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by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: Another in the Family Business
Replies: 3
Views: 2817

I would have locked the door till the story was finished.

I too wait to hear the later saga.
by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: New member introduction...
Replies: 5
Views: 1390

I also welcome you from the far side of the state, where we had snow yesterday. I love the history and lore of this hobby, and sounds like you might have some, and old recipes as well. Antiquated, perhaps, but should be kept alive as a part of our history. Old time stories? Share the old, while we a...
by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Tell us about your mistakes.
Replies: 1414
Views: 203907

Bohunk, Showing my age a bit, but that reminds me of old time medicine. The worse it smelled, the worse it tasted, the worse it felt going in (horse sized needles) the quicker you would feel good. Fortunately, thats for our still pot, and not our final feel good. Let the poor yeasts take the brunt. ...
by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: cooking cane juice
Replies: 22
Views: 5242

Hey Pint, I followed some of your earlier posts about useing sorghum, and have been thinking of planting an acre next spring. Lot of work, I know. If I can find a proper mill anyways- Not "horse" powered. Or do you think the chipped cane would work at cooler temps? I think you also mentioned about e...
by mtnwalker2
Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Fruit/Grape Press?
Replies: 39
Views: 6308

I am so disallusioned. I always thought the process was you put the grapes into a tub about a foot deep, and all the ladies would descend upon you to stomp your grapes. OUCH. I always thought they would make sure one of them got tripped, so you would have your yeast. Modern technology and machines h...
by mtnwalker2
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Good juniper berries?
Replies: 24
Views: 8501

We have some that are exactly 57 years old. I picked some last year, but didn't know how to use them, or if they were picked at the right time. They were already black when I picked them, and I figured they should've been still in the green stage? But now you all have me interested. I have been doin...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Replies: 13
Views: 8132

I am not going to expound on this very much, as its too late at night for me. Also, hopeing this will open the door for the more knowledgeable in this area. First, a distillate made from the basic fermentable sugzrs of mollasses et al. is not rum. Rum is a ongoing process like sour mah whiskey. It n...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: essential extractor pro II distillation problem
Replies: 11
Views: 2426

I find its a combination of the heat input, and the source water vollume and temps. A balanceing act. You need to control the volume of evapeorating gases exiting into the column first and foremost. Then the amount of reflux obtained from the water and temp. of the cross flow tubes. Very important t...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How do you keep your washes warm?
Replies: 27
Views: 4863

Sometimes you just to have to get practical. You and your wife snuggle up to it, hug it loveingly, with a great big warm hug, and it will perform like..... nuf said.
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Winery Leftovers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Ah! For a wine press. Time for me to get busy this winter and make one. Certainly a lot of incentive ideas going around this time of year.
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Winery Leftovers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2837

Skymeat, Read your other posts on still construction. Why not start with a simple pot still. I would be perfect for what you have. You could go from there later, but a reflux to make neutral out of what you have would be such a terrible waste. I run almost everything pot still mode now. Only use my ...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Geothermal heat pumps and condensor
Replies: 8
Views: 2817

Also, some power companies offer a discount when someone uses energy saveing devices
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Geothermal heat pumps and condensor
Replies: 8
Views: 2817

There is actually a tax credit for converting to geothermal to heat and cool your home. The energy saveing are more than 50%. The one we are installing in my sisters house, will also be connected to her hot water heater, and she will have free hot water when the air conditioner is running. Guess whe...
by mtnwalker2
Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: opening a legal distillery in the U.S.
Replies: 343
Views: 117365

~r~ p.s. be sure and put it in a cool bottle that we can reuse! Maybe the first case for drinking. second case for history, classic bottles and great labels, third shipment in a big ole barrel for years of ageing. Weekly shipings to top it off though. I like to share with the angels. Others ship fr...
by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: opening a legal distillery in the U.S.
Replies: 343
Views: 117365

I want several cases, sighned and numbered labels. Please put me on the schedule sheet. Heck, UJ you could presell a lot and recover costs of startup. Like an author selling books and sighning and autographing it. Since you are so sincere and dedicated to this, and basically almost a done deal, give...
by mtnwalker2
Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Geothermal heat pumps and condensor
Replies: 8
Views: 2817

Geothermal heat pumps and condensor

My son is a beginning contracter. Have been talking to him of useing only ground source geothermal heat pumps as it cuts costs to run so dramatically and almost free with tax credits. So an additional line down the same ditch, giveing off some heat, the condensor line, next to the heating line grabb...
by mtnwalker2
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper Pipe Size
Replies: 9
Views: 2144

