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by Braz
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Should I add some more sugar?
Replies: 6
Views: 1107

Re: Should I add some more sugar?

I agree with Rad. Mine really slows down when the temp drops to 70 or less. I stuck a light bulb under the fermenter to keep the temp in the mid 70's at night when we turn the thermostat down. I also think 95 is a little hot for pitching the yeast. I know Wino's initial recipe post says that but lat...
by Braz
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

Re: My First Build

jackson98 wrote:nice job on it. i got a question im about to coil and make my condenser too, is that 1/4 tubing? also how much room is in the 2" after you put the condenser in ?
Thanks.

The coil is 1/4" OD tubing. There is about 1/8" clearance all the way around inside the 2" pipe.

Braz
by Braz
Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

Re: My First Build

First let me mention that winter sucks. Now that that is out of the way, Wednesday I was snowed in and couldn't get to work so I spent some time in the shop making a little Lebig condenser for my product takeoff tube. I had considered using end caps with holes drilled for the takeoff tube but while ...
by Braz
Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is hard water a problem?FIXED(scrubbers)
Replies: 28
Views: 1395

Re: Is hard water a problem?

I am not at all sure what the hardness of the water would do but it sounds like yours is seriously hard. What about going out and buying 5 gal or so of bottled water and making a batch of WPOSW with that? That would either confirm your suspicions or eliminate the water as the problem. I used to live...
by Braz
Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: new to the game
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: new to the game

Welcome, from one newguy to another. Before you buy a still, give a little thought to building one yourself. For me, and I think for a lot of people, building is a big part of the fun. I'm having a ball and I haven't distilled a drop yet. There are plenty of design ideas here and lots of friendly ad...
by Braz
Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: my first sugar wash
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: my first sugar wash

Two pounds of sugar for a one gal. wash sounds like a lot to me. Wino's Plain ol' Sugar Wash (in Tried & True) uses 8lb for a 6 gal. wash. My first attempt at a wash used the WPOSW recipe, cut in half, and was very successful. I now have a 5 gal. batch working and the little yeastie beasties are bui...
by Braz
Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

Re: My First Build

Well, I boiled my plugged up coil for about six hours and it just laughed at my efforts. So I started trying to think of a way I could connect it to a faucet in order to put pressure and water on it. I rummaged through all my stuff (I never throw away anything) but couldn't come up with a way to hoo...
by Braz
Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: WPOSW - Am I on the right track here?
Replies: 3
Views: 821

WPOSW - Am I on the right track here?

The still isn't finished and a blizzard is keeping me from making a needed trip to the hardware store. So let me spend some time talking about my first fermentation and soliciting advice as to what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong. This is Wino's Plain ol' Sugar Wash, cut to half the recipe ...
by Braz
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Glass Carboy or glass wine jug as pot still?
Replies: 38
Views: 39610

Re: Glass Carboy or glass wine jug as pot still?

For sealing if I dont want to do flour/water thing all the time and I dont want to get into soldering just yet is there any safe glue/caulk/epoxy to seal the lid as well as the column? Take a look at my post count. You'll see that I too am a rank novice. However, I am going to offer you some advice...
by Braz
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

Re: My First Build

Well, it has been a while. Life keeps getting in the way of fun. Time to try to wind a coil. I made several starts using a spring sleeve and it was hopeless. I'd either wrap and trap the spring around the pipe mandrel or I'd flatten and kink the tube. So I decided to fill the tube with salt. But how...
by Braz
Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Turbo Stomper Mustang Still???
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: Turbo Stomper Mustang Still???

If you'd rather buy than build, take a look at this thread:

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... =8&t=13692

I am currently building one that is a virtual twin to the one offered in that thread. I think I've already spent more on mine than the bid price on that one. :?

Braz
by Braz
Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:36 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New Build Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1658

Re: New Build Ideas

A lot of Chevy/GMC vans came with auxiliary rear heaters. These are a small (~6" x 6") floor mounted heater core with a fan and housing around them. I'd think you could snag one of these from an auto scrap yard for cheap. Might be just the ticket.

