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by JesseMarques
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Essential Oils
Topic: Vacuum distillation...experiment results and silly question.
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: Vacuum distillation...experiment results and silly question.

actually water is suitable for extracting oil, when you steam distill plant material water vapor can carry molecules with higher BP. The OP seems to know that, as it is wanted to get an hidrosol water with oil on top, but he doesn't have it
by JesseMarques
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Stilling questions
Topic: Freeze distill before heating?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Freeze distill before heating?

Quality wise, I don't see the difference with strip runs. They also concentrate everything, good and bad. Strip do not concentrate a lot of higher chain/heavier molecules, jacking mostly removes water, nothing else You would lost a lot of alcohol in tails (sooner tails and probably longer heads also)
by JesseMarques
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Blue distillate: Is it safe to inhale?
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Blue distillate: Is it safe to inhale?

Copper is a heavy element, it requires a lot of energy to volatilize, so if you aren't drying it to powder to sniff it, it's safe to smell the distilate
by JesseMarques
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Using a Baine Marie
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Using a Baine Marie

zapata wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:21 pm
My steam jacket extends above the level of wash so I get some cooked on mess just above the wash level. If I were designing one from scratch I'd make just a half or 1/3 jacket. But it's fine. Way better than dealing with straining.
good tip :thumbup:
by JesseMarques
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Basic Distillation 101
Replies: 111
Views: 135281

Re: Basic Distillation 101

I don't believe that. Some Whiskys give me a headache before I finish the glass. The last Scotch I sampled, two fingers woke me up with a headache around 2am. I've read many posts from distillers about about the differences in hangovers from home distilled products compared to commercial, plus my e...
by JesseMarques
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets
Replies: 35
Views: 824

Re: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets

If silicone has a low toxicity but less resistance to chemical attack and ptfe has a known carcinogen but is much more resistant to chemical attack, then the latter is the better choice as far as I'm concerned. My gasket supplier's PTFE is manufactured in Italy. But what happens after the attack? t...
by JesseMarques
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Basic Distillation 101
Replies: 111
Views: 135281

Re: Basic Distillation 101

My takeaway: Run into at least a dozen jars. From those jars choose a blend that you like. Early and late jars may taste bad on their own, but they may be needed to round out the flavor of the blend, so try them in your sample blends. I save the heads and tails together with new or used oak dominoe...
by JesseMarques
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets
Replies: 35
Views: 824

Re: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets

I'm new here, also have this question, but what I've figure it out here is that it is not recomended because of the lack of information about human health safety using different gaskets in distillation
by JesseMarques
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 47
Views: 889

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

A question has not yet been answered in the comments: could I use an external steel boiler (not stainless steel)? I guess you could, mostly because you want to build something you can disassemble, so you'll be able to constantly monitor the health of your external boiler. If vapor leaks are easy to...
by JesseMarques
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

If you like a clear spirit with fruit flavor try putting real fruits in your neutral and redistill it. I also never did it, but looks like some guys here does it You mean adding fruits at the spirit run? This is doable? I wouldn't unless the boiler is jacketed, if you have a gin basket or a thumper...
by JesseMarques
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

never did it, but I don't think so You may sense the artificiality because real fruits have more than it's caracteristic flavor. It's a countless number of molecules that can play some role in our senses. If you like a clear spirit with fruit flavor try putting real fruits in your neutral and redist...
by JesseMarques
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE
Replies: 47
Views: 889

Re: Cheap and simple BAIN MARIE

Why not get a thumper and steam it out A 15 .5 keg is easy to build I do all grains and some fruit with a thumper Better then straining or mop bucketing This may sound like a good idea for OP needs, it's the easiest way to avoid leaks, it's very versatile and you can use water just in the first str...
by JesseMarques
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Another stripping run question
Replies: 25
Views: 625

Re: Another stripping run question

Thats all very weird, none of your data adds up. I should not be possible to get 72% ethanol even on foreshots from a 10% wash in a pot still, you would need closer to 30% in the boiler. At 63 degrees there should be no output but where you thermowell is located that could just be lag, 85C is close...
by JesseMarques
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?

I would try this:
put this in some vessel to keep for a while.
Brew the same recipe and distill the same
add the white dog and try proportions, you may end up with something to your taste
you could also keep putting the bacth into the barrel to try extract the excessive flavor
by JesseMarques
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331393

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I'm guessing your jaggery is made traditionally over fire, not industrially under vacuum... I thought jaggery or panela is always made that way, i.e. in big steel pots over fire and no vacuum. In Brasil we call "rapadura" instead of panela, always boiled over fire, tradicionally wide copper pots, l...
by JesseMarques
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jaggery/panela rum
Replies: 10
Views: 322

Re: Jaggery/panela rum

Thx, I had read your cachaca thread already! :) I will be sure to try without adding yeast You can start a small batch with 1030 og just to grow more yeast doing 2 or more 3 propagations, then you put these yeast to ferment your bigger batch in one shot, you can achieve full fermentation within 18h...
by JesseMarques
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: First rum
Replies: 22
Views: 641

Re: First rum

ideasinbeer wrote:
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:23 am
Colour me curious...

