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by Justinthunder
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New malts
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: New malts

My malt house said I can return them no problem for a couple bags of base malts, they have a very nice smelling oats one and some different wheats and barleys, just shows there is something new to learn every second in this hobby, and malt doesn’t necessarily mean malt.
by Justinthunder
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New malts
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: New malts

These malts are totally new to me and the malt guy didn’t really tell me anything when I bought these, I have only dabbled in malted rye and barley, so these have no sugars to convert? I checked out the chocolate sundae recipe, this is more for flavoring because it has no sugars? Because if that’s t...
by Justinthunder
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New malts
Replies: 4
Views: 114

New malts

Even though I still have 10kg of malted white wheat, 10kg of Vienna malted barley and 10kg of Munich malted barley, today I visited a new malt house and couldn’t help myself but purchase some more malt, there was a big price break at a 23kg bag for 75$ cad so I bought a bag of Black bear and a bag o...
by Justinthunder
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: UJJSM leftovers are infected. Throw everything and start from scratch?
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: UJJSM leftovers are infected. Throw everything and start from scratch?

How does one get an infection like this, what steps could one take to try and avoid something like this? The pictures I seen on google looked like mold and was disgusting
by Justinthunder
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 471

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

I use handles for my car boys but I lift them with my arms and then use the handle to guide where I want the chugging to happen lol
by Justinthunder
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Filtering your mash
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Filtering your mash

I always filter my mash before I run it, you can use a paint bag or a cheese cloth, some people here use a mop bucket to squeeze the bag, you can hang it over night, I use a combination of a bag and a double mesh strainer,
by Justinthunder
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mile High Flute Run
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: First Mile High Flute Run

I have a copper pot still and my sac run after my vinegar run always comes out blue for a jar, would I drink anything after a blue jar, hell no, to each their own but I wouldn’t drink anything from a sac run
by Justinthunder
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 910

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

F76CCC40-0264-4A63-9869-567B6345D383.jpegI bought this mill off of Amazon I paid around 100$ I think. I buy 50lb bags of cracked corn from our local feed store and this mill turns it into a nice powder, I have milled corn, barley, rye and wheat in it so far, it takes like an hour to do 20lbs, it’s ...
by Justinthunder
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 910

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

F76CCC40-0264-4A63-9869-567B6345D383.jpeg I bought this mill off of Amazon I paid around 100$ I think. I buy 50lb bags of cracked corn from our local feed store and this mill turns it into a nice powder, I have milled corn, barley, rye and wheat in it so far, it takes like an hour to do 20lbs, it’s...
by Justinthunder
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4389
Views: 780628

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Fair enough, I only ask because I always strip 20 gallons of my
Ag mash and then do a spirit run, I was just curious about this sugar “wash” I’m not too familiar with it.
by Justinthunder
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4389
Views: 780628

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Would it be beneficial to do a stripping and a spirit run for a ujssm? My wife likes a more neutral spirit but I have a pot still so I’d like to still do a little corn, mainly why I chose this recipe, I will also be using bread yeast. Is the back set okay to freeze? My wife doesn’t drink like I do s...
by Justinthunder
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Carrying on tradition
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Carrying on tradition

Hopefully the more experienced guys will chime in for you but in the mean time here I am. You could start with buying a sugar hydrometer so you can get your OG and then your FG. It definitely helps you know how much alcohol you will get and also if your mash is ready to distill. Your tails will get ...
by Justinthunder
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.
Replies: 148
Views: 3837

Re: My first.

It’s weird but to me no matter what kind of mash or wash I run, off the still smells like bananas to me, mind you I’ve only made sugar washes and grain mashes but fresh off the still is always bananas.
by Justinthunder
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: List of trusted stills/ builders
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: List of trusted stills/ builders

I found an bought my pot still before I found this forum, through this forum I learned the size of the equipment I had even though worked was not suitable for my still. I also learned about the cleaning and sac runs which thank god I found here, I would’ve never known. Just wish I would’ve found thi...
by Justinthunder
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I was going along all well and fine ... then BAM flooded the thumper !!!
Replies: 14
Views: 437

Re: I was going along all well and fine ... then BAM flooded the thumper !!!

