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by DFitz
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Natural gas pipe tape
Replies: 9
Views: 2472

Re: Natural gas pipe tape

According to wiki White PTFE is single density, yellow is double and pink is triple . It is often used to correspond to color coded pipelines (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: yellow for natural gas, green for oxygen, etc.). These color-codes for thread sealing tape were introduced by Bill Ben...
by DFitz
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: What's on your list?
Replies: 15
Views: 1038

Re: What's on your list?

A 26" jaybird false bottom.
by DFitz
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2268
Views: 142169

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Jimbo wrote:Nice, strap a bottle to one of them and make your yeasties ecstatic
I've got a few small oxygen bottles as well. The regs can also be used for C02. All I need is to change a fitting. The other two are already set up for conventional bottles.
by DFitz
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2268
Views: 142169

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Moving and plundering through boxes in my garage I found a box full of oxygen regulators. 4 in all, two larger size and a couple of smaller ones. Not like size matters. I think my wife mentioned my mother in law who worked at an old folks home sending a box of stuff I might want. Years later,, "Well...
by DFitz
Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: HDPE
Replies: 35
Views: 2833

Re: HDPE

I can't recall what I paid per foot it's been a couple years now. I don't think it was that much really. I do need more though for another kettle I'm working on so I'll be getting another 25' or so. I can let you know some time this week.
by DFitz
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: HDPE
Replies: 35
Views: 2833

Re: HDPE

Paste works well for the most part. I bought some of this packing for mating flat surfaces. Works very well.
http://www.ptfegraphite.com/Pure-PTFE-T ... cking.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by DFitz
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Related Gas Accessories
Topic: Best way to heat a 25 gallon copper pot still
Replies: 22
Views: 9245

Re: Best way to heat a 25 gallon copper pot still

bearriver wrote:I'd solder a couple 2" stainless tri clamp ferrules on there for heating element ports.
Add a 2" nipple & ball valve to drain while your at it. All grain in a nice size pot needs a good size drain.
by DFitz
Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: What's in the Mail? (NO Category Seems to Fit!)
Replies: 32
Views: 1493

Re: What's in the Mail? (NO Category Seems to Fit!)

aquavita wrote:5 Gallon Gibbs Bros. #3 Char!

Can't wait.
Hah! Barrel aging is all about waiting. It's well worth it though.

Started working on a mash tun. Stainless recirc. fittings and a false bottom is on the way this week.
by DFitz
Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Teflon bung, the Unicorn of the stilling world.
Replies: 12
Views: 1792

Re: Teflon bung, the Unicorn of the stilling world.

Try looking at a hardware store for a cork. My local small hardware carries them and I've found them in other stores when I needed one in a pinch. They usually have them in the hardware drawers.
by DFitz
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2268
Views: 142169

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

bearriver wrote: I recommend anyone here to go check out the GT products page, if only for research purposes. They have a grist hydrator for $500 that I wish I needed.
I like Glacier Tanks. Picked up a 10" Manway for a great price from them. I always check their prices first when I need hardware.
by DFitz
Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heat lamps for fermenters
Replies: 75
Views: 3685

Re: Heat lamps for fermenters

I think the proof of the pudding is in the eating. See what happens using your chosen heating system during the coldest part of winter. If it maintains your mash as desired, it's a good system.
by DFitz
Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Recovering test run alcohol from steel still?
Replies: 20
Views: 727

Re: Recovering test run alcohol from steel still?

If you can't toss out the garbage, what's it gonna be like when you start makin cuts? :crazy:
by DFitz
Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Building a boiler out of a sand filter
Replies: 116
Views: 10077

Re: Building a boiler out of a sand filter

Moving right along. Looking good so far!
by DFitz
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Steam Kettle Conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: Steam Kettle Conversion

it'll mash out really well. My controller will run one, two, three, or all four elements and it has a 2" valve to let out the mash into the fermenter. I haven't decided whether I will still on the grain yet. We'll see when I put the kettle's top together. I'll likely have an orifice installed for mi...
by DFitz
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Steam Kettle Conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Steam Kettle Conversion

I've had a steam kettle that I had been planning on converting to hex oil. My plan is to use this oil as it has great rating and will last for years without the need to change the oil. http://www.paratherm.com/heat-transfer-fluids/heating-cooling-fluid/paratherm-mr-2/" onclick="window.open(this.href...
by DFitz
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?
Replies: 22
Views: 1786

Re: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?

eVenom wrote:Dfitz is this with new barrels that where built with new wood like gibbs? I know a lot of other places use used wood to make theirs like for example:oakbarrelsltd
Yeah I'm talkin about Gibbs Bros. barrels. That's all I've ever used.
by DFitz
Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?
Replies: 22
Views: 1786

Re: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?

