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by Fastill
Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2125
Views: 523081

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Birdwatcher, I am assuming that you are getting all the purity you want in your run without lots of carbon filtering and polishing?? Also at the first night did you let the still run while you slept? I am not questioning safety, you know your stuff, just wondering because I want to know if it is saf...
by Fastill
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A Nixon Stone Still
Replies: 40
Views: 111614

Re: A Nixon Stone Still

I am new to both the forum and the distillation process. My question in looking at the various designs is that some are completely closed such as the design of the internal reflux still, however your design is open at the top of the condenser. I think I understand that the cool water will force the...
by Fastill
Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Wine

Nothing wrong with a taste of wine now and then. I enjoy a bottle once in a while and have been known to make some pretty good wine from some of the local berrys.
Sounds like a trip I would have enjoyed. I also love German food.
by Fastill
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first everything
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Re: My first everything

Sure sounds familiar... I just ran my new 15 gal. S.S. beer barrel, 40"x2" column, offset head for the first cleaning runs this weekend and had the same results on second run with sugarwash low wines (1 Gal. added to 8 gal. of water). The clean, pure end results are amazing, I may never go back to b...
by Fastill
Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:35 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: 100% Molassas Wash?
Replies: 11
Views: 2077

Re: 100% Molassas Wash?

Specific gravity would be so high that I don't believe any yeast could live in it.
by Fastill
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: favorite mixed drink
Replies: 210
Views: 71015

Re: favorite mixed drink

My step-grandfather, God rest his soul, Always said, " Don't ruin good Whisky with anything but water... I live by this statement!!!! Bourban and MY spring water is my favorite, by far the best. Good spring water will sweeten the taste of any drink and I have an unlimmited supply of the sweetest, cl...
by Fastill
Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Strength Of Craft Spirits
Replies: 8
Views: 1085

Re: Strength Of Craft Spirits

I have been leaving all of my drinking stuff at 50% instead of 40%. If you mix it, just use less, and if your friends don't like an clean buzz with no hangover, find new freinds..... these don't know what's good for them :) But always remove ALL of the methenol! This shit is Poison and doesn't belon...
by Fastill
Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Modified Lemon reflux
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Modified Lemon reflux

He must be talking about a Bob Lennon still design.
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: side tracked
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Re: side tracked

""trick is you have to pull the dandelions before they flower or they go bitter."" with what Iv seen you cut off all the greens and just use the flowers. :lol: Yep, he's making wine, not salad.... Although... I have made cooked green salad with dandelion greens, and although you can't get drunk, it...
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??
Replies: 19
Views: 1060

Re: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??

Sorry I thought your uncles potstill would have been bigger, if its not I would stick with the keg, it will make cuts easier. OD Nope, It's old, it's small, and its copper, and it's on loan. :( All I can hope for is to have it willed to me as I am the only one to use it in the last 40 years. I hope...
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??
Replies: 19
Views: 1060

Re: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??

[You could always use th 1/2 barrel for a thumper. :D :D :D :D

OD[/quote]
15 gallon thumper for a 3 gallon potstill????
The math just doesn't work out.. :lol:
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Oak and Tea Leaves?
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Re: Oak and Tea Leaves?

There's a fair bit of tannins in tea, I'm not sure how that would taste in your spirit. :? On the parent site, there was a link about chemicals in oak and when they discussed tannins it seemed that they have a favorable effect in that they help the spirits Oxigenate, aiding in the flavor profile. I...
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??
Replies: 19
Views: 1060

Re: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??

Yer lookin' for shortcuts. Shortcuts are gonna mean that you will be drinkin' inferior spirits. If yer havin' problems with lettin' yer product age ya need more fermenters... As any hobby I start, I go overboard right from the start, I am having a hard time keeping up with all the ferments I have g...
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: side tracked
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Re: side tracked

He's making dandelion wine instead of likker. It's spring time and the weeds will be covering every cemetary, football field and lawn yellow for the next month.
Properly made, some of the best tasting wine one can make.
by Fastill
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: which still??
Replies: 19
Views: 775

Re: which still??

well im going with 4.2 lbs of corn and 4.2 lbs of sugar with 3 gallons of water to start fermenting is this to much for the 3 gallon still or how full do i fill it? and its a recipe for a sour mash sooo... If you start with 3 gal. of water, the corn will soak up almost a gallon of that, and you wan...
by Fastill
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: which still??
Replies: 19
Views: 775

Re: which still??