Braz
by Braz
Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: Moonshining in the Blue Ridge
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Moonshining in the Blue Ridge

Surfing around last night I came across an interesting site tracing the history of moonshining in the Virginia Blue Ridge. I did a search and I don't think it has been posted here before, so here it is. http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/moonshine/an_introductory_taste.html" onclick="window.open(this...
by Braz
Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cheap Mash recipe
Replies: 6
Views: 2775

Re: Cheap Mash recipe

In addition to Birdwatchers, take a look at Wineos simple sugar recipe http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... =14&t=6782

Braz
by Braz
Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Related Gas Accessories
Topic: Banjo Burner
Replies: 13
Views: 2052

Re: Banjo Burner

I think, if anything, Ill reinforce the existing burner and place it on some cement stepping stones to give extra clearance beneath it. Due to proximity of landlord, im forced to use this apparatus in my sun porch with a wooden floor. extreme care shall be taken You could also consider putting a co...
by Braz
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

Re: My First Build

heynonny wrote:I assume you got the 10' stick of copper?
Yep, I bought the whole thing. I figure it won't spoil and I'll probably find a use for it someday. :)

Braz
by Braz
Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

Re: My First Build

Well, I had decided on a Bok some time ago since the plans were so available and it has a good reputation, especially for novices. I'm thinking some sort of VM will come later down the road after I learn more. Had a good afternoon in the shop, except I got so involved in sawing 'n soldering I forgot...
by Braz
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Build
Replies: 33
Views: 9066

My First Build

After a few weeks of reading here, there and everywhere I am starting my first build. Since I am shooting for vodka and gin I decided on a 2" gas fired Bokakob. I ordered a Bayou burner and a 44 quart SS stockpot from Amazon and have been haunting the plumbing aisles of the local hardware stores. If...
by Braz
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: We're back up
Replies: 19
Views: 1033

Re: We're back up

Thanks to your Pops (and to you) for getting the site back up and running. Since I am brand new to the "sport" I was feeling somewhat abandoned the last couple days. The Big Brown Truck just dropped off a 44 qt. stainless steel pot and I've been soldering copper the last couple of evenings. It is co...
by Braz
Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: newborn baby boka...possible birth defect
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: newborn baby boka...possible birth defect

It will make a pretty big difference. If you have put slices INTO the bottom plate, then try to use a long threaded rod up from the bottom, and try to bend the tang down. H. And if that doesn't work you could cut the pipe a little below the plate and then put it back together with a copper fitting....
by Braz
Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Drox' Diary - Essential Extractor Pro SeriesII High Capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 1060

Re: Drox' Diary - Essential Extractor Pro SeriesII High Capacity

Always fun to read somebody else's diary. :lol: Hope you keep it going.

Braz
by Braz
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Feedback on my (soon to be) first still.
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Feedback on my (soon to be) first still.

Welding skill is not necessary, unless you are working with stainless. If you use copper you can get by with soldering using an inexpensive propane torch. A little practice with some copper pipe, fittings and a few bucks worth of lead free solder and you'll be soldering like a pro.

Braz
by Braz
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to the Art.
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: New to the Art.

Welcome (from another newguy). That is a pretty rig. What is the pot size?

Braz
by Braz
Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi Everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Hi Everyone

I've been occupying my spare time over the last few weeks reading this forum, the parent site and the yahoo groups site. It is almost information overload. I have also started to clean the garage/workshop - a big job. I have decided to build a 2" Bokakob for starters and have begun gathering parts a...
by Braz
Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: New Bokakob slant plate born
Replies: 35
Views: 4940

Re: New Bokakob slant plate born

Nightforce, Nice work! I am going to try to build a bokakob as my first still - as soon as I gather the materials. Couple of questions: What is the overall length of your column? I'm planning 42" using 2" pipe. Does that sound reasonable? Your thermometer fitting is between the two plates. Is that a...