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by silverbean
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How long should a 30 liter / 8 gallon reflux spirit run take?
Replies: 6
Views: 125

Re: How long should a 30 liter / 8 gallon reflux spirit run take?

The simple answer is roughly 4 to 14 hours, depends on your still. The type of reflux still, the type of packing and the power available among other factors will affect how long the run will take. You should allow all day so that you don't run out of time. The collection speed also depend on similar...
by silverbean
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5150
Views: 346445

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Made a new 3/4 over 1/2 inch Liebig to go with my new 2 inch 3 foot column. Just need to make a RC and my new CCVM will be ready for the cleaning runs. May have gone a bit overboard with the length but it fits where I will use it. Might have to upgrade the boiler, I don't know if 1300 watts will dri...
by silverbean
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: feints
Replies: 23
Views: 462

Re: feints

I have done both, If short on volume for a strip added some tails or even late heads but I think in a stripping run is better but I have had some good results with an all tails run. Sorry to give a 3rd choice. Next strip I will add some saved tails then the next will get the tails from the last, I s...
by silverbean
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Simple CMU Control Box for Still
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Simple CMU Control Box for Still

I would just cut the plugs off the cords, ditch the sockets and hard wire the cords in. You could remove the sockets and screw a plastic plate over the hole or just disconnect them and leave them there.
by silverbean
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can I freeze unusded fermented wort?
Replies: 17
Views: 289

Re: Can I freeze unusded fermented wort?

I have kept leftover wash in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks until I'm ready to strip the next ferment, sometimes add the feints from the strip.
by silverbean
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Newbie's first bourbon run
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Newbie's first bourbon run

If it was me I would go higher on the barley and lower on the rye, I'm not sure but the quantities seem a little bit low. Even the water, for a 10l still you want 8l of wash so if you are straining you will need to start with 10l of water. Generally for a whiskey you would do a strip and spirit run ...
by silverbean
Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Hello

Welcome Mkw, Lots of good info on here to help you on your way to making some great spirits or your Turbo 500.
by silverbean
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:55 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4370
Views: 765080

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I have a question about volume. This is from the OP: So, for 40 liters of wash. Recipe goes like this. 7kg cracked feed corn, 7kg raw or white sugar (I like raw) Dissolve sugar in hot water, then add enough cold water to make 40 l total. Do I just use 40 liters of water in total ? Or the overall vo...
by silverbean
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Another Christmas gift newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Another Christmas gift newbie

Welcome GTR lots of info here. before you are tempted to use your new still please read the cleaning procedures its important for a bought still as well as made ones. Be safe and enjoy your new hobby.
by silverbean
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Mini shotgun condenser
Replies: 9
Views: 266

Re: Mini shotgun condenser

I would say that has no chance of working, maybe with twice the number of turns and the whole lot soldered on it may have a chance but it would be easier to just make a Liebig.
by silverbean
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 356
Views: 25166

Re: No Mash No sugar

I think you might get a pretty low yield with such a small amount of grain. I'm using 10-15 kg in 50 L, and it seems thicker is better. No need to boil the corn, if you're happy with a lower yield. My experience was that a soak in hot water or backset to fully hydrate the corn is all it takes. I am...
by silverbean
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: charred would...amount needed
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: charred would...amount needed

Chips are the quickest way to age unless you nuke age but don't give as good a flavour. Use less than you think you need, you can always add more. It depends on the chips but you could start with 1/4 cup to a gallon and check every couple of days, could be ready in 2 weeks. Don't go too high on ABV ...
by silverbean
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Geo-tagging - PLEASE READ
Replies: 113
Views: 60075

Re: Geo-tagging - PLEASE READ

Any photos I have posted I turn off location on my phone before taking photo then upload to laptop, open in MS paint save as BMP then open BMP file and save as JPG then upload that file. Pretty sure BMP's don't have any meta data. But to be honest I don't think my local boys in blue go looking for s...
by silverbean
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 356
Views: 25166

Re: No Mash No sugar

I think you might get a pretty low yield with such a small amount of grain. I'm using 10-15 kg in 50 L, and it seems thicker is better. No need to boil the corn, if you're happy with a lower yield. My experience was that a soak in hot water or backset to fully hydrate the corn is all it takes. I am...
by silverbean
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 356
Views: 25166

Re: No Mash No sugar

So yesterday I started my first ferment using the Angle yeast (Starter for Liquor making). The instructions that came with it said to use 10 Kg of grain, pour on 25 - 30 liters of boiling water wrap up and leave until it cools to 30 degrees C then pitch 50 - 80 grams of Angel Yeast. Well I had some ...
by silverbean
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Cornflakes whiskey
Replies: 982
Views: 168542

