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by Deplorable
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" CCVM - How much alcohol is in it
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: 3" CCVM - How much alcohol is in it

Your question is very nebulous. It’s hard to answer such a “gray” question. Perhaps some clarity will help... Are you really looking for the input power necessary to run it? If so, then then boiler charge has some influence on the number. For a 3” column, you will need 3.5 to 6.0 kW of input to run...
by Deplorable
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Stripping run on first all grain
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Stripping run on first all grain

AG isn't much more work than a sugarhead, and the results are so much more rewarding.
by Deplorable
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" CCVM - How much alcohol is in it
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: 3" CCVM - How much alcohol is in it

Can't you just cap the bottom of you column, and fill it then measure the contents?
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: Animal Feed Options?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Animal Feed Options?

Perfect. Others here have done the same.
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Mashing / Fermenting
Topic: Animal Feed Options?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Animal Feed Options?

If you can find the sweet cob. It will not have the pellets.
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash
Replies: 17
Views: 182

Re: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash

Did you make your column also? What type of electric setup do you recommend. Sorry, didn't answer both questions. I cant speak to an electric set up as I am running on gas. I will also add that the dual purpose stills they sell are not that great of a solution. Steer clear. They're the reason I bui...
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash
Replies: 17
Views: 182

Re: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash

Yes. I started out with one of their "dual purpose" 2 inch columns on that boiler. Then I built the still above using information I found here.
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash
Replies: 17
Views: 182

Re: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash

By the way, that ugly ass logo on the boiler, it buffs off in about 10 minutes with a polishing wheel and some metal polish.
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash
Replies: 17
Views: 182

Re: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash

[https://moonshinedistiller.com/distillation-equipment/distilling-boilers/stainless-steel-milk-can-boiler-13-gallon/] Thats the link to the boiler I have above. I'm very happy with it. For a few hundred bucks, some soldering skill, and some reading here, you can build a really nice copper CCVM for a...
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash
Replies: 17
Views: 182

Re: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash

With that kind of cash, I would build an electric keg boiler and a 2" CCVM and 2×20" shotgun condenser, and a nice power controller, and still have money left over for a few bags of grain and a nice 5 gallon cask...

Edit to ask what country are you located in?
by Deplorable
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Condenser question/problem, maybe.
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: Condenser question/problem, maybe.

Northwoods, I can relate to the problems you're having from the still I started with. I had a 2" Stainless steel setup like that, and yes the outlet to the product condenser is way too small for the vapors that 3 inch column is pushing up creating way too much velocity, and way to little dwell time ...
by Deplorable
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash
Replies: 17
Views: 182

Re: I need a new still, that can handle 10gal mash

Berserk wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:23 pm
Docnero wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:13 pm
what do you think?
https://www.ebay.com/c/26002515945
I think it's an overpriced pot still without a boiler.

You can build it yourself much cheaper.
Yep!
by Deplorable
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Press Box?
Replies: 13
Views: 381

Re: Press Box?

Ive done the turkey basket press, hand squeeze, and Mop bucket. I have to say the mop bucket is hands down the best method yet. Squeezing 46 pounds (dry weight) from a 23 gallon ferment takes me about 30 minutes. That goes into buckets to clarify for a few days before going into the still. After two...
by Deplorable
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Think it'll get better?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Think it'll get better?

Thats a good looking spirit. Nice golden color, and sounds tasty.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

That's helpful Mars. Thank you. While I usually get to start the ferment during the same time of day, it works out to be when the temp is dropping this time of year with shorter days. I'll take note of this when I begin my bourbon mash over the Christmas break. What I did for this ferment as far as ...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Getting a grip on large batch fermenting and temp control has been a challenge for me. The active ferment generates a lot more heat than a small one. Thus trying to maintain the ideal temp range has been a challenge on a 23 gallon mash in a garage with 20 to 30 degree temp swings. Aside from the sub...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

no I didn't. Missed opportunity to learn something new in mashing.. A stable fermenting temp and Ph are high on the list that the yeast require to do their thing in an efficient manner.. deviate and issues arise.. I know that 1 degree lower than their preferred fermenting temp, even for just 12 hrs...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas gifts
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Re: Christmas gifts

I think waxing the bottles really puts a nice touch on them. Those will make great gifts. Back in my younger days, I would make up gift buckets of a 6 pack of homebrew, some smoked salmon, and smoked cheese for my closest friends. I still gift away a lot of my smoked cheese, but next year, I hope to...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Think it'll get better?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Think it'll get better?

I just filled a 5 gallon Barrel Mill cask that was used once by a local micro distillery on the 15th of November. I filled it with a 50/50 blend of Maris Otter and 2 row Pale. I'll not get into it until spring, but then I'll pull 25ml every few weeks until its ready to bottle. My white dog is very p...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 357

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome! I did similar with beer. my wife bought me a 1 gallon extract kit several years ago, that turned out well. Then I went to all grain 5 gallon batches. I did one or two batches with bottles, then went to kegging. Got into drinking whisky with some friends and figured it would be fun to make,...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: We don't say it enough...Thank you.
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: We don't say it enough...Thank you.

+1000 I didn’t know squat until I stumbled onto this site. The amount of shared wisdom demonstrated here is amazing. I try to “give back” and contribute a few grains to the mash pot of knowledge that is HD whenever I can. 🎱 I didn't know squat either but am quickly coming to realize that I do know ...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Think it'll get better?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Think it'll get better?

This is the first sampling of the barreled spirit? Nearly 330 days after filling? How is the flavor? Or is it so hot you cant taste it? If it's not over oaked, leave it in there and keep checking in on it. Im curious because Ive read first fill 5 gallon barrels are anywhere from 10 to 16 months, and...
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Sb, no I didn't. I was actually surprised to see such a quick reaction. The PH yesterday morning was 5.03, now I wish I would have.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first braumeister still.
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: My first braumeister still.

That grolsch lamp is pretty cool!
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aging netural spirits in oak chips...what's it called?
Replies: 23
Views: 4234

Re: Aging netural spirits in oak chips...what's it called?

Ive had a wheat vodka from Heritage Distillery that was finished for 2 to 3 months in used bourbon barrels, and I have to say it was a very nice neat vodka.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas gifts
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Re: Christmas gifts

Fine looking gifts! Are those 375ml bottles or 750?
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Building a 3" CCVM under 200$
Replies: 15
Views: 597

Re: Building a 3" CCVM under 200$

Looks a hell of a lot better than my welding.
So long as the welds are vapor tight, who gives a damn? Once you wrap the column in insulation, you won't see the welds anyway.
by Deplorable
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Problem solved. Last night on a hunch I removed my oyster shell satchel from the fermenter, and within 2.5 hours the fizzing subsided, and the cop started to form. This morning there is a nice thick cap. I'm still unsure why it behaved this way, as I've used shell in every single ferment I've made s...
by Deplorable
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: All Grain mash acting like a sugar wash?

Batches of malt are not always exactly the same. My guess is you had a drink in one hand while you were weighing out your grain and inadvertently 'put in a little more for Santa'. That would account for your slightly higher S.G. While plausible, I han not had any libations. I do however get easily ...