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by Braz
Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Rye bread whiskey
Replies: 441
Views: 96235

Re: Rye bread whiskey

For us Yanks, here's a source for the genuine Dutch rye that Odin uses. You can also get a pair of klompen (wooden shoes) there. You might want to wear them in the still shop in honor of Odin. http://thedutchstore.com/webstore/productinfo.aspx?itemno=04202&code=115&list=104A115&type=ITEMCATEGORY" on...
by Braz
Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Good Books...?
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Good Books...?

Here is an interned read you might enjoy. http://blueridgeinstitute.org/moonshine/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Braz
Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: 4 Distilleries allow to run during Prohibition?
Replies: 16
Views: 5972

Re: 4 Distilleries allow to run during Prohibition?

A very good book on the subject of prohibition is Last Call by Daniel Okrent.
by Braz
Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Sugar price check
Replies: 61
Views: 8097

Re: Sugar price check

My local Kroger has a sale - 4lb bag of cane sugar for $.99. I'm buying all they'll let me have.
by Braz
Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still
Replies: 19
Views: 4489

Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Gorgeous work!
by Braz
Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:32 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Down East Mag. Hobby Distilling Article
Replies: 2
Views: 601

Down East Mag. Hobby Distilling Article

Ran across this today. Interesting article that doesn't "sensationalize."

http://www.downeast.com/new-bootleggers/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Braz
Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Over the Counter "White Dog"
Replies: 120
Views: 11263

Re: Over the Counter "White Dog"

Far be it from me to defend a TV show, but Tim has been pretty consistent about claiming to use grains in his recipe. It's also been the same mod - adding a thumper. <edit - misread your 1st comment...> Tim doesn't look the type to me that would grasp enzymes - gotta be malt in there somewhere for ...
by Braz
Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:15 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Thanksgivings of Ole
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Thanksgivings of Ole

Enjoyed the reminiscence GA.
by Braz
Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Still production
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Still production

How high is a mouse when it spins?

Your question cannot be answered. We do not know the % of the wash/mash going in, the efficiency of the still, where and how you make the cuts, etc...
by Braz
Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 25
Views: 471

Re: Happy Thanksgiving

A happy Thanksgiving everyone. Even in tough times there remains much to be thankful for.
by Braz
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Craft Brandy
Replies: 9
Views: 2142

Re: Craft Brandy

There are lots of threads on various brandies. Have you done a search?
by Braz
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling Wine....yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 1273

Re: Distilling Wine....yes or no?

Maple syrup: I have put it in apple brandy when it goes into the barrel but be careful of the amount. One teaspoon per gallon seems to work for me. You don't want maple syrup flavored brandy after all. (Or do you?) Caramel color: I have used it to get the color of brandies or whiskeys to look right....
by Braz
Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: A gin basket for ~0.64 USD
Replies: 9
Views: 1201

Re: A gin basket for ~0.64 USD

I don't think there is near enough space to hold the volume of botanicals you will need.
by Braz
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cutting proof
Replies: 21
Views: 925

Re: Cutting proof

That us a much better way to explain the reaction. Well done Prairiepiss. Also, the reaction is exothermic which means it creates heat, but I don't know if it would be enough to need to adjust your hydrometer reading. Yes, it will generate quite enough heat to throw your readings off. I've seen 10+...
by Braz
Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Wanted:: Christian Brothers Brandy recipe
Replies: 17
Views: 1076

Re: Wanted:: Christian Brothers Brandy recipe

An easy place to start would be with the Welch's Grape Juice Concentrate wine recipe (available all over the net). Make a wine from that and distill it. If that works out you can get concentrate cheaper and in larger quantities from Grower's Co-op in New York (Google it). Snarky comment: I've had Ch...
by Braz
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Reading
Replies: 63
Views: 1972

Re: Reading

My book tastes are pretty eclectic. A series I'd recommend is Wendell Berry's novels about life in hard scrabble rural Kentucky. Titles include: Andy Catlett; Jayber Crow; That Distant Land; Hannah Coulter and others. Beautifully written.
by Braz
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heating with propane.
Replies: 18
Views: 1911

Re: Heating with propane.

Bayou Classic is way plenty enough for a 15 gal. keg. I have to turn it way down when running the Bok head to keep from flooding the column. A tip: check around at bulk propane dealers or RV/camper places. Some of them refill grill tanks for cheaper than the gas station/hardware store exchange place...
by Braz
Tue May 27, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Brand New interested party
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Brand New interested party

You might want to look into microwave aging (or nuclear aging). http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... =4&t=38991

I have used a variation of this method on my once-a-year apple brandy production and on a rye version of UJSSM with good results.

Welcome to the funhouse.
by Braz
Tue May 27, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Smoking grain on a pellet grill smoker?
Replies: 8
Views: 1057

Re: Smoking grain on a pellet grill smoker?

Too bad they don't make peat pellets.
by Braz
Sun May 18, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: New alcometer
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: New alcometer

Trust the new one.
by Braz
Mon May 05, 2014 3:47 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Accidental Moonshiner
Replies: 12
Views: 525

Re: Accidental Moonshiner

Recently, I’ve cobbed together an external worm out of copper tube and a five gallon plastic kitty litter bucket. I have a few apple and peach trees and I hope that by not running water through the internal condenser, I can come up with some decent fruit flavor this fall. You can't run a Bok that w...
by Braz
Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Feline Pine Gin
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Re: Feline Pine Gin

I would actually advise against using it for gin. I tried it once and while it tasted pretty good, after three martinis I had an overwhelming urge to lick my arms and legs.
by Braz
Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: A toast to Mom
Replies: 31
Views: 1047

Re: A toast to Mom

Add my condolences Woodshed. Wife and I both lost parents last year so I understand.
by Braz
Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Indiana
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Hello from Indiana

Welcome from another Hoosier. What part of the state are you in? Generally. Go ahead and source a 15.5g keg to start with. You'll end up with one sooner or later anyway. You can build a simple pot still head easily and that's what you want to make brandy for the wife and for stripping runs. For vodk...
by Braz
Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My first try
Replies: 33
Views: 2674

Re: My first try

FYI, I've been using the same teflon gasket in my tri-clamp connection for going on two years with no leaks.
by Braz
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: 21 Year Old Distiller
Replies: 4
Views: 402

Re: 21 Year Old Distiller

Gosh. First post and he knows he wants a flute.
And he knows what a flute even is?
Good job!
Took me many months of reading before I figured it out.
by Braz
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Flavor infusion basket
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: Flavor infusion basket

I doubt using an infusion basket with bananas will get the flavor pop you are looking for. I think you'd be better off adding a concentrated flavoring oil to your rum. They are used in candy making. A brand name is "LorAnn."
by Braz
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Bokabob Whiskey Runners, please advise on build
Replies: 14
Views: 1373

Re: Bokabob Whiskey Runners, please advise on build

This has using a 2 run process before oaking. I would ideally like to run whiskey in one run if its possible and get a clean spirit with flavor,
Seems to me it would be easier to add a thumper to your pot still and get effectively two runs in one.
by Braz
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apple Brandy Cuts Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: Apple Brandy Cuts Question

I make no claim to having THE answer, but my general target for apple brandy is to cut the first 20% as heads and the last 15% as tails. But I am not weded to those numbers and will adjust according to taste.
by Braz
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Soldering question
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Soldering question

Unless you have a whopping big soldering iron and pretty good skills, I'd say, no. In order to sweat solder joints you need to get a fairly large area pretty hot, and copper is really good at transferring heat from the hot area to the cooler area, sucking heat away from where you are trying to solde...