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by DFitz
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Help Splainin Me Sumptin
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Help Splainin Me Sumptin

Recently I started running my pot still. First Birdwatchers now rum. On this particular rum, I charge my 100qt boiler with 15 gal. of wash from a 30 gal. ferment and run my stripping run. This is no problem. I come away with about 5 gal of low wines from a 15 gal. charge. I run my second run (last o...
by DFitz
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Shopping for a propane burner
Replies: 12
Views: 1347

Re: Shopping for a propane burner

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This is the best price I've found on the net. Couldn't find it locally.
by DFitz
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Three Word Story
Replies: 6178
Views: 208058

Re: Three Word Story

but she wanted
by DFitz
Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Blackstrap vs Fancy Molasses showdown
Replies: 117
Views: 94296

Re: Blackstrap vs Fancy Molasses showdown

I stripped 25 gallons of fancy molasses wash Friday. Smells fantastic! I tossed 30lbs.of brown sugar into the backset, waited for it too cool to 85F and pumped it back into the fermentor on top of the yeast bed. It took off in minutes. Great deal this wash... I'll strip this run Monday evening and t...
by DFitz
Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: What's your stills name?
Replies: 224
Views: 24251

Re: What's your stills name?

I call mine Miss Cleo on account as she's always conjuring spirits... CALL ME NOW.... :lol:
by DFitz
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:50 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2135
Views: 538869

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I ran a cleaning run of 5 gallons in my pot still last night. After the first quart this stuff was smelling pretty sweet. Just for kicks I wanted to get an idea on the % so I went for my parrot.. Where did I put that damn thing??? I dunno says I... Anyway, had to do without.. I saved a 1/2 gallon of...
by DFitz
Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Blackstrap vs Fancy Molasses showdown
Replies: 117
Views: 94296

Re: Blackstrap vs Fancy Molasses showdown

Funny as it is, I started a 26 gallon wash using the fancy version of this "brand" yesterday afternoon and its fizzilin away this morning. It smells great. I'm looking forward to stripping next week when I return from my weekend.

Thanks Gingerbreadman!
by DFitz
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Peat Smoking Malted Barley
Replies: 19
Views: 4659

Re: Peat Smoking Malted Barley

I do have a feed grain mill about a mile or so from my home. I'll have to look into that.
by DFitz
Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Peat Smoking Malted Barley
Replies: 19
Views: 4659

Re: Peat Smoking Malted Barley

Prairiepiss wrote:Was that barley hulless? Or did it still have the hull?
At the Amish market? Yeah, still on the hull. I'll be using it, just not peat smoking it. Theres always beechnut, cherrywood, applewood and oak.... :lol:
by DFitz
Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Peat Smoking Malted Barley
Replies: 19
Views: 4659

Re: Peat Smoking Malted Barley

The best deal I found on peat so far was $125 for 25lbs. Doubtful I'd need 25lbs. I can get 30lbs of peated malt barley for $77. 2day shipping for $7. I'll probably just go wit de sto bot shit. I was at the Amish market and saw Barley for .81lb and thought it might be more reasonable to malt it and ...
by DFitz
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Peat Smoking Malted Barley
Replies: 19
Views: 4659

Re: Peat Smoking Malted Barley

I have some Irish turf(peat) and it is definitely different from gardening center peat(unless your garden center is also in Ireland..;) ) A pound of Irish Turf(peat) cost me about $10; well worth the cost, as a very small amount makes a lot of smoke. I'd love to find some Scottish peat, but no luck...
by DFitz
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Transporting a grain mash
Replies: 9
Views: 731

Re: Transporting a grain mash

The wife won't let me distill at home yet either.
Suits me fine cause I work away from home for weeks at a time. I use my motor home for work and distilling. After all, it's a recreation vehicle right? :D
by DFitz
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Peat Smoking Malted Barley
Replies: 19
Views: 4659