Why the cane sugar AND molasses?
I don't know why he did the choice, but probably because white sugar is cheap and molasses has the flavor and nutrients
by JesseMarques
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Gelatinization table
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Gelatinization table

Continued heating with excess water causes more amylose, and even amylopectin, to leach, and increases viscosity of solubilized starch until the whole granule is completely soluble at 120C. Degree of solubilization and gelatinization depends on final temperature at which starch is exposed and not o...
by JesseMarques
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jaggery/panela rum
Replies: 10
Views: 322

Re: Jaggery/panela rum

Chill-Stillin wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:26 am
Wow, will try next time. May seek your help/advice when the time comes.
I'll be glad to help!
by JesseMarques
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jaggery/panela rum
Replies: 10
Views: 322

Re: Jaggery/panela rum

Thx, I had read your cachaca thread already! :) I will be sure to try without adding yeast next time, though I would be a bit worried as it also very humid here and would not want the juice souring due to long fermentation time with the natural yeast. With the bakers yeast it took about 32 hours an...
by JesseMarques
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jaggery/panela rum
Replies: 10
Views: 322

Re: Jaggery/panela rum

Thx, the 80% is from what I gathered on HD, the label says carbohydrates 98.96gms of which total sugars 98.13gms per 100. Am trying without nutrients for the panela. The fresh juice was hit with bakers yeast only. Have to wait 10 months for next years fresh sugarcane juice, until then this awesome ...
by JesseMarques
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Jaggery/panela rum
Replies: 10
Views: 322

Re: Jaggery/panela rum

Your hydrometer is ok. I believe the label is also ok. If it is around 80% m/m carbohydrates and 98% is fermentable so you have 78,4% fermentable sugars 78,4% * 77 (from 1.077) = 60,36 --> 1,06036 sg As you are using panela sugar and dunder you end up with a lot of unfermentables in your wash. Go by...
by JesseMarques
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Brown vs. White Sugar results
Replies: 36
Views: 1208

Re: Brown vs. White Sugar results

Once I saw it in the supermarket, it already had a strong aroma even with closed packaging and had a "pasty" consistency in the sense that if you press with your fingers, the mark remains. Do you confirm this? That sounds like what we call brown sugar here ... IE. its caster sugar with molasses mix...
by JesseMarques
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash bill versus blending single grain wines/spirits.
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: Mash bill versus blending single grain wines/spirits.

Basicly Doing 3 then 2 will give you a guide on where to start with 4 Doing 3 will tell you how you like the 100% version of each grain There are few shortcuts and everyone's tastes are different I agree, blending after spirit run would give you a hint on how to start a grist bill, but hardly would...
by JesseMarques
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Copper in the boiler
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: Copper in the boiler

I don't know the real need of copper as heating diffuser, but I've never used an element in my still. Also I believe that you'll need nucleation sites only if your boiler is polished like a mirror. Any scratch inside will function as nucleation site, at least that's my experience with boiling water ...
by JesseMarques
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: How to determine thumper size?
Replies: 75
Views: 19476

Re: How to determine thumper size?

Borosilicate glass, bro. "Borosilicate glass is a type of glass with silica and boron trioxide as the main glass-forming constituents. Borosilicate glasses are known for having very low coefficients of thermal expansion (≈3 × 10−6 K−1 at 20 °C), making them more resistant to thermal shock than any ...
by JesseMarques
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Brown vs. White Sugar results
Replies: 36
Views: 1208

Re: Brown vs. White Sugar results

In the U.S. brown sugar is indeed the same as white sugar with molasses added back in, as mentioned above. But in other places of the world, it's "unrefined sugar" which still has the molasses naturally left in it. I could be wrong. Like I said, just a fuzzy memory of reading about the same topic e...
by JesseMarques
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Brown vs. White Sugar results
Replies: 36
Views: 1208

Re: Brown vs. White Sugar results

Setsumi said it right, brown sugar has some unfermentables that contributes to sg, lots of minerals, etc.
If you take only this to compare, brown is faster due to the presence of nutrients for yeast, but if you provide lots of yeast, it may not make much difference
by JesseMarques
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Are my pitch rates bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1682

Re: Are my pitch rates bad?

8Ball wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:39 pm


JesseMarques, my apologies. I incorrectly assumed you started this thread. Cheers.

🎱
No problem, I kinda stole his thread :lol:
by JesseMarques
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Are my pitch rates bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1682

Re: Are my pitch rates bad?

And unfermented stuff was my first guess, I prefer to use the word “unfermenable“ . It is all the organic stuff that has made its way through the sugar refining process but contains nothing that will ferment . “Unfermented “implies stuff that is fermentable but didn’t ... IE , the wash stuck before...