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by mtnwalker2
Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone make essential oils?
Replies: 25
Views: 8729

Steve, I am planning an acre or two of different herbs to grow and extract oils from this summer, so have been doing a lot of research. But also for your purpose, not just the oil, but the condensed water will still be highly impregnated with those aromas and could be used as well. The pure oils you...
by mtnwalker2
Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Immersion Heater Element
Replies: 6
Views: 2004

Is it an actual short, (burnt element). I've found circuit breakers wear out after so many years or trips, and a 25 amp breaker will trip with a 15 amp load, or the beginning load, which is sometimes higher. Just a thought to check on.
by mtnwalker2
Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:22 pm
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: experiment stuff
Replies: 13
Views: 5112

Is that horse dead, or have you hit it yet :?:

Sometimes you have to use a 2 X 4 to get their attention :!:
by mtnwalker2
Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Prune wine for ageing
Replies: 1
Views: 1110

Prune wine for ageing

Overnight ageing? I came across this most interesting article in Malt Madness or maniacs? and how this was used in whiskey ageing in the 18oo's and until the passage of the 1915 laws requireing definative minimum times for the ageing process. Really sounds like something the home distiller might cou...
by mtnwalker2
Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:02 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 123400 has them cheap!
by mtnwalker2
Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Ginger root as a source of a-Amylase enzyme ???
Replies: 15
Views: 8373


Who knows, a creme de ginger might make you famous and rich? Or a creme de bannana pith?
by mtnwalker2
Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: distilling on the grain
Replies: 55
Views: 16907

Read in a post a good while back, a design for an oil heater for the bottom of a keg. No it was not sealed, but had an expansion release tube attached up the side of the keg, and then away. This was only for emergencies, as say peanut oil, with boiling temps above 385 deg. F could do the trick at mu...
by mtnwalker2
Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Ginger root as a source of a-Amylase enzyme ???
Replies: 15
Views: 8373

Thanks Guys,

I really don't like the flavor of Ginger either- a left over from cheap fruit cakes hand down- present to present, when I was a kid.

I will take your advice and forego this ginger root experiance.

Thanks for the warnings!
by mtnwalker2
Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Ginger root as a source of a-Amylase enzyme ???
Replies: 15
Views: 8373

My mother has a bed of ginger, about 10 by 20' that is now about 60 years old continious. I would appreciate hearing more of its potential before I visit her next month. Her plants are almost 6 1/2 feet tall and healthy.

also, how to prepare and preserve them for later use?
by mtnwalker2
Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 766709

This is a copy of a reply I just sent on another forum (in respons of how to make moonshine, easy). It has an interesting twist that may or may not turn out so good, but is looking very promising. Will update results- good or bad! I think the following link will take you to the UJSM site of home dis...
by mtnwalker2
Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:26 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Smells methoey
Replies: 30
Views: 16191

Hello all, Did all the above, and really helped. However, one trick I found that helped as much as any, was after the stripping run, toss in a large handful of pure bakeing soda, shake, and let sit awhile. I do 3 50 L stripping runs useing propane and a beer keg. Store on soda until time for a spiri...
by mtnwalker2
Wed Dec 27, 2006 4:29 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Millet whisky
Replies: 35
Views: 10678

Millet whisky

I was just reading Ian Smiley's book about corn whiskey, and came across this: "Millet is a cereal grain that is very commonly used in home whiskey making, and is contended by many distillers to make the best whiskey of all the grains...." Being a very soft grain of 55% starch and a 10 minutemash at...
by mtnwalker2
Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Birch vodka
Replies: 14
Views: 10944

Hello Watershed and Merry Christmas, I have several hundred mature Birch trees, silver and black that I had been thinking of tapping for almost the last year. When do you tap and collect the sap? Is it like sugar maples when the sap first begins to flow in Feb. or therabouts, or in early spring just...
by mtnwalker2
Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: after wash is done ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1062

I set 2 washes 25 L buckets outside last night to start them settling. It was rather cold, and there were a lot of slushy iscevergs floating on the top this morning. These were 17.5% washes. Wouldn"t this be almost all water and no alch. and therefore reasonable to toss and concentrate for stripping...
by mtnwalker2
Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: About those dreaded plastic containers
Replies: 31
Views: 6534

Hello runningkind,

12 qt jugs would be perfect for me also.

Would you share where you can find them? I have been looking in the stores around here, but with no luck.

Thanks, and a fantastic Christmas to you and all!
by mtnwalker2
Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: "old" pear wine brandy (questions)
Replies: 14
Views: 4842

Husker, If your original distillate is pretty good as reported,meybe age it and enjoy, and like an above post suggested, put all the balance into a crock pot, with a (small) hand full of red hots candy, sugar to taste, slight touch of allspice, simmer till thickened like apple butter, age over toast...