Peat Smoking Malted Barley

I have some sugar washes to perform yet but will be moving onto all grain. I want to malt and smoke some barley. I have reading a lot of material regarding barley but still have a lot of reading to do. Now for my my question is; Is the peat used the same as you would get say at a garden center? Also...
by DFitz
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: 1st Ferment

I think I got off lucky on me sugar deficit experience. After reading on the parent site about fermenting at high ABV, I figured all or nothing. I added another 15lbs of sugar and put the heat to the clearing 70 degree wash. I set the heater at 80 and stirred it hard about 4 or 5 times last night. N...
by DFitz
Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: 1st Ferment

I wouldn't have admitted that here in the forums... :shifty: Oh like nobody would catch on when I get 2 gal of spirits off a 25 gal. run?? :lol: It sure smells nice... Not campaigning, just king for a day! Just goes to show, some times the simplest things will snag ya... Yeah, ok,,, granted I shoul...
by DFitz
Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: 1st Ferment

Speaking of getting my bearing, Boy am I feeling stupid right at the moment. I stop by my local GFS for some supplies. I mean where else can you go for 8lbs. of yeast, 50lbs. of sugar and a couple more gallons of molasses and no one bats an eye. I love that place. Anyway, getting back to the stupid ...
by DFitz
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: lemoncello
Replies: 66
Views: 14480

Re: lemoncello

I think I will give this a shot as well if all comes out well for my spirit run next week.
by DFitz
Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: 1st Ferment

I agree with Jolly on NOT using the BW to do a cleaning run. Jug wine is also dual purpose, clean with the cheap wine & save the jugs for storage of your own stuff. "how much sugar to replace molasses" +3 DON"T waste good birdwatchers use some cheepy box wine :crazy: The thing is my wife being a co...
by DFitz
Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2135
Views: 538869

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I started this thing on the 1st. Still going strong. 70f temp probably. So I wait. My wash has held a steady 90 degree temp since it started. I noticed this morning the fizz was diminishing but the temp is still 90ish. I'm assuming it will be complete soon. I found my gravity readings to be closer ...
by DFitz
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: 1st Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 321

1st Ferment

I finished building my pot still last weekend and while I'll be doing a cleaning run using a vinegar/water mix I thought that running a batch of Birdwatcher's neutral for a sacrificial alcohol run would be a good choice. (no offence intended) I figured this would also give me some practice both ferm...
by DFitz
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Spirit Run
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: Spirit Run

Thanks guys. I have well water that we only use to bathe and wash clothes and dishes with. Real bad sulpher water. Wish there was a smiley face that pukes... I picked up a refrigerator filter at a home center that solved the issues with my water. I adapted it to a garden hose using the fittings I b...
by DFitz
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2135
Views: 538869

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

This is my first wash and so far so good. I think the lil duck thermometer helps. :lol:

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by DFitz
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 149
Views: 54928

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

This is my first wash and so far so good. I think the lil duck thermometer helps. :lol:

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by DFitz
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2135
Views: 538869

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

yamastill wrote:Yes I would have added more sugar but if she is working leave her alone now.
I did add another pound but saw no change so i let it go as it was. This morning its rockin allong and working feverishly..
by DFitz
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2135
Views: 538869

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

ooooh she's a bubblin now.... :D
by DFitz
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2135
Views: 538869

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

I'm making a wash using the 80L recipe. Added water (21 gal.), paste (24 oz)., juicefrom 3 lemons, sugar (40 lbs.) and my sg is 1.050. Does this mean I should add more sugar to reach 1.090?

On edit: Never mind. :roll: I forgot to adjust for temp...
by DFitz
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: copper balls
Replies: 16
Views: 1650

Re: copper balls

Copper floats can be found and ordered @ about $50 for a 6" float. Just google copper floats
by DFitz
Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello to this great site and all of it's inhabitants!
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Hello to this great site and all of it's inhabitants!

Hi to all of you! Its good to finally be here. I've been reading several forums over the past few years but I always seem to gravitate back to this site. There appears to be some good information here to take me on the journey I intend. First, I'm located in the upper mid west. I am interested in le...