yeast and one with DADY. We will...
by garnern2
Sat May 30, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

zed255 wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 6:50 am
Don't throw it out! If it went from 1.090 to 1.017 there's about 9.5% ABV in the wash you can distill out.
I guess I’m just concerned with the flavor that the remaining sugar will add...maybe none? That’s new territory for me.
by garnern2
Sat May 30, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

But tomato paste also has sugars in it, and I'm not particularly keen on the SG points for tomato paste. Negligible . The whole point of the Birdwatchers ( Tomato Paste Wash ) is that the recipe is pretty fail safe and will result in a relatively clean wash using common household ingredients so lon...
by garnern2
Fri May 29, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Garern2 This is the expected numbers for Taters OP recipe 449A18F8-098D-41A0-AA47-9C4A6C7A8AAC.jpeg But it does say approx 18kg of sugar so YRMV Where are you getting this? The OP states, numerous times, that the SG has to be 1.090 Has it been changed somewhere? I understand that using the amount o...
by garnern2
Fri May 29, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Looks like I may have stumped the board. I know I've stumped myself. :crazy:
by garnern2
Thu May 28, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Does anyone know if the SG listed is the actual SG, or is it the SG reading at the temperature listed in the recipe (~90* F)? I assume since it's listed as SG, the SG should be 1.090 at 60* F, which would be a reading of 1.094 at 90* F.

My SG reading, at 90* F, was between 1.093 and 1.094.
by garnern2
Thu May 28, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

It could a # of things PH, temp bad yeast etc... I'm sure someone with more knowledge than I will come along. It's definitely not temperature, as my fermentation chamber keeps things within +/- 1 degree F. I didn't check pH, but I've always done all grain so I never really needed to after I knew th...
by garnern2
Thu May 28, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I just finished a 10 gallon batch of birdwatchers and I used Dady yeast and it fermented complete my starting gravity was 1.070. My temps were not as high as yours, it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 72 to 80 regular room temperature although at the end of the run I did add a heating pad becau...
by garnern2
Thu May 28, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2070
Views: 473436

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

This is the first stuck fermentation I’ve had in my history of fermenting things...since 2003. It’s stuck at 1.017! The only change I made is using DADY, because I have some and baker’s yeast is nearly impossible to find around here during this time. I have a fermentation chamber and held the temper...
by garnern2
Thu May 28, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

Then just build a proof of concept still. Rough and ready. You know, to learn on. Then set out to make a thing of beauty. Which will never be built, you know, 'cause the rough and ugly one runs just fine ;-) That's what I've already done, but I'll have to settle on something eventually. I'm just tr...
by garnern2
Wed May 27, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

There are some excellent reflux stiil designs and build threads here on the forum.....stills that will pull azeotrope from start to finish of run. You can build something good if you try. Yes, I've seen several of them. However, I'm extremely OCD when it comes to my own projects. My wife does all o...
by garnern2
Wed May 27, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

For neutral spirits, 95% ABV is pretty impressive Good luck with that..... best I've seen is 93 temp corrected. If you want to run one at 1 drip per second or less and take a week to do a run you might just scrap 95% in if your very lucky. What you say about how they run is correct otherwise. This ...
by garnern2
Wed May 27, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

Have you had trouble manually trying to keep the temperature in that range? With my sacrificial run of 15L of 9.2% cheap wine, I just ran my still based on its output by adjusting the heating element and didn't even check the temperature of the cooling water. It worked ok I guess, but since I could...
by garnern2
Wed May 27, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

If you were going to control the 'temperature out', (Tout), of the cooling water with a PID, you would also have to control the 'temperature in' or have stable cooling water temperature, as it is the amount of energy extracted by the cooling water that controls the amount of reflux, not Tout. In my...
by garnern2
Tue May 26, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

As a control engineer (heavily biased normally), would certainly say that a PID doesn't serve much of a practical purpose in this instance. Have a good read on these forums as there's plenty of great advice and information to get you started. However, will share a few changes from my own tinkering,...
by garnern2
Fri May 22, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

Re: T500 vs PID

Have you learned how to run it without a PID? Not yet. I’m doing my first run on a propane burner this weekend if the weather cooperates. I’m just thinking ahead. flow via a solenoid valve ... so it clicks on clicks off . Problem with that idea is that T500s are super sensitive to water flow change...
by garnern2
Thu May 21, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: T500 vs PID
Replies: 35
Views: 1740

T500 vs PID

I see a lot of information going against PIDs here, and I understand the basic concept. I'm not trying to kindle the anti-PID movement. I am curious: the T500 instructions are based on temperature of the condenser output. A PID is presumably based on the temperature of the column, unless you connect...
by garnern2
Thu May 21, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Memphis!
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Hello from Memphis!

TDick wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 4:05 pm
Welcome Neighbor!
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I just moved here from AL in July of 18. I still call NW AL home. Thanks for the welcome!
by garnern2
Thu May 21, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Memphis!
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Hello from Memphis!

Greetings all. I have been brewing beer and making mead/wine since 2003. For various reasons, I never made the jump to distilling. I've just completed my 8 gallon convertible column/pot still modifications and PID panel, so I will be distilling my first batch on Sunday if everything is clear. I look...