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by Deplorable
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

I can do that in warmer weather when the water temperature from the spigot is warmer with just the controls I have. But I am at the very lower end of the 1/2 inch gate valves adjustability when the city water is this cold. Unfortunately for me, Mars is right, and if I want to chase more efficiency f...
by Deplorable
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

All great points Mars. More finite control would be needed before I can squeeze any more efficiency out of my condenser. Your point of a needle valve was something I chuckled to myself about as I was dialing in my water settings. :lol: some day, I'll grab a couple. Like you said, this is just one sp...
by Deplorable
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: SCD's Crow Bourbon
Replies: 98
Views: 5889

Re: SCD's Crow Bourbon

@SCD As I sit here sipping on a pinch from the middle cut to 50% I have to say this is a fine drop. Makes a fine white sipper right off the still. Should be really nice after some time in a in a barrel.
by Deplorable
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

So I just finished a spirit run on some bourbon and decided to find out just how much cooling water my shotgun takes. I put the discharge hose in a bucket and tracked water usage over a 4 hour spirit run. Some details: Charge was 6.5 gallons of 28% ABV low wines, 13 gallon boiler, gas fired. 2 inch ...
by Deplorable
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

StillerBoy wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:40 am
Demy..
...If to be used on a pot setup the shotgun will be of greater benefit over a liebig..

Mars
That is a very good point Mars.
by Deplorable
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

I dont have anything to base it on but my own personal experiences with my equipment, but I think being able to maintain the same vapor velocity from the top of the boiler all the way to the point of condensation has improved the overall efficiency of my still, and character of my distillate. But wi...
by Deplorable
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First time using a preheater for strips
Replies: 9
Views: 124

Re: First time using a preheater for strips

Ive got 28 gallons of Shady's Sugar Shine to strip coming up, and I'll be doing the same thing with my chiller. I'll rack the first charge and get the fire going, rack the next charge into 5 gallon buckets and put them on a table next to the still, and put the wort chiller in each to get them warmed...
by Deplorable
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

Thanks Mars. We're on the same page in regards to how the RC operated in a CCVM. The only difference is how we control the water flow to it. I control the water flow to each condenser separately from gate valves on a manifold rather than needle valves. Once I get the flow of water dialed in on that ...
by Deplorable
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

I dont care as much about the temp of the water outlet temperature, I try to target a distillate temp based on the calibrated temperature of the alchometer I'm using. Because I'm not running a recirculating system, I added a pressure regulator to my cooling water manifold, and lowered the water pre...
by Deplorable
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Shotgun Proportions
Replies: 80
Views: 786

Re: Shotgun Proportions

TB, I can get a temp gradient on my shotgun, but I had to reduce the water flow down to a trickle. As you know, I have a good amount of product to run this weekend, so I'll try to get you some flow rates. I dont care as much about the temp of the water outlet temperature, I try to target a distillat...
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Mash

It depends on how you store it. If it's in a clean storage vessel undisturbed and protected from the environment, it will last until you get to it.
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash
Replies: 14
Views: 190

Re: Mash

It depends on how you store it. If it's in a clean storage vessel undisturbed and protected from the environment, it will last until you get to it.
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: Spirit run math

On the subject of cooling water, I watched a video(shared on this forum) where the guy used a small chest freezer sealed at the seams, full of water. He turns it on the day before he begins running to freeze about half the water. Then just leaves it running through the run. I thought it was pretty i...
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: Spirit run math

Well, as a lean master, you can continue to ask why until you arrive at the true root cause and alleviate that. There are many tools in the lean tool box to use. Seens the best for your predicament is the "fish bone" or Ishikawa diagram. Efficiency improvements are many, and in lean thinking, playin...
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 30 gallon copper pot
Replies: 24
Views: 387

Re: 30 gallon copper pot

That's a fine peice. I'd have a hard time resisting the urge to file, sand and polish it. That will bring you a lot of fine spirits.
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash and could use advise
Replies: 31
Views: 527