Might want to make a slight change. He caught afire, burnt down, and when fire dept. arrived he got arrested. Sure dried up all the adjoining counties in 2 and more states. Worst drought on record. Couldn't even grow hay, corn or taters. Farmers were too parched.
by mtnwalker2
Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Any Cheesemakers?
Replies: 8
Views: 1440

Many years ago, we had our own (4) Jersey milkers. My wife made some great cheeses, and I had my own specialty. I love buttermilk, the only one that does just to drink, wife would use it to cook with, but hated the taste. Anyway, after the makeing of the buttermilk, which is nothing like the store b...
by mtnwalker2
Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Learning To Understand
Replies: 13
Views: 2501

Punkin, You're a man after my own heart. I have a piece of property I nor the kids will ever sell. I aim to build a large root celler- basement, buried, with a small hidden door safe. There to store my product with sighned labels, dates and perhaps a personal note. Kinda a time vault. A batch for ea...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Golden Pond
Replies: 26
Views: 26705

An eloquent gentleman that served most wonderfully as a link from modern illicit distillation to the traditional moonshiner in all his independent glory, wrapped in the history and the tradition of his trade, a final bastion against big brother stretching from the moonshine wars of Pennsylvania to ...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Iodine
Replies: 37
Views: 11874

I bought tincture of iodine last month and used it Sat.. Maybe, I will get another botlle or 5 to have in case. I'm an old timer, and iodine and merthiolate are the topical medications i swear by. Love to watch people squirm. As tjhe old doctors of note used to say, the worst it tasted, the more pai...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:50 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element Control
Replies: 1856
Views: 446315

Seems to me like the perfect pot would be an insulated hot water heater, with the top element for the quick boil and a controlled element below. I do everthing outside in the summer with propane, but the winter and winds are different. Pint O Shine, if you are going to market that controller, sign m...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 525214

How do you clear this mash when fermentation has finished? Do you just leave it to settle? This time of year where I live, I will set it outside in the 30's to settle the yeast overnight. Then bring it in to warmth to clear quickly. Deeper winter, I scoop off the pure ice on top and then bring in t...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Need advice about adding stuff to sugar/yeast only mash.
Replies: 28
Views: 4737

I made another 4 liter batch --- SG of 1.75 (roughly almost a kilo of white sugar), pH 4.5, 2 multivitamins, a good spoonfull of tomato paste and yeast. The hard part is waiting for the stuff to brew --- patience never was a virtue of mine. ;) Patience was never one of my virtues either. Thus, I ne...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Need advice about adding stuff to sugar/yeast only mash.
Replies: 28
Views: 4737

But isn't aeration required for the yeast to multiply? Whys stop aeration at this stage (2 days into it)? If youv'e been aerating for 2 days, you probably have a great yeast starter for the next runs, but probably not a whole lot of sugar left to make alch. I would check the SG at this point and ad...
by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: for medicinal use only
Replies: 33
Views: 14253

For sinus congestion, my Dad soaks a peppermint stick in Jack Daniel's for a bit then sips on it. It works pretty good, and it gives Jack Daniel's a reason to even stay in the liquor cabinet, the peppermint hides the taste of cheap whiskey :lol: Allright Defcon, time you give him a bottle of yours ...
by mtnwalker2
Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:25 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: yee haw! i did it!
Replies: 18
Views: 5449

Shadylane,

Use a bigger carboy or fermenter for this one. It is an explosive ferment and will foam a lot and come out unless there is enough head space. I always do this one in the bathtub just in case. Had it happen several times.
by mtnwalker2
Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: It all taste the same?????
Replies: 7
Views: 1684

jake wrote:Pint that was poetic.
it is art!! :D
look;smell;taste;feel!!
My wife has been trying to teach me that for years.
by mtnwalker2
Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Usung Glucoamylase enzyme and alpha-amylse enzyme
Replies: 12
Views: 7037

The gluco denatures at temps of 45° C and is best added with the yeast. I pitch distillers yeast with ag and have had almost 60% conversion of corn which looks like puffed rice the color of oatmeal. Rest of the corn is a dull yellow so some there also. This is for the first run of UJSM and other gra...
by mtnwalker2
Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:50 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: interesting "vodka"
Replies: 17
Views: 3343

At 300' ASL you should, i think, keep your temp at 76° and no higher for the hearts run? Least thats what I can recall in my foggy mind. Should last for the entire hearts run, and then its up to your taste and smell to decide when to stop adding tails. As soon as temp. changes, I collect into small ...