Re: Cornflakes whiskey

Might have already been asked but would lowans bakers yeast work with this recipe and also do you have to use anything to convert the starch in the cornflakes to sugar or did you just boil them ? Sorry if stupid questions I’m a newbie Any Bakers yeast should work and the cornflakes are only for fla...
by silverbean
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 356
Views: 25166

Re: No Mash No sugar

So my delivery of "Starter for Liquor Making" arrived today and it included an instruction sheet. Sounds like the seller has some experience, I wonder if he is on here? If anyone is interested I have copied the instructions below. Not sure if I should include the sellers contact so I have left it ou...
by silverbean
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Strip Run - Spirit Run
Replies: 29
Views: 884

Re: Strip Run - Spirit Run

Hi jay When you say flow rate I think coolant flow and with a pot still the only temperature you need to worry about is the coolant and the output. The temp inside the still pretty much controls itself. For a stripping run you need just enough coolant flow to knock down the vapour but for a spirit r...
by silverbean
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Safety question vinyloximinosilan
Replies: 16
Views: 424

Re: Safety question vinyloximinosilan

Corsaire wrote:
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:24 pm
Flour paste?
The simplest and cheapest solution.
by silverbean
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Collection Amount if the boiler charge is @30 ABV
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Collection Amount if the boiler charge is @30 ABV

Don't know much about Gin but in my little pot still if I run 40% low wines the output starts at about 81% but if I run 30% low wines I start at about 79%. Not much difference. Of course if it starts higher it holds high longer.
by silverbean
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Pid and k probe
Replies: 43
Views: 923

Re: Pid and k probe

Ok what option would be best for keeping the temp better maintained during the run, planning to build Ccvm keg still? And thanks. The temp the wash boils at is governed by alcohol concentration in the boiler, you cannot control that it will slowly rise during the run as the concentration decreases....
by silverbean
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 356
Views: 25166

Re: No Mash No sugar

Clamsmasha wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:47 pm
MartinCash wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:41 pm
On, no, I guess we can expect a run on Angel Yeast... :lol:
Haha yep. Hopefully someone will stockpile and sell out of Aus without gouging.
I found a seller in Brisbane $28.50, had 3 left well 2 now, should arrive any day now.
by silverbean
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Bad Blend
Replies: 8
Views: 382

Re: My First Bad Blend

You could just throw it back into the still, water down to 40%, rerun it and next time do your cuts earlier in the night.
by silverbean
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Simple CMU Control Box for Still
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Simple CMU Control Box for Still

Nice piece of repurposing there. I have what looks to be the same controller but never thought of using one of those. One suggestion if I may, if you rotated the controller 90 degrees so that the fins of the heat sink is facing the fan it would cool more efficiently. If ever I get the urge to put mi...
by silverbean
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Cheap Bundaberg Molasses
Replies: 38
Views: 1056

Re: Cheap Bundaberg Molasses

I recently saw in a pet store/saddlery a 20L cube of blackstrap for I think it was $25. Not necessarily food grade, I assume for horses. I have no idea if that is what we would need or if its a good price.
by silverbean
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New VM Build...Can't get product out. Help?
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: New VM Build...Can't get product out. Help?

A picture is worth a thousand words.
I'm thinking running a reflux condenser without packing will cause unexpected results. Your results are unexpected.
by silverbean
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5150
Views: 346445

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

While i'm waiting for parts to arrive for my 2 inch CCVM I wondered if I could convert my little pot still to CCVM. So Yesterday I added 8 inches to the 1 inch column, packed it with a SS scrubbie and whacked a RC in the top. Its sitting on a 9 litre boiler which today I filled with 2 litres of head...
by silverbean
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: New

Hi James
Welcome to the forum, plenty of Aussies on here and loads of good information for making great spirits. You may want to look at getting rid of the plastic in the T500 that comes in contact with the vapour and spirits to make a safer product.
by silverbean
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: BIAB question
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: BIAB question

I thought BIAB was just a cheaper way than getting all the equipment to sparge and strain the grain. If you ferment in the bag wouldn't it restrict the circulation of the grain? When I ferment on the grain I don't use the bag until I siphon off most of the wash to settle then tip what's left into th...
by silverbean
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2255
Views: 137208

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Deplorable wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:38 am
Build a shotgun!
That was 1 idea when I thought he had a lot longer piece but I am currently only running a 1300W element in a 8.5L boiler so my Liebig is ample. Maybe a small CCVM. I will do more research and then create a seperate post with my plans.