Re: First Mash and could use advise

River Rat wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:33 am
I think he's talking about calcium hydroxide lime, not the fruit lime. I was confused at first too.
Thanks. I was :wtf:
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: Spirit run math

Just because you have a 50 gallon fermenter doesn't mean you have to fill it to the top. It also doesn't mean you have to strip it all in one day. That's what 5 gallon buckets and lids are for. Do 25 gallon ferments. You'll get 20 gallons to strip giving you 5 gallons for a spirit run. Thats essenti...
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: new
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: new

It can't be said enough. Read, read and read some more before you buy. Understand what spirits you want to make, and what it takes to make them. How much time you want to dedicate to tending the still. What volumes you want to make. Have a good idea of these will help you decide what still is right ...
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: Spirit run math

You want faster? Get a bigger fermenter. Strip more every Saturday, and spirit run on Sunday. Start your next ferment while you tend the still during spirit runs.
5 gallon strips shouldn't take more than a couple hours heat on to recharging and turning heat back on.
by Deplorable
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Spirit run math
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: Spirit run math

There are two questions here. The answer to the first question you ask is "it depends". It depends on what you consider hearts cut for your aging cask. The answer to your 2nd question is also dependent on several factors. Such as potential abv of your ferment, how big your fermenter is, and how fast...
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My new design = Astro-21
Replies: 34
Views: 905

Re: My new design = Astro-21

Nice. Hows the product taste right off the coon pecker?

Is it performing as good as you had hoped?
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Oak and whiskey
Replies: 112
Views: 30408

Re: Oak and whiskey

Do you have a suggestion for a high end bourbon you think I will appreciate that doesn't contain the heads? H_L check out Whiskey Tribe on YouTube for recommendations on store-bought stuff. When you see their whiskey vault, you'll be jealous... (I know I was) I haven't bought any for myself yet, bu...
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Looking at recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Looking at recommendations

If you plan to use that on the kitchen stove, the ceiling height is going to be your limiting factor on height. What do you want to make with this still?
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 438

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

So plastic is ok if it does not come in direct contact with the alcohol? I'm just kind of wondering what everyone is using to seal up their carboys during storage? I just put a peice of cellophane or foil over mine for storage. It's l only in there for a week or two until can get to the spirit run....
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash and could use advise
Replies: 31
Views: 527

Re: First Mash and could use advise

Lime juice is going to take it the wrong direction making it more acidic. Read up on pH crashes in a sugar wash. Use the Google search at the top of the page.
Read until your eyes bleed. Everything in this hobby takes time, including the learning.
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Berserk's 3x3" bubble plate build
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Berserk's 3x3" bubble plate build

That solder may be unsightly, but it's nothing you can't clean up with a file and some time. Nice work. I'm sure each peice will get progressively better looking.
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash and could use advise
Replies: 31
Views: 527

Re: First Mash and could use advise

Oh, one more thing. Put a peice of tape over that thermometer. Learn to run your still without it. Listen to your still, feel where the heat is in the column. Smell the spout, you'll know when its about to start producing. Then feel, and smell the out put. Rub it between your fingers, smell it, rub ...
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash and could use advise
Replies: 31
Views: 527

Re: First Mash and could use advise

Once fermentation is complete on a sugar wash, (noted by consistant readings on a hydrometer over a few days) the suspended solids will fall to the bottom of the fermenter. It will not get "clear". I let my washes sit a couple of days to settle out the yeast trub. AG mashes and sugar heads, sit long...
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Looking at recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Looking at recommendations

How big of a boiler? Im looking to build a mini version of my 2" CCVM on a 3 gallon boiler using 1.5 copper pipe, for making small batches in the kitchen, but I think column height required to reach azeo is going to be a constraint. A stove top still will be pretty limited in height. My 2" column is...
by Deplorable
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Today's a good day not still related
Replies: 11
Views: 199

Re: Today's a good day not still related

That is a good day! Hopefully neither of teh guns has been molested. M1 Garands in good shape are getting precious.