I was just able to fill this barrel with a very nice whiskey. In fact i think is my best one yet. Very nice flavor and nice and smooth I filled with 3gallons of 63% Let me tell you the smell from the barrel is so good. I filled it with water for a few days before to make sure there was no leaks and...
by DFitz
Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2268
Views: 142169

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

200 new wine bottles, a corker, a wine fridge, refractometer, 3 graduated cylinders and a medium sized beaker. All free from a co-worker who's FIL is getting out of wine making.

Also bought a new unused sure-flo diaphragm pump for transferring wort from fermenter to lagering keg, $20
by DFitz
Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heat lamps for fermenters
Replies: 75
Views: 3685

Re: Heat lamps for fermenters

Nice cabinet. Hopefully you won't experience an explosive ferment in there. That was what made me decide another angle for a heated fermentation barrel.
by DFitz
Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: SCORE!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 2951

Re: SCORE!!!

A coupling would slip into it just fine. It'd have to be a welded connection.
Although, if you use a 5500w wave style element you'll want it a little higher anyway otherwise it might be too close to the bottom to unscrew it
by DFitz
Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: SCORE!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 2951

Re: SCORE!!!

Haus6565 wrote:Score Continued.

Just sourced a $25 1/4 barrel keg.

Bought it, didn't really have a plan for it. Guess we'll see where this goes.
If you find you don't need it and are willing to sell it, hit me up! I could use a few 1/4 barrel kegs for brewing
by DFitz
Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Gedankenexperiment
Replies: 94
Views: 3859

Re: Gedankenexperiment

So if you packed enough Booz to travel for 30 years wouldn't that slow you down s bit? Heh,, some more than others...
by DFitz
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Inexpensive element connection cover
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: Inexpensive element connection cover

This worked out really well. A very tight waterproof connection that cannot be pulled loose by hand. I'll also add this application to my 4 burner boiler with 2" caps.
by DFitz
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heat lamps for fermenters
Replies: 75
Views: 3685

Re: Heat lamps for fermenters

I use a single 300 watt aquarium heater for each barrel. Okay, one more question. How do you stop the fermenters from floating up when you rack off your wash? That's where the the valve at the bottom of the barrel comes in handy. If necessary, with a hose attached , water can just let out to lessen...
by DFitz
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heat lamps for fermenters
Replies: 75
Views: 3685

Re: Heat lamps for fermenters

I use a single 300 watt aquarium heater for each barrel.
by DFitz
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heat lamps for fermenters
Replies: 75
Views: 3685

Re: Heat lamps for fermenters

I've tried heating blankets, heating cabinets and fish tank heaters. The best Ive found to keep my fermenters warm is a water bath. I still use fish tank heaters but I use them to heat a 55 gal drum of water which is the water bath for my fermenters. I've held 75 degree temps in as cold as -15F. I d...
by DFitz
Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Trash cans for fermenting - Continued
Replies: 65
Views: 11721

Re: Trash cans for fermenting

I use 2 44 gallon RubberMaid food grade cans and aquarium heaters . Insulate them and they work great . Last year I modified a 55 gal drum to hold my mash barrel. I hold water in the drum with an aquarium heater warming my mash. I've held an 80F mash temp in as low as -15F ambient. I've worried in ...
by DFitz
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Inexpensive element connection cover
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: Inexpensive element connection cover

You got a picture of your element mount? I'm cornfused with what you mean. http://www.glaciertanks.com/NPT_TriClamp_Adapters-NPT_1_Female_to_1_1_2_TriClamp_Heavy_Duty_1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow http://www.glaciertanks.com/NPT_TriClamp_Adapters-NPT_1_Female_...
by DFitz
Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Inexpensive element connection cover
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Inexpensive element connection cover

While diddling around looking for a reasonable cover for my element connections on my brew pots these came to mind. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W9737RK/ref=ya_st_dp_summary#" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow My elements are removable without unthreading for easy ...
by DFitz
Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Coconut Rum
Replies: 25
Views: 5644

Re: Coconut Rum

I've made lime flavored rum using the same folks. It came out great. I did keep adding it slowly over two months but ended up using 2 oz. to a gallon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00JV0TXNU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1439594576&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=coconut+extract+pure&dpPl=1&dpID=41O8-Xl3qNL&...