I done just as many runs as you so I am no expert, I think you may have too much liquid in your thump, I always use heads and tails from previous runs but if you’re using your wash I would recommend heating it up in your boiler and then dumping a couple gallons into a bucket and putting the pre heat...
by Justinthunder
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can’t wait for winter to be over
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: Can’t wait for winter to be over

I have 40kg of cracked corn, 10kg of malted white wheat, 5kg of Vienna malted barley and 5kg of Munich malted barley, just waiting to be distilled lol, I just need the weather to be a little warmer so I can keep my garbage cans in the mudroom, it’s semi heated so as long as I wrap with a blanket it’...
by Justinthunder
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Can’t wait for winter to be over
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Can’t wait for winter to be over

It’s -40c here right now in Alberta. I managed to do a rye run last month. My wife told me that was the last time and that this is a summer hobby, she didn’t enjoy me fermenting in the house and then washing my still and everything in the bath tub. I got a new garbage can so I can now ferment 20 gal...
by Justinthunder
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Barley vs Corn flavors in whiskey - what is best?
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Barley vs Corn flavors in whiskey - what is best?

I personally do a 20lb grain and 10 gallon of water mash, I always do at least 50% corn, this is my preference but the nice thing about corn is because it’s sweet you don’t need the sugar. You get the sugar and good flavor from the corn. I would suggest you get a grain mill and mill cracked corn, th...
by Justinthunder
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Brandy
Replies: 8
Views: 293

Re: Brandy

I made a brandy from apples and cherries, I aged it for 4 months with oak, cinnamon and vanilla, I took the oak and cinnamon out around a month cause I wasn’t sure if it would over power, this weekend I drank it for the first time. I mixed it with coke and ice and wow I was very impressed and couldn...
by Justinthunder
Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzymes vs malt
Replies: 55
Views: 1666

Re: Enzymes vs malt

I just did a rye where I milled it very fine, my entire wash was cloudy the whole time, the rye instantly clogged and messed up my cheese cloth bag? I ended up pouring jug after jug into the double mesh strainer and swirling it around, after filtering it 3 times it was still cloudy and had rye float...
by Justinthunder
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Turbo Yeast, Birdwatchers and distillation questions
Replies: 24
Views: 431

Re: Turbo Yeast, Birdwatchers and distillation questions

I have no knowledge of a T500 but if you have a copper condenser I would highly recommend doing a 50/50 vinegar and water cleaning run followed by a sac run. Better safe than sorry. It honestly doesn’t take that long and it’s better than making something un drinkable.
by Justinthunder
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New copper still
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: New copper still

I would definitely use the keg you have as a boiler, buy a 7 gallon keg for a thump, buy some copper pipe from home Depot or any hardware store and build yourself a reflux still or a nice column to the thump and then a Liebig off of the thump, make sure to put a ball valve drain on both kegs to make...
by Justinthunder
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My First 2-Row Single Malt Whiskey
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: My First 2-Row Single Malt Whiskey

Did you use the bag method? Or just put the 2 row in the water and strain after ferment?
by Justinthunder
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New rig
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: New rig

Thanks for tips guys, I have those 3 stands I built that I will no longer be needing so I can put one under the Liebig. I don’t think I’ll need them for the hoses though, they will be aimed upwards to go into my new 50 gallon drum I’ll fill with water, I’m tired of having my tap cracked for the stil...
by Justinthunder
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Infusion and proofing
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Infusion and proofing

Sorry it’s called a digital hydrometer not electric, they are between 150-300$ To buy, you can actually see them use one on the newest episode of master distiller where they make high proof navy rum
by Justinthunder
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.
Replies: 148
Views: 3837

Re: My first.

Geeze where do you live? I just bought 10kg of malted wheat and 10kg of malted barley for 50$ and that’s Canadian lol
by Justinthunder
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Infusion and proofing
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Infusion and proofing

If you want to spend the cash you can get an electric hydrometer that will proof your alcohol no matter what is in it
by Justinthunder
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New rig
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: New rig

Awesome, I will try the same thing, I have a ton of jars and 1 quart per 10 gallon mash would be perfect as I make my mashes 10 gallons at a time. I have moved my set up from my super cold shop to my basement so I can now distill all year rather than just the summer.
by Justinthunder
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New rig
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: New rig

Yupp 50/50 water and vinegar followed by sac run, I was thinking of a quick 5g ujssm mash, I had a question with that recipe though, it says for future runs keep some of the backset and use that for the next mash. Could you apple this to others recipes? Could I use backset for my regular corn and ba...
by Justinthunder
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New rig
Replies: 8
Views: 267

New rig

First I’d like to thank everyone for their input last week on my questions about how to proceed with my set up, this is my new set up and my old one, I am very anxious for but also dreading a new vinegar/ sac run so I can get started distilling again 19523FAC-F234-4FD2-B4A9-5ECCA4BDBE2C.jpeg AC5168B...