Go to the tried and true page for sugar wash recipes and if you have access to corn look real hard at UJSSM recipe. This is an old recipe that has stood the test of time and if you have any problems with it, it didn't cost an arm and a leg to try, not much time invested and it ferments well, fast.
by Fastill
Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 1820 Glass
Replies: 20
Views: 539

Re: 1820 Glass

Hot water in your sink with 1-2 tablespoons of bleach will kill anything in the bottles for now and if you fill 'em with 120 proof that will sterilize them for sure. Just make sure you rinse "all" the bleach water out with more hot water before using them. I am currently using some pre-depression er...
by Fastill
Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Water
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Re: Water

[I'd still like to know what the best water for mashing would look like. Ozzie[/quote] It would look like your finished product, clear as glass. Iron is a big problem in my area and the water in some areas here can smell like sulfer. If you take your water and put it in jugs and refridgerate it will...
by Fastill
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Price of Grain
Replies: 25
Views: 4136

Re: Price of Grain

$9.50 for 100 lbs. of very clean whole corn.
Knock off .35 cents if I remember to bring back the feed bag from the last 100 lbs.
I am surrounded by corn fields :P
by Fastill
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Have to share this story
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: Have to share this story

Now that was worth the time to read.
I can relate to many parts of your story!
(Just wish one of my fathers best friends would leave me a barrel full of +20 year old :) )

Great story!!
by Fastill
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??
Replies: 19
Views: 1060

Re: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??

My local brew shop sells these little bottles of flavoring to add to nutral, and I have seen them talked about here, but for one little bottle of "Bourbon" or "Tenessee" flavoring they want 4-5 bucks. I thought maybe this would be a cheaper way to quicken up some of the aging and flavoring while the...
by Fastill
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??
Replies: 19
Views: 1060

Re: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??

But remember, If it starts better, it should finish better. My goal is not to duplicate but to influence the direction the flavor goes during aging. I have nothing against what I have done so far, although it is still pretty "green", it is just a thought to maybe help with the aging and oaking proce...
by Fastill
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Adding store bought spirits for flavor??
Replies: 19
Views: 1060

Adding store bought spirits for flavor??

I was wondering if anyone ever used their favorite brand of whiskey, or bourbon, in small amounts to aid in flavoring their spirits prior to aging? Maybe if getting ready to age a gallon of UJSSM add some Beam or J.D. with oak to help influence the direction the flavor goes with aging. Maybe a cup t...
by Fastill
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: redstar wine yeast
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: redstar wine yeast

I have used redstar Pasture Red for making berry wines and and it is a slow fermenting yeast. Usually 10-14 days for main ferment and over 30 days for settling out and for co2 production to stop. . I don't know what wash you made or what nutrients you used but in a plain sugar wash it could take up ...
by Fastill
Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Smell/taste of an allgrain
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: Smell/taste of an allgrain

Well, I ran this corn mash on a stripping run and it turned out good. In fact the middle of the strip had a very pleasant taste to it, a slight hint of the sour smell on the tales, but a very small yield compared to stuff I have done up to this all grain. The backset has a very sour smell to it but ...
by Fastill
Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Is this oak or did I buy the wrong thing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1104

Re: Is this oak or did I buy the wrong thing?

The end grain does look like red oak. I have 600 board feet of it cut up in my shed. If it was Reclaimed or salvaged wood, It may have been sunk in water for many years to get the dark grain shown in pic 2. Otherwise red oak is very light in color compared to mahogony or walnut, and could be a possi...
by Fastill
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Smell/taste of an allgrain
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: Smell/taste of an allgrain

Well, Kind of good news I hope.. Tonight I took off the lid and gave her a good whiff and the foul smell is loosing its strength and it is being replaced with the nose burning smell of alchahol being produced. It is bubbling away and no scum or film on top. I am frementing in food grade plastic but ...
by Fastill
Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Smell/taste of an allgrain
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Smell/taste of an allgrain

I have done grain mashes with corn, malted barley and sugar and they always smelled like sweet wine and tasted sweet untill done, then turned sour, but still smelled very pleasant. I have used a recipe alot like what is called a UJSM around here. I have recently tried an allgrain without using sugar...
by Fastill
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Just saying Hi
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Just saying Hi

New guy posting but have been surfing this and the parent site for some time now. Cooking likker has been in my family for many generations and I have some questions that my deseced ancestors can't answer. It skipped a generation ahead of me so I need to start from scratch. This seems like the best ...